Me and my school: Engaging migrant and refugee families

The ACT Principals Association, Companion House and Council have teamed up to host a forum to help schools create a sense of belonging for migrant and refugee parents and students.

The forum is a chance for principals to hear directly from migrant parents as well as share experience and best practice with other school leaders.

“We hope to foster a greater understanding of the difficulties parents face when approaching schools if they are not confident with their English, their cultural experience of schools is very different from here in Canberra, or they have suffered on their journey to Australia,” explains Council Vice President, Viv Pearce.

The forum will run as a panel session with the audience encouraged to ask questions and share experiences. The panel includes parents and cultural experts, and educators who have successfully engaged migrant students and families.

The forum is on Thursday, June 9 from 2 to 4pm at the Centre for Teaching and Learning, 51 Fremantle Drive, Stirling. Afternoon tea is provided. Everyone is welcome, simply RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.on 6251 4550.

P&Cs are asked to alert migrant and refugee parents in their community about the event. Feel free to share this flyer for more information.