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FACE - Family and Community Engagement

Why is Parent Engagement so important?
  • Research shows that 'parents and carers are one of the most important influences on a child's education.  When you are engaged in your children's education, your children are more likely to attend school and to perform better.'
  • When families and schools work together, children are more likely to build good relationships and do better at school.
  • Research also shows that any and all family involvement is beneficial, however, family engagement has the greatest benefit.  
Principles which underpin Effective Engagement in Student Learning
  • All families and schools want the best for their children
  • All children have the right to the opportunity to reach their full potential
  • Families are the first and continuing educators of their children
  • Effective schools provide a nurturing and supportive learning environment
  • Families and schools value quality teaching and respect teachers professional expertise
  • Families and schools value the diversity of families and use this as a resource for building partnerships and communities
  • Family-school partnerships are based on mutual responsibility, respect and trust
  • Leadership is critical to building, maintaining and renewing partnerships
  • Family-school partnerships improve student motivation and learning
  • Family-school partnerships strengthen the connections between schools and their communities
  • Partnerships can involve all organisations that support families and schools.
What does FACE look like at Marian?
  • No executive structure - ALL parents are automatically a part of FACE.
  • We meet at the start of each term - Dates and times to be advised ahead of time.
  • FACE focus areas include Catholic Identity, Engagement in Learning, Social Gatherings and Activities, Some fundraising opportunities (this is not a major focus).
  • Meeting structure:
  • Welcome and Prayer
  • Brief Principal’s reflection
  • Feedback from parents about previous term
  • Looking ahead to what’s coming up and how parents and families can be involved.
  • Small working groups when required.