Children are more likely to thrive when there is a close relationship between home and school. Parents are invited and encouraged to become a part of the school community, thereby creating a strong social environment to support the educational work of the school. While the amounts of time or gifts any particular family can give will vary according to individual circumstances, all are asked to share what they can and make this school experience a priority for both the children and their families.
Protocol for teacher/parent relationship
The relationship between teachers and parents is based upon their common aim to actively support and guide the children in their development and education. This will best be achieved when the relationship that exists is one of mutual respect and understanding. Frank and open communication is of immense importance in establishing the trust that should grow between them.
Every class in the school is composed of children who come together daily from a wide variety of families, homes and cultural and religious backgrounds. What they experience as a group is the Steiner/Waldorf curriculum as interpreted and presented to them by their teachers. While the standards of behaviour, conventions etc. may therefore in many cases differ from those required at home, children will readily adapt to such differences so long as they feel the mutual support of both teachers and parents.
Disagreements and misunderstandings may sometimes occur between teachers and parents. While these must be settled as soon as possible, it is also important to find an appropriate moment to discuss these matters and the teachers should be telephoned in order to arrange this.
At times a teacher may request some parental help in the classroom. This is very much appreciated by both teachers and children. Parents may not however be present during a lesson without the prior consent of the teachers in charge.
If a message, an item of equipment, lunch box etc needs to be delivered to a pupil or a teacher during school hours, it should be brought to the school office rather than directly to the classroom so that lessons are disturbed as little as possible.
As parents, you participate in the life of the school by:
- Supporting your child's learning at home.
- Communicating with the teachers and parents in your child's class on a regular basis.
- Participating in the school as a whole by attending Parent Seminars which are regularly offered, helping with class fundraising events, and attending PTFA meetings, which take place every month.