The purpose of the Parent Teacher Conference (PTC) is to share information among teachers, students and parents.
Conferences are designed to give the parents information about the School's programme, as well as about each student's progress, development and needs. Teachers answer the parents' questions, address their concerns, and help define their role in the learning process. The parents should provide the teacher with the cultural context of the student's learning. At the beginning of the school year, parents, students and teachers work together as they discuss the student's goals for learning in the coming year.
The Primary school offers two types of conferences spread throughout the year. PTC's are held in November, after semester one reports are issued, and in January / February. These are opportunities for the teacher and parents to meet to discuss their child's academic, social and emotional progress. In the spring, student-led conferences are held. This is when the student demonstrates their learning and progress throughout the year by sharing their portfolios of the work they have done.
School finishes early on conference days. Conference sign ups and requests for supervision are done electronically. Parents receive directions and deadlines before each conference.
The Secondary PTCs allow both parents, teachers and students an opportunity to talk about the student's progress, his/her attitude towards learning and social development.
PTCs are held twice a year: After the 1st Quarter in November and after the 3rd Quarter in April.
A week after Secondary parents have received their child's progress report for the quarter, they are invited to attend the PTC's. They can choose to meet personally with their child's teachers, the Special Educational Needs (SEN) teacher, the Secondary counsellor, the MYP coordinator and / or the DP coordinator to talk about their child's progress and performance as reflected in the quarter report card.
This invitation also includes instructions about how to sign up for the Conferences. Parents sign up online to book 10-minute meetings with the Secondary teachers and / or the 20-minute meetings with the SEN teacher and / or Secondary Counsellor.
We encourage parents to bring their Secondary School child with them to these conferences so that all parties can be part of the same conversation and agree to new goals for each student.
Student-Led Conferences (SLC) in both Primary and Secondary involve the student and the parent. The students are responsible for leading the conference, which may involve demonstrating their understanding in a variety of different learning situations.
A key element of selecting work for portfolios is students reflecting on their learning. This includes the student discussing and reflecting upon samples of work that they have chosen to share with their parents. These samples have been selected with guidance and support from the teacher. The student identifies strengths and areas for improvement, while parents gain a clear insight into the kind of work their child is doing. The conference offers parents an opportunity to discuss the learning process with their child.
School finishes early on conference days. In Primary School, supervision is organised for students who need to stay at school until their appointment time.
Conference sign ups and requests for supervision are done electronically. Parents receive directions and deadlines for these sign ups before each conference.