This module has a focus on building relationships with your students, parents and the wider community. A former District Director was once asked what are the building blocks for a school to effectively achieve its goals for students and community. His response was that there were three elements...Relationships, Relationships and Relationships [Michael Duncan, former Director Schools, Esperance WA]
It will be noted that throughout these modules there is a great emphasis on this very aspect, from the Rainwater Tank analogy to the recommendations in the School - Community Partnership Agreements resource kit
The module consists of three parts:
- Building relationships between the school and its community.
- Resolving conflicts and misunderstandings which may arise from time to time.
- Understanding culture and the importance of Aboriginal identity.
On completion of this module it is anticipated that leaders will:
- Understand the ways of and value of learning about their communities.
- Be able to plan for and conduct informal meetings and conversations with their community.
- Develop best methods of communication.
- Understand the importance of celebrating community events.
- Know when and when not to conduct formal business through an appreciation of community and cultural events.
- Have identified and be able to implement effective relationship – building strategies.