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Parent-teacher meetings: guidelines for parents

Welcome to the parent-teacher meeting for your son/daughter. We hope that you find the time spent with each teacher a useful experience in adding to your information as to how your child is progressing in our school. You also receive a school report close to Christmas and at the start of Summer which reports on recent assessments that your child has completed.

Please remember that you can contact any individual subject teacher through the administrative staff in our office in order to make an appointment to discuss an issue of concern. Your child’s class tutor and year head have a special role in taking care of your child while they are in our school and may be of assistance where the issue is not related to a specific subject. We also have career guidance and counselling staff available to meet you by appointment.

Due to the brief time available for each parent and teacher to talk about each student, we ask you to observe the following guidelines for the duration of the parent-teacher meeting.

  1. Please bring any helpful documentation with you: list of the relevant teachers’ names and subjects, student journal, recent report, etc.
  2. Check you are in the correct line before queuing to see a teacher. Some of our staff members share the same surname, so it will be useful to know if it is Ms X the science teacher or Ms X the French teacher. Students and staff members will be happy to help if you have any questions.
  3. When you meet the teacher, please introduce yourself and state the name and class of your son/daughter. Teachers can sometimes find it hard to remember a face on such occasions even if they have met you before.
  4. Because of the number of people present at parent-teacher meetings, conversations may not be very private. If an issue arises that you would prefer to discuss privately, please inform the teacher and arrange an appointment for a later date.
  5. If a teacher is finishing the meeting and you feel you have more to discuss, ask for additional time. If this is not possible, the teacher will suggest you make an appointment for a later date.
  6. If an issue arises that is confrontational, try to address it in a manner that is respectful of all concerned. If you are unhappy with how an issue is dealt with, you may make an appointment to see the Principal to discuss it further.