What's happening at Giralang Primary

Camp Birrigai 2019

Camp Birrigai 2019

In week 5, our year 5 and 6 students went to Birrigai Outdoor School for a 3 day, 2 night camp experience.  They took part in a range of fun and engaging activities such as abseiling, building campfires, bush walking, crate climbing, team initiatives and the Gold Rush Simulation.

posted on 22 Mar 2019

Swimming Carnival 2019

Swimming Carnival

We enjoyed a fantastic swimming carnival at Dickson Pool on Friday 9 March.  Every child gave their best, whether competing, cheering, or participating in the fun games, our house colours, exuberance, and school values were on display!

posted on 22 Mar 2019

Hall School and Museum

Hall School and Museum Tour

Year 2 went back in time for a day to Hall Museum and Heritage Centre. Students were amazed to learn that a popular game that children used to play was called knuckles, using real animal bones! They also enjoyed aiming a horse shoe at a target, a game similar to coits. Students used an old telephone and observed how clothes used to be washed. The most exciting part though, was meeting Mr Cane in the old school classroom. Students faced the front in rows and used slate instead of books to write on. They were warned that they may receive the cane if they misbehaved! Luckily year 2 was perfectly behaved and were commended for their clean nails and shiny shoes.

Year 2 absolutely loved the experience at Hall Museum and have been talking about it ever since. They have decided that some things from the past are quite cool, but are happy that technology has made their lives easier in other areas! 

posted on 22 Mar 2019

Educational leaders tour

Educational Leaders Tour

In mid-February, our Principal, Miss Love, travelled to Japan for an eight-day Educational Leaders Tour. The Japan National Tourism Organisation selected one School Principal from each state and territory to join the tour.  Miss Love visited various schools and popular sites in Tokyo, Kyoto and Hiroshima.

posted on 22 Mar 2019

First day of kindergarten

First Day of Kindergarten

What a start we have had to the year! Kindy has settled beautifully into the day-to-day routines. We start each day with reading groups, and are so very lucky to have many families assist us in reading with the groups, making sure that all children are read with EVERY day. We have learnt many alphabet sounds and are busy practising blending them together to hear words. Afternoon Investigations are an important part of our inquiry and oral language program, allowing the children to explore and discuss ideas together. In maths we are practising to write our numbers to 10 the correct way and recognise small collections of objects. We are very proud of these young learners and their achievements so far, and are excited to continue their journey with them.

posted on 22 Mar 2019

Cultural Integrity

Cultural Integrity

On the Wednesday and Thursday of ‘Week 0’, all staff joined with colleagues from Southern Cross Early Childhood School for professional learning.

Day one centered on deepening our Cultural Integrity. Our facilitators for the day were Dr Red Ruby Scarlet and Jessica Staines.

Some key take aways were:

1.       The acknowledgement of country is not just something we say at the beginning of the day and forget about it. We must honour our words via our actions throughout the day

2.       What is your why?

3.       Remember to teach through culture not about culture

posted on 22 Mar 2019

Market Day 2018

A big favourite on our term 4 events calendar is Market Day.  As part of their Economics Inquiry, Year 5/6 students worked hard on preparing 16 stalls for this day.  They researched what their consumers wanted, and thought about expenses and profit.  An advertising assembly was held where students promoted their stalls with jingles and skits.  The day was a huge success!

posted on 28 Nov 2018

Greening Australia

Aaron Chatfield, Project Officer for Greening Australia Capital Region, visited Year 5/6IR and gave our students a hands-on experience showcasing local indigenous plants.  Aaron explained what different plants were used for, such as for medicinal purposes, bush tucker or tools.  The students tasted bush tea and ate seeds and berries.  Through the Ngadyung schools education program, Greening Australia gifted our school a number of local indigenous plants, and with Aaron’s guidance, students planted them in our planter boxes.   

posted on 28 Nov 2018

Lions Club Book Donation

The Lions Reading Action Program is a worldwide program instigated by the International President of the Lions organisation in 2012.  Since then, each new annual International President has endorsed this Reading Action Program to foster a love of reading, and to improve literacy skills worldwide.  The Lions’ Club of Canberra Belconnen has supported the program since 2012 by donating books to many Belconnen school libraries each year, and we are lucky to be recipients again this year!

posted on 28 Nov 2018

Cultural Workshop with Kristie Peters

As part of our Cultural Integrity journey, students enjoyed a hands-on cultural experience with Kristie Peters, a Wiradjuri woman.  Kristie showed students tools from the natural environment that Aboriginal people fashioned to be able to hunt, to care for their babies, and to adorn themselves with.  Kristie told a Dreamtime story and the students were enthralled!

posted on 28 Nov 2018

Grandfriends' Day

Grandfriends’ Day is one of the most anticipated events on our calendar, as students love sharing their learning with their Grandfriends. The morning finished with a whole school concert and morning tea.

posted on 28 Nov 2018

Literacy and Numeracy Week

In early September, we celebrated Literacy and Numeracy Week, and what a week it was!  The week focused on reading, writing and all the fantastic things we can do with numbers.

The week culminated with our parents and carers joining us for an outdoor reading picnic.  The day smiled on us as we enjoyed our books, company and lunch outside in the sunshine.

posted on 28 Nov 2018

NAIDOC WEEK 2018 – Because of her we can!

Ronnie Jordan, a Kalkadoon woman living in Bungendore, joined our NAIDOC Week celebrations on Tuesday 3 July. The theme for NAIDOC Week in 2018 is “Because of her we can!” Ronnie engaged our students from K-6 in the traditional practice of doll making and weaving. She used both modern and traditional materials. Ronnie also spoke to our students about the important role Aboriginal women have had in our community throughout history and into today.

posted on 06 Jul 2018


Mr John Fleming, a Rat of Tobruk, turned 99 on 29 June 2018. Giralang Primary was so fortunate to host a luncheon in John’s honour on his actual birthday. Next year when John turns 100 he has three wishes:


1.  Have lunch with the students of Giralang Primary School;

2.  Get his letter from the Queen; and

3.  Have some fireworks!

posted on 06 Jul 2018


Our school is an ANZ Hots Shots School. Students from Giralang Primary were selected to be ball kids for a national tennis event held at the Lyneham Tennis Centre. The students did a terrific job and were commended by event organisers.

posted on 06 Jul 2018


Our school always enjoys participating in the annual cross country carnival. Students from preschool to year six compete and represent their respective sporting house to gain valuable house points. Lots of fun is had by all!

posted on 06 Jul 2018


Congratulations to our school Pi champions Peter and Oliver. They recited 197 and 100 digits of Pi respectively in the school final.

posted on 16 Mar 2018


The Giralang Primary School community enjoyed a fantastic day at Dickson Pool on Friday 9 March. All students, K-6, participated in both competitive and non-competitive activities throughout the day. Wearing their house colours, students came together to exude amazing house spirit and sportspersonship. We're looking forward to next year's carnival already!

posted on 16 Mar 2018

Children actively learning through play


We have enjoyed a wonderful a start to the new school year. Our newest students in Preschool and Kindergarten have settled in beautifully. We are looking forward to a wonderful 2018!

posted on 09 Feb 2018

Grant for preschool


Giralang Primary School has successfully won a $1000 Preschool Matters Grant to establish a parent literacy corner in our Preschool Unit. We are hoping to strengthen parent engagement in the early years by creating a space where parents can share quality literature with their child in our educational setting. Pictured above are Kathi Brown and Belinda Love as well as other recipients, and the Minister for Education, Ms Yvette Berry MLA.

posted on 27 Nov 2017


On Saturday 21 October, our school community came together to mark the school's 40th birthday. The celebration culminated in a Guinness World Record Attempt at Musical Statues. Although we didn't quite make the required number of 1080 people, we did have just under 700 people dancing, laughing, freezing and having fun. Pictured above is the ACT Education Minster Yvette Berry, the original architect Enrico Taglietti, Giralang Primary School's first Principal Len Childs and current School Principal Belinda Love cutting the ceremonial cake.

posted on 26 Oct 2017


ACT public schools have had a positive shift in their food and drink culture since the introduction of the ACT Public School Food and Drink Policy in February 2015 and the great support and resources received from Fresh Tastes.  Giralang Primary School is one of the 30 schools in the ACT who’ve made significant changes to their canteen menu, and in 2017 was assessed as complying with the National Healthy School Canteen Guidelines! Thank you to the whole school community for your support, you’re helping create a healthier food and drink environment for our kids!

posted on 19 Oct 2017


We are excited to announce that Giralang Primary School has won the 2016/2017 Tennis ACT Award for Most Outstanding School. The citation reads:

Most Outstanding School

Schools play an important role in the tennis community by introducing primary and secondary students to tennis and providing links to their local club and coach. This award recognises a school in Canberra that has completely aligned with Tennis’s values and has demonstrated a great commitment to having tennis programs delivered in line with the new National Tennis for Primary Schools Resource at their school.

From the point of the first coach meeting, it was only five weeks until their first ANZ Tennis Hot Shots session - each class arranged to have four initial sessions, giving the entire school the chance to experience the ANZ Tennis Hot Shots program. As a result, 20 kids signed up for classes in term two at their local club. The school seized the momentum, immediately applying for the Play program  the very next term, giving all kids an extra 3 sessions in term 2 at school.

They have been quick and professional in handling all aspects of incorporating tennis into their school. Importantly, the school is giving the students a great pathway to transition from coaching, to playing.

In June, the entire school participated in the ANZ Tennis Hot Shots Racquet Roadshow with tennis icon, Todd Woodbridge. They promoted the event widely and continue to promote tennis on a regular basis.

Their club coach lovingly stated in their nomination: “This school really cares about the kids…progressing their skill and most importantly enjoying tennis and being active”.

This 2017 Most Outstanding Tennis School in the ACT is…Giralang Primary School.

posted on 14 Sep 2017


Once again our students and teachers have had a wonderful time dressing up as their favourite book character for Book Week. This year's theme was 'Escape to Everywhere'. Throughout the week students have engaged in many different activities based on The Children's Book Council of Australia's shortlisted books for Children's Book of the Year. This week is an important showcase of why reading is important, and the role quality literature can play in all of our lives. 

posted on 24 Aug 2017


Our Year 2/3 students viewed an important article on Behind The News in March this year about the Solar Buddy Project. Inspired by the Solar Buddy project, students asked their teachers if they could assist communities in need, too. Students organised a fundraiser to raise funds to purchase the solar torch kits. Once this money was raised, students invited their families into school to assist them to construct the torches. These torches are now on their way to Papua New Guinea to communities that do not have electricity. We are extremely proud of our students for giving the gift of light.

To watch our students in action follow this link https://youtu.be/A_F3yW3EmgA

posted on 21 Aug 2017


Giralang Primary School was proud to send both boys and girls teams to the ACT OzTag Gala Days this year. Held at the O’Connor ovals, our teams competed against many schools from across the ACT. Our students wore our new school singlets with pride and participated to the best of their abilities. Congratulations to both teams!

posted on 21 Aug 2017


Our school enjoyed a beautiful day for the annual Giralympics. The Giralympics is the name given to our athletics carnival. Students earn points for their respective houses and compete in true school spirit. All students Preschool to Year 6 participate during the day.

posted on 21 Aug 2017


NAIDOC Week is held in the first full week of July, so Giralang Primary School celebrated it one week early due to the school holidays. NAIDOC Week is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements, and is an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society. Students from Preschool to Year 6 engaged in a series of wonderful activities celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture including dreamtime stories, visual arts, indigenous games and story writing.

posted on 27 Jun 2017


As a part pf our 40th Birthday celebrations, we have received our first present! We have freshened up our landscaping at the front of the school. It incorporates existing plants such as rosemary and irises, as well as honouring an aboriginal theme. Thank you to Natalie Garrett and Megan Hemming for their vision, and to Phillips Landscaping for completing the project.

posted on 27 Jun 2017


Our school was fortunate to have tennis star Todd Woodbridge and the ANZ Hot Shots team visit the school to present band new tennis racquets to every Kindergarten student. Giralang Primary has enthusiastically participated in Tennis Clinics for many years, so hosting a visit from a real tennis star like Todd was a special treat!

posted on 07 Jun 2017


Rostrum is a an annual public speaking competition within the ACT. Congratulations to our 19 Rostrum finalists for 2017. The overall winner, progressing to the next stage, is Callan Clarke from year 6. Congratulations, Callan. 

posted on 29 May 2017


Set in the autumnal surrounds of the Giralang AFL ovals and with the sunshine glowing, the scene was set for a wonderful whole school event. All students from Preschool to Year 6 participated in the 2017 Cross Country carnival. This was another chance for students to represent their respective house groups of Archer, Phoenix, Centaur and Toucan.

posted on 18 May 2017


Our Junior School teachers held a parent workshop on 11 May to showcase strategies to use at home when listening to your child read. Parents left with many great ideas and a handy resource pack to use at home.

posted on 18 May 2017


Year 5/6I hosted a beautifully respectful commemorative assembly in honour of Anzac Day on 26 April. In attendance was John Fleming, an original Rat of Tobruk. Each class made a wreath and laid them next to Australian flags draped at the front of the hall. We thank those who have served and who are currently serving in the armed forces.

posted on 18 May 2017


posted on 06 Apr 2017


Everyone Belongs was the theme for Harmony Day 2017. At Giralang Primary School we celebrate diversity every day. We have students from approximately 20 different cultural backgrounds. To celebrate Harmony Day, all students participated in various class activities that focused on cultural diversity and celebrating differences.

posted on 21 Mar 2017


Giralang Primary School celebrated International Pi Day by holding a Pi Competition. Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th (3/14) around the world. Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159. Pi has been calculated to over one trillion digits beyond its decimal point. As an irrational and transcendental number, it will continue infinitely without repetition or pattern. While only a handful of digits are needed for typical calculations, Pi’s infinite nature makes it a fun challenge to memorise, and to computationally calculate more and more digits.

The objective of our competition was to see who could recite the most digits of Pi. We had over twenty students participate from years 1-6. Olivia and Isobel (pictured above) tied with 67 digits of Pi. It was time for a “Pi off!” Each student was given 8 more minutes of study to try again. This time Olivia reached 74 digits of Pi and the eventual winner was Isobel with 78 digits. Congratulations to both of the girls and all of the participants.

posted on 15 Mar 2017


Giralang Primary School proudly hosted the ACT Astronomy and Space Science Education Conference on Saturday 4 March. Educators from across the east coast of Australia were in attendance. The key note address was given by astronomer Dr Lisa Harvey-Smith. Our STEM Specialist Teacher, Paul Floyd was the conference convenor and was also a presenter using the school’s inflatable planetarium. Class teacher, Matthew Garratt, also showcased our coding programs.

posted on 08 Mar 2017

Swimming Carnival 2017

What a wonderful whole school event! All students, K-6, were involved in the 2017 Giralang Primary Swimming Carnival. Traditional races were on offer as well multi-age rotations on dry land and in the pool. Everyone was busy all day! It was wonderful to see our students participate to the best of their ability whilst striving to gain valuable points for their respective house.

Congratulations to Centaur, the overall winning house.

Pictured here are our leaders for each sporting house.

posted on 28 Feb 2017