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16 March, 2021
P&Cs need to know...

New COVID requirements for P&Cs

The ACT Government now requires P&C Associations to use the Check In CBR App and have a written COVID safe plan for ALL EVENTS. This includes all P&C-organised events, such as discos, working bees, and even P&C meetings.

Check In CBR App
All schools (like most venues in the ACT) have now registered for the Check In CBR App and have QR codes ready to scan when people attend an event there. It is up to the event organiser (eg the P&C!) to ensure that all attendees at all events sign in using these codes and the App.

COVID-Safe Event plans
All events in the ACT now require a written COVID-Safe Event plan. This includes all P&C-organised events, like discos, BBQs and working bees, plus P&C meetings. This plan is simply a formal way of thinking through the risks associated with your event and how you are going to manage these risks - in the same way that you have already been doing when considering distancing and hygiene measures and so on.

To make things easier for P&Cs, Council has created this COVID-Safe Event Plan template for your association to quickly adapt to your needs. This is a single plan which can cover all of your small events (fewer than 500 people attending), from meetings to discos and working bees. Note that additional requirements apply for events with more than 500 people attending.

Download the Template P&C COVID-Safe Event plan and read more detail on our COVID information page.

Uniform shops and canteens
There is no major change for these services, but we have updated the information on our COVID information page, along with our Template Canteen COVID-safe plan (all food businesses must have one).

Cultural competence training for P&C members

In recent Parent Engagement Grant applications, many P&C were interested in better engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families. To meet the needs of P&C volunteers, the ACT Education Directorate is organising and funding 20 places for Cultural Competence training specifically for P&C committee members. It's a 10 hour online course, with flexible learning to complete in your own time over a semester. Details in this flyer. We are very grateful to the Directorate for funding this initiative.

Cultural integrity workshops P&C members

To meet the needs of P&C volunteers, the ACT Education Directorate is organising and funding 4 different cultural awareness workshops specifically for P&C committee members.
The workshop topics are:
  • Learning about Ngunnawal Country.
  • Children’s literature, picture books and young adult fiction.
  • An introduction to building cultural integrity through the Engoori process.
  • An introduction to Aboriginal Australian languages.
Details in this flyer. We are grateful to the Directorate for organising these informative workshops.

Landcare Grants

Applications for Junior Landcare Grants close this Friday for projects that focus on sustainable food production, improving waste management practices or enhancing native habitats. They are also offering extra funding of up to $500 for projects that support bees. 
Council happenings...

Delegate welcome & General Meeting

It's a chance to meet and greet delegates from all ACT public schools, and hear more about the important role of P&C delegate. We're encouraging everyone to join us at the Centre for Teaching & Learning in Stirling (51 Fremantle drive), for introductions, face to face networking and some food and drink.

A Hot Topics meeting will follow, discussing 3 important topics.
Its on Tuesday 23 March, from 6:45 pm. Online attendance is also possible. Please RSVP to Melissa at:  We look forward to seeing you!
In case you missed it...

ParentACTion - member magazine - out now.

Our Term 1 magazine for members (that's you!) is out now! Hardcopies are making their way to your school, or read it online. Inside this issue:
  • Finding your direction - what is your P&C for?
  • New resources make fundraising from recycling easier
  • How Council raises parent voices - and what we said last year!
  • Some thoughts to help you communicate with new - and all - parents.
  • A look inside the great things happening at Canberra's newest P&C.  
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Your child's career

Looking for ways to supporting your child’s career development?

Register for myfuture’s webinar on Wednesday 24 March and discover all the free tools and resources available to help parents and carers to support students as they explore career options.
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