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Know Your Country campaign video

This new campaign video from Know Your Country captures the opinions of students, teachers, parents, the Principal and First Nations Educators at a primary school on Kaurna Country in South Australia. Find out why they’re excited about the prospect of having First Nations Cultural Educators in every primary school across the country. Why not share

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Vaccinations and masks in schools: PV media comment

The Herald-Sun reported today on a conflict between State and Federal governments on the issue of mass vaccination programs in schools. Taking aim at Victoria, Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said a universal school-based scheme would be the “fastest way out” of Victoria requiring kids in grades 3 to 6 to wear masks for the rest

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Cost of schooling survey – results

Thanks to those parents who filled in our ‘Cost of schooling’ survey late last year. The results were a ‘mixed bag’ with some positive results and some causes for concern. The survey asked parents about how well their school communicates with them about voluntary levies, how well the payments systems work, and the impact of

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Child wellbeing and COVID: survey

We are supporting a new study by the Australian Human Rights Commission designed to find out more about the unique challenges faced by children and their families during COVID-19. The Commission has launched two surveys to better understand the social, emotional, educational, and other impacts experienced by children aged 9 to 17 and their parents

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Our unequal education system

“When colleagues overseas ask what I think about Australia’s school system, I tell them that it does offer world-class education, but not for everyone.” That’s the opening sentence of a recent article in the Guardian by Finnish education expert Pasi Sahlberg, who now lives in Australia. The article focuses on the divide between the public

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ACSSO welcomes Labor commitment

The Australian Council of State School Organisations (ACSSO) welcomes today’s announcements by the Federal Opposition leader highlighting a commitment to invest a total of $440 million of new money in education COVID-19 recovery. “This announcement by Mr Albanese is a great step forward in assisting students to “bounce back” following the last two years of

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Back to school: the plan

The plan for Victorian students’ return to school was announced today by Education Minister James Merlino and Premier Daniel Andrews in a media release. Today’s media release announces the details of Covid risk management that will be implemented in schools, including: Surveillance testing Ventilation Vaccinations Workforce planning   Read the Media Release There’s also an

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Back to school: parent concerns

The majority of families are anxious about their children returning to school at beginning of the 2022 school year according to nationwide survey conducted by the Australian Council of State School Organisations (ACSSO). The survey shows that major concerns for parents are the high Covid case numbers and the short period of time for kids

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Your kids can create a family memoir

The Chapters of Our Lives is an online course that will guide your child through the process of interviewing family members and creating a family memoir. The course is suitable for families with children who are early readers and writers all the way through to teens. All the kids in your family can participate in different ways, perhaps

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Cost of schooling survey (re-opened for 2022)

In the September edition of Parents Voice,  we alerted our readers that DET had refreshed the Parent Payment Policy as a result of a series of school audits on how they were charging and communicating those charges with parents around school costs. PV pursues a broad goal of ensuring that public education is compulsory, inclusive,

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