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August 2, 2016

ACT Election - we need your help

Council is busy preparing for the ACT Election in October to ensure the best outcome for our schools. We have a list of priority areas we are taking to candidates and will assess the major parties against these and produce an 'Education Report Card' to help guide voters (this one is a draft, awaiting grades!).

We are asking P&Cs to help us distribute this to parents. We sent a mailout about this this week, so keep an eye out for it, or order your copies to distribute via our Election webpage (available from Friday). 

We are also holding an Election Forum on September 1 - a Q&A-style event where you get to quiz candidates on their schools policies. All parents are welcome. Download the poster for details or to share with your school community (in your newsletter, via email, Facebook or whatever you prefer!).

Charity commission information session

For P&Cs who are registered, the Australian Charity and Not-for-profit Commission (ACNC) will be talking to charities about the work of the ACNC, issues facing the sector and how to meet your ACNC obligations, including the Annual Information Statement, at a free information session on August 24. There will be an opportunity for questions. The session will also provide basic financial training, including how to avoid the most common Annual Information Statements errors.

Meet the chief minister for P&Cs and parents

Kim Fischer, ALP candidate for Ginninderra, is organising a Meet the Chief Minister event for parents and P&Cs on Saturday August 20 from 1:30pm - 3pm at Wombats Playschool, Page. It is a chance to discuss ACT government issues with Chief Minister Andrew Barr, meet and mingle with other parents and P&C groups, and discuss how to create the best future for all ACT children. RSVP to Kim by email or call 0402 825 120.

2016 CareersXpo

The annual Canberra CareersXpo is on Wednesday 3 and Thursday 4 August at EPIC. Entry to the CareersXpo is free and everyone is welcome. For more information email Melanie Selems or call 6205 7920.

The CareersXpo will again host WorldSkills Australia’s Try’aSkill. The theme this year has a strong focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) related trade and skill areas. We are very excited to have NAO the Robot travelling from Victoria to introduce more young people to technology and discover the many STEM related pathways. 

Another feature of the 2016 CareersXpo is the inaugural Career Services for Migrants and Refugees stall. The objective of the stall is to create and build meaningful networks so that migrants and refugees can be active in the Canberra community and engage in the workforce. Qualified career practitioners will also be on hand to provide career guidance. This stall is coordinated and sponsored by the ACT Education Directorate. 

I-Day grants

Got a project, idea or celebration to enhance inclusion for International Day of People with Disability (I-Day) on December 3? This year grants for projects and events of up to $5000 each are available to help organisations plan and run events.  Applications close Friday August 19.

Dyslexia survey for parents

Are you a parent or carer for someone with dyslexia? Then this quick survey on the education opportunities for students with dyslexia in Australia needs your input! The survey hopes to assist in improving the learning experiences of children with dyslexia.

Helping people with a disability eat well

Nutrition Australia are holding a free information session for support workers and carers, covering menu planning, and information on transforming nutrition recommendations into practical eating tips for people requiring support. Refreshments provided, and it is a chance to meet others caring for people with a disability and take home your nutrition resource pack. It's on Tuesday August 30 from 10:30am-12noon at the Chifley Health Hub. Register here by August 26 or contact 6162 2583 for more information.

Up-coming Council events

  • Executive meeting, August 9, 7pm.
  • General Meeting, August 23, 6:45 for 7pm start. Ends 9:30pm. 51 Fremantle Drive, Stirling. All welcome.
  • Election Forum! Q&A for ACT candidates (see above). September 1, 6:45 for 7pm start. 51 Fremantle Drive, Stirling. All welcome.
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