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According to an article in today's Herald-Sun, "Victorian kids are set to receive the Covid-19 jab at schools across the state before the end of term four."

PV Executive Officer Gail McHardy is quoted in the article. 

Gail said some parents were keen to give priority to secondary school students, after all essential workers including teachers were vaccinated.

But she said the jury was out on vaccinating under 12s, as medical trials continued.

“Young people have been identified as potentially at greater risk from Delta variant than previous strains,” she said.

“It’s all a matter of who gets prioritised in the community. If Australia had enough appropriate vaccines for all, it wouldn't be the same issue.”

In other comments not quoted by the newspaper, Gail said, "PV can only hope Victorians will heed medical advice and act selflessly in order to protect everyone."


 

Grants to help schools establish Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) services are now open.

As part of a Victorian Government initiative to ensure Victorian children and families can access OSHC (before school care, after school care or vacation care) in their local communities, 150 grants of up to $75,000 per year are available to government schools delivering primary-aged education (including specialist schools), who do not have an existing OSHC service.

Parents, carers and guardians are encouraged to promote that schools investigate this grant opportunity.

Schools can submit an application through the SmartyGrants application page, with more information available at the DET Policy and Advisory Library.

Applications close Friday 20 August.

Enquiries can be directed to Kris Arcaro, Project Leader Youth Participation on 7022 1316.


 

A recent report on social cohesion in Victorian schools has some interesting conclusions for parents and school communities. Leading for social cohesion in Victorian public schools, published by Monash and Deakin Universities, examines key findings from a survey of 91 Victorian public school principals/assistant principals on leading for social cohesion.

Challenges for school leaders

The report aimed to identify the major social issues that were impacting students in Victorian public schools, and the key factors that are helping – and hindering - school leaders to build more socially cohesive school communities. Some of the issues identified by school leaders were family violence, social isolation, mental health and the impact of social media.

Family and community engagement helps

One of the report’s key findings is that strong connections with parents and communities were factors that helped to generate social cohesion. One typical survey response identified “Open communication involving parents at the school in a meaningful way” as a key resource that helped school leaders build social cohesion.

The report makes a number of recommendations, including this one: “Support schools in building strong connections with parents and schools through community events and partnerships.”

We have focused on the family engagement aspect of the report in this summary, but the report delves into many other areas. It’s well worth a read.

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