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13 July, 2021
P&Cs need to know...

Grant writing training

Grants can be a great source of funds for your P&C and projects. Increase your chance of success with our workshop!
It's designed specifically for P&Cs and run by experienced grant-getters!

It's online (via Zoom) 7-9pm on Tuesday 20 July (Week 2). More information and registration here!

COVID changes - schools & parents

The Education Directorate has updated their parent FAQ and 'COVID placemat' (which you should have received through your school). Essentially, the main changes are:

All adult visitors strongly encouraged to check in with the Check In CBR App whenever entering school grounds (this includes when you are only dropping off or picking up students). We have asked schools to provide parents with QR codes (and the corresponding 6-digit code) in newsletters and social media so that you don't have to queue to scan the codes at entrances. Parents may find it more convenient to take their own printed QR code, or use the 'Enter Code Manually' option on the App and simply type in the school's unique 6 digit code. Students do not need to check in.

Masks are not required at school for staff, students or visitors, unless you are under a 'Stay at Home' order. On excursions or public transport where physical distancing is not possible, masks are encouraged.

If you returned from NSW or a hot spot during the school holidays, see the FAQ page for detailed information about whether your child can attend school and whether they will need to wear a mask.

New Bus requirements: From noon Thursday July 15, Students 16 years and over must use the Check In CBR app on every bus and light rail service (includes school services). 

COVID regulations - P&C activities

All P&C activities (including meetings) still require a written COVID safe plan and that all attendees use the Check In CBR App to sign in. P&Cs do not need to apply for a QR code - use the one provided by the venue (eg the school).
We have a (newly updated) TEMPLATE P&C COVID-safe plan (doc) that you can adapt for your association's needs. Everything is detailed on our COVID Information page.

COVID regulations - canteens

As a food business, your canteen must still have and follow a written COVID safe plan.

From noon, 15 July, using the Check In CBR will become mandatory for any adult who enters the canteen. This includes all staff, volunteers, and any delivery drivers. They should sign in on the Check In CBR App as they enter school grounds, or do so at the canteen. Canteen staff must use their "best endeavours" to ensure that all adult visitors have signed in. This could include asking all visitors, actively monitoring points of entry, displaying a poster like this one, assisting people who don’t have a smartphone or data on their device by checking them in as a guest on their own device. Use the school's QR code.

We have updated our Canteen COVID safe plan TEMPLATE (doc) to include a new section on checking in to reflect this change in regulations. 

School Boards

The Education Directorate wants P&C feedback on the recent changes to the membership and election processes for School Boards. Your principal will have received access to a survey that P&Cs are asked to complete - perhaps at your next meeting. You should hear shortly from your principal about this. If not, please let us know. 

Hazardous materials

There is now a dedicated part of Education Directorate website for information on the management of hazardous materials such as lead paint and asbestos in our schools, which should answer most parent questions on this important subject. There is also a long list of related works at schools each school holidays. School-specific information is also coming to your school website over the coming weeks and months with details of the location of any hazardous materials on your school grounds. 

Say thanks to your principal

If you are looking for an excuse to acknowledge the endless work and dedication of your school's principal, jump on board National Primary Principals Day on August 6. With all the ups and downs of the past year or so, many of us have a new appreciation of the valuable roll that school leaders play in their communities.

You could hold a morning tea, say a few words on behalf of the P&C at an assembly, simply write a thank you card or commission pictures from the students. It could go a long way in reminding Principals why they love doing what they do. You can share your actions via #principalsday2021

HKA membership (canteens) - have your say

Many of our P&Cs with canteens are members of the Healthy Kids Association. If your P&C is a past or present member, here's the chance to have your say about the membership program and how it could be improved - just take the 5 minute survey. As a bonus, you can go into the draw to win one of two $50 supermarket vouchers after you're done.
In case you missed it...

Including more people in your P&C

How can you keep your P&C doors open to all parents?  Melissa Lee from the Council Office attended ACT Volunteering’s workshop on Inclusive Volunteering for Organisations and shares her learnings in this article.
Council happenings...

Join us - Early Learning meeting 

The Early Learning Committee meets on Thursday 29 July, online via zoom at 7.30pm. This term we're talking about Early Learning Matters Week and strategies (+resources) to engage with parents of early learners.
To register: Meeting Registration - Zoom  A confirmation email will be sent after registration. Contact Marina, Early Learning Officer

Canteen subcommittee meeting

The first meeting of our re-ignited Canteen subcommittee was a great success in the last week of term. There was lots of discussion about Flexischools, canteen issues and waste reduction. Plus plenty of valuable advice and expertise shared. It's not too late to join the subcommittee - just email us. And you can check out the meeting minutes and associated resources

No July General Meeting

Council's scheduled General Meeting on July 27 has been cancelled. Our next chance to get together to discuss school and P&C issues is August 24. If you have something you'd like to put on the agenda, contact Terry

Upcoming events

  • Grant writing workshop (see top item), Tuesday 20 July (Week 2), 7-9pm online
  • Executive Meeting, Tuesday July 27 (week 3), 7pm start
  • Early Learning Committee meeting, Thursday 29 July (Week 3), online from 7.30pm.
  • General Meeting, Tuesday 24 August (Week 7), 7pm online via Zoom
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Local learning - revitalising an ancient Aboriginal snow song

This story from ABC radio - and song - is well worth a listen. Find out how a small group of Ngarigu people and academic colleagues have been working hard to revitalise an ancient snow making song, along with the local language. Along the way you can learn about local place names and their origins and meaning (Cooma, Jindabyne, the Snowy Mountains).

Languages video comp!

The ACT Bilingual Education Alliance is running a video competition for students! Team up with someone who speaks another language, film a short video using a language other than English and you could win $100! It could be your family language, a community language, a language that you are learning, or a language that you try out just to make the video.

Myfuture is free for everyone

myfuture is a government-funded service, supported by industry, that supports students to develop the skills and confidence to make more informed career decisions. myfuture’s tools and resources give students the opportunity to learn more about themselves, explore career opportunities, and expand their knowledge about the world of work in a secure, and private space, at their own pace. myfuture is targeted and tailored to the education community, providing users with free access to trusted, impartial and reliable career information based on research and evidence. Students can create their free My career profile to start exploring.
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