Annual Conference is one of the major events on the Parents Victoria calendar.
- Conference allows parents to explore some of the ‘big issues’ confronting education across the state and the nation.
- Each year there is a Conference theme which reflects one or more of the major challenges facing education generally or Parent Clubs in particular.
- The issues are covered in a variety of ways including keynote speakers and workshops.
- Conference is a unique opportunity for parents to meet and share experiences and ideas
- Listening to and participating in debate of policy items with parents from around the state.
Who comes to conference?
- Anyone can attend our Annual Conference.
- Conference costs are determined by the PV Board annually.
Our 2022 E-Conference theme is Relationship based Education (RbE).
RbE is a philosophy of education that puts relationships at the centre. It was developed by John Hendry OAM based on his 50 years experience as an educator. Relationships that form in the educational environment are the bedrock for everything else that happens.
The conference will be opened by the Minister for Education, Natalie Hutchins.
John Hendry will introduce the concept of Relationship based Education, followed by academic Kristin Reimer speaking on how the RbE philosophy can help in the classroom.
Then we’ll hear from teachers and principals who are actually putting RbE into practice. You’ll hear how it’s been working at Ocean Grove Primary School and Prahran High School. John Hendry has worked with both these schools to implement the RbE philosophy, so you can hear how it works ‘on the ground’. There will be a chance to ask questions via the chat box.
Top row, from left: Natalie Hutchins (Minister for Education) John Hendry OAM, Kristin Reimer PhD
Bottom row, from left: Scott McCumber (Principal, Ocean Grove Primary School), Andy McNeilly (Mental Health & Wellbeing Co-ordinator, Ocean Grove Primary School), Nathan Chisholm (Principal, Prahran High School), Shannan Roberts (Assistant Principal, Prahran High School)
The Conference will be held on Zoom.
Date: Monday 24 October, 10:am – 1:00pm
The Conference is free but registration is essential.
Videos of presentations from the Conference are available below, as follows:
- Education Minister James Merlino’s Conference opening and announcement of the 2021 Joan Kirner Parent Participation Award.
- “Caring through Connection” – Elspeth Stephenson.
- “Collective Conversation on Consent” – Debbie Ollis, Chanel Contos, Katrina Marson.
Our 2021 Conference was officially opened by the Minister for Education, James Merlino. In a second (pre-recorded) video, Mr Merlino also announced the winners of the 2021 Joan Kirner Parent Participation Award.
Presentations by Debbie Ollis, Chanel Contos and Katrina Marson.
The Parents Victoria Annual Conference will take place online this year, on Monday 11 October. Our theme this year is “Recipes for Great Schools“. Program 10:00am – Conference Opening and address by the Deputy Premier and Minister for Education & Minister for Mental Health, James Merlino. 10:30 am – Caring through Connection with
The 2021 Parents Victoria Annual Report was presented at the Conference.
Our 2020 Conference theme was “Brave New World: Changes, challenges and opportunities for families and schools”
We thank Education Minister James Merlino for opening the conference and answering questions.
Mr Merlino presented the Joan Kirner Award and the ‘Parent Champion During Covid’ Award.
Mr Merlino also took questions – here are his answers , emailed to us after the Conference.
Joan Kirner Award
The Joan Kirner is an annual award given to a Member Parent Club, Parent, or Individual Member who has demonstrated, encouraged, or facilitated parent or family engagement in their school.
This year’s winner is Catherine Kirby (Sandringham College)
Parent Champion During Covid Award
The ‘Parent Champion During Covid’ is a new award for clubs and parents who have made a positive contribution to their school community during the ‘learning From home’ periods this year.
This year’s winner is Nikky Edwards (Croydon Hills Primary School)
Re-setting the foundations for good mental health for families post COVID
Presenter: Dr Stephen Carbone, Executive Director, Prevention United.
Family Engagement Officers in schools
Presenter: Dori Ellington, Community Engagement Officer at Whittington Primary School.
Connected Schools Communities: The Next School Improvement Frontier
Presenter: Adam Voigt, Director, Real Schools.