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8 August, 2018
P&Cs need to know...

Listening to Tuggeranong

We want to know more about what parents see as the joys, difficulties and needs of public schools in Tuggeranong. So we will be holding our August General Meeting in Tuggeranong - the first stop on our ‘listening tour’ - and all parents are invited. It’s on Tuesday 28 August at the Centre for Innovation & Learning at Caroline Chisholm School (108 Hambidge Cres), starting at 7pm.

Please join us and share your experiences, views and ideas so that we can represent them in our regular discussions with the Education Minister and Education Directorate. Some local MLAs are planning to come  so that they can listen too.

Please also help us spread the word so that we can hear from as many parents as possible. You can use this flyer/poster or our Facebook event.

Changes to buses

Transport Canberra have announced a draft new public transport network for 2019. Many schools will have dedicated school buses replaced with regular services.

Council encourages all parents to look at how the new network affects your family and provide feedback to the ACT Government during the consultation period. You can view the proposed services for each school. Feedback can be provided via the YourSay website. Council is preparing a submission on the changes and would also like to hear how your school and community will be affected (please email).

Council has had lengthy meetings with Transport Canberra. We are focusing on making sure that each high school’s Priority Enrolment Area is well serviced by public transport to the school. Our preference is for dedicated school buses, rather than regular route services. We are insistent that students should not have to transit through an interchange to get to their in-area high school. We have also asked for measures to increase student safety and confidence (particularly at interchanges and bus hubs) as well as hands-on education sessions, perhaps accompanying year six transition days to high schools, to help students feel more confident about using buses.

Volunteer grants

The Australian Government is inviting applications for funding to support volunteers under  the Volunteer Grants Activity. These grants provide $1,000 - $5,000 to organisations and community groups to help their volunteers. Applications close 18 September.

Do you employ staff?

If your P&C employs staff, such as a canteen manager, you won't want to miss our special workshop with all the details of how to make sure you are complying with the many obligations employers must fulfill. It's on Thursday 23 August from 7pm-9pm in Stirling. Details to follow very soon!
Council happenings...

Our activities

Our office has been extremely busy of late. We have been talking to parents and P&Cs about changes to school buses and to school capacity calculations, and then advocating on your behalf to the ACT Government. We've written submissions representing your views on disability travel and the NDIS. Council listened to feedback from P&Cs at the last general meeting regarding standardised testing like NAPLAN. This feedback has been collated for a submission to the Standing Committee on Education, Employment and Youth Affairs inquiry into standardised testing in ACT Schools. We are providing feedback to the Education Directorate on proposed changes to the Education ACT, their Suspensions policy and more. And, as always, we have been helping you - our members - with your questions. 

Parent support group meeting

The Parent Support Group on Violence in Schools is planning to meet at 7pm on Monday 20 August at Maitland House, 100 Maitland St Hackett. We will be advancing the planning of our Violence in Schools Workshop (scheduled for 8 Nov). There are some new materials developed by the Education Directorate that we would like to discuss, as well as sharing your thoughts and experiences. Everyone is welcome to attend. Please RVSP to Terry.

Gifted and Talented Students Working Group

The Gifted & Talented Students Working Group will meeting at 7pm on Wednesday 22 August at Maitland House, 100 Maitland St, Hackett . We will discuss ongoing concerns facing parents and consider resources and options for parents. Everyone is welcome to attend. Please RSVP to Terry.

Position vacant

Following the out sourcing of our book keeping/accounting functions, the P&C Council is seeking to fill the position of Executive/Administrative Assistant in our Hackett office. The position will be for 10 to 12 hours per week in school terms at the rate of between $31and $40 per hour (depending on the Level of employment) plus superannuation. Our office times are 9.30am to 2.30pm daily.

Applications for the position addressing the selection criteria should be emailed by close of business on Tuesday 21 August.

Upcoming events

  • Executive Meeting, Tuesday 14 August 7pm start.
  • Parent Support Group on Violence in Schools meeting, Monday 20 August, 7pm Maitland House, 100 Maitland St Hackett (see above).
  • Gifted & Talented Students Working Group meeting Wednesday 22 August, 7pm, Maitland House, 100 Maitland St, Hackett (see above)
  • P&C As a Good Employer Workshop Thursday 23 August, 7pm-9pm, 51 Fremantle Drive, Stirling (see above).
  •  'Listening to Tuggeranong'. General Meeting Tuesday 28 August, Centre for Innovation & Learning at Caroline Chisholm School (108 Hambidge Cres), 7pm. All welcome. (see above)
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Wear it purple - bowling!

This FREE event for students, teaching staff and LGBTIQ+ community groups. Come along to collect Wear It Purple materials for your school event and meet others running similar events in schools across the region. Stay for a free game of ten pin bowling or grab a bite to eat.
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