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Parent Engagement


Parents are invited to assist classes and work with small groups of children in reading, writing, cooking, maths and art / craft.

Parents will also be invited to assist in local / regional educational day excursions and overnight excursions/camps. The Foundation, Grade 1/2 and Grade 3/4 classes need parental support on day excursions.  The senior classes have an overnight excursion, which alternates each year from an outdoor education excursion to the historical excursion to Bendigo and Ballarat.

Parent support is welcome on these camps!

***Please note that it is mandated that parent helpers who take part in any type of excursion or assist in the classroom, must have a current WORKING WITH CHILDREN'S CERTIFICATE. To obtain a Working with Children Check, parents need to go online to:

When parents receive the WWCC information, they need to bring it to the office, where a copy will be retained and kept on file.


What is Parent Engagement?

Parent engagement involves all people in the life of a child! We work together to create a positive and supportive environment for the child’s learning and development within the school community and their sport and social life.

Parents and families play an important role in supporting their child’s education. The earlier parents and families become engaged, the better it is for their children.

Parent engagement is more than being involved and informed about school activities. It is actively engaging with your child’s learning, both in the home and at school. When schools and families work together, children do better, are more engaged with their school work, go to school more regularly, have better social skills and stay in school longer.

For parents and families this means taking opportunities in the everyday interactions they have with their children to promote and support learning, and to connect learning at school, in the home and in the community.

For schools, it includes looking at ways to work in partnership with families, helping to build their capacity for effective parent engagement.

A large body of research supports the value of parent engagement from birth and throughout the school years. Parent engagement affects what children achieve, how they experience school, and assists in the transition to school and into post-secondary education.

Parent engagement has also been shown to reduce the impact of socio-economic disadvantage on educational outcomes. This means that families have an important role to play in helping their children to become confident and motivated learners, regardless of their occupation, education, or income.


Parent Engagement at St. Bernard’s

At St. Bernard’s we use many different learning methods and aids to teach our children. The way our children learn today is quite different from how most of us, as parents and carers were taught. We value the importance of parent engagement and recognise that working collaboratively with partners (school and parents) offers different knowledge, expertise and resources to support our children's education.

We have a dedicated Parent Engagement Committee and always welcome any new parents to join. If you are interested, please contact the school office.


Learning Walks

Each term, each area will hold a learning walk focusing on different aspects of student learning. These topics are generally driven from past wonderings/sessions. During the learning walks we ask parents to think of 3 questions:

 What did you see?

How do you feel?

What are wondering now?

Then, as a group, we meet afterwards and discuss these questions and provide our area with a summary of the session. Parents are always welcome to attend learning walks in other areas of the school!