Our Curriculum - Extracurricular Programs and Activities

Concert Band

Students who having been learning a brass, woodwind or percussion instrument for at least 12 months are invited to join the Laburnum Concert Band. The Concert Band rehearses weekly, on a Wednesday morning in the PAC. Throughout the year, the band performs at School Assemblies, Open Night, the Victorian Schools Music Festival, The Gala and Recruitment Night. Being a member of the band allows students to interact with students in other year levels, work with others and be part of a team.

Training Band (Term 2 – 4)

The Training Band is for students who have just begun to learn a brass, woodwind or percussion instrument. This is a great opportunity for students to develop the required musical and non-musical skills before they move into the Concert Band. The Training Band rehearses on a Thursday morning in the PAC, beginning in Term 2. Students will have the chance to perform at School Assemblies and The Gala. At the end of Term 4, the students will transition into the Concert Band.


John Monash Little Scientists (Term 3)

Little Scientists is designed to engage young students in Science. Some students from Year 6 attend four fortnightly sessions at the John Monash Science School Labs with the support of Lab Technicians. Each student presents their final project at one of the JMSS’s Science Presentation evening.

John Monash Mini Mathematicians (Term 2)

Mini Mathematicians is aimed at providing primary school students with the opportunity to explore mathematics and problem solving, like real mathematicians. Topics such as coding, number patterns and problem solving are delivered to some Year 5 students by passionate JMSS maths students over four fortnightly sessions. All of the participating students are invited to the JMSS Mini Maths Day in Term 4.


Year 3 Dance Group (Term 3)

At the beginning of Term 3, all Year 3 students are invited to join the Year 3 Dance Group. This talented group of movers and groovers meet once a week at lunchtime practices a dance routine in preparation for the almighty Laburnum Gala. No prior experience is required; it’s all about having fun, trying new things and making friends. The Year 3 Dance Group is run by the Year 3 classroom teachers.

Art Club (Term 1 - 4)

The art leaders in conjunction with the teacher provide the opportunity for students to explore various skills and techniques such as watercolour paints, air dry clay and origami. The art club is open to whichever year level does not have art lessons during that term.

Other year levels are invited back to the art room during specified lunchtimes if they wish to complete tasks.


Our Community Library (Terms 1 - 4)

The library is open from 8.45-9.00 am every morning before school. During this time we encourage students to return books, borrow, read, draw and create. Parents are welcome to come and share stories with their children. The library is also open during the second half of lunchtime (1.25-1.50 pm) on Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays. There is a laptop computer roster that indicates the days that different year levels can borrow the laptops during lunchtime.


Book Club (Terms 1 - 4)

Scholastic Book Club provides our students with access to current, high quality literature and learning materials. Once or twice a term, brochures will be sent home and families are given the opportunity to purchase from Book Club. This is a great fundraiser for our school as we receive a percentage from the books sold which allows us to purchase additional resources for our classrooms and the library.


Book Fair (Term 2)

Scholastic Book Fair is a wonderful annual event held in Term 2. Our library transforms into an even greater book wonderland! Students have the opportunity to explore the Book Fair and write their own wish lists. The Book Fair is open for purchasing for 3 days before and after school. Families are encouraged to visit and purchase fabulous children’s literature.


Story time (Wednesday - Term 3)

In Term 3 when Prep and Year One students don’t have formal library sessions, our enthusiastic Year Six Library leaders run story time sessions during lunchtime.  During these sessions, students listen to and discuss the 2017 Children’s Book Council of Australia short- listed books. Students are also encouraged to borrow books and share stories with their peers and Year six buddies.


Book Week (Term 3)

Book Week is a very exciting week in the library. We have a fabulous dress up day where everyone comes to school dressed as their favourite book character.  We hold a very special assembly which is run by our Year six library leaders and all students attend workshops with well-known Australian children’s authors and illustrators.


The Chess Club

The Chess Club at Laburnum P.S. is run by “Chess Ideas” in the school library every Friday between 1.00 and 1.50pm. In Term 1 it will operate for 8 weeks, from the 10/2-31/3 and costs $104.00 for the term. There is always a free trial session at the beginning of each term. The children are instructed in two small groups, where a new skill or strategy is introduced, followed by a game and is supervised at all times by a Laburnum PS teacher. Children may receive an award at the end of each term for excellent progress. Please contact the office for further information.


Junior School Council

The Junior School Council provides students with an avenue for positive contributions to their own school community. The Junior School Council allows students the opportunity to experience leadership at Laburnum Primary School and consists of two students from each Year 1 to 6 classes. Through active involvement, the Junior School Council encourages student participation within the decision making processes for fundraising, presentations, school events, charity focuses and school recommendations. The Junior School Council aims to provide an opportunity for the development of ‘student voice’ within the school. Throughout the year, the Junior School Councillors have the responsibilities and opportunities to develop their leadership skills as their class representative and through attendance at School Council meetings.


Oxfam Music Festival for Schools

The Oxfam Music Festival is an annual musical showcase focusing on fundraising for those in need. Schools from the local community come together to perform in a series of entertaining concerts, all based in the beautiful and historical Box Hill Town Hall. Our school choirs and string ensemble represent Laburnum PS.


Choirs (Terms 1 - 4)

Laburnum Primary School’s Year 3/4 and Year 5/6 Choirs are made up of very enthusiastic students who love music. The groups rehearse weekly, learning about singing skills and focusing on a variety of pieces. They perform regularly throughout the school year at assemblies and special events including the school’s Gala Concert, Music Count Us In celebration, Oxfam Music Festival for Schools, at local aged care facilities & shopping centres and the LPS Carols in Blacks Walk.


Gala Concert (Term 3)

The annual Gala Concert is a fantastic evening celebrating the musical talent at Laburnum PS.  It features the school’s performance groups including the choirs, concert band, training band, percussion ensemble, Year 3 dance group, string ensemble and junior strings.  Each Gala Concert is themed and proves to be an extremely enjoyable evening for all those involved.


Year 5/6 Percussion Ensemble (Terms 2 & 3)

Students from Years 5 & 6 are invited each year to audition for the school’s Percussion Ensemble.  The group, which comprises of approximately 12 students, create and perform original percussion pieces with African and Samba influences. A variety of instruments are used including djembes, congas, kiss kass shakers and agogo bells.


Victorian State Schools Spectacular (Term 3)

A group of approximately 16 - 20 Year 4 students from Laburnum PS participate each year in the Victorian State Schools Spectacular.  The event includes a cast of 3000 Victorian government school students, singing, dancing, playing instruments and working backstage to produce an amazing 2-3 hour scripted arena-style show.  It is truly an amazing spectacle which provides students with the opportunity to experience a competition-free environment and engage in a first class performance with industry professionals.


Green Team (Term 1 - 4)

The elected Year 6 Green Team leaders and elected representatives from Years 3 - 6, along with the teachers involved, are responsible for composting and recycling throughout the school, maintaining the kitchen garden, promoting nude food from P - 6 and keeping Laburnum environmentally friendly and sustainable.


String Ensemble

Students who learn a violin, viola or cello, are warmly invited to express their interest in becoming a member of one of our String Ensembles. These groups are aimed at developing student’s skills to work collaboratively while providing the opportunity to perform to the school community at various events throughout the year including School Assemblies and the Annual Gala Night. In 2017 we will be running two groups; String Ensemble and Advanced String Ensemble. Student placements in either ensemble are made in consultation with the tutors, based on students’ readiness, confidence and ability, with both groups meeting weekly before school.


3D Printing (Term 1-4)

A group of Year 5/6 students will have the opportunity to learn the skills in designing items using 3D software programs. From this, some students will be selected to compete in the PrintACar challenge at Quantum, La Trobe University. The challenge sees groups of students designing, printing and racing cars. All parts of the car must be printed using a 3D printer, with the exception of the axles. Teams produce a poster and their cars for the challenge and the cars are powered by a small CO² canister. Students spend some lunchtimes designing and making their cars, with the guidance of a parent and coach (Laburnum staff member).



G.A.T.E.WAYS is an independent organisation that offers extension programs for students who are highly able in specific curriculum areas. Teachers nominate students to attend the Eukera program that is offered in Terms 1, 2, 3 and 4 for students in Year 1-6. The Eureka program offers three hands-on workshops based on a theme. Each term the theme changes to focus on a different curriculum area. Previous themes have included ‘Curious Science,’ ‘You Can Count On Maths,’ ‘History Matters,’ and 'Grossology.’

Each semester we also offer information on the Festival of Workshops. Festivals are special programs offering a large range of workshops running concurrently over two days, with the emphasis on challenge and fun.

Digimaker Computer Programming Club

This program provides students with exposure to the fundamentals of computer science concepts. Organised by an external provider who is also a LPS parent, students can sign up for each term’s program, which is advertised in our newsletter.