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Building Parent School Partnerships

Building Parent School Partnerships

Andrew Oberthur is a Principal, Author, Executive Coach and father of two teenagers with over 30 years experience teaching and leading primary schools in Brisbane.

In 2018 he published his first book “Are You Ready for Primary School This Year? which is about building a culture of trust, collaboration and enquiry between parents and teachers.

He has been a regular ABC Brisbane radio since 2019, as well as doing podcasts and blogs for various parent and education groups.

Andrew is available to do presentations for parents and school staff around his areas of expertise including
- building the culture of Trust, Collaboration and Enquiry between parents and teachers
- Getting children ready for school: guiding parents through the four key areas of school readiness

His book is available from his website



Tutors for Young Children – necessary or not? NOT!

In August 2019 a Brisbane newspaper article reported that toddlers are now being taken to tutors to help them get ready for school. As a primary school principal, I was horrified to read this article and learn that parents are… Continue Reading >

School Readiness

Choosing a school is one of the biggest decisions parents make for their children in their formative years. Coupled with this decision is parents’ understanding their children’s readiness for the challenges and rigour of primary school. In recent years more… Continue Reading >

Starting School

When parents are preparing their children to start school for the very first time, there are a few areas that parents can address to ensure: 1. That the children feel comfortable with a set of life skills which will allow… Continue Reading >

Class Size and Teacher Quality

One of the most emotional topics when it comes to primary school education is class size. Some parents are often concerned about the size of the class and the impact that the number of children will have on their own… Continue Reading >

Age and Gender and School Readiness

“My son is born a couple of months prior to the cut off date for them to start school. I think I will give them a second year at kindy”. As a school principal I have heard these comments many… Continue Reading >

Dispositions Necessary for Children to Learn

As a result of recent events which recently saw most children learning at home, under the guidance of their parents, and the direction of their teachers, and now having returned to school, three conditions, relevant in any setting, are necessary… Continue Reading >

To Repeat your child…… or not?

As a second half of the year arises teachers continue evaluating children’s progress and it is not uncommon that during parent teacher interviews for child’s readiness to take on the next year’s curriculum may arise. Invariably   this leads to the… Continue Reading >

Formula for TRUST and COLLABORATION 3 + 3 + 3 + 5 + 2

When a child comes home from school and shares their recollection about something that has happened during the day, the parent has the choice of three responses from which they may choose in dealing with their child’s concern. If the… Continue Reading >

Alternative Education Provisions: Building Trust, Collaboration and Enquiry between Parents and Teachers.

As we enter these unprecedented times, and we are likely to be engaging with alternative education provisions, it is important that teachers and parents, more than ever, trust each other, collaborate together and ask relevant questions to ensure that our… Continue Reading >

Tips for Parents with children at home – Alternative Education Provisions

Have a holiday over Easter!!!! If we are in Alternate Education Provisions after Easter, then take small steps Set up routines for children and families to guide the learning opportunities at home Display the routine – visual images OR written… Continue Reading >

Keeping children safe, well and calm.

Keeping our children safe and healthy in our current climate, that is unchartered territory, must be the priority of everyone. Children are some of the most vulnerable in our community and hence rely on their caring adults to ensure their… Continue Reading >

Bullying V Bad Behaviour

The term bullying is an emotive term often used to describe negative interactions between two children or two adolescents. It is important to understand the difference between bullying behaviour and bad behaviour as they are not the same thing. The… Continue Reading >

Reasons Why Parents Engage with Schools

When a parent goes to a school they usually approach the teachers or the principal for one of five reasons. When the teacher or principal asks the very first question after a parent has expressed their issue the first question… Continue Reading >



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