School case studies

Strong partnerships between the school, its teachers and the parent community make a positive contribution to student learning.

The following case studies highlight the innovative strategies schools are implementing to encourage greater consultation with their community to support student learning outcomes.

Central and community schools

  • Lightning Ridge Central School developed strategies to improve community consultation, including consultation with local Aboriginal Elders and the local Aboriginal Education Consultative Group and partnerships with local businesses and agencies.
    Read Lightning Ridge Central School case study (PDF 380KB)
  • Wadalba Community School initiated a range of strategies to enhance community consultation, including the active engagement of parents as members of the school's seven governance committees and the use of innovative strategies to initiate discussions among parents and community members.
    Read Wadalba Community School case study (PDF 380KB)

Primary schools

  • Briar Road Public School’s community consultation strategy focused on promotion, consultation and student transitions. The employment of key personnel and parent dinners are successful features of their approach.
    Read Briar Road Public School case study (PDF 129KB)
  • Condell Park Public School sought feedback from parents through a variety of strategies and employed the services of a school community liaison officer. The school made changes to reporting structures and involved parents in teaching and learning through parent workshops and invitations to lessons.
    Read Condell Park Public School case study (PDF 355KB)
  • Irrawang Public School consulted with schools, parents and local businesses to successfully implement Positive Behaviour for Learning across the network. Students, parents and the community are encouraged to use a common language at home and in the community.
    Read Irrawang Public School case study (PDF 289KB)
  • At Islington Public School, feedback from community forums and focus groups informed the school’s strategic directions. The school provided pedagogy discussions between parents and teachers and the parent café supported refugee families.
    Read the Islington Public School case study (PDF 289KB)
  • Parkview Public School’s ongoing consultation with the local AECG and local Land Council was invaluable in planning programs and events and responding to issues. A playgroup specifically for Aboriginal children facilitated parents’ knowledge and understanding of school events and issues and helped break down barriers.
    Read the Parkview Public School case study (PDF 277KB)
  • In preparation for Repton Public School’s centenary, the principal seized the opportunity to engage the wider community in decision making. Structured meetings to engage the community in consultation were implemented each term and helped foster the development of positive relationships between the community and staff.
    Read the Repton Public School case study (PDF 292KB)
  • Ringrose Public School formed a school promotions team to ensure that high level communication strategies are utilised across the school. As a result, parents’ relationships with the school are being strengthened and community members are more involved in consultative decision making.
    Read the Ringrose Public School case study (PDF 294KB)
  • Smithfield Public School developed differentiated programs for members of the community to enhance their engagement in decision making. Tier 1 strategies focus on communication, while Tier 2 and 3 activities focus on parent training and school governance respectively.
    Read Smithfield Public School case study (PDF 301KB)
  • Turvey Park Public School developed a less formal personalised learning plan process, formed a valuable educational relationship with an Aboriginal community Elder and implemented Beginning School Well, a transition program for families who have recently arrived in Australia.
    Read Turvey Park Public School case study (PDF 365KB)
  • Warilla North Public School conducted focus group interviews with parents, staff and students. The results became the basis of a cohesive school plan, resulting in the launch of the school's own Acknowledgement of Country and external partnerships with outside agencies.
    Read Warilla North Public School case study (PDF 365KB)
  • Wiripaang Public School implemented an extensive transition to Kindergarten program which engaged large numbers of parents before their children began at the school. New and improved communication strategies were implemented and the school actively engaged parents in the language of learning.
    Read the Wiripaang Public School case study (PDF 278KB)
  • Yagoona Public School's strong relationship with the local Community Hub has ensured parents are given enhanced opportunities and encouragement to be actively engaged in their child's learning and in the life of the school.
    Read the Yagoona Public School case study (PDF 384KB)

Secondary schools

  • Callaghan College Wallsend Campus sought to involve greater numbers of the community in the school's many activities, as well as in decision-making processes. The school utilised technology as a powerful and effective means to share information and seek community feedback.
    Read Callaghan College Wallsend Campus case study (PDF 375KB)
  • Figtree High School established a working relationship with the local shopping centre to develop programs to support Year 9 and 10 students with career options. This resulted in increases in students' interview and curriculum vitae writing skills and over 50% of participating students securing part-time or casual employment.
    Read Figtree High School case study (PDF 390KB)
  • Toormina High School undertook consultative decision making with the whole school community, resulting in the successful implementation of a teaching and learning program in Gumbaynggirr, the local Aboriginal language.
    Read Toormina High School case study (PDF 314KB)
  • Paired with a mentor, the Year 10 students participating in Wagga Wagga High School’s Small Waves Program each developed a project designed to directly benefit the community. The successful program strengthened the relationship between the school and community members and fostered new partnerships.
    Read the Wagga Wagga High School case study (PDF 374KB)
  • Woolgoolga High School sought the support of the local Chamber of Commerce to enhance the career development of students. The school actively engaged the Aboriginal community through the establishment of a homework centre, the employment of Aboriginal staff and the introduction of the teaching of the local Aboriginal language, Gumbaynggirr.
    Read the Woolgoolga High School case study (PDF 282KB)
  • Woonona High School focused on three main areas to increase community consultation including new approaches to community communication, a consultative evaluation process to inform decision making and planning and empowering parents to support HSC students.
    Read Woonona High School case study (PDF 380KB)
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