Palmerston District
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Palmerston ACT 2913

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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.

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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

Palmerston DPS 2020 School Board Nominations

We want YOU for the Palmerston District School Board! If you're keen to contribute to the governance of Palmerston District Primary School, please nominate for a position on our School Board. No prior experience is necessary.

The following position is vacant for a two-year appointment:

  • One parent and citizen member

Please fill in a School Nomination Board Form available from the school's front office. Nominations open on Friday 14 February and close 11.00am Friday 28 February 2020.

You can submit your nomination by:

  • hand delivery to the Palmerston District Primary School Front Office from 8.30am - 3.30pm - attention the the Assistant Returning Office.
If an election is required the voting period will be from 11.00am Friday 6 March to 11.00am Monday 13 March.

Once decided the appointment commences 1 April 2020. 

Posted on 20 Feb 2020

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Protective Behaviours - Parent Information Session



Protective Behaviours For Parents

An information session for parents at Palmerston District Primary School

“How to teach children about personal safety skills”

When:   5.30pm to 6.30pm in the Staffroom on the 3 March 2020

Ø During this session learn how to teach children about their early warning signs.

Ø Find out what safe behaviours are.

Ø Learn how to practice personal safety skills in your family.

Ø Teach how to find safe adults to ask for help.

Ø Teach children about being safe without making them scared.

Ø Find out what are important safety rules about touch.

Ø Find out how to teach children to be the boss of their bodies.

Ø Learn about stranger safety.

Ø Find out how to develop a family safety plan.


This session will be run by a school psychologist


Posted on 18 Feb 2020

Grow Inclusion

As part of the 2019 International Day of People with Disability, the year 1 students planted some seedlings with their friends. This is part of the conversation of growing inclusion in our school.

Click here to view the Powerpoint. This link is for download only.  Grow Inclusion Powerpoint.pptx (192M)

Posted on 18 Dec 2019

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