Parents as Partners Policy

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Parents as Partners Policy

Introduction
Screen National School is committed to ensuring that every child receives a quality education. We want to work with parents/guardians to ensure that we fully support their child’s learning. We acknowledge the role of parents as partners in education. Parents are encouraged to be actively involved in the life of the school. It is crucial to the success of our pupils that the school fosters parental interest and support.
Communication between home and school should be open and positive. Screen N.S. acknowledges that the parents are the primary educators of their children and we endeavour to create an open and welcoming atmosphere in our school at all times. This policy outlines strategies adopted by the school to promote positive home-school relations.
Relationship to the school’s mission statement and ethos
Screen N.S. aims to promote the full harmonious development of all aspects of the pupil: intellectual, physical, cultural, moral, emotional and spiritual. We endeavour to equip each child with the skills and positive self-esteem to empower them to contribute to their community and become lifelong learners. We believe that a positive working relationship with parents/guardians is fundamental to the achievement of this aim.
Parent/Teacher Communication
Communication with parents takes place right throughout the school year through a variety of formal and informal ways.
The following are examples of communication between school and home:
• Parent /Teacher Meetings
• Homework Journals
• Notification of absences
• Head-start Programme and Information Session for new parents
• School Website, blog, Twitter and Facebook
• Text-a-parent
• Letters regarding school events
• Quarterly Newsletters
• Annual School Reports
• Requested meetings
• Policies, surveys and questionnaires in relation to curricular and non-curricular areas of school life
• Attendance at Parents’ Association AGM and Parents’ Council meetings

Parental Involvement

We believe that meaningful parental involvement of parents/guardians in school life is crucial to the success of our school as a learning community.

The following structures have been put in place to facilitate parental involvement in the life of our school:

• Parents’ Council
• Supervision of Library
• Uniform Committee
• Sporting events
• School Masses, sacramental preparation
• Active Schools’ Week
• Book Fair
• School Outings
• Concerts
• School Garden

Review and Evaluation Procedures

We will keep this policy under review and revise it according to its success in encouraging partnership between school and parents/guardians.

This policy was adopted by the Board of Management on June 16th 2014