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June 21, 2016

School capacity, enrolments and planning

At our next General Meeting we will have a presentation from Robert Gotts, the Director of Planning and Performance at the ACT Education Directorate. He will talk about planning, school capacity and urban renewal. There will be some time for questions and all parents are welcome. 

The meeting is being held in the Gungahlin College lecture room (note the change from our usual venue) on Tuesday June 28 at 6:45pm for a 7pm start.

Federal election - vote for education

Our friends at ACSSO (Council's federal counterpart) have prepared this summary of where the major parties stand on important education issues for the upcoming federal election, to help you decide where to direct your vote. Please share! It is colour coded for the major parties so that you can easily compare their positions. You can also access the major parties' education policies and what you can do to push the education agenda at this election on ACSSO's Federal Election Page. 

Council representatives have also been meeting with ACT Senate candidates in the lead up to the federal election, in our role as the parent voice for public education.

Canteen networking event

There are lots of wonderful things happening in ACT school canteens and Fresh Tastes want to celebrate the wonderful people making them happen! They are partnering with Healthy Kids Association to create a networking event for canteens in Term 3. They are asking those involved with school canteens to take a quick survey to help ensure the event is inspiring and useful. It will only take a few minutes.

Treasurer's audit: Book swap?

Many P&Cs find it difficult to find an auditor willing to audit their books at the end of their financial year at reasonable cost (despite our list of auditors). One suggestion is that P&C treasurers from different P&Cs audit each other’s books. This is permitted, without needing the auditor to be qualified, as long as the P&C has gross receipts less than $400,000 per annum and fewer than 1000 members. If you would be interested in such an arrangement, please let us know.

PE Pulse

PE Pulse is a network of sporting and education organisations wanting to support high quality delivery of PE, physical activity and sport experiences in ACT schools. Information on their website is arranged by age group, designed to connect teachers to sporting groups who offer activities for schools and expertise.

Curious about ACT schools?

The ABC's 'Curious Canberra' series answers audience questions about our region and its people. They are running a special series around education and would love to hear your questions! What have you always wondered about Canberra’s schools and universities that you’d like an ABC reporter to investigate? You can submit your question on their website.

Up-coming Council events

  • Hot Topics/General Meeting, Tuesday June 28, 6:45 for 7pm start. Ends 9:30pm. Lecture Room, Gungahlin College. Begins with presentation on school capacity and planning. All welcome.
  • July 4-15: Council Office closed for term break. Email and phone messages will be attended to every few days.
  • General Meeting, Tuesday July 26, 6:45 for 7pm start. Ends 9:30pm, 51 Fremantle Drive Stirling. All Welcome.
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