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"The number of primary-aged children being expelled has doubled in just two years as schools crack down on bad behaviour, exclusive new figures show."  Herald Sun, April 3, 2016  (If the article cannot be accessed via this link, a google search via the heading will locate it.)

Parents Victoria's Executive Officer, Gail McHardy comments in the article "the policies that schools had to follow for difficult behaviour was often at odds with the government's 'inclusion agenda' to keep young people engaged in education.   Parents Victoria questions the impacts of expulsion on a young person's life long learning.  Over many years we have seen evidence that suggests these punitive practices contribute to the disengagement of students in Victoria."

Parents Victoria provided the following "in full" comments to the Herald Sun:

"Parents Victoria Executive Officer Gail McHardy believed the Education State agenda was all about keeping young people engaged in education
and the Government had set system wide targets for our Victorian Government Schools to do their best to reduce the number of students who leave education between years 9 and 12.

The policy and process our School and Regional leaders have to apply and enforce are often at odds with the inclusion agenda in Parents Victoria's opinion.

School leaders are in the front line when managing students and their families when there has been a breach of conduct in a school, usually due to complex reasons with limited resources.

Parents Victoria questions the impacts of expulsion on a young person's life and attitude to learning (life long).  Over many years we have seen evidence that suggests these punitive practices contribute to the disengagement of students in Victoria.

We only hear about the statistics of who is expelled and suspended.  What about the students who are attending part time (for a range of reasons) and others who don't get re enrolled and are missing in action?

The rights of the child have to be at the centre of any disciplinary action, especially considering adults in today's society certainly get access to a fair process under our judicial system.

The root cause of the poor conduct has to be addressed and loads of prevention strategies to avoid suspensions and expulsions have to be done in the first place. This will in turn support students much more effectively and their families, as well the health and well-being of our educators and leaders faced with challenges in the classroom."

 

Parents Victoria (Executive Officer) Gail McHardy said federal funding earmarked for private schools should be redirected to the neediest public school students.  "The benefits in outcomes, academic, social and future prosperity for the whole nation would be mammoth", she said.  The Age, March 28, 2016

Parents Victoria brings to your attention, the opportunity to contribute your ideas and thoughts re the draft goals to help shape Victoria's 30-year infrastructure strategy.  Visit the Infrastructure Victoria website to :- complete a short survey, make a submission; or to register to stay up-to-date.

Attention Parents:  As you may be aware, there has recently been a measles outbreak in the Brunswick area of Melbourne.

Schools will be seeking your co-operation in ensuring they have a record of your child's immunisation status on file. This will ensure the school can respond quickly should a member of the school community contract a vaccine-preventable disease.  In the event of a disease outbreak, immunisation status certificates help schools quickly identify the immunisation status of each child and implement the advice received from the Victorian Chief Health Officer and the Department of Health and Human Services, which may include sending your child home until the risk of infection has passed.

All primary schools are required to request an immunisation status certificate for each child prior to enrolment and to keep a copy of this certificate on record.  Even if your child has not received any vaccinations, it is still expected that parents / carers / guardians provide a certificate.

Students may be excluded from attending school for up to 14 days if there is an outbreak in the school community and the school does not have evidence showing your child has received two doses of a measles-containing vaccine.

Secondary School students are not required to provide immunisation certificates to their school, however, please be aware of signs and symptoms.  (Refer Paragraph 11 in this posting.)

Children who are not immunised against measles can be immunised through their usual vaccine provider such as their general practitioner (GP) or the local council immunisation service.  From January 1, 2016 all states and territories can provide free catch-up vaccines - including the Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccine - for all children up to and including 19 years of age.

Further information can be found as follows:

Department of Education (DET)
VicHealth FAQs

 

  

'Parenting Today in Victoria' is a population level, representative, cross-sectional survey of Victorian parents of children aged 0-18 years.  

The survey will collect information on parenting experiences with a focus on parenting attitudes, behaviours and concerns. The survey, which has been developed by the Parenting Research Centre, has been developed so that it can be repeated at regular intervals.  

The survey will be conducted from February to April 2016 using computer assisted telphone interviewing (CATI) with a sample of 2,600 parents.  

The data survey results will be available to the Department of Education in June 2016.  The findings of the survey will provide the Department with baseline data; assist in the development of policy and service delivery; and inform family engagement strategies.

Parents Victoria would encourage parents to "take the call" and provide feedback if contacted.



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