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Victorian Parents Council eNews
Issue 4, 2018

VPC is a not-for-profit ACNC registered Charity Organisation.

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 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: vicpc@vicparentscouncil.vic.edu.au.

Whether it's once a week or once in a while, we welcome your involvement.

2018! It's a wrap!

As we are close to the end of another school year, I would like to use this newsletter to say thank you to some very special people in this 2018 VPC year. I would like to start with thanking all parents and educators, who supported the VPC by attending our events, and those who are part of the 'VPC Online Community', Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Together we have grown, we may appear small but we are in fact one of the largest volunteer, parent organisations online in Australia! Congratulations on being a part of this new and vibrant 'VPC Community'.

In addition, I would like to thank my fellow VPC Committee members, Helen Fox, Peter Williams, Robyn Kanat, Shasta Fisher, Martine Oglethorpe for their vision and heart for VPC in these challenges times, they are enthusiastic, sacrificing their free time and energy for the VPC.

Welcome back to past VPC President Greg Wragg, OAM. Thank you for re-connecting with us. Greg is now once again regularly involved with VPC activities.

Special thank you to Brighton Grammar School Headmaster Ross Featherston and John Phillips for their endless support toward VPC. BGS hosted the two main events for VPC in 2018 and we are very grateful.
VPC is excited to be working with BGS again during 2019 especially, as we will be celebrating our 60th anniversary.

For the new school parents and those with young children, VPC invites you to listen to the 4 new 'Transition to School' podcasts, as part of the newly developed ‘VPC Parents Podcast Series’. (see Resources below and VPC Website)

For the parents with children in senior secondary school or moving into tertiary education, please have a look/read at the main newsletter article, “Navigating Post-School Options”. This information will be useful and interesting throughout the high school years.

VPC will keep you posted on the 2019 parents-educators events we are organising during this significant upcoming year. Not many non-for profit charity organisations can say that they are 60 years old.

In the new year we will be launching a new website and our aim is to grow the VPC to an even larger online community. I invite you, if you have not done so, to support us as we continue to grow together, as the ‘ VPC Online Community’.

Wishing you all a wonderful, safe, festive season and summer holiday. We look forward working with and inspiring all parents in the 2019!


Eveline Jona

President


 

Navigating Post-School Options


                                          
Well here we are at the end of the year. Final year results and ATARs will be out soon, the rewards for a challenging year.
The choices can be overwhelming. So where to from here?

Schools, Education and Parenting News


Finland To Become The First Country In The World To Get Rid Of All School Subjects 
“Finland will be adopting a “phenomenon-based learning” system, allowing students to drop the standard subjects and experience more holistic, interdisciplinary learning.
Using the natural curiosity of children to learn in an authentic context and in a holistic real-world phenomena provide the motivating starting point for learning, instead of traditional school subjects. This enables students also to learn 21st century skills like critical thinking, creativity, innovation, teamwork and communication.”
 

Are dads parenting brothers differently?
The message delivered by our girls should signal a warning to us all. So many girls believe their father takes a step back from them with the onset of puberty, is not present enough, isn't able to communicate with them, and parents their brothers differently. Many answers bordered on heartbreaking.
 

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Why an education in visual arts is the key to arming students for the future
“A growing body of international and Australian research demonstrates a direct link between an arts-rich education from an early age and an increase in students’ confidence, their intellectual abilities across all learning areas, problem-solving skills, and general life skills. Work in the visual arts also generates new images and develops new ideas."

How To Respond To Your Child’s Friendship Issues
“What do you do and say when your child comes to you broken hearted and feeling as though their world is crumbling? They feel physically sick. Your daughter comes home from school and her heart is broken. Her best friends have told her they don’t want her to come to the sleepover they have planned for the weekend. Or your son sees on Snapchat that all his mates are at the skate park without him. To your child, time has stopped and the colour has seeped out of the world. They feel physically sick."


‘Safer Internet Day’ - 2019 C:\Users\bec\Desktop\The 4 R's.jpg
Together for a better internet on Tuesday 5 February
The 4 R’s; Respect, Responsibility, Reasoning, Resilience 



Anxiety presents in lots of ways that may not be obvious.

                             
Research has shown singing can improve your health, increase happiness and even extend your life!



Changes to the Working with Children Check card
From 15 October 2018, Working with Children Check has introduced a new card design. Please note:  You can still use your existing card, if valid. You can check the validity of a card at Check status

                          
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Digital Ambassadors 
In this Australian-first, landmark partnership, PROJECT ROCKIT is teaming up with Facebook and Instagram to build the next generation of Digital Ambassadors all over Australia.
PROJECT ROCKIT will be visiting over 40 communities across metropolitan and regional Australia in 2019 - 2020 to seed the first generation of Digital Ambassadors. To nominate your school, fill out the form.

Autism does not make them less of a parent than anyone else


End Alcohol Advertising in Sport campaign EAAiS
The "End Alcohol Advertising in Sport campaign" is calling for an end to the exemption allowing alcohol companies to advertise on TV during children’s viewing hours, before 8.30 when sport is televised.
This exposes millions of children to alcohol ads every day and throughout the year. Take Action Sign up to end alcohol advertising in sport.         
 

Our children are so much more than the sum of their successes and failures
“If there's one thing I've learnt during my children's journey through their school years, it's that it takes a village. So an extra shout out to the extended family of grandparents, uncles and aunts, those parents of school friends who've shared the burden with school drop-offs and pick-ups, evening soccer and early morning rowing practices, stage crew production runs, remembering crucial dates in the school newsletter, dinners, breakfasts, lunches and even holidays.”

Children’s well-being goes hand in hand with their dads’ mental health
“Children whose father experiences mental illness are more likely to experience emotional or behavioural problems.”




Music, language and the brain Neuroscience has found a clear relationship between music and language acquisition.
Put simply, learning music in the early years of schooling can help children learn to read. Music processing and language development share an overlapping network in the brain. From an evolutionary perspective, the human brain developed music processing well before language and then used that processing to create and learn language.

New school-based program to support children’s mental health
A new school-based mental health program that aims to give teachers the tools to help students manage their mental health will be launched today following a $98.6 million investment from the Morrison Government.

Government News

Mental Health
Be You
is a national framework to empower every Australian educator, from early learning to primary and secondary school as well as our next generation of teachers, to foster the mental health of those in their care. It will also help educators to look after their own mental health and wellbeing.
New school-based program to support children’s mental health,1 November 2018 press release.
The program Be You will be delivered by beyond blue in partnership with headspace and Early Childhood Australia


VCAA, Victorian Curriculum Assessment Authority     

  • VCE and VCAL
The Victorian Minister for Education recently announced that, from 2021, explicit information about attainment levels of literacy and numeracy will be included in statements of results for students completing their VCE or VCAL.
  • SEASONS OF EXCELLENCE
From next year, there will be a new addition to the VCAA’s Seasons of Excellence, which showcase the best VCE performers in a range of studies. Top Talks will be a new addition with oral presentations from VCE Extended Investigation students at State Library Victoria on Friday 15 February 2019. Tickets will be available from 1 December 2018 through State Library Victoria.
  • KEY DATES 2019
In 2019, the NAPLAN pen and paper tests for students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 will be held from 14 to 16 May. The NAPLAN online tests will run from 14 to 24 May. The the General Achievement Test (GAT) for Unit 3/4 VCE students will be held on 12 June 2019.


 

VRQA Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority

Children have the right to be safe and protected, including at school. Registered schools and other child-related organisations have an important responsibility for keeping children safe. Child Safety standards, Where We Are Now, a reflection on the work undertaken across the school sector and outlines activities that will help schools stay on track to embedding a culture of child safety. The video is particularly helpful to schools participating in a school review or that wish to check their compliance with the child safe standards


VIT Victorian institute of Teaching
  • The benefits of Special Needs Professional Development. In 2015, VIT set up a Special Need Framework and asked all teachers who were renewing their registration to undertake Special Needs Professional Development by the end of 2017. A group of teachers were also asked to write a 450-words reflection.
  • This video hears from several Victorian teachers on how Special Needs PD has helped their C:\Users\bec\Desktop\VRQA video.pngteaching knowledge and practice. Featuring an introduction from the Hon. James Merlino, Minister for Education
 

DET Department of Education and Training
Victoria School Policy and Funding Advisory Council  - Statements 

This Council meets at least three times each year. Official Statements are shared with the school community  after each meeting Some recent statement discussions:

  • Collaborating across the school systems
  • Inclusive Education
  • Subcommittees and working groups of council

Resources





Earlier in the year we launched "VPC Parents Podcast Series"
We have some new podcasts on

Transition to School with Wendy Eves
Transition to School: A Positive Start  
Transition to School: A Smooth Start
Transition to School: Practical tips for a successful start
Transition to School: What parents can do to help with early learning

Conversations about Parent Engagement with Professor Debbie Pushor

Stress and Anxiety: what can parents do? with  Dr Glenn Melvin

VPC all things NAPLAN with Ruth Fordyce
NAPLAN: Managing Anxiety
NAPLAN: What can parents do to help prepare their Year 3 and Year 5 children
NAPLAN: Adjustments for students with learning support needs  
 

“Self –Regulation Coping Strategies” Students can use at school-poster                   

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Useful Poster 4 step guide on - How to report cyberbullying 



 

Webinar “Epilepsy during the School Years”, 5 June 2018 (60min)
The  Epilepsy Foundation works to ensure that - ‘No one with Epilepsy goes it alone’ - and Communities will be ‘Epilepsy Smart and Epilepsy Aware’- The webinar for those who care for children and young people living with epilepsy and explored how living with epilepsy can impact a child’s education, learning and social networks.


ISCA Snapshot 2018 How Independent Schools are funded in 2018


ISDCN Parent Webinar Recordings


Young people need the skills and experience for jobs of the future, not the past” The world of work is changing, influenced by technology and changes in global economies. A report from The Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) Find out about Career Ready Mentoring and register as a mentee, please click here.




APC has developed in partnership with the Australian Government Department of Education and Training. a suite of free, downloadable info-graphics as part of the Real Skills for Real Careers initiative, for families and schools to let everyone know about the opportunities Vocational Educational and Training (VET) offers.
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