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The Australian Parents Council (APC) is deeply troubled about the new enrolment contract being thrust upon parents and their children by Citipointe Christian College.

The wellbeing of students is the primary concern for parents as it should also be for schools. This policy does not place student wellbeing at the centre of school policy. Discrimination of any kind has no place in schools, not in relation to students, their families, teachers or leadership. Schools must always be striving to be safe places for all people who walk within the gates.

Schools must make every effort to be safe places for everyone who works and learns within them. Schools have made much progress since the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and a critical component of this has been the adoption of the National Principles of Child Safe Organisations by all states and territories. Principle 3 directs that "Families and communities are informed, and involved in promoting child safety and wellbeing."

This is to be actioned in the following ways:

3.1 Families participate in decisions affecting their child.

3.2 The organisation engages and openly communicates with families and the community about its child safe approach and relevant information is accessible.

3.3 Families and communities have a say in the development and review of the organisation’s policies and practices.

3.4 Parents, caregivers and the community are informed about the organisation’s operations and governance.

APC advocates for all schools to undertake authentic parent engagement when amending school policy. We encourage schools to engage in robust meaningful discussion that considers the entire school body, especially the dis-empowered or minority voices. This process ensures the protection of children as well as ensuring their wellbeing and agency.

APC is experiencing an increasing number of parents approaching us about procedural fairness in enrolment contract changes. APC recognises and calls out the inherent bias of schools protecting their own interests via enrolment contracts. We urgently call for Citiponte Christian College to familiarise itself with the processes required to uphold the Australian Human Rights Commission's National Principles of Child Safe Organisations and to immediately begin practising these principles in all facets of the college operations.


Citipointe Christian College Enrolment Contract Highlights Discrimination and Lack of Recourse for Parents In Independent Schools

The Australian Parents Council (APC) welcomes today’s decision by Citipointe Christian College to retract the discriminatory enrolment contract it sought to impose on its students and their parents. Earlier this week APC President, Jenni Rickard shared the APC Board’s concerns that the safety and wellbeing of students was not the primary consideration of the College…

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Parents support ‘truth telling’ in Australian Curriculum Review

The Australian Parents Council has firmly backed the focus on ‘truth telling’ and accurate accounts of historical events of the colonisation of Australia in a submission to the current Australian Curriculum Review. ‘APC endorses the findings of ACARA’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Advisory Group for the Cross Curriculum Priorities and fully supports the…

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Parents call for support for non-government schools during Covid-19 crisis to safeguard children’s education

The Federal Government should be supporting non-government schools during the COVID-19 crisis and do everything it can to maintain the stability of education provision in Australia for the sake of students. The last thing that schools, students and parents need right now is further instability. Despite the extra demands distance education is putting on parents,…

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Families forced to home educate during COVID-19 crisis need urgent help

‘The government needs to step up and better support students and their families forced into home learning during the COVID-19 crisis. In a letter to the Education Minister Dan Tehan, the Australian Parents Council (APC) says immediate action is required to help parents, many of whom have lost their jobs, or are taking time off…

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Submission to the review on senior secondary pathways into work, further education and training.

The Australian Parents Council included in it’s submission that: a lack of knowledge and understanding of modern education pathways by parents is acting as a barrier for some students a single numerical ranking does not speak to the holistic achievement of 13 years of schooling. 2019 APC Submission Review into Senior Secondary Pathways

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2019 Parent sentiment survey results

Our survey into communication and relationships between home and school found that parents want more information about the social and emotional progress of their child at school as well as academics. Parents also want to be involved early when there’s a problem. But parents are reluctant to put extra burden on teachers. 2019 Parent Sentiment…

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