Improvement In Action Te Ahu Whakamua

Partnerships between home and community - Manurewa Central School

If parents can see that we value relationships with them then the partnership between school, family and the community gets off to a really, really, good start.

This school seeks every opportunity to connect with the groups within its multicultural community to support those groups to connect to one another as well as engage with the school and their children’s learning.

This video illustrates

Domain 3: Educationally powerful connections and relationships

Evaluation indicators

  • School and community are engaged in reciprocal, learning-centred relationships 
  • Communication supports and strengthens reciprocal learning-centred relationships

This video also illustrates

Domain 2: Leadership for equity and excellence

Evaluation indicator

  • Leadership builds relational trust and effective collaboration at every level of the school community

Key content

  • Leaders and teachers create opportunities for initiating and developing relationships
  • Listening is the first step in establishing trust and confidence 
  • Leadership actively creates opportunities through which parents, whanau and community can share their perspectives and aspirations for their children 
  • Bringing together different cultural groups provides the opportunity for input into the schools direction and processes
  • Cultural expertise is used to break down barriers to communication and enable meaningful participation 
  • “The last thing they need is the school telling them how life should be”

Things to think about

  • How do you engage with parents, whānau and the community in reciprocal learning centred relationships?
  • What else might you try?