Parents play an essential role in the education of their children and at GEMS we believe that parents who take an active and consistent interest in their child’s education at home will contribute to the child’s success in school. A study by Professor John Hatte from Melbourne Universtiy shows that “consistent engagement can add 2-3 years of formal education, result in higher grades, improve attitude, attendance, life choices, social skills, behavior and effort.”
At GEMS, we proud ourselves in proposing an active programme for parents including coffee mornings, a variety of workshops, conference opportunities with teachers, sports, whole school events as well as having a point of contact for parents to give any feedback and comments. Our workshops cover topics related to the learning that is happening in the classrooms as well as subjects particular to an international community.
What makes us even more proud is the active programme that volunteer parents have established for the school community. The GEMS Parent Group organise 2 events per Term for the whole school and these have included a Winter Market, a fund-raising Gala, a family BBQ, bake-sales and a Halloween party. In addition, they have created parent sports clubs, French and German conversation clubs, parent social ski days and winetasting evenings, and they have designed a dedicated website for all parents.