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									St Albans Primary School

      Engaging CALD
   families and developing
  community connectedness
      St Albans Primary School
• Situated in the western suburbs of Melbourne
• Socio economically disadvantaged school with a
  large and diverse multicultural community

• Western English Language School Outpost

• Large number of refugees
                 Refugees

• In years past these refugees have
  included Bosnian, Serbian, East Timorese,
  Vietnamese families.

• At present the majority of our refugee
  students are from Africa, in particular
  Sudan
                                      Federal Republic                                         Germany
United States of America                 of Yugoslavia
                                                                                            Switzerland

                                                                                             Bosnia and
                                                                                            Herzegovina

                                          Egypt                                                  Croatia
                                                                                                  Turkey
                             Sudan                                                                 China
                                                                                             Philippines
                           Burundi
                                                                                                Vietnam
                             Ghana                                  India
                               Congo
El Salvador                                                         Thailand

                                                                         Indonesia

                                                                                                       Fiji
                                                              Pakistan         East Timor

                           Tanzania                         Iran
   Chile                                          Kenya                                New Zealand
     Democratic Republic of Congo                         Somalia
                                      Ethiopia
               Enrolment
• Current enrolment is 373

• 17 mainstream classrooms and 5 Western
  English Language School classes

• Multicultural Aides to support school
  community – Vietnamese, Dinka, Arabic,
  Swahili, Macedonian, Croatian, Serbian
   Multicultural Education Aides
• Enhance home school communication and
  relationships
• Interpret and translating
• Call families inviting them to activities
• Work with children in the classroom
• Greet families in the yard
• Assist with social welfare issues
• Take families to appointments
     Parent Programs and Networks
•   Phone parents and invite
•   Simplify notes for non English speaking families
•   Provide babysitting
•   Afternoon and morning tea
•   We offer topics of interest
•   Community agencies
•   Door prizes
•   Give aways
  Other Activities with CALD Families
• South Sudanese Community Project –
  Education Module

• Australian Education System - MRC

• Growing Great Kids for the Sudanese families

• Parent Programs
  Other Activities with CALD Families
• African Drumming and Percussion
  Program

• Cultural Diversity Week activities

• Parent Networks

• Family evenings / afternoons
 What We Have Learnt in Connecting
           Families
• Need to look at non traditional ways of
  connecting families to school
• Personal contact – phone calls and home
  visits
• Welcoming environment
• Flexibility
• Importance of food
• Sharing of ideas and information
   What We Have Learnt in Connecting
             Families
• Classroom visits allow parents to see what
  schools are like in 2006
• Interpreters are important for non English
  speaking families
• Written information needs to be
  appropriate for your community
• Sensitive of cultural issues
• Need to encourage staff to connect
  informally with families
      Further Information

         Joanne Richmond

            Denise Barr

St Albans Primary School - 9366 2832

								
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