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16 October, 2018
P&Cs need to know...

2019 Bus network - mostly good news for schools

Canberra's new public transport network for 2019 has been released today, including information on 2019 school services. Council worked very closely with Transport Canberra to improve school services after they released a draft 2019 network earlier in the year which removed almost all dedicated school buses. We were able to collect the views of public school parents via our members (you!) and represent these to Transport Canberra. Parents wanted to see better connectivity to their in-area high school and the retention of dedicated school services. We are very pleased to see that the revised network now incorporates many of our suggested changes with a greater number of dedicated school services.

Please take a look at the planned services for your school for 2019 and let us know what you think.

Thank your volunteers

Term 4 is a great time to acknowledge all your P&C volunteers. A simple 'thank you' goes a long way, but a mention at a school assembly, or special event such as a morning tea is bound to make people feel more appreciated and help your P&C continue to recruit helpers (now is also a good time to find recruits for next year's committee members - see our resources to help).

We've teamed up with the Education Directorate to produce a Certificate of Appreciation which schools or P&Cs can download, add the volunteer name and print. Presented at a special event, these can have a lasting impact. (The Directorate also distributed this to all principals). The 'Fundraising Whisperer' also has some good ideas for thanking your volunteers.

BBQ catering guides

Sausage sizzles can be tricky things to cater, so you may be interested in this article and fabulous new resource to help you plan!

And while you're BBQing, you might want to consider some simple, healthier options.

Insurance for rides at fetes

Please note that if you are holding a fete and include Third Party ride/amusement operators, they must have their own Public Liability insurance cover with a minimum limit of indemnity of $5,000,000 for any one occurrence. In addition, P&Cs must obtain and keep a copy of the ride provider's current  Public Liability Certificate of Currency. This will make it possible for the P&C to receive vicarious liability cover for claims associated with Jumping Castles, Pony Rides and other such amusements.

Secondary school bursary for low income families

Applications are now open for the ACT Secondary Bursary Scheme which provides $750 per eligible high school student to assist with schooling expenses. Application forms are available from schools, Centrelink and online. Please pass this information on to your school community.
Council happenings...

Photo competition

Our P&C photo competition is now closed. Many thanks to everyone who entered - we love what we see!

Due to staff absences, it will take us a little longer than planned  to go through the entries and choose our winners, so watch this space! We look forward to sharing this with you.

Upcoming events

  • General Meeting including presentation on Cultural Integrity, 23 Oct, 6:45 for 7pm start. Ends 9:30pm. Neville Bonner Primary, Mabo Blvd, Bonner.  All welcome
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Good men wanted

Do you know a good man who you think would make a great Mentor to a young fella aged between 10 and 18?  Menslink Canberra are looking for 'normal blokes' with a decent amount of life experience able to commit to catching up with his a young man for a couple of hours a fortnight over 2 years - apply here.

National language competition

Share the amazing possibilities that learning a language opens for you and WIN with the SBS National Languages Competition. For the first time, the competition is open to Australians of all ages who are learning a language, including those learning English. The competition is open from Monday 15 October until Sunday 18 November.
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