Palmerston District
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Kosciuszko Avenue
Palmerston ACT 2913

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2021 Enrolments now open

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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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Posted on 23 Mar 2020

School Board Elections 6 March – 13 March 2020

Palmerston District Primary School Board election voting period is open until 11.00am on Friday 13 March 2020.  We encourage all families to vote in the election.

Information on our 4 candidates are below.

Voting forms are available at the Front Office or can be emailed on request.

If you need any assistance with the voting process please contact

Leigha Byrne

Hi I'm Leigha!

We are entering our second year at Palmerston with our very vibrant first grader and we are so pleased with how far she had come at the school!

Even though I work full-time, run my own business and get our daughter to and from her activities, I'm keen to be involved in representing the parents on the board.

I have a strong sense of community and love being a good role model for our daughter, by showing her that she can create change just by being involved in anything, even if it’s in the smallest way.

I would work really hard to deliver on all tasks and maybe even throw in a few laughs along the way.

Peita de Boer DSD

I am  Executive Director of Manteena Security, a specialist construction company which delivers complex security related projects and Project Management Consultancy both within Australia and overseas. Prior to this, I spent twelve years as an Engineering Officer in the New Zealand Army, where I reached the rank of Major in 2010.  During my service, I held command, training and technical appointments. I commanded a company sized organisation on operations, and have managed numerous security and humanitarian construction projects in complex environments such as Afghanistan and East Timor, and was awarded the Distinguished Service Decoration from the Queen in 2008.

At a board/governance level, I have graduated from the Australian Institute of Company Directors course, and have also held several senior leadership roles in community organisations including the Australian Institute of Building (AIB) and the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), where I am the current co-president.  I am passionate about mentoring and developing the leadership skills of junior members of the construction industry, and have worked tirelessly to both develop the strategic Direction of Manteena, the AIB, and NAWIC, as well as supporting the development of strong, confident and inspiring junior leaders in construction.

I would intend on applying this same level of strategic oversight to the performance and governance of Palmerston District Primary School. As a school parent, I have been constantly impressed by the excellent leadership and amazing school community, and it would be an honour to serve as part of this wider team for a two year term. I will be assisted in this role by Matthew (5AD) and Sophia (2CC), who both love being students at PDPS and have lots of great ideas for its future 😊

Amy Stedman

Hi fellow Palmerston families

My name is Amy Stedman and I am nominating to be a Parents and Citizens member of the school board.

Like you, I am aware our children spend more waking hours of the school week in this amazing environment than they do at home with us. So, I thought “what better opportunity is there to assist the school in developing our children into safe, respectful learners”. This appointment would be my first to a school board; however, I will bring a wealth of committee and administrative experience through my working career and previous committee roles for my local sports club. 

I have lived within this community for eight years and in Canberra for about 35 years. My two children (kindergarten and 1st grade) now attend this wonderful school.

I love that our school has a beautiful diversity of cultures, experiences and beliefs. This role will enable me to bring a high level of passion in ensuring our school meets the current and future needs of our entire community. While also supporting ALL of our children’s varying styles, preferences, values and beliefs, now and throughout the years to come.

I truly want to be more involved within this amazing school and hope you offer me your support for my nomination.

Fang Yuan

I am the mother of an eight year old girl who goes to Palmerston. I was an Astrophysicist and now an Earth observation scientist using satellite data to understand our living environments. I was born and grew up in China and did my graduate study in US before moving to Australia. My family now enjoy living in Canberra and my daughter loves going to Palmerston and have made many good friends there. I have been actively involved in initiatives to improve gender equity, diversity and inclusion in higher education and science organizations. I want to give back to the Palmerson community by sharing my perspective and help make it a supportive learning environment for all kids.

Posted on 11 Mar 2020

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