Parent-Student-Teacher Connect (Interviews)
Tuesday 4 April 3:45 - 6:00pm.
Parent-Student-Teacher Connect provides an important opportunity to discuss your child’s progress with their teachers.
Bookings are available to be made through the 'Sentral for Parents' App and through the online Sentral Portal (link below) from Wednesday 22 March 9am.
Parents who have already registered can use this link hrhs.sentral.com.au/portal/login
Parents who have not registered will need to register through the Sentral Portal using the access code supplied by email.
If you do not have an access code please contact the front office on (02) 4987 2306 or via email on firstname.lastname@example.org
Tips for before, during and after the interview.
Parent-Teacher connect provides an important opportunity to discuss your child’s progress with their teachers.
Here are some tips to get the best out of your time with the teacher.
Do your homework
Take a few minutes before the meeting to jot down any questions or comments you have. Common questions may include:
- How is my child fitting in with other students?
- What are the children working on now?
- Is there anything about my child’s needs that I should know?
- Does my child ask questions, participate in class discussions and other activities?
- Is my child’s progress satisfactory?
- What activities does my child seem to enjoy the most at school?
- Who are my child’s friends?
- What kinds of things will the class be doing over the next few weeks?
- How is my child progressing in comparison to others in the year?
- Is there anything I can be doing to help my child at home?
- Do you have any concerns about my child?
- What is the best time and way to contact you if I have a concern?
Also, list anything that might be happening at home that may be helpful for your child’s teacher to know. If your child has seen a specialist for example, there may be some information that is important for the teacher or the school counsellor to know.
Go with a positive attitude
Approach the meeting with a positive and relaxed attitude. Remember you and the teacher are partners in your child’s learning. Be clear and confident in raising any concerns and allow the teacher to answer or clarify your questions and worries.
Teachers want to help students achieve their best – you’re on the same team.
Walk away with an agreed plan
If the teacher raises issues about your child’s learning or behaviour, your goal will be to understand the plan to manage that during the school day and how you can help at home.
Ask the teacher what sort of strategies they have in mind and how you can help.
Plan to communicate
The Parent-Teacher Connect is not the only time you can discuss your child with the teacher, but many parents and carers find it’s their only opportunity to visit the school. Ask the teacher how you can best communicate with each other in the future. Many teachers make appointments to see or call you outside of school hours. Others find email works well.
Between 8:30am and 3:30pm is non-stop for teachers, and their primary responsibility each day is to teach their students. Teachers can’t leave their class unattended to talk with you so it’s best to come up with a plan to stay in touch.
After the interview
It’s important to discuss the meeting with your child and really congratulate them on their strengths. If the teacher made suggestions of things you could do at home, discuss these with your child and commit to following through with them.
It can be easier to approach the teacher or the principal when you feel part of the school community, try and stay connected on social media or online.
Don’t let issues brew
Stay in touch with the teacher and the school. Make contact if a concern arises before or after the Parent-Teacher Connect. Let the teacher know what your concern is so they can prepare for your conversation.
If there’s something happening at home with your child or another family member, it can affect your child’s learning and behaviour at school, so please let the school know.
Get to know child’s year advisor
Year advisor's are a great point of contact when you have a question or problem that’s not specific to one subject area.
Seeking more help
If you’ve talked to the teacher and still aren’t satisfied with the outcome, you can always make an appointment to discuss your concerns with the head teacher, year advisor, deputy or principal. You can bring a support person with you to any meeting at the school. If you need the help of an interpreter, let them know when you make the appointment, so they can arrange to have someone on the phone or at the meeting to help you.