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24 May, 2022
P&Cs need to know...
Sausage success!

We are hearing some wonderful reports from your election day BBQs and stalls, of money made, but connections as well. We are hoping to hear more of your feedback at our General Meeting tonight (from 7pm - register here).

We were able to help promote the stalls, including an interactive map of BBQ sites in the Canberra Times. Thanks to everyone who supplied information about their activities for this.
Member drop-in session 

We will be online from 1-2pm on Friday June 3 to answer your P&C-related questions.

Simply register to receive the Zoom link, then drop in any time during the hour.

No question is too large or too small!
Top Tip: Make your P&C fun!

If being involved in your P&C is more fun than expected, people are more likely to come back, so run you meetings well, stick to time, introduce everyone and even try an ice-breaker activity.

At big events, assign someone to just look after volunteers and provide them with drinks, sunscreen, breaks and so on. Make sure volunteers are well utilised, have clear tasks and finish at the end of their shift.  Always thank everyone profusely.

Read more about growing your P&C and looking after volunteers.
How to update your constitution

Next month our free member training takes a deep dive into constitutions. Our P&C Constitution workshop is designed to help P&Cs review, rewrite or amend their constitutions, using the model rules and our sample constitution.  Bring along your own P&C constitution to work through the details!
Where? When?
It's on 7-9pm on Tuesday 7 June (Term 2, Week 7). Find out more and register here!
You've been heard - school infrastructure

The ACT Government's Committee on Education and Community Inclusion tabled their report on Managing School Infrastructure recently. The report makes 35 recommendations, many of which are directly related to Council's own recommendations on behalf of P&Cs and what you have told us is important. The report repeatedly cites P&C Council when making recommendations, and generally supports our lobbying goals. This highlights the valuable input from you, our members.

Recommendations made touch on our priority lobbying areas including college capacity in the north including Gungahlin, libraries and other specialist spaces, building accessibility, infrastructure maintenance and planning, and traffic management and road safety.
Remind your community: Preschool enrolments

We are hoping P&Cs can help reach out to parents and neighbours as school enrolment deadlines approach.

Parents must submit applications online by June 3 to receive an offer by July 25 - or wait until later in the year for confirmation. Remind first-time parents and relocated families about enrolment to help get the message out: borrow our graphic if that helps.
See enrolling in preschool for more.
In case you missed it...
ParentACTion magazine Out Now!

Our Term 3 member magazine is now available

Hear from Council President, Alison Elliott, about Council activities and changes coming in the disability education space (see 'From the President').

Also in this issue:
  • what other P&Cs are up to
  • meet our office team
  • prepare for Kindy and Preschool
  • canteen update
Council happenings
General Meeting - tonight!

Join us for our General Meeting online from 7pm tonight.
On the agenda:
  • feedback on your election day stalls
  • your experiences with the School Sport ACT model of coordinating student regional events
  • the findings of the Government inquiry into school infrastructure, to which many P&Cs provided input 
  • National Reconciliation Week and reconciliation journeys
  • Term 2 for P&Cs.
Simply register for the meeting.
Canteen Subcommittee Meeting

What would help your P&C-run canteen?
Both the Education and Health Directorates have asked us – how can they help P&C-run canteens? They hope to provide real solutions to keep your canteens in business, as finding new providers is difficult. To open up the question, and devise solutions, our Term 2 Canteen Subcommittee meeting will focus on discussion and brainstorming of your problems and ideas – please join us on Wednesday June 1 from 7 to 8:30pm (an online meeting: register here). We'll also be reporting back on answers to your questions from the Term 1 meeting.
Early Learning Committee Meeting

Council’s Early Learning Committee Meeting is on Thursday, June 2 at 10.30am. 
All parents, carers and P&C representatives with preschool or junior primary children are welcome to come along - register here

We will hear from Simone Hobday, ACT Education Directorate, about Learning Foundations and brain development. We will also look at engaging junior parent communities - resource hubs to share with families; and parent and carer feedback.

Contact Marina, Council's Early Learning Officer with questions or topics for your preschool/kindy community.  
Upcoming events
  • Council General Meeting, Tuesday 24 May, 7pm (Tonight!). Register.  All welcome.
  • Canteen Subcommittee meeting, Wednesday 1 June, 7pm (Week 6). Register
  • Early Learning Committee Meeting,  Thursday, June 2, 10.30am (Week 6). Register.
  • Free member help session: Drop in Q&A. Friday 3 June (Week 6), 1- 2pm.
  • Free member training: Constitution Workshop, Thursday 12 May, 7-9pm.
You might be interested
Children's Ground

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education systems are over 65,000 years old and recognised as global leading practice. The Children’s Ground Learning & Wellbeing platform privileges a child’s First Language and culture as the foundation of learning. With this basis, The Children’s Ground have built a learning experience that embraces identity, knowledge, emotional literacy, creative thinking and physical, social and cultural wellbeing. The program also ensures Indigenous children develop the skills and knowledge that allow them to embrace and celebrate their identity as Aboriginal children in a global world.
Survey: Education and care of children with disability

Children and Young People with Disability Australia (CYDA) are currently running two surveys to gain insight into education and care of children and young people with disability. CYDA wants to make sure that families and children get the support they need to ensure an inclusive experience as early as possible. You can complete the survey for early childhood education and care or the survey for primary and secondary schooling.
Survey: Youth Priorities for Mental Health & Substance Use

This study is seeking to understand the perspectives of young Australians on priorities for prevention research in mental health and substance use. Feedback is sought from young people aged 16-25 an online survey (approximately 30 minutes). Those completing the survey will enter into a prize draw for one of two $250 vouchers.
Webinar: Supporting your child’s career in the post-pandemic world
The way in which the pandemic has rewritten our future means that career education is more important than ever. In this webinar, Professor Tristram Hooley provides a framework for thinking about the impact of COVID on young people and how parents and carers can help them to build resilience to the changing employment environment. He will discuss:
  • The impact the pandemic has had on career development
  • Strategies to support young people moving forward
  • Nine step career education recovery plan.
It's on Wednesday 1 June at 4pm. Find out more and register for this free event.
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