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!

A date for your diaries

Our Community Gathering (shared meal/picnic) and School Concert this year is on Wednesday 12 December from 5:00pm. Classes have begun preparing their School Concert items, including choreography and set design. We are confident that you will enjoy this year's performance of songs that are loosely connected by the theme of "nature".

Week 4 Term 4 2018

Year 6 to Year 7 Transitions

Our Year 6 students have been participating in Transition Sessions at the Senior Campus of Caroline Chisholm School.

The Moving from primary to high school transitions videois a valuable resource developed in collaboration with Canberra's public primary and high schools. The video, which features students, teachers, principals, families and community members sharing their experiences of transition activities that support students and their families.

Week 2 Term 4 2018

A super big thank you!

We would like to sincerely thank the volunteers who gave up their Sunday to raise almost $1,600 for our school at the recent Bunnings BBQ. Thank you to our P&C Committee for the many hours that went into organising the whole activity.

With the guidance, organisation and commitment of our P&C Committee, our school community is amazing at fundraising!

Over the past few years fundraising activities have supported teaching and learning across our school in a number of ways:

  • $10,000 for 10 new chromebooks (2015).
  • $2,000 for staff to add "nice things" to the classrooms, including comfy cushions, as well as fancy stickers for learning encouragement and rewards (2016).
  • $5,000 worth of books for the library and classrooms, $1,500 for shirts for students representing our school community, $500 for gazebos to use at sporting events, $3,000 for new equipment to make maths fun for everyone (2017).
  • In 2018 the P&C is contributing significant funds to reduce the costs of senior school camp. They are aiming to raise $5,000 towards buying new and exciting toys, gadgets and equipment to extend student knowledge of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

Week 8 Term 3 2018

Celebrating our School!

The longstanding partnership between our school and The Gilmore Church has been recognised by a nomination for an ACT Public Education Award in the category of Outstanding Partnership of the Year. The 2018 Awards Ceremony will be held on 8 November 2018. The Director-General will present the awards alongside the Minister for Education and Early Childhood Development, Yvette Berry MLA.

Week 6 Term 3 2018

School Satisfaction Surveys

This week all families were sent the link and a unique code for the annual school satisfaction surveys. You should have received an email for each child enrolled at our school. The surveys are an important part of our school improvement journey so we encourage you to take the time to share your views. Families will also be able to complete the surveys next Wednesday during our Gilmore Gathering as we will have devices available for use. If you didn’t receive the email, please contact Lyn in the front office and she will be able to assist.

Week 4 Term 3 2018

There's a new Gilmore Guideline

Welcome back to Term 3! It has been wonderful to see your children return from the break well and truly in the Blue Zone – READY TO LEARN! This new Gilmore Guideline supports our other Guidelines; Move Safely, Speak Safely, Follow Instructions the First Time and Listen to Others Without Interrupting. Teachers will be working with students to explore what “Ready to Learn” means, and what we can do to move to the Blue Zone.

Week 2 Term 3 2018

Semester One Reports

Our teaching staff have been preparing your child’s Semester One progress report to be sent home in Week 9. This is a very involved process that includes ensuring that the grades given at our school match those given at other public schools across Canberra. Please remember that this report is a progress report and shows how your child is traveling towards end of year goals.

You have been invited to participate in a “parent-teacher interview” in Week 10 should you wish to clarify learning goals for your child based upon the information in your child’s report.

Reviewing and updating children’s Individual Learning Plans or Personalised Learning Plans for those children who have them will take place next term.

Week 8 Term 2 2018

Hats Off Period

The first day of June began the "Hats Off" period for ACT primary schools as daily UV levels drop off to levels that are considered low (ie. under 3) all day, for the months of June and July.

Many years ago Cancer Council ACT coined the phrase - End of May is Hats Off Day to assist Canberra primary schools and early childhood services with their balanced hats on (and off) message to students and the school community.

So, in keeping with the End of May is Hats Off Day spirit, Canberra primary school students (and teachers) can safely leave their hats off during outdoor activities including lunch time.

Please note: The beginning of August is Hats On Again for all of us!

Week 6 Term 2 2018

Additional Funding for School Programs

Gilmore was one of ten public schools to receive $1,660 to support curriculum activities to acknowledge National Reconciliation Week following our successful grant application through the ACT Government 2018 Reconciliation Day Grants Program. This funding will be used to enable Kindergarten – Year 6 children to participate in a museum-led Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander program at the National Museum of Australia. Preschool will have an incursion with Wiradjuri storyteller Larry Brandy.

We successfully applied for funding ($2,200) to engage Basketball Canberra to run five workshops for Kindergarten to Year 6 children this term. Children have been thoroughly enjoying the experience.

An addition to this term’s MindUP and linked to Fresh Tastes, we are introducing a “weekly taster plate” one day per week in each classroom for children to access during Healthy Snack time. This links with MindUP in that mindful smelling, seeing and tasting will be challenged for some students. This has been made possible by using funds within a successful $2,200 grant application last year.

Week 4 Term 2 2018

Protective Behaviours Program

In conjunction with our MindUp social and emotional framework and as part of our Health curriculum, we will be teaching from the Protective Behaviours Program this term. Protective Behaviours, a personal safety program, aims to promote resilience in children, young people, and adults, using empowerment strategies, clear communication, and awareness of “safe” behaviours. Ultimately the aim is to reduce violence in our community and prevent child abuse.

The Protective Behaviours Program was originally developed as a child abuse prevention program. Today however, Protective Behaviours has a much broader application, not merely focusing on abuse prevention but addressing empowerment, communication, self-esteem, resilience, social skills and other life skills. By teaching and promoting these concepts, Protective Behaviours helps to prevent abuse, reduce violence and promote life-enriching rather than life-depleting experiences.
It encourages people to assert their right to feel safe, listen to what their body tells them, and follow up by taking action to either solve problems on their own or to seek assistance from other people.

Teachers will address the topics using strategies appropriate for each age group.

Week 2 Term 2 2018

Enrolments for the 2019 School Year

ACT Resident Students

All ACT children are guaranteed a place in an ACT Public School, from preschool through to college. Information about the enrolment assessment criteria and priority enrolment areas can be found at

If you are applying to enrol in preschool, Year 7 or Year 11 we ask that you submit your application by 4 June 2018 to support timely processing and school planning. From 30 June 2018, after the application has been processed, parents/carers will commence receiving advice from the school on the enrolment. Please note, that the order in which applications are received is not a factor in schools determining places and as a result, there is no requirement to submit your application form on the first day applications open.

NSW Resident Students

To maintain our commitment to families in the ACT surrounding region, and to provide greater certainty to cross-border families, new arrangements have been put in place for enrolments for 2018 onwards. The ACT Government has worked with the NSW Government to ensure these new arrangements provide a number of viable options for NSW families.

NSW families are welcome to enrol in at Gilmore Primary School and from there access a pathway to Caroline Chisholm School and Erindale College.

Southside Primary Pathway Brochure 1

Frequently Asked Questions

Launch of New Mental Health Support Website

A new website that links Australians to online and phone mental health services, information and resources is now live. Head to Health connects people to trusted online and phone mental health services appropriate for their individual needs.

Services and resources listed on Head to Health are delivered by Australia’s trusted mental health service providers including SANE Australia, The BlackDog Institute and Lifeline. They include free or low-cost apps, online support communities, online courses, and phone services that are private and secure.

Head to Health will help people to take control of their mental health, at a time and place convenient to them, complementing or in place of face-to-face services. It supports people seeking help - either for themselves or someone they care about.

Head to Health is not only helpful when seeking support for a mental health condition, it also provides information about staying mentally well for every Australian.

Head to Health was developed in collaboration with the community, the mental health sector and the Department of Health. R U OK? is one of the Head to Health service provider partners, providing resources to assist friends and family when reaching out to someone they're worried about. Visit for more information.

Week 1 Term 2 2018

School-Community Partnerships

We have a number of longstanding community partnerships at Gilmore Primary School, including:

YWCA After School Care - Our on-site after school care program currently has vacancies across the week. We regularly see the children during their time in “afters” and they always appear to be having the very best of fun!

Salvation Army - The Salvation Army is facilitating a Red Cap program for selected children in Years 3-5. Children are supported by Ms Dee Thomson during each of the eight sessions.

The Gilmore Church provides volunteers to support our weekly Breakfast Club. The group also supports our library, with the amazing Jenny Cook who joins us each Friday.

The University of Canberra - Students in Years 4, 5 and 6 have been working in partnership with Preservice Teachers from the University of Canberra to explore and investigate Science inquiry questions.

Week 8 Term 1 2018

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.

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