Namoi Valley Christian School

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Namoi Valley Christian School . Creating effective partnerships with parents. School demographics. Namoi Valley Christian School (NVCS) is an independent primary school situated in Wee Waa, in North-West NSW.
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Namoi Valley Christian School Creating effective partnerships with parents School demographics
  • Namoi Valley Christian School (NVCS) is an independent primary school situated in Wee Waa, in North-West NSW.
  • The school caters for 38 students from K - 6; one third of whom are Indigenous, and a significant number of whom live on farms or in smaller townships located a considerable distance from the school (some over 60km).
  • NVCS students represent a diverse range of family educational backgrounds.
  • Challenges for parental engagement
  • NVCS faced two key challenges engaging parents:
  • parents did not often attend school-based activities due to distance
  • some parents felt uncomfortable in a school environment and unable to support their child’s learning
  • Strategies used to promote parental engagement
  • NVCS addressed these challenges using a variety of strategies:
  • Parents were actively involved in school planning, with a teacher released from classes to visit all parents in their homes, and offer them the opportunity to contribute to the School Plan. This enabled NVCS to actively demonstrate how highly parents were valued as partners in their children’s education…
  • Strategies used to promote parental engagement continued
  • To boost parents’ confidence in assisting in their child’s learning, NCVS produced and distributed a maths resource pack containing mathematics-based activities for all grades/stages:
  • equipment for completing activities
  • an explanatory booklet
  • a DVD of the classroom teacher demonstrating activities, provided parents the opportunity to be involved in their children’s’ education, without having to travel a long distance to the school.
  • Strategies used to promote parental engagement continued
  • NVCS also implemented an onsite homework centre, recognising that many parents lacked suitable conditions for homework completion and the skills to provide assistance.
  • The centre also acted as a model for parents who then recognised the benefits of homework and changing attitudes to education.
  • Strategies used to promote parental engagement continued
  • NVCS arranged for a small group of parents to receive training in Quicksmart – a numeracy intervention program.
  • This increased the number of people able to deliver the program in the school, contributing to both its successful implementation and its ongoing sustainability.
  • Student achievement outcomes NVCS has achieved excellent outcomes.
  • Prior to implementing these strategies, students failed to demonstrate minimum expected growth in numeracy:
  • fewer than three quarters of students reported that they enjoyed mathematics tasks
  • absenteeism was a significant cause for concern – particularly amongst Aboriginal students.
  • Student achievement outcomes
  • In the year following implementation, all students achieved minimum expected growth in Numeracy; 96% reported that they enjoyed mathematics tasks and the school encourages students and parents to maintain high levels of attendance.
  • Parental engagement remains a focus area for NVCS and the school expects these positive outcomes to continue.
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