BACK TO SCHOOL POINTERS THAT MIGHT BE USEFUL FOR PARENTS
1. Be confident, not hesitantly or ‘worried’ in conversation with or around children. Doubts rub off.
2. Label possessions – clothes, lunch boxes, – clearly and indelibly.
3. Choose lunch boxes small enough to fit into school fridges. Oversize boxes are often full of emptiness and take up unnecessary refrigerated space.
4. Be aware of healthy food policy for your school. Don’t pack poor quality food.
5. Be aware of school nut policies that are often in place.
6. Cut fruit, sandwiches and other food into manageable portions. Younger children do not get on with whole pieces of fruit.
7. Defence Force children enrol from interstate at this time of year. Know about the support that can be offered through Regional Education Liaison Officer’s (REDLO’s) for primary schools and Defence School Transition mentored (DSTM’s) for secondary schools.
8. Be aware of tutorial support programs for defence children arriving from interstate.
9. Be trustful and avoid being helicopter parents.
10. If parents need to have in depth conversation with teachers, make an appointment at school office for these meeting. Don’t shoehorn in and at Teachers who are trying to introduce children to the year and settle them down.
11 . At home time, let teachers dismiss children to pack their bags including getting lunch boxes from fridge without doing it for them. Children have to learn these strategies.
12. Don’t crowd into classrooms and around doors at the start of the day or at home time. ‘Crowding’ leads to chaos. Wait at a respectful distance for children to emerge.
13. For Middle and senior school enrolments, discuss courses and study options with school coordinators within the first few weeks.
14. Most schools have parent/teacher information evenings within the first weeks of school. Plan to attend and ask question about school processes and directions.
15. Most schools have websites. Look them up on Google and read about your school.
16. LET GO OF YOUR CHILDREN FOR THE SCHOOL DAY AND BE TRUSTFUL.
17. Be aware that all teachers establish classroom rules with children. Learn from your children what they’re rules are, so parents and teachers can be together on the same expectational wavelength.
18. Become aware of school homework policy. Read handbooks.
19. If nearby when bringing or collecting children, avoid what can be disruptive conversations in loud voices with other parent. This talk can be off-putting to teachers and distracting for children.
20. Make sure vaccination and immunisation records are up to date and bring these records so they can be copied onto student enrolment data.
21. Ensure that a contact phone number is available to the school and always kept up to date.
22. Where applicable, know the cyclone policy applying to your school. Keeping a copy of this and essential data on the fridge or home notice board is not a bad idea.