Good school web sites can engage parents who want to help, but just aren’t comfortable setting foot in school, or talking to teachers.
In talking to Mhairi Stratton today about developing the Humbie Primary site, and class blogs there, she told me the story of how she discovered from her pupils at a previous city primary that parents were going to great lengths to get access to the internet so that they could get involved via the school’s web site. Yet these same parents, the children explained, would not come into school, or talk to teachers.
This suggests that there may be an unexpected benefit here from East Lothian’s plans to develop class blogs as a key part of the new Parental Involvement arrangements.
Eliza Sparks, a parent volunteer supporting the Humbie After School Care Club as their special projects manager, shares with you the ideas and information shaping their project via her new Taking Care: Our Environment, Ourselves weblog.
“We are currently preparing funding applications for our “Taking Care: Our Environment, Ourselves” project. Thus far, the response to our ideas – by our, I mean the Humbie After School Care Club students, playleaders, committee and volunteers; the Humbie Primary School Student Committees (Health and Eco-Environment); as well as my own research into outstanding initiatives and projects from schools around the world – has been wonderfully enthusiastic and supportive. We might be one of the smallest primary schools in East Lothian, but, as ever, we have big ambitions.”
Read the full post here.
The ink on the first few posts has just about dried now. Why not drop by and take a look? You might even be able to help. Eliza says, “Feedback, comments, suggestions are very welcome!”