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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

School Community

Liaison Program

Murgon State School Campus


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Early Days

  • Inappropriate student behaviour

  • Poor student attendance and retention

  • Little involvement of parents


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Early Days continued

  • Parents not confident or comfortable

  • Staff not at ease contacting parents

  • Aggression


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Evolution

1990’s

  • A PLO in the school

  • Non-Indigenous employee


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Evolution con’t

Early 2000s

  • 1 x Indigenous & 1 x non-Indigenous

  • Employed as a Teacher Aides

  • Reactive

  • Part-time

  • Annoyed and frustrated teachers


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Since 2004

  • 2 x fulltime PLO positions

  • Developed role statement

  • Leased Q-Fleet vehicle

  • Designated PLO Room


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Since 2004

  • Proactive approach

  • Flexible

  • Solution focused

  • Constructive


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Since 2004

Philosophy

We are all here in the best

interests of the child.


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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


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Since 2004

Time for a cuppa!


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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”


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What does it look like now?

  • New students

  • Welcome to new parents/carers

  • Re-entry

  • Mediate between home and school


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What does it look like now?

  • Mediations

  • 3-way reporting interviews

  • Special event organisers


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What does it look like now?

  • Local and state consultative groups

  • Public Relations

  • Smith Family partnership


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Who could perform this role?

Important personal attributes

  • Long term respected member of the community

  • Local knowledge and contacts


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Who could perform this role?

  • Nurturing

  • Good communicator

  • Empathic


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Who could perform this role?

  • Strong minded and focused

  • Friendly and welcoming

  • Accepting


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Who could perform this role?

  • Flexible

  • Hard working

  • Tough skinned


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Benefits & Outcomes

“Building strong and sturdy bridges”


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Benefits & Outcomes

  • Increased attendance and retention of students

  • Identifying students not currently in the school system


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Benefits & Outcomes

  • Regular communication between home and school

  • Teachers more willing and confident to contact parents


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Benefits & Outcomes

  • Attending the school for meetings and functions

  • No parents complaints

  • Parents willing to approach the school


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Benefits & Outcomes

  • Re-entry meetings

  • Significant decrease in referrals

  • Significant increase in parent engagement


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Benefits & Outcomes

  • Students actively engaged in class programs

  • Significant decrease of Admin involvement in discipline issues


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On-going challenges

  • Competing with pokies and bingo

  • Feeling as though you have to meet everyone’s needs and wants


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On-going challenges

  • 24/7 role

  • Keeping sane



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Consciously aware of cultural diversity and consciously respecting and celebrating difference.


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