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Graig Y Rhacca Primary School get dads on board

Posted on : 18 Dec 2019

Graig Y Rhacca Primary School get dads on board

Graig Y Rhacca Primary School started a ‘dads group’ less than a year ago in an attempt to boost parent engagement.

With a number of school activities taking place Elizabeth Lewis, Family Engagement Officer noticed that the majority of parents attending were mothers and came up with the idea of targeting the fathers within the school.

Elizabeth Lewis, Family Engagement Officer said “Dads group has changed the dynamics of the school. We see more Dads engaging than before, and they have become far more confident in attending events organised in and out of school. I would advise any school to start a similar group”

Letters were sent home, inviting fathers to attend a meeting that then led to the group expanding and has now run for over two school terms with the dads and their children participating in a range of activities such as; archery, gorge walking, den building, coffee mornings and so many more. The dads even went as far as providing families with Christmas trees, organised a school raffle for a fete and put together a Christmas hamper for a family having a difficult time. Through this group, the dads have bonded, supported each other and developed long-term friendships.

Nicola Thain, Head Teacher added “I am delighted with how our Dads’ Group have become so involved in school life. Our dads have been willing to support the work of the school in many ways and this has been greatly appreciated by us all. It has been wonderful to see the dads take ownership of the activities and projects and also sharing good practice with other schools and Estyn. I am excited to see what the Dads’ Group will achieve next!”

Some comments from the dads include:

“Dads group has made me more confident, I have developed my relationship with my children and I have created friendships with the other dads." – Jamie Grant

"Attending the group has made my bond with my son even stronger. I recommend other dads to start or join a similar group." - Johnathan Carroll

"Doing dads group has changed my perception of school, it has helped me get to know the staff and to feel more confident in coming into school. School has changed so much since I attended." - Cameron Wiltshire

Cllr Philippa Marsden, Leader of Caerphilly Council with responsibility for Education said “It’s wonderful to see a group of dads engaging and taking an active interest in their children’s lives. I look forward to hearing how the group develops and I hope that this will influence other schools throughout the borough in the future.”

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