Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Parents' Group

The deadline for the first payment of a deposit is approaching.
The statistics for this blog (the number of visits) has made it obvious that people are still concerned about the 1:1 netbook program (39 visits yesterday).
Those who are still considering their choice, even if they have signed up might want to think further about the following issues before they commit to the next step.

Firstly, it is an individual choice whether you sign up - its not compulsory. Many of those who have not signed up feel that this was the only opportunity to make any input into the ICT education program of BSW Primary.

As advocates for their children parents should satisfy themselves that the 1:1 netbook program proposed is in the best interests of their children's education, home life and future development. They should feel confident that any challenges for their children or their family will be addressed.

A number of parents feel no clear case has been made for the implementation of 1:1 netbooks on the basis of its educational value or the preparedness of the school to deal with the many complex issues that will arise.

One solution which has been presented to parents by the department itself is a Parent Group or ClubThis is an explanation of the role of such a group from Parents Victoria's website.
from Parents Victoria website:

Aims and Objectives of a Parents' Group

The aims and objectives of the Club are:
• to contribute to the wellbeing of the school community
• to encourage the participation of all parents in the life of the school and the education of their children
• to provide opportunities for all parents of students of the school to discuss issues concerned with the welfare and the general education policy of the school and to assist in the development of a shared parent view
• to contribute to proposals on school policy and other educational issues to the school council
• to provide opportunities for parents to get to know each other and to be informed about their child’s school
• to provide information for parents to extend their understanding of school issues
• to work in cooperation with the school council and the principal
to raise funds for the benefit of the school (optional).

About Parents Victoria
Parents Victoria is a statewide democratic organisation representing parents of students in Victorian government schools.
Parents Victoria provides parents with a voice, presenting an organised parent perspective to State and Federal Governments, educational bureaucracies and institutions, community organisations and the media.
We are not affiliated with any political party. We pursue the broad goal of ensuring that education remains free, compulsory, secular and available to all, whichever party is in power.
Supporting Parents
Parents need to be well informed. The management of schools has become a more local concern and parents have a vital part to play.
Elected parent representatives need parent clubs to assist them to access parent views. The parents' club is in the best position to provide an on-going forum for the discussion and development of parent views on the wide range of issues relating to children's education and welfare.
They must have a ministerially approved constitution which must comply with current regulations. Parents Victoria has a package of information to assist.


  1. The number of views on the blog is by no means an indication of support or lack thereof. I know of several people who are purely looking to see what is being said (in the knowledge that none of the positives are being addressed).

  2. This blog should be advertised in the school newsletter so that it is accessible to all parents. It's impossible to contribute to the conversation if you don't know that it is happening.