Training

Our workshops help you run your P&C even better!

They are FREE to our members.

Regular Training:

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Effective P&C workshop

Treasurers and Insurance workshop

P&C Constitution workshop

Financial Review training

Grant Writing workshop

Refreshments are provided at all sessions.

Effective P&C workshop

Get to get to grips with your role on the P&C and improve how your association works with this essential workshop. Perfect for new and continuing presidents, secretaries and vice-presidents or any P&C member. There’s also time for questions and discussions with our experienced presenters and participants from other P&Cs.

The workshop is divided into four 40-minute modules, each focusing on a different area of effective P&C management, as detailed below. You are welcome to attend for specific individual modules if you prefer.

"Glad I attended: informative, relevant." 

Module 1: Who, How and Why of your P&C and Council

This session looks at the parent-school partnership, the role of your P&C, what the P&C Council does and how P&Cs and Council interact to raise parent voices in the community.

Module 2: The structure and function of your P&C

This session focuses on how your P&C should be set up (including your constitution), the roles of your executive committee (president, secretary, treasurer etc.) and sub-committees. We also look at some important points on finances, aspects of running complex services (such as a canteen) and being an employer.

Module 3: Improving meetings

This session focuses on running useful meetings, your AGM, voting rights and privacy considerations.

Module 4: Communications, recruiting support and fundraising

This session provides ideas about recruiting volunteers, getting your message out to parents and ways of raising funds.

"The whole afternoon was well run and very informative and helpful. I will look at applying some of the ideas ... in our own P&C."

Scheduled dates and venues for 2020 (subject to change due to COVID-19):

  • Thursday 7 May, 6:30-9pm, Centre for Teaching and Learning, Stirling. 
  • Tuesday 19 May, 6:30-9pm, Centre for Teaching and Learning, Stirling (repeat). 

Register your interest here!

Treasurers' and Insurance Workshop

Learn all about the treasurer role and understand insurance at this informative workshop. Experienced P&C treasurers and Council’s own bookkeeper will be there to provide information, answer questions and discuss any concerns about your P&C finances. Essential for all treasurere. The workshop covers:

  • basics of the treasurer role, record keeping and handling monies
  • resources available to parent association treasurers
  • legal and tax requirements, annual reports and audits
  • financial controls
  • accounting for P&C committees, such as canteens
  • what your insurance covers and what is not covered
  • risk assessment and valuing property
  • how to complete and submit the insurance paperwork.

Scheduled dates and venues for 2020 (subject to change due to COVID-19)

  • Thursday 28 May, 7-9:30pm, Centre for Teaching and Learning, Stirling. 

Register your interest here!

 

P&C Constitution workshop

Your P&C's constitution is an important document and should guide the operation of your P&C. However, many committees find that their constitution is out of date, no longer reflects current practice and may not comply with the model structure.

This hands-on workshop is designed to help P&Cs review, rewrite or amend their constitutions. We will look at the Model rules for ACT association constitutions, the ACT Associations Incorporations Act, Council’s sample constitution for P&Cs and the process of passing an amended constitution through your P&C.

Attendees will be provided with the Office of Regulatory Services (ORS) Change of Rules Form for amending constitutions and we will work through the specific content and wording required in your P&C constitution. We will also consider By Laws.

Workshop participants should bring their own P&C constitution to the workshop to work through.

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided, along with reference materials.

P&C presidents and secretaries should attend but any P&C member is welcome.

Scheduled dates and venues for 2020 (subject to change due to COVID-19):

  • Thursday 30 June, 7-9:30pm, Centre for Teaching and Learning, Stirling. 

Register your interest here!

 

 Financial Review Training

Council has been working on ways to help P&C Treasurers find suitable people to review their accounts at the end of the year that do not charge excessive fees.

We have now developed a short workshop on how to review the finances of a small P&C (less than 400,000 total revenue). The aim is to train Treasurers from small P&Cs to do a professional review for a small P&C.  Treasurers in the same local region could then audit each other’s accounts and avoid having to pay for expensive auditors.

The workshop includes an overview of the process, a checklist for financial reviewers and sample documents and letters.

The resources from this training session are available for you to use.

Dates and venues for 2020:

  • Thursday 22 October, 7-9:30pm, Centre for Teaching and Learning, Stirling. 

 Sign up here!

 

Grant Writing Workshop   POSTPONED

This hands-on workshop will help you win grants to fund P&C projects. We'll cover:

  • available grants and how to find them
  • what grants can and can't be used for
  • considerations when apply for and using grants
  • writing a great application, including samples of successful and unsuccessful applications
  • acquittal of funds and your obligations.

P&C presidents, secretaries, treasurers and fundraising co-ordinators should attend but any P&C member is welcome.

Register your interest here and we will contact you when a firm date can be set (due to COVID19).