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5 May, 2021
P&Cs need to know...

P&C Training

There are still spots available at our online training sessions - created specifically for ACT Parent Associations. They cover everything you need to run your P&C brilliantly! They are FREE to our members. Come to one or come to all!  Click through below for details. Register here.

Growing your P&C - making your association thrive. TONIGHT, 7-8pm. Register before 6pm and then watch your inbox for the Zoom meeting link before 7pm start..
P&C Operations & Fundraising - meetings & events; raise & spend funds. 6 May, 7-8pm
Treasurers' & Insurance Workshop -  the Treasurer's job & insurance package. 13 May, 7-9pm
Employing staff & running Canteens - for P&Cs with canteens or staff. 18 May, 7-8:30pm

Garden Grants

The  ACT Government's Community Gardens Grants provide up to $10,000 to establish, maintain or enhance a garden which:
  • Provides benefit to the wider community and encourage social inclusion to promote healthy living;
  • Demonstrates the principle of the circular economy, zero emissions or carbon capture; OR
  • Has a high level of community support, including volunteers and sponsorship.
Applications close Monday 28 June.

Volunteer week

National Volunteer Week - from Monday 17 May to Sunday 23 - is a great time to recognise and thank the volunteers that keep your P&C ticking.

We have a range of professionally designed resources ready for our members to use or customise, including a Certificate of Appreciation signed by Council's EO and the Education Directorate's Director General.

Volunteering Australia also have resources and gifts to help you celebrate and will run a social media campaign "Wave Your Appreciation"  this year (#waveforvolunteers #NVW2021).

WWVP cards

Due to COVID-19, the ACT Government has automatically extended the registrations of all WWVP cards that were due to expire between16 March 2020 and 20 August 2021. These cards will now be valid for an additional 12 months. WWVP registration holders should receive a letter about the extension. This will serve as evidence of your registration, because WWVP cards reflecting the new expiry date will not be issued.

National Aboriginal &Torres Strait Islander Early Childhood Strategy

An extensive engagement process is underway to ensure as many voices as possible help develop a new National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Early Childhood Strategy. To be effective the process needs to hear from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people about ways to help their young children to stay strong in culture, be healthy, safe, and ready for school. There are many ways to have input (see link above), including a 15 minute survey for families and carers of Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander children, or survey for people that work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Both surveys close Wednesday 19 May.
We would appreciate the assistance of P&Cs in distributing this information.
Council happenings...

April meeting

If you missed our Hot Topics Meeting last week, you can read all about it, as usual, on our website. It was great to meet and greet many 2021 Delegates from our member P&Cs. We gave a briefing on what the role involves and handed out delegate information kits - all of which you can find here.

May meeting

Our next General Meeting will be on Tuesday 25 May (week 6) and will be online (via Zoom) only. If there's something you'd like to discuss, please email Terry with your suggested agenda item by Monday 17 May.

Upcoming events

  • Member Workshop: Growing your P&C, TONIGHT, 7-8pm via Zoom (see above)
  • Member Workshop: P&C Operations & Fundraising, 6 May (week 3), 7-8pm via Zoom
  • Executive Meeting, Tuesday 11 May (week 4), 7pm start
  • Member Workshop: Treasurers' & Insurance, 13 May (week 4), 7-9pm via Zoom (see above)
  • Member Workshop: Employing staff & running Canteens, 18 May (Week 5), 7-8:30pm
  • General Meeting, Tuesday 25 May (week 6), 7pm start. All welcome
You might be interested...

E-Safety parent webinars

The eSafety Commissioner's Term 2 webinar will look at how parents and carers can set up devices and apps to help kids stay safe online. It is designed for parents and carers of children aged 4-13 and is repeated on various dates in May and June. Register online.

Hazardous materials info sessions

Council is grateful to the Education Direction for providing information sessions for parents and carers on Hazardous Materials such as lead paint and asbestos present in many of our schools.  Four drop-in sessions will be held from 6-8pm in school colleges around the city (just sign in when you arrive). More details.
Dickson College - Monday 10 May
Canberra College - Tuesday 11 May
Lake Tuggeranong College - Wednesday 12 May
UCSSC Lake Ginninderra - Thursday 13 May

Pathways to Tertiary studies - students with access needs

Pathways to Tertiary is an online series, open to all secondary education students who have access requirements due to disability and/or chronic health condition. The aim of Pathways to Tertiary is to provide students with information on the various pathways and available supports to assist with a successful transition from secondary education into tertiary education. There are also specifically tailored sessions for parents/guardians, carers and educators.  More info and registration.
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