85 Years of Parent Action
Celebrating 85 years of Parent Action
Annual Conference – “Celebrating Relationships”
First life memberships awarded
Inaugural online conference
PC Information Kit updated with the PC Tool Kit in CD format
Project - Complaint Procedures & Discipline Procedures in Victorian Government Schools
IOSP (Investing in Our Schools) State Assessment Advisory Panel (SAAP)
Participated in the review of the Education and Training Reform Act
Co-hosted ACSSO Annual Conference with VICCSO
Celebrated 80 years of Parent Action at a function at Parliament House
IOSP (Investing in Our Schools) State Assessment Advisory Panel (SAAP)
Conference – ‘Communication – Building Better Relations’
Relocated office to Brunswick South Primary Sschool
Parents Victoria participated in the Department of Education and Training consultation process as part of its LOTE Analysis
. Parents Victoria ran a discussion group attended by 20 representatives from school communities and produced a
LOTE Analysis Report
PV campaigns for more equitable Federal Government funding for schools. Campaign includes a mail-in postcard.
State Government announces introduction of 40km/hr speed zones outside schools - PV welcomes the announcement as we have been advocating for the zones for several years.
Annual Conference "Preparing Our Kids for the Future"
PV participated in public debate on the issue of school 'league tables' - reporting of VCE and other testing results in a way that purports to rank schools from best to worst. PV supported ACCSO in the view expressed in its media release
Lazy Governments Love League Tables
. We also noted with interest the
DEECD Circular re Measuring School Performance
on this topic from Michael White, Director of School Education. PV and DET jointly release the brochure
Together We Can Work It Out
- a resource for parents and schools on resolving difficult situations and disputes related to schooling. Annual Conference: "Creating Parent Friendly Schools"
Public Education: the Next Generation. State Government consultative process to form a vision for state education in the coming decades. PV is represented on the consultative committee PV runs "Lollypop Week" in March to celebrate the contribution of school crossing supervisors.
Assessment and Reporting: Parents Victoria hosted special consultation meetings for parents throughout Victoria. These meetings helped parents to respond (Download
Assessment and Reporting - Results of Consultations () to the proposals outlined in the 16.84 kB)
Consultation Paper - Assessment and Reporting in Victorian Schools
Assessment and Reporting - PV Report
on the consultations. PV made a submission to DET "Better Services, Better Outcomes" consultation paper on students with disabilities and impairments.
Annual Conference "Public Education: Creating a System for Everyone"
Launch of Parents Victoria - new name but same commitment to children in State Schools. (Formerly Victorian Federation of State Schools Parents Clubs.)
Parents Victoria obtained a service and government funding agreement
Parents Victoria hosts Fifth Annual Conference
Parents Victoria celebrates 75 years.
The Parents Victoria website is upgraded and re-launched
Parents Victoria conducted a series of parent forums across Victoria to gather information on community attitudes to schools' reporting and homework policies. The resulting report
Reporting and Homework in Victorian Government Schools ( was presented to the Department of Education, Employment and Training. 75.12 kB)
Strong Federation support for VCE
Increasing parent activity in area of National Curriculum guidelines
Drastic education cuts in State and Federal budgets
In 1993 VFSSPC lost all government support
Major school closures and teacher redundancies
Most State and regional committees discontinued
VFSSPC continued to oppose increasing demands for parents to pay for 'free' education
Numerous media interviews on voluntary levies'
Opposition to compulsory testing programs such as LAP
Parents 'Club Information Kit launched and distributed to affiliates, very warmly received
Federation joined in successful campaign 'Save Our School Nurse'
Strong campaign for 40 kmph speed zones around schools
Rallies in support of Public Education
Action to ensure rights of parents' clubs to continue to make own decisions are maintained.
Federation policy on confinement leave for teachers adopted
School Improvement Plan established -State Board of Education with parent membership
In line with VFSSPC policy corporal punishment in schools abolished, new disciplinary procedures set up
School Council selection of principals, a long standing Federation policy
Integration of disabled children into normal schools introduced, another Federation policy
Strong parent/teacher action to improve staffing of schools
VFSSPC opposed some aspects of school re organisation and restructure of the Ministry of education
Federation membership of new Curriculum and Assessment Board to plan and deliver VCE
Membership of numerous State and regional committees
Campaigns against school fees and increasing costs to parents
Concern at abolition of Schools Commission.
System of annual grants to schools introduced
Federation's president represented parents on new Australian Schools Commission
Federal funding for capital and recurrent expenditure in State schools and special programs
VFSSMC received its first government grant
Federation deputation and submission called for improvements in special education
Committee of Enquiry set up
First school crossing supervisors employed
Libraries to be provided for all schools above 225 students
mobile libraries for small country schools
VFSSPC ran first government funded parent in service program
First School Councils established with elected parents and teachers
Regional building and other committees including parent members.
First Mothers' Club Regulations finally gazetted
Much activity regarding safety of children on school crossings
National Conferences of parents and teachers in Melbourne and Sydney called for Federal funds for Stale Schools
VFSSMC stressed the need for improved buildings
Provision of libraries in all schools
More specialist teachers
Clerical assistance in schools
Improvements in School Medical and Dental Services
Better and safer bus services for children
Direct grants to schools to replace subsidies.
Severe shortages of classrooms and teachers
VFMC gave support to sex education with 'mother and daughter evenings' throughout the suburbs
VFMC called for better opportunities for migrant children
Demands for Federal funds for State education
Great pressures on Mothers' Clubs to raise money.
VFMC stressed need for Child Endowment
Mothers' Clubs very active in war work
Immunisation again an issue
VFMC President appalled at conditions at Kew Cottages
Much concern about slum housing
VFMC part of a large delegation to the Minister demanding that more money be spent on education
A 'Great Education Rally' in Town Hall was organised, which became the first Education Week
At the conference the Premier congratulated the mothers of Victoria on their magnificent work for the younger generation
Clubs gave great support to 'Food for Britain' Appeal
Many prominent women speakers at VFMC conferences.
VFMC undertook to furnish a dormitory at Travancore, a residential school for children with intellectual handicaps.
200 conference delegates formed a deputation to the Minister to ask for more control over funds , raised by Mothers' Clubs.
VFMC invited to join in formation of a Children's Cinema Council
Calls for better School Dental services.
Mothers' Clubs very active in provision of school lunches and clothing for needy children in Depression years.
Raised concerns regarding:
Dilapidated school buildings
Adoption of first VFMC Platform
Many country clubs joined VFMC and first Regional Networks were formed
First interstate conference of State School organisations.
Members from 19 Mothers' Clubs adopted a constitution and formed VFMC (Victoria Federation of Mothers Clubs)in November.
Immunisation against diphtheria,
The need for sex education in schools,
Excessive weight of children's book loads
Support for alteration in Public Service Act to provide equal pay for equal work.
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