Examples of parent engagement in action

Queensland independent schools are leading the way when it comes to engaging parents in their child’s learning and wellbeing.

Some examples are below:

  • St John’s Anglican College

  • partnered with parents to improve the oracy skills of students and are now reaping the rewards from successive and innovative strategies.

  • Cannon Hill Anglican College

  • has always valued its parents, but a pilot program running in the Junior Schools’ Japanese language classrooms is proving parents can also be powerful allies when it comes to the educational outcomes of students.

  • Ipswich Grammar School

  • has brought parents of new boarding students closer to campus life via a range of strategies, resulting in deeper connections within families, with school staff, and with other boarding families.

  • Hills International College

  • decided to overhaul the way it taught literacy in its Junior School, so recruited a very special group of people to help with the rollout – its Junior School parents.

  • Fairholme College

  • developed a new approach to connect with the families of a very special cohort of students: those from remote Indigenous communities.

  • St John’s Anglican College

  • consider parents as “partners” in a child’s educational journey and have implemented a range of family-friendly strategies to boost the oracy skills of new Kindergarten and Prep students.

  • The Lakes College

  • educated themselves and their parents about the power of parent engagement to make the most out of a popular online Maths program with a ‘parent portal’ feature.

  • The Southport School

  • proved distance is no barrier to engaging parents in their son’s school lives. The Gold Coast school improved its reach and connection with boarding families through the development of an interactive, electronic boarding newsletter

  • Border Rivers Christian College

  • recognised dads were less visible in the school than mums. The Goondiwindi school used simple, but effective strategies to engage its father figures in the life of the school and the education of their children

  • St John’s Anglican College

  • saw an opportunity to partner with parents to reinforce classroom learning at home. They implemented a range of strategies to improve the oral language skills of new Kindergarten and Prep students commencing at the College.