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10 June, 2020
P&Cs need to know...

Constitution Workshop

Is your P&C's constitution out of date or no longer reflects current practice? Our practical P&C Constitution Workshop, is specifically aimed at ACT parent associations and will help you review, rewrite or amend your constitution. The workshop is free for you - our members. We will look at the model rules, the ACT Associations Incorporations Act, Council’s sample constitution, and the process of passing an amended constitution through your P&C. It's on Tuesday 30 June, from 7-9:30pm, via Zoom. 
Register here.

Effective P&C Workshops

These Free online workshops are designed to help your P&C meet legal obligations, recruit volunteers, run smoothly and stay on track. From what the P&C is all about and your role in it, to the nitty-gritty of running meetings and handling difficult people, all office bearers are encouraged to come. There will be time for questions and some brain-storming too! This year, in response to your feedback, we are offering two sessions:
PART 1: Roles, goals and responsibilities. Tuesday 21 July, 7-8pm, Via Zoom.
PART 2: Communications, meetings, volunteers & fundraising. Wed 22 July, 7-8:30pm (Zoom).
Details of each session and how to register.

We will also be running a training session focusing on P&Cs as employers and canteen providers - details soon.


Insurance Renewal Questionnaires are now due to Civic Insurance. Treasurers will have received an overdue notice if you are one of the 20 P&Cs who have not returned this vital paperwork. You need to provide as much detail as possible on your expected activities for the next 12 months so that the insurance can be matched to your needs.

Share expertise with other P&Cs

There's now a new place to connect with other ACT P&Cs! Chat about your parent association, share your ideas and expertise, ask questions, and pick others' brains on our Canberra P&C Leaders Facebook Group. Recent discussions have included banking and recommendations, online meetings, setting up class-networks, event ideas and dealing with difficult people.

If you look after your school's uniform shop, there's a special place to chat through the details of that too, and find out how others manage the challenges - ACT School Uniform Shops Facebook group, run by Farrer Primary School's Judi Barton.

Canteens!  Covid safety plans now required

From June 5, all Food Businesses in the ACT are required to have a written Covid Safety Plan, available in the canteen for inspection by Health Protection Services Inspectors. To assist, Council has created this template (word doc) for a simple plan for your canteen - for you to review and modify to reflect your circumstances. This formalises the discussions, considerations and decisions that you no doubt made when reopening your canteen.
You may also find the following further information useful in constructing your plan:
Worksafe ACT cleaning factsheet
Comprehensive Federal Government CovidSafe business planning worksheet

Early learning

Parents and carers of preschoolers and early learners are invited to Council’s Early Learning Committee Meeting, Wednesday 29 July (week 2), online via Zoom. Agenda includes: 
  • early learning parent experiences (your feedback)
  • transition to school forums - online
  • fundraising and volunteer strategies 
Contact the Early Learning Officer 

Volunteer awards

There is still time to nominate someone for a 2020 Volunteering Award - a wonderful way to acknowledge the great work your volunteers do. Nominations close June 30.
Council happenings...

Our activities

In May, Council representatives attended the ACT Government's Select Committee on the COVID-19 pandemic response to voice parent experiences and views. The Committee has now released its interim report, making 15 recommendations. Recommendations 7-14 are relevant to schools and education. 

Katy Haire

At our General Meeting on June 23, our guest speaker will be Katy Haire, Director General of the ACT Education Directorate, who will speak about issues facing schools in light of COVID19 and how parents may be able to assist schools in meeting any future challenges.
To register your attendance for the meeting, please email us, and we will send you the online meeting details.

Upcoming events

  • General Meeting, Tuesday 23 June (Week 9), 6:45 for 7pm start. Ends 9:30pm. All welcome (see above).
  • Constitution Workshop (see item above), online, Tuesday 30 June (week 10), 7-9:30pm.
  • Effective P&C workshop PART 1: Roles, goals and responsibilities. Tuesday 21 July (week 1), 7-8pm, via Zoom
  • Effective P&C workshop PART 2: Communications, meetings, volunteers & fundraising. Wed 22 July (Week 1), 7-8:30pm via Zoom.
  • Workshop: P&Cs as employers and canteen providers. Tuesday 28 July (week 2), 7-8:30pm via Zoom.
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Afters and changes to childcare subsidies

On July 12, parents will go back to paying for their children's care. The Child Care Subsidy will be reintroduced and criteria will be loosened for subsidised care. Families will receive up to 100 hours per fortnight of subsidised care during this period. The sector will also see the JobKeeper payment ended for workers but a support package and transitional funding will last until September 27.

The ACT Education Directorate are supporting OHSC providers through the COVID pandemic by waiving licence fees (rent) until September 2020.

ACARA website - your feedback sought

ACARA, who run the My School website, NAPLAN testing, and Australian Curriculum, want to make sure you can easily access information on their website. They are gathering Feedback on their various websites via surveys, and you are invited to respond: 
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