Yarralumla Primary School has two school bands tutored by the ACT Instrumental Music Program teachers and a Yarralumla teacher.
- Bucket Band
- Fife and Drum Band
Yarralumla Primary School offers an English/Italian Bilingual Immersion Program for classes from Kindergarten to Year 6. Children are taught the new Australian curriculum through the Italian language for 2.5 days by Australian trained teachers who are Italian native speakers. At midday on Wednesdays, children move with their cohort to the English classroom to be taught literacy, maths and other Australian curricula in English. The program immerses children in a bilingual learning environment which enables them to reach an age appropriate functional level of literacy in Italian, to gain an understanding of how the English language is based on Latin and an appreciation of Italian culture and lifestyle. Italian language lessons are also offered twice a week to children in Yarralumla Primary's preschool and Montessori program as an introductory phase before the immersion program begins in Kindergarten.
The School Board embodies the principle of collaboration between parents and staff, and community partnership in decision-making processes. Its members include three parents (one being the Chairperson), two teachers, a community representative and the Principal. Staggered two-year terms ensure continuity in the Board's work. The Yarralumla Board encourages communication between the school and its community in determining the school's budget, curriculum and education policies as well as its many needs in relation to buildings, facilities, equipment, funds and staff. Elected community members of the School Board can be contacted about school matters. A report from the board meeting is published in the school newsletter.
The Board is a very active body encouraging strong parent participation and feedback and liaises with a number of community organisations and establishments such as the Italian Embassy.
Scholastic Book Club order forms are sent home with children once a term. Book orders should be returned to the School Office.
During Children's Book Week (in August each year) the students read many of the shortlisted books. The culmination of the week is a Book Week assembly where students are encouraged to dress up as a favourite book character.
Book and Stationery Packs
Towards the end of Term 4 each year, parents/carers are asked to order book packs containing the children's stationery requirements for the following year. For mid-year enrolments, further information can be obtained from the Front Office or the class teacher. Book packs are sent directly to the school prior to commencement of the school year.
Each year the Yarralumla pre-school children are 'buddied' with the year five children in the school. When the children start Kindergarten the next year they continue to be buddies with the same children who are in year 6. During both years the buddy classes share many formal and informal learning and social experiences. This arrangement helps prepare and support the younger children for school and gives the older children leadership experiences.