New students and watching
Parents are permitted to watch their children for the first 2 lessons of the term (meaning late enrolments may miss these lessons) only to get their children comfortable around this new and exciting environment.
We find, particularly with little ones, that having a parent to guide the student the first few weeks can be a major help but any longer can disrupt the class and other students. Brothers and sisters may sit in too but are asked to remain quiet and refrain from joining in. For students who are having a lot of trouble leaving Mum and Dad we may allow parents to watch the first 20 or so minutes of class as needed and then leave to gradually get them accustomed to being on their own.
We ask that parents of students who are confident from the get go let their child take on the class alone and don't use this time to check up on their child for their own sake as this won't only halt your own child's growth but disrupt other students. We understand you may want to check in on your little one however this is precisely why we provide watching lessons at the end of each term to check your child's progress. If you choose to watch please read the rules for watching here.
Visiting Our Premises
You may wait for your child to finish class and relax in any of the available chairs at Penrose Community Centre. You can have some coffee, tea, a glass of water or a biscuit in the kitchen or help yourself at the vending machine. We remind all parents to ensure they pick up their child inside the community centre for safety and security reasons.
At the end of each term parents and families of our students are invited to catch up on their child's progress by attending and watching their class. We find students and parents alike love this time and look forward to showing off to Mum and Dad. Families are asked to kindly read over our rules for watching which will either be sent to you prior to watching week or can be accessed here.
Watching weeks take place at the last week of terms 1 to 3 but not 4 so as not to spoil the end of year performance.
We like to remind parents that a students behaviour and performance during watching weeks is generally not to their usual standard since having an audience can make children feel quite shy or the opposite - very playful. Therefore, it should not be seen for any reason as an indication of a students abilities and enjoyment of the class. Teachers will keep you updated with feedback about your child during the term for a truer indication of how you child is going.