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Commbank has launched a program of Bushfire Recovery Grants to help support local communities and replace facilities lost in the fires.  

Any school or Parent Club in a bushfire-affected area is eligible to apply.

Commbank is especially keen for schools to apply, as they know that a lot of the damage caused by fires has been to items which the community has spent significant time fundraising and building.

 coronavirus

The Department of Education and Training has updated its coronavirus advice on 1 February

The DET website now advises that:

The Commonwealth's Chief Medical Officer and Victoria's Chief Health Officer have recommended a stronger precautionary approach to managing coronavirus for travellers returned from mainland China (not including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) from Saturday 1 February 2020.

Read more on the DET website


 

PV Executive Officer Gail McHardy is quoted in this article from yesterday's Age. The article, titled "Parents count the cost as classrooms dump textbooks for MacBooks", covers the issue of costs to parents as schools increasingly require them purchase digital devices for their children's education. From the article:

Gail McHardy, Parents Victoria's executive officer, said the cost varied significantly between schools and that school councils had to remain mindful of what families could afford.

Many families, particularly in regional and rural Victoria, struggled to cover the cost of a device or multiple devices for their children.

“Most secondary schools now expect all students to purchase a laptop,” Ms McHardy said.

“These laptops generally only last a couple of years before they start to slow or not even work and therefore there’s a requirement to purchase another in a couple of years.”

Ms McHardy criticised schools that lock parents into buying from one supplier, potentially denying them an opportunity to get a cheaper device elsewhere.

Read the full article

 

PV Exec Officer Gail McHardy is quoted in this article from yesteray's Age.

According to the article, "... school shoes are far and away the most Googled topic for families with children going back to school."

Gail's comment: "School shoes can range in price from $15 to $140. For families with more than one child to kit out for the school year this can be expensive."

The article has lots of useful information for parents about choosing school shoes.

What the article doesn't mention is that you can buy school shoes from State Schools Relief. You can purchase online or at 17 retail outlets across Victoria.

 

The issue of sleep deprivation among young people is in the news again. One solution that has been advanced is for secondary schools to start later, to better match the 'body clocks' of teenagers. This issue is covered in today's article in The Age and Sydney Morning Herald. PV's Executive Office Gail McHardy is quoted in the article. Gail said any change to school starting times would be a big ask. "Any change in school hours would have a huge domino effect on teachers' hours, traffic and employment, and would need to worked out among schools, families and government," she said.

The article also quotes adolescent-health researchers and Australian Principals Federation president Julie Podbury.

Read the full article online.

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