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"A school bus carrying parents and teachers will today depart on a national tour in a quest for a massive increase of government funds to the nation’s public schools.  The first stop on the tour will be Brisbane."  (Visiting Victoria February 20-22.)

"ACSSO president Peter Garrigan encourages parents to greet the bus at stops along its route and rally to remind the federal government that they expect a large boost to public school funding." 


Tuesday, February 21 :   

Laurimar Primary School, Doreen  10.30am

Whittlesea Secondary College, Whittlesea 1.15pm

Collingwood College, Collingwood 3.30pm


ACSSO is the Australian Council of State School Organisations of which Parents Victoria is the  Victorian affiliate organisation.

 Parents travel by school bus - Public School Funding

Contact the Parents Victoria office for further information re bus schedule

See also The Age article February 10, 2012 in News section of this website






More than 220 government schools in Victoria are being forced to turn away local families because they are hitting capacity.  Herald Sun February 4, 2012  Parents Victoria's Executive Officer, Gail McHardy quoted.


Parents are shirking the responsibility of disciplining their kids, turning teachers into makeshift mums and dads.  Herald Sun  January 30, 2012  Parents Victoria's Executive Officer, Gail McHardy, quoted.

Gail also posted the following to "comments on this story":

"Unless I live on another planet, the young people I get to meet & know are reasonable & respectful. In my work and volunteering capicity in education I get to meet the variety of good & not so good members of our school communities.  As a parent myself I agree we need to enforce boundaries, have rules, instill responsibility and respect in our children inside & outside of home/school.  It is critical that this approach is supported and consistent in our child's environment.  Unfortunately as our society changes with so many other contributing factors (family breakdown, socio economic pressures, technology advancement) these fundamental family principles are being compromised or affected.  2012 school year was kicked off this year meeting some very committed young people at the vicSRC representing students from govt & non govt sector and their parents should be incredibly proud.  Need to remind each other don't put everyone in the same box or allow your experiences to jade your view - it's imperative we all try harder!"

Parents and staff in Victorian schools have been caught taking kickbacks, stealing fund-raising money and pocketing tens of thousands of dollars that should have been spent on students.  The Age  January 29, 2012  Parents Victoria's Executive Officer, Gail McHardy, quoted.


Principals want school bullies to face legal action for writing "cruel" comments online to protect vulnerable young people.   Northern Weekly January 23, 2012  Parents Victoria President, Sharron Healy, quoted.

Victorian schools are bracing for their biggest prep intake, with figures showing the number of state school starters has leapt 6.5 per cent since 2008.  Herald Sun January 22, 2012  Parents Victoria's Executive Officer, Gail McHardy, quoted.


Child predator warning in Noble Park.   

Parents Victoria spokeswoman Elaine Crowle said the incidents should act as a reminder for parents and schools to renew stranger danger warningsDandenong Leader  January 19, 2012 

Parents Victoria Executive Officer Gail McHardy said cyberbullying was a serious issue and government agencies should think twice before rewarding such behaviour ....  Herald Sun January 13, 2012


"Parents Victoria, the Victorian branch of the Australian Education Union and Shadow Education Minister Rob Hulls have backed a call for shades to be considered as part of a school's sun-safe summer uniform."    Herald Sun January 5, 2012  Parents Victoria's Immediate Past President, Elaine Crowle, quoted.


One in six school teachers is making "friends" with their students online, despite warnings Facebook can spell professional disaster.  Herald Sun, November 17, 2011 Parents Victoria's Executive Officer, Gail McHardy, quoted.


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