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13 September, 2022
P&C essentials!
Looking ahead

Before the end-of-year rush descends on your volunteers, it pays to look ahead. There's a few things to think about for next year - like finding new committee volunteers and preparing a handover - and it is never too early to start! 

Check out our tips for getting through the essentials.
Info for P&Cs
Public education & volunteer awards

Nominate an exceptional volunteerteacher or school employee for a public education award! It's a great way to recognise your valuable volunteers and others who make a difference to students, school and the school community. Closes 10 October.

P&Cs can also nominate a great volunteer or volunteer team for the Canberra region Volunteering Awards
Electronic payment system

If your P&C is looking to set up an electronic payments system, or change providers, Mawson Primary P&C may have a solution.

They have recently switched to Zeller terminal because the transaction fee is lower than with Square (1.4% compared to 1.9%, terminal itself costs $300). They've noticed that Zeller currently has a promotion where the referrer and a referred each get $100 at onboarding / joining. If there is another P&C out there looking to join up, Mawson would love to refer them so both parties can benefit! Contact Mawson P&C President Olga Rogacheva if your P&C might be interested.
Canteens: Food safety course

The ACT Nutrition Support Service are once again running their Food Safety Supervisors course next term. Having a qualified food safety supervisor at your canteen is a regulatory requirement.

It's on Monday 14 November (9:30am - 4:30pm) in Chifley. Cost is $275. 
More information and to enrol.
In case you missed it
At our P&C... Bingo Night!

How do you host a great night for the school community and raise funds at the same time?  Put together a great P&C team, add support from the school, some personality and hijinks, plates of tasty food and – Bingo! – job done!

Macgregor Primary P&C's President, Eleanor Bates, tells us all about their Bingo night in this article.
"Less less work than a trivia night"
Parent voice
Language education

Council has been asked to provide feedback to the Education Directorate on a discussion paper and draft action plan about language education in ACT public schools. These documents cover issues such as workforce, delivery models, curriculum and partnerships.

To inform our feedback we would like to hear your views!

What would you like language education in your school to look like? How could this best be achieved?
Please send any input to
Council news & events
New Council team member

Introducing Julie McLean, Council's new Policy Officer!

As Policy Officer, Julie will look after Council's submissions and other formal responses, as well as our policy framework.

Julie has an extensive background in policy and program management and brings with her a wealth of experience in the development of policy, public discussion papers and public consultations. She also has a strong interest in the issues facing schools and has been actively involved in her local P&Cs.

We are so lucky to have Julie as part of the team! 
Starting school: Parent Webinar

Do you know someone starting Preschool or Kindy in 2023?

Knowing what to expect and ways to prepare can help reduce stress and make starting school a breeze!

This free parent webinar features Dr Kathryn Hopps, Adjunct Research Associate at Charles Sturt University. Her research expertise is in transitions, with her current study investigating families’ experiences of starting school during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

From the ACT Education Directorate, Simone Hobday and Anne Gummow will talk about important considerations for starting preschool or kindergarten, and ways to support children’s learning.

It's on Thursday 15 September, 7:30-8:30pm. Register for the Starting School Webinar.

Please help us spread the word!

And if you got a message earlier today when trying to register that the webinar is full , please try again!
Upcoming events
  • Executive Meeting, TONIGHT,  7pm.
  • Starting School Webinar, Thursday 15 September (Week 9), 7:30-8:30pm. Register
  • Free member training: Grant Writing. Online Tuesday October 11 (Week 1, Term 4), 7-8:30pm.
For parents & carers
Careers spotlight

Encourage students to explore different occupations by learning about others' experiences. Watch the first two videos in myfuture’s new Occupation spotlight series to hear from Jade Louise, a counsellor/case manager, and Tameeka, a mechanical fitter apprentice. Discover how they started in their careers, the pathways they took to their current roles, and why they love what they do.
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