VPC Newsletter - Term 4 2017

Help us grow!

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 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 vicpc@vicparentscouncil.vic.edu.au. Whether it's once a week or once in a while, we welcome your involvement.

And if you can't offer your time, we'd still love your feedback! As we gear up for next year, we've put together this quick poll  (click here) to help us best represent our members' interests in 2018.

VPC wishes you all a memorable festive session and safe travels, and we look forward to seeing you again in the new year!



VPC in collaboration with EC2D invites you to another live webinar for parents and educators on Monday 4 December at 4pm !

Monday 4th December at 4pm.  Please make sure you register beforehand via this link.
We will show you how to deliver an effective and engaging dance and P.E. program that aligns to the outcomes of the Australian Curriculum for the students.  This webinar will literally transform the way you approach dance and P.E. in your school.



Schools, education and parenting news

  • Harvard scientists say we should be doing these five things to raise good kids                                        
  • Dr. Tony Wagner, co-director of Harvard's Change Leadership Group, identifies seven core skills our kids need to thrive in the workforce                                                                                 
  • 'Just Breathe', a four-minute short from filmmakers Julie Bayer Salzman and Josh Salzman, looks at how kids deal with emotions.                                                                                            
  •  Kindergarten and early primary teachers have noted a decline in fine motor functions among kids of the 'iPad generation', which may be impacting on their ability to learn handwriting                                                                                                                                
  •  What do in the event of an injury - fact sheets available from Kidsafe Victoria                                              
  •  Latest school funding estimator from the Australian Government.  What's in it for your school?                                                                                                                                              
  • 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.  

Government news

  • MP Tim Wilson paid tribute in federal Parliamentto a number of school community events in his electorate of Goldstein, including our Annual Seminar, which was held at Brighton Grammar School last term. We thank Mr Wilson for taking part in the seminar.
  • Victorian Minister for Education James Merlino has announced that student members will be included on all government secondary school councils starting next year. The move aims to empower students, promote leadership and give young people a voice in their school's governance. While this requirement does not affect non-government schools, it will be interesting to see how many non-government schools follow their lead.
  • Preliminary NAPLAN results are available online here. Individual school results will be made public in March 2018.
  • To learn more about schools' responsibilities under the new Child Safe Standards that were put into operation last year, check out the VRQA's Child Safe Standards Resources


  • The State Library of Victoria is running storytime sessions for children aged three to five every Wednesday and Thursday. If you can't make it into the CBD, storytime sessions are now being broadcasted live on Kindergarten IT on the third Thursday of each month. The recordings will remain up for seven days after each broadcast.
  • Kylie Warry, who spoke at our Seminar this year, offers this checklist for better parenting.
  • 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 recordings here.
  • Learning Potential continues to offer some great and easy online and hands-on ways of supporting your child's education at home.
  • iParent provides six sensible strategies for parents of children under 12 who accidentally encounter pornography online.
  • VPC has an exciting range of programs available to members. Click HERE to take advantage of Successful LearningThe Resilience DoughnutEvery Chance to Dance, SAVV-I Digital Citizen eLearning and Parents and Schools Working Together.                             

VPC news

  • Fantastic news to share with the VPC commity. Dr Glenn Melvin (one of our guest speakers at the VPC 2017 Seminar "Mental Health & Wellbeing in the Digital Age") has been named a finalist in the 2017 VicHealth awards for his development of the suicide prevention app BeyondNow in collaboration with Beyond Blue.  Since its launch in March 2016, more than 33,000 people have downloaded this app.  There is more good news - Dr. Melvin was recently recognised for his research efforts, receiving a promotion to Associate Professor effective January 2018.   Read article...
  • 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 has been invited to make a submission to the Victorian Parliament’s Economic, Education, Jobs and Skills Committee
    into career advice activities in Victorian schools. If you are interested in sharing your experiences or feedback, please email vicpc@vicparentscouncil.vic.edu.au by December 7. You can read the terms of reference here.
  • Child information sharing: Thank you to all who provided VPC with their views regarding the Department of Education and Department of Health and Human Services' 'Child Information Sharing' paper. We have presented your collated feedback to the Departments and will keep you updated with new information. You can read about the reforms here.
  • Child safety: VPC attended a child safety training program conducted for the Parishes of Deepdene, Balwyn and Camberwell by Parish Child Safety Officers. The session looked at the legal responsibilities of schools and adults on school grounds, relevant State legislation and theological perspectives. Copies of presentation slides and handouts are available for anybody who is interested.
  • Parents Victoria 2017 Conference - 'Relationship Matters': Held over two days on October 23 and 24, the Parents Victoria conference was themed around respectful relationships. Speakers included John Hendry (formerly a teacher at Geelong Grammar), Alex Shain and Esma Livermore (from Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Inc), Phil D'Adamo (from Tech Schools) and Dr Mary Jean Gallagher (education consultant).
  • 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 aide, we would welcome your involvement.

Training consists of a 3 hours' 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  vicpc@vicparentscouncil.vic.edu.au.