Community Conversations

As you are aware we value the parent voice at Our Lady’s School and give you diverse opportunities to express your ideas and feelings about school improvement and curriculum matters. Each year we send out School Improvement Surveys for parents/carers to fill in and voice their opinions. It is our way of pausing and listening to all members of our school community: our students, families and staff.

I thank those people who over the years have taken the time to fill in this important survey. The information is then used to inform future school planning. The staff and students also fill in the survey at the same time as the parents. The data we receive helps us to gauge how our learning community is travelling. This feedback is invaluable to our progress as an effective school community and is backed by evidence-based research and best practice.

In 2019, students, families and staff are invited to participate in CEMSIS or the Catholic Education Melbourne School Improvement Survey. This is a new look survey but has the same purpose as those of previous years. CEMSIS is a set of surveys that have been built specifically for Catholic Schools in Melbourne by Learning Services Teams in Catholic Education Melbourne in partnership with researchers.

Later on this term I will be inviting you to participate in the survey. The surveys are not a test, they are an inclusive way to feed the work we are already doing to improve our school. All participation is 100% voluntary.

Our community’s opinions are critical to understanding how our school is performing - CEMSIS is a key data source for guiding the ongoing work to improve our School.