Terrible Teachers and Amazing Parent Complaints.
Being a Principal requires a sense of humour and a thick skin. Over the years I have witnessed some absolute pearler of complaints from parents about the actions of ‘terrible teachers’. Like the time a teacher was so inconsiderate that she arranged the school musical on a Tuesday and Wednesday night that needed to be re-scheduled because a dad had a business appointment he could not change. A parent also complained bitterly that she could not understand why her daughter’s teacher could not meet her at the gate each morning to take her to class. There was also a time when a dad believed his son was being victimised and picked on by teachers at his previous two schools, the teacher in the grade before and now the current teacher for his bad bullying behaviour.
I have also witnessed some poor teacher judgement that rightly has caused a mountain of complaints from parents who justifiably have argued that the teacher’s actions failed miserably the reasonable test. Essentially, what I am trying to highlight is that in positive partnership between teacher and parent so much can be achieved, but at all times it must pass the test of reasonableness. Prior to making appointments with me as the Principal it is very important for respect that parents touch base with the teacher and only when there is an air of dissatisfaction should I be called upon for a meeting. This is not to abrogate my responsibility, but in going forward a teacher will feel undermined if they have not had the initial chance to resolve any issues.
As we are about to embark upon mid-year report interviews could I ask both teacher and parent to keep in mind that expectations can only ever be met if they are reasonable. Apportioning blame for poor behaviour or poor academic results shifts responsibility from where it should lay. My job as Principal is to ensure teachers do the right thing or face counselling as a consequence. Equally, I also have a duty of care to my staff to ensure the demands placed upon them by parents are rational and reasonable. During my time here at OLR I would have to say on the whole both parents and teachers work reasonably well together, but there have been occasions where information has been passed on to me about some parental whinging and rumour spreading that even though it generally is devoid of truth, actually creates a situation that need not to have occurred.
Soon you will be asked to book an interview time to meet your child’s teacher about the Semester 1 report. When discussing the report keep in mind three things. Firstly be reasonable. Secondly convey two stars for what is happening in the class and finally impress upon the teacher one wish. Equally, when your child’s teacher affirms, be proud of what your child is achieving; but more importantly when your child’s teacher impresses upon you some form of action to raise the performance bar, then please listen carefully.
Our Lady of the Rosary is a KidsMatter school that focuses on respectful relationships and the children’s wellbeing.
Our school’s Pastoral Care is based on respect and dignity of the human person.
Pastoral Care grounds the school’s Mission Statement in the quality of our daily relationships. The ways in which people interact with each other in the daily life of the school significantly affects each person’s sense of well-being, identity and self-worth. Everyone in the school community has a responsibility to foster quality interpersonal relationships amongst teachers, students, parents, support staff, priests and parish communities.
OLR endeavours to provide to all, the experience of high quality interpersonal relationships of care and support. Thus each member is both a provider and recipient of Pastoral Care.
As a school community, OLR responds with increasing sensitivity to the social and cultural diversity of its members. It is in and through Pastoral care that much can be done to promote, respect and support such things as diverse family structures, different ways of giving expression to Christian faith, and awareness of cross-cultural issues. School policies and practices are respectful of the dignity, rights and fundamental freedoms of individual students and provide learning opportunities for individual students which are responsive to their unique needs for growth and fulfillment.
Our school is a “Positive Behaviour for Learning” (PBL) school.
Our School Values are “Hope, Justice, Respect and Personal Best”
Greetings and welcome to Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic School at Wyoming. Our school was opened in 1978 and was founded by the Sisters of St Joseph.
At Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic School children develop a passion for learning through quality teaching and a diverse range of learning experiences. We encourage and foster a love of learning and strive for excellence within a quality learning environment. We are the educational arm of Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Parish. Our Catholicism is expressed through the students, teachers and wider school community living and teaching Gospel Values, with our school motto being ‘Alive and Aware’.
We have an extremely talented and professional team of staff members, and a committed parent community. Our school is a fantastic place for children to come and learn, and a rewarding place for teachers to come and teach. It is our collective aim to provide the very best learning opportunities for all of our students
Parents and carers are of vital importance to the success of our school. Our parents and carers are the first educators of their children and their positive support of their child’s school education provides encouragement to their child, their teacher and helps build the spirit of the school.
Education is a lifetime journey that you begin at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic School. We are dedicated to preparing your children for their journey of learning. We welcome your interest and warmly invite you to visit or call for further information.
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