Parents are guided to learn the routines of the classroom and be able to assist children in the learning process. Teachers value parental assistance to help with reading, writing, spelling and computer activities and for special activities like sports and excursions.
Role of PFA Class rep’s.
To help you understand this role, one school Mum has put in writing her experiences over the last 6 years or so....
Your main role is keeping the other families in your class updated with what is going on in the school. You are the information hub while also keeping close contact with your class teacher. You don't have to be at school every day to do this. E-mail is just as effective as being there in person. You will need a list of e-mails from your classroom families to start you off.
Find out when your teachers Birthday is. It is always a good idea to get a small collection to get a gift for the teacher. It is appreciated. At the end of the day around 3.00 - 3.15 pm is a good time to present the gift and sing Happy Birthday, (the kids enjoy it as much as the teachers) just make sure the teacher has some time put aside for this to happen.
Keep asking if the teacher wants anything done. Some days it may be no but others they may have lots for you to do. You don't necessarily have to do all the work either. That's where the e-mail comes into it. You are allowed to ask for help as well.
Any social events coming up can be directly e-mailed to your classroom parents. This could be in the way of a whole school event or just your class.
Role of Classroom Helpers
Classroom and Curriculum Programs
Teachers and children value your assistance in the classroom. Parental assistance can often enhance the learning environment through increased adult participation. Involvement in school programs may provide parents with new insights and understanding about their children, fostering the links between home and school learning.
A lot of people don't have time to read the newsletter or make it to assembly so any updated info relevant to your year level could be e-mailed out. Could be a term-by-term update.
It isn't hard being a class rep. If you are stuck on anything or confused there are other parent reps who are willing to give advise or direct you. You are not alone. Good luck and enjoy. More importantly, it is a great way to get to know other families and parents in the same class as your child/ren.
Individual teachers are happy to discuss details regarding suitable times, skills or resources you could provide. Often a brief orientation session for parents is conducted early in the year to outline activity purposes and expectations.