VPC is a registered charity that began in 1959, dedicated to everyone who supports parents in educating their children. We know that it takes a village to raise a child, so we serve all parents and the wider community including non-government school parents, in Victoria and beyond.
VPC provides parents with updated knowledge and resources We aim to provide the confidence for parents to take an active role in their children's schooling. We also provide the vital link between parent groups, government, education authorities and the media.
We welcome parents, educators and aligned businesses to become members of our vibrant online community. VPC strive to be a diverse, inclusive and independent organisation on and offline. Everyone is welcome. Why not Join Us?
The Victorian Parents Council provides a voice for parents in the decisions that affect our children's education, from the time they are born and into adulthood.
We inform, encourage, support and respond to the needs of parents of all ages. While we are located in Victoria, through the online world we support parents locally, nationally and globally. We are an inclusive organisation for all.
We strive to give parents the knowledge, resources and confidence to take an active role in their children's life long learning and provide a vital link between parents, government, education authorities and the media in Victoria.
PROVIDING YOU WITH A VOICE TO STATE AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
The VPC meets with the State and Federal education ministers, politicians and education authorities. Through our meetings and submissions, we raise awareness for your needs, and gain support for activities that ensure the policies and practices of governments are inclusive of parents’ views.
VPC is a founding member of the Australian Parents Council (APC). Through the APC our views as a state affiliate are represented at the national level.
PROMOTING POSITIVE FAMILY-SCHOOL PARTNERSHIPS
Successful schools bring school leadership, teachers and parents together to work towards shared goals. The VPC strengthens this relationship by promoting positive parent engagement in learning. With the support of schools, we hold educational events and seminars and share information and resources that support parents, educators and the school community.
SUPPORTING YOU WITH INFORMATION TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES AND ADVOCACY
We support parents through the provision of information and resources shared through a range of physical and digital mediums. Topics include but are not limited to internet safety, bullying, mental health, career choice and general parenting. The VPC continually strives to remain relevant to your needs by liaising with aligned organisations to provide regular additional information, resources, events, seminars and training opportunities.
The VPC was originally known as the Parents and Friends Federation of Victoria and was established in 1959 by a group of Catholic school parents concerned with the lack of government support for Catholic schools.
Within a short time, a groundswell of support from parents led to the VPC extending its interests to all independent schools.
The objectives of the VPC were to safeguard the rights of parents and children and to improve the standard of education in Australia, and to foster and promote the following principles:
That as stated in the UN Declaration of Human Rights parents have the prior right to choose the most appropriate form of education for their children
That all parents are entitled to exercise that right without financial disability being imposed on them by the State
That the primary purpose of education is the physical, mental, spiritual and moral development of children
To achieve for all parents and children equity in the distribution of public funding for education
Through the 1960s and 70s the VPC held a number of public meetings in Melbourne which attracted thousands of concerned parents council. Opposition came from various state school organisations and the Council for the Defence of Government Schools (DOGS) which attempted to challenge, unsuccessfully, state aid as unconstitutional.
Gradually governments of both persuasions accepted the argument that all children deserve a level of support from the government regardless of where they attend school.
Now 60 years on, VPC has become one of the fastest growing online communities. Because there are no borders online, VPC now inform and engage all parents interested in supporting the education of their children.
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CURRENT VPC Projects include
Parent Engagement Professional Development
Successful Learning Program
The Resillience Doughnut, Parenting Courses and Professional Development
The Hope Project
Every Chance to Dance
Parents and Schools Working Together, Professional Development
Authentic Parent Voice; Interactive Workshops and Presentations
The Victorian Parents Council is managed by a voluntary committee of management called the State Executive. The operations of the Council are managed by the Executive Officer.
The State Executive are dedicated volunteers from member schools who manage Council direction and governance and are elected once a year at the AGM.
Eveline Jona is the President of the Victorian Parents Council.
An experienced medical practitioner who has worked in community and child health care in multiple countries, Eveline has always been actively and passionately involved in the communities in which she has lived, having been a member and leader of various school boards and parent associations in the Netherlands, Malaysia, Germany, Czech Republic and Australia. She was a board member and in final year the President of the St Leonard’s College Parents Association from 2006 until 2010, and has served on the Victorian Parents Council since 2011.
State Executive - COUNCIL COMMITTEE
Dr. Eveline Jona, President (Medical Doctor registered in The Netherlands)
Helen Fox, Vice President and Membership Officer
Peter Williams, Treasurer
Robyn Kanat, Public Officer and Admin support
Martine Oglethorpe (Author of The Modern Parent), General Committee Member
Dr. Spice (Xiaoxia) Wong, PhD, General Committee
Dr. Margaret Salter, PhD, FCA