VPC E-News March 2022

More than 60 years now, VPC has worked tirelessly with Victorian school parents. That we are still here today is a testament to the hard work and support of parents, schools and parent associations across Victoria.
We are a not-for-profit, ACNC registered Charity Organisation and are driven by the commitment of a small group of volunteers.
You can be involved as a parent, guardian, school, teacher or business; we love to collaborate with all those who are passionate about supporting children through education, from babies through to adulthood and beyond.
If you like to join, don’t hesitate to contact us at [email protected]
Whether it’s once a week or once in a while, we welcome your involvement.

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VPC is a registered charity dedicated to everyone who support Parents in educating their children



Dear VPC Community,

We were all relieved to see the start to the school year underway with sensible measures in place. Parents are very keen to see school go back to as normal as possible. There is still some uncertainty and we are very conscious of the impact the last two years have had on our children, their education and family life. In 2022 VPC will continue to represent the interests of all parents, and parents with children in non-government schools. We provide a rich program of activities and publications to support parents in these challenging times. We look forward to another successful year.

Now more than ever parents need to step up to be the advocates for their children. VPC is only as good as the membership and involvement of parents in our sector. We welcome your involvement and contribution. Parents who are interested in working with us should contact us.

VPC proactively seeks out research opportunities that will benefit our membership and parents. We are proud to be community partners in the following research:
VPC is a community partner for an Australia-wide study being run through the School of Social Marketing at Griffith University. The project is researching the changes in resilience and wellbeing post-pandemic. This research aims to understand the current levels of resilience in the general adult population in Australia. To find out more click here

Updated VPC BLOGS 

THE VICTORIAN INSTITUTE OF TEACHING: REGULATING THE TEACHING PROFESSION – understanding the role VIT plays in your child’s education

If there are any topics you would like the VPC to address, please contact us directly, we love to hear from you! If you would like to be a guest blogger, we welcome you to share your expertise with us. Please contact us to discuss your participation.

As the VPC is expanding and growing, we are actively reaching out and looking to welcome you to take part in our work. We are looking for people with various skill-sets to join the VPC Community and be part of the growing VPC advisory and support team. Please share some of your time and talent and become more personally engaged with the VPC; we welcome you all.


Eveline Jona, VPC President
Victorian Parents Council Inc  – The Vibrant Parent Community Est. 1959

Here are some highlights for Term 1….

Dianna Daou is back! Dianna is an experienced academic performance coach.We are thrilled she will be our special guest for several #VPCLive events this year. Her sensible, practical models for all things “study” are easily implemented at home. If you missed the first #VPCLive with Dianna, here is the link for on demand replay.

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Our next #VPCLive …

Responding to School Reluctance and Refusal – Strategies for Parents  
Glenn Melvin, Associate Professor at Deakin University

Most children will be reluctant to attend school at some point during their school years. For others, reluctance persists and interrupts family life, while others miss out on school due to a refusal to attend. This situation can be highly stressful for parents. This presentation will start by providing an understanding of school reluctance and refusal and what might underlie these behaviours.

Practical strategies that parents can put into place to support children and teens who are reluctant or refuse to attend school will be described.  

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VPC Community Updates

VRQA – Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority
The VRQA have recently published the new Ministerial Order No. 1359 – Implementing the Child Safe Standard — Managing the risk of child abuse in schools and school boarding premises. It sets out how schools and school boarding premises will have to implement Victoria’s new Child Safe Standards when they commence on 1 July 2022.

For parents of an apprentice or trainee a new Operational Working Group has been set up recently, chaired by the VRQA.  It aims to mitigate the risk of harm to Victorian apprentices and trainees and recent examples of employers that have had their approval to train apprentices taken away.

VIT – Victorian Institute of Teaching
Blog VIT Information for Parents – understanding the role VIT plays in your child’s education.

Keeping your learners safe using the Conduct Reporting Guide.
Understanding your child safety reporting obligations and responsibilities for protecting children and young people.

VCAA – Victorian Curriculum Assessment Authority
NAPLAN update                    
The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is moving to online assessment. It is anticipated that all schools will complete NAPLAN Online in May 2022.
Please visit the NAP website for the latest and detailed information about NAPLAN Online.

Some Special Days March 2022

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Thursday 17th March 2022

National Close the Gap Day 

National Close the Gap Day (NCTGD) is an annual awareness event that aims to close the health and life expectancy gap between the indigenous and the non-indigenous communities in Australia. It is a national day of action to pledge support for achieving Indigenous health equality by 2030. Each year the support for NCTDG continues to grow and last year people all over the country took part in events to create awareness of the Close the Gap Campaign

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Friday 18th March 2022
National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence – Be kind online
Resources Understanding bullying 
For Schools – Classroom Resources 
The new animation series for the 2022 National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence,
Be kind online, encourages young people to block content, report it, and support each other if they see or experience cyberbullying.                               

For Families  – Factsheets 
For Students – Factsheets 

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21-27 March 2022

National Harmony Week

National Harmony Week celebrates the cohesive and inclusive nature of our diverse nation. Schools, community groups and organisations across Australia host Harmony Week events.    

VPC is diverse, inclusive, and independent.
We welcome you all to joining us.

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We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.