Dialogue. Leading to action for education
Independent Schools Victoria launched the Dialogue Blog in November 2013 to promote the activities and purpose of Independent Schools Victoria and to support and champion our more than 200 members schools.

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Student Artwork - a circle filled with swirling clouds of colourPeople gather on the steps of Victoria’s Parliament House every day of the week, for all kinds of reasons. It’s a favourite spot for wedding parties to pose for photos. Tourists are drawn by the Victorian era architecture. It’s a place for political protests. It’s the natural backdrop for media interviews with politicians. Read more…

Australian Parliament House, CanberraWith good will, and maybe a little luck, the passage by parliament of the Australian Government’s education bill will put an end – for the time being at least – to what’s become known as the school funding wars. Read more…

Independent Schools Victoria Chief Executive Michelle GreenIn any area of public policy, the task is not to arrive at a perfect solution, but rather to seek the best solution that’s achievable in all the circumstances.

This is the case in an area as complex as school funding. Read more…

Dad Walking Son to SchoolOf all the myths that surround Independent schools, one of the most common relates to fees. Read more…

Karen SpillerInstead of rushing in with quick fixes to declining school results, it’s time to engage teachers in the policy debate, writes Karen Spiller, National Chair of the Heads of Independent Schools of Australia. Read more…

Dr Maja Divjak in front of a projection of one of her biomedical animationsYou might find it hard to see a link between the complex world of molecular biology and the creative world of cinema animation. One’s science, you might think, and the other’s art, and they’re worlds apart. Read more…

A close up of a group of hands meeting in the middleIf you asked me what Independent schools have in common I might mention some shared fundamental foundations – a passion for education and a commitment to independence and the innovation this allows. And, perhaps paradoxically, I’d add another common characteristic – Independent schools are extraordinarily diverse.

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oped_newspaperThere’s a Melbourne school where 60 per cent of the students are in portable classrooms, where there’s no canteen, proper administration building, gymnasium or covered areas where students can gather at lunch or recess.

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Black and White Photo of Victorian Parliament HouseTwo Bills currently before the Victorian Parliament are directly related to religious schools, including members of Independent Schools Victoria (ISV).

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Two hands bracketing a drawing of two young childrenThe 2013 Betrayal of Trust report by a Victorian Parliamentary committee is regarded as a landmark moment, shining a light on the criminal abuse of children by adults charged with their care. Read more…