English Focus classes
The school offers English Focus classes to students who opt not to participate in the Bilingual Program. This is considered an advisable option for some students who enrol in Year 3 and above if they have no prior Italian and/or if English is not their first language. The school provides extra support to these students in basic Italian vocabulary and instructions to facilitate their integration into the bilingual classes should they wish to do so. Students in the program that is English focussed (referred to as Italian Experience) learn in Italian for four afternoons a week after their recess break at 2pm. It is advisable to meet with the class teacher to discuss the development of a PLP - Personalised Learning Plan for these students to best meet their learning needs and preferences for an English focus.
The school is required to follow the ACT Education and Training Directorate's enrolment policy which states that children who turn five by April 30th each year are eligible to enrol in Kindergarten. However, it is the Principal's recommendation for a child's sound social, emotional and cognitive development to enrol in preschool in the year he/she turns 5 and begin Kindergarten in the year he/she turns 6. Early childhood research confirms that later entry is more beneficial for a child's learning in all areas of development.
When transferring from interstate, overseas or a local school, it is helpful if a written report is available at the time of enrolment. Proof of residency, evidence of birth and immunisation details are essential. While priority is given to students who live in Yarralumla and Deakin, out of area enrolments are considered if space is available. For further information contact the ACT ETD directly on (02) 6207 5111. Enrolment forms can be found at http://www.det.act.gov.au/school_education/enrolling_in_an_act_public_school.
To ensure access and equity in the provision of education, Yarralumla Primary School has an equity fund that is used to support the needs of students who might not otherwise be in a position to take advantage of some curriculum opportunities provided by the school. Parents who require assistance from this fund should approach the Principal or School Office Manager for confidential assistance.
Excursions and Camps
Educational excursions and camps form integral parts of the learning process. Each activity is planned in close consultation with a teacher and is linked to the focus of an inquiry unit each term. On occasion the school will arrange for visiting speakers or groups to perform at the school. Details of times, costs and a permission note for all excursions or at school performances are sent home to parents/carers. Please approach the School Office Manager or Principal if you have difficulty meeting the cost of any excursion. For payment details see Payment Procedures