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August 1, 2017

P&Cs, reporting obligations & charity status

If your P&C is a registered charity, you have considered registering, or you just want to make sure you understand the recent changes to reporting for P&Cs, come along to our information forum. Representatives from both the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission (ACNC) and Access Canberra will explain your P&C's reporting obligations and address your questions. It's on in Stirling on Thursday August 17 at 7pm. Everyone is welcome. Check out the details and register here.

What do you want from your school?

You can have your say on problems, issues or what is working well in the ACT schooling system as part of the ACT Government's consultation on the Future of Education.

The Your Say website has been updated with new ways of having input, such as a discussion board, as well as an array of background information and materials to help with a discussions which you may like to hold at your P&C meeting. Feedback in any form is welcome  - even if it is a collection of post-it-notes with thoughts from the attendees of your next meeting! Email or call the Future of Education team on 6205 4124.

Also, save the date for Council's Future of Education Forum - September 7 at 7pm - where we will hear more about the process and what the feedback has been so far, as well as a chance to thoroughly air your views on ACT schools.

Joan Kellett memorial gathering

Council is saddened to farewell Joan Kellett OAM - friend, mentor, Life Member of Council and passionate advocate for public education - who passed away in June. A community gathering to celebrate her life and contributions will be held at the YMCA’s Leumeah Lodge, 48 O’Hanlon Place, Nicholls on Saturday August 19 at 2pm. All are welcome. Dress colourfully

School library advocacy group

Anyone who is passionate about qualified professionals creating excellent school libraries is invited to join a new Australian School Library Advocacy Group. State, territory and national school library associations have been working together for the last two years to develop an Australia-wide, unified coalition and work to reverse the trend of decline in qualified teacher librarians and qualified support staff running our school libraries.This coalition is now looking for anyone interested in helping advocate and educate about the need for great school libraries. If this resonates with you, you can sign up to the email list and listen out for how to help.

National Fete Research Project

The National Fete Research Project has been launched - the very first large-scale survey of school fetes in Australia. We hope it will deliver important data for school parent committees and help us learn from experience across Australia (the results will be shared with Council). It's an online survey and it would be great if each P&C completed it. You can complete the survey even if you have not held a fete as we want to know why! It's helpful, but not essential, to have your most recent fete information to hand when you complete the survey, and it will take around 20 minutes (more if a lot of detail is shared). Closes October 13.

Food Safety Supervisor course

Nutrition Australia are once again running an accredited Food Safety Supervisor workshop which  prepares Food Safety Supervisors to oversee day-to-day canteen operations and prevent and recognise food safety hazards. It's on Tuesday August 22 in Chifley. If you need to complete this course or need a refresher, find out more or book your spot online.

Get your school back to nature

Landcare Australia is asking schools to get back to nature and help raise funds for our Aussie environment by taking part in an event for Landcare Week this September. The theme for the week is 'Get hands on with nature’ and your school could, for example, organise a bush walk with a local ranger, have a ‘go green’ day and have everyone wear green, or let nature be your classroom for the day! Get more ideas and register to participate here.

You could even tap into 'Outdoor Classroom Day' on Thursday September 7. NaturePlayCBR have lesson plans, posters, inspiration, hints and tip to inspire outdoor learning and play.

Humanity award for students

The Fred Hollows Foundation is calling for teachers, parents and community members to nominate students for the Fred Hollows Humanity Award. The award recognises Year 6 students who show compassion, integrity and kindness in their lives. Nominations close Sunday 10 September.

Up-coming Council events

  • Council Executive Meeting, 7pm, Tuesday August 8.
  • Information Forum - Changes to P&C reporting requirements (see above), Thursday August 17, 7-8:30pm, 51 Fremantle Drive, Stirling.
  • Community gathering to celebrate the life and contributions of Joan Kellett OAM (see above), Saturday August 19, 2pm, YMCA’s Leumeah Lodge, 48 O’Hanlon Place, Nicholls.
  • Council General Meeting and Policy Conference. Will begin with presentation from EDU's Mark Whybrow on everything you need to know about school funding. 6:45 for 7pm, Tuesday August 22 at 51 Fremantle Drive, Stirling.
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