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16 August, 2022
P&Cs need to know...
Parent Webinar

Parents with a child starting preschool or kindy next year can begin planning to support a positive transition to the new school setting. If you’re looking for practical tips and a better understanding of how to support educational transitions, register for this free, one hour webinar.

Supporting children through their early education transitions helps them to become secure, confident learners, ready to engage with educators and peers.

It's on Thursday 15 September, 7:30-8:30pm. Register for the Starting School Webinar.

Please help us spread the word!
Term 3 school arrangements

We have updated our COVID information page to reflect the current restrictions for P&C activities - check out the details for P&C meetings and fundraising (there are no changes for uniform shop and canteen this term).

Because schools are still under pressure from staff absences, Council is asking that P&Cs be mindful of teacher workloads and work collaboratively to support them. For example: 
  • only P&C activities which DO NOT require teacher time should go ahead
  • activities which require help from other school staff (eg the front office collecting money, orders or raffle tickets) should be kindly discussed with the school first
  • note that things can change quickly - an activity that seemed ok to proceed may be subject to last-minute cancelation.
Fundraising resources

Just a reminder about our P&C Fundraising page!
You'll find a range of resources, including:
  • regulations you need to comply with when running common fundraisers (eg raffles)
  • examples of successful fundraisers by other P&Cs
  • resources to help you keep it healthy
  • COVID-friendly ideas
Volunteering awards

Nominations for the 2022 Canberra region Volunteering Awards are now open! 
It's a great opportunity to nominate an individual volunteer at your P&C or a whole volunteer team!
Funding reusables for your canteen

Some P&C-run canteens are wanting to move away from disposable containers and cutlery, but lack the funds for purchasing suitable replacements - and a commercial dishwasher to wash them in!  Well, we have good news! The Education Directorate have confirmed that a school's solar feed-in tariff proceeds may be used to fund such items which will reduce waste in schools. A feed-in tariff application form would be needed from the school.
Come along to our Canteen Sub Committee Meeting (see below) for the details or contact our office.
The long read...
Our Term 3 member magazine!

Term 3 ParentACTion Magazine is now ready for you to read!

It is full of articles specifically for P&Cs. Including:
  • Election day stalls - pics & stories from P&Cs!
  • Special Lunches - tips for a great day (& raising funds)
  • Celebrating our Friend of Public Education!
  • Macgregor Primary P&C's BINGO night fundraiser
  • Explaining school allied health services
Council happenings
Education Stakeholder Roundtable

To discuss the impact of COVID in public schools, Council asked for a Roundtable discussion with all education stakeholders. This took place last week, and Council representatives were pleased to have an opportunity to voice parents views and concerns. We expressed how concerned parents are about disruptions to their children's learning and wellbeing - from split classes to learning from home - and potential learning gaps from years of disruptions. We asked that communications to parents, and what channels are preferred, be looked at more closely, and insisted that ILPs, where they are in place, must continued to be followed despite the current situation. Come along to our August meeting (see below) to hear more!
Upcoming General Meeting

Come along to our August meeting to hear more about current teacher availability and the impact on schools from the Education Directorate's Mark Huxley. We'll also report on the Education Stakeholder Roundtable and how Council voiced parent needs and views. 

We'd love your input on the shape and timing of our meetings for next year and, as always, there is time to discuss issues from your school.

It's online, Tuesday 23 August (Week 6), 7-9pm.  Register here to receive the Zoom link: 
Upcoming meeting: Early Childhood

Council's next Early Learning Sub Committee meeting is this Thursday 18 August, 7:30-8:30pm. The subcommittee provides a forum for EL parent communities in ACT public schools.

Come along to hear about and discuss:
  • Grant application templates for funding 'welcome' events
  • Feedback from early learning communities
  • Starting School Parent Webinar
  • ACT Early Learning strategy update - reform agreement
  • Play resources
Register here. For more information contact
Upcoming meeting: Canteens

Our Canteen Sub Committee is meeting on Wednesday 31 August (Week 7), from 7-8:30pm.
Come along to hear back on Council's work on canteen issues that members highlighted in previous meetings, to chat about canteens, or to ask the experts in the room questions about yours!  Register for the Zoom meeting.
Upcoming Council events
  • Early Learning Committee meeting, Thursday August 18, (Week 5), 7:30pm . Register.
  • Council General Meeting, Tuesday 23 August, 7pm (Week 6). Register.  All welcome.
  • Canteen Subcommittee meeting, Wednesday 31 August, 7pm (Week 7). Register.
  • Starting School Webinar, Thursday 15 September (Week 9), 7:30-8:30pm. Register
For parents
Financial support for families

The ACT Government has launched a new Equity Fund to give a one-off payment to help families provide all the things children need to learn and fully participate in school life.

Families with a Centrelink or Healthcare card can apply online.

Please help us spread the word to families at your school.
Help your teen with career planning

The Education Directorate and Canberra Institute of Technology are again presenting free workshops for parents and carers. Hear from experienced career practitioners with useful career information, resources, and strategies to start career conversations with your young person. Choose from an online or in-person session:
In person:
Wednesday 17 August, 5-7pm
Canberra Careers Expo (EPIC)
Sign up

Tuesday 23 August, 6-7pm
Sign up
Container Deposit Scheme School Survey
Extended to 14 August!

School staff and parents are asked to to complete a short survey about the ACT Container Deposit Scheme (CDS). This will help inform improvements to CDS school information sessions and engagement activities.
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