Passport to the future education
Think back to your days as a young person in school. Who helped you most to achieve success? You might be thinking of a teacher, coach, family member, or a mentor. What were the biggest challenges you faced?
WHAT IF you were poor, had experienced trauma, weren’t sure where your next meal was coming from, didn’t have clean clothes to wear to school, had a toothache, needed glasses, or were experiencing abuse or neglect?
Who would have helped you? Who would you tell? And who would connect you with local services to help you and your family overcome these obstacles, to ensure your continued success?
That’s where Communities In Schools comes in. Our social workers are warriors. They walk beside a student and their family throughout the child’s time at school, providing integrated student supports, making home visits, and ensuring students stay on track for academic success.
The answer to the “Who” questions I posed here is: Times.
Our area schools serve many, many children considered at-risk for a host of reasons. These students often perform poorly in school. Many eventually drop out, and people wonder why.
Schools, by themselves, are not equipped to address these needs. It’s my feeling that every school should have someone working inside the campus, full-time, whose job it is to find out what’s going on behind the scenes…and respond. Someone to bring hope and help the student work toward a brighter future.
Times School Community Integrated with
Supported Play Groups.
Thank you to our volunteers at Times School ! Every parent, family and volunteer makes a huge difference to the success of our school and your children.
As an overview, Times volunteer requires a commitment of 30 volunteer hours per family (15 hours per single parent family). Contributions of time and energy are just as important as the financial contributions.
There are a variety of ways to volunteer in the classroom, to support special events, or to help with administrative work. Volunteer as your schedule allows – for a part of the day, on a weekend, or for an ongoing commitment.
Having your participation in giving to TIMES demonstrates your belief in our education model and mission as well as the understanding that additional resources from parents and the community are needed to managing a high performing school.
we deeply appreciate the continued generosity of our Times community.
Time schools undertake a wide range of activities to develop and strengthen relationships with their school community such as:
Using interpreting and translating assistance services to effectively communicate with their entire school community
Working with parent clubs
Celebrating patriotic observance
Addressing parent complaints in an effective and timely manner.
Establishing partnerships arrangements that maximise learning experiences for students
Performing volunteer checks to ensure volunteers working with children requirements.
Time school have a club or association where you can have an active role in the school.
Parent clubs help:
Parents’ clubs (and associations) promote the welfare of, and provide support to, the school and its community. Parents are key partners in their child’s learning.
By interacting with the school and other parents, parents’ club members gain a first hand understanding of how schools operate, and can use their skills and experience to work collaboratively with others in supporting the school and its students.
Role of Parents’ Clubs:
Parents’ clubs may undertake social and educational activities and contribute to school council decision making.
The role of a parents’ club is threefold:
To provide support, in various forms, for the school, its students and community
To work in cooperation with the principal, staff and school council in building effective partnerships between home and school
To get to know the parents of other children at the school and to support the operation of the school.
A parents’ club is not a sub-committee of the school council .
Organise social gatherings
Arranging Mentors and Initiative for the school students.
Working with school council
Parents’ clubs are most effective when there is a close and cooperative working relationship with the principal and school council. This can be achieved by:
Offering a position on school council in the community member category, where there is capacity to do so, to a parents’ club representative
Inviting parents’ club members on sub committees of the school council where appropriate to do so
Providing opportunities for regular updates and discussion between the parents’ club, principal and school council
Encouraging discussion about, and an understanding of, a wide range of issues relating to broader general education and student welfare matters
Principals providing feedback (and school council where required) when the club is planning social, educational or fundraising activities
Utilising the parents’ club as a reliable mechanism for parent feedback on school policy and initiatives.
Times schools have volunteer programs where you can get involved with school activities.
This could be helping with
The school canteen.
school excursions and events.
committees and cultural groups.
Supported playgroups are a targeted service. The aim of supported playgroups is to improve the learning, development, and wellbeing outcomes of children from birth they start primary school.
Improvements in child outcomes are the result of improvements in the quality of parent-child interactions and the home learning environment that occur as a result of parents participating in a supported playgroup.
Supported playgroups provide opportunities for parents to learn about local services, to meet with other parents for support and friendship and to build social support networks in the communities in which they live.
Quality parent-child interactions are
Encouraging parents to interact with their children in a warm and gentle manner
Tuning in to their child by giving them their full attention frequently and promptly
Attending to whatever their child shows an interest in
listening and talking to their child more frequently
Using teachable moments when they arise
School will decide when the remaining student-free days are, so contact them for details.