Palmerston District
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Kosciuszko Avenue
Palmerston ACT 2913

Phone: (02) 6142 1440
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2020 School Satisfaction & Climate Survey

Each year, the Directorate surveys all parents/carers, school staff and students in Years 4 to 12 about their satisfaction with public education. The 2020 surveys will be available online from 10 to 31 August.

I am writing to ask for your help by allowing your child/ren to participate in the student survey.

Why are we doing the survey?

The data are used to inform government policy and underpin school improvement practices. The results will also help us to identify what we do well as a school and where we can improve.

What is involved?

The student survey is administered as a classroom task and takes 15-20 minutes to complete. In addition to items developed to measure satisfaction, the survey includes a school climate module that forms part of a longitudinal study being conducted in partnership with researchers at the Australian National University (ANU).

Key elements of school climate include school identification (a sense of belonging and connection to school), academic emphasis (support and encouragement of learning and success), relationships (feeling valued and respected in dealings with others) and a sense of shared mission, rules and processes in the school, which are important indicators of educational outcomes and quality of the learning environment.

How will privacy be managed?

At the start of the survey, student identification numbers will be used to confirm the identity of students and enable survey responses to be linked over time and with administrative and performance data. Linking data in this way will help researchers to assess relationships between improvements in school climate and educational outcomes and enable a better understanding of patterns over time.

All personal information will be handled in accordance with the Information Privacy Act 2014. Details about how personal information is stored and used are available in ourPrivacy Policy (available at No personal identifying information will be provided to any school or college.

What do I do now?

If, after reading this, you do not want your child to do the survey, please contact the front office by Friday 9 August so that your child can be excluded.

Posted on 07 Aug 2020

2020 School Satisfaction & Climate Survey

Posted on 07 Aug 2020

2021 Enrolments now open

2021 Enrolments now open

Posted on 28 Apr 2020

2021 Preschool Enrolments now open

2021 Preschool Enrolments now open

Posted on 28 Apr 2020

Enrolments for 2021

Online enrolments for the 2021 school year will open from 6am on Tuesday 28 April 2020. This is for all students from Preschool to Year 12.

Enrolment applications made between 28 April 2020 and 5 June 2020 will receive an offer from 27 July 2020. This will  provide you with ample time to submit your application before 5 June to be included in the initial round of offers. Applications made after 5 June will receive their offers later in the year.

Every child from Kindergarten to Year 12 is guaranteed a place at their local public school, regardless of when you apply.

Enrolling in Preschool

The ACT government wants to make sure every child in the ACT gets the best start to life, including preschool education. The period from birth to eight years sets the foundation for every child's social, physical, emotional and cognitive development.

Preschool is not compulsory but is encouraged.

All four-year old children in the ACT can access 15 hours per week of free early childhood education at a public preschool.

Every four-year-old is guaranteed a place in an ACT public preschool.  However, due to capacity limits, you may not be guaranteed a place in the preschool location of your choosing.

The enrolment process has been updated. To avoid disappointment, and before completing your enrolment form, please read carefully the information found at so you can make the best decision for your family from the options available.

Posted on 20 Apr 2020

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