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15 October, 2019
P&Cs need to know...

Grant writing workshop

Want to learn more about writing successful grant applications? Come along to this new workshop, kindly run by David Pollard, P&C President at Gold Creek School (and winner of a number of recent grants). 

The great thing about grants is that - if successful - you can get thousands of dollars for just one submission. That's a lot of sausages! But the paper work can be daunting. At this workshop we'll look at strategies to increase your chances of success and how to get your head around the requirements for reporting and acquittal.

It's on Tuesday, 29 October from 7-9pm at the Centre for Teaching and Learning, 51 Fremantle Drive, Stirling.
Want to come? Please let us know by email or phone 6241 5759

Report on bullying and violence in schools

The report from the Parliamentary inquiry into the management and minimisation of bullying and violence in ACT schools is now available.

Council is impressed by the report - it shows a clear understanding of the complexities of the issues and reflects the feedback and experiences of families. We support all the recommendations made and look forward to continuing our work with the Education Directorate to implement the changes needed to make our schools safe communities for students, families and staff.

Are you missing school emails?

We believe that some parents are not receiving messages when their school emails all parents. Obviously, it is hard to know if you are not getting emails, but if you think you have been missing messages that other parents get (and have checked that the emails are not hiding in your Spam folder), could you please let us know so that we can understand possible glitches with the Directorate's systems. This may especially be a problem with Hotmail or Grapevine addresses. If you are a Hotmail user, we'd love to hear from you about whether you get emails reliably from the school.

Borrowing fete essentials

As we come into fete season, we're wondering if we can facilitate some sharing of equipment that makes fetes fun and easy!  Council has this chocolate wheel which we can loan to our member organisations.

We also know of a P&C looking to borrow a coin counter and would love to hear from you if you are able to help!
Council happenings...

Delegates - our next meeting and RAP launch

Our next meeting, on Tuesday 22 October, will start with the very exciting launch of our Reconciliation Action Plan at 6:15pm. Delegates are all invited but please RSVP as there will be bush-food catering!
The General Meeting itself will start around 7:50pm and we will be looking ahead to next year with discussions on our budget submission, election priorities, holding your AGM, and whether HKA membership will be ongoing.
It's on at 51 Fremantle Drive in Stirling.

Information from our last meeting

Catch up on what happened at our September Meeting with our online summary.

Upcoming events

  • General Meeting and Reconciliation Action Plan launch, Tuesday 22 October (week 2), 6:15pm. Ends 9:30pm. 51 Fremantle Drive, Stirling. Please RSVP.
  • Grant writing workshop (see above) Tuesday, 29 October (week 3) from 7-9pm at the Centre for Teaching and Learning, 51 Fremantle Drive, Stirling.

Buses to school

We've recently had a number of productive meetings about buses and can let you know of  some changes that have been madeor are coming soon in response to feedback from parents:
  • Extra services/timetable tweaks should have eased crowding and timing problems for Melrose High, Amaroo School and Red Hill Primary.
  • There will be a timetable refresh for weekday services sometime in 2020. A number of timing problems identified by parents via Council should be addressed, including for Kingsford Smith School, Lyneham High (routes 30 & 31), Telopea, Giralang Primary, Forrest Primary.
  • Extensions to 40km/h zones for some schools where students were catching buses outside of school zones (eg Kingsford Smith School)
  • New traffic islands to make getting to bus stops safer (Mt Stromlo)
Transport Canberra have also agreed to review the need for an S-trip for Lyneham High and consider an upgrade of the Bonner shops stop (Neville-Bonner Primary students).

We know these don't fix all the problems that were identified to us, but we do feel Transport Canberra are listening, so do keep letting us know of problems which continue. We're not able to contact everyone who submitted issues, but if you want to know more about your particular issue (for example the reasons it is not resolved above), please contact Janelle.

Canyoning and caving excursions

In June, schools were asked to suspend canyoning and caving activities pending the outcomes of a Directorate review which was prompted by a serious canyoning injury in the wider community. Caving was included in the review because it carries similar risks. The Directorate are focused on ensuring the safety of students as their priority and wanted to ensure the appropriate safeguards are in place to reduce the risk of serious injury occurring to students and/or staff. They also support student participation in outdoor education and acknowledge the many benefits that these experiences provide.
The review is now complete. It supports the reinstatement of canyoning and caving activities for year 9-12 students in time for term 4, as long as policies and procedures are strengthened. The Education Directorate is recruiting an experienced outdoor education teacher to assist with implementing the review outcomes and is working with all schools offering canyoning or caving activities in term 4 to ensure they are aware of and meet the new requirements prior to conducting the activity.
You might be interested...

Sharing photos safely

Our previous Communicator included an item about the need to be very cautious about sharing photos of children online and through social media. Here's a great resource on ways to share photos with friends and family while keeping the images private.

Quantum physics - public lecture

Professor Michelle Simmons will deliver this year's Fenner Lecture on how quantum computing will change your life. Michelle’s talk will be pitched towards young Canberrans. School students are particularly encouraged to attend. It is on Tuesday 29 October at 6pm, in the University of Canberra’s Boiler House Theatre - simply RSVP.
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