Parents and community members play an important role in education and a strong partnership between parents and schools enriches the learning experience for students.
Research shows that children do better in school when parents communicate regularly with teachers and become involved in the education of their children. There are a number of ways that parents can make contact with classroom teachers and be more involved with the school community.
Direct contact with classroom teachers
Parents are encouraged to contact their child's teachers to discuss any issues and concerns, to check on assessment and progress or to simply make contact. A convenient way to do this is to use this list of teacher email addresses to make direct contact with each teacher.
Parent-teacher nights are a formal opportunity to meet in person and have a conversation with each of your child's teachers. Interviews are an opportunity to find out about your child’s progress both academically and socially, set future goals, discuss social aspects of school and put plans in place for continued success. Parent involvement in education is a powerful force and interviews are important for ALL children, regardless of their academic, extra-curricular or social achievements. Southport State High School hosts parent-teacher nights early in terms 2 and 3, usually during the second week.
Reports on student performance
All schools are required to provide parents with a written report on their child's performance at least twice a year. At Southport State High School we provide three written report cards for each student and they are produced at the end of term 1, semester 1 and semester 2.
Our newsletter is designed to inform parents, caregivers and the community about school activities, developments and initiatives and it is published at approximately two weekly intervals throughout the year. If you would like to be added to the mailing list, email firstname.lastname@example.org requesting this. You can also view all current and archived newsletters online.
School annual reports
Around the middle of each year we will publish the school's annual report on this website. The report is for the previous calendar year and includes information such as:
- distinctive curriculum offerings
- extracurricular activities
- characteristics of the student body
- total number of enrolments
- Year levels offered
- staff development priorities
- social climate of the school, including pastoral care programs
- parent, teacher and student satisfaction with the school
- strategies used for involving parents in their child's education
- staff composition and qualifications of teachers
- expenditure on professional development
- average staff attendance