We all want to belong somewhere. We want to be valued by others. Introverted or extroverted, we all thrive on relationships. Being connected with others is what makes us human. Not only does it meet a deep need, but connectiveness helps to inoculate us against life’s challenges. While being in community doesn’t mean we will avoid life’s challenges, it does really help to get through them when we have others around us who care and who we can lean on.
Students aside, many parents make life-long friendships through their children. I see a number of parents who are still involved in our community, St Paul’s School, long after their last child has graduated.
The Supporter Group, Parent Connections, was a established a few years ago at St Paul’s School with the vision to support parents to become engaged in their child’s education. Their vision is not only to build a greater sense of community for families, but also to help you understand how we do things at St Paul’s School. What exactly is Realms of Thinking and how can you support the teaching and learning that happens in the classroom in your home? We know that when families work in partnership with the School, the outcomes for their child improve dramatically. In some cases, it can add more than 12 months of additional learning.
Building on the work of the Parent Connections group, the School has created a new position: Head of Family Engagement. Rev Stephen Brown has been appointed to that role.
Stephen has a young family of his own, so he has experience of what it means to be a parent. Being new to the School, he’s trying to get his head around Realms of Thinking and Ways of Being. He has a passion for people and a heart for community.
The primary purpose of Stephen’s position is to create a link between the School and the home, build a strong sense of community for you, and to help you engage with your child’s education in a meaningful way.
If you’re lucky, Stephen will be offering complimentary coffee from Sippers (when it finally reopens) as he’s eager to meet as many people as possible. I know Stephen is keen to hear about your family’s journey at St Paul’s School and how he can foster deeper partnerships between parents, students, and staff.
Dr Paul Browning