Gilmore Primary School

An ACT Public School

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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!

Student Absences

An important part of our transition into the new School Administration System (SAS) is sending SMS messages to inform of student absences. Onwards from Term 4, 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 4 2019

Library Borrowing - Frequently Asked Questions

Who can borrow? Current research tells us that children need exposure to more books. All children are encouraged to borrow a book when their class visits the library each week.

What if your child forgets to bring their library bag? Spare bags are available under the borrowing counter. Please return them so that another child can use them again.

How many books can a child borrow? Children can borrow two (2) books at a time from any area of the library. Children may borrow a book that they can't yet read independently. You can support them by reading it to them, with them, or just enjoying the pictures in the book together.

What if they have overdue books? Our priority is children reading quality children's literature in their home environment. If there are 1-5 overdue books, the teacher will over-ride the system to allow your child to borrow. If there are more than 5 overdue books, your child will need to return some books before being able to borrow again. Your child will bring home a green Library Notice form to ensure our records are accurate.

Week 6 Term 3 2019

School Review

Last week, our school participated in the School Review process. That involves two Principals from other ACT Schools and a representative from the Australian Council for Education Research (ACER) spending a week focusing on our school improvement journey at Gilmore. They spoke to all staff, visited classrooms and heard about the initiatives and approaches we use to provide a high-quality education for all students. As part of the process, the review team met with students, parents, carers and community members.

We would like to thank those members of our school community who shared their experiences at Gilmore Primary School and gave feedback about the strengths we have as a school and the areas for improvement they would like to see.

We will be provided with commendations, affirmations and recommendations moving forward. We will share these with the community and the recommendations will support us in developing a new School Plan for the next five years.

Week 8 Term 2 2019

Homework Policy

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

What's been happening this year

We have introduced programs and strategies to identify and address children's learning and development needs of students in the school and are sourcing and applying available resources to meet those needs. These include a STEAM enrichment group; additional LSAs; expanding lunchtime clubs; reorganising the daily timetable; school leaders and teachers improving teaching practices; and recruitment of specialist science, music, and PE teachers.

We have invested significant time to develop physical spaces that are used effectively to maximise student learning. This includes designated specialist areas for science, robotics, coding, and art; updated interactive technology devices for each classroom; learning spaces organised for whole group work, small group work, and individual work.

The engagement of a Family Engagement Coordinator has allowed us to expand our suite of school-community partnerships including the Bungee Youth Resilience Program; expanded breakfast provision; Smith Family Learning for Life scholarships; Variety Every Chance to Play referrals; and Volunteers ACT support.

Week 7 Term 1 2019

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 leanring 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 behaviour 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.

All classes, Preschool to Year 6 will be focusing on a topic for a period of three weeks. Whilst teachers develop age appropriate leanring 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

Welcome Back!

What an amazing start we have had to 2019! Your children have returned ready to learn which has been exciting for staff and students alike.

During the year, all children in Kindergarten to Year 6 will be participating in weekly Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) learning experiences. This learning will be in addition to curriculum provision in the regular classroom teaching and learning program. Children will be grouped in mixed year groups and will work with different teachers across the year. STEAM groups will include cooking (maths and science), pallet play (technology), coding and robotics (engineering), and collaborative murals (art).

Week 2 Term 1 2019

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

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.

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