iServi News | 8 March 2019 | Term 1, Week 5
I write and speak often of the importance of the engagement of parents and guardians in the life of our College and in the learning journey of their children. The evidence is very clear that genuine parent engagement improves educational outcomes for students. Given this, along with the fact that ‘Community’ is a core charism of the Servites, we strive to create multiple engagement opportunities for parents each year at the College.
We were pleased to be able to offer two such engagement opportunities this week in the form of our Year 12 Parent Workshop on Tuesday evening, followed by our P&F led Parent Strategic Forum held on Wednesday evening. We were thrilled to have large groups of parents attending and strongly contributing to each event.
The format for both evenings mirrored our contemporary learning philosophy which included opportunities for parents to hear of the latest happenings and initiatives at the College and also contribute their ideas and help shape the discussion through their questions and feedback.
Specifically, our Year 12 Parent Workshop focussed on the various pathways available to students in Year 12 to support their transition into their preferred post school option. We also outlined the many support mechanisms in place for students as they navigate this challenging but exciting phase of their lives. In addition, we spent time exploring strategies that support the wellness of our Year 12 students and outlined study and learning techniques that would aid them in improved learning. We have created an online space that provide tips and advice for our Year 12 students which can be accessed here.
Our P&F Parent Strategic Forum, meanwhile, allowed parents to input into the ongoing strategic direction of the school under each of our four core domains: Community; Learning; Ministry; and Stewardship. We were thrilled at the rich conversation and ideas from parents which will certainly aid in many future decisions and plans at the College.
We understand that life can at times be very busy which may preclude families from always being able to attend various engagement opportunities at the school. We have therefore worked hard over the years to develop systems to help parents monitor the academic and pastoral progress of their sons and daughters, along with accessing key communications from the College. We encourage parents to utilises these tools to engage in the life of the school and their child’s education.
Our core College administration portal for parents is called SEQTA. This portal provides the launch pad for parents to connect with the school in a virtual sense to keep abreast of latest communications, in addition to overseeing their child’s progress. We have also integrated our Community Calendar into SEQTA to provide clarity around the many activities happening at our busy school. Parents can also utilise SEQTA to access student programmes and assessments and to communicate directly to staff via email.
Students have their own log in to their own version of the SEQTA portal.
One key initiative that we have integrated into both SEQTA portals is our Servite Concern strategy. This strategy was part of our conversation during the Parent Strategic Forum on Wednesday and has been designed for students who might feel more comfortable highlighting any concerns or worries that they might have online rather than having to speak to someone directly. Servite Concern empowers students to take action when they have any concerns and provides them with a range of options depending on the seriousness of their concern. The direct link to Servite Concern (as mentioned, accessible via the SEQTA Portal page) is here.
We thank our families for their ongoing input to our school. We especially acknowledge our hard working and dedicated P&F Executive team for their wonderful support. We look forward to releasing a range of new and exciting parent engagement opportunities to our community in upcoming months.
With our apologies for the delay in distribution, our 2017 and 2018 Yearbooks will be released very soon and we look forward to reflecting with our current families and alumni on our thriving College community. Full details around our Yearbook release will be provided to families next week.
Mr Jeff Allen