“It is not enough to say we are Christians. We must live the faith, not only with our words but with our actions” – Pope Francis
At St Matthew’s we believe that building strong and effective relationships with our families, that goes beyond curriculum and learning, will fundamentally underpin everything else we do. We recognise that both parties have a ‘complimentary skill set’ and ‘common purpose’ that together can achieve the ultimate effectiveness for our school.
All our staff demonstrate a readiness and passion to work and nurture relationships with families, and indeed the wider community, knowing that this will ultimately benefit all our children.
We strive to establish these bonds from the earliest starting points with the belief that this is crucial for overall success. We recognise that ‘Parents are the single biggest predictor of their children’s outcomes’, and ensure that their involvement is never undervalued or underutilised.
With all this in mind, we will continue to strive for innovative and exciting ways to move forward with these relationships. This is particularly important during these difficult times with covid restrictions still in place.
What we have done so far:
- Increased the virtual platforms for sharing children’s achievements in school.
- Welcome meetings via zoom to go through important class information and to clarify any issues.
- Held parents’ evenings virtually to discuss progress.
- Class assemblies have been shared via zoom to demonstrate understanding and learning from our ‘Come and See’ programme.
- ‘Festive zoom’ to share the Christmas preparations such as decorating the classroom and the Blessing of the Advent Wreath by Deacon Ronnie.
- Arranged Christmas Dinner and Gifts for any families who would benefit from some support this year.
“Holiness doesn’t mean doing extraordinary things but doing ordinary things with love and faith” – Pope Francis