Parent Engagement

 

Communication
The school uses a range of strategies to communicate, connect, inform and gain feedback from parents and the broader community.
Newsletter
South Thornlie PS has a fortnightly newsletter which is electronically emailed to parents/carers and also can collected from the school office if a hard copy is required.  The newsletter can also be found on our school webpage www.souththornlieps.wa.edu.au under the news section. Newsletters will provide parents and carers information for involvement and school activities.
Term Planners
These are provided to families at the start of each terms showing upcoming events.
SMS System
This is a Departmental SMS form of communication, which allows parents to connect directly with the school via a mobile number.
As parents you can now send messages to advise the school that your child is arriving late or if they are absent or unwell.
• The number you need to use is 0438 579 518
Our school will communicate with parents individually, class groups or send whole school messages. These may include student absences or concerns, event reminders, award recipients, community concerns, special events or date/times changes.
Seesaw
Seesaw is a platform for student engagement. Teachers can empower students to create, reflect, share, and collaborate. Students “show what they know” using photos, videos, drawings, text, PDFs, and links. It’s simple to get student work in one place and share with families, and nothing is shared without teacher approval.
Website
Our school website www.souththornlie.wa.edu.au has an abundance of information regarding Curriculum, Services, School Board, Community, Enrolments and General News.

Parent Engagement
Special Events
The school holds many special events. Harmony Day, NAIDOC Day, Edu Dance, Sports Carnivals, Assemblies, Anzac Day Celebration and Open Nights. There are also outside school activities such as Art Master Class, Robotics Club, Lego Club, Chess Club and School Banking.
Other Engagement Opportunities
The school community has opportunities to form positive partnerships with the P&C,  School Board, Canteen, English Classes, Classroom and Reader Support on a voluntary basis. 
Parent Survey
Parents and Carers can complete a survey each year which will provide feedback on school process and programs.  This information will be shared with the Parents/Carers and School Board.

Community Partnerships
University Services
At South Thornlie Primary School we have free services provided through our University partnerships in the following areas for students and their parents in the areas of:
• Social work - focus on resilience, self-esteem, capacity building, and life skills. As well as, behaviour management tools to use at home and behaviour management workshops for parents.
• Counselling - The counselling services at South Thornlie Primary School are currently engaging in one-to-one, small group and parent counselling. We employ a range of engagement tools including art, music, cooking, sensory therapy and outdoor activities. Key areas of focus within the service are emotional regulation, resilience building, social skills, communication skills, conflict resolution, amongst other areas that are identified by caregivers or teachers.
If you are interested in accessing any of these services please see either your child’s class teacher or the Principal.
China Partnership
Two partnerships have been established since 2019
• Ding hui Primary School
• Jin Hua Huang Cheng Primary School
New school partnership is to be established in Term 4 2020
• Hangzhou Caihe No◦2 Primary School. 
• Partnership signing to take place live on WeChat during International week in December 2020
The partnerships will increase the internationalisation of the school, expand students’ and staff’s horizons, improve curriculum development, improve foreign language education, improve teacher development, and share quality educational resources.
Correspondence of penpal letters will continue with three schools in 2021. Two to three classes required. Exploring options of typing and emailing letters instead of mailing. 

Partnership Aim: To develop a partnership with a sister school in China to widen our students learning experiences in both schools, share expertise in curriculum delivery in both schools and share cultural experiences with our school communities.
Benefits for Chinese Partnerships
Widen students’ learning experiences.
Share expertise in curriculum delivery in both schools.
Share cultural experiences with our school communities.