Term 1: 1st Feb* to 8th April
Term 2: 26th April to 24th June
Term 3: 11th July to 16th Sept
Term 4: 3rd Oct to 20th Dec
Note: Curriculum days 28th/31st Jan. Preps commence 3rd Feb.
Instruction commences at 8:55am and finishes at 3:25pm.
This allows children to catch the after school buses.
At the end of morning recess and lunchtime, children are expected to be at their respective assembly points when the bell rings.
Bell Times(altered due to COVID):
8.50am Warning bell & music (all grades)
8.55am Class bell (all grades)
10.55am to 11.25am - Break 1 for Prep to Yr 2
11.40am to 12.25pm – Break 1 for Yr 3 to 6
1.40pm to 2.25pm – Break 2 for Prep to Yr 2
2.25pm to 2.55pm – Break 2 for Yr 3 to 6
3.25pm Dismissal (all grades)
Classroom teachers are in their rooms from 8:40am each day if parents have any matters they wish to discuss. Students are also welcome in the room before school to play quietly with their classmates, especially in the colder months of the year.
(Please note: due to COVID, parents, carers and others access to site is limited until further notice)
The school is an integral part of the local community and we feel that there are many people who have something to contribute, either in a classroom, or another aspect of the school’s operation. If you would like to become involved in your child’s classroom, speak to the class teacher. If you have an idea or suggestion which could benefit the children, the principal would be only too happy to discuss it with you.
Here are some examples of activities in which you may be able to take an active role:
1.Various classroom programs
3.Excursions and camps
4.Assistance with book making or book repairs
5.Assistance with I.C.T activities in the classroom
6.Join the Parents & Friends Association (PFA)
7. Join a a School Council sub-committee.
8.Offer to be included on the canteen roster
9.Become involved in Grounds Maintenance
10.Offer to help with training for sports.
Your child will take great pleasure in seeing you at school and actively involved in his/her education.
Please note that all volunteers are required to hold a valid Working With Children Check. These are free and can be applied for online at:
Gisborne Primary School is a Child Safe School. Our Code of Conduct can be viewed on the website under About Us - Child Safe Standards or at the school office.
Before & After School Care
Schools Out! provide before & after school care and vacation care onsite at GPS
Mob: 0448 667 747
Before & After School Care is also provided offsite by
The Learning Sanctuary - Gisborne
Address: 93 Sheedy Road, Gisborne 3437
Ph. 03 5428 445503 5428 4455
Director : Leanne Lawrence
We are now using Qkr!
Qkr - For busy parents and carers, finding time to pay fees, excursions and order school lunches can be tough. It’s an easy-to-use mobile app for iPhones and Android smartphones that makes school payments a breeze.
How to - Download the app
Please download the Qkr! App (refer to instructions on link above) . For those without access to a smart phone, a web based version of Qkr! is available at https://qkr.mastercard.com/store/#home
Bus travel is available for our students. "Students are eligible for free school bus travel provided they live further than 4.8km from the nearest government school they will be attending". Staff at Gisborne Secondary College co-ordinate all bus travel. The bus driver or the school has the right to exclude any child from travelling on the bus if his/her behaviour is unacceptable. The school must be advised if a change to normal routine occurs. Gisborne Primary staff supervise children on to the buses each afternoon. Bus Application Form (please return to Gisborne Secondary College)
SENTRAL PARENT PORTAL
Across the school we have introduced a student management tool called 'Sentral'. This system allows us to streamline school data and communication. It also enables us to utilise a Parent Portal which provides parents with discreet information about their child's progress in our school, provide curriculum resources, events notification, absence management, parent permission for camps/excursions and incursions, newsletters, etc.
(Please note: Altered assembly structure due to COVID until further notice).
A whole school assembly occurs each Friday at 3:05pm in the school gymnasium and this weekly tradition helps strengthen our links between home and school. Parents are very welcome to attend as essential information about the coming weeks is presented to the school community. Class performances, student dances, songs by the school choir and student reports about special activities are some of the items held during assembly each week. We also present the ‘Student of the Week’ certificates from each class, along with other awards for significant academic or sporting achievements.
THE SCHOOL HOUSE SYSTEM
The school has a 'House' system which involves all children being placed in a 'House' or team. These Houses are named after the four streets surrounding the school and each House is represented by a different colour:
House Captains are appointed from Grade 6 and are allocated specific responsibilities within the school. The purpose of this is to encourage team spirit and friendly competition. House points may be awarded to individuals or groups according to academic or sporting achievement, good and positive attitudes in the classroom or playground etc.
At recess and lunchtimes there are three staff members on duty in the grounds. Any child who has a problem, or needs attention for injury or illness, should contact one of these teachers. The principal and assistant principal are on yard supervision from 8:30am every morning and from 3:25 to 3:40pm every night.
In the case of minor accidents, first-aid will be administered at school.
We have two staff rostered on duty everyday.
In the case of injuries of a more serious nature, every effort will be made to contact a parent or the nominated emergency.
Medical aid may be sought if contact cannot be made, and such aid is deemed necessary.
Medical Exclusions: Primary School Exclusions