Natasha thinks it is unacceptable that her school is not meeting the needs of families in its existing transition processes. Unfortunately, when Natasha began the program only 1 out of 15 families attended school information sessions, 0% of parents listened to reading at BBQs and information sessions, and only 5% of parents were involved in their child’s education at school. Natasha thinks that the lack of meaningful relationships between new parents and school staff was part of this problem and she believes in a school where families, teachers and other agencies work together to support students.
The key to Natasha’s initiative was to develop and maintain positive relationships with prospective families to increase enrolments in her school.
Natasha started by making a video of her staff introducing the school and junior primary school teachers and staff. She then set up a transition class for kindy families on Seesaw and personally delivered invitations to sign up. She created personalised lanyards for kindy children to use during school visits and organised regular kindy-school, school-kindy visits (weekly). During and after these events, Natasha posted regular photos and information on the Seesaw page to engage parents. Information sessions were held for parents, and the parent engagement officer had separate 1:1 sessions with prospective parents. Finally, transition handover meetings were arranged between parents, school and kindy staff prior to transition.
Natasha’s initiative has already positively impacted 35 kindy children and parents, and all but one new family are connected on Seesaw.
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Natasha would love your support for Seesaw Transitions, or for you to start a similar program in your school, and she’d love to hear about any ideas you have or lend a hand where she can. Shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to get in touch with Natasha and we can connect you. Feel free to cheer her on in the comments below as well.
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