As a College we respect and advocate the role of parents as the first educators of their children and our role as co-educators alongside them. Our partnership with parents is central to our vision for the education of the young women of Ave, as is building strong relationships with our families, alumnae, feeder primary schools, local businesses, and the broader community.
At Ave Maria College we endeavour that parent engagement extends beyond involvement in volunteering at the school. We aim to have a deliberate focus where parents can work with the College to influence and improve learning and wellbeing outcomes. Parents are encouraged to collaborate with the school and community to strengthen partnerships and directly assist in supporting their child’s learning. We believe that effective parent engagement creates authentic relationships valued by each party.
Our relationship with our students and families commences through our work, with our feeder primary schools, where we continue to look for ways to develop deep and meaningful relationships that are built on service and work for the benefit of both communities. We also pride ourselves on creating a supportive community in which our students truly feel they belong throughout their education at the College. and for many years afterwards as they become a part of our Alumnae community. We are proud to say that we have an ever-expanding alumnae network that have an active and lasting presence in our community. We are also very proud of our recently established partnership with RMIT University to ensure that the College continues to offer broad and diverse pathways for our current and future students.
At Ave Maria College our approach to partnerships includes the following five elements:
Communication – Effective communication involving the exchange between students, parents, communities, and schools that is inclusive and involves information sharing and opportunities to learn from each other.
Partnerships with parents – A partnership between parents, students and the school that promotes student learning, wellbeing, and high expectations for student success.
Community collaboration – Relationships between the school and wider community that strengthen the ability of our school and families to support student learning, wellbeing, and developmental outcomes.
Decision-making – That enables parents, students, and community members to play meaningful roles in school decision-making.
School culture – Where respectful relationships between students, parents and the school community are valued and enhance the promotion of student learning and wellbeing.
Advancing Partnerships – Parent and Community Engagement Framework.