What level of talking and listening skills should your pre-Prep child have? Our speech pathologists have some advice on what to look out for. Don’t worry if your child doesn’t tick all the boxes but if you have concerns early intervention is recommended.
What are the key values that define a Catholic school and a Catholic education? How do those values become part of a school’s culture and curriculum? How might a Catholic education help define our future lives? A discussion with leading religious educator Dr Tom Groome from Boston College, USA. 18:10 minutes
Are our schools a welcoming place for parents? What can be done to integrate school learning with learning in a home environment? Canadian educator Dr Debbie Pushor discusses the changing role of parents in school communities. 19:53 minutes
This 20 minute video of Anne Henderson from the Annenberg Institute for School Reform, Washington DC, discusses parent engagement with a group of Catholic educators and parents in Melbourne. While the evidence in favour of parent engagement is compelling, many schools struggle with how to do it effectively. This video is a useful starting point[…]
This seven minute film looks at a structured but informal process that can be adapted by schools to stimulate ongoing parent engagement – why parent engagement matters and how it can be organised to be an ongoing part of the school’s engagement with its parent community. (Link courtesy of the Catholic Education Office, Melbourne).
Have you ever noticed that in most takeaway food outlets, the girls are doing the customer service at the front counter and the boys are out the back flipping burgers? Why is that? Leading educator and chief executive of the Boys Forward Institute Ian Lillico was recently in Cairns to talk about how we might[…]
That’s the big question for parents accompanying their children to their first day of Prep. Our Prep teachers provide some good advice on how to handle a sometimes emotional separation. Big tip: Our children adjust a lot easier than we think.
Who is the most nervous on the first day of school for Preppies – the children, their parents, or the teachers? We ask some teachers and parents about their experience on the first day of school.
Prep teachers love having a chat to parents. But there are a couple of tips about how to get the best value out of contacting your child’s teacher. Our Prep teachers offer some good advice.
When you are four or five years old, learning language is an everyday experience. Cairns Catholic Education’s speech pathologists provide some tips on helping your child to develop his or her language skills in readiness for Prep. Learn how to ‘seize the moment’.
How to get ready for the first day of Prep. Our Prep teachers and parents share some experiences and insights. With a little bit of planning the first day of Prep can be a smooth and easy transition – at least for the children!
Schools across the diocese embraced the fields of science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics (STEAM) through guest speakers, displays and hands-on activities during Science Week. Students at St Joseph’s School, Parramatta Park showcased to their parents and the wider Cairns community what young students of today are doing to prepare themselves for the future[…]
Are ‘cloud grannies’ part of the future in how we engage our students in and out of school hours? See the TED talk by the inspiring Sugata Mitra about his educational journey that started with a ‘hole in the wall’ computer in an Indian slum. Also a link to a story about this program in[…]
What is the value of schools working in clusters? What is an outward facing school? What might be the implications for school leaders, teachers, and families. Leading UK educator and thought leader Maggie Farrar discusses the benefits of schools working together. 15:57 minutes