Home-school partnerships ‘important’

Taieri College principal David Hunter addresses pupils, parents, grandparents and friends at the...
Taieri College principal David Hunter addresses pupils, parents, grandparents and friends at the years 9 and 10 prizegiving ceremony last Friday, the last day of school for the year. Photo: ODT
The issue of schools facing increased pressure to tackle social issues highlighted the importance of strong home-school partnerships, Taieri College principal David Hunter says.

Mr Hunter addressed pupils and parents at the years 9 and 10 prizegiving ceremony on Friday, the last day of school for the year.

"In the media recently several principals have bemoaned the fact that schools are coming under increased pressure to solve social issues that are in reality community issues or at times parenting issues," he said.

"An example of that would be the appropriate or acceptable use of technology in the home.

"Whilst I agree with the stated notions of my colleagues, I also think it’s a timely reminder of the importance of strong home-school partnerships."

Mr Hunter said the college understood the challenges parents and caregivers faced.

"For us it’s not about solving exclusive, one-off problems in a finite matter with our teenagers.

"It’s actually about helping each other out and navigating a safe passage through an extremely complex time."

He said teenagers who made mistakes or poor choices were nothing new.

"What is important is how we act and react, and learn from those mistakes."

 

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