Parents are at the heart of Rockbrook. Parents and school working together has a strong educational and personal development impact on students.
The school also seeks to reinforce the Christian values of the home. To assist parents and the school working together, Rockbrook asks parents to spend a little more time around the school and in meeting together.
The school also encourages parents to meet with class teachers as often as required in order to help support the learning and teaching role of the school. The primary interaction between a class teacher and parent takes place in the Student’s Journal where standards of work and behaviour are noted. Teachers also provide assessment and/or examination feedback by way of written report on three occasions each year. They also are available on two occasions each year to the parents of each class group for the standard parent-teacher meetings.
The school’s unique mentoring system fosters a friendly cordial atmosphere in the school, encourages trust, and helps build a high degree of cooperation between the teaching body, parents and students in the school. Teachers who double up as mentors are available to meet for an individual conversation with parents of the boys they are mentoring on three occasions each year.
Form-masters may contact parents from time to time to discuss disciplinary matters, but always with a view to resolving issues. It would not be unusual for a subject teacher to ring a parent should that teacher have concerns about a student.
A small parent education programme assists parents to rise to challenges rather than simply pandering to a teenage culture. The News section of the website and the school’s facebook page are updated regularly to keep everyone in touch, Regular parent events are held which facilitate networking. The Parents Association social committee organise family hikes, coffee mornings and other social events.