An alarming majority of parents consider roads around our schools unsafe, regard traffic volumes as unmanageable, and find parking, pickup and set-down at school difficult. These are the disturbing results of a survey conducted by Council in response to recent member concerns.
Schools with well-resourced libraries have higher student literacy outcomes. Does your school have a qualified teacher-librarian?
P&C associations are able to use a new, free, legal advice clinic.
Over 40 years of research has shown how important getting parents engaged in learning and schooling is for their children's wellbeing. Earlier this year the ACT Government funded a project to better define effective parent engagement in the ACT and to help schools understand and measure it in their communities.
New school funding arrangements, as recommended by the Gonski review, are now making a difference to our schools. But with the Federal Government saying it will not continue the funding beyond 2017, we need to work together to save this new model of school resourcing to ensure we have great schools for all.
Council's canteen improvement project has now been running for over six months. Council's Communication Officer caught up with some happy customers.
Traffic and parking problems around our schools appeared as a major issue at Council's last Hot Topics meeting. Here we look more closely at the issue and the actions we can all take.
In what we hope will be a regular feature, ACT P&Cs share their approaches and activities. This issue, P&C President Jo Prezzi tells us what's happening at Palmerston Primary.
This week is National Gonski Week and Council is asking all P&Cs to help raise awareness of the need for on-going needs-based funding for our schools. Please request that your school adds our statement to the next school newsletter.