The Department of Education has asked schools to inform parents and carers that there is at present an increase in community transmission of COVID-19 in Victoria. We have certainly seen this reflected in our students and teachers. The Department has also provided the following information on how you can help us keep our school as safe as possible by taking two important steps:
1. Ensure your COVID-19 vaccinations are up to date. Information on how and where to get vaccinated is available on the Getting Vaccinated webpage.
2. If your child shows symptoms of COVID-19, please ensure they stay home and get tested. The easiest way to test is to use a rapid antigen test (RAT).
Free RATs are available from:
- your local council, where you can collect two packs of 5 RATs and an extra two packs for each person in your household. People with disability and their carers can get four packs of 5 RATs. You are not required to have a Medicare card and you can collect RATs as many times as you need.
- our school. Once our RAT order arrives, we will send home a box of RATs with your child/ren.
You can also buy RATs at supermarkets, pharmacies and other retailers.
If your child has symptoms but tests negative, please ensure they stay home until they no longer have symptoms.
If the RAT test result is positive, please ensure they say home for at least 5 days and until there are no more symptoms.
Thank you for your support – these steps will help us all stay COVIDSafe and well.Finally, thank you to all those parents who have finalised their 2024 Parent Payments, which are due tomorrow. Our supplier has started delivering ordered Stationery Starter Pack boxes this week and we are on schedule to send those home with students before the break.
The Preps have continued to explore living things and what they need to survive, through presenting their favourite living things to the class.
We have been reading information books about animals and the different features they have that help them live in their environments. Students shared facts they learnt about some of these animals in their writing. They created their own butterflies to show how their wings are symmetrical. Come and read our wonderful facts about butterflies in the Prep hallway!
To prove that plants need water, air and sunlight to grow, students planted their own seeds and observed how they changed over time. We even conducted a class experiment by looking at what happens to seeds with no water, seeds with no sunlight and seeds with no water or sunlight.
Our Library has been thriving this term with all kinds of reading, activities, accessing of information and lively discussion.
STOP THE PRESS!
We are very excited to learn that the 2023 Younger Readers CBCA winner in the Younger Reader’s category, which Year 5 and 6 studied during term 3, is now being made into a feature film in Western Australia.
Congratulations to Craig Silvey and his wonderful book ‘Runt’.
Our Prep students have been learning how to reserve books from the New Arrival Area. They are very excited when the book they have reserved is ready for borrowing. They can’t wait to go home and share their new book with their family.
Our Prep students have enjoyed story time this term. Our wonderful Year 6 library captains have been sharing their favourite picture books with Prep during lunch eating time on Wednesdays.
Year 1 to 6 have been learning about graphic novels. While it is very important to read a wide variety of books, there are many benefits in including graphic novels in reading.
What is a graphic novel?
Graphic novels can be any genre and tell any kind of story. The format is what makes the story a graphic novel, and usually includes text, images, word balloons, sound effects, and panels.
There are many reasons why graphic novels are great to read. Here are 3 of them.
1. Graphic novels are full of text that readers must decode, analyse, and comprehend.
2. Graphic novels are engaging. The combination of text and pictures can be particularly captivating, providing context for stories that students might not completely understand otherwise.
3. Graphic novels are high-quality reading material. Just like traditional novels, graphic novels have exciting and complex plots, characters, and conflicts.
Years 1 and 2
Year One and Two have been learning about the author Aaron Blabey, who not only writes some of our favourite picture story books but is also the author of one of our favourite graphic novel series ‘Bad Guys’. This series was made into a film in 2022.
Years 3 and 4
Year 3 and 4 have been exploring non-fiction graphic novels and have been introduced to a series of biographical graphic novels. One of their favourites was about the rock band ‘The Beatles’. Year 3 and 4 learnt how‘ The Beatles’ formed and even listened to some of their music during borrowing time.
Years 5 and 6
Year 5 and 6 compared a novel to its graphic novel counterpart. They also learnt about historical fiction with a focus on the ‘I Survived’ series of books which is printed in both traditional novel and graphic novel format.
Before returning your library books, please check that they belong to our library. We have had several books belonging to the Whitehorse library returned to us.
We have also recently received several emails regarding our library books being returned to other libraries.
There are also many overdue books. Reminder notices for overdue books will be sent home shortly as we need all books returned to the library before the end of the year.
And finally, thank you so much to the wonderful parent volunteers who assist in the library each week. We appreciate all your effort and hard work.
To demonstrate our learning, we engaged in a creative project of crafting our own fraction artworks. This gave us the opportunity to use our mathematical knowledge alongside our artistic expression.
We really enjoyed labelling and creating these artworks. We hope you enjoy viewing them!
What makes these memory books truly special are the personal touches woven throughout. From intricate artworks to endearing drawings, each page is a tapestry of their individuality. But it doesn't end there. Students have penned letters to their future Year 12 selves, capturing dreams and aspirations, as well as heartfelt letters to their parents, expressing gratitude and love. And as a delightful cherry on top, an A to Z of primary school encapsulates moments and memories. These memory books stand as treasured keepsakes, encapsulating the essence of their primary school years in a beautifully crafted tapestry of words and art.
The Year 6 cohort has also been setting the stage on fire during their spirited rehearsals with the incredible Makala from Stomp for their upcoming graduation dance. Fusing infectious beats, rhythm, and creativity, Makala has been guiding them through mesmerising choreography that promises to captivate audiences. As they stomp, clap, and move in harmony, the students are perfecting steps and gearing up for a performance that will undoubtedly be a highlight of their graduation ceremony, marking the culmination of their primary school journey in style.
If you’re looking to buy new shoes for your child for next year, please consider shopping at The Athlete’s Foot Forest Hill. For EVERY pair of shoes you or a family member purchase, $5 is donated back to our school. Simply nominate Laburnum Primary School at the time of purchase at The Athlete’s Foot Forest Hill Chase store.
Mango Fundraiser – Expected Delivery
We anticipate the mangoes will be delivered sometime during the week beginning 11th December. Families will be notified as soon as we have a date confirmed, which is likely to be in early December.
Umbrellas for Sale
Summer is almost here but Melbourne is still putting on plenty of rainy days! So why not stay dry at pick up time by purchasing a super sturdy and long-lasting LPS umbrella? A bargain at just $25 each – they can be purchased from the office.
LABURNUM PRIMARY SCHOOL
SECOND-HAND UNIFORM SHOP
First Friday of the Month:
Term Time Only:
2.30 pm - 4.00 pm
Cash transactions only
ALL DONATIONS VERY WELCOME
Please ensure donations are washed, clean and in good condition. Only school branded clothing (i.e. no Target, Kmart, Big W, etc. brands).
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