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Heckle & Jeckle and the Little Red Car. School Community Liaison Program Murgon State School Campus. Early Days. Inappropriate student behaviour Poor student attendance and retention Little involvement of parents. Early Days continued. Parents not confident or comfortable

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heckle jeckle and the little red car

Heckle & Jeckle and the Little Red Car

School Community

Liaison Program

Murgon State School Campus

early days
Early Days
  • Inappropriate student behaviour
  • Poor student attendance and retention
  • Little involvement of parents
early days continued
Early Days continued
  • Parents not confident or comfortable
  • Staff not at ease contacting parents
  • Aggression
evolution
Evolution

1990’s

  • A PLO in the school
  • Non-Indigenous employee
evolution con t
Evolution con’t

Early 2000s

  • 1 x Indigenous & 1 x non-Indigenous
  • Employed as a Teacher Aides
  • Reactive
  • Part-time
  • Annoyed and frustrated teachers
since 2004
Since 2004
  • 2 x fulltime PLO positions
  • Developed role statement
  • Leased Q-Fleet vehicle
  • Designated PLO Room
since 20047
Since 2004
  • Proactive approach
  • Flexible
  • Solution focused
  • Constructive
since 20048
Since 2004

Philosophy

We are all here in the best

interests of the child.

since 20049
Since 2004

Responding to parents in a timely and caring

manner.

  • Available for parents and community
  • Transport children and parents/carers
  • Critical forms followed up and filled in
  • Responsive
since 200410
Since 2004

Time for a cuppa!

since 200411
Since 2004

Neighbourhood Meetings

“It was found that the parents really appreciated the opportunity to interact and discuss their children with each other and school personnel in a safe, supportive and non judgemental environment”

what does it look like now
What does it look like now?
  • New students
  • Welcome to new parents/carers
  • Re-entry
  • Mediate between home and school
what does it look like now13
What does it look like now?
  • Mediations
  • 3-way reporting interviews
  • Special event organisers
what does it look like now14
What does it look like now?
  • Local and state consultative groups
  • Public Relations
  • Smith Family partnership
who could perform this role
Who could perform this role?

Important personal attributes

  • Long term respected member of the community
  • Local knowledge and contacts
who could perform this role16
Who could perform this role?
  • Nurturing
  • Good communicator
  • Empathic
who could perform this role17
Who could perform this role?
  • Strong minded and focused
  • Friendly and welcoming
  • Accepting
who could perform this role18
Who could perform this role?
  • Flexible
  • Hard working
  • Tough skinned
benefits outcomes
Benefits & Outcomes

“Building strong and sturdy bridges”

benefits outcomes20
Benefits & Outcomes
  • Increased attendance and retention of students
  • Identifying students not currently in the school system
benefits outcomes21
Benefits & Outcomes
  • Regular communication between home and school
  • Teachers more willing and confident to contact parents
benefits outcomes22
Benefits & Outcomes
  • Attending the school for meetings and functions
  • No parents complaints
  • Parents willing to approach the school
benefits outcomes23
Benefits & Outcomes
  • Re-entry meetings
  • Significant decrease in referrals
  • Significant increase in parent engagement
benefits outcomes24
Benefits & Outcomes
  • Students actively engaged in class programs
  • Significant decrease of Admin involvement in discipline issues
on going challenges
On-going challenges
  • Competing with pokies and bingo
  • Feeling as though you have to meet everyone’s needs and wants
on going challenges26
On-going challenges
  • 24/7 role
  • Keeping sane
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