The father-son and mother-daughter evenings have become increasingly significant for the Craighouse School community. They create a favourable atmosphere for intimacy and conversation between mothers/fathers and sons/daughters, which offers them a moment of reflection in the middle of our hectic everyday life. These meetings are organised by the Formative Area and each year deal with different topics. Four meetings are held each year for pupils in Years 5 to 10. Each meeting is specifically designed for one pair: mother-son, father-son, mother-daughter or father-daughter. The topics discussed during these evenings are family relationships, sexuality, friendship and femininity-masculinity, among others. They usually arise from the interests or needs of our school community throughout the year.
The parent workshops are an extension of the Formative Curriculum implemented with pupils in the classroom. They are voluntary and allow parents to share strategies, develop concrete activities for supporting children, and share relevant information about children’s stage of development stage. Some topics discussed in previous years are: Sexuality: When is the right time to talk to my child?; Addiction prevention: How do I help my child to make decisions; Support for learning; Sensory integration; Motivating children to read; Study habits for children; Convivencia escolar: How can I help my child to have positive social relationships?; Autonomy; Vocational guidance: Do I know what my child’s dreams/ideals are?; How can I help my child make a difference in the world?, etc. We also discuss current issues such as Talking about the earthquake.
These workshops help pupils with learning difficulties or academic performance problems. They aim at Years 2 to 4. Prior to their incorporation, each child is assessed and their Form Teacher may suggest the need for a special workshop. A maximum of 10 children take part in each workshop, in differentiated levels. These workshops have been carried out in different ways throughout the years. They are currently offered after school hours, and their objective is to develop reading comprehension, oral reading skills, psycho-linguistic skills and logical thinking. An additional effect that these workshops have had in the past is an improved self-esteem regarding a child’s learning process.