Parents as Partners

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Parents and families are the first educators of their children.

Parents continue to influence their children’s learning and development during the school years and beyond. This is why it is important for parents and schools to work together in partnership.

Research demonstrates that effective schools have high levels of parent and community engagement. Such engagement with the school is strongly related to enhanced wellbeing, positive behaviours and improved student learning. Ƶ has a range of resources and information for parents to assist them to engage in partnership with their local parish primary school and secondary schools.

Parent participation in a diversity of roles affirms the important role of parents as partners with the Church through the school and with the broader community in supporting the learning and development of their children.

At the school level, partnerships formed between parents, parishes and, in some schools, with religious orders, enhance faith development as well as social and educational outcomes for children. Engagement with parents also allows schools to benefit from a broader resource and encourages community spirit and cohesion.

At the Catholic system level, parent partnerships create an environment of mutual respect, encourage timely and effective communication and enable participation in consultation on matters of parental concern.

Interested in joining the group? The CSPV represents the important perspective of parents across all Catholic schools in Victoria. As a parent who has children enrolled in a Catholic school you are automatically a member of the parent body. There is no fee to be a member and parents of children attending Catholic schools across Victoria are welcome to apply to join our council through an expression of interest and nomination process.

*Note: terms ‘parents’ and ‘family’ are used interchangeably and refer to any adult caregiver or group of caregivers who play a primary role in a child’s cognitive, social, and emotional development including grandparents, foster parents and extended family members.