The link between parents and the school community enables Uraidla Primary School to enhance the stable environment that is already established. Relationships between teachers and parents are formed early on in a child’s school life – often through Kindergarten transition visits. This is a point of difference of our school. All teachers get to know all of our students and parents, and these relationships form a culture of support and allow for stability and continuity of care throughout a child’s whole primary education.
This culture also flows through and within the classrooms, as teachers encourage links and important interactions between each year level allowing older children to take leadership roles to nurture and mentor younger ones.
The Year 7 students mentor younger students each day through problem solving in the playground, fostering responsibility and ownership of the school rules and values. Year 7s are welcomed in a formal ceremony at the end of year 6 to be our school leaders and specifically asked by the school if they are willing to take on the roles. They are formally farewelled at the end of their leadership year in a moving but exuberant ceremony.
Communication Between School and Home
The school uses a text messaging service for reminders about important events and school closure days. We also use this service to provide up-to-date information about bushfire and other adverse events if they arise. Email contact to all parents is also ensured and unreported student absence or illness is immediately followed up with parents.
A fortnightly newsletter keeps the school community informed about school and local community happenings. Local community groups are invited to contribute to the school newsletter. The newsletter is also emailed to those who request it and is available on the school website.
Classes also send out regular notices and newsletters about their “happenings” and learning.
Some classes use communication books and diaries for one-on-one communication. Each class also has one or two Parent Links who welcome new parents and who may be contacted about class matters.