Engagement with CALD families
We respect and recognise the cultural practices and spiritual beliefs of our families and aim to support them by engaging and involving our Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) families.
We aim to have trusting relationships and work towards mutually beneficial long term relationships. address such things as:
- language issues by providing interpreters if required
- build capacity of community leaders
COVID-19 (corona virus) translated information
A multilingual resource library focused on COVID-19 has been created providing information translated into many languages from health authorities at Federal, State and Global levels. This hub page is being updated as new information is provided and translated. This information when used in conjunction with www.health.gov.au may be useful to you and your families for current, reputable in-language information and advice. Visit the site: COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Multilingual Resource Library
Engagement Strategies: Cabrini Research Project
As our school communities become increasingly culturally and linguistically diverse, it is important to ensure reflexive and responsive student and family engagement and communication strategies. In response to concerns that some African-Australian families were experiencing challenges in communicating with schools, CESA implemented The Cabrini Collective in 2018 with selected metropolitan schools, to develop effective practices for engaging with students and families from culturally and linguistically diverse communities.
A research project was conducted throughout 2018 and 2019 through the Cabrini Collective schools, in conjunction with Uni SA as Research Partner, aiming to identify strategies for improving engagement. While this research specifically focused on the African-Australian community, the practices and approaches described could be applicable to other CALD communities.
For further information about the Cabrini Collective, see the summary of work and the full Research Project report. Also, research findings were collated into a series of 6 video resources to support how we understand and develop engagement strategies for CALD students and their families within our schools.
Watch this 4 minute video with advice for Communication with Families.
Making Multicultural Australia
One of Australia’s leading sources of quality educational resources on multiculturalism.
Racism No Way A project aimed at assisting school communities and education systems to recognise and address racism.
Opening the School Gate: Engaging Multicultural Families in Schools is a resource kit, produced by Centre for Multicultural Youth, that provides teachers and other school staff with a range of strategies to encourage parents and families from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds to fully participate in the educational experience of their children at school.
Visit the Federation of Catholic School Parent Communities for information about how to strengthen parent and family engagement.
Resource for multilingual families and home learning
The UK National Literacy Trust has produced Time Together booklets – downloadable easy to read, colourful guide with suggestions on how parents can support their young child’s learning at home. It is available in thirteen different languages.