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PV welcomes School Saving Bonus

Parents Victoria issued a media release yesterday, welcoming the State Budget announcement of a $400 School Saving Bonus for all parents at public schools. Our CEO Gail McHardy was also interviewed on ABC Radio Melbourne about the bonus payment. You can listen to Gail’s interview on the ABC website (skip to 2 hours 20 minutes).

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PV at For Every Child media event

The For Every Child campaign staged a media event at the State Library on Monday 6 April. They covered the lawns with 1560 miniature schools to represent the Victorian schools that are currently underfunded by $1.8 billion this year. The event featured speakers from the Australian Education Union and Parents Victoria. (Photo above shows our

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Student drop-out rate: PV media comment

“Victorian government schools have recorded their highest dropout rate in a decade, reflecting a ‘concerning trend’,” according to a report in today’s Herald-Sun. The article continues: One quarter of Victorian year 10 government school students did not go on to finish year 12 in 2023 – the highest dropout rate in a decade, new data

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School absence – PV media comment

The Herald-Sun has raised concerns about the level of absenteeism in Victorian schools. According to an article in Saturday’s edition, The average Victorian secondary student will skip nearly a year worth of high school, with experts blaming a spike in mental health issues and feelings of isolation among teenagers… The non-attendance figures were all far

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No hat, no play – PV media comment

A Geelong secondary college is introducing a “no hat, no play” rule – common in primary schools but not usually in place at secondary level. According to the article: It’s a significant shift at Matthew Flinders Girls Secondary College in Geelong, which is believed to be one of the state’s first public high schools to

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School uniform – PV media comment

School uniform is a significant part of the ‘back to school’ costs that parents bear at the start of each school year. The current cost-of-living crisis has re-ignited a long running debate about school uniform, as reported in a recent Herald-Sun article. According to the article: Uniforms are expensive, can create “social cliques” in schools

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