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Family and Community Engagement (FACE)
FACE - Family and Community Engagement
At St Francis Catholic School, we believe that parents play a significant role in supporting their children’s learning and well-being.
The goal of family engagement is to empower families to be active partners in their children’s learning journey.
Why is Parent Engagement so important?
- Research shows that 'parents and carers are one of the most important influences on a child's education. When you are engaged in your children's education, your children are more likely to attend school and to perform better.'
- When families and schools work together, children are more likely to build good relationships and do better at school.
- Research also shows that any and all family involvement is beneficial, however, family engagement has the greatest benefit.
Principles which underpin Effective Engagement in Student Learning
- All families and schools want the best for their children
- All children have the right to the opportunity to reach their full potential
- Families are the first and continuing educators of their children
- Effective schools provide a nurturing and supportive learning environment
- Families and schools value quality teaching and respect teachers professional expertise
- Families and schools value the diversity of families and use this as a resource for building partnerships and communities
- Family-school partnerships are based on mutual responsibility, respect and trust
- Leadership is critical to building, maintaining and renewing partnerships
- Family-school partnerships improve student motivation and learning
- Family-school partnerships strengthen the connections between schools and their communities
- Partnerships can involve all organisations that support families and schools
What does FACE look like at St Francis Catholic School?
- All parents and carers make up the FACE of St Francis Catholic School therefore there is no executive structure
- We meet each term with dates and times to be advised ahead of time.
- Meeting focus areas include Catholic Identity, engagement in learning, social gatherings and activities, and some fundraising opportunities (this is not a major focus)
- Meeting structure:
- Welcome and Prayer
- Reflection of previous meeting and minutes
- Principal’s reflection
- Feedback from parents about the previous term
- Looking ahead to what’s coming up and how parents and families can be involved
- Creation of small working groups when required to assist with events