Interview with Caroline Monette - Saint-Jean-Bosco
In your opinion, what is the decisive factor in the success of a project in a school? And what was the reason behind this project?
This project is directly in line with the school’s educational goal of building close ties with parents and the community. They remain unfamiliar with, or unaware of, far too many services in their own neighbourhoods; this project allows us to call attention to those services.
For our part, we feel its important to know what our families are going through as we strive to build relationships based on trust. The past relationship some of the families had with school was not an easy one. They tend to see the school environment as a scary one. We know that one of the main factors in a student’s success is the help of a parent, which is why we want to bolster that relationship to help the student progress. The school’s Parent-Child Community Kitchen is very much in keeping with these objectives.
It is a unifying project that creates a sense of belonging in families. The parents are thrilled and express the desire to come back again; it’s also an opportunity for them to bond with one another. In this setting, social barriers come down and people are drawn closer together. Learning that takes place in a group promotes interactions at home as well.
This also allows us to see the children in a new light, as they interact with their parents.
When it comes to personnal values, we feel a genuine need to be close to our clientele, the students and their families. Building a relationship of trust with parents comes with an added advanatge: it contributes to the continued success of their child.
There must be trust between the school community and the home, and this type of activity fosters that trust.
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February 20, 2017 at 02:23PM
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