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Posted on 11 Aug 2017

Backyard Rangers Paint and Play

Posted on 27 Jul 2017


Posted on 25 Jul 2017

Spanish SewaThon

Posted on 13 Jun 2017

Calling all crafters!

Spanish sew-a-thon

The project is to make 12 boys Spanish Flamenco outfits, consisting of a vest, waist sash and hat. We need people to cut, put outfits together and sew, so bring yourself and you will be shown the rest! There is lots of jobs, so don’t worry if you are not a sewer. The outfits will be worn during Spanish lessons and will be showcased at Spanish School Gathering on August 22nd.

Where: Family Room When: Friday 16 and 30 June

Time: Anytime 10am– 2 pm

What to bring if you have them: scissors, sewing machine with black thread

Children welcome! the family room is well resourced with children’s equipment and has an adjoining courtyard which allows for inside and outside play.

Alternatively if you would like to help out from home, please contact our Community Coordinator Louise,

Future of Education

Posted on 02 Jun 2017

Dear Families and IPECS Community


Recently the Minster for Education launched the Future of Education, a consultation process looking to capture stakeholder’s current perceptions and ideas for the future direction of education in the ACT. This process isn’t just about the big things that are or are not working. It’s about small changes that improve the service experience and shaping the future direction of education. More information about this project can be found on the Education Directorates website via the following link


You are invited to have your say by completing the attached short survey. Answers will be anonymously collated and sent through to the Education Directorate. The IPECS survey will close on Thursday 8 June with responses being sent to the Directorate shortly after.


Thank you






Numeracy Parent Workshop

Posted on 01 Jun 2017

Enrolment Reminder

Posted on 16 May 2017


Posted on 12 May 2017

  • The Australian Government announced on 2 May 2017 their proposal for the future funding arrangements for schools across the country. This is a commitment to a sector blind, consistent, needs based funding model adding resources to deliver what students need.

  • We are still analysing the detail, however the headline figure for the ACT shows an increase of $150.4 million over 10 years, which equates to an increase of 52%. We are still unpacking what this means for our school and we know that this figure is inclusive of projected enrolment growth.

  • Funding for government schools in the ACT will grow at an average of 5.8 per cent per student each year, with non government schools reducing at 0.8 per cent.

  • The announcement also includes the recommendation for Mr David Gonski to review the distribution of funding. The ACT is well progressed in this space.

  • The Australian Government has also now announced its commitment to a further $428 million to continue Commonwealth support for preschool throughout 2018. This means that the 15 hours per week, or 600 hours a year access will remain available.


    If you would like more information the links below will take you to factsheets provided by the Department of Education and Training.

New fairer school funding from 2018

The Case for Change

Commonwealth and state responsibilities for school funding

Funding will be tied to reforms

A fairer transition to the new model

Fairer funding for Students with Disability

Supporting students in regional and remote schools

Supporting Indigenous students

Additional funding for the Northern Territory

Expanded capital investment program for non-government schools

Non-government reform support

Budget 2017-18 - preschool factsheet

Minister's Student Congress

Posted on 12 May 2017

On Friday 5 May two of our students represented IPECS at the Minster’s Congress to discuss the Future of Education.  The children were asked to share their views on what makes a great school and a great education. 

The key messages coming from the congress about what makes a great education were great teacher/student relationships, creativity and choice, different levels of work that meets student’s needs, students who love the subjects they are learning, positive learning environments, personalised learning, equity versus equality, great student support , people who encourage students, resources, student voice in learning and equal opportunities.  Our two student representatives will now get feedback from a variety of students about what helps you do well at school, what subjects/areas of school do you do well in and how do you know and do you feel included in all parts of your education? Why? Why not? This feedback will be shared at the next Minister’s Congress meeting in June.



Mother's Day Breakfast

Posted on 04 May 2017

2018 Preschool Information

Posted on 07 Apr 2017

  • Friday 28 April
  • 10 am to 10:45 am
  • Contact: 6142 3777

Info Session

Harmony Day 2017

Posted on 30 Mar 2017

This week at Isabella Plains we celebrated Harmony Day. The children undertook a variety of activities related to the theme ‘everyone belongs’. Children discussed how we are all different, that we like different things, look different, have different families and live in different places but that we all belong at Isabella.

Some students and staff wore orange or traditional clothing to acknowledge difference and share stories from home. We talked about inclusiveness, respect and sharing a sense of belonging.

The kindergarten to year 2 children worked in mixed groups to undertake literacy, art and maths activities.

Introducing Spanish Birth to 8

Posted on 15 Mar 2017

Introducing Spanish Birth to 8

All children at IPECS are introduced to Spanish language and culture birth to 8. Spanish songs and actions are enjoyed right across the school with more formal instruction taking place from Preschool. The preschool children are introduced to Spanish language and culture via the Early Learning Languages Australia program (ELLA). ELLA is a series of interactive applications (apps), aimed at making language learning engaging and interesting to children in preschool. Children in kindergarten to year 2 have weekly Spanish lessons with their class teacher and our resident Spanish teacher, Louise. Louise is Spanish and shares all of her language and cultural knowledge with the children through song, games, and interactive learning opportunities. The children are loving the new program!