November 26 2015

Principal’s Message Nov 25, 15

The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe. Proverbs 18:10

I am very much looking forward to attending the Kindergarten Family Picnic tomorrow. This annual event always proves to be  a great opportunity for the Kindergarten families to come together and enjoy a day of fun activities and talking together. However, what some parents don’t realise is that this event, and others like it, are very important in the growth and education of their children.

Research consistently and overwhelmingly shows that when parents are involved in their child’s education that the child performs significantly better at school than if they are not involved. Its great to know that through doing something as simple as attending a family picnic, that you can significantly boost your child’s learning.

Today I would like to highlight the many benefits that come form being involved in your child’s education, as well as give some tips on how you can be appropriately involved without it taking up too much of your time.

Firstly, research points towards the following benefits for your child if you become involved in their education:

  • Greater academic achievement throughout their schooling.
  • Better self esteem, more self discipline, and higher aspirations and motivation towards school.
  • Better behaviour at school.
  • Less likely to drop out of school early.
  • Better at completing their homework.

The research shows that parents also benefit tremendously form being involved in their child’s education. These benefits include:

  • Parents are more confident in their decision making.
  • Parents find they are more affectionate towards their children and punish them less.
  • Parents are more responsive and sensitive to their children’s social, emotional, and intellectual developmental needs.

It actually doesn’t take much effort on a parent’s behalf to be involved in their child’s schooling, but it is extremely important. Fathers in particular should note that when they become involved in their child’s education is has a very significant impact. The research shows overwhelmingly that a father’s involvement in their child’s education has a much greater impact on their growth than how much money they make.

Below are some simple and easy ways to get involved in your child’s education:

  • Talk to your child about what they are studying. Simply asking your child about what they are learning at school is perhaps the easiest way to be involved in their education and can produce dramatic benefits. US researchers found that this simple act produced results that were the equivalent of spending an extra $1,000 USD per year on that child’s education.
  • Stay Informed. Read the notes that come home from school, read the newsletter, follow the school’s Facebook page. Staying up-to-date about what is happening at school is very important and through finding out about what is happening at school, you can be aware of more and more ways to be involved.
  • Help the Parent Association. NIS has a very active and involved Parent Association which works hard to provide real benefits to our students and their families. Through supporting the activities of the Parent Association you are showing your child that you believe their education is important, while also helping to provide great benefits to yourself and the whole school community.
  • Set your child up at home. Make sure your child has space to do home work and limit their TV and computer time. When you set aside a time and a place for work, you’re communicating that you want your kids to do well.
  • Stay in touch with the teachers. Whether through parent-teacher interviews or a simple note in their home learning diary, stay in touch with the teachers so that you can coordinate your efforts and cooperate in helping your child learn and grow.
  • Join in. You can volunteer in the classroom, join excursions, help out in the library, or do something as simple as drop your child off in the morning and spend a moment looking inside their classroom.

Research shows that it is not so much how you are involved that matters, but that being involved in some way is very important. With all the pressures that come from a busy work life, some of the things above are simply not possible for some parents. However, I would encourage all parents to find the way to be involved that suits them best and focus on being diligent in ensuring that no matter what you do, that you do it well.