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This article was written for us by Paul Brophy, a dad from Croydon Hills Primary School.

The Fathering Project is a not for profit organization and was founded by Professor Bruce Robinson in WA.

Colin West who runs the Fathering project in Victoria is trying to roll out this Project in all Schools, Clubs, Sporting groups etc.

The idea of the Champion Dads Group (CDG) is to help Dads become better role models in the family and form a stronger lasting bond with their children. I know my relationship with my daughter has been so much stronger since I got involved with the program.

I was passionate about heading this up, as I know Dads who have separated from the family and not actively involved in their kids lives. I’ve seen the disappointment on some kids faces when their dad doesn’t show up when he says he will, fobs the kids off to someone else for a play or is just there in the background and not interested in his kids life.

If this program helps one dad to become closer to his children and is a better dad because of it, it’s all worth it.

The idea of the group to hold at least two Father/Child events and two Dads only events per year. This gives the Dads a chance to get to know the other Dads in the school community who otherwise would not take the chance to be involved, as women are much better at forming great support groups in the school than dads are.

I have made it a tradition to take my daughter to school for the first day of each year and have done so for the last 6 years. This instills great memories for my daughter and makes me proud to be a dad. Unfortunately, it’s the same story every year. I see all the women “reconnect” and catch up on what has been happening over the holidays etc, and the fathers are standing in the background looking awkward and not too sure what to do or say. Haha, it is funny to watch.

Whole-school approaches for supporting young people and their families

(This article was written for us by Andrew Jones from Smiling Mind)

“Children will grow into the intellectual life of those around them”.

Lev Vygotsky

Powerful Learning Communities

Parents and families are the first and most significant teacher in a child’s life. Learning does not begin when a child commences school, nor does it stop when the child is in the family home. Au contraire.

When considering student performance, research has demonstrated conclusively that the greatest influence on achievement is not the teacher. It’s not the principal - nor is it the school itself. It is in fact, the parent and home-based influences.

The idea that children best succeed when schools, leaders and education systems promote and encourage positive family-school relationships, is not a new one. It is widely acknowledged in education research, policy and practice, that when families and school-based professionals unite and collaborate on the program of support and development for the child; that children are more likely to thrive.



Congratulations on the official opening of Yarra Me School (formerly Baltara) School on 29 May.

PV Executive Officer, Gail McHardy was delighted to be invited to such an important milestone now all the students are based on the same site and to see so many parents and supporters present for this important milestone in the school's history. PV felt it was important to share the School Council President, Nicholas Abbey’s speech at this event as it speaks to the fundamental things all our state schools strive to do:

The launch of the Yarra Me School is being held on the traditional lands of the Wurundjeri people and I also wish to acknowledge them as Traditional Owners.

I also would like to pay my respects to all Elders, past and present.

Parents Victoria's Executive Officer, Gail McHardy is quoted (in part) in this article.  

The Age, May 27, 2018  


Parents Victoria's full quote was:

Parents Victoria (PV) strongly advocates local residing students to their neighbourhood public school as a priority.
Wonderful that parents are choosing our great state schools.
It's incumbent on Governments to make sure every public school is funded to deliver the same fabulous curriculum programs as these sought after public schools.
PV does question why some school leaders are choosing out of zone families over their local families, is there some unknown pressure to do this which the Government needs to address?
Governments have to own their policy decisions and support our school leaders how to enforce them to be fair and equitable. 




2018 Victorian Premier’s Volunteer Champions Awards are now open!

Categories for nominations are: -  Service, Impact, Leadership, and Teamwork.

Nominations will close 5pm Monday 28 May 2018

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