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30 August, 2022
P&C essentials!
Council member fees due

We rely on annual membership fees from P&Cs to be able to do everything we do (like support P&Cs and voice parent views to Government).

Many thanks to those who have already paid this year's fees. They are due at the end of August (that's tomorrow!) and we will be following up in the next weeks with those having trouble paying.

Find out more about the benefits of your P&C's membership to Council.
Grant writing - free training 

This hands-on workshop for Council members will help you write winning grant applications to fund P&C projects!

We'll cover how to find suitable grants, developing your project, crafting your application and how to organise your finances once you've won the grant.

Where? When?
Online Tuesday October 11 (Week 1, Term 4), 7-8:30pm.

More information and registration.
Info for P&Cs
I-Day grants

The International Day of People with Disability (I-Day) grants provide funding of up to $5,000 for individuals and community organisations to assist them with developing a program or event to celebrate I-Day (3 December). Apply by 26 September.

Children's Week grants

Small seeding grants are available to fund Children’s Week-related activities and events between October 10 and November 6. This can be a an excellent opportunity to fund a fun event to promote community involvement and cooperation in your school or preschool. Applications close 9 September. It's a simple application form and we have resources to help...

Resources to help you apply
To help P&Cs and Preschool committees to apply for a Children's Week grant, Council has created some activity/event ideas and sample words for your application. This year there is a special focus on STEM-related events, so we have gathered some ideas on those too! Find them all here.
Canteen facilities

If your P&C runs the school's canteen and you are concerned about canteen infrastructure or maintenance, please note that, as part of the canteen deed arrangements, each school is required to provide all fittings, fixtures and equipment required for the operation of the canteen, and ensure it is in good repair.

Now is a good time to raise any requests or concerns about canteen facilities with your school as schools will soon be asked to identify their priorities for funding under upcoming capital works programs.
Can you help?

The Woden School P&C have the fabulous 'Bricks@ the Woden School' coming up on 10 & 11 September. It is a fun community event and raises important funds for specialised school equipment.

As a small school with parents who have a lot of extra caring responsibilities, they are looking for some extra help to fill their volunteer roster.

Can you spare 2 hours to help out at the BBQ, Raffle, plant stall, Lego room or Cafe?

Here's the sign up roster
In case you missed it...
Feeding community

Check out pics and stories from around Canberra as we celebrate the success of your election day stalls.
"a huge day"

"a fantastic day"

"an amazing community response"
Parent voice
COVID and kids' wellbeing

We know that many Canberra families contributed to a survey earlier this year by the National Children’s Commissioner on the impacts of the pandemic on the children's mental health and wellbeing. The results of the survey show children and their families need better mental health support. The Federal Government will now consider the findings. We know that Council's Federal Counterpart - ACSSO - is concerned, involved, and continues to advocate for the needs of families.
Council events
Starting School: Parent webinar

Council's Starting School webinar helps parents and carers prepare children for preschool or kindergarten.

Organised in collaboration with the ACT Education Directorate, this live webinar provides an opportunity to ask questions about early education transitions. Expert speakers share information about what the research tells us, ways to prepare and support children, and understanding the school-family partnership.

Speakers: Dr Kathryn Hopps, Adjunct Research Fellow, Charles Sturt University and Simone Hobday and Anne Gummow, ACT Education Directorate. 

Register for the Webinar.
August General Meeting

Thanks to everyone who came along to our meeting last week. We heard from the Education Directorate on how they are managing teacher availability, and the report of the ACT Teacher Shortage Taskforce. The meeting also heard about Council's participation in the Education Stakeholder Roundtable and the Safe at School taskforce. We had a great discussion on the format of our meetings, which will help us make them even more useful for our members, plus we heard issues from P&Cs including the School Administrative System parent portal, mobile phones in schools and voluntary contributions.

All the details will be in the meeting minutes which will be emailed to Delegates and P&C presidents this week.
Upcoming meeting: Canteens

Our Term 3 Canteen Sub Committee is meeting on tomorrow night (Wednesday 31 August, 7-8:30pm).
Come along to hear back on Council's work on canteen issues that members highlighted in previous meetings, to chat about canteens, or to ask the experts in the room questions about yours!  Register for the Zoom meeting.
Upcoming events
  • Canteen Subcommittee meeting, Wednesday 31 August, 7pm (Week 7). Register.
  • Starting School Webinar, Thursday 15 September (Week 9), 7:30-8:30pm. Register
For parents & carers
Job vacant: School canteen

The Mount Rogers Primary P&C are looking for a canteen manager for their 'Healthy Hut' school canteen. It's a school hours position for someone with experience and passion for providing fun, fresh and healthy food and drinks.
Kids' art competition

The Australian Conservation Foundation's Wild At Art competition is Australia's biggest wildlife art competition for kids. 

Let children unleash their artistic creativity while learning about Australia's threatened animals and plants – and the threats facing them. Throughout September and October, children aged 5-12 are invited to create an original artwork of one of Australia's many threatened native animals or plants, along with a short written component on their chosen threatened species.
New online safety resources

The eSafety Commissioner has released new resources to help parents and carers from all backgrounds protect their families online.

The new videos and advice sheets give parents the confidence to talk to kids about online safety, including managing popular apps, social media and online bullying. 

The new resources are available in English, Simplified Chinese, Arabic, Vietnamese, Tamil and Dari and can be downloaded from eSafety's website.   
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