Families are the first and most important educators of their children and the most dominant influence in a child’s life throughout schooling and beyond. When a family becomes part of a Catholic school community within the Diocese of Lismore, they become partners with the school in the educational journey of their child. The purpose of this partnership is to support the faith formation, learning and pastoral care of the student who is at the centre of all our endeavours.
When effective family school partnerships are developed, they help to support both families and school communities amidst the pressures of school and family life. Effective family school partnerships are developed when relationships between home and school are based upon trust and ongoing, open dialogue and result in all members of the partnership feeling respected, valued and cared for.
Investing our time, energy and commitment to develop positive family school partnerships is critically important for your children. Substantial research has clearly proven that schools, families and communities working together have a profound and positive effect on children’s achievement, well being and life chances including:
Simply put, family, school and community partnerships matter.
Parent representative bodies exist to support Catholic schools to achieve their mission of enabling all students to experience the fullness of life. Catholic school parent representative bodies provide a unique opportunity for collaboration and help contribute to a thriving school community. Parent representative bodies provide a forum where parents/carers can:
A number of different models of parent representative bodies operate within Catholic schools in the Lismore diocese, yet all models seek to provide an opportunity to strengthen relationships between families and schools. Some of the different types of parent representative bodies operating within our Catholic schools include:
All parents are encouraged to support the parent representative body operating within their school by:
Find out more about your school’s parent representative body.
The Lismore Catholic Schools Parent Assembly is a unique organisation that seeks to support and serve parents of children in Catholic schools in the Diocese of Lismore. Parent Assembly believes that “it takes a village to raise a child” and works to support and connect families by:
The Council of Catholic School Parents (CCSP) NSW/ACT is the peak representative body for parents and carers of children in NSW Catholic schools.
CCSP is the voice and advocate for parents and carers of children in NSW Catholic schools. CCSP develops tools to assist parents and carers better engage with their child’s education.