Holy Rosary Primary School principal Noel Dillon travelled to the Centre for Relational Learning in Santa Fe, New Mexico, for tips on getting parents more involved in their children's education.ZACH HUBBER May 16, 2014 3:30am
Santa Fe, New Mexico does not sound like a typical destination for a first overseas adventure, but that is where Holy Rosary Primary School principal Noel Dillon’s first international journey took him.
Mr Dillon and parent Dean Bibby represented the school and Sandhurst Diocese on a study tour which focused on parental engagement in schools.
The tour was hosted by The Centre for Relational Learning in Santa Fe.
Mr Dillon, one of seven Sandhurst Diocese principals on the trip, said statistics presented to visitors showed 20 per cent of students’ learning habits evolved in a school and 80 per cent outside of school.
‘‘The statistics showed engaging parents to be more involved in school will change those percentages,’’ Mr Dillon said.
‘‘Dads in education was a major focus.
‘‘Statistics are saying one in three children with absent dads are at high risk of committing a crime, suicide or getting involved in trouble.’’
The statistics were based on school communities in the United States.
‘‘The basic philosophy of relational learning is having communities in schools,’’ Mr Dillon said.
‘‘What they’re saying is that there are so many opportunities out there.’’
Mr Dillon said he could see the benefits of having more parental engagement in schools.
‘‘I’ve been in high and low socio-economic communities and both have the same issues when parents aren’t engaged with the school,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s down to the school to be inviting and welcoming; a philosophy of being open.’’
Mr Dillon and Mr Bibby will report back to the diocese and the school community.
Experiencing a different culture was enthralling, Mr Dillon said.
‘‘Santa Fe was definitely interesting. It really is the Wild West with the saloons and the flapping doors,’’ he said.
‘‘You feel like Indians are going to pop over the hills at any minute.
‘‘Seeing another culture and understanding why they do what they do was great.
‘‘Anything you do that’s different and looks at different cultures enhances you as a principal.’’
When teenage sensation Jack Hammond arrived in Tongala with his dairy farming family in January, his name sparked interest in several coaches across the district.
The Yarrawonga Pigeons have secured a vital win over Wangaratta Magpies at JC Lowe Oval in Yarrawonga.
On Wednesday, April 22, 11 walkers from Shepparton Adventure Club travelled to Strathmerton then on to Ulupna Island.
Uniformed police are being plucked from the district’s 16-hour stations to work with one-member stations so officers are not patrolling on their own.
A Rochester woman who stole more than $250 worth of money, cigarettes and food from her workplace of four years has been convicted and fined $500, plus court costs.
The final 25 players have been chosen to represent the Goulburn Valley Football League in their quest to regain the number one football ranking in country Victoria.
A 640 000 bird proposal finally gets the green light from Strathbogie Shire Council.
Record cattle prices were recorded at the Finley Saleyards on Friday
People in rural and remote areas are significantly over-represented in the number of deaths and serious injuries on our roads.
Barooga will host an information forum on the National Disability Insurance Scheme on Tuesday night.
The Deniliquin Rodeo Arena was in full swing for the recent Deniliquin Classic Barrel Race.
GrainCorp has announced an investment of $50 million to increase oilseed crushing capacity and efficiency at its Numurkah facility in Victoria.
Mark Soyer represented Australia at the 2015 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in Canada.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.