As we are now halfway through the first term, it is an appropriate time for both students and parents to check in on their learning. For students, it is around this time that their first assessments have or are soon to be completed, and given most students have between five to ten subjects depending on their year level, they must begin to establish regular patterns in their study routines.

Students can review their learning progress through the class planners in SIMON, as well as check the data analytics in their student profiles. Similarly, parents can log into PAM and explore their child’s Learning Tasks to identify when assessments are occurring and the results of any previous assessment. Parents can also email their child’s teacher through the PAM portal or book a Parent Student Teacher Interview for the end of the term.

As the students become older and progress through St Joseph’s, it can become easy for parents to take a back seat in their child's learning. However, we encourage parents to stay engaged and involved for many reasons.

  1. Better academic performance

Research has shown that when parents are actively involved in their child's education, their academic performance is improved. By showing an interest in their child's schoolwork and progress, parents can motivate their child to work harder and achieve better grades. Additionally, parents who are involved in their child's education are more likely to be aware of any struggles their child may be facing and can work with teachers to find solutions.

  1. Improved communication skills

Involvement in their child's education can also help parents improve their communication skills. When parents regularly communicate with teachers and school staff, they learn how to effectively express their concerns and ask questions respectfully and productively. These skills can then be applied in other areas of their lives, such as in the workplace or personal relationships.

  1. Understanding the curriculum

The secondary school curriculum can be complex and challenging, even for students. Parents who engage in their child's learning can gain a better understanding of what their child is studying and what is expected of them. This knowledge can help parents better support their child's education at home and provide assistance when needed. St Joseph's College has asked staff to provide an outline of their lessons in PAM for parents to gain this insight.

  1. Building a relationship with their child

By staying involved in their child's education, parents can build a stronger relationship with their child. Regular communication about schoolwork and progress can help parents better understand their child's interests and strengths, as well as any areas where they may need extra support.

  1. Preparing for the future

Engaging in your child's education in secondary school can also help parents prepare their child for their future. By staying involved, parents can help their child to make informed decisions about their academic and career paths. Additionally, parents can help their child to develop important skills such as time management, organization, and study skills, which will be valuable throughout their lives.

By staying engaged in their child’s learning, parents can help improve their academic performance, build stronger relationships, and prepare them for their future. Parents need to remember that their involvement doesn't need to be overwhelming or time-consuming; even small efforts such as checking PAM, attending parent-teacher conferences or regularly checking in with their child can make a big difference.

The following are key assessment and reporting dates this term:

  • Mid Semester Reports will be available in PAM on Tuesday 28 March 
  • Parent Teacher Interview Bookings Open online through PAM Wednesday 29 March
  • Parent Teacher Interview Bookings Close on Tuesday 4 April
  • Parent Teacher Interviews onsite in the Edmund Rice Gym Wednesday 5 April 5 (4:00-7:00 pm)
  • Parent Teacher Interviews online via TEAMS Thursday 6 April (9:00-12:00 pm)