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A-Z guide for parents

Dip into some great articles designed for parents who want to help their children to make the most of their time at school.

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Why school attendance is so important

Regular school attendance will mean that your child has a better chance in life. Your child will achieve better when they go to school all day, every school day. They will learn better, they will make friends, they will be happier and they will have a brighter future.

Things to consider when purchasing a mobile phone are:

  •   its intended use
  •  service provider
  •  type of contract

Consider how you will:

  • get to know the security features on the phone so if it is lost, you have the best chance of getting it back
  • establish the ground rules of using the phone with your child
  • keep communication open with your child so they are comfortable enough to report any issues


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Ever wondered what your children are talking about when they mention the GO (Guidance Officer) or HOC (Head of Curriculum), or nodded politely at a parent-teacher interview when they mention ILPs (Individual Learning Plans)? You're not alone!

What to do if your child is the target or the culprit

The internet, mobile phones and instant messaging provide wonderful opportunities for children to learn, be creative and socialise online. They also provide opportunities for inappropriate behaviour, bullying and harassment to occur – causing pain and suffering to the targets of such behaviour.

Play, talk, learn and care

One of the ingredients of a long and happy life is resilience – the ability to ‘bounce back’ and cope with the stress and pressure of our modern world.

Where to find help when you need it

As parents, looking after ourselves is something that seems to get put way down the list of priorities. Everything and everyone are somehow organised, nurtured and sorted out irrespective of how we may be feeling. If life appears to be getting out of control or you're not coping so well, don't think you have to manage it alone. The old adage ‘a problem shared is a problem halved' has truth in it, and there are plenty of professional services which can help you in a time of need.

Useful documents to download in PDF format 

Children need to eat well if they are to learn well

Any parent of school-aged children knows how famished their kids are the minute they walk in the door from school. And the simple reason for that is learning makes you hungry. Or, to put it another way, children need to eat well if they are to learn well.

Teaching your child about the importance of making friends is as vital as learning their ABCs.

  • making friends for children is critical to their learning
  • many children prefer just one special friend
  • guide children to control their impulses
  • role model good social behaviour, turn-taking etc, for your child
  • help your child think of ways to start conversations or games with others
  • invite other children over for play dates and observe how your child interacts
  • speak to your child's teacher if your child is having difficulties making friends.

An opportunity to share your children’s learning experience

There is more to homework than learning to spell words from a list, reading a home reader, saying your number facts or getting assignments done.

Praise and other kinds of acknowledgement useful motivators to help children (and adults) to change their behaviour. 

Research shows that following up a person’s good behaviour with something positive makes it more likely that the behaviour will happen again. The following suggestions will also contribute to a calmer household.

How to make sure physical activity is part of your child's day

Why do some children lead an inactive life, while others love racing around the sports field? What can parents do to encourage those children to get up off the couch, or switch off the computer and enjoy some physical activity?

Hear from parents and caregivers sharing how they help their children learning to read, write and add-up at www.education.qld.gov.au/literacyandnumeracy/champions

Community involvement in the life of schools

Anyone can be a member of the Parents and Citizens Association (P&C): parents, carers, grandparents and other interested citizens.

Help you daughter to say no to peer pressure.

Your daughter's school friends are her closest confidants and her meanest critics. You are her greatest influence.

Opening up future pathways

When studying, Year 10 students have an opportunity to choose from a broad range of subjects in Year 11 and 12 which will help lead to their Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE), certificate level vocational qualification or their Overall Positioning (OP) qualifications. Senior Education and Training (SET) planning helps with this.

Seven tips to help your child achieve their potential

Kids brains, like the rest of their bodies, grow throughout childhood.  There are a lot of things parents can do to help this process.  Here are seven tips on how to help your child achieve their potential.

Read every day - anytime, anywhere

The ability to read well is vital to success at school.  Many parents and caregivers are unsure of what they can do at home to best support their children's reading development. The FNQ Ready Reader program is designed to improve the confidence of parents and caregivers of children in Prep to Year 3 as they encourage good reading habits. The program also helps to build young readers' confidence and motivation as they learn to read. Parents will learn tips for making reading fun and interesting while improving childrens' confidence and motivation. 

Letting them know that it's cool to be smart

It's always been tough being a teenage boy but now, in the early part of the 21st century, there are a whole new set of challenges.

As part of our commitment to supporting families of Junior Secondary students (Years 7 to 9) a number of workshops have been held with parents around the Far North including sessions on ‘tricky teens’ and ‘resilience’ presented by clinical psychologist, author and international speaker Andrew Fuller.

A list of support services for parents, carers and students

Advice on using technology to share your child’s learning experience

More and more each day, your child is accessing technology, such as computers, in their classroom. They may be using websites with lessons and may be able to continue this study at home. This article is designed to help you use the technology you have in your home to work with your child and share in their learning experience. A need for access to technology at home will increase as your child’s education progresses.

Where families can find the information that they need 

Parents play a crucial role in developing resilient children who enjoy positive mental health and wellbeing. It is important that parents have access to accurate information and feel confident about managing the emotional and social wellbeing of their children.

Want to know what your child did at school today? 

At a glance:

  • ask your child what the teacher said about their work rather than what they did at school
  • what children really want to know from their teacher is how they can do better
  • good feedback from teachers is very powerful when it comes to a child's learning. That's the information your child will want to share with you.

Years of effective planning has resulted in a happy start to high school for 84 Year 7 students at Gordonvale State High School in 2014.

Gordonvale is the first high school in the Far North to welcome Year 7s students. In 2015, all Queensland Year 7s will move to high school and this change brings alignment with the rest of Australia.

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Department of Education and Training Far North Queensland

  • Telephone: (07) 4037 3822
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