Parents and Friends Association (P&F)
Most schools within the Diocese of Toowoomba have a Parents and Friends Association. It is often referred to as the P&F. This group provides an opportunity for parents/carers to become involved in the day-to-day life of the school.
If you are interested in discovering more on how you can become involved please talk to your local principal to find out what is happening in your school and the name of local P&F members.
Many of our schools also have a P&F levy that is included as part of the school's fees.
It is important to note that all parents/carers are members of the P&F by virtue of being a parent at one of our schools.
Catholic schools are very supportive of the P&F as we are committed to developing and maintaining opportunities for parents/carers to participate and engage in the education of their children.
Parent groups help foster the intellectual, cultural, social and spiritual interests of their school community and provide opportunities for the development of community spirit amongst staff, parents, students, parish and the wider local community.
We encourage you to find out more and visit the Queensland P&F website and sign up for the Qld P&F newsletter.
Why is parent engagement important?
Family involvement and engagement is seen as part of the core business of Catholic schools.
Families are the first educators of their children. They influence their children’s learning and development during their school years and long afterwards (Family-School Partnerships Framework).
When parents are involved in their children’s education at home, they do better in school. And when parents are involved in school, children go farther in school and the schools they go to are better (Henderson & Berla, 1994, p15).
The Family-School Partnerships Framework (2008) emphasises that schools need to recognise the primary role of the family in education and advocates for families and schools to work together in partnership.
The Framework argues that effective schools have high levels of parental and community involvement which can be related to improved student learning, attendance and behaviour, regardless of the social or cultural background of the family.
Dr Debbie Pushor Presentation - Parent Engagement 12 May 2016