Parent Communication

Parent Teacher Conferences/Interviews with Class Teachers

During Term 1, an information evening per grade is provided to parents with optional interviews offered.  Opportunities are provided at the end of Term 2 for parents and teachers to discuss student progress.  Parents are welcome, however, to make arrangements to meet with teachers at a mutually acceptable time.  Please arrange an appointment through the school secretary. Remember that teachers have a duty of care to the children and do not have the opportunity for lengthy discussions at classroom doors. 

Teachers are not available for meetings during class or lunch hours, or while required for playground duty or staff meetings.

If a problem arises, in the first instance please contact the class teacher so that the matter can be investigated. Your child is our PRIME CONCERN. We are eager to work with you to make his/her school life happy.

The Newsletter

The main school communication is through the weekly newsletter. The newsletter contains information of interest to parents, a diary of school events, details of Parents and Friends and parish activities and items of community concern. The newsletter is emailed to parents and is also available on the school website and via the Skoolbag App. Please contact the school office to update your email address.

If at any time you are uncertain of any school related matters please contact the school. Items for the newsletter from the P & F and the general community must be presented to the School Secretary for Principal approval by the Tuesday of the due week.

Each Term parents/caregivers receive a Curriculum newsletter pertaining to your child’s year.  This is uploaded to the school website and an alert is sent via the Skoolbag App. This Curriculum newsletter provides you with a detailed overview of curriculum areas/activities for the Term.

Sending notes to School

Office collection takes place each morning in the classroom. When forwarding money or notes to school, an envelope is used, marked with: 
  1. Purpose (e.g. school fees, book club etc.) 
  2. Your child’s name and class. 
If possible, money and notes for different purposes should be in separate envelopes. Please send these to the class teacher.

School Noticeboard

Any notices for the School Notice Board must be given to the School Secretary for Principal approval.

Reporting To Parents Regarding Children’s Progress

Two-way communication between school and parent is considered to be the importance.
At St Therese, the following process will assist this in a systematic way: 

  • A Parent Information Meeting - Early Term 1 

Teachers will explain their programs to parents who are encouraged to contribute in whichever way possible.

  • A child questionnaire

You are asked to provide a brief questionnaire about your child's strengths, weaknesses and interests.  This can be returned to the class teacher.  Should there be a need to have an additional face to face meeting.  This can be arranged via the school office.

  • Mid-Year Reporting to Parents - At the end of Term 2 

Mid-Year Reporting to Parents at the end of Term 2 takes the form of: 
    • Summary Report of Student Progress 
    • Interview 
The Parent/Teacher Interview is an opportunity for parents and teachers to share perceptions about the child's learning and to jointly work at solving any problems that may be evident. 

  • End of Year Reporting to Parents 

The end of the year Summary Report of Student Progress will provide the parents with a written overview of their child's progress in all areas of the curriculum through the year.

          In addition to the outlined formal processes, other opportunities for communication are: 
    • Homework/class units and private interviews arranged by either teacher or parent to discuss a mutual concern.
    • Private interviews with teachers or the Principal can be made by appointment.

Reporting to Parents

In 2006, the Australian Government passed regulations regarding reporting student achievement to parents. This regulation has been enforced in Catholic Schools. Our system of schools uses the A-E descriptors which do not relate to percentiles or ranking of students. Parents are asked to carefully read the report cover in order to gain a fuller understanding of the grades A, B, C, D and E.

Assessment of Children

The School’s Assessment Policy is directly linked to gospel values, especially honesty, justice, tolerance, community, trust, service and hope. This process involves the gathering of evidence in order to gain as much information as possible about students and their development. It is important that this process:
  • Is intrinsic to learning
  • Encourages and advances learning
  • Involves processes of observing and describing a student's abilities and qualities
  • Leads to informed decisions about students, curriculum policy and procedures
  • Involves teachers, parents and students.
Assessment of children's development will be on a continuous and progressive basis. Teachers keep records of student assessment.