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!

Commencement of the 2018 School Year

Preschool, Kindergarten and new children start school on Monday 5 February 2018.

All returning students commence school on Tuesday 6 February 2018.

The P&C Uniform Shop will be open at school on Friday 2 February 2018 from 2:00 - 3:00pm and Monday 5 February 2018 from 2:30 - 3:30pm for you to purchase any items needed for the new school year. Thereafter it will be open every Wednesday morning from 8:45 - 9:00am.

Please remember to label clothing items and other belongings with your child's name.

Week 10 Term 4 2017

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

30th Birthday Extravaganza

The Gilmore Primary School P&C hope that all families can come along on Saturday 11 November, to grab some food and drinks, pick up something from the cake stall but most of all have a lot of fun while supporting our school.

Week 4 Term 4 2017

Early Years Literacy Project

During Week 4, our Principal had the pleasure of presenting to staff from Kingsford Smith School, Southern Cross Early Childhood School, Macgregor Primary School, Isabella Plains Early Childhood School, and Richardson Primary School. The presentation celebrated the professional learning undertaken by our staff as part of our involvement in the Early Years Literacy Project this year. Vicki showcased images of the learning children have been doing in reading, writing, spelling and phonological awareness across the school, Preschool to Year 6. This was also recognised by one of our Directors of School Improvement who said during a walk through the school, “as we walked from classroom to classroom it was evident that all teachers have invested into the evidence based approach to teaching literacy. Significant gains have been made in student engagement, students seeing themselves as learners. We certainly noticed that quality picture books were providing opportunities for intentional teaching of letter/sounds, building vocabulary as well as a springboard to writing. The increased use of small data to inform teaching and really target the learning is apparent”.

Week 4 Term 4 2017

Learning Journeys

Families will have received an invitation from their child/ren to join them for what is called a “Learning Journey” next Wednesday afternoon, immediately following our special assembly. During the Learning Journey, the child/ren will lead family members through the key aspects of their teaching and learning program throughout the school, including completing activities and/or learning-based games together, providing challenges to see if you can do what they can do, and demonstrating skills learned this year. This activity forms an important part of our annual reporting program and should be considered as important as formal, written reporting provided by the school.

Week 8 Term 3 2017

Why Play?

This year the Alison Lester children spend an hour of each day engaged in play. The play sessions are planned specifically for children’s interests, needs and to address different areas of the curriculum. The planned play experiences reflect the Early Years Learning Framework (birth – 8yrs) and the Australian Curriculum. Play allows children to develop deeper friendships, problem solve, share their interests with peers and educators, develop resilience and learn to collaborate. Research has found links between play and the creation of neural connections critical to effective brain functioning. While children are engaged in purposeful play experiences they are developing their cognitive skills, including disposition for learning, memory, language and literacy skills (Bodrova & Leong, 2005). The many benefits of play include increased flexibility and improved potential for learning later in life (Lester and Russell, 2008).

Week 4 Term 3 2017

Occupational Violence is not acceptable

This week our Principal attended the launch of the ACT Education Directorate’s Occupational Violence Management Plan. The plan, a joint effort between the Australian Education Union and the directorate outlines a commitment to ending occupational violence. The plan clearly articulates that the rights of a child to an education come first, but come equal first to the right of every staff member to a safe working environment.

Occupational violence is defined as “any action, incident or behaviour that departs from reasonable conduct in which a person is assaulted, threatened, harmed, injured in the course of, or as a direct result of, his or her work” and will not be tolerated at this worksite. It could include personal intimidation, physical assault, sexual harassment, threatening behaviour, abuse through texts, phones calls and on social media, making vexatious complaints, and making derogatory, slanderous or threatening statements. Our school has commenced work towards developing a local set of guidelines to support the implementation of this new policy. These will essentially remind all members of our community to observe the “Gilmore Guidelines” whilst at, or interacting with, our school.

Week 2 Term 3 2017

Student Progress Reports

All families will have received a copy of their child’s mid-year progress report.

In addition to the formal report, to support family engagement with reporting processes, you are invited to make an appointment to meet with your child’s teacher. The opportunity to participate in a mid-year family interview to discuss any concerns you may have regarding your child’s progress at school and to discuss learning goals for the coming semester, forms a core part of Gilmore Primary School ‘s Reporting Procedures.

Teachers will be conducting interviews during weeks 1-3 of Term 3. To book an interview time with your child’s teacher please contact our Front Office staff on 6205 7844.

Week 1 Term 3 2017

School Attendance

Research confirms a strong link between attendance and student outcomes. While some student absences are unavoidable and understandable due to illness and the like, or enforced through school disciplinary absences, many are not. Poor school attendance can be linked to a number of related short and long-term adverse outcomes for students including lower academic outcomes, early school leaving, substance use, poverty, unemployment and negative health outcomes.

In line with the Education Act 2004 (the Act), the ACT Education Directorate must endeavour to use all appropriate engagement strategies including working with other relevant government agencies to ensure that children and young people are given every opportunity to participate in education or an alternative education option.

Gilmore Primary School has procedures in place to help monitor and manage school attendance.

Week 1 Term 3 2017

Whole School Learning: Oral Language

Oral language is the foundation of all student learning and social interactions. It is essential for literacy learning, which underpins learning across all areas of the curriculum. Effective use of oral language is critical for students’ social, emotional and academic wellbeing (Cameron & Dempsey, 2016). Due to the importance of oral language and its impact on life success, Gilmore Primary School is having a whole school focus on oral language development for the remainder of the year.

Week 7 Term 2 2017

Friday Under 5's @ Gilmore

Our new playgroup has commenced and we have been pleased to see old and new faces in the group. This playgroup is facilitated by one of our educators, with staff from The Smith Family and the Tuggeranong Child and Family Centre. Morning tea is provided and the free sessions run from 9:30am to 11:00am on Fridays in school weeks two to nine each term.

Week 6 Term 2 2017

Gilmore turns 30!

In 1987 Gilmore Primary School opened our doors and have formed a vital part of our local community ever since. To celebrate this momentous occasion, the Gilmore Primary School P&C Association in conjunction with the wider school community are putting on a 30th Birthday Extravaganza! A huge celebration with all the usual fete activities will be held from 12pm-4pm Saturday 11 November 2017.

More details and announcements of different ways families can contribute and assist will be announced over the coming months. You can keep up to date by following the school’s Facebook page and 30th celebration event on that page.

Firstly though, the school will be erecting three new flagpoles at Gilmore Primary School in 2017. The unveiling of these flagpoles is expected to form a central commemorative part of the 30th birthday celebration in November. Families, members of the school community, former students, teachers and staff have the opportunity to purchase engraved pavers to be used around the new flagpoles. If you are interested in donating a paver please fill out the order form (easily found under ‘School Notes’ on the side menu of this homepage). Orders close Friday 28 July 2017.

Week 5 Term 2 2017

Gilmore Guidelines

We gathered together this week for another Gilmore Guideline to be introduced.

At Gilmore Primary School relationships are important. Because we value courage, kindness and respect you will see us move safely, speak safely and follow instructions the first time.

Week 2 Term 2 2017

We are a KidsMatter school

As part of this initiative we are running a postcard competition where students from P to 6 can create an artwork based on the school values of Courage, Kindness and Respect. Selected artworks will be featured on school good news postcards. Look out for these next term with positive messages written by teachers letting you know about fabulous things your children are achieving.

Week 8 Term 1 2017

Red, purple, green - what does that mean?

All students in our K-6 learning environment have been focusing on the first of our Gilmore Guidelines which is moving safely around the school and in their classrooms. This involves being in control of their bodies and how they move or don't. They have been learning how to find controlled relaxed positions for learning.

The red, purple, green visual prompts are displayed in every learning environment to support children to maintain a still learning body, keep their hands to themselves, and move in a way that provides enough space for everyone to feel safe.

Week 6 Term 1 2017

Gilmore Gathering

Children will be bringing home an invitation soon, with details about a picnic and information evening to be held on Thursday 16 March. We look forward to seeing you there.

Week 5 Term 1 2017

Keep us up-to-date

A copy of the contact information that we hold at the school for your child/ren has been mailed out. Please check that details are current, update any information and return it to the front office as soon as possible. If the information is still current, please write "no changes required" and return the unchanged document to us via the front office.

This information is used for many purposes, including ringing to invite you to assemblies when your child is receiving an award, contacting you if your child is injured, and emailing our fortnightly Gilmore Gazette.

Week 4 Term 1 2017

Library Days

Preschool: Monday. K/1: Tuesday. Year 1: Friday. Years 2, 3, 4/5 and 5/6: Thursday.
Could children please bring a library bag to school on their library day, to protect the books they will borrow.

Week 2 Term 1 2017

Lunchtime Learning

We are delighted to offer our Lunchtime Clubs again this year. These groups offer children an alternative to the busy playground and an opportunity for them to follow their passion. Staff provide these activities from 1:30pm until 1:50pm, as part of their supervision of play responsibilities. You are always welcome to join in with the Lunchtime Learning fun; simply sign in at the front office.

Monday - Gardening Group.
Tuesday - Creativity Club.
Wednesday - Book Bandits.
Thursday - Singing Stars.
Friday - Coding Club.

Week 2 Term 1 2017

Welcome to 2017

We begin every school day with a Walk and Talk around our grounds, weather permitting. This activity forms a key component of our curriculum to develop children's personal and social capabilities. Our families are welcome to join us!

Week 2 Term 1 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) 6205 7844
Fax: (02) 6205 7845

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Student Code of Conduct PDF (135.3 KB)
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