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Swan View SHS deputy principal Karen Scriven at a Karen Mapp workshop.

Partnership for student success

SWAN View Senior High School is looking at strategies for building effective school-family partnerships aimed at improving student outcomes.

Earlier this month Swan View SHS principal Melesha Sands, deputy principal Karen Scriven and Swan View SHS board member Sharon Gardner attended a workshop run by education specialist Karen Mapp from Harvard University.

Ms Sands said Dr Mapp’s workshop provided tools to better engage families and the community and support students’ learning.

“It’s a great new way to engage with our families and the community to ensure student success,” she said.

Hosted by the Dianella Education Precinct Hub in partnership with national children’s education charity The Smith Family and the Fogarty Foundation, the workshop was the first time the Mapp family engagement program was implemented in Australia. 

The Smith Family’s Western Australian general manager Ian Moore said the workshop had been organised in recognition of the vital role parents play in supporting good educational outcomes for their children – noting parental engagement was also an area of focus in the recent report from the Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools, led by David Gonski. 

Mr Moore said everyone had a role to play in the future success of children. 

“At The Smith Family, we see firsthand the educational benefits when families, schools and the wider community work together to support children’s learning,” he said.

“Research and practice shows that when parents are equipped with the knowledge, skills and confidence to engage with their child’s learning, the benefits for children extend well beyond their education into their working lives. 

“It is why the recommendations in the Gonski report to support and develop effective parental engagement are welcome.

About Anita

Anita Mcinnes received a highly commended in the 2009 WA Media Awards suburban section for her reporting. Two of her sons were born at Swan District Hospital and for many years she was a partner in a small business, which operated in the Gingin-Muchea-Bullsbrook area. As a mature age student Anita studied journalism at Curtin University before working in Busselton, Dunsborough and Rockingham with West Regionals. She says the best part of her job is meeting eastern suburb residents and visiting the many attractions in the area.

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