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"Funding for students at Catholic and independent schools in Victoria has grown almost 15 times faster than for state schools in the past decade, prompting warnings that disadvantaged students who need the most support are instead being left further behind."

This article in the Age highlights the growing disparity in funding between government and non-government schools. And it's worst of all in Victoria, according to Save Our Schools. Their analysis shows the average student at a state school in Victoria had $13,663 spent on their education in 2018, compared with $16,303 per Catholic school student and $25,000 for a student at an independent school.

Read the Age article


 

Victoria's Chief Health Officer, Brett Sutton has published a letter to all Victoria parents about the current COVID-19 situation. 

The letter begins:

"As the school holidays approach, we can’t ease up on looking after ourselves and our families. The only thing between us and a second wave is what we do next. Wherever you go, please be mindful of the risks. Be aware others may be carrying the virus and practice physical distancing."

Read the full letter


 

We're taking a short break in the first week of the school holidays (Mon 29 June - Fri 3 July).

Our office will be closed for phone and email enquiries during that time. 

We'll be back on board on Monday 6 July.


 

 

PV Executive Officer Gail McHardy was interviewed by 7 News on Friday - the last day of home learning for many Victorian students. 

Gail commented on the range of experiences reported by parents and the mixed feelings that many parents will have when students return to school on Tuesday.

See the 7 News interview 


 

UNICEF grants of up to $3,000 are available for Parent Clubs at drought and bushfire affected schools.

From the UNICEF website: "As part of our support to assist children and local communities in the context of COVID-19, we will be providing a one-off round of School Community Grants for 30 primary and high schools to use on activities related to strengthening connectivity, wellbeing and implementing social distancing programs in a child-friendly way during the pandemic."

More details on the UNICEF website

 


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