Parents Voice in Government School Education


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Car fumes at school pick-up: PV media comment

The Age reports today on the problem of children being exposed to car fumes at school drop-off/pickup time. According to the article, “Car parking and leaving the engine running at schools should be banned, experts say, as the toxic exhaust fumes could be making children sick.” Parents Victoria CEO Gail McHardy is quoted in the

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College uniform: PV media comment

A school uniform issue at Cheltenham Secondary College has sparked debate in the media today. The Herald-Sun reported this morning: Some Cheltenham Secondary College parents are outraged at the school’s decision to introduce a new jacket featuring the pride and Indigenous flags. The two flags are embroidered on the arms of the puffer jacket, one

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Parliamentary inquiry into education system

The Victorian Parliament is holding an inquiry into the state education system, and they are inviting submissions from the public. It’s a simple online process and your submission can be written, audio or video. This is a chance to speak directly to the decision-makers! You can make your own submission, or send your thoughts to

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Free online tools for Parent Clubs

A new addition to our Parent Club Toolkit – what resources are available for free or minimal cost, that Parent Clubs can use to make things easier? Many parents will be accustomed to using online tools at work for collaboration, planning and communication, but Parent Clubs don’t usually have the budget for them. We’ve searched

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School uniform costs: PV media comment

An article in today’s Age covers examines the cost of school uniforms at Victorian state schools. The article begins, “State high schools are being urged to adopt more generic uniforms and end their branding war with private schools as more families than ever seek financial help.” The article quotes State Schools’ Relief CEO Sue Karzis,

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Seat belts on buses: PV media comment

The recent horrific bus crashes in Victoria and NSW have highlighted an issue Parents Victoria has been campaigning on for many years – seat belts on buses. The Age covered the issue in an article this morning. According to the article, “Victoria is facing calls to fast-track the replacement of more than 100 regional school

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