As an establishment staff and board, we see developing a sense of belonging to Ararira Springs Primary as an important priority for us. As yet, we don’t yet know who our community will be, and we expect families to come from a number of schools. Many parents will have their first child starting school with us. We want to form strong community links and build effective and respectful relationships with all stakeholders in our school.  

Because of this, one of the questions we asked at our community connect night was;

How can we help you gain a sense of belonging and fit as a parent at Ararira Springs Primary?”


Responses came under three themes with the following ideas expressed.

Building Relationships

  • Social Events
  • Community meetings and events e.g., school picnics
  • Teachers putting in effort to build relationships
  • Curriculum development with parents
  • Involvement in child’s learning e.g., sports days, open mornings, school trips
  • Inclusive community for all parents, including those who work full time!
  • Involve me.


  • Open door policy
  • Multiple platforms
  • Variety of forums available to connect with teachers as before and after school can be difficult for working parents
  • Staff being available
  • Realistic expectations of working parents i.e., teacher only days
  • Regular newsletters from each school year, open communication channels for parents to contact teacher
  • Open communication and involvement.

Information Sharing/Feedback

  • Quality feedback on child’s progress
  • Expertise of parents to be invited to classrooms to share their skills
  • Opportunity for more pre-school meetings with core teachers to help identify areas where they may need help
  • Including our environment.

We value your ideas and want to think “outside the square” for new ways to connect with parents and build a sense of belonging. If you have other ideas to add or suggestions for events for the future, then please email your ideas to

We look forward to hearing from you.

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