As you know, Moggill State School is a large school, with over 900 humans (young and 'older') either studying or working on the grounds, all with different needs, hopes, backgrounds and expectations.Therefore issues and problems are inevitable at some stage of your child's school life (if your child sails through only experiencing minor speed bumps, you can count yourself extremely lucky!).Recently, our professional organisation QASSP (Queensland Association of State School Principals') shared this article by Mr Michael Hawton, Child Psychologist (MAPS) and Parentshop founder that helps give parents some guidance on whether you should raise an issue being experienced by your child.
As a parent myself of two children in the state school system (both secondary and primary), sometimes even I am confused as to whether I should approach the school regarding a problem they are experiencing. In his article, Michael provides a rationale for parents sometimes waiting and watching before approaching their child's teacher, a Deputy Principal or myself to "fix" it.
You can find a copy of this article at the ParentShop website and in our newsletter below. As Michael emphasises in his article, if your child is in physical or psychological danger, you should make contact with either Mrs Tracey Campbell, Mr Paul Niner or myself immediately so that we can resolve and manage the issue as soon as possible. My approach has always been to "work a problem through" with students and their families. This provides an opportunity for students to watch the adults in their lives talking, listening and collaborating together to resolve issues, and develops an understanding that often solutions are not instantaneous (if we are lucky – they are!) but may take some time. This helps students to develop resilience, understanding and empathy to be successful future citizens.As always, education is a partnership, and we encourage you to work with us to achieve the best outcome for your child.