Getting involved in your school community
Your child will benefit greatly if you are actively involved in their education and if you are as informed as possible about the education system.
Being involved adds richness to your child’s school experience and sends a clear message that their education is important to you.
You can choose how you become involved, based on your own particular interests, availability and skills.
Here are some suggestions:
- talk with your child – ask ‘How was school today?’
- regularly read with your child at home
- check your child’s homework every night and ask them questions about it
- limit TV viewing on school nights
- regularly discuss your child’s progress with their teacher
- visit your child’s classroom
- volunteer for parent help – you can help in the classroom with activities such as reading
- volunteer to help out with school activities such as open days, working bees, school fairs and the canteen
- read the school newsletter
- join the school’s parent group
- go along to a School Association meeting
- if they have one, check your school’s website regularly
- attend school social occasions.
All Government schools in Tasmania are required to have a School Association.
Many schools also have groups specifically for parents and carers, such as a parents and friends group (sometimes called the P&F). This is a great way to meet other parents and find out how you can contribute to your school community.
A member of the parent group will also usually be on the School Association Committee, so that any issues raised can be brought to the attention of the School Association.
- The Tasmanian Association of State School Organisations (TASSO) is the peak body representing all Tasmanian Government school parents.
- Ask at your school or contact the Tasmanian Association of State School Organisations on (03) 6234 9488 or visit the TASSO website.
Parent volunteers are an important part of school canteens and provide a great opportunity to get involved in your child’s school.
For more information and advice on running school canteens and school canteen accreditation, visit the Tasmanian School Canteen Association website.
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