It has been a pleasure getting to know all of the new members of our school community a little better this week. Teachers have been spending time building relationships and learning more about the students in their care. At Stonehill, we understand the importance of building good relationships. We know that significant, meaningful learning is more likely if children feel known, valued and respected as individuals.

This week I also had the opportunity to spend some time with our new Parent Teacher Association (PTA). The PTA do a fantastic job supporting our school, helping new families transition and working with local charities to make our community better.

During the meeting we reviewed the PTA Mission, which reads as follows:

“The Stonehill PTA is a nonprofit organization that exists to enhance and support the educational experience of all students at Stonehill International School; to welcome new families and develop a closer connection between school and home by encouraging parent involvement; to promote a positive community spirit in the school environment at Stonehill International through volunteer and financial support aligned with Stonehill International School and Stonehill Education Foundation’s goals and initiatives.  This purpose shall be achieved by coordinated membership committees contributing such efforts and talents as may be requested by the school community sponsoring fundraising projects within and outside the school community and by holding social and educational meetings.”

By now, you may already have received information from your child’s Class Parent. The role of the Class Parent is as follows:

  • To help welcome new families to school
  • To support families transitioning
  • To organise social events that promote a positive school community
  • To organise help for the class teacher with things such as field trips or guided reading
  • To be informed about school events activities and developments

It is important to note that Class Parent chat groups and the PTA do not exist to provide a forum for raising educational concerns. All questions and concerns regarding your child’s education should be directed to teachers in the first instance (simply email to make an appointment), or if more serious, to the Primary or Secondary Principals. In addition, I am always happy to hear suggestions or feedback from parents to help make our school better.

Effective communication, directly with us helps to avoid misunderstanding and miscommunication. We want our teachers to feel happy and supported so that they can do their best for your child. Clear communication, directly with us, helps to make this happen. We look forward to working in close partnership with you all to ensure a positive and productive school year.

Best regards,

Simon McCloskey

International Baccalaureate

Council of International Schools

New England Association of Schools and Colleges

Australian boarding schools association

International School Activities Conference India

International Schools Theatre Association