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PV referred this dad and his son to Seven News to give their reaction to the return to face-to-face schooling. 

One of many family stories as we negotiate these difficult times!

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Premier Dan Andrews announced this morning that "On 25 May, there will be a pupil-free day, and on 26 May classes will resume for Prep, Grade 1, Grade 2, Year 11 and Year 12 students.

"From 9 June, Years 3-10 will join the rest of their schoolmates, and will have a full complement of students across government schools, back by 9 June."

For more details, see the Premier's media release.

If you have specific questions regarding your child/ren communicate with your school directly.

If you have further questions for the Department of Education about the transition back, please email our office - thank you everyone for your efforts to date.

PV media comment

PV Executive Officer Gail McHardy was interviewed on City Journal Midday News Update (RMIT journalism student program) about the return to school.

Listen to the interview (Gail's comments at 2 mins 13 secs)

PV's Executive Officer Gail McHardy was interviewed on ABC 774 this morning, talking to Virginia Trioli about the home learning situation in Victorian schools. Along with Dr Ben Jensen from Learning First, Gail discussed the importance of parent engagement, a partnership approach and relationship-based education in meeting the challenges of remote learning.

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"On Sunday, the Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan accused Victoria's premier of taking a sledgehammer to the school system because Victoria has been slower than other states to reopen classrooms.

Mr Tehan later conceded he'd gone too far. But parents' groups say this has only created more confusion for families..."

This ABC Radio report includes comment from PV Executive Officer Gail McHardy. Gail said the interference from Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan has added to parents' confusion and is not helpful.  

Listen to the report on the ABC website (3 min 13 sec).



The face-to-face training previously available to School Councillors has moved online because of the COVID-19 restrictions. 

There are 5 modules:

  • Governance
  • Strategic Planning
  • Finance
  • Policy & Review
  • School Council President

This video gives an overview:

See the Education Department web page for details


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