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Gilmore Primary School is built on the lands of the Ngunnawal people. The contribution of the traditional owners of the land is acknowledged at all school functions. The school is situated in the suburb of Gilmore in the Tuggeranong region of the ACT. Established in 1987, the school has expanded and contracted in population as the suburb has aged. We are now a small school with strong connections with our local community.
The information on our website has been developed by children, staff and families to ensure it reflects all aspects of teaching and learning, leading and managing, student environment, and community involvement. Its purpose is to provide an overview of our quality teaching and learning programs, developed in partnership with our school community and delivered by our expert teaching team.
We are delighted to have commenced our new partnership with Lake Tuggeranong College. Students enrolled in the Social and Community Course will be visiting our school on a weekly basis, working with our Year 3/4 students.
Gilmore Primary School has a growing and valuable partnership with the School Volunteers Program (SVP). We currently have three volunteers this year supporting children across the school on a weekly basis. These volunteers currently read with Kindergarten children identified for enrichment through system assessment; read with Year 3 children identified through our Response to Need processes; and run an art group for Year 5 boys with a strong focus on social and emotional learning.
Week 4 Term 1 2020
National law states that parents/carers must deliver preschool children directly to a staff member at the time lessons commence (9:00am) and collect preschool children directly from a staff member when the preschool session concludes (3:00pm). Where preschool children are to be collected by another person, this person must ne authorised in writing by the parent. This would be expected to be a responsible adult. If the person is unknown to staff, identification should be requested.
In line with the Directorate's Supervision of Students of School Sites Policy, a staff member provides supervision between 8:30-9:00am each morning for children in Kindergarten to Year 6. This supervision is provided on the basketball courts outside the Robin Klein building or in Breakfast Club. All children in Kindergarten to Year 6 who arrive before the commencement of the school day should proceed to the basketball court. Children are not permitted on play equipment prior to school commencing each day, even if they are still under your supervision.
Supervision of play is provided during recess and lunchtime play periods. Supervising teachers wear a fluorescent vest to assist children to find them quickly. Children are regularly reminded of appropriate use of the designated play spaces.
Staff provide supervision at the front of the school each afternoon to ensure children leave safely.
Families are asked to cooperate with school arrangements for the safe delivery and collection of students including school drop off and pick up points and car park arrangements. This includes parking in designated parking bays not 'double parking' in the car park. Do not park in the disabled spaces unless you have the authority to do so. Parents/carers are expected to be responsible for the care and supervision of students travelling to and from school; outside the times of school supervision before and after school; and before and directly after the commencement and conclusion of a preschool session.
Parents/carers are expected to sign children out of school or to provide written permission for students to leave school during the school day.
Week 2 Term 1 2020
An important part of our transition into the new School Administration System (SAS) is sending SMS messages to inform of student absences. You will receive an SMS message to let you know your child has been recorded as absent on the morning of their absence. We will endeavour to send this by 10:00am every day. This will reassure you of your child's arrival at school and make it easier to keep your child's attendance record up to date when they are absent.
You simply reply via SMS, with your child's name and the reason for your child's absence and we will update our records. If you do not reply, your child's absence will be recorded as "unexplained". For unexpected absences, responding to the SMS will streamline our processes. We still appreciate receiving advanced notice of planned absences.
Week 2 Term 1 2020
What an amazing start we have had to 2020! Your children have returned ready to learn which has been exciting for staff and students alike.
Earlier this year, staff and families were invited to contribute to a review of our Homework Policy (2015) to inform the decision-making functions of the School Board. At this week's meeting, the School Board considered the results of these surveys along with current academic research to determine that our Homework Policy would be re-written. The following statements will be included in the new policy: regular borrowing from our well-resourced library is strongly encouraged; no formal homework will be provided by the school; school staff will encourage the reading of quality children's literature at home; support for home learning will be provided through Facebook, the newsletter, the school's website, and family workshops; teachers will meet with families as required to discuss ways to support children's learning at home.
Week 6 Term 2 2019
All ACT public schools are required to implement a social and emotional learning curriculum. After careful consideration of a number of options, we have incorporated the MindUP curriculum, introduced in most of our classrooms last year.
The MindUP curriculum teaches social and emotional learning skills drawing on cognitive neuroscience, positive psychology and mindfulness awareness training. The program is comprised of 15 topics in which students are taught to self-regulate behaviour and mindfully engage in focussed concentration required for academic success. Each topic offers easy strategies for helping students focus their attention, improve their self-regulation skills, build resilience to stress, and develop a positive mind-set in both school and life.
All classes, Preschool to Year 6 will be focusing on a topic for a period of three weeks. Whilst teachers develop age appropriate learning experiences, having all classes focusing on the same topic will assist you with conversations with your child during this time.
Week 4 Term 1 2019
The ACT Government has an agreement with the NSW Government to provide services to NSW residents from the surrounding ACT region. Each year, around 1,800 NSW students cross the border to attend one of Canberra's Public Schools.
Due to expected growth in the surrounding ACT region, the ACT Government, in conjunction with the NSW Government, has modified the procedure for NSW enrolments. From now on, NSW resident families who are seeking enrolment at a Canberra Public School will be offered a place in one of the selected pathway schools. NSW resident students will only be accepted at one of these northside or southside pathway schools. This does not immediately affect the enrolment of any NSW resident student who is currently attending a Canberra Public School, however the new procedure will apply when that student transitions to the next phase of schooling. In the case where a NSW resident student is enrolled at a non-pathway school and the family wishes to enrol a sibling, the application will only be considered where the school has capacity, after accepting ACT resident enrolments and where both students will be attending the school at the same time.
This new procedure will provide greater certainty for NSW families, by providing specific pathways for NSW students seeking to attend Canberra Public Schools.
Please visit www.education.act.gov.au for further information.
Week 7 Term 4 2017
Given students are at school during peak ultraviolet radiation (UVR) times throughout the day, between 10am and 3pm, schools play a major role in both minimising a student's UV exposure.
With this in mind, Gilmore Primary School realises the need to protect student's skin and educate them about SunSmart behaviour.
To achieve this, we encourage all students to follow our SunSmart policy by:
Wearing a SunSmart hat, along with appropriate clothing
The Cancer Council recommends hats with a 7.5cm brim, legionnaire-style or bucket (minimum of 6cm brim). With clothing, the Cancer Council recommends clothing with collars, sleeves and are made out of closely woven fabric (natural fibres).
Use shaded or covered areas when outdoors.
To learn more about the work that Cancer Council ACT does as part of the National Schools Program visit the 'Why Primary Schools?' information page.
The Gilmore Primary School Facebook page is not intended for or designed to attract anyone, under the age of 13, to create their own Facebook account to access content on this page. We do not intentionally or knowingly collect personal information on this site from those who are under 13.
We encourage parents to be involved in the online activities of their children to ensure no information is collected from a child without parental permission.
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3rd Apr 2020 8:30am
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Kinder Health Check