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25 August, 2020
P&Cs need to know...

New Member Resource! P&C Promo Pack

We're so excited to bring you the P&C Promotion Pack - a stack of professionally designed graphics to make it easy for you to call for volunteers, say thanks and celebrate your achievements in fun, eye-catching, ways!
The graphics will look great in newsletters or an email, on a noticeboard or the monitor in your school’s foyer; and they are perfect for social media.
The Pack is available as ready-to-use images in our “Grab and Go” Pack; or as Canva files (a free online design tool) if you would like to completely customise them for your situation. 

Constitution need updating?

There's still time to register for our Free member training!

Our practical Constitution Workshop covers what your constitution should look like (the model rules, Council's sample constitution), how to review and rewrite it, and then pass it through your P&C. It's on Thursday 27 August (week 6) from 7-9:30pm, via Zoom.  Register here.

Parent engagement grants - help

We've collated some tips, help and ideas which we hope will help you come up with project ideas and write successful applications for the Directorate's Supporting Parent Engagement Grants. Find it on the Grants page of our website or download directly.
Our recent Grant Writing Workshop focused on these grants. If you missed it, your can check out the recording. (Password: #z7zK5nS)

ACT Election lobbying

Despite this year's challenges delaying our election focus, we have now collated and synthesised our election wish list and are busy organising meetings with candidates to discuss what they can pledge now to make our schools even better places in the future. Our hope is that by voicing what parents want, we can guide their pre-election policies to address key concerns. (In the past, Council has had some success with this - think school crossing supervisors, more school psychologists and chromebooks.)

You can take a look at our 2020 election wish list here. The issues have all been identified to us by our member P&Cs in surveys, direct communications and in our meetings over the past few years. We have collated the system-wide, on-going, most important issues that we think practical election promises can be made to address, and we've tried to provide examples of where we see the solutions lying. 

We'll keep you posted and are hoping to bring you a summary of the major parties' positions on education to help inform your voting.

Election day stalls

Following up from our item a month ago in Council Communicator, the electoral commission have still not released the final-day polling places. This year voters will be encourage to vote across a three-week period at polling centres across Canberra (open daily 28 September to 17 October; not schools) and only a limited number of sites will be opened as additional final-day polling places on 17 October (could be some schools). We had expected these sites to be finalised by now, but you can keep checking the AEC website
Even if your school is selected as an election day polling site, it is likely that there will be far fewer voters than usual.

Online rostering

P&Cs find online rostering tools a great way to organise, sign up and remind volunteers for events (find out more here). There is now a free, Australian tool, called "Signup Zone" created by the Fundraising Whisperer to add to the choices!
Council happenings...

General Meeting tonight

Come along tonight to hear an update from the Education Directorate's Ross Hawkins on the continuation of work on reducing and better responding to school violence. There will also be updates on the school email problem, lead paint issues, our election activities and priorities, and much more from the world of P&Cs and schools! Email your attendance to receive the Zoom code. Its on at 7pm.

Upcoming events

  • General Meeting. Featuring address from Ross Hawkins (Education Directorate Executive Group Manager) with update on the Building Strong and Safe Communities for Learning project, and the next steps in reducing and better responding to violence in schools. Tuesday 25 August (Tonight!), 7pm via Zoom. All welcome
  • Workshop: Constitutions, Thursday 27 August (Week 6), 7-9:30pm, via Zoom. Free member event.
  • Executive Meeting, September 8, 7pm.
You might be interested...

Growing up digital survey

The Gonski Institute is conducting a survey on parent and children’s behaviour and attitudes to digital media/online learning ("Growing Up Digital Australia"). Respondents are entered into a draw for $100 gift cards. Closes October 11.

Kids tackling climate crisis

The Youth for Peace Award is inviting teams of young people to create a media 'pitch' to inspire more action on climate.  First prize is $1500! Closes October 31. More online.

Language and food competition!

The Taste of languages competition is fun, free and open to students Preschool to Year 12. Make a short video about a dish that involves another language and win cash prizes. Closes 1 September.

Gifted Parenting

An eight-part Gifted Parenting series is designed to help parents and carers to develop a greater understanding of their gifted child's needs both at home and at school; interact with other parents of gifted children; and learn from current research and experts in the field of gifted education.This series will be delivered online (via Zoom), 7-8:30pm Tuesday and Thursday nights, over the month of September. Book tickets or apply for free place for those experiencing financial disadvantage
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