Thank you to all the parents and caregivers who came along to the parent-teacher interviews over the past two days. Taking on feedback from the Primary School Parent Satisfaction Survey, we made some changes to the structure of the interviews for Year 3 – 6 students, shifting from the previous student-led conference structure to parent meetings that focused on discussions around student progress and learning disposition.
Parent-teacher interviews foster the three-way partnership between the home, the school and the child. When parents, caregivers and teachers come together this creates a positive relationship that results in everyone working together towards a common goal, with the child’s best interests in mind.
There are many benefits to attending a parent-teacher interview:
- The big picture: An interview will offer parents and caregivers a chance to talk with the class teacher about their child’s academic, emotional, social and physical development.
- Insight into class interactions: Teachers can provide invaluable feedback on the behaviour of your child in the classroom and discuss social and emotional wellbeing and friendships.
- Home reading expectations: Parents and caregivers should know what is expected of their child and the additional work that might be required to be done at home with regards to daily reading.
- Educational support: An interview enables teachers and parents to make plans for further educational support, extension and frontloading for upcoming topics of learning.
- Shared goals: Progress in relation to goals set at the end of Term 1 can be reviewed and reset.
- Home link: With the busyness of life, scheduled parent-teacher interviews give teachers and parents and caregivers a chance to meet, chat and connect at least twice a year.
We value partnering with our parents and caregivers and believe there is great value in the meeting together during these interviews.
As we head into a two-week holiday period after the completion of another successful school term, I would like to thank the staff once again for their dedication and commitment and thank the children for making ‘Our House’ the special place that it is.
Gail Mitchell, Head of Primary