Staff at Budawang acknowledge that various aspects of a school contribute to the success and positive experience students have with their learning.
One significant aspect is teachers developing strong, trusting and positive relationships with their students and families.
Teachers communicate with families on a daily basis about the activities, events, successes and challenges their child has at school through either a communication diary, phone conversations, e-mail or face to face.
Parents are encouraged to communicate with their teacher how their child's evening/morning has been before attending school and communicate openly with teachers to address issues of concern or success.
All students need teachers and staff to believe in them to achieve highly, feel successful and ultimately sense a genuine belonging at Budawang.
Positively conversing and interacting with students in the classroom and the playground is a strength that staff naturally engage in.
Staff discover individual students' interests, and incorporate these interests into their learning to extend these positive relationships, and to let student know that they are valued.
Being understood and listened to is another contributing factor of a successful schooling experience.
Verbal communication for some of our students is their major form of communicating.
For other students they utilise and/or incorporate AAC (augmented and alternative communication) to communicate their needs/wants/likes/dislikes.
AAC at Budawang includes gestural, visuals via PECs (Picture Exchange Communication), key word sign, ProLoQuo2Go (a communication app on an iPad), Liberator communication device and Eye Gaze device.
Staff support students in the use of these communication methods to ensure all students voices are heard and most importantly listened to.