Class liaison parents are an important link between the class, the class teacher and the parent group for that class. Parents volunteer for this role early in the school year, with many wonderful friendships developing with other school parents and this in turn leads to a great sense of community. The main role of the class liaison parent is to facilitate periodic opportunities for parents and families to meet together in a social setting. Parents can chose to share the role in a class.
Additionally, liaison parents are encouraged to engage all families in the particular class in welcoming new families to Our Lady of the Rosary and caring for those who may be in need of support as a result of illness, bereavement and other challenging financial, social and physical circumstances, in conjuction with the Families Supporting Families co-ordinator, Tracey Horan, Assitant Principle - Religion.
The class liaison parents do not undertake a role in mediating issues on behalf of other parents or between parents and the class teacher or school. Instead, they should encourage parents to use the usual means to address concerns.
At the parent/teacher evenings held at the beginning of the year, a voluntary social contact list is compiled by the liaison parent(s) and distributed to the class families. This class list is used solely for the purposes of communicating with each other for social reasons.
Social activities can be planned on a term or semester basis, or happen periodically as the calendar permits. Some ideas include:
When parents attend their children's class liturgies, class prayer assemblies and class mass, the liaison parents usually organise a simple morning tea in the specially designed kitchen called the “Glass Retreat”. While all parents and friends who attend a prayer assembly or class mass are invited to attend the morning tea, the parents of the ‘host’ class are asked to contribute to the morning tea.