Home School Communication
Effective communication between home and school is key to ensuring a smooth start to school and lasting partnership. Our website contains a wealth of useful information for your perusal. A weekly newsletter is emailed to every parent and a school parent and student handbook is available for reference purposes. We firmly believe that regular, open communication between parents and teachers is crucial to your child’s development. Appointments can be made to meet with your child’s teacher and in the juniors and Seniors the homework diary can be used as a means of correspondence. Parent – teacher afternoons are scheduled twice a year and an interim report full written report is issued at the end of the academic year.
At the BSB we believe that the old saying holds true that “it takes a village to educate a child” and we encourage the active involvement of parents in their children’s learning. We believe that it is the close collaboration between home and school that creates the best possible learning environment for children. Research clearly indicates that family involvement in schools increases student achievement (Henderson & Berla, 1994; Ballen & Moles, 1994; Epstein, 1995). The benefits of parental involvement in children’s learning include higher test scores and grades; good attendance; better completion of homework and more positive attitudes and behaviour. Although parent involvement typically is strongest at the primary level, continued involvement through the Junior and Senior years is also important in encouraging and guiding children’s development and achievement.
Some examples of research findings about the benefits of strong and positive home-school connections:
Parents have a strong influence on students’ achievement because they shape their child’s identity as a learner and set expectations that the child is aware of (Desforges and Abouchaar, 2003, cited in Bull, Brooking, and Campbell, 2008, page 13).
“At home good parenting” has a significant impact on student achievement
Bull, Brooking, and Campbell, 2008, page 19
Parent engagement in children’s learning at home can have positive effects (Sheldon and Epstein, 2005, Biddulph, Biddulph, and Biddulph, 2003, Glasgow and Whitney, 2009.)
Positive relationships are fostered when there are “opportunities for informal, non-threatening contacts between parents and teachers” and when parent-to-parent communication in communities is encouraged by the school
Biddulph, Biddulph, and Biddulph, 2003
It is essential that we have the correct contact information for the parents or guardians of our students in our data system. If you have changed any of your contact information, please amend on the Parent Portal or send the information to school for the attention of Ms. Mridula Vijayan, firstname.lastname@example.org
There is a weekly newsletter for each division containing important and useful information which is emailed and posted on our website. We encourage you to read it every week to ensure that you receive the updated information.
In the event of urgent information that we need to communicate with parents, we will send out a bulk sms.
There is a schedule of parent meetings for each year group held throughout the year for parents to meet their children’s tutors and teachers. Details of these meetings will be sent out to you throughout the year via the weekly newsletter. Parents are also welcome to come to school to meet with individual teachers throughout the year but please only do so if you have made a pre-arranged appointment with the teacher concerned.
Coffee mornings, school events and parent information evenings
Throughout the year there are a number of other events that parents are invited to attend and the details of these events will be in the weekly newsletters. We hope you will be able to attend many of these events and we look forward to seeing you.