In Platon we believe that the parent is the child’s first teacher. Parents, educators, the school staff, yet also the children’s loved ones, make up a familiar group of adults who support their development through their guidance and example. Home, the school and the local community make up a unified learning environment and children move productively from one to the other. The members of the learning community are:
- The learners
- Their families
- The teachers
- The school staff
- Other significant adults in the children’s lives
- The local community
By recognizing and highlighting the significance of the learning community:
- We prioritize people and relationships
- We understand our common responsibility for learning and healthy development
The parents of PLATON via their very active Association of Parents and Guardians, but individually too, participate in educational, artistic, athletic, entertaining and social actions enlarging our learning community. Children feel better when parents show their concern and trust and become involved in what happens in school. Parents are thoroughly informed about the work inside and outside the classroom so that they are in position to respond to their children’s inquiries from their perspective.
The School, with numerous special collaborators, stands next to the family for any matter that may arise at home and can be addressed in unison.
Interaction and communication between the School and the family occurs in many forms:
- Topic-specific parent groups
- The Association of Parents and Guardians
- Volunteering parents
- Meetings with parents, teachers and the School Administration
- Events held by the School and the students
- Parent group and individual meetings with the School psychologists and special collaborators
- School presentations
- Journals – Portfolios
- Unofficial discussions
- Parental engagement in transdisciplinary units
The local and wider community also plays an important part in school life. Apart from everyday life or the inclusion of current/topical affairs in our learning practices, children are in constant interaction with the social environment through educational actions and social action initiatives.