School case studies
The following resources support effective practice in community consultation.
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.
Cabramatta High School's community innovations
Cabramatta High School integrates effectively with the community through three innovative school-based programs:
- using the art of Capoeira Angola, overcoming trauma through building inclusion, connection and empowerment
- a Year 9 GOALS setting program with corporate mentors from local businesses
- the 'Box with a Cop' program.
Cambridge Park Public School's community matters
Designed by students, Cambridge Park Public School's preschool garden was a valuable community partnership and work skills initiative. The garden has engaged parents, staff and the local technical and further education (TAFE) institute to work together. The school's live streaming of consultative meetings and workshops shows how the school effectively engages and actively includes working parents as valued stakeholders of the school.
Building relationships at Menindee Central School
Focusing on building relationships, Menindee Central School contacts parents and community members through a variety of ways designed to suit individual preferences. The school celebrates Aboriginal culture each term through a community project and created a 'Yarn Up Circle', a great way to start conversations with parents and the community.
Vibrant and imaginative Miranda Public School
Miranda Public School offers a wide range of activities to engage with their local community including a shopping program for special needs students, a drumbeat program and a vibrant sensory room, encouraging student collaboration and imaginative play. Innovative and successful links with the local high school see Year 9 students effectively supporting a fluency program.
The community is a priority at Taree High School
At Taree High School, parents and Elders play an important role in a genuine consultative process. A series of programs like Sista Speak and Bro Speak are embedded in school life and empower students while a valued mentor, their Elder-in-Residence, shares his knowledge of Aboriginal art, history and culture.
Supporting student wellbeing at Lithgow High School
At Lithgow High School's 'Wellbeing Hub', students with a variety of needs are supported by community sector providers including occupational therapists, mental health services and social workers. The hubs' location within the school allows ease of access for individuals and groups.