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November 26, 2014

AGM votes in new Executive Committee

Thanks to everyone who put their hand up for an executive role at our AGM last night. Our new committee was voted in:
President: John Haydon
Vice-presidents: Amanda Bichard and Hugh Boulter
Treasurer: Matt Williams 
Secretary: Cecilia Shlegel 
Assistant Secretary: Matt Williams
Committee members: Melissa Hankinson, Michael Rush and Andrew Bidwell.

Many thanks to our outgoing committee for all their work, and special thanks to Viv Pearce for her dedication to the roll of president over the past 3 years.

Hurry while offer lasts!  

There is still time to put your hand up for an online ordering system for your canteen, with Council picking up the bill. P&Cs have until December 17 to let our office know that you would like to take up the offer to install the Flexischools system to help streamline the canteen's operations and increase sales. You can find out more about the offer on our canteen support page.  

Healthy Kids memberships will be paid by Council

Council's partnership with the Healthy Kids Association (HKA) has proven to be of great assistance to our members running canteens. This year, Council paid for P&C-run canteens to be HKA members, giving them access to canteen business advice, workshops, menu ideas and a new ACT-specific section of the HKA website. Council will again fund memberships next year, so all P&C-run canteens can continue to access these services.

Several schools have had HKA business reviews which find ways to improve canteen operations and profits. HKA then assist with implementing the changes. In one case, a canteen saw sales double within 18 months of the business review!

Canteen menu and food safety workshop

Specially designed for ACT school canteen managers, staff and volunteers, this free workshop from Nutrition Australia will inspire healthy menus and help you ensure your canteen is meeting food safety requirements. The workshop will run in two sections, one on menus and the other on food safety, and you can come to one or both. It's on the afternoon of December 8. Details are here.

Social media and your P&C

Are you thinking of using social media for your P&C? Benefit from the experience of others by taking a look at the article from our Term 4 ParentACTion magazine on how Facebook has become essential to the Harrison School P&C. Check your P&C in-tray at school for the magazine today!

Good habits for life

The ACT Government has launched a new campaign to help parents with children under eight to eat well, move more and get into life. A key part of the campaign is the Good Habits for Life website where you can complete a quiz (register first) to develop a program of tips and challenges to improve your family's habits, and find practical information, programs and resources to improve your lifestyle. The resources include a habit tracker, a range of games and activities, and even menu and shopping planning tools.

Children's use of technology: survey

Researchers at Curtin University want to hear from parents of 0-5 year olds to find out more about their use of electronic devices. Surprisingly, there is very little detailed information available about the current use of electronic devices by young children. You can help change this by filling in this short online survey.

Educators recognised

Congratulations to the Education and Training Directorate employees below who were recently recognised in the ACT Public Service Awards for Excellence.
  • Ms Lynne Kowalik, Music Teacher at Arawang Primary School, was the winner for the category of Collaboration for her passion and leadership in music education, resulting in exceptional opportunities being offered to young people.  
  • Ms Celia Stott, Executive Teacher in Humanities at Narrabundah College, was nominated in the category of Collaboration for her innovative programs and collaborative partnerships in taking learning beyond the classroom.
  • Mr David Seal, Training and Tertiary Education Branch, was nominated in the category of Innovation for designing and building an employment and hours tracking system which has led to efficiencies across the Directorate.
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