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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

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

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:

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:

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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