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Tasmanian Catholic Schools Parents Council
Just prior to Christmas the Archbishop of Hobart, formally gave approval for the winding up of the Tasmanian Catholic Schools Parents and Friends Federation and the formation of the Tasmanian Catholic Schools Parents Council.
This has allowed for a restructuring and the establishment of School/College Nominees representing Catholic School communities across the state, who all meet twice per year and any business to be transacted between these meetings, will be undertaken by the Executive Committee.
A copy of the Archbishop’s letter can be viewed by clicking on this link
If you would like any further information contact the Executive Officer on (03) 6272 4209.
Flexible Child Care
A new child care centre to be opened by Centacare in Hobart's Northern Suburbs will offer flexible casual care to suit the needs of modern families.
Centacare Tasmania Executive Director Tim Gourlay said the new centre at 35 Tower Road, New Town, will cater specifically for families who need flexible rather than full time care when it opens on November 19.
“This might be for casual or part-time work, shiftwork, studying, shopping, respite or to attend appointments,” Mr Gourlay said.
“Bookings can be made at short notice and families will be charged only for the hours they book – which could be by the hour, session or day.”
The centre, which will be run by Centrecare Tasmania Child Care Services, will open from 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday and will cater for children up to the age of 12.
Mr Gourlay said it will offer both permanent and casual bookings.
“Casual bookings are especially valuable to parents who work on a casual basis and might not be able to afford to pay for child care when they don’t have work.
“Flexible hours will also allow parents to introduce their children to care by enrolling them for short periods. The centre’s small size means that brothers and sisters will be able to stay together because there will not need to be age group separation.”
The new service has Commonwealth Government approval so that families will be able to access their entitlements under the Child Care Benefit and Rebate Scheme.
For more information phone 1300 119 455 or email
AUSTRALIAN PARENTS COUNCIL (APC) TURNS 50
Saturday 25th August 2012, marks the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Australian Parents Council. 50 years since the Goulburn incident In 1962, where the focus of the fight for state aid to Catholic and Independent schools. An education strike was called in response to a demand for installation of three extra toilets at a local Catholic primary school, St Brigid's. The local Catholic archdiocese closed down all local Catholic primary schools and sent the children to the government schools. The Catholic authorities declared that they had no money to install the extra toilets. Nearly 1,000 children turned up to be enrolled locally and the state schools were unable to accommodate them. The strike lasted only a week but generated national debate. In 1963 the prime minister, Robert Menzies, made state aid for science blocks part of his party's platform.
To make this special occasion APC Annual Conference was held over the 24-26 August 2012 in Sydney, NSW. An opening cocktail function was held to mark this event with the Hon Peter Garrett Minister for Education and Senator Brett Mason in attendance. The Minister Hon Peter Garrett and the Opposition Leader Hon Tony Abbott have issued the statements congratulating APC on this milestone.
Senator Jacinta Collins address the APC Conference on Saturday and congratulated APC on its milestone and extensive work in parental engagement. Senator Collins release can be read by clicking the following link. https://www.ministers.deewr.gov.au/collins/australian-parents-council-ce...
Catholic schools budget cut by more than 5%
The Tasmanian Catholic School Parents & Friends Federation (TCSPFF), Tasmanian Catholic Education Commission (TCEC), together with Independent Schools Tasmania (IST), have met with Education Minister, Nick McKim, to express extreme concern at the budget cut of more than 5% State funding to our schools. The Minister has informed us that the decision is irrevocable. This will directly impact on our capacity to appropriately fund our Catholic schools. We already operate at a lower funding level than Government schools.
IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT PARENTS BECOME INVOLVED IN PUBLIC PROTEST.
Please take time to sign of the Tasmanian Catholic School Parents and Friends Federations Petition available at School Offices, Parishes, Education Offices or go online to sign at:
YOUR INVOLVEMENT IS VITAL FOR THE HEALTH AND FUTURE OF TASMANIAN CATHOLIC
State Budget 5% reduction in State funding to Catholic schools
IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT SCHOOLS NOW STEP UP THE INVOLVEMENT OF PARENTS IN PUBLIC
Please vigorously make opportunities to meet with your State Members of Parliament and Members of the Legislative Council by contacting their electorate offices to discuss your objection to the changes to funding.
Attached via the following links are the relevant Members contact details.
Your cooperation in this matter is vital for the future funding security of our schools and is greatly appreciated in the midst of all you have to do each day. Our visible unity and united voice in this matter will be our strength.
House of Assembly Members House of Assembly Members
Legislative Council Members Legislative Council Members
Federation Press Release on Funding
Welcome to Our Website
The Tasmanian Catholic School Parents Council (formally the Tasmanian Catholic Schools Parents & Friends Federation) was formed on 22nd November 1959, with delegates representing seventeen Catholic schools across Tasmania met at St. Partick's College, Prospect, for the purpose of establishing a Parents and Friends Association.
The TCSPFF is a collaborative and respresentative organisation dedicated to promoting FAITH, seeking EQUITY, ensuring CHOICE and QUALITY education with a VOICE for all children in Catholic schools by:
- Sharing responsibility for learning and living gospel values;
- Assisting our school communities to identify, provide and manitain the human, material and capital resources necessary for the effective and efficient delivery of Catholic education;
- Building an environment where parents can be empowered to take an active role as the primary educators of their children;
- Actively encouraging our school communities to reach out with love, respect and tolerance through balancing the needs and expectations of all.
Phone: (03) 6272 4209
Postal: PO Box 40, Moonah TAS 7009
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Alliance of Girl's Schools
To assist you in your role of advising parents about their educational choices, Click on this link for some information about the Alliance of Girls’ Schools which you may wish to publish in your newsletter or on your web site – or you may wish to place a link to the Alliance on your web site..
We believe that it is important that parents are able to make informed choices, and one of their options is to consider a single-sex school. The members of the Alliance of Girls' Schools Australasia are schools which educate girls only and they are from all sectors of education: government, independent and catholic.
You can find out more from our web site at www.agsa.org.au. I would be pleased to respond to any questions you may have about the Alliance and its activities.
Building a strong house for the future - a metaphor for the stage of literacy development
What to know more click on this link BUILDING A STRONG HOUSE to find out more.
Safe Party Pack: A guide to delivering a safe party program in your school or community
Planning a party the following link SAFE PARTY TOOLKIT will assist parents who are planning or hosting a party to ensure a safe environment.
Employment outcomes for vocational education and training (VET) graduates
An interactive online resource is available to assist career counsellors and parents to help young people decide their future training options. To assess this resource click the following link VET EMPLOYMENT OUTCOMES
What is Schools First?
Schools First is a fantastic new initiative that is about improving outcomes for young people.
At its heart, Schools First is about bringing together students, teachers, parents and community members, to support each other and help improve student outcomes.
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