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June 11, 2014

Focus on Canteens

Anyone with an interest in school canteens is invited to Council's Canteens Working Group meeting. This is an opportunity for questions, answers and discussion on all aspects of school canteens, as well as the current state of our canteen improvement program and NSWBuy access. Representatives from Nutrition Australia, ACT Health, the Education Directorate and the Minister’s adviser will be there, so it is a great opportunity to bring up issues and brainstorm solutions. Join us at 7pm on Thursday 26 June at the Hedley Beare Centre, 51 Fremantle Drive, Stirling.

Please advise us if you plan to attend the meeting.

Help for P&Cs

Check out the up-dated resources for P&Cs on our website. There is a list of grants available to P&Cs, a sample constitution, a template for a flyer to promote your P&C to parents at your school, and we are working on sample hand-over notes for each of the executive roles.

Please let us know if there is something else we can provide which would make it easier for your P&C to keep doing the great things you do. or any resources which you have which other P&Cs would benefit from sharing. we are also looking for more Grants to add to our listing. 

Parent engagement project

The ACT Government has commissioned ARACY (Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth) to look into how parents should best engage with their children's learning and how schools should best engage parents. A guest speaker at Council's next meeting will tell us more about this important project. Everyone is welcome and delegates are encouraged to attend. The meeting is at the Hedley Beare Centre, 51 Fremantle Drive, Stirling, on Tuesday June 24, from 6:45pm.  

The meeting will also discuss school parking problems, finding financial auditors, applying for government grants and Council's response to the federal School Chaplaincy program.

NSWBuy - are you saving yet?

P&Cs can now register with NSWBuy - a government procurement agent - to get low prices on a huge range of purchases from office supplies to canteen produce. Ten P&Cs have already started saving. To get on board, read the details of how the scheme works, fill in the registration form and send it to us. You'll find everything here.

NDIS will replace Early Intervention Program next year

From January next year, the Education and Training Directorate will no longer provide Early Intervention Programs and supports. These programs will be delivered, instead, through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).  See the Directorate's fact sheet for more information.

Nutritious tips and canteen help

The Healthy Kids Association has great ideas, advice and services for school canteens. Council has payed the fees so that all ACT school canteens are now members of this organisation. Call them (02 9876 1300) or email to register your membership and start taking advantage of their services.  Now you can also sign up for a "Parents eNewsletter" for information on nutrition for kids including recipes, debunking myths and clarifying confusing topics in the mainstream media.

Read all about it

Our free quarterly magazine - ParentACTion - is now available online!
Read about improving school grounds, school bus changes and having your say about our schools. Please check your school pigeon hole for hard copies to distribute to P&C and School Board members.

The Reading Hour

The legacy of the National Year of Reading, the Reading Hour on Tuesday August 19 (6-7pm) is about lifting literacy rates and becoming a nation of readers. Celebrate by hosting an event, throwing a party or reading a story with your kids.  You can register you school or group online and download promotional items to inspire your community.

Raising money-smart kids

MoneySmart Teaching provides teaching resources and teacher training to develop consumer and financial literacy capabilities in young Australians. The ASIC-run program also has financial advice for all age groups, including the under 25s.

Free help for children with anxiety

BRAVE is a new, free, online therapy for children and young people experiencing anxiety. Parents can complete the program together with their child, or separately. The program has been proven to help prevent and treat anxiety.
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