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30 March, 2021
P&Cs need to know...

P&C Training

Next term we are offering five workshops - training we have created specifically for ACT P&Cs and Parent Associations. They cover everything you need to run your P&C effectively (and legally), and fulfil your role brilliantly! Most will run online in the evening. Click through below for details. Register here.
They are FREE to our members. Come to one or come to all!

Growing your P&C - making your association thrive. May 5

P&C Operations & Fundraising  decision-making; meetings & events; raise & spend funds. May 6

Treasurers' and Insurance Workshop -  the Treasurer's job and the insurance package. May 13

Employing staff and running Canteens - for P&Cs with canteens or staff. May 18

P&C Constitution workshop - understand and update your constitution. June 15

Council delegate training will be provided at the Meet & Greet session at the General Meeting, April 27 - see item below. 

Single-use plastics ban

From July 1 this year, some single-use plastics will be banned in the ACT (except for domestic/personal use). This includes supplying these at P&C-run events or in P&C-run businesses such as canteens. Banned items:
  • All polystyrene cups and food containers
  • Disposable/single-use plastic cutlery (including "bio-plastics")
  • Plastic drink stirrers (including "bio-plastics")
More items will be banned in coming years.

P&Cs should check their stores for these items and use them before July 1. We realise this will not be possible for many P&Cs and would like to know the extent of P&C stores of these items so that we can work with the ACT Government to find a solution if there is a problem. Please hit a response in our quick poll below!

Quick Poll!
By July 1, how many of these plastic/polystyrene items is your P&C likely to still have?

None or very few
Several packets
A box
Multiple boxes

More info:
See details online or call the Business (and community group) Hotline: 1800 844 946 for help and alternative products.
As registered food businesses, canteens will have received a letter with further details.


The Federal Government has Volunteer Grants of up to $5000 up for grabs. They can be used to promote volunteering with your P&C, buy small equipment for volunteers, for training, or to reimburse transport costs.
You need to express your interest with your local Federal MP's office before April 18. That's Andrew Leigh in Fenner (Gungahlin and West Belco); David Smith in Bean (southern Canberra); and Alicia Payne in Canberra (central areas).

Extension to Parent Engagement grants
The closing date for Round 5 of the Supporting Parent Engagement Grant Program has been extended until 5pm Friday 23 April. There have been some delays in Round 4 and the extension will give P&Cs more time to apply for these great grants. We have put together some notes to help you apply.

COVID plans and Checking in

As highlighted in our last edition of Council Communicator, The ACT Government now requires P&C Associations to use the Check In CBR App and have a written COVID safe plan for ALL events, including discos, working bees, and even P&C meetings. But don't panic! - use our Templates!

Find out all about it and download the template on our COVID Info for P&Cs page.
Council happenings...

Meet & Greet for delegates

Come along to our April meeting to find out how to be a great delegate, learn more about Council, meet others and enjoy a light supper.
Come along in person at the Centre for Teaching and Learning in Stirling (51 Fremantle Drive), Tuesday 27 April (Week 2) starting at 6:45pm. If you can't make it, participate on Zoom.
RSVP by email.

New working groups - would you like to join?

We are continuing to seek nominations from interested parents for several new Working/Interest Groups to have input into improving our schools. They operate via email, and online meetings if needed.

Financial Literacy Working Group
Esafety Working Group
Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Working Group
Sustainability Interest Group
Early Learning Committee.

More details on each and the nomination form
In case you missed it...

Fundraise by recycling!

You can now hire a trailer and bins (FREE!), and access a new fundraising guide to make it easier to rasie funds from the ACT's 10c drink-container recycling scheme.

Read more in this article from ParentACTion magazine. 
You might be interested...

Hazardous materials info sessions

The Education Directorate are hosting four public drop-in information sessions during May about how hazardous materials like lead pain and asbestos are managed in our schools.
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