Parents and School - WORKING TOGETHER

Catholic schools welcome opportunities to work with you in educating your child. The partnership between you and the school, especially your child’s teachers, is crucial to ensuring that your child has the best opportunities to enjoy the school experience and to learn effectively.

As a parent, you can contribute your own knowledge and skills at all levels, to assist your child’s learning, to support the school’s goals and to promote the principles of Catholic education.

There are many ways in which parents and schools can work together to improve the educational experience and outcomes for their children. You can help your child in many areas of school life, as suggested in the list opposite.

Parents have a particularly important role to play in the educating community, since it is to them that primary and natural responsibility for their children’s education belongs.

(Congregation for Catholic Education 1997)

What you can do to help your child at school 

Faith Development

Attend school and parish liturgies and Masses, sacramental education and faith development evenings.
Participate in and discuss religious education learning activities and social justice initiatives.
Build a partnership with the school and teachers to support your child’s faith and learning.


Encourage your child to take increasing responsibility for his/her learning and organisational skills.
Discuss your child’s learning and progress.
Establish regular contact with your child’s teacher.
Encourage reading by setting an example – reading yourself.
Read to your child and listen to your child’s reading.
Discuss your child’s response to the texts and ask to see work s/he completes on these texts.


Encourage healthy eating, sufficient sleep and regular physical activity.
Encourage positive attitudes, values and behaviours like courtesy, confidence, persistence, and doing your best.
Celebrate your child’s successes.
Help your child balance the amount of time spent in school work and play.

School activities

Attend school events, displays or productions in which your child is involved.
Become actively involved in school community activities such as the Parents & Friends, parent groups, parent education programs, etc.