Balgowlah Heights Public School

Excellence and Opportunity

Telephone02 9948 2225

Emailbalgowlaht-p.school@det.nsw.edu.au

Parents, carers and the community

Parents and Citizens’ Association (P&C)

Our Parents and Citizens’ Association (P&C) is made up of parents and carers, teachers and community members. The P&C meets regularly to contribute to decision-making, developing policies and management plans as well as fundraising.

We believe that:

  • All families want the best for their children.
  • All children should be given the opportunity to reach their full potential.
  • Families are the first and continuing educators of their children.
  • Effective schools provide a nurturing and supportive learning environment.
  • Families value quality teaching and respect teachers' professional expertise.
  • The diversity of families is a resource for building strong partnerships and communities.
  • Family-school partnerships are based on mutual responsibility, respect and trust.
  • Family-school partnerships improve student motivation and learning.
  • Family-school partnerships strengthen the connections between schools and their communities.
  • Partnerships can involve all organisations that support families and schools.

Through family-school partnerships we achieve a culture of growth, performance and positive well-being through:

  • communication
  • connecting learning at home to learning at school
  • building community identity
  • recognising the role of the family
  • consultative and collaborative decision-making
  • collaborating beyond the school
  • active participation.

Go to the Parents and Citizens' Association page for more information.

As a parent or carer, you are an important part of our school community. We offer a range of services to support you and your family.

Counselling for families

The school counsellor can assist when families undergo a trauma or big change. Contact us to make an appointment. For information in community languages, see school counselling service.

Outside of the education system, free telephone counselling services are available to support families who may be going through a difficult time.

  • Lifeline – 24-hour telephone counselling service. 13 11 14.
  • Mensline Australia – 24-hour telephone counselling service for men. 1300 789 978.
  • Parent line – 24-hour advice and information service. 1300 1300 52.

Interpreting and translations

We will help you communicate with our school. If you’d like an interpreter for a school meeting, let us know and we will arrange one, if available.

If you don’t speak or understand English well and want to contact us, call TIS National on 131 450 and ask for an interpreter in your language. The operator will call the school and get an interpreter to help. This service is free.

For more information, listen in your language.

Visit the department’s translated documents section for important information that’s relevant for your child’s education in many languages.