Parents are the first educators of children and as such should have a prominent place in the formal education of their children at school. Parental involvement in students’ education has many advantages for children and research suggests that where parents are involved in a significant way, children learn better and more, have a positive attitude toward school and learning and stay in school longer.
Where strong links are established between home and school student achievement flourishes and consequently schools do likewise. By supporting schools and learning, parents contribute to good behaviour, academic growth and student success on many levels.
The Waterloo Catholic District School Board is committed to working together with parents in partnership to promote faith formation and student learning. Encouragement to participate in your children’s education is a prime concern for the Board and to this end many initiatives have been started in the past and many more are planned for the near future. Catholic school councils have been active in our schools since 1995 and the scope of their accomplishments in promoting the faith; academic excellence and parental involvement have been awesome.
A new initiative, emerging from the Ministry of Education policy on parental involvement has begun within the Board and this has taken the form of a Catholic Parental Involvement Committee – CPIC. CPIC is an official committee of the Board and meets regularly during the school year.