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Parent engagement key focus for our new Executive Officer

We’re delighted to introduce you to Queensland Independent Schools Parents Network’s new Executive Officer, Justine Cirocco.

Ms Cirocco joined us in December, taking over the reigns from our founding Executive Officer Sue Kloeden, who held the position for five years.

The Executive Officer role involves bringing the perspective of independent school parents to education policy making tables around the country and engaging directly with government and key education bodies. 

The position is supported by a Consultative Committee comprised of parents from small and large independent schools across Queensland.

Strong representation for parents

The opportunity to be a strong advocate for families is what drew Ms Cirocco – a lawyer and mother of three – to the role and is where she looks forward to making a strong impact.

“My three children have been educated in the independent sector (one son at The Southport School and two daughters currently at Somerset College, on the Gold Coast) and I’ve seen first hand the importance of strong partnerships between parents and educators,’’ Ms Cirocco said.

Ms Cirocco has served as president of Parents and Citizens’ Associations at two of her children’s schools and has held positions on several boards, including the Queensland Independent Schools Parents Network – so comes to the role with a sound understanding of current issues.

She said she’s particularly looking forward to continuing Ms Kloeden’s passionate advocacy of ‘parent engagement’ in education.

“I want to see all children thrive in the school environment and when parent engagement is done well in schools, children do thrive – both academically and in terms of their well-being.

“Parent engagement is something I will continue championing, because the benefits have been well documented in study after study.’’

Find out more about the research into parent engagement

Read more about parent engagement in our most recent story here.

Download our one-page factsheet on parent engagement here.

Read in detail about parent engagement and how schools can implement effective strategies in the recently released report The Parent Engagement Implementation Guide by Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) here.

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