• A Day in the life of…a Community Partnerships Officer

    29 July 16 by Donna Sirmais, Cambridge Park Public School

    We profile one of our Local Parent Engagement Champions, Donna Sirmais. Donna is a Community Partnerships Officer at Cambridge Park Public School, in NSW.

  • Launching ‘Learning in Families Together’ (LIFT) at Latrobe Primar

    29 July 16 by Jo Rann, Latrobe Primary School

    For the last 10 years of my teaching career my work has revolved extensively around families.  My roles as Being a Parent (BAP) Program Facilitator; Family Partnership Training Facilitator; Launching into Learning teacher; and Child and Family Centre based educator have developed my capacity to build relationships with families and support community organisations. It is my experience that when time and resources are allocated and dedicated to supporting children in the context of their whole family and community, relationships have grown and family engagement has deepened.  

  • Queensland’s Gentle Revolution in Parent Engagement

    29 July 16 by Dr Debbie Pushor, University of Saskatchewan

    What a privilege it was to be invited by the Federation of Parents & Friends Associations of Catholic Schools in Queensland to be keynote thought provoker at their 2016 Queensland Catholic Schools Parents Conference and then to travel throughout the State for the following two weeks to present to parents and educators in each diocese. 

  • Transition to school

    27 July 16 by Dr Yasmin Harman-Smith

    Only six months ago, parents around the country experienced a raft of emotions associated with children starting school – some parents for the first time and others for the second, third or, courageously, forth, fifth or sixth time. I was among the hundreds of thousands of people taking a deep breath and holding it for what seemed like an eternity to hear all about the ‘first day’.