Welcome to Childrens Week – 2017! The ACT Children’s Week Committee has enjoyed another successful year! Many thanks to all members of the Committee for their time, commitment and enthusiasm!
The theme for Children’s Week in 2017 is ‘EDUCATION HAS THE POWER TO TRANSFORM CHILDREN LIVES’. A ‘BIG SHOUT OUT’ to all our teachers and carers who work with children and young people each day, assisting them to achieve their goals and reach their potential in our society and world.
The Children’s Week Awards continue to be a highlight of this special week in the ACT. The Award citations about the community members and organisations is very humbling and inspiring! Many organisations receive small grants which provides them with the opportunity to involve the community in planned activities that focus on the needs, welfare and wellbeing of children and young people. The Committee enjoys, and is appreciative, of the photos of activities and happenings sent for our annual album each year. The continued support of the National Museum of Australia in hosting the Launch of Children’s Week in October of each year is much appreciated!
In March, 2017, I had the pleasure of representing the ACT at the Annual Children’s Week Council of Australia meeting held in Adelaide. The sharing of information was a key focus of the Council meeting and it was very satisfying to observe and take note of the development over the years of the Children’s Week Council of Australia Inc. The Annual Council meeting wil take place in Adelaide, South Australia again in March, 2018.
I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank Prue Clarke OAM for her dedication and enthusiasm as Convenor of the ACT Children’s Week Committee for so many years. Prue has taken a ‘step back’ from her role this year but will remain an invaluable member of the Committee. Her tireless work has been an inspiration to us all! We are very grateful to ACT Playgroups through Kirsten Cross who is taking on many of the management and administrative functions of the Committee.
The Committee is most grateful to the ACT Community Services Directorate, the Education Directorate, Catholic Education and the Southern Cross Club of Canberra who, once again, provided funds so that we can look forward to another successful Children’s Week this year.
A reminder to us all …”When children live with approval they learn to like themselves and when they live with acceptance and friendship they learn to find love in the world”.
Let’s join together and celebrate Children’s Week in the ACT in 2017!
Narelle Hargreaves OAM
ACT Children's Week President