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November 21, 2017

Have you set your AGM date?

It's a legal requirement for P&Cs to hold an Annual General Meeting within five months of the end of their financial year (Dec 31 for almost all P&Cs). Most AGMs are held in Term 1, but because you need to send out notice of the meeting to your members prior to your AGM, it's best to do so before the end of the school year.

Running an AGM doesn't have to be stressful - we have information and resources to help including Information Sheets, checklists, template agenda and minutes, template President’s and committee reports, and nomination/declaration forms for people nominating for committee positions.

Treasurers! It's audit time

As your P&C’s financial year draws to a close (for almost all P&Cs this is Dec 31), it's time to prepare your accounts to be looked over by an external auditor. Our new Treasurer Handbook includes an extensive section on how to do this, including a checklist of what you should provide (see Section 11).

Remember that your P&C may not have to pay for an expensive qualified accountant - see here for more information.

Inspiration from other P&Cs

There are so many great things happening in P&Cs across Canberra, you need never be short of inspiration! Council helps share the great wealth of P&C expertise between our members through networking at our meetings, our social media feeds and sharing great stories. Check out the Sharing Expertise section of our website.

Join us for our AGM

Council's AGM is on Tuesday next week (Nov 28, 7pm, 51 Fremantle Drive Stirling). Join us to hear from MensLink about the challenges young men face and help available; to nominate for a position on Council or one of our representative roles (roles both large and small available to suit you schedule!); or simply because there will be sandwiches and Christmas cake!

Healthy fundraising

ACT Health and the ACT Nutrition Support Service have put together a great new guide to healthy fundraising options. They have also created an inspiring guide for your next BBQ. Sick of sausages? Think Outside the Snag is packed with alternatives, from burgers to corn on the cob, and help with planning your healthier sizzle.

Canteen training and outsourcing survey

The Fresh Tastes working group on food at school is interested in the need for canteens to access accredited training and/or outsourced models of financial management/governance. These are two areas that the working group is looking at as the next step in supporting school canteens. The short survey should take 3-5 minutes. We would value your input. If you attended the recent Canteen Connect event and completed a survey at the event then there is no need to complete this survey, we have your input already thank you!

Canteen positions vacant

Healthy Kids Association is looking for staff with Chef background or strong cooking skills for Manager and Assistant roles in school canteens in the Canberra area for 2018. Interested? Contact Jackie Gowan (02) 98761300 or email. Farrer school canteen is also hiring. Call Kirsty on 0406 378 540.

Access/quiet days

Marymead Autism Centre is supporting Canberra venues to introduce ‘Access Days’  - a block of time when families living with ASD or sensory related concerns can use the venue prior to the general public. It will be less busy, quieter, easier parking, dimmer lighting where possible and trained staff will be on hand to provide assistance. Click through to find out more. Registration is preferred in some cases. Some upcoming dates and venues: Plans for February and beyond include Flip Out, the Zoo and Questacon. For details contact Marymead - 6162 5862 or email - or watch our future bulletins!


With bookpack lists coming out now for 2018, here are some timely tips for parents:
  • Remember that almost all suppliers let you remove items from the list so you don't have to pay for items you don't need. Some expensive items such as calculators tend to be on (high school) bookpacks every year, so do check carefully.
  • Ask your child’s teacher or school for this year’s left overs before you order. That way, you can save re-ordering items you still have.
  • Consider donating un-needed supplies back to the school, especially specialist items such as those ‘dotted third’ books for Kindy and Year 1!

Raising kids in a digital world

Join Dr. Kristy Goodwin for a free and informative session with tips and truths on raising kids in a digital world - without the guilt and guesswork. Dr Goodwin in one of Australia’s leading digital parenting experts (and mum who also deals with her kid’s techno-tantrums!). It's on Tuesday Nov 28. Find out more and register online.

Pass it on!

We strive to provide information of interest to school parents in Council Communicator. If you think any our items are worth sharing, please feel free to pass them on via your school newsletter or any other means. We have a template page for school newsletters to make it easier for you to cut and paste items to submit to your school newsletter under the P&C Council banner if you wish.

Up-coming Council events

  • Council Annual General Meeting and presentation from Menslink ACT CEO Martin Fisk, Tuesday Nov 28, 6:45 for 7pm start. Ends 9:30pm. 51 Fremantle Drive, Stirling.
  • Council Christmas party & Executive meeting, 6:45pm, Dec 12, 100 Maitland St Hackett.
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