The aim is to get them more involved with what their children are doing at school and to help them monitor their children’s learning progress.
School principal Kathy George Nubono says the workshops will be held in the evenings and will show parents how to help their children at home with their school work, especially in regard to literacy levels.
“We want parents to focus on their children and their reading and homework. Many parents can read books but not many understand how to guide their children.”
Nubono said the school was encouraging parents to take this opportunity as a way of supporting their children with their education and helping them develop an interest in a brighter future. One of the school’s aims this year is to raise the literacy level of their students and the other is to boost the level of education in information and communications technology (ICT).
“In 2016 we achieved our goals and we were satisfied with the year.”
Around 230 students have enrolled at St Joseph this year, but Nubono said they still had space for more students, depending on what the grades the students were to be enrolled in.
“We are accepting more students, but some classrooms are already very full.”
St Joseph is made up of an early Childhood Education (ECE) centre and classrooms of grades one to six.
Though the school has 11 teachers, there are only three teacher aides and no new teachers have been taken on this year.
Last year the school organised an important project for the final year students. The grade six students were encouraged to learn more about lifestyle and cultural changes that have taken place in the Cook Islands over the years since the country achieved self-government in association with New Zealand.
The school thought it was important to make the children aware of changes in the Cook Islands, as it would help them reflect on the past and keep the country’s culture alive.