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Protecting Victoria’s Vulnerable Children

Dear parents,

As a result of the Protecting Victoria’s Vulnerable Children Inquiry, the Betrayal of Trust report was recently tabled in Parliament which included fifteen recommendations which were all accepted. The implementation of one of these recommendations was the introduction of Child Safe Standards for organisations providing services for children.

What does this mean for us at Greenvale Primary School? We already have many policies and procedures in place to protect the safety of all of our students from abuse in line with these new Child Safety Standards requirements and have made arrangements to ensure that we meet any perceived gaps.

Further steps we had to put in place are:

  1. The writing of a Child Safety Policy stating our commitment to child safety.
  2. A Statement of Commitment to Child Safety.
  3. The development of a school Code of Conduct that establishes clear expectations for appropriate adult behaviour with children and making this known within the school community.

For more information on the Child Safe Standards go to the Department of Health and Human Services site at or visit the Department of Education & Training’s site.

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Student Attendance Policy

The Department of Education and Early Childhood (DDECD) released new guidelines in regard to student attendance last term. The DEECD policy outlines concerns for students who have more than five Unapproved Absences in one calendar year. Parents are expected to notify their child’s school giving an explanation of why their child was absent and notify the school prior of any absences their child will take that they are aware of.  For absences in regard to extended family holidays to be approved, parents must notify their child’s school prior to the holiday and get from their child’s teacher a Student Absence Learning Plan which their child must complete while they are away.  In line with this, we have revised our Student Attendance Policy and Protocols at Greenvale. Please find following some extracts from the policy which was ratified at our School Council meeting. You may also view the whole Student Attendance Policy on our website.

The Education and Training Reform Act 2006, the Education and Training Reform Regulations 2007 and the Education and Training Reform (School Attendance) Regulations 2013 require children of school age (six to sixteen years) resident in Victoria are required to be in full-time attendance at a government

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A Big Thank You to the store Manager and Staff at Coles Supermarket Greenvale

Staff, students and the broader community would like to thank  Coles Supermarket store manager Mr Musti Tekin and his staff  for their fantastic support, hard work and generous donations at our ‘Family Fun Night’on Thursday 29 March.

The ‘Family Fun Night’ was a great success.   With all the activities, events and sausage sizzle  the school raised $3987.20

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Principal’s Welcome

I would like to welcome all  members of the Greenvale Primary School community to our website. You will find many links to useful information and resources. Suggestions to improve our website can be forwarded through the school office.

The year is certainly moving along very quickly as we near the end of Term 3. I have indicated in a recent Newsletter that I have decided to complete my time as Principal at Greenvale at the end of this term and move on to the next phase of my working career. Assistant Principal, Mrs Jane Greig-Hancock has been nominated as the Acting Principal for Term 4 while the position is advertised and filled. Jane is an outstanding member of our community and contributes in so many ways to the school. Her responsibilities include: student welfare, daily organisation of the school, curriculum leadership, data management and teaching and learning. I’m sure everyone will give Jane their full support as she takes on the role of Acting Principal.

Don’t forget that it is Sun-smart time which requires all students wearing a broad brimmed hat when outdoors.

We are looking for lots of volunteers this Saturday 7th September to help out with an election day BBQ. Contact the

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