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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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Cost of schooling 2022: PV media comment

PV Chief Executive Officer Gail McHardy was interviewed by Tony Jones on 3AW’s Morning Show on Monday 10 January. (Tony Jones is hosting Neil Mitchell’s program while Neil is away.) Gail and Tony discussed the costs of sending children back to school this year, especially the costs of devices such as tablets and laptops. Gail

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Vaccination for children aged 5-12

PV Chief Executive Officer Gail McHardy is quoted in an article published in the Herald-Sun today. The article covers the issue of Covid-19 vaccines for children aged 5-11. According to the article, “Children aged 5-11 years old will be able to get a Covid vaccine from next Monday, with bookings to open online or via

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Hillcrest Primary School tragedy

We were shocked and saddened to hear of the terrible tragedy at Hillcrest Primary School in Devonport, Tasmania. We know that many others will be similarly affected, especially parents, children and school staff at what should be a joyful time – celebrating the end of a difficult year and the successful completion of primary school

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Teacher strike? PV media comment

According to an article in the Age, “Victorian teachers have vowed to strike in term one next year, forcing students to miss out on class time, unless the Andrews government agrees to its demands for higher pay and lighter workloads.” PV Chief Executive Officer Gail McHardy is quoted in the article. Gail expressed hope that

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Our Achievements in 2021

Our Board and staff have been very busy this year working across a range of issues, making sure that parent views are represented in decision-making forums and the media. Meetings Overview 4 meetings with the Deputy Premier, Minister for Education and Minister for Mental Health Ministerial Office Team members) 81 meetings with the Department of

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Think. Wait. Communicate.

Something to say to your school? Think (about what you want to say) Wait (seek an appropriate time) Communicate (clearly and respectfully) In keeping with Parents Victoria’s mission, vision and goals – our objective is to encourage, influence and impact school families to be at their best when connecting to their school community. Especially as

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