The environment teacher, parents and students at Wanniassa Hills Primary School recently joined forces to create an innovative hothouse made from PET bottles! The original inspiration and design for the hothouse came from an article discovered on the internet.

School grounds are probably more important than you think. Jenny Dibley from ACTSmart Schools looks at how to get the most out of your school environment while making it more sustainable, and outlines some ACT government resources that are there to help.

Thank you to all the school P&Cs who helped us celebrate our school communities. We hope it was a great excuse to get parents more involved in your school.

From pancake breakfasts to art shows and community picnics, school communities across the ACT got together last month to celebrate.

The Education Directorate is running a morning workshop on Wednesday July 2 to provide expert advice to parents of children with learning difficulties on the ways iPads can support them in their early years. The workshop will cover top iPad tips and Apps for literacy, other subjects and for supporting behaviour and organisational and social skills. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by June 26 on 62072331 to attend.

From January next year, the Education and Training Directorate will no longer provide early intervention programs and supports. These programs will be delivered, instead, through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). 

Australian Council of State School Organisations, ACSSO, is Australia’s peak parent body. It  believes more needs to be done to protect the digital privacy of our children. Accordingly, they have called for stricter privacy requirements to prevent technology companies from tracking students’ online activities for advertising or other profiling purposes. ACSSO is increasing concerned about the practice of technology companies mining student data in schools for potential marketing purposes. This is their message about the issue to school parents:

Council’s long and dedicated work as an advocate for parents of students with a disability was recognised at the end of 2013.

Claire Miller of KidsMatter explains how an in-school program is improving the lives of young children. Because mental health really matters.

Council is coordinating a week of celebrating our school communities. We have lots of fun ideas, so make sure your school is part of it

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