VPC newsletter - Term 1 2018
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For almost 60 years now, VPC has been the voice of non-government school parents in this state. That we are still here today is a testament to the hard work and support of parents, schools and parent associations across Victoria.
We are a not-for-profit, ACNC registered Charity organisation and are driven by commitment of a small group of volunteers. If you or anybody you know is interested in volunteering with VPC, please don't hesitate to contact us at:firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whether it's once a week or once in a while, we welcome your involvement.
Dr Tracy Robinson is a senior research fellow at the Monash Centre for Health Research & Implementation. As a registered nurse and a doctor of psychology, she has extensive experience working in the field of mental health and supporting the wellbeing of young people. We’re most grateful to her for once again providing an article for this term’s newsletter.
There has been much talk about NAPLAN testing over the past week with research by Dr John Ainley that found over the last decade Year 9 results in reading and numeracy have barely improved. Between 2008 and 2017, numeracy scores across all states and year levels stagnated. Moderate improvements in literacy were identified for some primary schools but were not sustained when students reached high schools. Dr Ainsley’s review is the most comprehensive analysis of NAPLAN data to date and raises some serious questions about the utility of this testing. READ MORE
- No child under 12 should be on social media, bullying expert says.
- This comprehensive guide to the brain development of children from 0 to 6 years is packed with insightful tips and important facts every parent should know.
- Quick Classroom Exercises to Combat Stress.
- “Hypercapitalism is killing our families, starting with the youngest, and it might be time to quietly, carefully, walk away.” Steve Biddulph
- The derelict school becomes national leader by making a surprising subject compulsory. By adding six hours of compulsory music per week for every student, results have been stunning.
- A recent Mission Australia Report found nearly one in four Australian teenagers met the criteria for having a "probable serious mental illness" — a 20 per cent increase from five years ago.
- The best evidence available now suggests that not only students should avoid laptops during lectures and just pick up their pens, it should be good practice at workplace meetings too.
- Victoria has begun testing students to see if they have the skills that are meant to prepare them for life. In 2017, almost 2000 Year 6 and Year 10 students were assessed via a 60 minutes’ online test for “critical and creative thinking” as part of a new push to measure non-academic skills. See also Critical and Creative Thinking curriculum.
We’re always sharing news stories and articles of interest to parents on our Facebook page and on Twitter so be sure to follow us there. VPC invites you to share articles of interest to parents and related to education on VPC 'visitors-post' page. If suitable we will share and post it on the VPC Facebook page.
- Cyberbullying “Federal Education Minister, Simon Birmingham has called for a total ban on the use of mobile phones during school time, in a bid to crack down on cyberbullying. What do you think - Should we ban mobile phones at schools? And how would such a ban be policed? Let us know in the comments below. #9Today
- Support to promote the mental health and wellbeingof our state's students. Schools have a range of strategies in place to promote positive mental health.
- 2018 Victorian Youth Parliament Young people aged 16 to 25 across the state will be able to debate the important issues and experience what it’s like to lead parliamentary process. Other Youth Programs to get involved in.
- Naplan is moving online. This means moving NAPLAN from the current paper-based tests to computer-based assessments. The transition to NAPLAN online will commence from 2018
- See also frequestly asked questions regarding NAPLAN
- Review of minimum standards of senior secondary literacy and numeracy “Should there be an explicit requirement for students to meet minimum standards of literacy and numeracy in order to be awarded the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL). “ VCAA will consult widely, including via Metropolitan and regional consultation forums and will provide a report by the end of August 2018.The discussion paper will be posted online and available via this page soon.
- Special Provision policy and procedures In 2017, the VCAA completed a review of its focusing specifically on the categories of Specific Learning Disorders and Mental Health conditions and its expansion of the policy to cover Years 7−12.
- The 2018 MySchool website updates were published on Wednesday 7 March 2018. Victoria performed especially strongly in Year 3 and 5 as the following graphs showing the mean scores illustrate.
- This mirrors Victoria’s strong performance in the 2016 Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) test of reading in Year 6. Victoria was the top performing jurisdiction in Australia. In 2011 80% of Victorian students performed at or above the international benchmark, but by 2016 this had risen to 86%.
- NAPLAN 2018 - info for parents and carers Information brochures are now available on the parent/carer support page of the NAP website.
- To learn more about schools' responsibilities under the new Child Safe Standards that were put into operation last year, check out the VRQA's website.
- Information for parents, what the Child Safe Standards mean for your child and school.
· Over the past few years, ISDCN has been running regular parent webinars offering tools for resilience, mental wellbeing, drug and alcohol issues, online safety, and other issues relevant to today's young people. You can find a full list of their past recordingshere
· Learning Potential continues to offer some great and easy online and hands-on ways of supporting your child's education at home.
Parenting in the Digital Age
A ground-breaking new parenting app giving parents fun and educational activities to do around the home with their child is now available
VPC has an exciting range of programs available to members. Click HERE to take advantage of Successful Learning, The Resilience Doughnut, Every Chance to Dance, SAVV-I Digital Citizen eLearning and Parents and Schools Working Together.
VPC Parent Seminars 2018 series
VPC is very excited to announce that
Dr Michael Carr-Gregg has agreed to present at the first VPC Parent Seminar 2018. VPC will be co-hosting this event with Brighton Grammar School.
Please connect to VPC Facebook page to receive updates on date, time and bookings details.
Coming Soon VPC podcasts!
Make sure you connect with us on Facebook and keep up to date as they are released.
- Interested in showing Screenagers at your school?VPC has already hosted two packed screenings of this award-winning documentary, which delves into how technology impacts kids' development and the new challenges of the digital age. It's a great way to open up conversations around a difficult and very current issue. VPC is available to facilitate screenings at a discounted $850 (incl. GST). The first five member schools to contact us will receive an addition $100 discount!
- Career advice in schools - government submission: VPC submission to the Victorian Parliament’s Economic, Education, Jobs and Skills Committee into career advice activities in Victorian schools. Thank-you for your contributions! Click here to read the submission
- Key priorities that the VicSRC are advocating for this year as well as all twelve resolutions presented by students at Congress 2017.Congress Report and VicSRC Strategic Plan
- 2018 member offerings: In addition to Screenagers, VPC will continue to offer a range of services and benefits in 2018, including discounted online courses through The Resilience Doughnut and Every Chance to Dance. EC2D was recently invited to run a workshop for the University of Canberra, earning it a glowing response.
Successful Learning: Free online facilitator training
VPC is looking for people interested in taking part in a unique parent-to-parent training program that encourages and supports families to engage in their children’s early learning and literacy. Successful Learning: The Parent Factor is an evidence-based program developed by the Australian Parents Council to provide parents with the confidence and knowledge they need to support their children's education at home.
We are offering free facilitator training to parents, caregivers and school community members interested in helping deliver this valuable support to families. Whether you're an enthusiastic parent, teacher, childcare worker or teacher's aide, we would welcome your involvement.
Training consists of a 3 hours of online study and a 3-hour practical and assessment, after which you will be qualified to deliver sessions as a paid facilitator.
If you or someone you know is interested, please email email@example.com.