At St. Augustine’s our mission centres on love for our community. Through our Virtues Passport incentive, every class plans a ‘Faith in Action’ outreach project each year which aims to benefit our local community or environment. We are also very proud of our an on-site community food hub named ‘George’s Food Hub’, which aims to distribute surplus produce from local supermarkets, bakers and organic growers to our community on a ‘pay as you feel’ basis.
We believe that parents are their child’s first teacher and therefore we hold our partnership with parents in great importance. Parents can stay connected with their child’s learning via a safe online community called Seesaw. The Seesaw app enables teachers to share photos and videos of wonderful classroom moments with parents throughout the school week, to interact with parents and children and to set homework with a live feedback facility. Our school ‘Arbor’ app also shares information about your child’s attendance and behaviour along with school letters and newsletters, payment facilities and first aid information.
There are also many face to face opportunities for parents to engage in their children’s learning and school life, including:
√ Attending class worship and liturgy, including Eucharistic Mass
√ Community open days and events such as Community Gardening
√ Drama and music productions across the year
√ Parent workshops centred on specific aspects of the curriculum
√ Special assemblies
√ Classroom open afternoons
√ Reading cafes
√ Parent consultation evenings
√ Family learning sessions for parents on a range of subjects including getting ready for school
√ PTA events like fairs and discos
√ Volunteering e.g. as a reading buddy, to lead a club or to attend school trips