Learning at Home, Learning at School
When learning at home and school are connected:
What can schools do?
Parents are the first educators in faith of their children. Therefore the continual development and enrichment of every parent's individual faith is encouraged and is highly commended.
Opportunities for participation in personal faith development are available for entire school communities where liturgy, sacramental programs and prayer is provided within the parish/school environment. Parents are encouraged to participate in these opportunities when offered by their local school or parish. Read more about Faith and Religious Education in the curriculum.
Social and emotional learning
Where responsibility for development of all aspects of a child’s growth is seen as a shared task between school and home, is aligned with children’s at-home experiences, and is an integrated aspect of the school learning environment, students can be more engaged and learning outcomes improved.
Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process of developing basic social and emotional competencies that serve children (and adults) in all areas of life. Research generally identifies these competencies as:
Research further indicates that these competencies can be taught. The most beneficial SEL programs take into account the various settings where children spend their time including home and school. They are undertaken in partnership with families to offer common language and understandings, appropriate support, and explicit instruction across year levels.
SEL programs aim to build the capacity of school leaders, staff, students and families to develop an integrated and sustainable whole-school approach to social and emotional learning.
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