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6 August, 2019
P&Cs need to know...

'Book swap' and audit workshop

Council is facilitating a 'book swap' scheme for small P&Cs (gross receipts less than $400,000 pa; fewer than 1000 members; no liquor licence) whereby two treasurers audit each other's books to avoid paying for expensive auditors. We provide training to show treasurers how to do a minimal audit of the P&C's accounts with whom they have 'swapped' books. If you're interested, our audit workshop is a must. It's on Thursday 12 September, from 7-9pm at the Centre for Teaching and Learning, Stirling. Find out more and register.

After school care - your feedback requested

The Education Directorate are embarking on a new tender process for After School Care providers, so Council is interested in parent's experiences of these important services. We would like to know  -  as a user of After School Care, how do you give feedback to the Before/After School Care provider at your school?
 Talk to staff at sign in or sign out
 In writing or by email to the provider
 At a P&C meeting
 In writing or email to the school
 Talking to the school
 Activities and suggestions board (program planning)


A couple of grants which may be of interest to P&Cs are currently available. See also our tips for grant applications.

Local Schools Community Fund. The Australian Government is providing up to $200,000 in each federal electorate to schools for small scale projects that benefit students. Each MP will assess applications in their electorate. Council contacted the ACT MPs' offices and all will be sending out letters to schools shortly. If your P&Cs does not see these, please check with the school or contact your local MP's office directly to find out more about how to apply.

I-Day Grants to assist individuals and community organisations to run events for the International Day of People with Disability (I-Day; 3 December) are now available. Apply online before August 26.

Transition to Kindergarten

Please share this event with preschool parents at your school.
Council happenings...

Upcoming events

  • Executive Meeting, Tuesday 13 August (week 4), 7pm start.
  • General Meeting including presentation about the Positive Behaviours for Learning framework in schools, Tuesday 27 August (week 6) 6:45 for 7pm start. Ends 9:30pm. 51 Fremantle Drive, Stirling. All welcome.
  • Audit Workshop, Thursday 12 September, 7-9pm,  51 Fremantle Drive, Stirling. See above.
  • Transition to Kindy Forum  - tips for parents from experts for a smooth transition - Tuesday 17 September (week 9), 7- 8.30pm, 51 Fremantle Drive, Stirling.
You might be interested...

High school scholarships for girls

The Harding Miller Education Foundation offers scholarships to female students in Australian public schools, focusing on financial hardship and learning potential. Each scholarship is valued at $20,000 over four years and provides critical resources and support to enable scholars to excel. Apply online by 22 September.

Youth mental health review and consultation 

The ACT Children and Young Person Review into youth mental health and well-being is currently investigating the mental health landscape in the ACT. They want to hear your thoughts on the current state of mental health and well-being (including prevention, education and services) for children and young people 0-25 years, via a targeted questionnaire (8 minutes): For parents/carers; for 18-25 year olds; or, for children aged 17 and under. 

Consultation workshops are also running during August - details and signup here.

Resilience documentary screening 

APFACTs is screening the documentary Resilience: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope for interested parents on Thursday night , August 8. The documentary delves into the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences. Understanding this vital information informs outcomes from a public health perspective and impacts on many things from heart disease cancer to substance abuse, depression and behaviour. APFACTS will be collecting donations for Mental Illness Education ACT (MIEACT) on the night in lieu of tickets. More information and registration.

My future 

Young people need a range of information to help them prepare for the different stages of a job search. The National Careers Information Service, myfuture, has collated some resources that will help them to find and gain a job including resume templates, cover letters and tips for successful job interviews. View Job search resources.
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