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To Teachers

Teachers affect eternity; no one can tell where their influence stops.
Henry Brooks Adams

 A few months ago, almost one million students headed back to school in Victoria.

For some children, this was their first time at school, for others their first time in high school. Over these past 8 weeks, students have relied on teachers for support and guidance as they come to understand the expectations of this new year level.

Some students will later say it was this teacher who guided them toward a passion, goal or career. 

Term 1 is almost over so, to all the wonderful teachers in our community of Wyndham, thank you and I hope you enjoy your holidays. 

Parliament Prize - Save the Date

A quick heads-up about the 2017 Parliament Prize.

This year's competition will be launched during Law Week, 15-21 May, with a closing date in mid-July.

There will be two categories, one for years 7-9 and one for years 10-12.

It will be an open format, so students can choose from a number of options how to address the topic. Further details will be posted at launch time, but for now save the date!

Parliamentary Tours

The Parliament of Victoria offers a range of activities for students at primary, secondary, tertiary and adult education levels.

To book a tour go to:

For school tour, role play and information talk bookings, contact the Tour Booking Office:

Ph: +61 3 9651 8568. Email:

School tours last for approximately one hour and all role plays and Metroplitan School Visits last for approximately 1.5 hours. All tours, role plays and talks are free of charge.


MySchool NAPLAN Data

The MySchool 2017 data shows that Victoria is one of three leading jurisdictions in Australia.

The data shows there has been an increase in the number of Victorian government primary and secondary schools performing substantially above similar schools in NAPLAN reading or numeracy.

75 Victorian government primary schools and 13 secondary schools have performed substantially above similar schools.

A significant proportion of the Victorian government primary and secondary schools that performed substantially above similar schools in 2016 are from the mid to mid-low socio-educational economic group.

These are the schools which have a higher proportion of students who are eligible for equity funding.

The Andrews Labor Government is working hard to break the link between disadvantage and outcomes for students.

Equity funding - totalling $566 million over four years - started flowing to schools from the start of 2016.

In an Australia-first, this includes "catch up loading" where Victorian secondary schools are provided with $2,000 for every student who does not meet minimum NAPLAN standards when they are in Year five. 

As Victoria's record investment in education works its way through the system our NAPLAN performance will only improve.

Glasses in Schools

Prep to Year 3 students at 250 schools in some of the state’s most disadvantaged communities will have their eyes tested and receive free glasses as part of the program.

More than 30,000 primary students will receive free eye testing and glasses at school in a Victorian-first. 

The University of Melbourne’s Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences will be delivering screenings.

Eligible schools in my electorate of Werribee who will be offered the program:

Manorvale Primary School, Werribee
Westgrove Primary School, Werribee
Wyndham Park Primary School, Werribee
Warringa Park School, Hoppers Crossing

 Doctors in Schools

Manor Lakes College in my electorate is participating in the Doctors in Schools program.

Adolescents have some of the lowest GP attendance rates, leaving many of them using Google for their only source of information. With 1 in 6 students showing signs of depression there’s a real gap in the system. 

We’re trying something new – we’re putting GPs in in 100 Victorian Government secondary schools.

It’s an Australian first and it will make a difference because kids with access to the care and support for their well-being are able to reach their potential. 

They’ll provide comprehensive primary health care and advice to the young men and women who need it.


Breakfast in Schools

Children from families in need are getting a brighter and healthier start to the day, with 255 more schools starting School Breakfast Clubs across the state.

In my electorate the schools participating are:

  • Term 1 children at Manorvale Primary School and Wyndham Park Primary School have enjoyed the School Breakfast Club program.
  • Term 2 children at Woodville Primary School, Warringa Park School and Westgrove Primary School will commence the program. 
  • Term 3 children at Werribee Primary School, Thomas Chirnside Primary School and Manor Lakes P-12 College will start the program. 

One in seven children arrive at school with an empty stomach. Without breakfast, growing kids struggle to pay attention throughout the day, affecting their ability to learn and do their best.

The Andrews Labor Government’s School Breakfast Clubs program will provide a free breakfast to up to 25,000 kids in 500 of Victoria’s most disadvantaged government primary schools.


14.10.2016 Manor Lakes College students celebrate their new playground equipment. 
Inclusive School Fund
The Inclusive Schools Fund is a $20 million fund designed to help make Victoria the Education State, providing Victorian Government schools with quality new spaces and more inclusive facilities, based on best practice research and design.

The fund is helping government schools better support the social and education needs of young people with a disability. Schools can apply for funding to build best practice inclusive school facilities.

The Fund is in addition to the annual Accessible Buildings Program that is available to all schools.  For more information see: Accessible Buildings Program

For information on how to apply for the Inclusive Schools Fund go to:

Round Three applications close at Midnight on Friday 2 June 2017. 


Camps Sport and Excursion Fund

The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund will make sure every student – regardless of their background – gets the chance to go on camps and excursions with their friends and learn more about the world.

Families holding a valid means-tested concession card, or those who are temporary foster carers, will be eligible to apply. Primary school students will receive $125 a year, with secondary school students receiving $225 a year. Payments will go directly to the school and be allocated to the student.

Applications to the Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund are now open

Closes on the 30th June, 2017



Premier’s Active April encourages all Victorians to do 30 minutes of physical activity a day during April. Register today and you can enjoy the benefits that come from increased physical activity during April and beyond.

This year, Victorian women and girls are being urged to continue the charge and out-do the men and boys at this year’s Active April challenge.

2017 is a landmark year for women’s sport with the inaugural AFL Women’s league now underway, and Active April is a great place to start encouraging more women and girls to get involved.

For information on how your school can register, create School Teams as well as some of the benefits and school resources available go to:


The Premier's Spirit of Anzac Prize provides 22 students with the opportunity to participate in an overseas study tour to sites where Australians have served in times of war and peacekeeping. In addition, 20 regional finalists will visit Canberra and be invited to attend the Premier's ANZAC Day Luncheon.

The Premier's Spirit of Anzac Prize is open to students in Years 9 and 10 currently enrolled in all Victorian Government, Catholic and Independent Schools.

Students need their parents' permission to enter the competition.

Applications close Tuesday 3 October 2017

For more information go to:

Education Key To A Waste Free Victoria
The  Andrews Labor Government has launched a $300,000 grants package to support the delivery of targeted waste education programs.

Sustainability Victoria will manage the three funding programs which are now open to local government, schools, education providers and community groups, focusing on the strategic objectives of the Victorian Waste Education Strategy.
Eligible Victorians are encouraged to apply for one of the following grant programs:
  • Improving Resource Recovery program: supporting waste education through behaviour change projects
  • Love Food Hate Waste Local Engagement Support program: raising awareness of food waste
  • Litter and Illegal Dumping program: tackling state-wide litter issues
In 2016, the Labor Government launched the strategy to lead targeted waste education in the community to improve the community’s understanding of waste, littering, illegal dumping and recycling.
Locally-targeted education programs will enhance the community’s understanding of the importance of waste as a utility.

For more information and to apply for a grant, visit
Local News

Suliasi Prescott from Manor Lakes P-12 College and Liam Cashin from Werribee Secondary College were awarded Sporting Blue Medals at the Victorian School Sports Awards. 

The Victorian School Sports Awards are the highest sporting accolade presented by the Victorian Government school system.

Suliasi Prescott was recognised for his performance in Rugby League

Liam Cashin was recognised for his performance in Cross Country.

This is a phenomenal achievement and both boys as well as all the coaches, Teachers and Parents who contributed to their success should be very proud. Congratulations to them both!
The Andrews Labor Government is putting people first by building the Education State, including setting ambitious targets to boost the number of students staying active.

This includes achieving a 20 per cent increase in the proportion of kids doing physical activity five times a week by 2025.

The $16 million School Pride and Sports Fund is building great new sporting facilities for students across the state whilst the $148.3 million Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund is making sure that all students can participate in these activities.


  Cheaper, simpler and fairer public transport for kids

The Andrews Labor Government is making public transport cheaper, simpler and fairer for children.

The age at which a child must start carrying a myki has been lifted from four to five, saving parents the expense and hassle of getting their child a ticket before they’ve even started school.

At the same time, the Labor Government has lifted the eligibility age for a child myki ticket from 16 to 18.

The change means young people will have access to concession fares until they are 19, even if they aren’t at school or university.

For a 17 or 18 year old working instead of studying, the change will save them as much as $800 a year.
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