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School levies: PV media comment

The Age reported today (21 June) that, “a decline in voluntary payments from parents this year could force schools to cut curricular programs.” According to the article, “Caulfield secondary school Glen Eira College wrote to parents on Friday warning that it had already spent its annual budget in voluntary payments from families and was reviewing

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School Community Safety Orders: PV media comment

Recent media reports have misrepresented PV’s position on School Community Safety Orders, which are due to come into force early next month. The Orders will give school Principals the power to ban parents from school grounds if they regard the parents’ behaviour as “harmful, threatening or abusive”. We have expressed strong concerns about these Orders

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Schools sue parents: PV media comment

Media outlets have reported recent cases where schools have sued parents over critical comments on social media. The Herald-Sun reported on 9 June that “Parents and students ranting against teachers and principals on social media are being sued by schools, with recent court payouts of more than $100,000 for some comments.” The story was picked

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Traffic and schools: PV media comment

The issue of traffic congestion around schools at drop-off and pickup time has come into focus recently with parents receiving parking fines, and local residents complaining about blockages caused by parents double-parking around schools. According to a recent article in the Herald-Sun: Division has erupted between parents and residents over parking fines dished out across

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Rule changes for school visitors

The Victorian Government has announced some important changes to COVIDSafe measures for schools that will apply from the start of Term 2. You’ll see below that visitors to schools (including parents) are no longer required to show evidence of vaccination. However, evidence of vaccination is still required if you are volunteering at the school, as

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Behaviour problems in schools: PV media comment

A recent article in the Age focuses on increased behavioural issues in schools as students and teachers try to get back to normal after the Covid-19 disruptions of the past 2 years. According to the article: Disruptive behaviour and poor wellbeing among students have emerged as bigger problems in Victorian schools this year than learning

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Videos made easy with Filmpond

Research tells us that effective communication between home and school is a key contributor to successful family engagement. While email and newsletters have been great communication tools, information conveyed in video is more engaging and leads to higher retention rates. The Australian Council of State School Organisations (ACSSO) has partnered with Filmpond to help schools

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Australia votes – ACSSO education survey

With the calling of the Federal Election being imminent – education needs to be front of mind for all candidates. The last two years not only has highlighted but has exacerbated the equity gap. Have your say! This is a chance to add your voice to ACSSO‘s collective advocacy on behalf of government school parents

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Vaping in schools: take our survey

The issue of vaping in schools has been in the media recently. We’d like your views – take our quick survey. Channel Nine News A report on Channel Nine News yesterday focused on the issue of students vaping at school. According to the report, some Victorian schools are installing vape detectors in toilets to address

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“Schoolyard Stories” fundraiser

Our friend Mandy the Fundraising Whisperer has highlighted this interesting fundraiser in her recent newsletter. “Schoolyard Stories” gives you the opportunity to compile a book and then sell copies as a fundraiser. The books could be: Storybooks written and illustrated by children Cookbooks with favourite recipes from your school community Yearbooks Photo books The possibilities

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