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20 July, 2022
P&Cs need to know...
Parent Survey: have your say

Jump online before 9am Friday (July 22) to share your family's experience of schooling last Term, particularly in relation to COVID and staff shortages.

Our survey only takes 6-8 minutes.

We'll use the information to better advocate for parents at ACT public schools with ACT decision makers.

Please share with your community.
COVID-affected Term 3

ACT Education Minister, Yvette Berry, is expecting high numbers of staff absences in Term 3, and another difficult Term. Periods of remote learning remain a possibility, though schools continue to prioritise learning on site wherever possible. 

Council's Office is also likely to be affected by illness and, being a small team, we are asking you - our members - to be patient if there are delays or interruptions to our usual services and responses.
We're hiring! School-hours position

Council is hunting for the perfect Policy Officer! Do you know someone with great writing, analytical and liaison skills, who can combine member perspectives and focused research to develop Council policy positions and capture this is a wide variety of written documents?

This 15 hour-a-week position (school terms only) works flexibly with our small Council Office team.
View more information, including the Duty Statement and Selection Criteria.

Applications addressing the section criteria are due Monday 8 August at 5pm.
Inquiries and applications to

Please share through your networks.
Fete in a box

The Fundraising Whisperer has extended their Fete in a Box  to include emails counting down to the big day. It really does have everything you need to plan a great fete.  We know some brave souls are going ahead with fete planning, so check it out!
Changes to super: attention employers

P&Cs which employ staff should be aware of Important super changes now in effect. The super guarantee (SG) rate is now 10.5% and eligibility requirements have changed. You now need to pay super for all eligible employees, regardless of how much they earn.
Council happenings
Education stakeholder roundtable

To discuss the impact of COVID-19 in public schools, Council has asked the Minister for a Roundtable involving all education stakeholders. The Minister has agreed! The aim is to try to find ways of improving the current experience for everyone at our public schools in the difficult circumstances we have at the moment. This will take place early this term. We will use the feedback we have received from parents - including our current survey - to represent the parent voice at the moment.
Latest media release

Council has been busy this week responding a string of ACT Government pre-budget announcements which relate to schools. It's great to see investment in our public schools continuing.  Read our press release on the announcement of a much needed second College for Gungahlin.
Last meeting

At our last General Meeting in June, there was a lot of interest in the excellent presentation from Mental Illness Education ACT (MIEACT). The presentation slides, along with the minutes of the meeting have been emailed to all delegates and presidents.
You might be interested
Student Completion

The ACT Government want young people's ideas on how we can make Canberra a place where people of all abilities are included in all parts of everyday life, with the Student Voice Competition.

Students are invited to submit an artwork or written piece communicating their ideas for better schools, public places, parks and playgrounds. All entrants will go in the draw to win one of four $100 Canberra Centre gift voucher.
Entries will be accepted until 5 pm on 22 July 2022.
ACT Container Deposit Scheme School Survey

Exchange for Change, Canberra's Container Deposit Scheme operator, is asking teachers, staff and parents to complete a short survey about the ACT Container Deposit Scheme (CDS).

Help them further understand how schools are participating in the scheme by filling out the 3-minute survey. This will help inform improvements to school info sessions and engagement activities.
Student Competition: Win cash!

The ATO is running a competition for High School and College students: Tax, Super + You. The cash prize pool of $7,600 is a great motivator to learn more about the value of tax and super, and share that learning in a creative project - it could be a song, comic strip, video or more! Closes August 19.
2022 Canberra CareersXpo
The annual CareersXpo is on again!
This year they are incorporating a session exclusively for Year 6 students. Parents are encouraged to visit at any time to experience the changing world of careers.

Where: Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC), Flemington Road, Mitchel

When: Wednesday 17 August – 9:15am – 2:30pm
Thursday 18 August– 9:15am – 12:30pm
Thursday 5 August – 1:00pm – 2:30 pm (Year 6 component)
Helping teens with career planning

Parents and carers can have an enormous influence on their child’s career decisions and pathway planning, but where do you start?  The Melba Copland Secondary School career practitioners in partnership with the ACT Education Directorate will present a workshop for parents and carers on 26 July 2022 at 5pm in the library at the senior school site.

Experienced career practitioners will present up-to-date information on different pathways, strategies to start career conversations, plus how to lead by example and seek support.

Light refreshments will be provided. Register to attend.
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