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October 12, 2016

ACT Election: School Report Card

Today Council released an Education Report Card which gives grades for the major political parties on their policies for schools. We urge all ACT residents to vote with our public schools in mind, and hope the report card helps voters decide who to vote for this weekend.

The report card assesses ACT Greens, Labor and Liberal on five priority areas identified at Council meetings this year. See also our press release about the card.

We would greatly appreciate your help in spreading the word by sharing the graphic below or pdf version with parents at your school and through your networks. You'll also find the card ready to share on Facebook and Twitter.

Policy Conference

Our annual Policy Conference will accompany our next General Meeting on Tuesday October 25 from 7pm at the Centre for Teaching and Learning in Stirling. We'll be discussing changes to Council policy which guides our activities. The policy document has been updated and reorganised. You can read the draft updated version or check the table of policy amendments to see what changes are proposed, pending approval at the Policy Conference. Everyone is welcome on the night. Contact Maclaren Wall, Council's Policy Officer, if you have any questions.

Canteen operations - Have you got it Right?

A free workshop is being run for P&C presidents, canteen subcommittee members and canteen managers to discuss the regulations for operating a canteen, essential record keeping and essentials for making a profit! It's run by Healthy Kids Association for Council. There will be a Q&A session as well, so come armed with your canteen questions.

It's on Wednesday October 19 at Gorman Hall in Ainslie from 4:30-6:30pm. Register here.

Looking for volunteers?

Due to Council’s call for help for P&Cs in need of more volunteers, we have been contacted by The ACT Office for Veterans and Seniors, who promote civic participation as part of their Active Aging framework. They would like to make their community members aware of the volunteering opportunities in schools.

If you are seeking more volunteers and would like to advertise the available roles to the wider community – especially older Canberrans - please contact Council by October 20 with details of the volunteering roles you have (the work to be done, whether regular or one off and time required) and best contact details for someone at your P&C to receive offers of help. Council will collate the responses and submit them as an advertisement for volunteers in the Office for Veterans and Seniors’ regular magazine.

Audit training

Council has been working on ways to help P&C Treasurers to find suitable auditors that do not charge excessive fees.

We have now developed a short workshop on how to audit a small P&C. The aim is to train small P&C Treasurers to be capable of doing the minimum audit necessary for a small P&C (or canteen).  Treasurers in the same local region could then audit each other’s accounts and avoid having to pay for expensive auditors. This free workshop is on Thursday November 10 from 7-9pm at our Hackett office meeting room (100 Maitland street).  If you'd like to come, please let us know.

Food Safety Supervisor Course

Nutrition Australia's ACT Nutrition Support Service is holding a one day Food Safety Supervisor course on Monday October 24 in Chifley. The course meets the requirements of Nationally Recognised Training for Food Safety Supervisors so they can oversee day to day operations and prevent food safety hazards. It is tailored for school canteens. Note that all school canteens must have a qualified Food Safety Supervisor.

The cost is $220.00 and morning tea and lunch are provided. See the website for more information or  contact the Nutrition Support Service by phone (6162 2583) or email.

Transition to school

Council's federal counterpart, ACSSO (The Australian Council of State School Organisations), has released its top five tips to help school communities conduct great transition to school events for new children and their families. Their infographic poster may be useful when considering how to better engage parents in these crucial times for their children as they move to school, or to high school.

Up-coming Council events

  • Policy Conference and General Meeting, October 25, 6:45 for 7pm start. Ends 9:30pm. 51 Fremantle Drive, Stirling. All welcome.
  • Council Executive meeting, October 9, Hackett.
  • Audit training for P&Cs, Thursday November 10, 7-9pm, 100 Maitland Street, Hackett
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