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3 March, 2020
P&Cs need to know...

Please update your details

So that we can continue to serve you - our members - we need up to date information about your 2020 committee. Even if your committee has not changed, please complete our Office Bearers' Form.

Many thanks to the 10 committees who have already completed the form - and special mention to Macquarie Primary P&C who were first in with their form this year (and honourable mentions to German Australian Playschool and Cranleigh School P&C)!!  😃

After your AGM

When your AGM is over, there are some important tasks to complete. (Print out our checklist!) If you are leaving your P&C, thanks from us for your contributions.
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AGM how to

Our Information Sheet and linked resources will help you breeze through your AGM if you haven't already held it this year.


Reconcilation Day Grants are open for organisations to hold meaningful events in the lead-up to or in support of the Reconciliation Day public holiday on June 1. There are event ideas in this article.

Westfield Local Heroes - Funds community nominated individuals with a $10,000 grant to support their affiliated organisation’s work, programs or activities. Nominations close March 16, 2020.

We have a list of other grants for which P&Cs can apply, and tips on getting grants too. 

Canteen deeds

We have been receiving enquiries from members about Canteen Deeds. If your P&C runs the canteen at your school, the arrangement is covered by a Deed signed by the school and P&C. The Deeds are usually valid for a term of 3 or 5 years, but don't worry if yours has expired - they generally contain a holding over clause, allowing for the agreement to continue after the expiry of the Deed on a month-to-month basis, similar to domestic rental agreements. Ideally both the school and the P&C should have copies of the signed deed. We are not expecting any large changes to deeds or canteen arrangements and believe that EDU will have a template deed that is available to schools for future canteen agreements.

Sharing information

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Council happenings...

Our activities

You can catch up on what happened at our General meeting last week including the presentation on school funding given by Trevor Cobbold, things we plan to discuss with EDU, our election priorities and more.

Early Learning Meeting

Come along to our Early Learning Committee meeting next week and discuss and learn about Preschool community building and volunteer strategies, 3-year-old preschool, streaming technology for meetings and our next Parent Forum topic. It's on at our office, 100 Maitland Street Hackett, on Wednesday 11 March from 7-8:30pm.

Upcoming events

  • Executive Meeting, Tuesday 10 March , 7pm start
  • Early Learning Committee Meeting, Wednesday 11 March (Week 6), 7-8:30pm, 100 Maitland Street Hackett (Week 6) - see above. All welcome.
  • General Meeting with guest speaker Ross Hawkins, from the ACT Education Directorate, who will update members on the next steps in reducing and better responding to violence in schools - Building Strong and Safe Communities for Learning. 24 March, 6:45 for 7pm start. Ends 9:30pm. 51 Fremantle Drive, Stirling. All welcome
In case you missed it...

Read all about it 

Our Term 1 ParentACTion magazine is out now and full of information for P&C volunteers and parents. Including:
  • Great events run by P&Cs that cut down volunteer workload
  • Council’s Top Tips for a great year for your P&C
  • Who is Council anyway?
  • Kids and play – and playschools
  • A school canteen with a cafe-style facelift
  • And more!
You might be interested...

Volunteering awards

Nominations are now open for the 2020 Volunteering Awards for the Canberra Region! Show volunteers how much you acknowledge and appreciate them by nominating one today!

Digitised Childhoods - Parent Seminar

APFACTs (our private school parent counterpart) present Dr Kristy Goodwin, a digital wellbeing speaker, author and mum who helps parents of 0-8 year olds navigate the digital world. In this highly practical parent seminar, learn why young kids have techno-tantrums, and how to prevent them, how to source age-appropriate content for young children, and more. It's on Wednesday 11 March in Wanniassa and the cost is $25. Book here.

Career info for parents and carers 

The earliest and often the most powerful learning about careers is shaped by the adults in a child's life. myfuture, the National Career Information Service, has tools and resources available to help parents to guide and support their child as they explore career options and occupations of interest. Browse the Assist your child page for more information.

Calling young film makers! 

Young people with a knack for filmmaking and passion for sustainability should check out Future Film Festival. You can win awesome prizes like a brand new electric bike and have your film screened at the 2020 Canberra Short Film Festival! 
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