PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT IN EDUCATION
The school believes that children must be prepared for the challenges that await them in this unprecedented world, and provided with skills and values that would enable them to flourish and become better humans. The onus of imparting our children with these skills, values, can’t be shouldered by the teachers alone. Therefore, it is important to strike a balance among the community at large, home and the school.
The VGS aims at maintaining a healthy parent-teacher relationship by
- Bridging the communication gap among the parents, teachers and learners.
- Reaching out to parents and allowing them the same.
- Involving parents in classrooms so that they can understand what is going on in the class and how it would help their children.
- Encouraging fresh and more pragmatic perspectives to the class and the curriculum from the community.
- Setting expectations - Letting the parents know what we expect from them and being open for the same feedback.
- Encouraging mutual appreciation- Parenting and teaching both come with their own set of challenges and hence, it becomes important to support each other.
How we encourage parents’ involvement at the school
At VGS, we sincerely value the concept of being a family, hence, we learn and grow together. That definitely involves our parents who are associated with us in our small and big endeavours.
- As teachers we need to open the doors of our classrooms for the community, and at first, the parents. On occasions parents can volunteer to be part of the school celebrations like mothers’ day, fathers’ day or grandparents’ day, call for meet and greet from the parents’ end.
- The carnivals, exhibitions, class presentations etc, such events allow the parents to be there at their child’s special days.
- The PTAs or PTMs are held on regular basis so that the parents as well as the teachers, are up to date with the child’s progress.
- The assignments and home tasks are designed in a manner that both the parent and the child are excited about the given activities. Fun surveys, interviews, daily tasks, helping around the house, skill based activities etc., are given where the parents too understand what is going on in the class and how this particular work is going to help build my child’s personality.
- Class orientation programmes for the parents are held at the beginning of each session to acquaint the parents with the curriculum, syllabus, examinations, teachers etc. so that they can discuss their apprehensions, if any, and we set the tone of the session ahead.
- Remedial classes and individual interaction with the parents are also offered wherever required to tie up any loose ends and to ensure our students’ smooth progress.