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There will many times, during your childs time at Kokopu School, that you will be in and around our school. Having a positive partnership between home and school is important for all of us involved in educating your children. In order to ensure time parents spend in school assists the work of the teachers in providing the highest quality education for your children, we ask that you consider the following;
The classrooms are our workplace i.e. the workplace of your child, your child’s classmates, and your child’s teacher. It is important that the focus of the children ( and the teacher ) is not distracted, and this is especially pertinent at the beginning and end of each school day. Remember that voices outside, visual contact with parents or younger brothers/sisters does distract the children from the task at hand. If you need to share information with the teacher, or your child, please ensure this is done before the bell rings.
Apart from casual conversations, if you wish to discuss specific aspects about your child’s progress etc, please make an appointment through the office. Except for confidential discussions, it is helpful if, at the time of requesting an interview, you indicate briefly what you would like to talk about when you meet with the class teacher – this will assist us in making the meeting more worthwhile as any necessary information can be gathered prior to the meeting.
We accept that on occasions, arrangements change and children need to be advised of this. Again, it is less disruptive to the class programme if these changes can be advised through the office.
If you do need to visit a classroom at times when lessons are in progress, please advise the teacher of your presence and reason for being there.
As teachers and parents, we all do our best, but on occasions we can all make mistakes or have the need to clarify matters. Based on mutual respect, both home and school should be able to discuss concerns, celebrate successes etc together in a professional way. The best person to discuss matters with in the first instance is the class teacher.
By clarifying the above procedures we hope to establish and maintain a strong partnership between home and school in a way that best supports the learning of the children. After all, we are all on the same side.