FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q. Will my son get lost in a big school, especially if he has come from a small primary school?

Q. As Parents are we able to be involved in Secondary School?

Q. What if my son is struggling in an area, what will you do to help him?

Q. Is my son allowed to leave the school grounds once he has arrived at school?

Q. What if my son experiences bullying at Parade, what will you do?


Q. Will my son get lost in a big school, especially if he has come from a small primary school?

A. No. We have many programs and processes in place to ensure he will be personally known at Parade College and feel a part of the school from his very first day.

These include:

  • Tutor groups (24 or less boys all from the same house)
  • Same Tutor Teacher for the first 3 years, then a new Tutor Teacher for the last 3 years at Parade.
  • Tutor Group consists of Year 7, 8 and 9 boys (Lower Tutor Group) and then Year 10, 11 and 12 boys (Upper Tutor Group);
  • Year 12 mentor for the whole year.
  • Getting To Know You Camp in March.
  • Excellent Transition Programmes in Year 7.
  • Dedicated Year 7 play area
  • Separate canteens – senior and junior.
  • Separate toilet blocks – senior and junior.

All of the above will make your son feel at ease whilst he is enjoying himself at school.


Q. As Parents are we able to be involved in Secondary School?

A. Yes. Things are a little different at Secondary School. Parents don’t work with students in the class room. However, we have lots of committees you can become involved in as well as Working Bees, Parents of Parade (POP), Parent representative on the Board etc.


Q. What if my son is struggling in an area, what will you do to help him?

A. Once your son has been accepted, he will be required to attend a testing day in the October prior to his first year at Parade. This testing starts the educational tracking progress for our staff so that if your son is struggling in any areas, we know exactly how to help him. He may qualify for assistance from a teacher aide or placement in an English or Maths Intervention class.


Q. Is my son allowed to leave the school grounds once he has arrived at school?

A.Students from Years 7 – 12 are not allowed to leave the school grounds once they arrive for the day unless they have a signed note from a parent / guardian. Once this note is sighted and signed by their House Leader or Tutor Teacher, students are allowed to “sign out” via student services.


Q. What if my son experiences bullying at Parade, what will you do?

A. We have a strong Bullying policy at Parade College and bullying whether it be verbal, physical or psychological is not tolerated. We do not have a bullying problem at Parade, however bullying can occur at any school, primary, secondary, single sex or co-educational.

The important thing to remember is that we must be informed immediately if your son has been bullied in any way. If we are not informed about it, we cannot address it. We have zero tolerance for this type of behaviour both on the school grounds and on all forms of transport.