Tuesday, April 2, 2019

How to know if a school is parent-friendly

As a parent, one is concerned about many aspects of a school, before choosing one for their child. Curriculum, cost, timings, proximity, student performance, scholarships etc. are all factors that one must consider before selecting a school. While a lot of emphasis has been made on how student-friendly a school is, it is equally important to understand how schools relate to the child’s family.
A great school understands the importance of parents and family in the education of a child, and keeps this front and centre, while making any policy. When the family is involved deeply in a child’s education, the child benefits in many ways.

How to know if a school is parent / family friendly?

  •  School’s first response to your visit / call: Were you met with politeness and helpfulness when you reached out to the school for the first time? A friendly school will have a cheerful and welcoming atmosphere. Staff will go out of their way to attend to visitors, new and returning.  They will make you feel at home, give you the attention you deserve and assist you with what you were looking for.
  • Tone of correspondence: Calls, emails, brochures, and handbooks received from the school use a polite and friendly tone, as opposed a harsh and cold one. Conflict is handled in a professional and fair manner.
  • Diversity and inclusivity: An international school caters to students and their families from different parts of the globe. Trio has the privilege of providing the best international education to students from more than 55+ countries till date. When cultures interact, and young minds are involved, good educators, will go to great lengths to inculcate healthy interactions between the students and their families. People who do not understand the local language(s) / English are treated respectfully and are given due assistance. A school that treats individuals from all walks of life, including those outside the school community, with respect, is a safe place to learn.
  • Communication: In a great school environment, communication happens both ways and you feel heard. If you or your child requires any additional assistance, the school staff of a parent-friendly school will listen to you, help you to the best extent they can and will be clear and polite about any limitations. PTAs and other interactions are handled professionally. The school will clearly communicate about the syllabus, board, assessments, performance and discuss about concerns unique to your child. The school will maintain adequate confidentiality of any personal information.

Parent – friendly initiatives at Trio

TRIO World Academy - an International School in Bangalore offers a highly inclusive curriculum and welcomes families from all backgrounds. Trio celebrates festivals and important days in the calendar, across cultural backgrounds, religions, caste and nationality. We make children aware of their importance, keeping cultural sensibilities in mind. Our security system comprises of 130 CCTV cameras, secure IDs, and constant monitoring by vigilance officers, to ensure complete safety of children, parents, visitors and staff alike. 

At Trio, every member of the school is responsible for building a relationship with the families. Parent teacher communication is open and parents can approach the school at any point for support. One of the unique characteristics of Trio, is it’s organic and closely knit community. We work hard to create and maintain a cheerful and safe atmosphere for our students. All the effort that goes into creating a parent-friendly school is worth it. 

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How to make a school more eco-friendly

Schools are under constant pressure to give their students the best standards of education, while making efficient use of their resources. Taking measures to save energy and reduce wastage of material resources is not only economically sound, but will also make a positive environmental impact. In the process, we can teach students healthy habits and sustainability practices, that can set them on the course for being a lifelong friend of the environment.

A school typically consumes a lot of energy: lighting systems, fans, air-conditioning, computers and servers demand electricity. Schools also tend to produce waste, from both indoors as well as outdoors, in the form of paper, plastic, organic waste, glass and e-waste.

Simple measures to save the environment

Schools can follow simple measures to keep their use of resources low, reducing the amount of energy consumed and minimising waste output:

  •         Encouraging students to report any wastage of water, or electricity. They can turn off taps, switch off lights, computers and devices that are not in use by anyone.
  •         Encouraging students to perform an audit of the waste produced by the school eg. A kitchen waste audit or classroom paper waste. They can even be asked to team up to come up with creative waste management solutions.
  •         Installing marked waste bins in all areas of the campus, and encouraging the correct use of these bins will discourage littering and enable proper disposal and processing of waste.
  •         Educating staff and students about wastage of food and ingredients in the kitchens and cafeteria. The ingredients for the menu could be sourced responsibly, by selecting seasonal produce from local farmers.
  •         Teaching for environment sustainability and creating awareness in the classroom from an early age.
  •         Checking if any of the school stationery can be done away with or replaced with more environmentally friendly alternatives eg. Recycled notebooks and folders, eco-friendly art supplies and so on.
  •         Welcoming parents to join your mission. Encourage them to send children to school by the school transport or help carpool many students.

Sustainability initiatives at Trio

Trio continues to undertake measures, both small and large scale, to leave behind a cleaner, safer and healthier environment for the current and future generations. Trio has implemented rainwater harvesting in key areas of the campus. We have incorporated natural light and ventilation into the design of our buildings. We have a stringent waste segregation and management plan in place. This includes segregation of dry and wet waste, kitchen waste management, and responsible disposal of e-wastes. Trio also holds the Limca Book Award for the highest quantity of e-wastes collected. To know more about Trio, visit us at https://trioworldacademy.com, or drop into our international school campus at Sahakarnagar, Bangalore