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Our Annual Conference on 18-19 NOvember was a busy, informative, invigorating and intriguing two days.

We heard from clinical psychologist Andrew Fuller, experienced educator John Hendry, Education Minister James Merlino, multicultural consultant Monique Toohey and many other speakers. 

We elected a new PV Executive at our AGM.

And we heard lots of questions, comments and ideas from the people who attended. 

Scroll down for speaker presentations and more details.


 Conference overview and responses from delegates

Panel discussion

The Way Forward: How to kindly and constructively deal with difference and conflict in schools. A panel of educators and students discusses scenarios of difference and conflict. This video covers Scenario 1.

The Way Forward: Scenario 2



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Speaker presentations


Andrew Fuller

Clinical Psychologist & Consultant

Identifying and building learning strengths

 We can't bring you Andrew's presentation slides but you can download a short summary of Andrew's "Implementing Learning Strengths" approach, including a link to Andrew's online Learning Strengths Analysis and information on other services Andrew offers.


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Sue Karzis

CEO, State Schools' Relief

Removing Barriers to Improve Wellbeing


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John Hendry

Educator and consultant

Relationship-based Education


John didn't use a presentation but you can read a series of his articles in our Relationship-based Education section.


Jac Van Velsen

CEO, WISA (Wellbeing in Schools Australia)

How to Effectively Address Bullying and Sleep Deprivation due to After-hours Device Use


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Monique Toohey

Managing Director, Nasihah Consulting Group

Doing Diversity in Schools


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(Click the Click for speaker notes icon at top left of each slide to see speaker notes)

Conference notes

Our hard-working staff took notes all the way through the conference. These are brief notes from the audience, not a complete reproduction of each speaker's presentation.

  Download the Conference notes.

Joan Kirner Award

Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 Joan Kirner Parent Participation Award, which was given at our Conference. The award was won by Sue and Paul Brophy from Croydon Hills Primary School. Sue and Paul have devoted countless hours to the many tasks and activities that support a busy primary school, from helping in the classroom to supporting camps, excursion and sporting events, to serving as members and office-bearers on both School Council and Parent groups.
The runner-up was Matt Wallace P&F President at Kyneton Primary School. Under Matt’s dedicated leadership the P&F have not only raised much needed funds for the school but have also raised the profile of the P&F within the school and continues to see increased engagement and participation from the school community. Photo: Sue Brophy (right) and Matt Wallace (left).


"Thanks so much for a terrific conference. I was pretty blown away by the quality of the presenters and discussion and the commitment of the group. Great food and venue as well!"
Chrissie McMahon,Virtual Schools Victoria



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