How we communicate
Connect is a secure online environment developed by the Department of Education WA for staff, students and parents in public schools. It will give our teachers a tool to deliver content to the students via an online classroom. This means your children will be able to share with you what they are learning about, submit assignments and discuss issues together online anywhere, anytime. For you, Connect provides easy access to information relevant to your child's classes and learning such as assessments, teacher feedback and attendance data.
Mukinbudin DHS will also be using Connect to keep you updated with important information such as
- Up-coming events
- Classroom activities
- Photos & stories
These will be sent to you via email or push notification on your phone.
Each parent will have their own secure login to Connect. Connect is free and, because it is provided by the Department of Education, very safe. As well as being able to login to Connect on any internet-enabled device, you may also receive notices from Connect that will be sent to you as either an email or a notification on your phone. A free app called Connect Now can be downloaded from Google Play or the Apple App Store and will let you receive Connect notices as push notifications.
If you have multiple children you only need one login; even if your children attend different public schools.
Check out the short video clip on Connect
We hope that you enjoy the Connect experience and see it as an exciting new way for you to stay in touch with your child's school journey.
Assemblies are held twice a term (except in Term 4) on a Thursday afternoon in the Assembly area. Dates of each assembly are advised through the ‘Messenger‘ newsletter, Class Presentation Assemblies begin at 2.15pm and Awards Assemblies start at 2.35pm. At these assemblies coming events are discussed, small celebrations are shared and a merit award is given to selected children from each class. Parents and Community members are welcome to attend.
At the end of the school year a Presentation Evening is held. Students present items and Academic Excellence, Endeavour and other Awards are presented. Graduating students are acknowledged as well as Kindy students.
Emergency Contacts and Health Information
Parents are requested to ensure that the emergency contacts (especially phone numbers) registered on their child’s enrolment are current at all times. Annual Update Forms will be sent out in the first weeks of the new school year. Please include mobile phone numbers & email addresses as well.
This information is very important, please keep the school up to date on any changes.
If your child has a Medical Condition it is really important that a Health Care Plan is in place to ensure your child receives the appropriate treatment.
The school newsletter is called the ‘Messenger’ and this is emailed or sent home with the eldest child in the family every second Thursday of the term. If you wish to update your email address please contact the school on 9047 1053 or email Mukinbudin.DHS@education.wa.edu.au. This fortnightly newsletter is reprinted in the local newspaper ‘Muka Matters’.
In addition, notes are sent or emailed home to provide details about upcoming events and to seek parent permission for student participation in different activities. We appreciate your efforts to remind your children to show you these notes.
Reporting to Parents
From time to time, a teacher may have concerns about your child’s progress and arrange an interview time with you. Parents are also encouraged to make appointments to discuss their child’s progress, especially if there are concerns on your part. Remember if there are concerns, your child’s teacher should be your first port of call. Please phone the school or write a note to the teacher to make an appointment.
- Students will receive a formal written report at the end of Semester 1 & Semester 2.
- Please note that your child’s teacher may request a meeting with you to discuss your child/ren’s progress.
- Parents should also request a meeting with the teacher if they have any concerns regarding their child/ren’s progress at school.
- NAPLAN /MSE are conducted annually for students in Yrs 3,5,7 & 9. The assessments cover Literacy, Numeracy, Science and Society & Environment (Yrs 5,7 & 9).
- PEAC (Year 4 in Term 3) to determine students eligible for inclusion in the District Primary Extension and Challenge courses
Parent Information Meetings
Teachers hold a parent class meeting during Term 1. At these meetings teachers generally discuss class programs, operation of the class, homework expectations, etc. This type of meeting is not the time to discuss individual children. If parents need to have a more in depth conversation about their child, then it is important to make an appointment to see the teacher at a more convenient time. (See Parent Interviews above)