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Posted on 18 Nov 2020


World Teachers Day 2020

World Teachers Day 2020


Posted on 27 Oct 2020


Book Week

Week 2 (next week) is Book Week where we celebrate quality Australian Children’s literature. All the books shortlisted for awards by the Children’s Book Council of Australia are on display in the Library and classes have begun reading them this week. Friday next week we will have our Book Week Parade!

Tuesdays preschool classes will parade for us at 10.40 on Tuesday while the rest of the school will dress up and parade on Friday at 9.15.. Children are encouraged to come in costume as their favourite book character on the day.

Due to COVID restrictions parents and friends will be unable to attend the parade this year. Please stay tuned to Facebook for photos of this great event.


Week 2 (next week) is Book Week where we celebrate quality Australian Children’s literature. All the books shortlisted for awards by the Children’s Book Council of Australia are on display in the Library and classes have begun reading them this week. Friday next week we will have our Book Week Parade!

Tuesdays preschool classes will parade for us at 10.40 on Tuesday while the rest of the school will dress up and parade on Friday at 9.15.. Children are encouraged to come in costume as their favourite book character on the day.

Due to COVID restrictions parents and friends will be unable to attend the parade this year. Please stay tuned to Facebook for photos of this great event.

Posted on 14 Oct 2020


Vote for Mr CJ Shaw - 2020 Telstra Music Teacher Award Nomination

Vote for Mr CJ Shaw - 2020 Telstra Music Teacher Award Nomination

I am utterly delighted to let you know, finally, that I had the honour of nominating CJ Shaw for the 2020 Telstra Music Teacher at the ARIA's!! How exciting!

Better than that, CJ's nomination has elevated him to one of 4 Finalists from across Australia. Isn't this amazing? Watch Mr Shaw's video Meet the four 2020 Telstra ARIA Music Teacher Award Nominees

CJ is an exceptional music teacher, we all know that...and now it is up to us, his community to get voting! You can vote every 24 hours, and it is free....and we need to get all of our fingers busy to make this happen, for CJ, for his family, for our school community. Voting lines are open - (I'm not sure yet when they close, so get in quick)

Please hop onto 2020 Aria Awards Voting to submit your vote.

Please share this with all of your friends and families, Facebook friends, we seriously need to get serious about our voting! Graduated students might also like to vote too!

A very big thank you to students in 5CW for being the class to perform in the clip...it is a wonderful 5 minute showcase of just a small portion of the musical magnificence CJ brings to our community.

Please vote and vote and vote....together we can show CJ our appreciation and support.


I am utterly delighted to let you know, finally, that I had the honour of nominating CJ Shaw for the 2020 Telstra Music Teacher at the ARIA's!! How exciting!

Better than that, CJ's nomination has elevated him to one of 4 Finalists from across Australia. Isn't this amazing? Watch Mr Shaw's video Meet the four 2020 Telstra ARIA Music Teacher Award Nominees

CJ is an exceptional music teacher, we all know that...and now it is up to us, his community to get voting! You can vote every 24 hours, and it is free....and we need to get all of our fingers busy to make this happen, for CJ, for his family, for our school community. Voting lines are open - (I'm not sure yet when they close, so get in quick)

Please hop onto 2020 Aria Awards Voting to submit your vote.

Please share this with all of your friends and families, Facebook friends, we seriously need to get serious about our voting! Graduated students might also like to vote too!

A very big thank you to students in 5CW for being the class to perform in the clip...it is a wonderful 5 minute showcase of just a small portion of the musical magnificence CJ brings to our community.

Please vote and vote and vote....together we can show CJ our appreciation and support.

Posted on 30 Sep 2020


Canteen Term 4 2020

Healthy Kids Association are excited to announce that we will be providing your canteen service Wednesday to Friday commencing Week 2 Term 4. We will be offering online ordering only for lunch meals, however snacks and drinks will be available over the counter for recess and lunch.

You can also place your order online for snacks at recess and lunch. Please log onto myschoolconnect.com.au and set up your account ready to start ordering. 


Healthy Kids Association are excited to announce that we will be providing your canteen service Wednesday to Friday commencing Week 2 Term 4. We will be offering online ordering only for lunch meals, however snacks and drinks will be available over the counter for recess and lunch.

You can also place your order online for snacks at recess and lunch. Please log onto myschoolconnect.com.au and set up your account ready to start ordering. 

Posted on 24 Sep 2020


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 http://education.act.gov.au). 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


EXTENDED UNTIL 4 SEPTEMBER

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 until 4 September.

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 our Privacy Policy (available at http://education.act.gov.au). 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.

Thank you for considering this request. Your assistance is greatly appreciated.

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 https://www.education.act.gov.au/public-school-life/enrolling-in-a-public-school so you can make the best decision for your family from the options available.


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  Education.act.gov.au so you can make the best decision for your family from the options available.

Posted on 20 Apr 2020


Stay Up to Date

Please stay up to date with important information and updates via

  • Facebook - Palmerston District Primary School page
  • Skoolbag App

We will also email important information to families as needed.


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 sonya.campbell@ed.act.edu.au

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


Stick Drawings of people

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


Annual Christmas Concert

Palmerston DPS community is invited to bring along a blanket and picnic and enjoy our annual carols evening.

Date: Wednesday 4 December 

Time: 5.30pm (gates open 5.00pm)

Location: Palmerston Oval 

All students are encouraged to wear festive clothing and enclosed shoes. 

We look forward to seeing you all tomorrow!

Ho! Ho! Ho! 


Posted on 03 Dec 2019


Twilight Fair Mufti Day Fundraiser

On Friday 22nd November, there will be whole school mufti dress up day to raise money for the Twilight Fair. Students can dress up in appropriate casual clothes and footwear and bring in a gold coin donation.

   Your help is very much appreciated to support this upcoming spectacular event.

 Many Thanks

 Palmerston Primary P&C


Posted on 18 Nov 2019


The ACT Secondary Bursary Scheme 2020 Applications

The ACT Government’s Secondary Bursary Scheme provides financial assistance to low-income families with student(s) in years 7 to 10 with the costs of schooling. To be eligible, applicants must have a current means tested Centrelink card or Healthcare card.

The ACT Secondary Bursary Scheme is an annual payment of $750 per eligible student. To ensure eligible applicants receive a payment in February or March 2020, applications must be lodged by 30 November 2019. Applications received after this date will be processed as soon as possible after receipt.

The ACT Education Directorate will send out application forms to all current recipients. Additional copies of the application form are also available at the school’s front office. Electronic copies can be found on the Directorate website at:

https://www.education.act.gov.au/support-for-our-students/financial-assistance


Posted on 07 Nov 2019


Protective Behaviours for Parents Information Session Flyer

Protective Behaviours for Parents Information Session


Posted on 30 Oct 2019


Scholastic Book Fair

All classes will have the opportunity to visit the Library next week (from Tuesday-Friday) for students to make a Wish List of books they might like.

The following week 4/11-7/11 classes will have a scheduled day for purchasing books.

Alternatively parents may wish to come to the Library that week before or after school. 8.30-9.00am and 3.00-3.30pm.

Scholastic Book Fairs are a fantastic fundraiser for the school as well as a great opportunity to put away a few books for Christmas or the summer holidays.

We hope you can join us.


Posted on 22 Oct 2019


Palmerston Carpark Flow

Carpark Upgrade

As you are aware we now have a new car park with some changes that we want to explain and ask for your compliance to ensure safety for all, by doing the following:

  • If you are entering the car park nearest the preschool end, from Kosciuszko Ave, you must turn left and drive down around the loop at the end of the car park, heading up towards the Administration building.
  • We have a new elongated drop off zone along the school side of the car park. There is NO permanent stopping at all along the school side of the car park.  The intention is to create a smooth flow of traffic in and out.
  • There are now 14 additional car parks on the Kosciuszko Ave side of the car park.
  • The two disabled car parks are located on the Kosciuszko Ave side of the car park.
  • The four separate reserved car parks at the front of the school are for Principal, Deputy Principals and Executive Staff, please do not park in those car parks as these staff frequently leave the school for meetings etc and must be guaranteed a space.
  • If you enter the car park via the eastern end near the Hall, you will notice the central island has been removed. Please either park in the designated parks, or keep driving through the car park to the preschool end.
  • You may NOT park behind cars parked in designated bays or along the kerb of the middle island at the preschool end - Kosciuszko Ave side of the car park.

A member of staff will be on duty until 3.15pm every day to assure everyone is driving safely and following the new structure.

Thank you for your cooperation with this change.


Posted on 26 Sep 2019


School Banking

School Banking day is Wednesday

Remember, Wednesday is School Banking day and students should bring in their weekly deposit.

For every deposit made at school, students will receive a silver Dollarmites token. Once students have individually collected 10 tokens they can redeem them for an exclusive School Banking reward item in recognition of their regular savings habits.

School Banking is also a great fundraiser for our school. Our school receives a Regular Savers Contribution of $5 for every 10 deposits processed per student as well as an Annual Contribution which is based on the number of students who made at least one School Banking deposit in the prior year.

If your child has lost their book, they can bring their money to school in a sealed envelope with a note on the next School Banking day. We will issue them with a replacement.

Thank you for supporting the School Banking program at our school. We would also like to thank the wonderful parents who volunteer as our School Banking Co-ordinators and process our banking every week.


Posted on 04 Sep 2019


2020 Enrolments are now open!

Applications are now open for the 2020 school year.

Applications can be lodged online at: https://www.education.act.gov.au/school_education/enrolling_in_an_act_public_school

As per Directorate guidelines, offers will be made in the first week of July (via email).


Posted on 30 Apr 2018


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