How helping at your kid’s school can be beneficial
HAVE you considered helping out at your child’s school? Schools are always looking for volunteers to get involved, whether its on the parents and friends association, or on excursions, as a parent reader, or in the tuckshop.
There really are a myriad of ways to help out, with the added bonus of your involvement in the school community showing your child that you value their schooling. It even has links to social and academic benefits for your child.
You could start helping out from the moment they are in Prep, but it could be the start of Year 6 or at their high school.
In the end it’s never too late to get involved and it’s simply a matter of putting up your hand to help out.
Having a respectful relationship with your child’s teacher and the school in general offers a clear communication channel that relays information about your child’s education back to you.
It provides a range of benefits as opposed to only being involved if the school calls you in when your child is struggling or having behavioural issues.
You are also being a role model to your child by fostering a positive attitude in them about attending school and being enthusiastic in the classroom.
Studies have shown a parent being active at the school increases their child’s attendance at school, helps their academic results, encourages involvement in school activities, and improves their chances of finishing school and going on to postsecondary education.
Taking the first step
It’s simple! Start by talking to your child’s teacher at pick-up and drop-off times.
This sort of informal contact keeps you aware of what’s going on in the classroom and can provide advice on how to help with homework.
There are numerous other ways to be involved, whether it’s volunteering in a reading group during the morning, being a parent helper on an excursion or putting your hand up for tuckshop duty.
Maybe school hours aren’t suitable to you, but there are always other options, whether it’s attending parent association meetings, assisting at the working bees or attending a fundraising event.
Being seen to provide a helping hand will help you build positive relationships with fellow parents, teachers and other staff.
It may seem more difficult to be involved at a high school where the facility is bigger and there are many more teachers.
A great way to start is to introduce yourself to your child’s home room (or roll-call) teacher as well as the year level co-ordinator. These teachers will have the best idea of your child’s overall progress and any behavioural concerns.
If you believe your child is having trouble with a particular subject it is worth making the time to chat to that teacher rather than waiting for the formal parent teacher interviews. You can arrange such a meeting through the school’s administration.
If you’re a parent seeking extra support on any issue, call your WBHHS child health team on: Gayndah – 4161 3571 Mundubbera – 4161 3571 Monto – 4166 9300 Biggenden – 4127 6400 Eidsvold – 4165 7100 Even if you just want to have a chat and a bit of reassurance, the WBHHS child health team is here to help.
STUDIES HAVE SHOWN A PARENT BEING ACTIVE AT THE SCHOOL INCREASES THEIR CHILD’S ATTENDANCE AT SCHOOL, HELPS THEIR ACADEMIC RESULTS, ENCOURAGES INVOLVEMENT IN SCHOOL ACTIVITIES, AND IMPROVES THEIR CHANCES OF FINISHING SCHOOL ...