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July 19, 2016

ACT election

Now that the Federal Election is over, Council is turning the focus to the ACT Government election in October this year. We are busy arranging meetings with candidates to discuss the priorities of public school parents. We have identified the following  five priority areas as they have been a major focus of Council activities and discussions at our meetings recently:
  • support for every student
  • safe school roads
  • strong parent bodies
  • better facilities
  • co-ordinated management
We will be talking to candidates about the needs of public schools in these areas and asking them to commit to essential improvements. You can find the details of what we are asking for and our plans for the election on our 2016 election web page.

Conflict resolution training

Managing conflict, personality clashes, or ‘difficult’ people, is something that P&Cs need help with from time to time. To help, Council is holding a Conflict Resolution Training session, using external trainers, which P&C office bearers can attend. These courses usually cost $660 per person but Council has been able to negotiate a great price and is able to meet all the costs, making attendance free for P&C Office Bearers (maximum one per school). 

The training is booked for Friday, 29 July, from 9am - 4:30pm at 100 Maitland Street, Hackett (Council Office).  Places are strictly limited and will be filled on a first-come basis. If you wish to attend please contact us.

More training available

ACTCOSS, the ACT Council of Social Service, runs low-cost training courses which may be of interest to P&C office bearers, including: Council is a member of ACTCOSS, so your P&C receives member rates, as part of Council. Providing training is a great way for P&Cs to show they value their volunteers, and helps encourage others to put their hands up!

Food Safety Supervisor course

Nutrition Australia is once again running their Nationally Recognised Food Supervisor Training, specially tailored to school canteens. The training is on Tuesday August 2, from 9:30am to 4:30pm at the Chifley Health and Wellbeing Hub and costs $220. Register online, by email, or phone 6162 2583 by July 28.

Treasurer Awards

The Commonwealth Bank is helping to recognise the great job that P&C treasurers do with their Not-for-Profit Treasurers' Awards. You can nominate your treasurer to receive a certificate of appreciation, and treasurers can win $5000 for the P&C by sharing their best ideas on keeping the finances or recruiting the next treasurer. Applications close July 29.

IKEA Community Grants

IKEA's Living Local Community Grants provide a $8,000 IKEA makeover to a worthy organisation. This  comprises IKEA products, home furnishing advice and IKEA staff volunteers to bring it all together. Two runners-up also receive a $1,000 IKEA gift card. Projects need to be submitted online. Winners are then chosen by online voting. Applications are due Sunday 27th November.

Careers Expo

The annual Canberra CareersXpo  is a great opportunity for students, parents and carers to explore career and post-school options. There will be over 80 local and national exhibitors, including universities, colleges and career placement organisations providing a wide range of information. At the hands-on Try'aSkill exhibition you can talk with experts who are recognised as leaders in their trade, as well as apprentices and teachers. It's on at Exhibition Park in Mitchell on August 3 and 4.

Community consultation on smoke-free playgrounds

The ACT Government is seeking your feedback on a proposal to impose a 10 metre smoke-free area around play equipment in public playgrounds and play spaces. You can read the discussion paper, then fill in the questionnaire, or provide written or verbal (call  6205 1705 ) feedback by August 11.

Wanted: host families for international students

The Education Directorate is looking for Canberra families willing to open their homes to international students and provide them a nurturing place to live during their stay in Canberra. Living with a homestay host family helps bridge the cultural and language gap, giving students the opportunity to experience the life with an Australian family, and the homestay family gains a greater understanding of cultural diversity. The Directorate is currently experiencing a shortage of homestay host families. Contact Nicole King for more information.

LEGO workshops for schools

Systemic Innovations deliver LEGO Education Learning Programs to schools, after school care programs and school holidays workshops. These programs are closely aligned to the Australian Curriculum and focus on the elements of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). Children learn through building and creating with LEGO! Their school incursions involve hour-long workshops for up to 30 children and are designed to be run over 10 weeks (one-off workshop also available). They offer age-appropriate programs for grades K-7. For more information email or phone Andrew on 0425364662.

Up-coming Council events

  • Note the General Meeting previously scheduled for July 26 has been cancelled.
  • Council Executive Meeting, August 9, 7pm.
  • General Meeting and Policy Conference, Tuesday August 23, 6:45 for 7pm start. Ends 9:30pm, 51 Fremantle Drive Stirling. All Welcome.
  • Election Forum, the evening of Thursday September 1. All welcome. Save the date!
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