St Francis provides parents with the opportunities to liaise, communicate and develop their relationship with the school community. Ms Bowen, who is the schools Learning Mentor/Counsellor, has been with the school for 14 years. She is also responsible for the running of the Parent workshops held weekly in the school.
Ms Bowen is available for informal / formal talks with parents on Friday mornings between 8:30 – 8:50 and on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays from 3:30 – 4:30 after school. She is also available on Wednesday afternoons from 2:45 – 3:30. Appointments are made either directly with Ms Bowen or via the school office. Some of the services that have been provided are as follows:-
1. Family language development course (CLPE)
2. Parents as partners in children’s early learning
3. Early language development course
4. Employability/volunteering course
5. Read & write together workshop
6. Introduction to family English
7. Introduction to number
Nancy Du Bois who is the Parent Support Officer for Southwark has worked closely with a number of our parents in the past. Ms Bowen has been running Parent Workshops which provides crèche facilities throughout the year. The following topics have been covered:-
COMMUNICATION / SCHOOL LIFE
1. Between parent & child
2. Homework – how can I support my child
3. Reading to and listening to my child read
4. Between parent & parent – how can we support each other
5. Between parent & school ( Teachers, Support Staff, Office, Head Teachers)
6. How can I support my child in school – how can the school support me
7. Help support my child’s learning – help remove barriers to learning
ANGER MANAGEMENT & PROBLEM SOLVING SKILLS
1. Rewards and sanctions – what works for my child
2. Talking through problems with your child
3. How to set boundaries and stick to them
4. Dealing with tantrums
5. Bedtimes – how much sleep does my child need?
1. Watching TV – how much is too much?
2. Computers – which websites are safe?
3. Mobile phones – When is it appropriate?
1. Bullying – how to spot the signs of the bullied and the bully
2. Making & keeping friends
3. Coping with grief/loss – talking to my child about bereavement
4. Culture – what it means in my family & the wider community?
5. Diet – how do I get my child to eat a healthy meal?
6. Fashion – growing up – dealing with the influences on my child
7. Gangs – how do I spot the signs my child may be involved / interested
his/her behaviour and social difficulties