Traditions

Traditions form an important part of the continuing culture and pride students have in attending and belonging to Giralang Primary School.

School Logo

The star is our symbol because 'Giralang' means 'star' in the language of the Wirajhuri tribe of central New South Wales.

Giralang Primary School Logo 

School Song

We sing our school song at every assembly.

A golden star is the emblem
That we wear.
A symbol for all to share.
For the dreamtime name that we sing
With pride
Is Giralang, our star.
And the stars above that light the darkest night
Were the inspiration for our name.

Giralang clap, clap, clap, that's our school
Where we share three simple rules
Caring, cooperation, courtesy
Giralang, our star, our school.

We see a distant ridge of mountains
Shaped by time,
A symbol of strength and endurance.
And the tree studded hills of our neighbourhood
Where we live and work and play.
And the stars above that light the darkest night
Were the inspiration for our name.

Giralang clap,clap, clap, that's our school
Where we share three simple rules
Caring, cooperation, courtesy
Giralang, our star, our school.

School Values/ Steps to the Star

All students are actively involved in our Steps to the Star values and social development program. Target skills are role played each fortnight with follow up activities in class. Student achievements with a certificate and a photo in the steps to the stars area.

Our focus which has been adapted from the Values for Australian Schooling are:

  • Respect - Treat others with consideration and regard, respect another person's point of view.
  • Caring, Cooperation and Courtesy - Care for self, others and the environment.
  • Tolerance - Be aware of others and their cultures, accept diversity within a democratic society, being included and including others.
  • Trustworthiness - Be honest, sincere and seek the truth.

School Houses

sporting houses 

The school has four houses. They are named after constellations. House Captains are elected each year by the students.  Students come together as house groups to compete in various sporting carnivals and activities throughout the yeat.

The houses and their colours are:

  • Archer - yellow
  • Centaur - white
  • Phoenix - red
  • Toucan - blue

Image of the Toucan houses student with blue color clothes  sporting houses 

Rats of Tobruk

Giralang Primary School has a special bond with men of The Rats of Tobruk Association (ACT Branch). This relationship was formed in 1993 and continues to grow.

Both the school community and the members of the Association greatly value this relationship. The students are mindful of the significance of this special relationship and through it gain a greater empathy for and understanding of Australians who have served in war.

Giralang has been dubbed "the school with the Anzac spirit" by Mr Peter Collins, President of the Association.

Members from the Rats of Tobruk Association attend the school's annual Anzac Day ceremonies and representatives from the school attend the Rats of Tobruk annual anniversary service held at the Rats of Tobruk memorial on Anzac Parade.The school commenced work on a Memorial Wall to commemorate and celebrate to achievements of our 'Rats' in 2012. On May 4, 2012, the Governor General of the Commonwealth of Australia, Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce, AC opened Stage 1 of the Wall, a mounted display cabinet to keep the Ceremonial Banner safe.

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