Volunteering at Your Child’s School: A Success Story

Ashok Deepan
May 18, 2021
Parenting Tips

Studies indicate that students perform much better academically if their parents are involved in the school. However, that news can create more stress for already busy parents that are trying to juggle full-time jobs and child-rearing simultaneously. Some schools have a minimum amount of time they expect each family to volunteer per year and other schools discourage parental involvement in the classroom. Decide what kind of involvement works best for you and your family, and look for arrangements that fit those needs.

1. Consider a Parent Club

Consider membership in the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) meeting or similar group at your child’s school to improve parents engagement. Parent groups typically meet one evening a week or month to accommodate a busy work schedule. They are often involved in many of the school activities and stay abreast of the latest happenings within the school, according to Great Schools. PTA members get to know many of the school staff and play a role in the success of the school overall. For smoother channel communication, Global Indian International School has the myGIIS portal - a one-stop solution for many announcements, businesses, queries, functions, tasks, etc. The portal acts as a bridge between teachers and parents for all school-related activities, as well as an easy option for administrative activities like invoicing, transport etc. 


Put Skills to Work

If you are skilled in a particular subject, there are many ways you can put them to use in your child’s class. For example, you could initiate a new club or write a newsletter. Some parents prefer cutting out and collating from home, which saves the teacher time without biting into the parent’s daytime schedule.  Global Indian International School Abu Dhabi has established parent forums like the GIIS Parent Ambassadors and Friends of GIIS who work with the school along with sharing positive stories about the school to the community. In addition, parents also participate or volunteer their time to help the school through logistical support like a technical setup for sound and lights, or as helping hands during school trips. All this makes us one of the best Indian schools in Abu Dhabi

Also Read: Top 8 Teaching Methods that Make Abu Dhabi Indian Schools the Best


Events

Events like Annual Day and Sports Day are held each year as showcase events for students to show their talent in sports-related and co-curricular activities. Students from all four Houses participate in these activities, and go on to compete against each other for the highest award; which in turn builds their character, their sense of camaraderie and gives them a hunger to win for collective pride. 


Special days at Global Indian International School are held in our pre-primary classes which aim to strengthen bonds between students and their extended families. Parents often participate in classroom activities like story-telling sessions, class projects, drama lessons etc., while grandparents are also made part of the narrative through sessions like Grandparents' Day.  Apart from this, our school uses parents' expertise in different sectors to spread awareness among students through talks and experience-sharing sessions. 

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Parents and students living in Abu Dhabi are fortunate to have many excellent choices when it comes to selecting a school. Even in these extraordinary times of a global pandemic, Global Indian International School Abu Dhabi provides unabated education to the students through an exceptional online school. Being part of the Global Schools Foundation, the school has implemented an online school facility by acquiring a licensed version of Zoom platform - an online video sharing platform.


Also Read: Tips To Maintain Excellence in Online Teaching While Addressing Learner Challenges

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