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22 August, 2018
P&Cs need to know...

Photo Competition!

Council's Photo Competition is open all of Term 3 - you won't want to miss out on the prizes! There are CASH prizes of $500 and $250 for the two photographs which best and most creatively illustrate what P&Cs do and how they contribute to our schools. Plus eight lucky-draw prizes of a fabulous CountRight coin counting tray (to speed up your cash counting!) - the more times you enter, the more chance you have of winning! Find the details, entry portal, terms and conditions, and tips for photographing kids here.

Stronger Communities Program Grants

Federal Government grants of between $2,500 and $20,000 are available for small capital works projects that will increase community participation and enrich your community. P&Cs must be able to match the grant 50:50, either in cash or in kind. Submissions must be made via your local MP’s office. For Northside P&Cs (electorate of Fenner) contact in Andrew Leigh’s office (applications close Sept 30). Southside P&Cs (electorate of Canberra) can find all the details for applying on Gai Brodtmann's website (expressions of interest due Sept 7).

Contemplating P&Cs

The way in which parent associations formally operate has changed little in decades, despite changes in lifestyles over this time. This has led Council to review the structures surrounding how parents are involved in our schools. Do we need to change? We'd love your input via our Business Model Survey. Discussions about possible models will be a major component of our General Meeting on 25 September.

Schools for All focus group

Following the 2015 Schools for All report and subsequent implementation of recommendations, the Education Directorate (EDU) is evaluating the process and outcomes of the project. As part of this, focus groups are being run with parents to discuss perceptions of safety, learning and fun at schools, particularly for students with complex needs. Council has arranged for an EDU-run focus group to be held at 7pm on Wednesday 5 September at Maitland House, Hackett. Any parents wishing to take part can contact Terry (6241 5759).
We ask P&C members to pass on this invitation to other parents in your community. (We have a template for sharing Communicator items to your school newsletter, if that helps!)

Term 3 ParentACTion magazine out now!

The Term 3 edition of ParentACTion magazine is now available for your reading pleasure! (Hard copies will appear in school in-trays in the next few days). Stories include:
  • Details of the merger of Canberra Preschool Society with P&C Council
  • Insight into what makes some of our valuable volunteers tick
  • A look at an exciting activity run by one of our P&Cs – a whole-school campout!
  • What schools are doing to show respect for and welcome Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and culture
  • Explanation of Individual Learning Plans and making them work
Council happenings...

Gifted and Talented Students Working Group

The Gifted & Talented Students Working Group will meeting Tonight at 7pm at Maitland House, 100 Maitland St, Hackett . We will discuss ongoing concerns facing parents and consider resources and options for parents. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Join us - Tuggeranong listening

Our August General Meeting will be held at the Centre for Innovation & Learning at Caroline Chisholm School (108 Hambidge Cres), starting at 7pm.  We will be focusing on the needs of public schools in Tuggeranong, but there may be many commonalities with schools throughout Canberra. 

It's on next week - Tuesday 28 August - and everyone is welcome. Some local MLAs are planning to come so that they can listen too.

Upcoming events

  • Gifted & Talented Students Working Group meeting TONIGHT 22 August, 7pm, Maitland House, 100 Maitland St, Hackett
  • P&C As a Good Employer Workshop TOMORROW, Thursday 23 August, 7pm-9pm, 51 Fremantle Drive, Stirling
  • 'Listening to Tuggeranong'. General Meeting Tuesday 28 August, Centre for Innovation & Learning at Caroline Chisholm School (108 Hambidge Cres), 7pm (see above).
In case you missed it...

Volunteer Grants

The Australian Government is inviting applications for funding to support volunteers under  the Volunteer Grants Activity. These grants provide $1,000 - $5,000 to organisations and community groups to help their volunteers. Applications close 18 September.

There are more grant opportunities and help with applying on our website.
You might be interested...

Australia's biggest safety lesson

Given the recent approaches by strangers to school students in some regions of Canberra, P&Cs and schools may be interested in participating in the Daniel Morcombe Foundation's 'Australia’s Biggest Child Safety Lesson 2018' on Friday 26 October  26. The fun and interactive lesson will teach personal safety strategies for children 3-8 years.  Last year over 100 000 children watched the lesson at the same time. Find out more, access resources and register here.

What do you think of ACT libraries?

The ACT Government is conducting an inquiry into our public libraries and would like to hear as many views as possible. Submissions are due September 21.

Access days

Given the success of recent 'access days' for some Canberra attractions and business, several are now having regular sensory-friendly sessions. These sessions provide opportunities for guests on the Autism Spectrum, along with their families and friends, access outside of the regular opening hours. The aim is to develop resilience in the children and to promote integration for both the families and the businesses. Depending on the activity, some modifications will be made to accommodate people on the Autism spectrum. Regular sessions are now at Flip Out (1st Sunday of the month), Bloc Haus (2nd Sunday of the month) and Canberra Indoor Rock Climbing (4th Sunday of the month).
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