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25 July 2018
P&Cs need to know...

Photo Competition!

Pull out your phones and cameras! Mobilise your school's keen photographers!
We are excited to announce Council's Photo Competition for parent associations - you won't want to miss out on the prizes! There are CASH prizes of $500 and $250 for the two photographs which best and most creatively illustrate what P&Cs do and how they contribute to our schools. Plus eight lucky draw prizes of a fabulous CountRight coin counting tray - the more times you enter, the more chance you have of winning!

Find the details, entry portal, terms &conditions, and tips for photographing kids here.

Listening to Tuggeranong

We want to know more about what parents see as the joys, difficulties and needs of public schools in Tuggeranong. So we will be holding our August General Meeting in Tuggeranong - the first stop on our ‘listening tour’ - and all parents are invited. It’s on Tuesday 28 August at the Centre for Innovation & Learning at Caroline Chisholm School (108 Hambidge Cres), starting at 7pm.

Please join us and share your experiences, views and ideas so that we can represent them in our regular discussions with the Education Minister and Education Directorate.

Please also help us spread the word so that we can hear from as many parents as possible. You can use this flyer/poster or our Facebook event.

Contemplating P&Cs

The way in which parent associations formally operate has changed little in decades, despite changes in lifestyles over this time. This has led Council to review the structures surrounding how parents are involved in our schools. Do we need to change? We'd love your input via our Business Model Survey. Please complete it, even if you filled in a paper version last year.  Discussions about possible models will be a major component of our September meeting.

Draft bus network

Transport Canberra have announced a draft new public transport network for 2019. Many schools will have dedicated school buses replaced with regular services.

Council would encourage all parents to look at the new network and provide feedback to the ACT Government during the consultation period. You can view the proposed services for each school. Feedback can be provided via the YourSay website. Council is preparing a submission on the changes and would also like to hear how your school and community will be affected (please email).


Several P&Cs have investigated options for better arrangements for beginning-of-year Bookpacks including running it as a fundraiser for the P&C. This was discussed at our last meeting and you can see the options which other schools are considering or using here. Thanks to our wonderful volunteers for sharing!
Council happenings...

Meeting summary

Council's final meeting for Term 2 was an informative one, starting with an address by the ACT Education Minister, Yvette Berry. There were also lively discussions about NAPLAN, school bookpacks and the Directorate's SENTRAL administration system. You can find a summary of the discussions, plus information for distribution requested at the meeting (eg on bookpacks) here.

Upcoming events

  • General Meeting - 'Listening to Tuggeranong'. Tuesday 28 August May, Centre for Innovation & Learning at Caroline Chisholm School (108 Hambidge Cres), 7pm. All welcome.
  •  Executive Meeting, Tuesday 14 August 7pm start.
In case you missed it...

Schools for All

If you have been following the progress of the Education Directorate's Schools for ALL initiative, you may be interested in the 2017 End of Year Report which has just been released. The Directorate says:

"As a system, we focused on the implementation and embedding of the recommendations of the Expert Panel Report in order to meet the needs of children and young people who present with complex needs and challenging behaviours, including disability. Most importantly we continued our ambitious, evidence based, and single-minded focus on systemic cultural change.
The Report provides our community with practical examples of achievements and shares ‘real’ stories from across Canberra’s schools, demonstrating the program has led to systemic and cross sectoral cultural change, more than just the delivery of the 50 recommendations."
You might be interested...

Dyslexia awareness day for your school?

The Code Red Dyslexia Network is raising awareness of this common learning difficulty by encouraging schools to hold a STEM-related Paper Plane Challenge Day during October. There are great suggestions for how your school can be involved which create both understanding about dyslexia and fun learning opportunities for everyone. Your school could also win one of 4 Drones!  Find out how to Get Onboard.

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children's Day

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day is a time for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families to celebrate the strengths and culture of their children. This day is an opportunity for all Australians to show their support for Indigenous children and to learn about the crucial impact that community, culture and family play in the life of every Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child. It is celebrated on August 4th every year for further information please visit

Free gym access for young women

The Federal Department of Health’s Girls Make Your Move campaign is currently offering girls aged 14–25 FREE access to gyms across Australia (10 free sessions). In the ACT, Fernwood, and Fitness-First gyms are participating. Research shows that 9 in 10 Australian young people don’t move enough and girls are twice as likely as boys to be inactive during their teen years – that’s why the campaign is working to encourage girls to get moving.

Helping your kids with careers

The Federal Education Department has developed an Assist your child page as part of the myfuture web site. It contains many articles with tips and advice for parents and carers to assist their child with their career development.

The ACT Government is holding a Disability Employment Provider Expo where you can meet a range of organisations which can assist with future employment options. It's on Friday 3 August, 9am-2pm at the Centre for Teaching and Learning, 51 Fremantle Drive, Stirling. More info from the Inclusion team: email/62053629.

Kids ethics podcasts

Parents may be interested in a new series of ABC's Short & Curly podcast -  a fun ethics based podcast for kids and their parents (see also iTunes.)
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