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November 7, 2017

Hand over well

The end of the year isn't far away and if you are not intending on continuing on the P&C, make sure your efforts and knowledge don't go to waste - pass it on! The new 'you' on the committee will Love it when you hand over the job next year, complete with a set of succinct handover notes. If you don't already have notes on how to do your role, you can use our sample handover notes  as a guide, adding the relevant information for your P&C.

Help for young men - Menslink presentation

Come along to our AGM on Tuesday November 28 at 7pm to hear from Martin Fisk, CEO of Menslink ACT, about the issues facing our young men and the support services available for school-aged guys (years 5-12). All parents and carers are welcome and the event is free. All school Delegates should attend the AGM.

Nominate for Council!

At our AGM on Tuesday November 28, we will decide on our new Council Executive Committee and nominate parent reps for Council's many representatives roles. If you are interested in learning more about how schooling works in the ACT and making interesting connections, or have a passion for voicing parent concerns, or interest in a specific area of education, you may want to join us! Our out-going President, John Haydon, wrote about the benefits of being involved in this term's ParentACTion magazine (see page 2).

If you are interested, contact Terry Sanders in the Council office to sort out the nomination process.

Ahead of the AGM, and to learn more about what we do, feel free to peruse our Annual Report.

School libraries matter

The School Library Coalition promotes the importance of school libraries to student learning and mastery of skills they need in our modern world. In many schools across Australia, there is no teacher librarian, and the understanding of how the teacher librarian supports teachers to improve student learning outcomes can be limited. This means that many school communities don’t know what they don’t know about school libraries.
The Coalition has set up a survey for parents to gain insight into the library-related skills students may or may not be learning. Your involvement would be appreciated. It may even lead to you ask how the library is used at your school and provide your feedback directly to the school!

Support transitions for kids on the autism spectrum

A free webinar will focus on four major transitions specific to this time of the school year: the transition to school; the transition to high school; the transition between school grade levels; and the transition to post-school. It's on Thursday November 16, from 1-2pm. Register online or contact Chris Champion (0403 914 480) for more information.

Special needs transport

The Directorate recently mailed out applications for Special Needs Transport for 2018 to families who currently use the service. These applications are due back to the Directorate by November 17. If you have not used the service previously but are interested, you can find the application, guidelines and NDIS questions on the Directorate’s website. Students must be NDIS participants before their application can be processed. For more information contact the Special Needs Transport Coordinator on 6205 9196.

Promote your canteen's healthy food

There is a number of new, exciting and FREE resources which you might like to use in your canteen. 
  • Stickers - We’ve created professional stickers so you can quickly and easily jazz-up your healthy food packaging. Available in a range of colours and wording, see our Canteen Support web page for details and how to request them.
  • Template menu and banner - we’ve created a couple of menu templates for you to fill in and make your own, using the same imagery as the stickers for a professional, co-ordinated look. There is also a Banner template for you to print for the top of your specials board.
  • Posters - ACT Health, in conjunction with a range of stakeholders, have developed fun and attractive posters to encourage students to choose healthy foods. Download and print them from our website.
  • Great recipes with matching images - Healthy Kids Association have created a selection of delicious recipes paired with professional pictures to add to your menu. Several recipes also come with a video so it is easy for your volunteers to create the same dish, at a high standard, every time.

eSharing personal images

The ACT has recently introduced new offences under the Crimes Act 1900 (ACT) for sharing and threatening to share intimate images. While it can be challenging for parents to talk about, it is important that young people understand that sharing and threatening to share intimate images in the ACT is a crime.  The eSafety Commissioner provides a wealth of resources and advice for parents and carers to promote the online safety of children and young people. Their image-based abuse portal has information about the issue and what to do if affected by image sharing.

Supporting refugee students with school transitions

Perfect for teachers and school leaders, this forum will provide ideas for assisting students from a refugee background with successful school transitions. Keynote speaker Dorothy Hoddinott of Holroyd High School has guided and supported hundreds of students from refugee backgrounds for more than two decades. It is on Monday November 13 from 5 – 7pm at Telopea Park School's hall. All are welcome, simply RSVP.

Canteen Manager - position vacant

Monash School P&C is seeking a motivated and highly organised canteen manager from the beginning of 2018. The canteen operates 5 days a week, is fully compliant with the ACT Public School Food and Drink Policy 2015 and uses Flexischools online ordering. See here for details on the position, selection criteria and how to apply.

First Aid Certificate for P&C members

The Healthy Schools Network (of which Council is a member) has arranged a first aid course suitable for parents to be conducted 9am to 1pm on Tuesday February 13 next year, at a reduced cost of $100 (normally $150 to $250) at the National Hockey Centre, Lyneham.

Spaces are limited to 20, so if you are interested, register now. In completing the registration, you will be asked for a USI (Unique Student Identifier) number but if you do not have one just enter “NA”. Also, you will be asked AVETMISS questions. AVETMISS is a government database on VET training to which all registered training organisations must report. If you have any difficulties completing the online form, contact Bradley Close (62475115).

Up-coming Council events

  • Executive meeting, 7pm, November 14
  • Council Annual General Meeting and presentation from Menslink ACT CEO Martin Fisk, Tuesday Nov 28, 6:45 for 7pm start. Ends 9:30pm. 51 Fremantle Drive, Stirling.
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