LPS eNews

30 November, 2023

Principal's Message

Congratulations to Spanish Captains Ruchitha P and Cathy Z, along with Megan F, Monal C and Dana S, who planned our recent Cultural Day, assisted by Mrs Richards. It was wonderful to see our students displaying their cultural heritage, so thank you to all those parents/carers who supported this day. 

We can report that the first Year 4 Adventure Day was a great success, with students voting tree-surfing and the giant slides as favourites on the day. We include some photos in this week's eNews and congratulate our teachers, students and parent helpers for trying new things and showing resilience on the day.

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.


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What's Happening?

From the Assistant Principals, Kathy and Jo

Our 2023 - 24 LPS Transition program has commenced this week for Years 1 to 5. Students have enjoyed discussing the similarities and differences found between this year and next year levels. Through our LPS Expected Behaviours matrix, calm and consistent learning environments for all of our students and staff are promoted and supported, which certainly makes for a smooth transition. Make sure you talk with your child about the excitement surrounding transitioning into a new year level in 2024! 

Our teachers have been creating 2024 classes, considering both the need to balance classes to meet student needs and requests made by students and parents. The transition program culminates in a 'Meet the Teacher' session on Thursday 14 December, where we plan for students to meet their actual 2024 classroom teachers. As parents, you will also get the opportunity to meet these teachers after school on this day from 3.30pm to 3.45pm.

We remind parents that, as per our Attendance Policy, all students are expected to
attend school every day during school hours, unless they are unwell. 'Parents should endeavour to schedule family holidays, appointments and other activities outside of school hours.' 

If your child needs to be absent from school for these types of reasons, please email our office. 'The Principal will determine if the explanation provided is a reasonable excuse for the purposes of the parent meeting their responsibilities'.

Government schools are required to identify students whose attendance is placing them at risk, with clear Department of Education guidelines around this. Please be aware this includes students who are late for school on a regular basis. Although we understand there are occasional circumstances that may affect punctuality, please aim to have your child arrive at school around 8:50 a.m., for a calm start to the day. If your child is late, please accompany them to the office to complete a late slip.

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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.   

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Specialists: Library

From Wendy Keogh

Our Library has been thriving this term with all kinds of reading, activities, accessing of information and lively discussion.


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.

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Senior School - Years 5 & 6

Year 5
In Year 5, we have been learning about fractions and decimals. We have developed strategies to solve problems with the same denominator, mastering various strategies for addition and subtraction. As mathematicians, we have extended our understanding of the place value system beyond hundredths.

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!


Year 6
In an ode to their journey through primary school, Year 6 students have embarked on a creative endeavor, fashioning captivating memory books. Bursting with literary gems and personal touches, these books are a testament to their growth and cherished experiences. Inside, they’ve included narratives that whisk you through their adventures, character profiles that breathe life into their imagination, and heartfelt poems that echo the essence of their years spent at Laburnum Primary School.

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.


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Contribute: Parents Group & Community News

Parents Group News

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:
next opening Friday 1st December

Term Time Only:

2.30 pm - 4.00 pm
Please enter the school grounds via Janet Street. Please go straight to the Uniform Shop, near the Performing Arts Centre.

Thank you,
Clarissa, Liz, Lucinda and Kate

 Cash transactions only
All items are $5 (including jackets and jumpers).
All monies go to the school to support our students.

We accept donations of pre-loved uniforms.
Please continue to phone the school and speak with one of the office staff if you have uniforms to donate.

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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Happy Families: HALTS

It doesn’t matter if you have just one child or six, there is one thing that you’re guaranteed to have to handle: big emotions in your child.

It doesn’t matter how good of a parent you are, you can even be a parenting expert, and your children will STILL have big emotions. It’s just a fact of life when you’re parenting a 1-year-old or a 12 year old. Teens have their big 
emotions, and if we’re honest, so do parents! Everyone feels sad, cranky, scared, or stressed from time to time.

Big emotions are simply unavoidable in family life. And so we all need effective strategies for dealing with them.

First, however, we need to know what triggers them. If we can focus on  prevention, we can spend less time on the cure.

Where do big emotions come from?

Big emotions arise for many reasons. I like the acronym HALTS to help me consider why my child might be emotionally triggered:

H is for Hungry. A is for Angry. L is for Lonely. T is for Tired. And S is for Stressed.

Sometimes our child is one of these. Sometimes our child is all of them. Perhaps they’ve eaten, but their meal was lacking in nutritional value. Maybe they’re angry about something that we think is silly but it matters to them. Perhaps they’re in a room full of people but they feel disconnected and lonely. It could be that last night’s TV show went late, their mind was buzzing, and they haven’t slept. Or maybe school, family life, our explosive moods, or a friendship drama is creating stress in their life. 

Spending time reducing the likelihood of these triggers means we  experience fewer big emotions at home. But try as you might, you can’t (and shouldn’t) eliminate all stress for your kids. After all, stress creates opportunities for growth.

Regulating big emotions
When those big emotions strike, we must remember that high emotions = low intelligence. Our kids act a bit crazy when emotions are high. And because emotions are contagious, we often catch our children’s crazy, cranky, and chaos and become less intelligent as well. Two or three emotional and unintelligent people in a power struggle never works out well.

Since big emotions happen, here are some simple ways that we can respond to our children when they’re feeling sad, cranky, scared, or stressed.

1. Be Intentional
If you think back to the HALTS acronym, there are a handful of simple and
intentional things we can do to reduce the likelihood of emotional blow-ups. For example, you could:

â–¶ Bring a snack for your child to eat while you do the shopping
â–¶ Don’t demand that chores be done alone, or right before bed
â–¶ Take five minutes for cuddles and connection before moving into the bedtime routine or once they’re in bed
â–¶ Consider your timing when you make simple requests of them

2. Remember that emotions are contagious 
When our children are feeling chaotic, there’s two ways we can go. We can catch their cranky and join them in an escalating cycle of chaos. Or we can stay calm. Easier said than done, but realistically we can’t parent anybody if we can’t parent ourselves first. Do your best to hold it together.

3. Don’t try to fix things in the moment
Have you ever been angry, had someone say, “Just calm down!”, and responded “Good point, I needed that logic, I will just calm down”? Of course not! When emotions are big, don’t try to fix things. Instead…

4. Focus on connection or space
Some kids want a hug when they’re feeling mad. Other kids want space. Most of the time, they want space first, then connection. If it’s possible, move your child to a private area. Say to them, “I can see you’re having a tough time. Do you want a hug or do you want me to give you some space?” They’ll probably tell you to go away. Give them some space, but let them know that you’ll be just around the corner ready to give them a hug when they’re ready. Then once they’re regulated again you can move onto problem solving.

5. Problem solve collaboratively
When things are calm – whether it takes ten minutes or ten hours – sit with your child and ask if you can discuss what happened, and problem-solve so that things go better next time. Then listen. Remember, too, that sometimes these conversations work best when your child is drinking a milkshake or  enjoying another treat you picked up for them. 

Big emotions in our children aren’t an indication that we’re lousy parents. Every single child and teen on the planet cries, stomps their feet, and pushes their parents away. We need to normalise this as part of being human! Fortunately for us, our children also have the best laughs, give the biggest snuggles, and say the funniest things. So next time you’re in the midst of a child’s emotional meltdown, take a big breath and remind yourself that on the other side of this big moment is the sweetest thing you can experience with your child – the opportunity for growth.

AUTHOR Dr Justin Coulson
Dr Justin Coulson is a dad to 6 daughters. He is the parenting expert and co-host of Channel Nine’s Parental Guidance, and he and his wife host Australia’s #1 podcast for parents and  family: The Happy Families Podcast. He has written 9 books about families and parenting.
For further details visit happyfamilies.com.au.

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