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22 May, 2019
P&Cs need to know...

Constitution workshop

We haven't had enough interest in our constitution workshop to run it this month, so we have postponed it until Tuesday 30 July (those who registered have been contacted directly). If your P&C constitution is out of date and needs revising, this is the workshop for you. Find out more and sign up here.

Addressing violence in schools - have your say

The Education Directorate and Council are working to understand how, together, parents, students, principals and teachers can reduce and better respond to violence and bullying in schools in a project called Building Strong and Safe Communities for Learning. (Find out more in this article.)

From June 12 - 18, the project will be calling on members of the public to have their say. Parents, carers and friends can come along for a carefully designed 2 hour workshop session to hear about the ideas generated by the project so far and comment on how they might really work for families and schools. There is also chance to provide new ideas and further feedback.

We want as many people as possible to have input, so there will be a number of different day-time sessions, child-minding available, and evening sessions for working parents. Light refreshments will be provided. If you would like to be involved, please let us know or contact Ms Leanne Ballard (6205 2912).

We would appreciate you sharing this information with your school community.

If you employ staff

If you are an employer, you need to be aware of the new Single Touch Payroll requirements - more information in this article. We also covered the requirements in our Treasurer’s workshop last week and can provide you with a copy of the presentation for more information if you wish. Council has also written to the ATO seeking an exemption for not for profit organisations with volunteer treasurers who employ only one person.

Buses for school

We are still collecting feedback the new bus network and would like to hear from any public school parents, carers or students about any specific difficulties you have. Simply email us, and please spread the word among your school community.
Council happenings...

General meeting

Our meeting next week will begin with information from the Directorate about the new student report template (find out more in this article) and Gifted and Talented education. All parents are welcome to attend, at 51 Fremantle Drive in Stirling, 7pm, Tuesday 28 May.

ParentACTion magazine out now!

Our regular magazine is now available for your perusal. This issue includes:
  • tips and reminders for P&Cs
  • some thoughts to help you recruit more volunteers
  • updates on buses and our project to address school violence
  • a look at the new school report template
  • and a peek at what other P&Cs do: a great community fitness program run by the P&C at Mount Rogers Primary.
Paper copies will be at your school soon.

Upcoming events

  • General Meeting including presentation on new school report template and Giftend and Talented education, 28 May, 6:45 for 7pm start. Ends 9:30pm. 51 Fremantle Drive, Stirling. All welcome
  • Executive Meeting, Tuesday 11 June, 7pm start
  •  Building Safe and Strong Communities for Learning sessions, various times, June 12 -18 (see above).
In case you missed it...

Marketing help for your canteen

All the information and tips canteen managers need to create their own marketing plan to promote healthy food and drink choices to students at the canteen are available in the Marketing food at school guide.

Teachers may find this guide useful to teach concepts in the Food&ME curriculum resources about the marketing of food.
You might be interested...

School libraries

Is your school library all it could and should be? Or do your kids get overwhelmed and frustrated by research tasks and assignments? At Council, we believe that all schools deserve a properly staffed library.  Find out more and help spread the word

The Twits - on stage

Roald Dahl's The Twits is coming to The Street Theatre in July. It’s the perfect show for encouraging everyone to reflect on their treatment of others and it is fantastically well suited to the world of puppetry!

Youth survey

Young people aged 15-19 years-old are encouraged to have their say on what is important to them in Mission Australia’s Youth Survey 2019. The survey closes on 31 July 2019, with results to be released in late November.
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