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.
The ACT Directorate advises that all children attending school in the ACT should be immunised against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio, measles, mumps, rubella and HIB (Haemophilus influenza type b). We would ask that you check your child's present immunisation status to see whether it is complete for his/her age. ACT Public Health regulations require schools to request proof of up-to-date immunisation when enrolling. Failure to provide this may result in your child being excluded from school should an outbreak of an infectious disease occur.
A copy of exclusion periods for students with infectious diseases is available from the Directorate website. Parents are asked to adhere closely to these requirements unless medical advice to the contrary is provided in writing. For more information download the Directorate policy on Infectious Diseases – Outbreak Procedures and Exclusion Periods
The school does not carry personal accident insurance for students. Parents are advised to take out their own personal accident insurance for their families if they wish. All personal belongings are brought onto the school grounds at your own risk.
Students have access to computers, iPads and Interactive Whiteboards. A Code of Practice has been developed for students at Palmerston District Primary School. Parents/guardians and students are required to read and sign this Code of Practice for Students sent home at the beginning of the year for new students. For further information download the department's Acceptable Use Policy.
A new Introductory English Centre (IEC) for newly arrived school students in primary school will be established at Palmerston for the commencement of the 2015 school year. Ms Burch, Minister for Education and Training said, “We know that some students need extra help when they arrive in our community. Intensive English programs equip newly arrived students with the language skills they need to transition into a mainstream school, and to learn and thrive.” Students will be able to enrol at the new Gungahlin IEC in time for the first day of school in 2015. Palmerston looks forward to the opening of the IEC and welcomes the new students into our school community.