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Annual General Meeting

Council’s Annual General Meeting was held last night (Tuesday 26 November). Thank you to everyone who came along and those who volunteered for a role with Council this year. Congratulations to our returning Executive Officers, and new members voted in last night:

President: Vivienne Pearce
Vice-President: John Haydon
Treasurer: Hugh Boulter
Secretary: Cecilia Shlegel
Executive Members: Graeme Evans, Donna Reed, Joan Kellett, Matt Williams, Jo Lewis, Karen McLoughlin, Kim Fritsche and Harriet Adams.

Council's Annual Report is available on our website.

Food safety at school events

Food safety requirements for sausage sizzles and other community events have been in the headlines lately. New regulations mean that if your P&C handles food more than five times a year, you will need to appoint food safety supervisors.  Despite reports that community organisations may yet be made exempt from these regulations, Council recommends that P&Cs observe the guidelines in the ACT Health Directorate's comprehensive booklet on food stalls and have parents complete the Directorate's free online training.

Give a 'Gonski'

Council has supported the Gonski school funding model which the federal government had been working towards. This week, we were disappointed to hear Education Minister Christopher Pyne announce that the funding model will be abandoned. His announcement is seen by many as breaking an election promise. An online petition is urging the Minister to honour the Gonski funding reforms.

Teaching Excellence: Helping students from refugee backgrounds

Winners of the Recognition of Excellence in ACT Schools Awards for best practice with students from asylum seeker and refugee backgrounds were announced last week. Council was proud to co-sponsor the awards. 

Companion House has compiled a list of useful tips for teachers working with migrant communities, which are well worth circulating within your school community.

Who can help? Disability Resources for Young People in the ACT

Council's disability booklet has been reprinted! We have many more copies in our office available for P&Cs. Please contact our office to arrange delivery to your school.

Wanted: your views on childcare and early childhood learning

The Federal Productivity Commission is undertaking a public inquiry into future options for childcare and early childhood learning (including out of school hours care). The focus is to develop a system that supports workforce participation while addressing children’s learning and development needs. The Australian Council of State School Organisations provides details on several ways in which interested individuals can have their say.

Open learning in a socially connected world

Join highly regarded educator David Price, OBA, for this informative address at 1pm on Sunday December 8. His talk will highlight the challenges facing parents and educators in how to best prepare children for a future where we cannot predict what jobs will exist. Cost is $25.  Get more information and book online here.

Updates to website

Council's new-look website was launched last week and we are still busy updating and improving it. We would love your feedback on how to make it a great resource for P&Cs. Drop in and take a look!
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