ROSEWORTH AND PARENTS PROGRAM (RAPP)
Roseworth and Parents Program (RAPP) is based on principles that underpin effective Family-School partnerships and is based on the Family-School Partnerships Framework. At Roseworth PS, Family-School partnerships are collaborative relationships and activities involving school staff, parents and other family members. We believe that effective partnerships are based on mutual trust and respect and a shared responsibility for the education of the students at the school.
Research demonstrates that effective schools have high levels of parental and community engagement and involvement. This is strongly related to improved students’ learning, attendance and behaviour and is closely linked to empowering families to support positive relationships. Family involvement can have a major impact on student learning, regardless of the social or cultural background of a family.
Through the implementation of RAPP we aim to encourage a sustainable and effective partnership between members of the school community, including staff, families and students. This partnership should-
Families are invited to participate in six weekly sessions held at the school. These multi-family sessions engage parents and children in fun, structured, research-based activities. RAPP sessions are led by a local collaborative “RAPP Team” which includes parents, school personnel and community/agency representatives.
RAPP is an early intervention program that is collaborative in approach. It involves working together with the school, government organisations, community services, health agencies and families to strengthen Family-School Partnerships. Key features of RAPP are- effective communication, connecting the home and the school, building a community identity, recognising the role of the family, consultative decision-making, collaborating beyond the school and active participation by those invloved.
RAPP uses a family approach which includes 6-8 families per program which operates over 6 sessions. It is a school-based program, ensuring that the family-school relationship can be strengthened and sustained. The volunteer RAPP Team are school employees or representatives from the Roseworth Child and Parent Centre, ensuring the local community is focal to the program. RAPP is a sound investment of resources as it bolsters child, family and community outcomes across the social, educational, behavioural and mental health domains.
The RAPP Program helps to –