Palmerston District
Primary School

A-Z Information


The A-Z of Information about Palmerston

Welcome to Palmerston District Primary School. We have provided an A-Z of information to assist in a smooth transition to Palmerston Primary School. If you have any further questions, please call the front office on (02) 6205 7241 and they will endeavor to assist you.

Head Lice

Head lice are extremely contagious but able to be eradicated. Children with either eggs or live lice will be excluded from school until written evidence of treatment is produced. Please report any cases of head lice to the Front Office.  See ACT Health Head Lice Fact Sheet.

Home Reading - how you can help?

  1. Be a classroom helper. Each day, each class (K-2) has the need for one or two helpers to support our Home Reading program. This task involves listening to children read and assisting teachers in the changing of reading materials.
  2. Set aside a special time to listen to your child read; read to your child; encourage success; help to make reading a pleasurable stress free experience; work with your child to find information or to provide support when completing homework tasks.
  3. Parents will be invited to a home reading workshop at the beginning of the year to assist them in understanding their role in teaching reading.

Home Reading K - 2

Children learn to read by regular reading and writing practice. As part of the Home Reading Program we encourage preschoolers to borrow from the library and to be read to daily by an adult. In Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2 children should be taking Home Reading books on a daily basis. The school library provides parents with books on ‘How to read to their children’. In 2014, we introduced a Quality Literature Program.  We now have quality picture books and Factual books sent home in addition to home readers.


Communication and shared family experiences are of primary importance to children's learning and self-esteem and is a partnership between school and home. Teachers, parents and students each have responsibilities. We believe that homework is important to:

  • practise skills taught in the classroom
  • develop study habits and organisational skills
  • develop responsibility
  • involve parents in the learning process
  • pursue extra or special activities

The particular form of school initiated homework for each PoD will be explained at the beginning of the school year.

Requirements will be discussed at Information Evenings at the beginning of each school year. Parents are encouraged to take an active interest in homework and to assist when necessary.

Homework, provided it is approached correctly by your child, should not intrude unduly on leisure activities. Please discuss homework with your child's teacher if you believe it is excessive or too difficult.

Homework will vary each year and may vary each term. It is designed to enrich children's learning during the primary years.

Hours of Attendance

School commences at 8:55am and concludes at 3pm and punctuality is important.  Supervision commences at 8:30am in the library so it is important not to arrive before then. Your child's absences or late attendance is recorded daily.

  • 8:55am: School Bell rings. Morning Assembly
  • 11:00am - 11:30am: Recess
  • 1:00pm - 1:10pm: Supervised lunch eating
  • 1:10pm -  1:50pm: Play & clubs
  • 1:50pm -  3:00pm: Afternoon session

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