Gilmore Primary School

An ACT Public School


We are the future!

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.

Welcome to Gilmore Primary School!

MindUP at Gilmore Primary School

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 mindful awareness training. The program is comprised of 15 topics in which students are taught to self-regulate behavior and mindfully engage in focused 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.

This year, all classes, Preschool to Year 6 will be focusing on a topic for a period of two weeks. Whilst teachers develop age appropriate learning experiences, having all classes focusing on the same topic will assist you with conversations with your child at home during this time. During the next fortnight, our focus is on HOW OUR BRAINS WORK. Children are fascinated by facts about their brains. Sharing scientific information about how the brain processes information and is wired to react under stress is a great way to introduce a challenge to your children: How can we learn to react differently, helping our brain make wise choices about our words and actions? As children become more familiar with three key parts of the brain involved in thinking and learning, they’ll begin to understand how their feelings arise and that they have the ability to change what they do in response. This understanding lays the groundwork for them to monitor and regulate their behaviour by calming themselves in the face of anxiety, focusing their attention, and taking control of their learning.

Week 4 Term 1 2018

Targeted Teaching at Gilmore in 2018

Response to Need is our focused targeted teaching to support learning in English and Mathematics. RTN works to fill gaps in knowledge and extend knowledge through goal setting and focusing on particular elements of reading, writing, spelling and number sense.

This year we have an experienced Learning Support Assistant working in each building to provide targeted assistance in each classroom. Each K-6 class will also get time with additional teachers throughout the week. All teachers will work together to plan targeted small group teaching, addressing particular needs in English and Mathematics. This is in addition to the targeted grouping and differentiation provided by the classroom teacher/s.

RTN grouping will be flexible. Children may have a few weeks in a group until they grasp a concept or regularly be supported or extended with extra targeted teaching. They will be aware of their individual and group goals. Your child will always be catered for through differentiation, being aware of their learning goals and targeted grouping in class.

Formal reporting occurs in terms two and four. RTN group planning will happen cyclically. Children may be in and out of groups for support or extension as part of our everyday planning and teaching. If your child requires further ongoing support to address learning needs, their teacher will discuss this with you.

Week 2 Term 1 2018

Supervision of Students

National law states that parents/carers must deliver preschool children directly to a staff member at the time lessons commence and collect preschool children directly from a staff member when the preschool session concludes. Where preschool children are to be delivered or collected by another person, this person must be authorised in writing by the parent. This would be expected to be a responsible adult. If the person is unknown to preschool staff, identification should be requested.

In line with the Directorate’s Supervision of Students of School Sites Policy, a staff member provides supervision between 8:30-8:55am each morning for children in Kindergarten to Year 6. This supervision involves observation of students from the basketball courts outside the Robin Klein building as it provides visibility of students. 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.

The exception to this is each Wednesday morning when all children are supervised in the May Gibbs building or the outdoor space between that building and the Jeannie Baker building during our Breakfast Club.

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.

The executive team provides 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 1 Term 1 2018

Library Days

Children will be learning within the school library on the following days: Preschool: Wednesday (odd weeks);
KBP: Thursday; 1/2ER: Wednesday; 2K: Wednesday; 3H: Thursday; 4/5W: Thursday; 5/6SS: Thursday.

Week 1 Term 1 2018

Welcome back!

What an amazing start we have had to 2018!!! Your children deserve considerable praise for the manner in which they have engaged with their learning from the moment they walked into their classrooms.

Our staff have been working tirelessly throughout the school holiday period to prepare for your children’s learning. Our staff team believes that the learning environment is the child’s “third teacher”. We have used that mantra to make several changes to the furniture and layout of our indoor and outdoor learning environments. The School Board has committed significant funds to this ongoing project, so watch this space…

To support a smooth school day, please arrive at school on time, have your children wear well-fitting enclosed shoes, label all clothing items and other belongings, and keep unwell children at home.

Please keep in touch by following us on Facebook, checking the sign at the front of the school, reading the fortnightly newsletter that is emailed to families, volunteer at the school, or make an appointment to meet with your child's teacher or a member of the leadership team.

Week 1 Term 1 2018

Changes to Enrolment Procedures for NSW Students

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 for further information.,-Caroline-Chisholm,-Erindale.pdf

Week 7 Term 4 2017

We are a SunSmart School

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.

Weather and UV Alert


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Heagney Crescent,
ACT. 2905
Phone: (02) 6142 1780
Fax: (02) 6142 1794

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26th Mar 2018 10:10am
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28th Mar 2018 8:30am
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30th Mar 2018 9:30am
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