Team work needs teamwork

Teamwork is a term most people have immediate reactions or sentiments towards. It reminds us of sporting teams, or workplace projects, or the church or community events in which we have participated. Working in a dynamic and interconnected setting such as a school, I see firsthand how beneficial and necessary teamwork is for our children. Our College includes year-level teams, SWANs teams, curriculum and extra-curricular teams, facilities teams, IT teams, and leadership teams just to name a few. We also welcome parents who are available to support in teams that use volunteers, such as our tuckshop team or the Home Reader helper team. These combined efforts allow us to provide services which might otherwise not be possible for our community.

Echoing the popular saying ‘It takes a village to raise a child’, schools rely on the input and support of a multitude of people working in unison, with teamwork, to achieve the best for our children. The diverse gifts and talents, the specialised knowledge or training, the roles and responsibilities of individuals in the team blend in teamwork, to achieve our goals together. In a practical sense, these contributions might be the advice of a teacher, the encouragement of a guardian and the strategies from a specialist which together achieve the progress for the child. All this work from the team, when in unison, is effective teamwork.

Maintaining unified efforts does not, however, happen accidentally. It is necessary for all members of the team to strive to work together and work through challenges if they come along. Maintaining effective teamwork requires communication, dedication and a focus on the goal even when problem-solving is needed. Productive communication and support are so vital, they are even included as foundations in our enrolment process at Groves. As we are into the second half of 2019 and planning towards 2020 is well underway, I encourage all families to consider how to make the best of the semester ahead. It may be helpful to arrange a meeting with someone in the school to reaffirm how to form a team around goals you have for this semester, and what teamwork is needed to support your children.

Please also consider if you are able to contribute to our volunteer teams at Groves. We have several sections looking for additional helpers this semester. More information is available here or you could speak with your child’s teacher about how volunteering could be beneficial in their classroom.

This Saturday, August 3 is our annual Groves Community Fair. We look forward to welcoming you from 1pm. Come along with the whole family and enjoy a fun day finishing with a spectacular firework display at 6pm. See you there.

Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. Hebrews 10:24 (NLT)

Susan Hindle
Head of Primary School