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June  7, 2016

Treasurer's audit: Book swap?

Many P&Cs find it difficult to find an auditor willing to audit their books at the end of their financial year at reasonable cost (despite our list of auditors). One suggestion is that P&C treasurers from different P&Cs audit each other’s books. This is permitted, without needing the auditor to be qualified, as long as the P&C has gross receipts less than $400,000 per annum and fewer than 1000 members. If you would be interested in such an arrangement, please let us know.

Recycling at your event - free equipment

The ACTsmart Public Event program provides schools with free advice, equipment and resources to make large events like fetes environmentally friendly. They can provide bin tops, signage, banners, access to a secure trailer to transport and more. They also have water bottle refill stations available.

Parent surveys

In clarifying your goals and priorities this year for your P&C, a great place to start can be to gather feedback from parents at your school (for example, on what P&C activities they find most valuable, where they want to see fundraising money spent).

In the interests of not 'reinventing the wheel' we would love to hear from any P&Cs that have recently run such a survey. If you are willing to send a copy of your survey to our office, we can create a spot on our website for sharing with other P&Cs. 

New supplier of healthier canteen food

Nutrition Australia has decided to create a selection of healthier food options, available for sale directly to ACT canteens! Check out the yummy products at competitive prices at "Betterbites". They are also on facebook.

Schools for All parent forum

To implement the fifty recommendations of the Report of the Expert Panel on Students with Complex Needs and Challenging Behaviour , the Education Directorate has begun a three year program of cultural change, requiring major policy and program reform, to reach an evidence based ‘whatever it takes’ student-centred vision in our schools. To keep parents up to date with progress, the Directorate will hold Parent Forums once a term. The Term 2 forum is on Wednesday June 15 from 9:30-10:30 at the Centre for Teaching and Learning, Fremantle Drive, Stirling; then repeated at 5:50pm- 6:30pm at UC High School Kaleen, Baldwin Drive, Kaleen

Free canteen menu workshop

Nutrition Australia are running a free workshop to inspire healthy menus and to help canteen managers, staff and volunteers to meet food and drink policy requirements. It is on Monday June 20, from 3:30-5:30pm in Chifley. Register online by June 16.

Me & my school: engaging migrant families forum

Our forum to help schools create a sense of belonging for migrant and refugee parents and students is on this Thursday.  It is a chance for principals to hear directly from migrant parents and share experiences with other school leaders. All parents are welcome (RSVP to Glenn on 6251 4550). Details are in the flyer.

School Carbon Challenge!

Win great cash prizes for your school and family movie vouchers while learning how to make simple changes to reduce your carbon footprint in Actsmart's Primary School Carbon Challenge. Get your school on board and register your interest to participate by June 30.

Message from outgoing Education Director

Diane Joseph, the Director General of the ACT Education Directorate, sent us this retirement notice to share with you all:
It is was with a real sense of pride and optimism, and genuine sadness, that I informed the ACT Education Directorate today of my intention to retire. It is now time for me to rebalance my life, in favour of family and pursuits beyond public service. 
I have had the most fulfilling career spanning thirty-five years of immense opportunities to learn and lead both in the ACT and Victoria. It has been an absolute privilege to serve the ACT Government and the people of the Territory for over six and half years, particularly as Director-General for the last four years. 
Whilst I am looking forward to exploring what being retired means, I am going to really miss the many wonderful, talented and committed people with whom I have worked in education, public service,  governments, business and the community sector. I am just so grateful for the support I have received from so many.  
My last day at work will be 24 June 2016 after which I will join my husband, Allan, in retirement to enjoy our family, our grandchildren, and the magnificent environment of Canberra. 

Council thanks Diane for the great contribution she has made to public education in the ACT and wishes her well for the future.

Handwriting, keyboarding, or both?

Charles Sturt University academic Dr Noella McKenzie is asking parents and teachers to share how children are learning handwriting and keyboard skills in a new research project. International studies suggest children learn and remember information differently depending whether they write it by hand or type it on a keyboard.

The online survey is confidential and open to parents of school-aged children and current or retired teachers.

Up-coming Council events

  • Me & my school: engaging migrant families forum, Thursday June 9, 2-4pm, 51 Fremantle Drive, Stirling. All welcome.
  • Council Executive Meeting, 7pm, Tuesday June 14.
  • Council Hot Topics/General Meeting, Tuesday 28 June at 7pm. Includes presentation by Directorate staff on school planning in the context of urban renewal and new suburbs. Note a change from usual venue to Gungahlin College. All welcome.
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