The following paragraph is taken from the Department of Education website:
"Parents and school staff are partners in children's education. By interacting with the school and other parents, parent club members gain a first hand understanding of how schools operate and the rhythm of school life. Parents participating in a school's parent club can use, and build on, their skills and confidence, develop friendships and work collaboratively with other parents interested in supporting the school."
Parents Victoria can assist to establish or re-invigorate a parent club at your school.
The Department of Education guidelines can be viewed here.
Safe Schools Hub
Education Minister Peter Garrett says "It is not fair to just rely on schools to do the heavy lifting'. The Safe Schools Hub shows how we can provide safe schools with strong community ties.
Bully Stoppers supports parents, teachers and principals in working together to make sure schools are safe and supportive places, where everyone is empowered to help reduce the incidence of bullying in all Victorian schools. Parents Victoria met with DEECD staff to review and give feedback into Bully Stoppers resources.
Parents Victoria Position Statements
A new section to inform on Parents Victoria's policy on specific items of current interest or discussion. We will also 'flag' available opportunities to provide feedback to submissions and inquiries.
Positive Parental Involvement
"Parent clubs can help encourage family engagement in student learning and promote a sense of community in schools." DEECD magazine article Positive parental involvement by Caroline Reidy, August 2012.
Engaging Parents & Families in Learning and School
National Symposium - May 2012 Attended by Parents Victoria's President, Sharron Healy and Executive Officer, Gail McHardy
Victorian School Canteen Association Expo
Tuesday May 8, 2012
"The power of people - striving, reviving and thriving"
Parents Club - supporting the Primary Years Programme in a global world
Parent Club - supporting the Primary Years Programme (628.9 kB) at the 25th IB (International Baccalaureate) Asia Pacific Conference, 17-20 March, 2011
Any more Questions? DVD's for parents and young people
'ANY QUESTIONS' is a resource for parents and young people with the aim of helping them know their options throughout secondary college and to really encourage them to ask questions to their local 'experts' i.e. VCAL coordinators, career teachers etc at their school.
'ANYMORE QUESTIONS' is also a resource for parents and young people. It aims to show that there are options outside of school - either as a whole program or in conjunction with school. School is the best place for most young people, however on the occasions that it isn't, it is helpful to be informed and again to know what to ask questions about.
These DVDs are produced by the Frankston Mornington Peninsula LLEN (Local Learning and Employment Network). View the DVD's from the FMPLlen website home page.
Promoting Your Parents Club
This section includes resources to help Parents Clubs promote themselves to their school communities.
Parents Club Tool Kit
All new members will receive access to the Parents Victoria online Members Toolkit, with their membership receipt.
The Toolkit contains a number of folders containing Proformas and Tip Sheets which we hope will be useful to your Club.
Tip Sheets Include:
- Resources (includes DEECD websites, statutory authority websites etc.)
- Choosing a School
- Public Speaking
- Parent Club Participation
- Parent Teacher Interviews
- Parents Club Constitutions
- Minutes of Meeting
- School Council Report
- Parent Club News Update
- Record of Monies Collected
- Annual General Meeting
Parent Club Constitutions
Do you know that all Parent Associations must have a ministerially approved constitution?
Does your club have one? If so, has it been updated to comply with the current regulations?
Parents Victoria has prepared this package of information to assist clubs to prepare a constitution or to update an existing constitution.