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March 26, 2014

Information and training sessions

Council is running the following training sessions to help P&Cs. There are more details on our website.

Treasurers' workshop
Thursday March 27, 7pm, Headley Beare Centre for Teaching & Learning, 51 Fremantle Drv, Stirling.
This is a great opportunity for new and current P&C Treasurers to ask questions about any aspect of their role and tasks. We will showing you how to sign up to NSWBuy to get your goods at reduced prices.
Insurance workshop
Thursday April 3, 7pm, Headley Beare Centre for Teaching & Learning, 51 Fremantle Drv, Stirling.
This workshop provides an overview of insurance packages available for P&Cs and how to complete the paperwork. We recommend all Treasurers and Presidents attend.

Please contact us if you wish to attend any of these sessions.

Ask other P&Cs your questions!

Have you ever thought "I wonder how other P&Cs do that"?  Well, now is your opportunity to ask! 
In order to share the vast expertise in our P&Cs, Council is collating a survey. Please ask around your committee for questions which you would like to put to P&Cs at other schools, then send them to us. We will collate them in the following weeks, make the survey available to all P&Cs, and then get back to you with answers to your specific questions.

SunSmart school policy 

At last night's Council meeting, we discussed the lack of  an ETD ACT-wide policy on hats and sunscreen in schools. Primary school delegates confirmed that a “no hat no play” policy was enforced in most schools (ie no hat, then no playing in the sun). However, following Cancer Council advice, this policy did not apply in the winter months. The application of sunscreen to children can not be done by teachers, so parents need to apply their own to their children prior to school. Parents should be aware of the choking danger of hat cords and should ensure they have collapsible cords or bucket hats.

The provision of sun shaded /sheltered areas for students in schools was considered important and should be encouraged by P&Cs. The greatest problem exists in high schools and colleges where students were not inclined to follow the same policy that applied in primary school. The use of school uniform in new high school and colleges may help but the best solution for these schools seems to be the provision of shade and sheltered areas. Cancer education of students could also be useful. 

Protecting students from data mining

The Australian Council of State School Organisations (ACSSO), Council's national counterpart, believes that more needs to be done to protect the digital privacy of our children. They have called for stricter privacy requirements to prevent technology companies from tracking students’ online activities for advertising or other profiling purposes. You can read more on their concerns about companies mining student data in schools here. 

Student principal for a day

On June 4 students across Australia will have the opportunity to step into the shoes of "principal" for a day with this great program run by the Principals Australia Institute. This is great leadership experience for the students and there is a resource kit available for participating schools. Details here.

Parent survey: Cyber-bullying

University reseachers are exploring the incidence of cyber-bullying in Australian youth and how it is managed. They have a short, anonymous online survey and are seeking parents to complete it. Find out more here.

How I get all my students to be good at maths

Parents might be interested in this thought provoking blog post from a maths teacher which contains some excellent advice for parents on how to be part of the solution, not part of the problem.

New 'evidence-based' group

Parents may be interested in a new group (not linked with Council) which has been formed recently, called the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY).  They intend to lobby for and promote "evidence-based programs and strategies to improve the wellbeing of children and youth". 
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