Co-hosted with the Australian Parents Council
The VPC -APC Parent School Community Engagement Day Seminar-workshop was opened by Ross Featherson, headmaster of BGS and Jacqui Van de Velde made the Acknowledgement of Country'
VPC President, Eveline Jona welcomed all guests, mentioning a special welcome to Professor Debbie Pushor International speaker from Saskatchewan University, Canada; Gorill Vedeler from the Artic University of Norway; Helen Souteris from Monash University; Catherine Meynell-James, Victorian Department of Education; Aynur Simsirel, Principal Advisor, Independent Schools Victoria ; Caz Batson- Bosch, MAPS; Jacqui Van de Velde, Consultant; Rachel Saliba, Victorian Catholic School Parents; and all the guests, parents and professionals from NSW, SA, WA, TAS, ACT and Victoria.
Parents present from various sectors: Independent Schools, Catholic Schools, Government Schools, Special Schools, Parent Lead Schools, Parents Victoria, INLLEN, inner northern local learning and employment network and the Australian Parents Council.
We were thrilled that Professor Debbie Pushor of the University of Saskatchewan, Canada was our lead speaker and facilitator at Parent School Community workshop day. Debbie a high profile international academic, author and speaker who has a keen interest in the positioning of parents in relation to the school landscapes.
In recent years, Dr Pushor has presented at a range of Australian conferences, forums and master classes including ARACY’s Parent Engagement Conference in Melbourne last year.
Debbie spoke about the work she is doing in Saskatchewan, the importance of developing authentic relationships between parents and schools. Of great interest were the case studies and video vignettes Debbie used to guide us through discussion.