The Victorian Catholic Schools Parent Body (VCSPB) is relatively young but has an important role in the Victorian Catholic education landscape representing parents of children in Victorian Catholic schools, with close relationship with the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria Ltd (CECV) and four Victorian Catholic Education Offices.
The VCSPB is established under the auspices of the CECV. The inaugural meeting of the VCSPB Council was held on 24 October 2005.
The guiding principles of the VCSPB are to:
represent parents of students in Catholic schools at diocesan, state and national levels, through school boards, or school based parent support groups
support the work of the Victorian Catholic education authorities in advancing the interests of Catholic schools and their students
All parents are members by virtue of their children attending Catholic schools. The term parent is used to include natural, adoptive or foster parents, guardians and caregivers of students. Links with parents are through school boards or like school-based parent organisations.
The purposes of the VCSPB are to:
provide a forum to represent parents of students in Victorian Catholic schools
promote parents as partners in education with the school, Church and the community
promote the principles of Catholic education in collaboration with the Diocesan Bishops
promote Catholic schools as schools of first choice for Catholic families.
The key purpose of the VCSPB is advocacy, enabling the voice of parents as stakeholders in Catholic education to be heard, and informing views at diocesan, State and national levels.
The VCSPB is a founding member of the national peak body Catholic School Parents Australia (CSPA).
Changing the Victorian Catholic Schools Parent Body logo involved a lot of thought and collaboration as we wanted the end product to symbolise our representation of parents with children in Victorian Catholic schools.
If you look closely at our logo you will see a Victorian Catholic school community bathed in the light of Christ. It is your school, no matter where you live in Victoria, the colours we have chosen unite us all.
The blue represents the coastal communities and the green represents metropolitan and rural communities.
We have continued the colour theme into the website with each heading representing all of our communities (green and blue) which are bathed in the light of Christ (yellow).
Not only is it visually appealing but we hope it will convey to you the commitment that underpins the Victorian Catholic Schools Parent Body (VCSPB)
To promote community, represent and advocate for parents who send their children to Catholic schools.