Parents and caregivers of Indian origin had an opportunity to learn about the performance of their children studying at the Otahuhu Intermediate School in Otahuhu, Auckland at an exclusive meeting held at the School on March 23, 2017.
Ravinesh Chand, a Year 7 Teacher, said that the meeting also enabled parents and caregivers of Indian students the way in which they are assessed and various other aspects of education.
“We informed parents and caregivers as to how student performances and responses are analysed to assist teachers to be more effective. The importance of informing the students about their learning and the measures that need to be taken to improve their performance,” he said.
Mr Chand said that meeting helped the School to understand the reality – that many parents and caregivers were unaware of the assessment procedure, the New Zealand Curriculum levels and National Standards.
“The meeting enabled us to determine how parents can become more proactive and engaged towards supporting the progress and achievements of the students throughout the year, rather than relying on two student-led conference meetings,” he said.
Mr Chand said that the challenge now is to provide effective support and guidance to Indian parents on a number of issues including the progress of their children during the Second Term.
Mr Chand and his colleague David Singh also appraised parents of Indian, Fijian and Middle Eastern origin of the results of ‘e-asTTle’ in reading, writing and mathematics.
e-asTTle is an online assessment tool, developed to assess students’ achievement and progress in reading, mathematics, writing, panui, pangarau and tuhituhi.
“Principal Brent Woods addressed the parents and explained to them about the online assessment tool and discussed how parents and caregivers can support the progress of their children through the year. It was a learning process for the parents and caregivers. They understood the National Standards and e-asTTle and sought help on how they can enhance their participation in the success of their children,” Mr Chand said.
The event included Hindi films song and dance performances by students, presented by Teacher Kavita Devi.