During Term 3 we sought input from our community in a variety of ways. In August we conducted an online survey of our parents/carers where we invited everyone to provide their thoughts about 4 key topics:
Communication at the school
School swimming program
We were thrilled with the level of response with almost half our families taking the time to give us feedback. What we found out was:
61% of people cited Konnective as the most relied upon channel of communication. Class Reps were another important source of information with the website coming in third.
We received a 4 out of 5 star rating for our communication rating which has allowed us to feel confident that our community is able to stay in touch with what is happening at the school.
In response to previous surveys, such as the DE&T Parent Opinion Survey, we have been working on how we can develop stronger learning partnerships with our families in this busy world in which we live. We all know the standard answer to ‘What have you done at school today?’. A question often asked is ‘How can I help my child at home?’. Traditionally many families have had to wait until Parent/Teacher Interviews for the answer to these questions. As a staff, we have been exploring ways that we can make it easier to find the answer to these questions and the Year Level Blogs and Seesaw (student digital portfolios) are the way that we hope we can address this challenge. Both communication streams are in the early stages of development but our goal is to ensure that you have current information regarding the general focus of the learning in your child’s classroom (Year Level Blogs) and the specific learning goals and milestones that your child is achieving (student digital portfolios).
We have had some lovely face to face feedback from parents telling us that they are really enjoying hearing, through the digital portfolios on Seesaw, what their child is learning, how the teacher prompts the learning and how their child reflects on their effort and achievement on a regular ‘in the moment’ way. Our goal is to provide you with the information that you need to help prompt your child to tell you the answers to your questions about their day and to give you the language and knowledge that you need to deepen the learning partnership we have.
Another area that we explored through the survey was volunteering at school. Again we were thrilled to find out that our community feel welcome when they are volunteering their time/skills/energy. Areas that will focus on in the future include giving families more notice of the need for volunteers and what jobs we would like them to do.
Our final area was the Year 3-6 swimming program. 47% of respondents voted to keep the program as it is. The general commentary was that swimming is such a vital skill that it should be offered to everyone. Respondents felt that trying to provide opt-out options may result in those that most need the lessons not getting them. In response to this feedback we do intend to run the Year 3-6 2017 swimming program next year.
We would just like to thank our wonderful community for all their feedback. The dynamic nature of our school allows us to be the thriving, exciting place that it is. Long live the Happy Palace!!!