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February 14, 2017

Handing over your role?

If your role on the P&C is ending, please pass on to your new committee the importance of letting Council know who they are, using our Office Bearers Form. Once this has been completed, we can greet new office bearers, offer assistance, and they will automatically start receiving this bulletin from us. If you no longer wish to receive this email bulletin, please use the 'unsubscribe' link at the bottom.

It is also important to equip your successor with the tools they need for the job. See our sample handover notes for Presidents and Secretaries (sample notes for Treasurers coming soon!) and our Information Sheet on helping new office bearers.

Your AGM

It’s that time of year for most P&Cs – time for the Annual General Meeting (AGM). Council has online resources to help you prepare for, and run, your meeting.

Getting new parents involved in your P&C is vital, especially at this time of year when new committees are being formed. Check out our Information Sheet on Growing your P&C for advice. We also have template letters and brochure which you can adapt to introduce parents at your school to the wonders of your P&C.

After the AGM - the first steps

Are you this year's president, vice-president, secretary or treasurer?  What are your first steps?

Avoiding RSI in kids - free presentation

To kick off the first Council General Meeting this year, we have a presentation from Ann Thomson, Director of the RSI and Overuse Injury Association of the ACT, on avoiding over-use injuries (RSI) in school students. As this topic is likely to be of interest to many parents, feel free to pass it on to parents at your school. You can share the event on Facebook, include it in an email or newsletter to parents (use this template for Council items in your newsletter if you wish).

The meeting is on Tuesday February 28 at 6:45pm for a 7pm start, at the Centre for Teaching and Learning, 51 Fremantle Drive, Stirling. Please RSVP.

After the presentation, we will proceed with our meeting, including discussions on school cooling,  managing violence in schools, relationships between P&Cs and principals and recognising parent volunteers. Agendas have been distributed to P&C office bearers and delegates. All are welcome and there is always time allocated to hearing issues from P&Cs.

Canteen menu workshop

The ACT Nutrition Support Service (Nutrition Australia) is holding a workshop, specifically designed for ACT school canteens, to help inspire healthy menus and help you meet ACT's Food and Drink Policy requirements. It's on February 28 from 3:30-5:30pm in Chifley. It is free, but do register.

Indigenous Youth Parliament

The Australian Electoral Commission is looking for six young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Canberrans to participate in the National Indigenous Youth Parliament in May. It's a great opportunity to meet Australia’s leaders, learn about democracy and have your say on important issues, as well as getting to know other impressive Aborginal and Torres Strait Islander young people from around the country. Applications close Friday, 3 March.

Young Canberran of the year

Nominations are now open for the 2017 Young Canberra Citizen of the Year Award. Nominate an outstanding young Canberran in areas including community work, sport, education, science, culture, the arts and the environment by March 1.

Sporting Schools grants

Sporting Schools is a $160 million Australian Government initiative to get children committed to a lifelong love of sport. Australian primary schools can apply for funding each term to deliver a Sporting Schools activity before, during or after school hours using one of the NSO partners.

Up-coming Council events

  • Executive Meeting, February 21, 7pm (note change of date).
  • General Meeting, February 28, 6:45 for 7pm start. Includes presentation on avoiding RSI in kids. Ends 9:30pm. 51 Fremantle Drive, Stirling. All welcome!
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