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Staged return to schools: PV media comment

The Herald-Sun reported today on how the staged return to the classroom will work for Victorian school students. PV Executive Office Gail McHardy is quoted in the article. Gail said some parents would be relieved “and others would’ve hoped for more students to be onsite sooner than later, but unfortunately the virus is the determinant”. She said

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School levies are voluntary

As reported recently in the Age, Education Department guidelines for schools have been ‘refreshed’ to give schools and families clarity and transparency about payments. Schools can continue to seek voluntary financial contributions towards classroom materials, educational programs and operating expenses, and invite parents to buy educational items on a user-pays basis. But the guidelines make

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Remote learning incentives: PV media comment

The Herald-Sun reported today that a Melton secondary school is using retail and movie vouchers as incentives to improve remote learning engagement. According to the article, “Kurunjang Secondary College is putting the names of senior students attending for 75 per cent or more of class time in draws to win.” PV Executive Officer Gail McHardy is

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Vaccinations give hope: PV media comment

A recent article in the Age focuses on COVID vaccinations for school-aged children. Titled ‘Our only way out’: Families relieved about vaccinations for children, the article gives responses from parents and other groups. Parents Victoria executive officer Gail McHardy is quoted in the article. Gail said schools were an important conduit of government health advice, on vaccines and

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Return to the classroom: PV media comment

Most parents are keen to get their children back to on-site learning at school. But there’s also concern about the spread of COVID-19, especially the impact of the Delta strain on children. This report, from the ABC’s AM program, features: Gail McHardy, Executive Officer, Parents Victoria Correna Haythorpe, President, Australian Education Union Craig Peterson, President, NSW Secondary

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Rapid antigen testing in schools: PV media comment

The Herald-Sun published an article yesterday under the headline, “Rapid antigen Covid-19 testing can keep kids in school, experts say”. The article explores the use of rapid antigen testing in schools overseas, and quotes experts in support of the method being used in Victorian schools. PV Executive Officer Gail McHardy is quoted in the article. Gail

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Vaccine rollout in schools: PV media comment

According to an article in today’s Herald-Sun, “Victorian kids are set to receive the Covid-19 jab at schools across the state before the end of term four.” PV Executive Officer Gail McHardy is quoted in the article. Gail said some parents were keen to give priority to secondary school students, after all essential workers including teachers

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How to help your kids succeed in school without piling on the pressure

“There are four key things children need to get the most out of their education, and hassling them about results or getting them into an expensive private school are not on the list.” In this article on the ABC website, parenting expert Justin Coulson summarises extensive academic research on the key factors for success at

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VCE special consideration: PV media comment

According to an article in today’s Herald-Sun, “Results relief is on the way for desperate VCE students after special consideration on their ATAR was locked in.” PV Executive Officer Gail McHardy is quoted in the article. Gail said the VCE rescheduling and assessment considerations were greatly welcomed by the 2021 cohort. “PV is pleased to see

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Home learning again: PV media comment

An article in today’s Age focuses on the impact of Victoria’s fifth lockdown on school students and their parents. PV Executive Officer Gail McHardy is quoted in the article. Gail said families seemed to be coping with the latest shutdown. “In this wintry weather… we’ve got to give Victorians a medal. We’re all doing the best we can,” she said.

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