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23  November, 2021
P&Cs need to know...
Look ahead to your AGM

OK, no one really wants to do that right now, but a quick glance into the future will save you hassles next year and help you comply with government regulations. Start thinking about:
  • Your AGM date - most P&C Annual General Meetings are held in Term 1, but because you need to send out notice of the meeting it's best to set the date before the end of this year (check your constitution for the amount of notice needed). The AGM is an important event, but needn't be daunting - find out more here.
  • Preparing your finances to be looked over by a reviewer/auditor. After December 31, treasurers will need to finalise the books, prepare a report, and take them to a reviewer who can sign them off. This must be completed at least two weeks before the AGM. Right now is a good time to line up your auditor/reviewer and start to get things organised. We have comprehensive information about the audit/review process, templates and instructions for creating your report, and a ✅ checklist of things to start gathering together - all on our Annual Review web page.
✅  Print out our AGM preparation checklist and starting ticking! 
Tell us about it!

How was 2021 for your P&C - and you as a volunteer?
We'd love to hear all about it, and find out how we can better support you - our members - in our 2021 Member Survey.
It will take about 10 minutes of your valuable time, but we'd be super grateful!
Changes for deductible gift recipients

Does your P&C have - and use - deducible gift recipient (DGR) status? (This is the tax status that allows donations to your association to be tax deductible for the donor).
If so, there are changes happening soon, requiring non-government deductible gift recipients (DGRs) to be registered as charities. You can read about it here on the tax office web site, or attend this webinar, jointly run by the Tax office and Charities Commission (ACNC), on Nov 30 to learn more.
Council happenings
Our AGM and November General Meeting

Join us tonight to hear from ACT Minister for Education and Early Childhood Development, Yvette Berry, who will speak about the Future of Education in the ACT, post COVID.

We'll also be electing new Council Executives and representatives, before getting back to usual Council business and any issues from P&Cs. Council positions available, and how to nominate to join us, are detailed in the AGM papersContact Terry with any questions.

It's on at 7pm TONIGHT -  Tuesday 23 November, via Zoom.
Please register in advance for this meeting and you'll be sent the link.
We're hiring! - Executive Officer
We are looking for a highly motivated and energetic person to provide support to the Executive of Council, liaise with ACT public school parent association volunteers, the Education Directorate, political parties and other stakeholders, and manage our small office team. Details here.

Please help us spread the word so that we find the perfect person!

And yes - this does means that we are losing Terry!  Terry will be retiring at the end of the year and we know that he will be sorely missed, He has been the face of Council - and the man behind the emails - for so long. If you'd like a chance to say goodbye, come along to our Christmas Party. Contact us for details.
Garden Design Competition - hop on board!

Exciting news! Early next year,  Council will be running a Design Competition - Healing and Caring for Country: creating an outdoor learning area. 

We want teachers, students and P&Cs to imagine an outdoor learning space for healing and caring for country. We want to see your ideas for creating a place in your school where students can go and connect to Country.  There are great prizes to help bring your design to life! 

We are still in the planning stages and would love to get keen parents involved! We'd love you to join our Reconciliation Action Plan Committee to help run and judge the competition. We're also looking for any contacts - at nurseries or garden supply outlets - where we might be able to source donated prizes. Contact us if you can help!
You might be interested
School-leavers note!

The Canberra Institute of Technology is currently offering free vocational education and training to young people (17 to 24 years, who have finished school) in areas of employment growth. The JobTrainer scheme is a jointly funded initiative of the Commonwealth, state and territory governments.  There are a range of courses included - from  hospitality to writing for the media.
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