Palmerston District
Primary School

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Kosciuszko Avenue
Palmerston ACT 2913

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Reviewing the School Vision

Reviewing the School Vision 


As Palmerston District Primary School comes of age, turning 21 next year, the school places a high priority on looking to the future needs of our students and community.  Working together we can ensure that we provide the best education for our students in an ever changing world.


In 2010 the school and community worked together to write the school’s Vision.  As 2016 is the year the school will be validated, and we will be writing our new plan for the next four years, it is the perfect time to review our current Vision. During 2015 we will be working with an expert in the area, Mary Brell from Keys to Success, who will facilitate this process with our executive, teams of teachers, students and the community.  This is your chance to share your ideas and what you value for your children with regard to their education.


Parents will be actively involved in a number of processes to reflect upon the current direction of the school and will be invited to help develop a Vision for the future direction of the school.  This will be a wonderful opportunity to be able to have an input into the educational opportunities and outcomes for all students attending Palmerston District Primary School.  We believe you will find this will be an excellent chance to work with other parents and to also have fun at the same time.


The school will be running two sessions for our parents and carers:

·                Wednesday 25 March – 9.00am-12.00pm

·                Tuesday 31 March – 5.00pm-8.00pm


For more information you can contact myself through the Front Office on 62057241. If you would like to attend one of our Vision sessions, please fill in the RSVP below and return it to the Front Office by Tuesday 24 March.


Tania Collis

Deputy Principal

Posted on 17 Mar 2015

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Posted on 05 Feb 2015

'Pie-Rats' Sail Into Palmerston!

The School Hall was decked out with colourful images of rats in bandannas and eye-patches against a crossed knife and fork. It is the logo of the Pie-Rats; the crew of the good ship Apple Pie – a peculiar pastry ship where cannons shoot mouldy pies and coloured pencils are used as peg-legs.

They are the creations of renowned children's author Dr Cameron Seltzer, writer and illustrator of the Stroogle and Pie-Rats series of books.

Why 'Pie-Rats?' this writer asked him. "Well, I was looking for villains to work into a book and I happen to think pirates are pretty cool villains and everyone loves pies, so the Pie-Rats were born!" he said.

This is a photo of Dr. Cameron Stelzer and his book display. 

The author was a guest at Palmerston District Primary School for their 2014 Book Week celebrations, where he conducted writing and illustrating workshops with the students.

Dr. Seltzer, who has a Doctorate in Visual Arts, six Stroogle and three Pie-Rats books under his belt, first started writing children's books in 2004.

His books match exciting rhyme and prose with bright, lively artwork. A big fan of Book Week, he uses his visits to schools to bring out the creative streak in students by linking a love of books and reading to the elements that go into the concept, writing and illustrating elements of creating a book.

This is a photo of Dr. Cameron Stelter addressing the Palmerston students

The sessions had students creating a superhero and a sidekick, then writing a description of their superpowers and then drawing them." There you are" he tells the attentive audience," you're well on your way to writing a book."

Sylvia Headon, Executive Teacher at the school says that Book Week activities attract a lot of parental engagement and that the visit gave the students an opportunity to work directly with a high quality and popular children's author. "The students love reading his books. Having him visit helps promote  the link between reading and writing in a real life context." she said.

This is a photo of Palmerston students after visiting Dr. Cameron Stelzer

Students Lily, Sean and Lachlan, who attended the session, and had created and drawn 'SuperRat & The Incredible Mouse Boy', 'FatMan & his trusty sidekick Hoogy', and 'Multi-tentacle Man and Squid Boy', said that the session gave them the knowledge and insight into what goes into the writing  of a book.

The three also said that they couldn't wait to share the details of the experience with their parents. "Book Week is great and Dr.Seltzer's visit has made it even greater!" said Lily.

Posted on 05 Feb 2015

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