School grants for greater parent engagement

Supporting young learners at home, creating shared family spaces at school and welcoming migrant parents into school communities are key themes of the successful applications for 2021 Parent in Education grants.

A total of $83,000 will be shared between 26 schools and preschools to help parents play a greater role in boosting educational outcomes for their children.

Parent in Education grants help parents and caregivers to understand what their children are learning, how they can support their children’s education at home and to build positive relationships with their child’s school or preschool community.

Among this year’s recipients is Brompton Primary School, which will help parents design activities to support learning outside the classroom, focusing on real-life examples like how to include learning on a trip to the supermarket.

Other initiatives will emphasise cultural engagement, such as at Adelaide School of English, which will run workshops to help parents navigate essential services and school processes, and Pipalyatjara Anangu School, which will use geological studies to connect families and help children learn while compiling a family tree.

“We remain committed to improving learning outcomes for students through better parental engagement, as promised prior to the 2018 election,” said Education Minister John Gardner.

“This grant scheme gives parents and caregivers a better understanding of what and how their children are learning and how they can be supported at home.

“Stronger partnerships with schools help parents feel more empowered to support their children’s learning, which improves educational outcomes.

“The most significant educational impact is often achieved by effective parental engagement in learning at home, and it is great to so many school and preschools across the state coming up with innovative way to boost parent engagement in learning.”

The full list of recipients are:

School

Project name

Grant

Aberfoyle Hub Preschool

What maths is and what it means to think and act like a mathematician

$450

Adelaide Secondary School of English

Building community resilience to maximise school engagement – workshop series

$2700

Berri Community Preschool

Number sense in the early years

$400

Blakeview Primary School

Parents connect

$5000

Booborowie Primary School

Happy families

$2000

Bridgewater Kindergarten Inc

Numeracy in the early years

$1100

Brompton Primary School

From classroom to lounge room learning

$5000

Carlton School

Connecting in our culture

$4600

Cowandilla Primary School and Children’s Centre

Helping your child to understand our number system

$5000

Crystal Brook Primary School

Family engagement

$4000

Elizabeth Grove Primary School

Partnering with parents to support children’s reading

$5000

Felixstow Community School

Auslan parent information

$750

Karcultaby Preschool

Bright from the start

$5000

Loxton Preschool Centre Inc

Come and learn to play the kindy way

$2650

Memorial Oval Primary School

Engaging parents in children’s learning

$3500

Moonta Kindergarten

Fundamental movement in childhood – importance of fine motor skills

$1000

Nuriootpa Community Children’s Centre

Developing children’s strong identity as a reader and writer

$4800

Para Hills High School

Parental literacy development

$2050

Pipalyatjara Anangu School

Genealogical journey

$5000

Port Broughton Kindergarten

Family and home organisation

$3000

Springbank Secondary College

Parents supporting learner achievement

$4250

Willsden Primary School

Willsden great start collective

$4950

Woodville Gardens School B-7

Cultural representation in governance

$350

Woodville High School

Multicultural parents’ groups

$5000

Yankalilla Area School

A bit of Bahasa

$2500

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