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February 7, 2018

Get off to a great start!

For most P&Cs, the new year means it's time for the Annual General Meeting (AGM). We have online resources to help you prepare for, and run, your meeting. You'll need to have your finances audited first - see our audit information and checklists

You may also find our To Do list handy at this time of year, as well as our FAQ.

After the AGM, remember to let Council know who your new office bearers are using our online Office Bearers Form so that we can provide support for your committee throughout the year.

If you need further advice, please contact us.

Recruiting new P&C members

Wondering how your P&C is going to fill all of its positions this year?
Here are some tips for recruiting volunteers:
  • let everyone know the benefits of volunteering - the socialising, developing new skills, being involved in something worthwhile, making stronger connections with the school and staff, the way the school and kids benefit. The idea is to move away from  'we need your help' to a message of 'be part of something great!'
  • be specific about the volunteer roles available - what is involved in the job, the skills needed and the time it usually takes to do it
  • break down larger jobs into smaller roles
  • make it possible for people to share larger tasks
  • get out and be personal - encourage everyone on your committee to approach at least two other parents and tell them about what the P&C does, how it has been personally rewarding and what roles are available which might suit them
  • check out our Information Sheet on recruiting and our brochure template which you can tailor for your P&C to let people know what you do.

Finishing up on the P&C?

If your role on the P&C is ending, it is important to equip your successor with the tools they need for the job. It will greatly improve the way your P&C runs if there are good handover notes. See our sample handover notes for Presidents, Secretaries and Treasurers to adapt to suit your school. We also have an Information Sheet on helping new office bearers.

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Information for charities

If your P&C is a registered charity, you have reporting obligations to the Charities and Not for Profits Commission (ACNC). These are outlined on our To Do list and President Handover note template. Further details are available in this FAQ from the ACNC. Note that the Governance Standards discussed here will be met if P&Cs follow the advice contained in Council's Information Sheets and Treasurer's Handbook.

Essentials for volunteer managers

Volunteering and Contact ACT are running an 'Essentials for Volunteer Managers' workshop which would be of interest to many P&C office bearers. The workshop helps you look afresh and refocus on the way you attract, manage and recognise your volunteers. There is a cost, but the workshop comes highly recommended.

Offering training to your committee members can be a great way to make the position more attractive or give people something in return for the hours they give to your P&C. You may even wish to create a new position on your committee specifically to look after your volunteer needs - a 'volunteer co-ordinator' (maybe something like this), for whom this training would be perfect.

Access/quiet days

Marymead Autism Centre (contact via 6162 5862 or email) is supporting Canberra venues to introduce ‘Access Days’  - a block of time when families living with ASD or sensory related concerns can use the venue prior to the general public. It will be less busy, quieter, easier parking, dimmer lighting where possible and trained staff will be on hand to provide assistance. Click through to find out more. Registration is preferred in some cases. Some upcoming dates and venues:

Heath grants

Have you got a great project in mind for improving the health of your school community but need funding to help out? Apply now for funding through the Health Promotion Innovation Fund, which is open for applications until March 2.

If you have a project in mind that supports the Fresh Tastes activity in your school, you can apply for a grant worth up to $15,000. Visit the Health Promotion Grants Program website for more information.

Up-coming Council events

  • Executive Meeting, Feb 13, 7pm start.
  • School Canteen Subcommittee meeting, Feb 20, 7pm, 100 Maitland Street Hackett
  • General Meeting, Feb 27, 6:45pm for 7pm start. Ends 9:30pm. 51 Fremantle Drive, Stirling. We hope to have at the meeting a speaker from the Education Directorate to talk about New school & Infrastructure Planning for the next 5 years. All welcome.
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