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5 June, 2019
P&Cs need to know...

Violence in Schools project - Ideas Xchange Workshops 12 - 17 June

Council and the ACT Education Directorate are calling for parents and carers' experience and insights to test and provide feedback on the suggestions and ideas to reduce and better respond to violence in our schools. Attendees of previous workshops are encouraged to attend but if you were not able to make one of those workshops, these sessions are a great opportunity to have your say.

For more information on this project see our recent ParentACTion article.

Dates and times: 

Wednesday 12 June, 6.45 - 8.30pm

Thursday 13 June, 8:00 – 9:30am

Thursday 13 June, 3:45 – 5:30pm

Friday 14 June, 9:45 - 11:30am

Monday 17 June, 6:45 -8:30pm

Location: Centre for Teaching and Learning, 51 Fremantle Drive, Stirling


Parents welcome new schools but teacher librarians still missing

Council welcomes the announcement of funding for accommodating growth in the inner north and Belconnen and also the announcement of two new schools in Gungahlin. However, we noted that there was no committment to properly staff school libraries.

See council's media release here.


Insurance Renewals

All P&Cs should have filled in and returned their Insurance renewal forms from Civic Insurance Brokers. If you have not yet received your insurance questionnaire please contact Civic Insurance Brokers on 6262 6115 as its possible they do not have your current committee contact details.

Civic Insurance Brokers will then process your forms and send you an invoice for your insurance fees.

Council Affiliation Fees

We apologise to members for the delay in sending out 2019-20 affiliation fee invoices. We are processing the figures now and you should receive your invoices next week. Payment will now be due on 31 July. 
Council happenings...

Bus Network. 

We are continuing to collect and collate parent feedback on problems and concerns with the bus network. We have been liaising with Minister Fitzharris's Office on this issue and aim to present all of the feedback to Transport Canberra via the School Transport Liaison Committee shortly. Please keep your feedback coming to the Council Office.

Constitution Workshop - New Date 30 July

Is your P&Cs constitution out of date? This hand-on workshop will help you work through the process of updating and amending your constitution to better reflect the current working of your P&C.This hands-on workshop is designed to help P&Cs review, rewrite or amend their constitutions. We will look at the Model rules for ACT association constitutions, the ACT Associations Incorporations Act, Council’s sample constitution for P&Cs and the process of passing an amended constitution through your P&C.

7pm-9:30pm, Headley Beare Centre for Teaching and Learning, 51 Fremantle St, Stirling. Click here to register.

Early Learning Sub Committee Meeting 7pm Thursday 27 June

Preschool Parent Associations and Early Learning Subcommittees

Do your parents know that they are a member of the P&C Council?

Council’s Early Learning Committee invites interested parents and carers to our term two meeting. You can join our agenda discussions or simply listen to concerns, developments and expectations regarding early childhood education and care issues. Please contact Marina Spurgin, the Early Learning Officer, if there’s something you’d like included in the agenda.

As well as previous business issues and updates, the Meeting will address

  • local data profiles and indicators within ACT communities, how it informs activities
  • the ‘guide for PPAs’ transitioning to subcommittees of their P&Cs,
  • preschool committees - prioritising and planning,
  • questions around the 2020 implementation of preschool for 3YO’s in the ACT
  • preschools and quality regulations


Early Learning Committee Meeting (term 2)
Thursday 27 June, 6.45 for 7pm start, Maitland House, 100 Maitland Street, Hackett.

Upcoming events

  •  Executive Meeting, Tuesday 11 June, 7pm start
  • Violence in Schools Project workshops, 12-18 June,  (various times)
  • Council Hot Topics Meeting, 25 June, 7pm start, Hedley Beare Centre for Teaching & Learning, 51 Fremantle Drive, Stirling. 
  • Early Learning Sub Committee Meeting, Thursday 27 June, 7pm start, Maitland House, 100 Maitland Street, Hackett. All interested parents are welcome to attend.
You might be interested...


There are a couple of grants on offer at the moment: 

Youth InterACT Scholarships - Provides funding for individual young people aged 12 to 25 who wish to attend an activity of a learning capacity, sporting, conferences, personal or career development through participation in various activities, events or courses.

The Propeller Fund - Distributes $500 per week to young Australian changemakers.

Details of these grants can be accessed through the Grant Hub. Council and its members have access to this website which contains the details of grants available to school communities and community groups. Contact us to get the login and password. 

Are you rethinking your school canteen?

There are a number of options in the ACT you could consider. These include using an external canteen provider, an onsite business, a hub service from another school or a local food business.


There is also now more support available for P&Cs who want to continue running their canteen.


ACT Health’s Fresh Tastes team can provide your school with more information to help decide. Contact them to talk through the options on 02 5124 9516 or email

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