Why Family Engagement? What's in it for you?

Families have a major influence on their children’s achievement in school and through life. Parents are their children’s first teacher. Research has shown that when parents are engaged with their children’s learning students have:

  • Better attendance
  • Increased motivation
  • Better self-esteem
  • Higher academic results

When parents are engaged with their children’s learning they have more confidence in the school as well as in their ability to help the child learn. At St Augustine’s College parents are partners with our teachers in the education of their child.

What is Family Engagement?

Family Engagement is being involved with and supporting your child’s learning at school and at home. It is participating in and supporting activities that are directly connected to learning.

RESIZED FamilyEngagement

St Augustine's College Family - School Partnership:

St Augustine's College recognises and values the role that parents and carers play in the education of their children and aims to strengthen the partnership between family, school, parish and the wider community for the benefit of their children’s overall development and learning.

Getting Involved:

Keys to successful partnerships: St Augustine's College Current Reality

Parenting Communicating Volunteering Learning at Home Decision Making Collaborating
Information/ Learning sessions Newsletter Parents & Friends Homework Learning Walks Sacramental Program
Wellbeing parent sessions Facebook St Augustine’s Day Cupcakes SIMON/PAM Board Representation Warramunda (Service)
Book Worm/Play group SIMON/PAM Parent Helpers Library Catalogue Strategic Planning Conversations Fauna Park
Teacher Advisor Program Grade 3/4 News St Augustine’s JFC Home Reading   Work Experience
  Notes and Permissions Excursions/Sports Days Newsletter Items: Home reading, Languages etc   Structured Workplace Learning
  Year 12 Information Night   Maths in a suitcase   Mock Interviews
          Beacon Program
Impact: Students improve attendance when families are informed of the policies and involved in meeting attendance goals. Impact: Students increase awareness of own progress in subjects and skills with good two-way communications on classwork. Impact: Students gain academic skills that are tutored or taught by volunteers. Impact: students complete more homework in specific subjects. Impact: Students benefit from policies and projects conducted and supported by parent organisations. Impact: Students gain skills and talents in curricular and extra curricular projects with community partners.

Impacts from: School, family and Community partnerships, Third Edition, by J.L. Epstein et al. (2009)