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May 24, 2016

Effective P&C workshop

If you missed our much-lauded workshops in Term 1, all is not lost! The free workshops, which help P&C office bearers to run effective associations, will run again on Thursday June 2  in Stirling from 6:30 to 9:10pm.  Covering ways to improve how your P&C works, recruiting volunteers, fundraising and the P&C as an employer, this workshop is for new recruits and continuing officers alike. Please RSVP to our office if you wish to attend.

Attention treasurers!

Council affiliation fees for your P&C are now due (your annual fee for Council membership).  Invoices were mailed a few weeks ago, addressed to P&C treasurers. Fees have remained at the same low rate for seven years!  What do you get from your Council membership? Advice, resources, training, publications, representation and more.

Several other P&C bills are also due soon. Contact us if you have any questions about these.
  • Insurance premiums. Invoices are sent directly to P&Cs from Civic Insurance Brokers.
  • Workers compensation. Invoices will come separately to P&Cs who employ staff.

General meeting tonight, with cyber-safety talk

Join us for our General Meeting tonight (May 24) from 6:45pm and hear from experts on how to prevent, identify and handle cyber-bullying, plus cyber-safety techniques and measures. It's at the Centre for Teaching and Learning, 51 Fremantle Drive, Stirling.

Me & my school: engaging migrant families forum

We are hosting a forum to help schools create a sense of belonging for migrant and refugee parents and students. It is a chance for principals to hear directly from migrant parents and share experiences with other school leaders. All parents are welcome (RSVP to Glenn on 6251 4550). It is on Thursday June 9 from 2 to 4pm in Stirling. Afternoon tea is provided and the event is free.

P&Cs are asked to alert migrant and refugee parents in their community about the event. Event flyers can be downloaded and printed if needed.

School traffic

After years of Council lobbying for programs to get more kids walking and riding to school and upgrades to improve school traffic, we are pleased to see $2 million allocated in next month's ACT budget for this. It is a step in the right direction and we will watch the outcomes with interest.

To stay in touch with news in education, especially with elections coming up, why not join our Facebook or Twitter communities?

Canteen survey

Thank you to everyone who made the time to respond to the Nutri Y's Food Services program survey about the challenges facing canteen staff and volunteers. They are thrilled with the number of responses they have already received and will share the summarised findings with Council when available. They hope to use the results to design new services to help canteens. If you missed out and still want to have some input please fill in the survey.

Crowdfunding for low-SES schools

Help raise more money for your school using a new online crowdfunding platform from education charity Schools Plus. The platform is a simple and effective way for schools and P&Cs to raise funds. It
  • offers a tax deduction for donations to schools (tax receipts are automatically sent to donors)
  • significantly widens who schools can approach for support outside of their immediate community
  • has been designed specifically for schools and P&Cs
  • brings existing fundraising activities online to reduce admin and time
  • best of all, it’s free for schools and P&Cs to use!
To be eligible, schools must have a value below 1000 on the Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage (ICSEA). Check the ICSEA of your school. More information online or from Beth Gibbins on 02 8880 0296.

Schools for All parent forum

To implement the fifty recommendations of the Report of the Expert Panel on Students with Complex Needs and Challenging Behaviour , the Education Directorate has begun a three year program of cultural change, requiring major policy and program reform, to reach an evidence based ‘whatever it takes’ student-centred vision in our schools. To keep parents up to date with progress, the Directorate will hold Parent Forums once a term. The Term 2 forum is on Wednesday June 15 from 9:30-10:30 at the Centre for Teaching and Learning, Fremantle Drive, Stirling; then repeated at 5:50pm- 6:30pm at UC High School Kaleen, Baldwin Drive, Kaleen.

Teens innovation workshop

Teen Start-Up is a fun two-day event for 10-18 year-olds. Students work together to come up with an idea for a product or service which solves a problem their generation will face. They are taken through the innovation development process from idea to execution, then pitch their concepts to a panel of judges. A showcase of new technologies in action will be there to inspire. The event is on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 June, 9:00am - 5:00pm in  Weston and costs just $44. Book here or enquire.

National Reconciliation Week

Each year National Reconciliation Week (May 27- June 3) celebrates and builds on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians. The theme for 2016 is Our History, Our Story, Our Future, which asks all Australians to reflect on our national identity, and the place of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and rights in our nation’s story. Head over to the website for resources and ways to be involved.

Up-coming Council events

  • General meeting, TONIGHT, May 24, 6:45 for 7pm start. Ends 9:30pm. 51 Fremantle Drive, Stirling. Guest speakers will discuss Cyber Bullying and Safety.  All welcome.
  • Effective P&C Workshop, June 2 - see item on training above.
  • Me & my school: engaging migrant families forum, Thursday June 9, 2-4pm, 51 Fremantle Drive, Stirling. All welcome.
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