Palmerston District
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Kosciuszko Avenue
Palmerston ACT 2913

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Twilight Fair

Thank you for coming along to the Palmerston District Primary School Twilight Fair 2015! We hope that those who joined us at the school had as much fun as we did. The rides were a hit, the food was amazing and the entertainment was first class. The school would really like to say a big THANK YOU to the P&C for their support with the Twilight Fair.

P&C President
Lisa Fior

Deputy Principal
Kate Flynn

Posted on 25 Sep 2015

National Literacy and Numeracy Week

National Literacy and Numeracy Week occurs this year during Week 7 (Mon 31/8 – Fri 4/9). At Palmerston we have been celebrating this event throughout the month of August in a number of exciting ways:

Engaging with Palmerston's Mathematics Consultant.                                         

Last week our Mathematics Consultant Carol Spencer visited our school from Sydney. Carol worked with our children and staff to explore the concepts of addition and subtraction. We really enjoyed welcoming Carol into our school again, this year she has supported us in our journey of raising the profile of Mathematics at our school. Ask your child what they learnt during her visit.

Holding a Mathematics morning.                                                                                 

To tie in with Father's Day we are opening our classrooms to all of our dad's (we also welcome other parents to attend). After morning lines all parents are invited into their child's classroom to participate in a variety of mathematics games from approximately 9:00am-9:30am.  Some of these games will be the games that are utilised in the classroom as part of our teaching and learning programs.

Running Book Week activities.                                                                                

Book Week activities have been in operation throughout Week 6. Our Whole School Book rotation (held today) saw the children complete activities with a variety of teachers based around a number of different styles of books for example the classics, popular, picture, and wordless texts.  Dress up Day. Dress up day was held on Tuesday for our start of the week preschool children and is tomorrow for the remainder of the school. We are really looking forward to seeing all of the costumes at our parade and during assembly.

Attending the annual ACT Mathematics Conference.                                             

This year Rachel Ashcroft, Leis Price, Vidhya Saravanan, Wei Wei, Haeley Simms and Kate Flynn attended the Mathematics Conference at Girls Grammar. This was a fantastic event. Haeley and Kate represented Palmerston wonderfully when they delivered a presentation to a range of educators from the primary, high school and university sector. Their presentation showcased the journey of Mathematics teaching and learning at Palmerston Primary.

Running Writing and Spelling Parent Information Sessions                             

Earlier this month we were able to run information sessions for families around ways to assist with writing and spelling at home. These sessions were well attended and we thank Alex Breen, Mandy Lee, Katherine Wilson, Brianna Reeve and Rebecca Hewat for facilitating these sessions.

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Posted on 27 Aug 2015

Palmerston Projects 2015

Look at the amazing activities that have been happening at Palmerston this year so far!

  • 3/4 Colonial Day
  • ICAS Competitions
  • Swimming Carnival
  • Author Visits
  • NAIDOC Week
  • Parent information sessions on reading, writing and spelling
  • Year 6 Gold Creek Transition
  • K - 2 Stripey Theatre Excursion
  • Preschool Bus Wash
  • Clean Up Australian Day
  • Mother's Day Stall and Celebrations
  • Kenny Koala Visits
  • World Maths Day
  • Cross Country Carnival
  • Principal Awards
  • Questacon Science Incursion
  • Harmony Day
  • Billy Tea Bush Dance
  • Zoo Excursion
  • 5/6 Camp Cooba
  • 3/4 Day Trip Birrigai
  • Year 5 and 6 Bands
  • PRIDE Awards
  • Defence Morning Tea
  • Athletics Carnival
  • Preschool Botanical Gardens Excursion
  • Walk Safety to School Day
  • FIFE Band
  • SRC
  • Jump Rope For Heart
  • Lunchtime Clubs
  • Rostrum

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Posted on 13 Aug 2015

Father's Day/Special Person Day

On Friday 4 September, the P&C and school will be celebrating Father’s Day/Special Person Day and you are invited to attend a breakfast, get your shiny shoes polished and participate in playing maths games with your child.

A range of breakfast foods such as bacon and eggs, halal sausages and pancakes, as well as a complimentary shoe polish will be provided on the blacktop from 8:15am.

After morning lines all parents are invited into their child’s classroom to participate in a variety of mathematics games from approximately 9:00am-9:30am.

When:  Friday 4 September, 2015

Time:      8:15am

Where:  On the blacktop (then in classrooms)

Posted on 06 Aug 2015

Community Involvement - How do we do that at Palmerston?

Palmerston actively seeks ways to enhance student learning and wellbeing. We do this by partnering with parents and families, other education and training institutions, local businesses and community organisations.  Partnerships are strategically established to address identified student needs and operate by providing access to experience, support and intellectual and /or physical resources not available within the school. Palmerston has deliberately and strategically used partnerships to provide additional resources to the school. We have approached this by working with:

  • Communities at Work to provide a before and after school care on siteM
  • Gungahlin Child and Family Centre to provide additional experiences for the Boomerang Club students and their friends and the centre provides opportunities and workshops/courses  to families
  • Gungahlin library in our reading workshops
  • The Men’s shed
  • Vince Ball (CEO) and the construction industry training council and the bricks and blocks program
  • Macquarie University,  the University of NSW and University of Canberra to assist staff in further professional learning in teaching maths, reading intervention and gifted and talented education and other schools
  • Utilising parents/carers as reading tutors and support in the classrooms and for other activities across the school
  • ACT Smart Schools, Sustainable Schools, Defence Assistant – DSTA, Canberra Refugee Support, Physios, speech therapists, school psychologists
  • Sporting groups for skill development, music education and chess classes after school
  • P&C, School Board
  • Rostrum, Maths Association, ALEA,
  • Community hirers:
    • Communities at Work, Music Education, United Taekwondo, Zanshin Martial Arts, Sangrok World Taekwondo Academy, Elementz, the Prep Edge, Zumba, Fusion city church, Ready Steady Go Kids, Bangla Multi-cultural/Ethnic School, Canberra Tamil School and Music School, Chennai Tamil School and P&C events
The school’s partnerships are being successfully implemented and are resourced and sustainable. Each partnership was established to cater for identified needs in our wider school community. We are actively enhancing student outcomes, broadening student knowledge, building new skills, developing more positive attitudes, increasing engagement levels, and creating applied learning opportunities for students.

Palmerston staff have been driving a strong improvement agenda. We ground this in evidence and practice. Our school is driven by a deep belief that every student is capable of successful learning. We work with many others, but have mentioned only a few community partnerships. The school has set targets in our annual operating plan and school plan for student achievement. We have met with community on our school vision and will continue with this over the school year. With you as our partners, and at times we may have ups and downs, we are working towards maintaining a learning environment that is safe, respectful, tolerant, and inclusive and that promotes intellectual rigour. We are using the National School Improvement Tool to assist us on this journey. Thanks for supporting us and continuing to keep clear lines of communication open in this partnership.

Melissa Travers


Posted on 15 May 2015

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