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 August 20, 2019
P&Cs need to know...

Changes to Incorporated Associations 

Most parent associations will have received a letter from the ACT Government outlining changes to the ACT legislation which governs Incorporated Associations. Since all P&Cs and parent associations in our public schools are Incorporated Associations, this affects all. Council is currently seeking clarification from the regulator and, as staff time becomes available, we will be following up on what additional measures, or changes to constitutions might most simply allow P&Cs to comply with the changes. We will advise all P&Cs as soon as possible and will update our online information in accordance with the changes.

Read all about it!

Our regular magazine, ParentACTion, is out now online and paper copies are on their way to schools. There’s great info for P&Cs about
  • Banking
  • Our services and your membership fees
  • Increasing community links at one school via a Class Carer program
And articles to update you on:
  • Violence in schools project
  • Anti-bullying program
  • CCTV for schools?
  • ACT schools budget


Another grant opportunity which may interest P&Cs/schools:
Woolworths Junior Landcare Grants are open to primary schools for projects of up to $1,000 which inspire kids to get hands-on and focus on sustainable food production, improving waste management practices or enhancing native habitats. Closes Sept 6.
Find more grants here.
Council happenings...

General meeting

Do come along to our August meeting (Tuesday 17th, Week 6) and hear what we have been up to, including our lobbying work on behalf of parents and updates on projects such as our violence in schools work and Reconciliation Action Plan. We will have guest speakers from the Education Directorate on all aspects of the Positive Behaviour for Learning program in schools. It's on at 7pm at 51 Fremantle Drive in Stirling.

Transition to Kindy - parent forum

Please help us get the word out about this informative event - we'd love it if you printed out the event poster to display at your preschool and front office. 

Upcoming events

  • General Meeting including presentation on the Positive Behaviour for Learning program (see above), 27 August (Week 6), 6:45 for 7pm start. Ends 9:30pm. 51 Fremantle Drive, Stirling. All welcome
  • Executive Meeting, Tuesday 10 September (Week 8), 7pm start
  • Audit/Financial Review Workshop, Thursday 12 September (Week 8), 7-9pm,  51 Fremantle Drive, Stirling.
  • Transition to Kindy Forum  - tips for parents from experts for a smooth transition - Tuesday 17 September (Week 9), 7- 8.30pm, 51 Fremantle Drive, Stirling.
In case you missed it...

Conflict of interest

To help your P&C manage potential conflicts of interest between committee members and P&C business, we have a form on which interests can be declared. This includes members specifying how the conflict will be managed, for example, from which discussions and decisions they will be excluded. A conflict of interest is a situation in which an individual has competing interests or loyalties, for example between their duty on the P&C and personal interests, especially where there is the opportunity for personal or family material gain. P&Cs must be able to demonstrate that they are managing cases where there is a potential conflict of interest and this is especially crucial in relation to spending funds and any contract the P&C may be involved with.
You might be interested...

Childhood anxiety

Ainslie school P&C has organised a workshop on Dealing with Childhood Anxiety with guest presenter Kieran Vaughan and have opened it up to parents from other schools. Feel free to share the poster or display at your school. The workshop will clarify what anxiety is and where it fits in relation to stress and trauma. At the end of the session you will come away with some strategies which could help your loved one/s and yourself. A supervised movie will run next door for kids of parents attending. RSVP online.

Women's health - Spoke Up! 

As part of Women’s Health Week (2-6 Sept) the Active Travel Office wants to help more women experience the multiple health benefits of riding a bike. (Women cycle at about half the rate of men despite making more short trips within their local community than men.) Spoke Up! is about prioritising your health by exploring opportunities to build more cycle trips into your daily travel routine. To help, there are several community events planned:

The Hunting - parent guide 

'The Hunting’ is a four part series available on SBS on Demand which dramatically imagines the lives of four teenagers, their teachers and their families throughout the lead up, revelation and aftermath of a nude teen photo scandal. It uses this event to explore themes of misogyny, privacy, sexuality and sexualisation, online exploitation, masculinity and gender. In partnership with the eSafety Commissioner, SBS has created a discussion guide for parents to help with conversations around sharing images.


This year's ACT Government Eco-challenge (formerly called the carbon challenge) includes a sustainable transport competition for school students. There are great prizes for students who create artistic impressions of 'sustainable transport' - there's a wide interpretation of artistic and includes artwork, poems, videos, songs etc. Closes 31 August. 

Gender and sexuality diversity in schools

The Australian research Council want to hear from parents and carers of a school-aged children/teens currently attending a public school (K-12) in a survey. They want to understand what parents think about the inclusion of gender and sexuality diversity-related content (e.g. topics or issues referencing lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender+ lives) in primary and secondary schooling. 
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