I wish all the students heading back to school the best of luck for the year ahead.
In Victoria there are around 990,000 students heading back into the classroom for 2020 this week.
Of those, 82,000 children will begin school for the first time in Prep/Foundation year. To the students heading into their final year of school, I encourage you all to make the most of your education.
Our education system is world class and the Morrison Liberal Government is proud to be delivering record funding of more than $310 billion to all schools with a focus on delivering better outcomes for our children.
I hope every student is ready to study hard and unlock their potential, as well as have fun.
Most children heading to school will have been inundated with images of bushfire and drought across the summer period and some may have been touched by the disasters personally.
Schools are a good place to find support, whether it is access to counselling, a school chaplain or another adult to talk to and I encourage all children to seek support when they need it.
There are a range of resources available for families and students to assist in their return to school, including:
29 January 2020