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The Herald-Sun recently reported on the installation of gender-neutral toilets at Brunswick East Primary School. (The article 000newtab is behind a paywall, you can read it if you're a Herald-Sun subscriber.)

The article reports,

"Brunswick East Primary School says smelly urinals and safety and privacy fears have pushed it to choose gender neutral toilets. They are just one of the Melbourne schools embracing all gender restrooms. In a just completed maintenance upgrade, Brunswick East Primary School decided to embrace unisex toilets for a range of reasons including safety, privacy and hygiene. The Brunswick East school is among a number of schools choosing gender neutral toilets, often as part of an upgrade of existing facilities. Princes Hill Secondary College has committed to install the toilets. Carey Grammar has gender neutral toilets and uniforms... the lobby group Parents Victoria welcomed the toilets. “Some schools are realistic and sensible. We all have gender neutral bathrooms in our homes why not schools?” president Gail McHardy said."

(Note: Gail is actually PV's Executive Officer; our President is Sharron Healy).

 

Nominations for Parents Victoria Life Membership are now open.  

Life Membership of Parents Victoria may be awarded to:

  1. Members who have served on the Executive Committee for a minimum of 10 years;
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Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to the Parents Victoria office, including a brief statement to support your nomination.
Nominations close on 20 October.

Parents Victoria 2019 Conference: Everyone's health and wellbeing matters

 

18 & 19 November, 2019

Pullman Melbourne on the Park
Keynote speaker: Andrew Fuller
Brochure and program available soon - keep an eye on the website


Interesting article on the ABC website from Pasi Sahlberg, a Finnish education expert who now lives in Australia. He explains why equity is so important in an education system, why competition between schools delivers bad outcomes, and why his kids go to their local public school.

Australia must fix school inequity to create a top education system

About a year ago my life turned upside down, literally.

My wife and I, with our two school-aged children, moved to Sydney from Helsinki.

We soon realised that Australians do not walk upside down. But there were some things that we were not prepared for.

Ever since we arrived in our new hometown, people were curious to know how we chose a school for our sons.

For us it was no-brainer — the neighbourhood public school.

Read more on the ABC website. 


 

 

Provided by the Reach Foundation, Diverge comprises 2 workshops with an Interview Project in between them.  During the two full-day workshops, the awesome Reach crew will help your Year 9/10 uncover their passions and start planning for life after school.  The workshops are fun, interactive and full of activities designed to get them thinking about themselves and the things they care about. These leaders will shed some light on how they got to where they are and give advice about how you can turn your passions into an awesome career! Even better, these workshops are free of charge

Victorian workshops are on 27 Aug and 10 Sep in Collingwood.

Download a PDF flyer with more information.

 

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