Home & School Relationships

Children whose parents spend time with them in educational activities or who are involved in school activities achieve more in school, regardless of socio-economic status.” Benson, Charles S.: Buckley, Stuart: and Mendrich, Elliot A.“Families as Educators,” Time: Contributions to School Achievement.

At John Paul College we recognise the necessity of close co-operation between the home and school to ensure the best possible educational opportunities are achieved by students.

We strongly encourage parents to become involved in their son or daughter’s academic, social and general development, and to communicate with the school on matters of interest or concern.

It is vitally important that the values espoused by the home and the school are in harmony, and that parents are seen to support the school in maintaining the reasonable standards of behaviour and performance expected. Parents who allow children to disregard these during the holidays, for example, by allowing haircuts or behaviour not in line with school policy, reflect that they do not hold these values deeply. Students are likely to become confused by such inconsistency.