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


A massive welcome to all the new P&C Office Bearers! Thanks for volunteering (or volunteering again!).

This fortnightly eBulletin goes to all P&C Office Bearers with must know info to keep your P&C on track this year! Plus, updates on what your P&C Council is up to (you are our members, after all) and interesting info you might like to share. 

Please remember that P&C Council is here to help you, so please check out our online resources (especially the To Do list) and, if you have any questions, do email or call (6241 5759).


If you are finishing up on your P&C, a huge THANK YOU for all your volunteered time and effort.

Do remember to pass on your valuable knowledge to the person replacing you on the committee. A set of short handover notes with key information and a description of what to do and how is really important. To make it quicker and easier we have template handover notes for Presidents, Secretaries and Treasurers that you can customise for your P&C. 

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Your school building and grounds

The ACT Government is running an inquiry into public school infrastructure. To help Council respond on behalf of P&Cs, we'd love to know your P&C's view of the Top 5 needs, priorities or concerns in relation to your school's buildings and grounds.  We've made a form for you to quickly fill in - perhaps at your next P&C meeting - and return by email or snail mail by April 23 (Week 1 next term).

COVID-19 restrictions change

As of Saturday 6 March, there are further changes to COVID restrictions, including at schools. The Education Directorate has updated their information. There has been an increase in the allowed number of people gathering, and relaxation of density restrictions. However, there is now a greater emphasis on all events using the Check-in CBR App and having a written COVID safe plan. We are concerned that EDU intend to apply this to P&C meetings and all P&C events, even if only held for school families. We have held back this issue of Council Communicator, hoping for clarity and reassurance, but unfortunately we will have to update you all early next week. Check our COVID info page for P&Cs for all the details as soon as possible, plus our next email bulletin.

NAPLAN - what do you think?

Ahead of NAPLAN tests next term, Council is testing our current position by asking for input from parents. Please feel free to share at your school!

Tell us what you think about NAPLAN by either:
  -> Commenting on this Facebook post (or FB message)
  -> OR  Clicking on the option below that best describes your view:
        I value NAPLAN very much
        NAPLAN information can be useful
        Schools shouldn't teach to the test
        It is too stressful for students
        NAPLAN is meaningless to me 
        NAPLAN should be scrapped
        I'd support a campaign against NAPLAN
  -> OR  Emailing us with your thoughts about NAPLAN. Eg. Did you miss it in 2020? Do you value the results ? Is it too stressful? Would you support an active campaign against NAPLAN, like the one in Queensland?
Council happenings...

New working groups - would you like to join?

Parents are invited to join our new Working/Interest Groups to have input into improving our schools. They operate via email, and online meetings if needed. To nominate, email us

Financial Literacy Working Group
Work with the Education Directorate (EDU) on developing and delivering useful financial literacy learning for all school levels.
Esafety Working Group
Work with EDU to determine what parents and students want and need to stay safe online.
Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Working Group
Help Council implement our RAP, by suggesting ideas and developing strategies.
Sustainability Interest Group
Advise Council on sustainability issues and related educational outcomes.
Early Learning Committee
Advise Council on all matters relating to early childhood learning.

Upcoming events

  • Executive Meeting, Tuesday 9 March, 7pm start
  • General Meeting, March 23 (Week 8), including new delegate welcome and NAPLAN discussion. Come in person at the Centre for Teaching and Learning (Stirling) for nibbles at 6:45pm, or join us online for the meeting from 7pm. All welcome. Email to register.
You might be interested...

Parent seminar -  anxious kids

More and more children and teens are experiencing anxiety, a challenge amplified by the pandemic, change and uncertainty.
In response, APFACTS presents Dr Jodi Richardson's evidence-based talk:  “Anxious Kids: from Anxiety to resilience.” This online event on Monday 29 March (7.30- 9pm) costs $30.

Fierce Girls - Oodgeroo Noonuccal

For International Women’s Day (Monday 8 March) ABC are releasing a new Podcast in the Fierce Girls series - the story of the INCREDIBLE word warrior Oodgeroo Noonuccal, narrated by Indigenous writer and podcaster Marlee Silva.  Listen at the Fierce Girls website. There will be a colouring-in poster to download - a perfect holiday or classroom activity! There are also a whole lot of other fierce and wonderful stories of Australian women and girls.

Enterprising Girls - design thinking workshop

Want to make a difference in the world?
Calling all future female entrepreneurs 10-18 year old to join the Academy for Enterprising Girls workshop on Saturday 13 March! l learn how to identify problems, develop and test solutions, then bring these solutions to life in the form of a social enterprise! This is your chance to develop your skills and create your own business idea. You’ll even build a prototype.
Scouts ACT are co-hosting this workshop on campus at the Australian National University but it is open to all future female entrepreneurs, not just Scouts & Guides. Register online no later than 7 March.
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