Our Newsletter: Parents Voice

Parents Voice is the official newsletter of Parents Victoria.
It is distributed to our members via email monthly during school terms.

It contains updates on current issues in education, reports on Parents Victoria activities, news from Parent Clubs around the state and lots more.

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Past issues of  Parents Voice are archived below.

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2022

#10 (November) 2022

  • Election ‘school lunch order’
  • Conference report
  • PV Annual Report
  • Hot Topic – School camps under threat
  • Success story – Wembley Primary School Parents Association
  • Parent Engagement – Debbie Pushor podcast
  • 150th Anniversary of Public Education in Victoria – past PV campaigns
  • Wakakirri video showcase
  • Special provision for VCE exams
  • VEAA awards
  • Grandparents Victoria 20th Anniversary

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#9 (October) 2022

  • Parent Engagement – Families of children with disability
  • Sexuality education – parents’ views invited
  • 150th Anniversary of Public Education in Victoria – history of PV Conferences
  • myfuture webinar: Preparing to transition into work and lifelong learning
  • Family engagement – families of children with disability
  • Transition to high school
  • Easy access to vaping products
  • Mental health menu
  • Mental health Victoria
  • School council training
  • NAPLAN news
  • New resources for students with disabilities
  • Conference reminder
  • Parent Club Constitutions

#8 (September) 2022

  • PV Conference

  • Parent Engagement at Lowanna College

  • PV Board nominations

  • AEU 10 Year Plan for school staffing

  • Premier’s Spirit of Democracy study tour competition

  • eSafety resources for every family

  • RATs: information for parents

  • myfuture occupation spotlights

  • Multicultural Health Connect

  • Mental Health and Wellbeing Toolkit

  • ‘Free, secular and compulsory’  history conference

  • Inclusive education resources from Amaze

  • Parent Consultation sessions: sexuality education resources

  • Many Talents, One VCE update

#7 (August) 2022

  • Education State Forum

  • Coming events: RRRR, senior secondary pathways

  • Smoking/vaping resources (Fact sheet for parents)

  • Call for Parent Club ‘good news stories’

  • Parent Engagement – Cooking classes for parents at Glenroy College

  • Chapters of Our Lives

  • 150th Anniversary of Public Education in Victoria – “Then and Now” video

  • Susan Ryan Award

  • Sydney Uni survey for parents of teens

#6 (July) 2022

  •  CEO message – School Community Safety Orders, Child Safe Standards, Mental Health Menu

  • Thanks to James Merlino/Welcome to Natalie Hutchins
  • Family School Partnerships Framework
  • 150th Anniversary of Public Education in Victoria – our oldest schools

  • Doctors in Schools

  • Mental health in primary schools

  • Centre for Higher Education Studies

  • eSafety resources for parents

  • Schools Plus grants

  • myfuture resources and coming event

  • University of Sydney survey invitation

  • Alphington Primary video

  • General Achievement Test

  • Creative Schools Partnership

  • School camps are back!

#5 (June) 2022

  • School Community Safety Orders
  • Out and About
  • School levies in the news again
  • Good news story / callout: Cultural Integrity Garden from
  • CT newsletter
  • Parent Engagement – teacher training
  • Chapters of Our Lives
  • 150th Anniversary of Public Education in Victoria – milestones
  • Recognition of Service Awards
  • Reinventing your Parent Club for busy parents
  • New Australian Curriculum
  • NEiTa Awards
  • Many talents One VCE
  • eSafety resources for parents
  • Mental health first aid
  • Foundation for Young Australians
  • Careers webinar – recording now available
  • Finance/consumer education
  • Democracy stall winner
  • ResourceSmart School Awards

#4 (May) 2022

  • Vaping survey results
  • Success story: Wembley Waste Warriors
  • Video as a family engagement tool
  • 150th Anniversary of Public Education in Victoria
  • Education Week
  • LLENs
  • Susan Ryan Family Engagement Awards
  • Think, Wait, Communicate
  • Career webinar
  • Community conversations
  • National Volunteers week
  • Democracy stalls
  • Inclusive education survey
  • State budget
  • DOVES study

#3 (April) 2022

  • Vaping
  • Community Conversation with PV
  • Success story – Williamstown PS
  • Parent Engagement – home visits
  • 150th Anniversary of Public Education in Victoria – Education Week
  • New DET info sheet about Parent Clubs
  • How to report racism and discrimination at your child’s school
  • 2023 enrolments
  • Lowanna College out of home care event
  • Behavioural issues/expulsions
  • Know your Country – survey results
  • Education State event
  • Senior Secondary reforms
  • Save the date – Conference Sep 5

#2 (March) 2022

  • Conduct reporting guide
  • NAPLAN changes
  • PV Out and About
  • New Parent Club at Williamstown PS
  • Parent Engagement – The Parent-School relationship
  • 150th Anniversary of Public Education in Victoria (Women pioneers in education)
  • National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence
  • New funding for swimming programs
  • Filmpond
  • Continuity of education survey
  • Triple P Parenting
  • National Check-in Week
  • Victorian Education Excellence Awards
  • Ride2 school day/Roadset

#1 (February) 2022

  • Cost of schooling survey: results
  • What’s your Parent Club doing?
  • Parents and schools working together
  • 150th anniversary of public education
  • Register as a PV contact
  • Positive Start
  • Centre for Multicultural Youth mental health resources
  • Your Parent Club Constitution
  • Covid and child wellbeing survey – Human Rights Commission
  • Our unequal education system (Pasi Sahlberg article)
  • PV Planning Weekend
  • DET continuity of learning survey
  • Fundraising newsletter
  • Wakakirri registrations now open
  • Inclusive career education
  • Choosing a tutor

2021

#11 (December) 2021

  • Think. Wait. Communicate.
  •  PV achievements for the year
  • Parent Engagement: Alumni programs in schools
  • Cost of schooling survey
  • COOL offer
  • New Board members
  • School Welcome Booklet
  • Wakakirri
  • NDIS fact sheets for parents
  • Disability inclusion
  • New schools
  • AEU campaign for better school funding
  • Anti racism strategy

#10 (November) 2021

  • New PV membership structure
  • Cost of schooling survey
  • Parent Engagement Implementation Guide
  • COOL offer
  • PV Annual Report
  • Special Consideration: Vic SRC Questions Answered
  • Partners in Parenting +
  • PISA testing
  • Squid Game warning
  • School kids raise orphan lambs

#9 (October) 2021

  • Conference report
  • Family Engagement – need for a systematic approach
  • School Levies – communication  with families & survey next month
  • Financial assistance for families
  • World Teachers Day
  • VicSRC student voice awards
  • Engage Vic consultation: “VET Delivered”
  • myfuture webinar: “Uncertainty tolerance”
  • Recognition of Service Awards
  • COVID champions in regional schools

#8 (September) 2021

  • 2021 Online Conference
  • Good news story: callout
  • Family Engagement – families from diverse backgrounds
  • Levies – changes to school guidelines
  • Disability inclusion
  • Senior Secondary Certificate reform
  • Mental health survey (Unimelb)
  • NAPLAN results
  • Alumni programs / Ourschool
  • COOL offer
  • Parent perception of home schooling survey
  • Recording of tips for lockdowns webinar
  • Vaccination webinar recording
  • Tutors program follow-up
  • Rural schools shine in lockdown

#7 (August) 2021

  • PV Conference
  • Life members
  • Joan Kirner award reminder
  • Chapters of our Lives offer
  • Vaping
  • Out and About
  • School bus inquiry
  • Family Engagement Officers
  • VRQA
  • Levies – 3 categories under which schools can request payments
  • ACSSO Covid survey results
  • Club resource: AGMs
  • Know your country campaign
  • Community Hubs
  • National Debt Hotline
  • Susan McLean cyber safety workshop
  • Myfuture webinar
  • Vic Youth Congress

#6 (July) 2021

  • Success story: Whittington PS
  • Family Engagement: lessons from the ACT
  • Disability inclusion
  • myfuture is free
  • Aus Primary Principals Day
  • Conference 2021
  • Chapters of Our Lives
  • School zone changes
  • Frankston PS Green Room
  • Aus Curriculum Review submission
  • Schools Plus grants
  • Kids get active vouchers
  • ABCN mentoring
  • School levies
  • Protection of School Communities Bill
  • Career webinar follow up
  • Joan Kirner Award
  • Senior secondary reform consultation
  • Public Education Foundation Scholarships
  • Rural Inspire: Xavier Healy

#5 (June) 2021

  • Parent Engagement – “Lets Work Together”
  • Good news story – Laburnum PS
  • VIT new code of conduct 
  • Chapters of our lives
  • FYA annual report
  • Protection of School Communities Bill
  • Tutor initiative
  • ACSSO survey open just for Vic
  • Prin wins Harvard scholarship
  • New school buildings
  • Staedtler art prize
  • Let’s talk session invitation
  • What Parent Clubs can achieve
  • Consent survey results
  • Australian Curriculum review
  • ACCM app

#4 (May) 2021

  • Out and About
  • Good news story callout
  • School sport awards
  • VEEA
  • Sexuality and Consent education
  • Technology in schools
  • Contact tracing requirement for excuresions etc
  • Smile squad to resume
  • Parent engagement survey
  • Head start videos
  • NAPLAN survey responses
  • Feedbck on Australian Curriculum
  • MIkki vs the world
  • Education Week (This week)
  • ACSSO survey

#3 (April) 2021

  • NAPLAN controversy
  • Education Week
  • Parent Club communications
  • YarraMe parent courses
  • Pathways to tertiary
  • Pathways to post school
  • Constitutions
  • Get active voucher program
  • Mallee schools against bullying
  • School zone changes
  • “Lef’s Talk” invitiation
  • MIssion Australia youth survey
  • Child info sharing reminder
  • DVRC resources
  • Technology podcast

#2 (March) 2021 

  • Membership renewals
  • Parent surveys
  • Fundraising
  • Inclusive schools
  • Myfuture info for parents and carers
  • Welcome to Glen Eira College
  • Call for success stories
  • Street library ideas
  • VicSRC “teach the teacher”
  • SOS stats on funding
  • Planning weekend
  • STAR workshops
  • Child Information Sharing Scheme

#1 (February) 2021

  • Tutors program
  • Minister answers to questions from conference
  • PM’s prize for science teaching
  • School autonomy reform
  • Senate Committee report on Covid response
  • State schools just as good as private
  • LGBTIQ strategy
  • Constitutions
  • Bundoora Secondary College
  • Wakakirri
  • RACV ‘walk to school’ article
  • Membership renewals
  • Out of School Hours Care grants

2020

#11 (December) 2020

  • Message from the Chair
  • PV’s 2020 achievements
  • VEEA winners
  • Family engagement podcast
  • Wellbeing support over the holidays
  • Monash Deakin research on social cohesion in schools
  • Wakakirri winners
  • State Schools Spectacular
  • New leaders at VRQA. APF, VPA
  • Phase out of VCAL
  • Careers webinar report
  • Seymour College transition videos
  • Junior Lord Mayor

#10 (November) 2020

  • Careers Webinar
  • Parent payments
  • Constitutions
  • Conference follow-up & pics
  • Ongoing Covid survey
  • New Coronavirus website
  • VEEA finalists
  • Sharron Healy elected ACSSO President
  • Schools Plus fundraising webinar
  • Joan Kirner Award winners
  • State funding for school sport
  • VicSRC Congress report

#9 (October) 2020

  • Online Conference
  • Tutors program in schools
  • Back to the classroom
  • World Teachers Day
  • Parent Club page on school website
  • Andrew Fuller ‘Mojo’ article
  • Backtrack boys
  • Conference reminder
  • Fierce Girls podcast
  • ACSSO budget response
  • Careers webinar

#8 (September) 2020

  • PAEC submission
  • Inquiry: TAFE access for disabled
  • Sport star videos
  • Student teachers support online learning
  • Parent poem
  • Roadset
  • Community Liaison Officers
  • COVID resources for clubs on website
  • Michael Carr-Gregg webinar
  • School council training

#7 (August) 2020

  • Online Conference
  • Joan Kirner Award
  • Life membership nominations
  • The importance of children’s posture
  • DET wellbeing resources
  • No child left behind
  • ABC kids podcast
  • CEP rural education consultations
  • School Council training
  • Bendigo school family engagement
  • Privatisation of Education
  • ACD forum on preparing for your SSG
  • Future of ATAR
  • VicSRC Congress
  • Julia Gillard article in Teacher magazine

#6 (July) 2020

  • Subject, career and course selection for senior students
  • Career education in schools
  • Victoria’s jobs and training needs report
  • PV survey responses/ Engage Vic submission
  • VicSRC report on remote learning
  • CCYP and Mission Australia youth surveys
  • Disability Standards survey
  • Schools Plus funding
  • Partners in Parenting
  • PAL/SPAG
  • Raising Children website new articles for parents
  • Fundraising in lockdown
  • Online safety videos from CyberSafety Solutions
  • A mask can’t hide your smile

#5 (June) 2020

  • Message from Jenny Atta
  • Back to the school building
  • Stories from the Education State
  • Rural schools – better together
  • Vale Deb Locco
  • State of Victoria’s Children
  • Ombudsman’s report on nepotism in Vic. Schools
  • ACSSO survey results
  • UNICEF grants for Parent Clubs
  • PAEC submissions
  • Skills review extended

#4 (May) 2020

  • In and Active
  • Rural Youth Ambassadors
  • School Councils – remote meetings
  • Volunteer week
  • COVID-19 Federal Inquiry, State Inquiry
  • Andrew Fuller – how to help students with resilience and focus
  • School Council training goes virtual
  • SSR help with home learning
  • Yarra Me courses ADHD and Autism
  • Summary of new resources on COVID page
  • Law week
  • Keeping safe in cyberspace
  • Return to school
  • Your stories re home learning and return to school
  • Building blitz

#3 (April) 2020

  • Staying positive in tough times
  • COVID-19 updates
  • Call for home school allowance
  • Students with additional needs remote arrangements
  • In and Active
  • Rural/Regional education
  • Grandparents day
  • Skills for Victoria
  • NAPLAN cancelled
  • Beware of online predators
  • Partners in Parenting
  • Griffith Uni free books
  • Thanking volunteer leaders
  • Submissions and feedback
  • Learning from home – a student perspective
  • PM: It’s the states
  • ‘Gratitude’ by Kerry Howells

#2 (March) 2020

  • Coronavirus update
  • Parent Payment Survey Results
  • Connection, Community, Co-operation – parents and teachers
  • Parent Club Constitutions reminder
  • Visit to Whittington PS
  • Out and About
  • PV Conference
  • Help for bushfire-affected families
  • Training for School Councillors
  • Teach the Future
  • LIttle Gardeners
  • Fierce Girls

#1 (February) 2020

  • Parent Payment Survey
  • Parents and teachers should work together
  • Respectful Relationships
  • Commbank bushfire grants
  • VCAL Review
  • ACD Newsletter
  • School Council Training
  • ACEL New Voice Scholarships
  • ACSSO career newsletter
  • Fundraisers