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21 July, 2022
P&Cs need to know...
Parent survey

Please share our survey for parents and carers of kids who started Preschool or Kindy this year!

Starting school is such an important time, so Council would like to know more about the experiences families have. Our Starting Preschool/Kindy Survey explores engagement and support for families so we can understand what improvements might be made. We'd love you to share it with families at your school. It's open until July 30 and takes only 5 minutes.
#6: Work with the Principal

Everyone benefits most if your P&C and principal/school can work well together:
 -  align your goals
 -  ask the principal and board for funding priorities
 -  Coordinate school and P&C calendars so events don’t hit families all at once
 -  provide feedback to help the school improve its communication with parents
 -  share your agenda with the principal before a P&C meeting: an informal chat will ensure everyone knows what to expect. 
Can you help? Xero expertise

One of our P&Cs needs a little help. Their treasurer tragically passed away recently, and they need some interim assistance to understand the accounting software, and do tax-time payroll tasks for their canteen employees. Their books are in good order (the treasurer was an accountant), but they have been unable to find a volunteer in their community who is familiar with their accounting system: Xero.

If you think you might be able to help, please contact our office, and we will put you in contact.
AusPost Community Grants
Up to $10,000 is available for projects which focus on improving mental wellbeing and connecting people in your local community. Find out more and apply online by July 3. You must have an ABN to apply.

Get Active
The Active Australia Innovation Challenge provides up to $10,000 for projects to support people who do not meet Australia’s Physical Activity Guidelines and those at risk of chronic disease. Closes July 18 and you need an ABN to apply.

The Growing Good Gardens Grant helps fund school and preschool gardens, with up to $2000. Apply by 15 July.
If you employ staff

If your P&C employs staff, please note that from 1 July 2022, the super guarantee rate will increase to 10.5%, and more employees will be eligible for super because the $450 eligibility threshold is being removed. Find out more from the ATO
Deducible gift recipients

If your P&C is a deductible gift recipient (DGR) and not registered as a charity, look out for correspondence from the Australian Tax Office as requirements are changing. This may require you to update your ATO contact person, which can be tricky if volunteers have moved on. Contact us if you have any issues. 
In case you missed it
Reinventing a P&C for busy parents

How do you renew, nurture, and grow your P&C in today’s difficult environment?
Maree Wright, from North Ainslie Primary P&C, shared their journey from struggling committee to thriving association at our March General Meeting.
Now you can read all about it in this article.
Council happenings
June General Meeting

We'd love to see you at our next General Meeting and hear your input on important aspects of school life and Council activities:
  • Canteens: Is the current model is working? Let's brainstorm potential new ideas!
  • Grants Showcase: We'd love to share what P&Cs have achieved with their Parent Engagement Grants - a chance to learn from others. What do you think?
  • Curriculum reporting review
The meeting will open with an informative talk from Heidi Prowse, CEO of Mental Illness Education ACT (MIEACT), about their fantastic mental health education programs run in our schools, and for parents and carers. 

Where? When?
It's online, Tuesday June 28 from 7-9pm. Register here.
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