Placing the school at the heart of the community.
A success story of two schools who recognise that education is about much more than teaching.
Today’s rapidly changing educational context is one in which the core services of schools and institutions overlap with effective communication and engagement. Moving forward in this environment requires a targeted strategy and a range of skills not always readily available to schools.
Creating Communities has been helping education institutions to meet this challenge for nearly a decade. Our approach brings together senior educational executive staff and communications and engagement experts with backgrounds in some of Australia’s largest companies, government agencies, schools and community groups. We harness community interest, support and investment in schools, which leads to improved student achievement, enhanced parent satisfaction and increased staff performance.
Guiding the next generation together.
Perth College and Piara Waters Primary School are just two of our clients that have both embraced the importance of engaging parents and the community to support quality education. The schools contracted Creating Communities to assist them with different but equally ambitious goals. Perth College sought to establish strong connections with its community to build support for planned redevelopments of school facilities. Piara Waters aimed to connect with parents and families as partners in their children’s education. Each has a diverse community with a range of needs and aspirations – and each needed to involve that community in decision-making processes.
In both cases, Creating Communities’ role was to engage the community and help them to understand the school’s future direction and what it was trying to achieve. We reinforced the school’s position as a central, vital participant in the community, and established open channels of communication. Dialogue Cafes offered parents the opportunity to participate in workshop-style forums and interact with school staff in a more casual setting. We published extensive, targeted materials to ensure community members were well-informed and valued in the school’s plans. For Perth College, this included the establishment of the Community Link newsletter, which we have been publishing in partnership with the school twice-yearly since 2008. At Piara Waters Primary School this has included the production and delivery of information materials, signage, events, activities and forums that create community connections.
An ongoing partnership.
Both of the schools experienced significant benefits from their engagement with the community. For Perth College, we have delivered a sustained connection to parents and local residents which has supported two quality redevelopments, which will further enrich the school’s campus.
At Piara Waters Primary School there has been a fostering of a connected community that celebrates and engages people from all backgrounds and collborations with parents and the community to generate positive support for the school.