Our school has excellent resources and staff who are very committed to supporting students in their learning journey, both academically and socially. We strongly believe in the partnership between home and school, the need for us to work closely together is critical in supporting our students. We encourage parents to use the school website as one means of keeping well informed about activities at our school.
Heathcote Primary School believes in developing all students to be the best they can be. As a school community we pride ourselves on providing quality teaching and learning opportunities for all students. These opportunities need to be supported by parents/carers to provide continuity for student development between home and school. To support this partnership the following suggestions may be useful to support you with your interactions with the school.
* Be involved. Your involvement as a parent/carer can make a significant difference in student learning. Demonstrating your involvement at working bees, assemblies, supporting classroom programs, helping in the kitchen/garden program or assisting in other ways, demonstrates you value our school.
* Read to and with your child every day, tell stories, cook, write lists for shopping, count objects as you drive in the car. Value the time you have together and the opportunity you have to make a difference in your child’s education.
* Put in limits about the use of screens – TV, phones, digital games, ipads and computers. Carefully monitor the use of the internet. Computer use should be in a place that can be monitored closely by adults. Legally, children under 12 should not be on Facebook. Set a good example and put all electronic devices in a basket at a set time each night, including adults!
* Encourage your student to do his/her best in class, show you are interested in school by asking questions, coming in to have a look at what is going on. Displaying an interest about school life demonstrates you valuing school and you want them to do their best.
* Value education and seek a balance between schoolwork and outside activities. Emphasise your child's progress in developing the knowledge and skills he/she needs to be successful, both in school and in life.
* Be prepared for each day. Help your child to lay out uniform, pack a healthy lunch, and organise the necessary supplies the night before school.
* Recognise the things that can make school difficult for your child – late nights, not having breakfast and any upsets that may happened at home can all have an impact on your child’s performance.
* Support our school rules and goals. Take care not to undermine school rules, discipline, or goals. If you have an issue please make a time to discuss it with the classroom teacher or the Principal.
* Accept your responsibility and obligations as parents. As part of the broader community, our school acknowledges positive behaviour and enforces consequences for bad choices. Teach children self-discipline and respect for others at home -- don't rely on teachers to teach these basic behaviours and attitudes.