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May 1, 2018
P&Cs need to know...


Welcome to all the wonderful people who have volunteered for a P&C role in 2018. There are 83 P&Cs in the ACT, faced with similar joys and challenges, and Council is here to help!

Please make sure we know who your 2018 committee is by completing our Office Bearers' Form. Then, why not take a look at the resources on our website, designed to help you, including an extensive set of Information Sheets, a range of templates and pro-formas, a 'To Do list' covering the essentials and our FAQ. We also have a training session on TONIGHT which you are still welcome to come along to.

Feel free to contact us at any time with any P&C-related questions.

Constitution workshop

Many committees find their constitution is out of date, no longer reflects current practice or may not comply with the model structure. Our hands-on workshop is designed to help you review, rewrite or amend your constitution. We will look at the model rules, the ACT Associations Incorporations Act, Council’s sample constitution, and the process of passing an amended constitution through your P&C.

Due to low numbers we have postponed this workshop until Thursday June 28, so that more P&Cs can attend. It's on from 6:45 to 9:00pm, at the Centre for Teaching and Learning, 51 Fremantle Drive, Stirling. Find out more and sign up here.

Share interesting items

We strive to provide information of interest to school parents in the Council Communicator. If you think any of the items below items are of interest to parents at your school, please pass them on via your school newsletter or whatever other means you wish. We would be grateful if you would share the presentation on ILPs in particular.

We now have a template page for school newsletters to make it easier for you to cut and paste items to submit to your school newsletter under the P&C Council banner if you wish.

Being a great delegate

If you are your school's new delegate to Council and missed our welcome session last term, please take a look at our information on the role of delegate. Contact us with any questions!
Council happenings...

Presentation: making your child's ILP work

Join us for our next General Meeting to hear from the Education Directorate's Sam Seton who will talk about inclusion in our schools and Individual Learning Plans (ILPs) and how to make them work for your child. Everyone is welcome and we would appreciate you spreading the word among your school community (for example you could sharing our Facebook event). It's on from 7pm, Tuesday May 22, 51 Fremantle Dr, Stirling.

Upcoming events

  • Executive Meeting, Tuesday May 8, 7pm start.
  • General Meeting including presentation on inclusion and ILPs (see above), May 22, 6:45 for 7pm start. Ends 9:30pm. 51 Fremantle Drive, Stirling. All welcome.
You might be interested...

Sorry Day - May 26

National Sorry Day is a day for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous people to acknowledge and reflect on the impact of the policies spanning more than 150 years of forcible removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families.
The National Sorry Day Committee website offers history and information about the meaning of this day and includes information about the Bringing Them Home report and the National Apology to the Stolen Generations. Schools and P&Cs are encouraged to acknowledge the day.

NAPLAN information for parents

NAPLAN testing is coming up this month and will be online for the first time. You may be interested in the resources for parents provided by ACARA (the body which runs the tests).

Smart Screen parent tool

Keeping up with young people and technology, or even knowing how to start a conversation about online safety can be difficult. That’s why the Office of the eSafety Commissioner recently launched a new interactive self-reflective tool, Screen Smart Parent Tour, to help parents and carers of 10 to 14-year-olds keep on track with online safety. The ‘tour’ offers practical tips and advice on six important topics to help manage online issues if they arise.

Sexting - free webcast

Generation Next are airing a free webcast titled 'Sexting - Just rude pictures?' on Friday May 25. The webcast will outline what constitutes sexting, what makes sexting illegal, the risks, and reasons young people engage in this practice. It will highlight practical strategies on reducing teen sexting and how to deal with illegal material. Click through for more information on the presenter, webcast instructions and to register.

Your PLates Review

The ACT Government is consulting on a graduated licensing scheme for new drivers, where restrictions are reduced as a driver gains experience. Because the changes may affect drivers and their families, they want to understand what exemptions may be needed in the ACT. To have your say, fill in this survey (and go into the draw to win 1 of 2 double business lounge passes to a Canberra Raiders game!) or check out the YourSay website.


Senior students may be interested in TechLauncher - an ANU initiative where students develop the research and professional skills required to use technology to bring great ideas to life. This year's participants will be presenting their work at a showcase on May 8 at Narrabundah College from 4:30-7pm. If you are interested in solving complex real-world problems, you are encouraged to attend and chat to ANU students, learn about their projects, and network with the Canberra innovation community.
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