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November 8, 2016

Council AGM

Our Annual General Meeting is just two weeks away. Please join us! The guest speaker will be Mr Ben McHugh, from Transport Canberra who will provide an update on the Active Streets program which addresses road and traffic safety around schools.

There is still time to nominate for positions on the Council Executive Committee, and a range of other representative roles on government advisory committees and the like. Voting for these positions will be conducted at the AGM. The composition of Council working groups will also be finalised.

How was your year on the P&C?

Thanks for volunteering your time to your P&C in 2016. How did it go? We’d love to know more about your experiences via our short survey.

Thanks to those who have already responded. We will use the results to improve our support for P&Cs and to better represent your experiences to government.

Audit training

Council has been working on ways to help P&C treasurers find suitable auditors that do not cost a fortune. We have developed a short workshop on how to audit a small P&C. The aim is to train treasurers to be capable of doing the minimum audit necessary for a small P&C so that treasurers from near-by P&Cs could audit each others' accounts and avoid having to pay for expensive auditors.
This free workshop is on Thursday this week from 7-9pm at our Hackett office meeting room (100 Maitland street).  If you'd like to come, please let us know.

Attention P&Cs with a July-June financial year

If your P&C uses a July-June financial year (you hold your AGM in Term 3 or 4), now is the time to be finalising your reporting obligations if you have not done so already. See our "After the AGM" checklist for details of what is required.

Starting Kindy next year?

Does your child start kindergarten next year and would you like tips on how to support their transition from preschool? Come along to the Transition to Kindergarten Seminar hosted by Community Services Directorate, Canberra Preschool Society  and the Education Directorate. It is free and on Tuesday November 15 in Stirling. RSVP today!

Secondary school bursary

ACT residents on a low income and with children in high school may be eligible for financial support through the Education Directorate’s Secondary Bursary Scheme. Application forms are available at all high schools, colleges and Centrelink offices as well as online. Applications should be received by November 30 in order for payments to start at the beginning of term 1 next year.

Enquiries 6205 8262 or

FREE driving skills course!

ACSSO (Council's Federal counterpart) are proud to be supporting Ford’s specially-designed Driving Skills for Life program which teaches young drivers how to avoid the riskiest driving situations based on findings from Ford scientists. Newly-licensed drivers (learner, provisional or full) and parents, are invited to take part in a free, hands-on driver training clinics to be held in Canberra on December 2, 3 and 4 at Exhibition Park in Mitchell. Register online, but be quick - places are limited.

Parent engagement conference

The Parent Engagement Conference aims to highlight the way parent engagement supports child wellbeing and learning outcomes. It will be held in Melbourne in June 2017 and early bird registrations are now open. As well as featuring expert speakers, the conference will include "what works" stories, so if you have a success story to tell in bringing parents, schools, students or the community together, the organisers want to hear from you!

Council is able to assist with costs for parents who wish to attend, and especially those who present. Please contact us.

Latest ParentACTion magazine

Find out what other school canteens are up to, pick up some tips for welcoming new parents, read our election round up, and more, in the term 4 edition of our regular magazine. Find it in your P&C's school in-tray/pigeon hole or read it online now!

Restorative justice workshop

A workshop on 'Restorative approaches across the criminal justice system' will be run on Monday November 21 in Civic. Anyone interested is invited to attend.

Up-coming Council events

  • Council Executive Meeting, tonight!, Hackett.
  • Audit training for P&Cs, Thursday November 10, 7-9pm, 100 Maitland Street, Hackett
  • Annual General Meeting, November 22, 6:45 for 7pm start. Ends 9:30pm. 51 Fremantle Drive, Stirling. All welcome.
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