Parent associations create opportunities for parents and carers, students and staff to interact, building a feeling of respect and a stronger, safer, school community. Schools also benefit from the support of their P&Cs in providing school services and events, communicating with parents and fundraising for resources.
Being involved also benefits the parent and their family. Research shows that when parents are involved, their children get better grades and have a better attitude to school and improved behaviour.
Being involved in the P&C can have several advantages for parents:
- meeting other parents in the community which leads to a feeling of belonging and enhanced wellbeing
- getting to know teachers better, especially the principal, which makes it easier to approach them if there is a question
- understanding more about what happens at school so that you can assist your child more effectively
- having a chance to voice your opinion about school matters
- acquiring new skills (for example, business, management and financial skills, experience running meetings, event planning)
- demonstrating a positive attitude to schooling to your child which has a great influence on their attitude and achievement
- the satisfaction of contributing directly to your child’s education by helping provide additional resources for their school.