Communication

​There are ​​a numbers of avenues of communication available to parents at St Elizabeth’s. These include the Student Planner (see below) and email, as well as face to face meetings and where appropriate, phone calls. Given the requirements of the role of the teacher between 8:15am and 3:20pm as well as the considerable additional demands outsides of school hours (meetings, planning, preparation, marking, reporting, etc), response to communication may not be immediate. Every effort will be made to respond to notes, emails and phone calls within 48 hours if a response is required. If a meeting with the teacher is required, advanced notice needs to be given so an appropriate meeting time can be arranged.

If you have any questions or concerns, your child’s teacher should be your first point of contact. The teacher will have the best, and most current information and u​​nderstanding of your child in the school context.

One of the best w​​ays to keep informed to what is happening at St Elizabeth’s is to read the newsletter each week. Many people contribute to this newsletter and as a result, it should answer many questions you may have.

Querie​​s & Concerns Flowchart

A Queries and Concerns Flowchart has been developed to provide parents with assistance in directing parents where to go to find answers to queries or share ​particular concerns.

Stude​nt Planner

Please familiarise yourself with your child’s Student​ Planner. This organiser serves many functions:

  • One of a numbers of means of communication between home and school.
  • An overview of a great deal of information regarding the school.
  • Advice on procedures and “WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU…”
  • Uniforms.
  • School Expectations.
  • Prayers and Songs of importance for our school.
  • A copy of the Computer Resources Acceptable Use Policy.
  • Recommended exclusion periods for various medical conditions

Newsletters

‘The Elizabethan’ is sent via email every Tuesday and deals with current happenings at the school.  

​Inf​ormation Evenings

Early in the school year a Parent Information Evening is held.  Parents are strongly encouraged to attend these meetings as they ‘set the scene’ for the school year. They usually begin with a prayer or reflection, information about the teacher and then discussion about the expectation on students including behaviour management in the classroom, homework, the curriculum and other class matters. On occasions, Information Evenings are offered on various topics (eg Maths, the Prep Year, Reporting). Parents are encouraged to attend.

Student Repo​rt Cards

Reporting is the process of communicating timely and accurate information about students’ demonstrations of learning outcomes.  Its main purpose is to acknowledge and support student learning. Reporting may be formal or informal. Report Cards are issued at the end of each semester.  These have been designed to meet government regulations in regard to reporting. As a written report cannot give a complete picture of the whole child, parents are also invited to take part in formal Parent - Teacher interviews which are held towards the end of Term 1. This provides an opportunity to work hand in hand with the class teacher for the benefit of the child.

Parent Teacher ​Dialogues

Teachers schedule Parent Tea​cher Dialogues at the end of Term 1 or early in Term 2. This provides a good opportunity for teachers to discuss each child’s progress with their parents and for both parties to share any concerns they may have. Parents are welcome to discuss their child’s progress with the class teacher at any stage of the year. ​We recommend that you make an appointment to ensure teacher availability and that you brief the teacher of your queries before the interview.