In Catholic schools, we are called by God into 'communion' with one another; we are called to be an authentic community of faith. Our school is a part of wider networks of communities within Cairns right through to our global community.
Parents consciously choose a particular school for a variety of reasons and what I consistently hear at enrolment interviews for St Joseph's is that they have heard about our ' wonderful community'.
Staff and parents then, form community with the children at the centre. Regardless of our differences, we all have the well being and learning of our children at the heart of everything we do. Agree?
How do we then create a positive and student focused community? It's all about relationships right?
Why is it that we get such a positive level of attendance at parent social events (such as the dad's golf day and mother's evening) and how do occasions such as this enhance relationships? What are the benefits of such gatherings?
While directed at P&F and School Boards, this vignette entitled 'Getting relationships right' raises some important points about relationships and community.
I invite parents to respond with comments in response to the questions mentioned above or to raise other questions. (click the comment button at the bottom)