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"VCE students will begin their exams in early November and have results by the end of the year, the state government has announced."

This article from the Age reoprts on Education Minister James Merlino's announcement today of the arrangements for VCE exams and results.

Read the Age article



PV Executive Officer Gail McHardy is quoted in this article in today's Age, focusing on the return to face-to-face schooling in Victoria. 

Gail said some parents might keep their children home until term three.

"The most important message for parents is to communicate with your school about what this means for you," she said.

Read the full article in the Age 

PV referred this dad and his son to Seven News to give their reaction to the return to face-to-face schooling. 

One of many family stories as we negotiate these difficult times!

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Premier Dan Andrews announced this morning that "On 25 May, there will be a pupil-free day, and on 26 May classes will resume for Prep, Grade 1, Grade 2, Year 11 and Year 12 students.

"From 9 June, Years 3-10 will join the rest of their schoolmates, and will have a full complement of students across government schools, back by 9 June."

For more details, see the Premier's media release.

If you have specific questions regarding your child/ren communicate with your school directly.

If you have further questions for the Department of Education about the transition back, please email our office - thank you everyone for your efforts to date.

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PV Executive Officer Gail McHardy was interviewed on City Journal Midday News Update (RMIT journalism student program) about the return to school.

Listen to the interview (Gail's comments at 2 mins 13 secs)

PV's Executive Officer Gail McHardy was interviewed on ABC 774 this morning, talking to Virginia Trioli about the home learning situation in Victorian schools. Along with Dr Ben Jensen from Learning First, Gail discussed the importance of parent engagement, a partnership approach and relationship-based education in meeting the challenges of remote learning.

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"On Sunday, the Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan accused Victoria's premier of taking a sledgehammer to the school system because Victoria has been slower than other states to reopen classrooms.

Mr Tehan later conceded he'd gone too far. But parents' groups say this has only created more confusion for families..."

This ABC Radio report includes comment from PV Executive Officer Gail McHardy. Gail said the interference from Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan has added to parents' confusion and is not helpful.  

Listen to the report on the ABC website (3 min 13 sec).



The face-to-face training previously available to School Councillors has moved online because of the COVID-19 restrictions. 

There are 5 modules:

  • Governance
  • Strategic Planning
  • Finance
  • Policy & Review
  • School Council President

This video gives an overview:

See the Education Department web page for details


The Education Department has made the following announcement for parents of Year 6 children:

"Due to remote and flexible learning arrangements currently in place, government primary schools may be unable to distribute the 2020 parent/carer pack to every year 6 family in hard copy from the start of Term 2 2020.  Therefore, adjustments to the statewide year 6 to 7 timeline have been made. These changes give parents and carers an increased timeframe to return the application form."

The revised due date for the Year 7 application form is Friday 29 May.

See the Department's "Moving from primary to secondary school" web page for more information.

According to an article in today's Herald-Sun, some schools are asking parents if they can hire babysitters to supervise children during remote learning, after rejecting their applications for campus access.

The article says that "parents have received contradictory messages on whether children could attend, with some students denied access."

PV Executive Officer Gail McHardy is quoted in the article. Gail said it was tough even before COVID-19 for a lot of families. “Imagine what it would be like now for families who have lost everything,” she said

The article is behind a paywall, but you can read it if you have a Herald-Sun subscription. 

Prizes in eight categories, across primary, secondary & assisted schooling levels, plus two overall prizes will be awarded.

Entry fee of $35 - $100 per school depending on the number of entries. 

Ask your school art teacher to coordinate the entries & facilitate payment.

Full details available at

Entries close 30th June.


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