Class rolls are marked at the beginning of each day and after lunch. Under the ACT Education Act 2004, it is the responsibility of parents/guardians to report their child’s absences to the school. Students who are absent must bring a note from a parent/guardian explaining the reason. If a child needs to leave the school between 9.00am and 3.00pm parents must sign the ‘Students sign in/out’ book in the front office and a note should be given to the class teacher.
If a child appears to be unwell before school, parents should make arrangements for the child to remain at home or be cared for elsewhere.
Student information sheets are sent home at the start of each year to gather parent contact information for ready reference and should be returned promptly to the class teacher. To facilitate speedy contact with parents in an emergency, any change in home or work phone numbers, home address, place of employment or name of emergency contact should be notified immediately.
In the event of an accident or a child becoming ill during the day, we will make every effort to contact the parent using the information on the student information sheet. If this is not possible, medical attention will be obtained at the Casualty Section of Canberra Hospital, unless parental permission has been refused in writing.
Communities@Work run an After School Care program on site at Gilmore Primary. The organisation also runs a Before School Care program at a nearby Primary school. Communities@Work transport the students to Gilmore Primary arriving around 8.45am. Contact Communities@Work on 6293 6500 or via their websitehttp://www.commsatwork.org/.
Students injured while under supervision at school or in a school-related situation are transported free of charge to the emergency section of either public hospital in the ACT. Parents and guardians of students who participate in excursions and other school trips outside the ACT should note that free ambulance transportation only applies in the ACT. Parents and guardians are reminded to check their health cover for ambulance transportation outside the ACT.
At Gilmore Primary, we have students who have an anaphylactic reaction to peanuts and nut products, which can be life threatening. We are asking for the support of families in not sending to school food items containing peanut butter or other nut products.
If your child suffers from anaphylaxis, you should obtain a written Anaphylaxis Treatment Plan signed by your doctor and yourself as parent or carer for the administration of Adrenaline by EpiPen or similar device. In the absence of a written and signed Anaphylaxis Treatment Plan, only standard First Aid can be given in an emergency and staff will be unable to administer adrenaline.
Communication between school and home is highly valued. Parents are asked to make an appointment for any discussion with the Principal, Deputy Principal, Counsellor or teachers. An appointment will be arranged at the earliest possible time and attention will be given immediately to urgent issues.
Assemblies are held every second Wednesday at 12.30pm in the school hall. At each assembly a class or unit is rostered to lead the assembly. Assemblies feature group singing, presentation of awards, displays of work and general announcements. All children attend, as regular whole-school gatherings create a cohesive school community and maintain a heightened school spirit. Parents are welcome to attend.
A range of assessment tools is used by our teachers to determine your child's progress throughout the year. A component of our assessment procedures each year will be PIPS assessment for Kindergarten children early in Term 1. Year 3, Year 5, Year 7 and Year 9 children will participate in the National Assessment Plan Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN). For further information, please refer to our Assessment and Reporting Policy (199kb).
Gilmore Primary is an Asthma Friendly School. It has adopted the AFS program strategies to support the whole school community in understanding and managing asthma. The aim of the AFS program is to improve the quality of life, health outcomes and well being for school children with asthma. Download an Asthma Treatment Plan (118kb).
It is a legal requirement that the classroom teacher maintains an accurate record of children’s attendance in the class roll. Therefore, parents must contact the school, either by telephone or written note, if their child is to be away from school for any reason.