Jackson School believes that building strong community connections is vital in the learning development of our students. Jackson School prides itself in fostering relationships with parents/carers, local business, local council among others.
Why are school and community connections important?
Strong relationships between school staff and people in the local community can help schools to be interculturally-responsive. When schools work closely with community organisations (such as neighbourhood centres and religious groups), and with community services (for instance, allied health, employment, and multicultural services), children and their families benefit from the best support possible. For instance, schools and the local community can pool their valuable skills, knowledge, experience and resources, making it easier for all members to access culturally-sensitive assistance as needed. A rich collection of resources can be used to strengthen the social and economic fabric of the entire community. In addition, collaborative working relationships enable both groups to recognise and support one another’s roles and responsibilities, as well as set shared goals to create the best outcomes for children and families.
Everyone benefits from positive connections
Benefits to school staff
- School staff are more aware of the community resources available to support children with a diverse background and their families.
- School staff are better supported to provide culturally-sensitive information and support to students and their families.
- School staff have more capacity to be interculturally-responsive (eg due to formal and informal professional development opportunities).
Benefits to schools
- Schools increase their visibility in the local community as serious and genuine supporters of children and families.
- School staff feel valued and part of the community when they belong to a school that is recognised as an advocate of children and families.
- Schools experience better educational outcomes when children with diverse cultural backgrounds have a sense of belonging, a strong cultural identity, and good mental health.
Benefits to students
- Children learn more about their own community.
- Children become known in the community by business owners, residents and others as individuals (reducing the stereotypes related to cultural background that can occur).
- Through participation in the community, children feel their cultural background is valued and accepted (increasing their sense of acceptance, belonging and social and emotional wellbeing).
Benefits to families
- Families find it easier to develop new connections and build new support networks.
- Families learn more about their local community and find it easier to access services and support as needed.
- Families can use the school as a place to come together and connect with other families and their local community.
Benefits to communities
- Schools can become central locations where people come together to share skills, experience and information.
- School facilities can be used as meeting spaces, community conference centres, and sites for community events.
- Students can volunteer in community-based organisations and businesses (further strengthening links with the local community).