A message from Principal Fiona Webster – we are all learners and teachers

Fiona Webster

I am delighted to welcome you to this edition of the VSV Life newsletter. As we navigate through another exciting term, I would like to take a moment to reflect on the vibrancy and strength of our wonderful community.

Recently, I had the pleasure of attending the Virtual Parents Victoria (VPV) handbook session. It was a heartwarming experience to see parents and carers actively contributing to the development of a handbook which will be filled with advice from parents and carers for parents and carers.  The experience and wisdom they shared reminded me that we are all learners and teachers within this community.

One particular moment that moved me was when a new parent shared their initial apprehensions about navigating the virtual schooling environment and how they were comforted and guided by more experienced parents. This exchange perfectly encapsulates the essence of our VSV community. I encourage all parents and carers, whether new or seasoned, to engage in these sessions. They are invaluable opportunities to connect, learn, and grow together.

Research shows that children whose parents are actively engaged in their learning and school life perform better academically, have better social skills, and show improved behaviour. 1

VSV parents are important partners with the school in their child or young person’s education.  This is true in any school but is even more critical when we are not together with students on a daily basis.

One of the most significant strengths of VSV is our community. Despite being a virtual school, the bonds we form and the connections we make are genuine. I urge every member of our community to get involved, whether it’s through Connect Days, or the VPV sessions. These activities offer rich learning opportunities beyond the classroom and help foster a sense of belonging and engagement. We are not just a school; we are a community that supports, inspires, and uplifts one another. Your participation in these activities not only enhances the learning experiences of your child or young person but also contributes to the collective strength and resilience of VSV.

The AGM of the 2024 VSV School Council will be held on the 25th of June.  An invitation with a link to the virtual meeting will be sent by email in the coming weeks.

Thank you for being an integral part of this extraordinary community. Together, we continue to create a nurturing and dynamic environment where everyone can thrive.

1 — Emerson, L., Fear, J., Fox, S., & Sanders, E. (2012). *Parental engagement in learning and schooling: Lessons from research. A report by the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) for the Family-School and Community Partnerships Bureau.

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