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7 June, 2022
P&Cs need to know...
P&C Insurance - paperwork due

If you haven't done so yet, your P&C's Insurance Questionnaire should have been returned to the insurer (Civic Insurance Brokers) so that they can quote your P&C for your upcoming year's insurance. The paperwork was sent to treasurers last month.
Invoices will be sent later in June for payment by June 30.
Top Tip for P&Cs #5

Comply with regulations

Parent associations need to comply with a number of regulations and requirements:
Your constitution - Free member session

Tonight is the last of our Term 2 training sessions for ACT P&Cs, with our constitution workshop. This interactive workshop is designed to help P&Cs review, rewrite or amend their constitutions, using the model rules and our sample constitution.  Bring along your own P&C constitution!
Where? When?
It's on 7-9pm, Tuesday 7 June (tonight!). Find out more and register here!
Real School Grants
Real Insurance offers a $5000 school grant for initatives which align with the values of Health, Learning, Information & Technology, and/or Community & Infrastructure. Apply online before September 30. 

Make It Happen Grants
No strings attached funding from the Grants Hub of $1000 to further your mission.
P&Cs with an ABN can apply online by June 20.

Community Gardens
The Community Gardens Grant program seeks to support a variety of garden types, not just traditional food gardens. Previous projects have included indigenous food style gardens, micro-forests and urban gardens to improve amenity and generate community attraction.
P&Cs with an ABN can apply by midnight July 8.
NFP Treasurer awards!

Recognise your hard working treasurer with the Commonwealth Bank's Not-for-Profit Treasurers' Awards.

Treasurers can also share their insights for a chance to win a $5,000 cash donation to your P&C. Simply say what lessons you learnt through COVID-19 that you will take with you into the future.
Community conversation: ACT Disability strategy

Parents, students and carers are invited to take part in a focused conversation to inform the new 10-year ACT Disability Strategy.  Join the online conversation on Lifelong Learning to look at pathways for people with disability across all education settings: school, CIT, university and adult learning opportunities. The consultation has been co-designed with the ACT Disability Reference Group and all conversations will be led by people with disability.
Where? When?  Wednesday 15 June from 12.00 to 2.00pm, online. Book here.

If you are not able to attend there are many other ways to have your say: Complete an online survey; attend an open public forum; attend another focused conversation; arrange a kitchen table conversation; send in a written or video submission.
Future of voluteering

The Volunteering in Australia survey is an historic opportunity to capture the current state of volunteering, map trends, and consider how volunteering may evolve into the future.  
If you manage volunteers, please have your say on the future of volunteering by June 14.
The survey will help build the most comprehensive understanding of volunteering in Australia’s history.  
"Red food" at school

We have been asked to clarify the restrictions around red food in schools. The ACT Public School Food and Drink Policy refers to the National Guidelines which ban the sale of Red-classified food and drink at school canteens and all school events and activities. Council advises that this ban does NOT extend to P&C activities which are not a school event, such as a fundraising BBQ held at Bunnings or a polling booth. We also believe the ban does not apply when students are not present, such as an out of school hours Trivia Night for parents. Note, that at the Principal's discretion, the Policy allows for exceptions to the red food ban:
  • up to two school events per term, although healthier alternatives are encouraged
  • food and drinks supplied from home, including birthday cakes
  • curriculum-related cooking and food-technology courses (though schools are strongly encouraged to consider the Guidelines).
The Food and Drink Policy is currently under review and we have urged greater clarity. Contact us with any questions.
In case you missed it...
Connecting to Country at school

Turner school parents, staff and students have created a wonderful garden space to learn, yarn and connect – to both Country and community.

Read more in this article.
Council happenings
June General Meeting

Join us for our June meeting where we will hear from Heidi Prowse, CEO of Mental Illness Education ACT (MIEACT) about their fantastic mental health education programs run in our schools, and for parents and carers.

We'll also start a discussion on the future of P&C-run canteens, and what help is available.

It's on from 7pm on Tuesday 28 June (Week 10).  Register for the online meeting.
Canteen Subcommittee

Thanks to everyone who came along to Council's canteen subcommittee meeting last week, and had input into a great brainstorming session on things that would help P&C-run canteens. The discussion is captured in the meeting minutes, and your ideas have already been presented to government representatives for further discussion and action!
Early Learning Subcommittee

Find the Early Learning subcommittee minutes and links from the meeting, covering engaging preschool and kindy families through P&Cs/PPAs and benefits for families​.
Upcoming events
  • Free member training: Constitution Workshop, TONIGHT 7pm.
  • Executive Meeting, Tuesday June 14 (week 8),  7pm.
  • Council General Meeting, Tuesday 28 June, 7pm (Week 10). Register.  All welcome.
You might be interested
Museum's Songline experience

Songlines from Australia’s First Peoples in a spectacular immersive experience at the National Museum of Australia from June 8 to October 9. It's an audio visual experience created by the producers of Van Gogh Alive. The entry charge is lower on weekdays during ACT school terms ($28 adult, $14 child compared to $35 adult, $17.50 child on weekends and school holidays), so it could be a great place to head during your school's pupil free days this term.
The museum also runs First Australians Tours to learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, their history, culture and connection to country (Daily 3–4pm; charges apply).

There are also resources for teachers at the Defining Moments Digital Classroom (a filter can be applied to the timeline for Indigenous Australia).
Mental health guidelines: participants wanted

The University of Melbourne are recruiting participants to help develop a Mental Health First Aid course for adults living and working with children. They are looking for:
  • parents or carers who have experience in caring for a child with a mental health problem (aged 5-12 years old)
  • young people (aged 16-25 years old) with lived experience of a mental health problem whilst in primary school.
Participation involves three online surveys this year. Find out more and apply.
Parent webinar: safer online gaming

Help your kids stay safe while gaming online with this webinar for parents and carers of 8 - 13 year olds. It will cover:
  • the games young people are using and how they are engaging with them
  • the benefits of gaming and how to mitigate the risks
  • practical strategies to use at home
  • where to find help and support if things go wrong.
Term 2 dates:
Thursday 9 June, 12:30 - 1:30 pm
Friday 17 June, 12:30 – 1:30 pm
Tuesday 21 June, 7:30 – 8:30 pm
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