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May 14, 2014

SAVE with Government prices on canteen produce and more!

Council is now signed up with NSWBuy -  a government procurement agent. This means all member P&Cs can buy canteen produce, office supplies and much more at government prices. To register, fill out the form sent to all Treasurers by Council this week, or email us for a registration form.

Possible changes to Year 12 Certificate

The requirements for a Year 12 Certificate are being reviewed by the ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies (BSSS). One suggestion is that English and Maths should be compulsory. What do you think? The review also covers: the number, purpose and types of certificates to be issued at the end of year 12; the scope of different packages; and, recognising extra-curricular activities and vocational education and training (VET)  towards the certificate. Council has a representative on the review panel. If you have views that you would like expressed, please email them to us for inclusion.

Stay in touch: join us on Facebook and Twitter

Council is now using Facebook and Twitter to keep parents informed about changes in education, our activities, and other matters which affect schools. It is also your chance to have your say, so join us now by using the links at the end of this bulletin.

Term deposit changes

P&Cs with a term deposit at the Commonwealth Bank should be aware that now the account may not be automatically rolled-over to a new term deposit when the term ends. Instead, if explicit renewal instructions are not given, money may be rolled into a lower-interest holding account. Read any correspondence from the bank carefully to avoid missing out on earning interest.

NAPLAN: feedback from Year 9  parents wanted

ACARA (Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority) is looking for parents or carers with children in Year 9, who have positive stories to tell about how they have used NAPLAN information over the three test periods since the first ever NAPLAN in 2008. They would like to support parents to share these positive stories with the media. If you would be willing to do so, please contact Robyn Ziino.

Parent NAPLAN information

NAPLAN is underway this week, but you may still be interested in fact sheets for parents on the ACARA website.

Canteen Expo

Nutrition Australia ACT invites all ACT school canteen managers, volunteers, principals, teachers and P&C members to attend their annual Canteen Fresh Expo. The afternoon includes the presentation of the Canteen Fresh Menu Awards, information on marketing your canteen, and services available to help school canteens succeed. The free event is on Tuesday May 20, from 3:30 to 6:30pm. See more information.

Early Intervention Units will close

From January next year, the Education and Training Directorate will no longer provide early intervention programs and supports. These programs will be delivered, instead, through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). You can find out more about this here.

NDIS help session

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will allow people with a disability and their families to have choice and control over services and supports. Being in charge can be overwhelming.  Where do you start?  How do you know what services and supports to purchase?  A free workshop aims to help. Register online or call Sally Richards 62810974 or 0402418974.
When: Sunday 1st June 2014, 10.00 AM to 1.00 PM
Where: Hartley Lifecare, 6 Hodgson Place, Pearce

Grants for grass

Turf Australia and Junior Landcare’s 2014 Perfect Pitch of Green Program is now open, offering 10 schools or youth groups natural turf to makeover an area up to 200 square metres. The grass can be used to update sports areas, enhance outdoor learning areas, or create more spaces for play. To apply and for more information, see the website.  Applications close Tuesday, 1st July. 

What is important for children and young people?

The ACT Government wants to hear what is important for children and young people in the ACT. They are setting a vision for a whole-of-government and whole-of-community approach to promote the rights of children and young people based on this. To participate, complete a short survey or make a submission in a format that is most suitable to you (that is, in writing, drawing, photographic or video formats) and send it to by 30 June 2014.
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