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25 October, 2022
P&C essentials!
Your P&C questions answered!

Drop in to our online Q&A session, any time 1-2pm on Friday 4 November (Week 4) for answers to your P&C questions - or just to chat about how it all going! 

Our knowledgeable staff will be there to help! Simply register to attend.

Now is a great time to prepare for your Financial Review, handing over and lining up your AGM. Register for the online session to get some pointers!
School-Family engagement conference

ACCSO, Council's federal counterpart, is holding their annual conference 'School Family Engagement - The Partnership' from November 5 to 6.

We have purchased four tickets so that some our members (that's you!) can attend at no cost to your P&C! 😊

The conference features a range of national and international speakers focusing on the Why, What and How of engaging families with school and working in partnership to improve outcomes.

To secure one of Council's tickets, simply tell us your top tip for working constructively with your school. Email your tip to us, along with your name, school, contact number, and whether you would prefer to attend the conference in person or online. We will choose our favourite from each region to attend!
Yes! I'd like a free ticket!
P&C Insurance

We've recently updated our Information Sheet on P&C Insurance to include the most recent advice from the insurer, as discussed in detail at our Insurance Workshop. It is important to understand what is NOT covered by your P&C insurance, including:
  • Jumping castles, other inflatable attractions and fair-ground rides
  • The sale of some items (including second hand) including electrical equipment, toys, car seats and beauty products.
Please read the information sheet, as this is a complex area.
World Teachers' Day

World Teachers' Day will be celebrated across Australia on Friday this week (28 October) - which is a pupil free day for ACT public schools.

Luckily, there are some fun resources to help you recognise and thank teachers at your school quickly and easily. The theme this year is 'Hats off to teachers' and there are matching social media graphics and posters for you to spread around.

You can also have a bit of fun creating your own personalised thank-you animated gif with a range of virtual hats in the online photobooth!
Help for P&Cs
Youth Grants

ACT Youth Grants provide up to $2000 for projects, events and activities that support engagement and connections of young people and celebrate the diversity and contributions to our community. Close Monday 31 October.
Promoting your spring fairs!

It's been a while since we've seen a spring calendar packed with school fairs and other community events, so we are super excited to see the creative events that our amazing members have come up with this year.

Because this really is good news, and to help promote your events, we issued a Media Release (School Fairs are Back!) late last week, complete with a list of events. There's already been considerable media interest!

It's not too late to add your event if you missed the emails about this last week - just email us.

You can also promote your events for FREE at: See also this article on cheap ways to Promote your Big event!
Parking at spring fairs!

It's a real downer if visitors to your big event get a parking fine, so it can be worth reminding people that they need to park legally.

This makes your fair safer for pedestrians - especially kids - and other motorists and respects local residents. 

The ACT Government has some cartoon graphics (follow the link and scroll to the bottom of the page) you can use to get the message out, or contact us for suggested newsletter wording that we have been provided.
In case you missed it
All about... School Allied Health Services

Our public schools provide support for students in many ways, to help them engage with their studies and school life. One important component are the professionals who are part of the Allied Health Services.

The Education Directorate provided this explainer about this important team.
Council events
Policy Conference & General Meeting - tonight

The policy 'conference' will consider our policy on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories & Cultures Education, discuss removing two policies and take a forward look at Council policies to be updated next year.

Then the General Meeting will discuss the tricky area of mobile phones, and the current state of play of languages education ACT public schools. Please join in!

Register to attend this online meeting, 7-9pm October 25.
Early Learning sub-committee

Our next early learning subcommittee meeting is on this Thursday 27 October (Week 3) from 7:30-8:30pm - Register here 
  • Hear from Tessa Lau, Mawson Preschool, about organising the Preschool Spring Fair and how they used their Children’s Week Grant. 
  • Tips for partnering with schools - resources to help with maintaining open communication with your school and making the most of ‘Orientation opportunities’.  
  • Preschool/kinder happenings. Feedback from members. 
  • Early learning and play resources 
Council's Early Learning Committee provides a forum for parent associations, parents and stakeholders in ACT public schools. If there’s a topic you’d like to raise please contact Council’s early learning officer, Marina Spurgin .
Upcoming events
  • Council General Meeting, online TONIGHT,  25 October, 7-9pm. Register  All welcome.
  • Early Learning Subcommittee meeting, Thursday 27 June, 7pm (Week 3). Register
  • Free member help session: Drop in Q&A. Friday 4 November (Week 4), 1- 2pm.
For parents & carers
Help with mental health
MindMap is a dedicated portal for children and young people (up to 25 years of age) to help navigate Canberra’s mental health system and find the right service and support for your current needs.

To help you to find the right support for your needs, you can access the navigation tool which guides you to the most appropriate services and resources by asking you a set of questions.
eSafety webinars 

The Education Directorate have arranged webinars especially for public school parents, to help you keep kids safe online, start tricky conversations, understand current eSafety issues and what to do if things go wrong.

Choose from:
  •  Primary school session, 27 October, 6-7pm.
  • Secondary school session, 25 October, 6-7pm
  • All ages "Have an eSafe summer", 22 or 24 November, 6-7pm.
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