Parent Engagement: Cluster-based Activities
Cluster-based Funding for Parent Engagement / Education Activities
The CSP has had a strong tradition of providing quality speakers at seminars across our diocese, at no cost to families. During 2017 the focus was on the #FutureReady Parent Conference hosted for
the state parent body.
In 2018 the CSP, in response to working towards our 2016-2018 Strategic Plan, are undertaking a new model to support each of the 3 clusters further meet the individual needs of communities. There will be a strong focus on student learning & well-being, parent leadership & the building of strong school communities and culture within our clusters.
Click on tabs below to access ideas. information and resources to support you in developing your cluster activities and events. Resources attached include support for developing your Parent Teams plus links to contemporary speakers in the area that parents have identified to support their child's learning and well-being.
How will it work?
Each cluster has been allocated funding towards activities / events that support family - school partnerships.
CSP school representatives will work with their Cluster Coordinator to develop contextual proposals which meet the identified needs of families in their school and cluster.
- Recognising the importance of parent teams
Do parent teams in your cluster feel they would benefit from resources and skill-building to support them as parent leaders in their school community?
Your Cluster Coordinator can assist you to organise workshops in your cluster. Contact Us
- Building Educational Partnerships
Parent engagement in their child's education results in improved learning outcomes. Education Officers from the Catholic Schools Office (CSO) are available to conduct workshops to link to learning in the classroom and provide tools and strategies on how parents can support learning at home.
- In 2017, the Broken Bay CSP hosted the Council of Catholic School Parents NSW / ACT Parent Conference.
The theme #FutureReady - Preparing our Children for a Changing World explored the implications of a changing future and the impact for learning communities, with a strong focus on well-being as being integral to learning & the role of parents in supporting their children to be ‘future ready’. Below are details/resources from some of the excellent speakers on the weekend.Katherine Cook: child & family PSYCHOLOGIST
Katharine is a registered Child and Family Psychologist who specialises in the areas of attachment, separation, trauma, anxiety, grief, child behaviour, adolescent issues, perinatal depression & parenting issues.
In addition to individual and family therapy, Katharine also provides critical incident psychological first aid, disaster recovery counselling, consults to NGOs and Department of Family and Community Services, writes for popular media, runs seminars and speaks at corporate and professional conferences.
Contact Katherine:Family Psychology Practice, in the Northern Beaches, is a specialist therapeutic service for children, adolescents and adults.
www.familypsychology.com.auLouise Kissane & Clio Doughty: Earth School
Earth School’s mission is to offer educational experiences and well-being programs to students, teachers and parents that support school communities to deepen our sense of connection, care and respect for the well-being of ourselves, each other and the Earth upon which we live.
Louise Kissane is a K-12 PD/H/PE and Meditation teacher. Louise currently works at St Mary’s Manly where she teaches both sport and meditation and small group Social Emotional Learning programs that focus on well-being. She is the founder of Earth School which offers meditation, nature based experiences and creativity to support school communities to create a culture of wellbeing.
Clio Doughty is an eco-art therapist, nature play and nature pedagogy enthusiast and youth yoga teacher. Clio specialises in creating spaces that use nature play and eco art, integrating her passion for using creative expression and nature to develop connection and self –awareness as skills to support individual and community well-being.
Availability: Available most days and evenings excluding WednesdayKathryn Taylor: Turning Point ConsultingKathryn Taylor CMF HFTGN BEd (Sec) CAHRI, Wellbeing Australia Board, expert in Education and Wellbeing for ACPi
Director & Owner of Turning Point Consulting: A Centre of Excellence: Leadership, Change & Wellbeing Services (ACPi)
I offer schools a holistic professional development platform encompassing self-reflection, staff development, change management & student initiatives. My experience in education and corporate, in human resources, leadership, talent management & individual coaching provides insight into the changing workforce supporting individuals in positioning themselves for personal success.
Working across K-12 in faith-based, independent & department schools I offer schools, educators, students, parents & aligned associations support in creating a platform for positive personal evaluation, planning & transition. My consultation, educational programs & student workshops enable individuals in identifying & developing themselves through resilience, empowerment, motivation & engagement.
My open & enlightening style is referred to as “inspiring” & “energising” by attendees. My strengths are in utilising a high energy, non-confrontational style for a candid reflection of capabilities to comfort, understand & support individuals to “See Opportunities” in themselves & their chosen field.Workshops:Duration: Approx. 1 hour in duration delivered in a highly interactive, discussion based session with tangible outcomes & actions for attendees
Availability: Flexible Monday to Friday preference but weekends possible with notice
Costs: $600 - $1500 depending on topic and size of audience Travel: Minimum of $1500 per day; Travel time of $150 per hour over 1 hour from Sydney CBD
A range of areas around well-being, leadership and careers & transition, refer to website for details. Common topics of interest to parents include the following.Well-being
- Bullying Prevention through Resilience
- Parenting through Strengths & Motivations
- Balancing your Life – Understanding Wellbeing
- Planning for life beyond school
- Positive Coping Skills
- Understanding how to Motivate your child (Yr 5 to 12)Careers & Transition
- Industry & Workplace Trends
- Writing a Winning Resume
- Interview Success
- Presentation & Appearance skills
- Introducing the Job hunt process
- Scholarship & University ApplicationsLeadership
- Developing leadership skills
- Understanding leadership in the workplace
- Personal leadership for students
- dr justin coulson: happy familiesDr Justin Coulson is one of Australia's leading experts in the areas of parenting, relationships and wellbeing. He is the author of 3 books, many ebooks and hundreds of blog posts. Justin has his own parenting podcast and is also also a highly sought-after international speaker.
When he is not spending time with his family (he & his wife are the parents of 5 daughters) he can be found doing TV and radio appearances as well travelling around the country delivering talks and workshops at schools and organisations helping parents, students and staff improve their personal and professional relationships. READ MOREBruce Sullivan: the best you!Bruce Sullivan: Best- selling author, Business Leader and Australian National Speakers Keynote Presenter of the year, Bruce, will lead you through a dynamic presentation on how to live your best life now and being your best version OF YOU as a parent. Learn more on his website, listen to his free Podcasts, or see his best- selling books. Read More
Connect with: Phone 1800 858687 Email Melissa@brucesullivan.comMichael Grose: Parenting educator, authorMichael Grose is one of Australia's leading parenting educators & author of 8 parenting books including Teach your Child to Shrug & Does Your Child Learn the Hard Way? Michael appears regularly on television and radio discussing relevant issues for modern parents and professionals.
Parenting Ideas speakers are current experts in their fields, able to deliver inspiring keynotes, practical workshops & engaging presentations for conferences & schools.
- Building independence in children and young people
- Building emotional intelligence
- Parenting and teaching anxious kids
- Parenting, teaching and technology
- Building strong family-school partnerships
- Parenting and teaching kids on the autism spectrum
- Enriching school engagement with parents
- Parenting for resilience READ MORE
Dr Arne Rubinstein: The making of menThe Making of Men has been created to bring out the best in boys and young men. Based on years of research and experience a series of camps, seminars, educational programs & resources have been developed to support parents and teachers. Dr Arne Rubinstein (CEO) is internationally recognised as an expert on adolescent development.
They can deliver one of their proven, highly effective and engaging programs that cover the most common & important issues for teenagers, parents and teachers.
Example: Parent & Teen Interactive Night (Best for teenagers aged 13 – 17 years)
- Help parents to maintain healthy communication and successfully manage the changing relationship with their teenager
- Help teens to identify their true passion and to find a way to express their unique gifts / talents
- Give insight into solutions that will change the lives of our adolescents, parents, teachers and the wider community. Website
An evening attended by both teens and parents that uses creative and fun techniques to highlight ways to facilitate healthy communication and manage the changing relationship between a teen and his/her parents.
Benefits include: a unique opportunity for parents to gain insight into the hopes, desires & issues currently faced by their teens; helping teens become aware of the aspirations & concerns of their parents; opportunity to engage in facilitated conversations around how they want their future relationship to evolve.
- THINK U KNOW: WHAT YOUNG PEOPLE SEE, DO AND SAY ONLINEThinkUKnow, is an Internet safety program delivering interactive training to parents, carers and teachers through schools and organisations across Australia using a network of trained, accredited, volunteers from law enforcement & industry partners (Microsoft, Datacom and Commonwealth Bank).
Started in the UK, it was developed for Australian audiences by the Australian Federal Police in 2009 and aims to provide information that is accurate, relevant and actionable. Book a presentationBRETT LEE: INTERNET SAFE EDUCATIONBrett Lee, who worked as a Queensland Police Officer for 22 years, with 16 years in the field of Child Exploitation, presents workshops with four key messages to create a mindset whereby parents firmly believe:
● The internet is a safe and valuable place
● Our children need to be part of that world
● As parents we already possess the skills to protect our children online
● We have to be part of that process. Read Moresusan mclean: Cyber-CopIn 1994, after taking her first report of cyber-bullying with
a group of Year 8 school girls, Susan began to research the then emerging problem of internet harassment. Her vast knowledge & expertise in this area is unique & Susan is a sought after presenter & advisor. READ MORELeonie smith: The Cyber safety LadyThe Cyber Safety Lady is Leonie Smith, one of Australia’s leading cyber safety experts. She provides education for parents, school students, teachers, seniors and business. Author of the cyber safety instruction manual “Keeping Kids Safe Online”, a step by step approach to online safety, she has been travelling around Australia educating thousands of internet users on basic cyber security and online safety since launching her consultancy in May, 2011. Read More