Author: Wang Shixuan
“The partnerships between home and school providethe foundation to support students’ learning, growth, health and well-being andagency.” mentioned in IB document The Learning Community. Parent Teacher Association (PTA), a medium of home-schoolpartnership, plays a leading role in the process of home cooperation. It is anindispensable backbone of the learning community.
OnSeptember 27, 2019, Huamei Kindergarten held the first PTA in the new semester --"Starting From the ‘Heart’ and Accompanying Growth". The purpose ofthis collaboration is to form a joint force and face the same direction withthe same standpoint,so as to help children grow up.
Firstof all, deputy principal of the kindergarten Yang Xiaoli and PYP coordinatorHuang Yichun reviewed the major events of the kindergarten of last semester andthe full implementation of the IB programme with parents. Next, thekindergarten principal Cai Lu shared with parents the ten key tasks of thekindergarten in the new school year. Then, deputy director of teaching ZhuWeiqiong led the members of the family committee to formulate the PTA Agreement in groups. They reached aconsensus on their responsibilities as Parent Committee members and accepted this importantrole. They carefully read the charter of PTA, clarified the PTA'sresponsibilities, powers and obligations, and understand the organizationstructure and discipline of the PTA.
Parentsand teachers were divided into three groups to discuss parent activities in thissemester in depth, including the parent volunteer group, the learning communitygroup and the event planning group. Throughout the process, each parentcommittee member actively participated in the discussions and providedsuggestions for activities. They provide as many resources as possible for thegrowth of children based on their own advantages. The bridge between the familyand the kindergarten was built. This bridge will become more and more stablethrough the future activities between families and the kindergarten.