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Parent - Teacher Interviews

15/08/2014

From September 8 to September 19, teachers will be offering parents the opportunity to meet with them to discuss their child’s learning over the past term.

Within the coming weeks, all parents should receive a letter from their child’s teacher inviting them to attend these meetings. I strongly encourage all parents to attend an interview with their child’s teacher. These interviews provide an opportunity for teachers and parents to celebrate your child’s achievements, provide an opportunity for feedback on their progress, and to develop goals for your  child’s future learning. These meetings are also a great opportunity to share any concerns you as a parent may have regarding your child’s academic or social-emotional development. A couple of tips to make the most of your meeting with your child’s teacher:

  • The interviews are short, so please come prepared with a list of questions you want to raise.
  • Attend with a partner or friend, particularly if you are nervous or unsure. It is easy to miss a point and often difficult to relay information to a partner.  Attend with a partner or friend, particularly if you are nervous or unsure. It is easy to miss a point and often difficult to relay information to a partner.
  • Let the teacher have a chance to make an assessment of your child’s progress - they have a lot of your child’s work to show you!
  • Take notes and clarify information that you don’t understand. “What do you mean by ‘he needs to spend time reading’….?” Make sure you have a good understanding of the messages your child’s teacher is giving.
  • Ask how you can help your child if there are any areas that need to be strengthened. No doubt your child’s teacher will have some strategies for you to assist your child, so make sure you have a clear understanding before you leave.

If there are unresolved issues or you wish to discuss your child’s learning in greater detail, consider asking for another interview. This is being respectful of the teacher’s time and of those parents who are to follow. If you are unable to attend an interview due to unforeseen circumstances, please let your child’s teacher know so the time can be offered to another parent.

We highly value parents’ attendance at these interviews, and always aim for 100% parent attendance.  Because we are aiming for 100% attendance, parents who do not attend an interview with their child’s teacher will receive a friendly note asking them to make a time early Term 4 with their child’s teacher.

A HUGE thanks to our class teachers – Jan McKean, Darren Waugh, Hailey Hammor, Kayleen Morgan,  Brendan Stock, Rae Ross, Gemma Zielke, Edwin Martan, Caitlin Ashcroft, and Annette Somerville for balancing teaching, planning, and preparation with parent-interviews during this busy time. I know our teachers put in a lot of time ensuring that they are prepared for interviews so that you leave as well informed as possible about your child’s progress.

Please note Miss Kylie Wall (Year 5/6) will offer parent interviews upon her return at the beginning of Term 4.