I went searching for quotes about getting involved and these two leapt out at me. But getting involved in what?
Although it may not feel like it, the time that your children are young enough to want you in their lives is extremely short. Basically you’ve got from birth until about 14 years old. After that, they pretty much want you to butt out of their lives even though they actually really need you for another few years. 14 years. That’s it. Not long in the timeline of your children’s life expectancy or in fact your life expectancy!
One minute you’re laughing with them, disciplining them, making decisions for their well-being and next minute, they are making their own choices and decisions. Next minute, they have their own life and you’re on the peripheral. Next minute, other people come into their lives and they are the ones they share their laughs, their decisions and their well-being with.
You have to take every opportunity to be involved in their lives for those 14 years. Given that 6 of those years are spent at primary school, it stands to reason that if they are involved in school, then perhaps you should be too so that you can share their ups and downs, joys and disappointments. Being involved with the school gives you and your child a shared experience, something to talk about, laugh about, do together. Everything you share with your child during these formative years leaves lasting memories for the both of you.
At VAS, we love our parents being involved. We ask you to do parent help in the classroom, we ask you to help out on trips and camps. We ask you to help at sports events, to coach, to come along and share your expertise as part of our inquiries. We ask you to come along to parent interviews. But involvement is more than helping out.
More and more, our families come from diverse backgrounds. We have so many families new to the suburb or new to New Zealand. We have single parent and shared parenting families. We have families with lots of material things and families with less. We have families with one child and families with lots of children. What we want is for all of our families to be involved with the school.
Be involved. Help with fund raising and friend raising events. Be involved through offering to do just one small thing as part of an event. ‘Nobody can do everything, but everyone can do something’. If you can’t help at these events, then be involved by coming along and supporting them. Yes, we know it takes time to be involved, but through being involved, you are actually able to share your children’s school life. If you are new to New Zealand, don’t worry that you might not know how to be involved. Just jump right in. There are many people out there who will help you to understand the mysterious ways of New Zealand schools.
We can’t be a fantastic school without all our parents being involved. We need you!
Second Hand Uniform Sale
Huge thanks to everyone who donated uniforms to be sold. Kate raised $1,900 which we have put towards buying new library books. Jane Clark, our librarian, is looking forward to having them ready for children to read once the library is back in action next term. Not long to go now!
Here is just a selection of the new books.