Helen Hardy

Standard 7 – Engage professionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the community.

7.1 Meet codes of ethics and conduct established by regulatory authorities, systems and schools.

As a public service in the ACT I am bound by the ACT Teachers’ Code of professional practice to meet the five principles;

  • service to the public
  • responsiveness to the government and the needs of the public
  • accountability
  • fairness and integrity
  • efficiency and effectiveness.
  • I am also bound by;
  • confidentially regarding students

I am also bound by;

  • confidentially regarding students
  • The acceptable use of technology
  • Mandatary reporting
  • Equity and Diversity Plan
  • Active playground supervision

I maintain professionalism, impartiality, professional registration, Working with Vulnerable children and a police check.


7.2 Understand the implications of and comply with relevant legislative, administrative, organizational and professional requirements, policies and processes.

As an employee of the Department of Education I understand my professional responsibility of service to the Department, the public, and school community. I am accountable for my actions and behave with fairness, integrity, and professionalism at all times. I follow OH&S guidelines to ensure safety to myself, students, and other staff members.

I am respectful of cultural differences, maintain confidentiality, and I am committed to best practice in my teaching. I undertake professional development to meet the requirements of my registration with the TQI.

I comply with the school uniform, sun smart, acceptable use of ICT policies and behaviour management policies in place at the school.

I comply with the emergency procedures planned by the school..

I have undertaken risk assessments for excursions as well as completed the necessary forms to ensure the safe and approproiate care of animals at school.

The ACT DET has all the policies, publications and information on their website which can be accessedat any time.


7.3 Establish and maintain respectful and collaborative relationships with parents/carers regarding their children’s learning and well-being.

I have an open door policy with parents and carers. I created a powerpoint for new parents to the school and attended the Kindergarten information session at the beginning of 2017 with the Kindy Team to provide an overview of the Year for new parents. I invite parents to participate in classroom activities such as reading with students or assisting with literacy. Each Friday afternoon we have Open Door Friday which enables parents to join the end of the day learning activity. I am available via email or phone and I am prepared to meet with parents early morning or after school. I contact parents to discuss ILPs and PLPs as well as to inform them of awards and assemblies.

I have created a ‘take home book’ which each child takes home to show their families. The book contains photographs of student learning.


Parents also attend for Grandfriends Day, learning journeys, parent/teacher interviews, fetes, assemblies, and concerts.

Grand friends Day – my parents attending to support students whose parents/carers are unable to attend.
Celebrating with a family as they bring in their new dogs to show the class.


I also believe in making learning viable to parents.

Weekly overview placed on the door to the kindy room

Keeping parents informed of weekly learning.

Hallway displays to show student learning with curriculum links.


Building relationships with students which provide authentic writing situations.


Thank you messages, cards, cakes and flowers from parents after teaching ‘The Penguins’ for six months at Kingsford Smith.


7.4 Participate in professional and community, networks and forums to broaden knowledge and improve practice.

Attending basic first aid with St Johns Ambulance.
Enjoying time with Stu and Kenny Koala – safety messages..

Attending the Food Magician to promote Healthy Eating.

Attending Mr Tim and the Food Detective to promote health.