Palmerston ACT 2913
10th Mar 2014
19th Mar 2014 9:00am
31st Mar 2014 7:00pm
4th Apr 2014 9:00am
Cross Country Carnival
Dear parents and carers,
I would like to extend a very big welcome to our new families and returning families to Palmerston District Primary School for 2014. We have met our new families with tours of our school and a welcome morning tea for Kinder and Preschool families. Our new students have settled in well with few tears. I look forward to a fantastic year ahead. I know all staff are well rested and enthusiastic about the teaching and learning ahead. I invite you to join our P&C or School Board and be part of our exciting Palmerston community. We also welcome parents/carers into classrooms to assist in their children’s learning.
We would like to welcome Ms Mandy Lee, Ms Justine Martin, Ms Felicity Cox, Ms Rita Kaur, Ms Vidhya Saro, Ms Richa Oberai and Ms Tanya Stone to Palmerston this year. Ms Mandy Lee is part of the executive team and is the professional practice teacher. She will provide coaching and mentoring to staff. Ms Cox and Ms Martin have been pre-service teachers at Palmerston and we have been exceptionally lucky to have retained them on our teaching staff. Ms Rita Kaur is an experienced Indonesian teacher who will be replacing Ms Sunny Dugbaza who is on maternity leave for 2014. Ms Saro and Ms Oberai have both been experienced relief teachers at Palmerston and are now on our staff. Welcome back Ms Tanya Stone who has previously taught here in 2012.
In 2013 we farewelled some staff members, Mr Greg Angus, Mrs Helen Thorley, Ms Jess Coombes, Ms Kirsty Draper and Ms Jessica Smith. Mrs Sunny Dugbaza is now on maternity leave. We would like to congratulate Mr Angus on a leadership position in a catholic school in Goulburn. Mrs Thorley and Ms Coombes have taken up positions in neighbouring schools. Ms Draper and Ms Smith have both taken positions interstate. This year Ms Cummins and Ms Breen will both be on maternity leave.
Monday was the first day for beginning students in Kindergarten and Preschool. Tuesday is the first day for returning students. They will be attending the PoD together and then break into class groups later in the day. This has become necessary due to fluctuating numbers in our priority area. Students are to meet each morning on the black top at 8:55am in their year levels, where we will have a morning assembly and then students will head to their PODs with teachers.
Preschool to Year 6 – 8:55am
Preschool to Year 6 – 3:00pm
Next Tuesday 11 February, we will be holding a parent information evening. Please come along at 5pm to meet staff in the school hall and then we will invite parents to their child’s PoD to discuss the teaching and learning that will take place throughout the year. Please see the separate flyer for more details and information. The P&C are holding a BBQ from 4:30pm.
During the hot weather it is essential that your child brings to school a labelled hat with their name, apply sunscreen before school and brings along a labelled drink bottle filled with water. There are now 2 new water refill stations for drink bottles at school.
If purchasing uniforms, please ensure your child’s name is on all clothing. The second-hand uniform shop will be open during the first week of school 9:00am - 9:30am and 2:30pm - 3:30pm. The shop is located outside the school hall. Please contact the front office if you have any further questions.
We are still in the establishing stages of our canteen, early in the new year the canteen will reopen one morning a fortnight which will be run by parent volunteers. If you are able to help in the canteen please contact Sylvia Headon via the front office.
The “kiss and drop” area is located at the front of the school and is signposted. Please do not park in these areas when dropping your child at school. Bike and scooter riders are advised to wear a helmet when riding to school. The bike rack is located near PoD 2. Please remember that leaving your bike or scooter at school is at your own risk.
A 2014 Term 1 calendar will be posted on the website shortly. An updated copy will be emailed with the first newsletter. Please drop by the school to give your email address, so we can send a reminder about the newsletters. The school website will carry all notes and newsletters.
Have a great first week at school and remember to rest up and keep on enjoying learning. As our school motto says: “Together, we learn from each other”
Ms Leanne Leake, Ms Emma Gusse, Ms Kimberly Griffiths Ms Margaret Quade, Ms Bec Kimber
Ms Katherine Wilson, Ms Georgina Sofatzis and Ms Felicity Cox
Ms Catherine Griffin, Ms Hayley Smith, Ms Jess Simpkins, Ms Vidhya Saro and Ms Richa Oberai
Ms Erin Weston, Ms Rebecca Hewat and Ms Rachel Ashcroft
Ms Mandy Lee, Ms Jennifer Holland and Ms Justine Martin
Ms Tina Fisk Ms Kay Carr, Ms Lynn Boxsell
Ms Wei Wei, Ms Cheryl Cassella and Mr Steven Landman
Ms Rachel Levinson, Ms Rita Kaur and Ms Tanya Stone
Ms Kate Flynn – Preschool
Ms Kirrally Talbot – Kindergarten to Year 2
Ms Sylvia Headon – Year 3 to Year 6M
Ms Tania Collis – Deputy Principal
Ms Melissa Travers – Principal
Ms Sonya Campbell, Ms Jenny Davies, Ms Janet Abbott, Ms Anita Cox, Mr Phil Batton