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.’’
As children, Shepparton resident Daryl Sloan and his brothers were taken into state care, charged with having no visible means of support or fixed place of abode.
Three Yarrawonga footballers have excelled at interleague level, representing the Ovens and Murray against Hampden in Warrnambool on Saturday.
The Aboriginal and wider community is mourning the death of revered Bangerang Aboriginal elder, Uncle John ‘‘Sandy’’ Atkinson.
Riverine Herald journalist Tyla Harrington has been named one of Australia’s 30 under 30 winners.
CONSTRUCTION of Rochester’s gym is well into the swing of things, with concrete walls erected early last week.
Kyabram Football Club will host a family day next weekend.
Where there’s a Will, there’s a way
Berrigan Shire councillor Daryll Morris says he has been sickened by some of the vitriol and personal attacks to surface since the council’s proposal to redevelop Finley’s Memorial Hall and School of Arts site was revealed in October last year.
RENEWAL works have resumed on the Coliban Main Channel this month.
For most 10-year-olds, mischievous isn’t a word often found in their vocabulary, let alone having the ability to spell it correctly. But for Cobram Anglican Grammar Year 5 student Cadence Pang, it’s all in a day’s work.
Plans for the release of a carp herpes virus has captured the attention of international press.
Farmers from northern Victoria will join a protest rally over milk prices in Melbourne tomorrow, Wednesday.
The News magazines are online - read high quality magazines in your time. Check in regularly for the latest editions.
Riverine Herald's well regarded locally produced magazines. They're now online, so you can read them whenever and wherever you like.
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.