We value positive relationships with parents and carers to help develop better social and emotional skills in children. We know that when children are engaged with their learning, they attend school more regularly, leading to better long term outcomes.

For parenting and counselling services, visit the Family Support page, and for direction and clarity on regulations, processes and procedures at our school, read the Sydney Catholic School policies.

A picture is worth a thousand words!
Teachers at St Gabriel’s like to share the many moments of learning that happen every day.

We have recently subscribed to an app called Class Dojo which we invite all parents to download. The app allows staff to take a photo and post it to our ‘school story’ with a short caption. Parents can access the school story through their app. Whole school events or individual class events are posted on Class Dojo.

“As a parent of a child in year 5 and another in Kindy I would like to highly recommend accessing the Seesaw app to all parents. This wonderful development allows parents to keep up to date with their child’s daily learning and classroom experiences, as well as giving you a window into the classroom as the children are able to edit what learning experiences they share. It also gives the children a safe environment to interact, share ideas and view each other’s work, including helping to develop their online skills. It is quick and easy to access and I would encourage any parent to give it a try!” Kinder/Year 5 Parent

“I think the Seesaw app is great. Parents get to see what their children are learning in class, and what their goals are. Viewing the Seesaw app feels like you are in the classroom without interrupting the children. Many children find it hard to explain to parents what they are learning at school , so Seesaw is a great way to find out!” Year 5 Parent

“I do enjoy seeing what Jacob is up to in the classroom. The lovely face expression I get from him when I inform him that I viewed his work is just amazing.” Year 5 Parent

“It’s fabulous to actually see what the children are working on in class.” Kindergarten/Year 5 Parent

“Seesaw is a wonderful app that allows us into the classroom to see a snap shot of their school day. It’s an insight into what they are learning. The app is easy to access, user friendly and notifies you when something new has been added. To have a visual is so exciting for my daughter when she is telling me about her day. SeeSaw keeps us updated in their world of technology and should be used more.” Year 5 Parent

2021
Term 1
27 January – 1 April
Term 2
19 April – 25 June
Term 3
12 July – 17 September
Term 4
5 October – 17 December
Note: Please check with your school as dates will vary.
2022
Term 1
28 January – 8 April
Term 2
26 April – 1 July
Term 3
18 July – 23 September
Term 4
10 October – 20 December
Note: Please check with your school as dates will vary.
VISIT COMPASS

Our Before and After Care facility is a special part of St Gabriel’s community. The caring and motivated team provides students with fun and exciting activities together with healthy and nutritious food.

Our school story is private and only accessible to invited users. Invited users will be parents, students and staff only. If you have concerns you can read their privacy policy or come and have a chat.

A number of classes are also using another app called Seesaw which allows parents to view student work. Seesaw allows students to take a photo of their work and annotate it; or make a short video explaining their learning or upload files from their Google Drive. This is then shared on a ‘class feed’ and other students can ‘like it and comment’ on it. Parents can also access their child’s work (though not the work of other children). Seesaw provides a platform to create a student story and a class story.

See Seesaw for Parents at app store.

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