We hear the word ‘community’ thrown around all the time, but what actually is it and why does it matter? In this conversation, show host Lyndal Tait speaks with Dr Jen George, an expert in community and governance, about what community means and how it makes us who we are. They discuss some key principles […]
A team from Comcorp, led by Dr Jen George are delighted to be working with William Clarke College, Sydney to guide them in how they can strengthen their community. This includes active listening to all stakeholders in the development of their community engagement plan. This work is already underway and an exciting development in our
Speaking on School Community Hubs in 2019 and on Cohesive Communities in 2020 (online).
Dr George has been working alongside a group of women at the King’s School (including staff, parents and staff partners) to produce a permanent art exhibit representing community and place connection of the school in the central library space. The exhibit includes a beautiful indigenous community artwork and its story in an educational video, gifted by
Community interviews, surveys, desktop surveys, and workshops with staff, board members, parents and alumni have been undertaken to understand and develop community engagement plan for several independent schools in NSW.
Comcorp undertook several days of community engagement workshops with parents, staff and students to produce a report summarising the key issues for consideration and priority planning into the next strategy. Dr George then worked closely with the School Principal to collaborate in a dialogue about school futures to inform the School Strategy at Sapphire Coast
Comcorp staff share expertise in school partnership projects As a place planner (landscape architect, planner and community engagement expert) the offer was made to the school my child attended to share in a session of learning. It is a PYP school and partnering with others is often embraced if it fits with curriculum and timetabling. With open
Following the bushfire crisis in Jan 2020, a community led partnership project was generated between The Kings School, Parramatta and Sapphire Coast Anglican College in Bega in 2020. This project involved an enthusiastic group of people (made up of parents and staff from the King’s School) working together to run a textbook drive collecting books for
Although some schools are still spinning their wheels in long practiced yet outdated approaches, community engagement ought to offer far more than just parent-teacher interviews and a once-a-year fete. Modern technology, changing social demographics, emerging health challenges and shifting employment practices are all key to understanding the emerging landscape for schools in community engagement. By understanding
Between 2013-2016 Dr George acted as a strategist and community engagement lead for a large independent school in Perth pulling together a group of volunteers to develop an efficient and engaging volunteer program. This involved partnering with a team of “champion” parents to lead the school community in online and face to face encouragement and