When families and schools work together, children are more likely to build good relationships and do better at school.
Gearing Up for Parent Engagement website
Free resources for families and educators including new case studies.
The Gearing up for parent engagement website can be accessed at:
Student Mental Health & Wellbeing
Archdiocese of Brisbane
A presentation on mental health & wellbeing in our schools
by Kathy Shelton, BCE Principal Education Officer – Inclusive Education and Student Wellbeing
28 April 2021
Diocese of Rockhampton
A presentation on The Role of Schools in Promoting Student Wellbeing
by Erin Sheldrick, Project Officer – Student Wellbeing, Catholic Education, Diocese of Rockhampton
29 April 2021
A paper by Andrew Fuller to help parents remain sane(ish) while kids are doing
Now's the Age to Engage
An issues paper on parent engagement in the Queensland Catholic Education System
The Fathering Project
The Fathering Project aims to:
- improve child development outcomes by inspiring and equipping fathers and father figures to effectively engage with their kids.
- deliver resources, programs and events specific to the engagement style and needs of dads and father-figures.
- upskill fathers in supporting their children’s social and emotional wellbeing, providing the link for schools to strengthen partnerships with fathers in all aspects of their child’s education.
What are the most important things parents can do?
Parent Engagement Materials
Parent Engagement Conference - Townsville 2018
Collaborating for Success - Karen Mapp - Part1
Collaborating for Success - Karen Mapp - Part2
Collaborating for Success - Karen Mapp - Part3
Collaborating for Success - Jenni Brasington - Part1
Collaborating for Success - Jenni Brasington - Part2
The Family and Community Engagement Framework (FACE)
The resources below (with links) are designed to help you understand and implement family and community engagement within your school community:
Family and Community Engagement Framework - this is the main document explaining the framework.
FACE Powerpoint presentation - this is the presentation by Carmel Nash at the 2014 Catholic Parents Conference.
The Framework has been refreshed through a series of supporting materials, offering research insights, practical advice and a range of resources including fact sheets and case studies.
When concerns arise at school
Individual issues between parents and the school or a teacher are private matters and should be dealt with privately. They are not matters for the whole P&F.
Most children, at some time in their school life, will come home with a story about being wronged by a teacher in some way. The child comes home, is upset by what has happened and repeats the story to you and, as a parent, you immediately begin to ask questions. How could this person do this to your child? My child would not do that. Often we are quite indignant about what has occurred. When morning comes we have calmed down and begin to think more rationally about this ‘huge’ problem in your child’s life. We begin to think that there may be another side to the story and their usually is.
What happens when you have a genuine concern? How do we go about dealing with it? What is the correct procedure for having your concerns answered.
Other Resources for Family and Community Engagement
ACARA has published parent resources for the national literacy and numeracy learning progressions – including infographics, videos and a short series of FAQs.
The videos feature parents talking about how the progressions helped them understand and engage in their child’s literacy and numeracy development, while the infographics show how skills – like learning to tell time or write a sentence – generally develop in a particular order over the schooling years.
This power point presentation by Carmel Nash, the Federation's Executive Director, was a workshop at the 2012 Federation conference.
Daniel Morcombe Child Safety Curriculum
The Department of Education, Training and Employment, in partnership with the Daniel Morcombe Foundation, has developed the Daniel Morcombe Child Safety Curriculum.
The Curriculum consists of classroom lessons across three phases of learning: Prep - Year 2 , Years 3 - 6 and Years 7 - 9.
The Curriculum is available to all Queensland schools and aims to teach children about personal safety and awareness, including cybersafety and phone safety, by focusing on three key safety messages: Recognise, React and Report.
The Curriculum was developed in consultation with Bruce and Denise Morcombe, the Commissioner for Children and Young People and Child Guardian and representatives from the Department of Education, Training and Employment, Queensland Police Service, and the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services, as well as experts in child safety education.
Parent guides for Prep - Year 2 , Year 3 - Year 6 and Year 7 - Year 9 have been developed to inform parents about the Curriculum and to help them reinforce the key safety messages at home.
Click here for further information about the Daniel Morcombe Safety Curriculum