Parent Teacher School Communication

Parents are always welcome to discuss their child’s education with their teacher however, for more formal discussions, it is advisable to make an appointment to ensure that you have sufficient time in which to fully discuss concerns, issues etc.

If you need to make an appointment with your child’s teacher please ring the Front Office and leave a name, contact number and the name of the teacher you would like to see. These details will be passed to the teacher and they will ring you to set an appointment time.

Please note that the Front Office cannot make the appointment – the teacher will call you.

Parent concerns

Parents with concerns regarding their child/children’s education should address their concerns initially with the teacher.  If still concerned, a meeting with the Principal through the school office should be arranged.

Reporting to parents

The school will use a variety of methods for reporting students’ progress and achievement.

Term 1 week 2:

  • Parent Information Letter

A parent information letter for Kindergarten to year 6 parents will be handed out in the second week of Term 1.  Teachers will provide information about:

  1. Classroom organisational matters
  2. Teaching and learning programs across all curriculum areas
  3. Assessment procedures
  4. Policies, including homework and behaviour management
  5. Parental involvement in the classroom

Term 2 & 4 (final week)

  • Formal School Report

The Department of Education formal report will be issued to all Pre Primary to Year 6 students during the final week of terms 2 & 4.  Kindy students will receive a Maddington Primary School report.

Communicating with the school

Here are some handy hints to help resolve any school related problems.

  1. Start with the teacher: Your first port of call should always be the teacher. If an arranged meeting with the classroom teacher doesn’t solve the issue, contact the office and arrange a meeting with either the Principal or Deputy.
  2. Think Positively: A positive attitude helps everyone calmly discuss issues and find solutions.
  3. Get all the facts: Sit down with your child and write down their version of the situation, then go through this with the teacher and listen to their point of view.
  4. Try to see the problem from both sides: It’s hard to hear a teacher say your child is having issues at school, but it helps to look at issues from both sides.
  5. Be Respectful: Children learn from example.
  6. Decide on a Solution Together: Work with the teacher to come up with a documented plan of how to resolve the issue. Ask for your own copy.
  7. Follow-up: Follow the agreed steps towards the solution.
  8. Be Realistic: By dealing with the situations calmly and focusing on the solutions – not the problems – you’ll be making the most of every learning experience for your child.

Where appropriate, teachers should be your first point of call to discuss most issues concerning your child’s learning at school. Often speaking promptly with the classroom teacher greatly assists in working through any issue and a satisfactory outcome is achieved for all.