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15 October, 2020


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Principal's Message

(Thanks to parent Ash P. for sharing his cover photo of some of Tuesday's students returning)

Welcome back to 'real' school everyone. It's been fantastic to fill the school with smiling faces and the sounds of children again. Teachers are supporting students as they transition back to both classrooms and playground 'bubbles', by reinforcing some of those essential social behaviours as everyone gets used to lots of classmates again. 

We saw fantastic access to our communications during remote learning. It will be important for parents to continue to read these newsletters, our main communication tool, as we compact some important messages over the coming weeks.

Our Preps received some lovely photos and an appreciative letter from police officers at Box Hill and Forest Hill Police Stations this week. As part of LFH, students in the Riversdale network were invited to write thank you letters to some essential community workers. Our Preps rose to the challenge and showed their gratitude!

Congratulations  to Jacqui Purcell and our teachers, and thank you to all our families, for embracing ClickView during remote learning. Laburnum Primary School was the Number 1 ClickView DET Victorian primary school for August! What a fabulous effort after just a term of using this wonderful resource. 

Our staff received a lovely thank you message from ClickView for 'delivering quality educational video content to students'. ClickView is one of the LFH resources we'll definitely keep using. 

We have almost finalised our 2021 staffing, which correlates with student enrolments. If your child is leaving the school at the end of this year (except for Year 6 students of course), have you let us know?  If not, please call or email our office as soon as possible.

Student Leadership
Year 5 students have returned just in time to start the 'Young Leaders' program. This is the segway to applying for Year 6 leadership positions for 2021. 

There are usually a high number of nominations for these roles, so it is inevitable that there will be some happy and some disheartened children. Learning to be successful with humility, or accept disappointment, is part of becoming a resilient young person and we urge parents to have conversations with their Year 5 child about ways to handle both these options. The LPS Student Leadership Policy can be found on our website here.

School Surveys
DET Surveys are usually spread across the year. Due to remote learning, the staff, parent and Years 4 - 6 student surveys will all be distributed this term.

For the first time, DET has given schools the option of offering the Parent Opinion Survey to all parents, rather than a random sample. Please participate when you receive email notification about this, as there are some questions about past and future remote learning. The survey can be translated online for parents who prefer to use their first language. You may recognise some of the Orima survey items, which we used in our own LFH Experience Survey!

Finally, thank you to Emma G's (2P) parents, who donated many bottles of sanitiser and boxes of face masks to the school. We are very appreciative of this support.


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What's Happening?

from the Assistant Principals, Kathy and Jo

Attitudes to School Survey

Students in Years 4-6 can participate in the annual Attitudes to School Survey in the coming weeks. Conducted by the Department of Education and Training, this survey assists schools to gain an understanding of students' experience of school. In a year where students have spent more time remote learning than being at school, the survey also includes questions about student health and student perceptions of the impact of COVID-19.

We value student voice as a means to improving student engagement, wellbeing and quality instruction. We hope your child enjoys this opportunity to give us feedback. Further information has been emailed to Year 4 - 6 parents.

Requests for 2021 class placements: 

Many factors are taken into account when placing students in class groups for the following year. If parents have a particular request, these should be made in writing by email to laburnum.ps@education.vic.gov.au or by hard copy, and addressed to the Principal (not your child’s teacher). They must be received by Monday 2 November. These are then considered along with those of other families, teachers and students.

As in previous years, please do not ask for specific teachers for 2021 as these requests will not be considered. We also respectfully request that your requests are reasonable; one or two requests per child are manageable as we try to juggle competing and often conflicting priorities.

Due to the complex process involved, late requests cannot be accepted.

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Junior School - Years 1 & 2

Year 1 this week:

We are so excited to welcome the Year 1s back to school this week.

Last week, as part of Learning from Home, the students wrote some colour poems. A colour poem is a poem that uses the five senses to describe a colour. Here are a few, selected from each class.


Year 2 this week:

It was wonderful to see the smiling faces of the Year 2 students as they walked back into the classrooms this week – eager to see their friends and teachers. The Year Two teachers would like to share with the LPS Community some of the wonderful work our students completed while Learning from Home. We are so very proud of each and every one of them.


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Middle School - Years 3 & 4

Year 4 this week:

Year 4 students have been learning how to communicate effectively in small groups this week, working in teams to build bridges using materials found in the classroom. For this task, groups were required to work separately to create two halves of the same bridge before combining them into one final structure.


This was particularly challenging as students were not allowed to look at the other half of their team’s bridge during construction, instead relying on clear and concise directions to create two halves that were as alike as possible.

Many groups discovered that they were most successful when they took turns to share their ideas and listened carefully to their team members.

A snapshot of Year 3 Science in Term 3

It all started with a prediction made by Mr. Palmer-Leeraar from 3E…

‘I, Mr Palmer-Leeraar, predict that the shadow of an object will get smaller the farther away it is from a light source.’

This declaration was made after we had spent much of the term exploring lights and shadows during the Science section of our Learning from Home.

We had looked at the way the sun rotates around the earth, explored the way light travels and even categorised objects as either opaque, translucent or transparent.

We conducted an experiment which sent us outside as we investigated the biggest light source of all – the sun and how it moves through the sky throughout the day (helped by some excellent Clickview videos made by the Year 3 team!)

Then came the prediction made above. We had already looked at videos (on Clickview), had discussions (on Webex) and read texts (Epic!), now it was time to be curious and investigate!

Over the following three weeks, students were tasked with designing, planning, conducting and reflecting on an experiment which would effectively test the above prediction.

We learnt how to plan our experiments by exploring procedural texts in Writing. This helped us learn about how important action verbs and subheadings were to a good procedural text.

In Maths we looked at how to create and interpret graphs, this was useful as it helped us figure out how to record our results, turn them into graphs and make sense of the data we collected!

The results? Well, take a look below!



Now that we have learnt all these amazing investigating skills, the budding Scientists in Year 3 will be tackling States of Matter in Term 4!


Curiosity  •   Respect  •  Integrity  •  Resilience 


from Mrs Keogh & Ms Farlow

Book Week

Book Week is coming!!

Book Week is a wonderful time of the year. This year Book Week will be celebrated during Term 4 from 17 - 23 October, with our Book Week dress up day being held on Thursday 22 October.

This fantastic event, hosted by the Children’s Book Council of Australia, highlights the importance of reading. It draws on the joy of stories and the creativity of Australian books. We not only celebrate the world of literature, we also embrace book characters and think about why particular characters become our favourites. We get to share stories and connect to the world around us.

In anticipation of this much-loved LPS event, we are asking everyone to put their thinking caps on and start thinking about which book character you would like to be.

If you are struggling for ideas you might like to dress up as a character around the CBCA Book Week theme, ‘Curious Creatures, Wild Minds.’ This may invoke thoughts of nature, jungles, sea creatures and dinosaurs, of imaginary and mythological animals, and of adventurers, explorers and scientists. Will your ‘curious creature’ be found in the past, a fantasy land, under the waves, or perhaps even another universe?

We can’t wait to see you in your Book Week costume!

Art News

It's pleasing to be back in the Art room with students this term. We are implementing new procedures around how we use our equipment and materials due to the need to limit sharing of equipment.

Students have been asked to bring their own Art pencil case for any of their own Art items from home, and to store some equipment they will be allocated in Art lessons. A spare pencil case from home, or the larger ones at the supermarket will be perfect for this. Students will also need their smocks again. They can keep their smock and pencil case at home and bring them in for their Art lesson each fortnight.

The Lions International Peace Poster Competition (LIPPC) is an International art/*essay writing contest which aims to encourage youth and promote awareness of the importance of world peace and international understanding. Young people between the ages of 11 to 13 years by 15 November 2020 are eligible to participate in the contest.

The Peace Poster contest gives students an opportunity to express their feelings of peace and encouraging tolerance.

Each year LIPPC features a specific Peace Theme – this year’s Peace Theme for 2020-2021 is “Peace through Service”.         

Winning Peace Posters from previous year’s contests can be found here.

Competition rules and conditions can be found here. Please see me with any questions about this.

Posters and/or essays are due in to Ms Farlow by 13 November.

Curiosity  •   Respect  •  Integrity  •  Resilience 

Contribute: Parents Group & Community News

Parents Group News: 

Click here for a Mango Order form. 

Mangoes are here again! Nothing will stop us from getting delicious mangoes to you!

Order one tray (or as many as you like) of fresh North Queensland mangoes for $25. 

To place your order, please print out the form attached, complete the details, make the payment and email the form back to the school office laburnum.ps@education.vic.gov.au, before Friday 23rd October.

Remember to ask your family, friends, and neighbours as everyone loves a mango in Summer!

Mangoes should be ready for collection in the first week of December (the date can vary). We will confirm via the school newsletter the exact collection date & location of delivery. You must be available to pick it up or arrange for someone else to on your behalf (we will not be able to store any).

Each tray weighs approx. 7kg. The number of mangoes per tray depends on the size of the fruit and may vary from 12 large mangoes up to 23 small.

Any questions? Please email the Parents’ Group at: parentsgroup.lps@gmail.com 

Take care and thank you for your continued support of the Parents Group and our school community!

Narelle Vais
President - Parents Group

Uniform Shop News:


Click on these links for Community News or information:                     

Click on the OSHClub logo (left) to read this week's OSHClub news.

OSHClub - please register your child - it's free to register and you'll always have that option for childcare, even in unexpected circumstances.


Scholastic Book Club  Online orders for October, Issue 7 - click here

The Computer Programming Club is back - online!
Please click on the logo (left) to download the information and registration details. 


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(Maths arrays by Joel S. Year 5A)

Congratulations to our LFH Music superstar singers, who learned the tricky lyrics of 'We Go Together' last term during LFH and sent in videos of their performances. We're sure you'll agree that Mrs Lienert has done a wonderful job of compiling this video:

Australia's Flag -ZoomSchool.comA special message from Gladys Liu MP, Federal Member for Chisholm:
Well done to Aarika D. for winning my Australian National Flag Day Quiz! In an incredible achievement, Aarika answered all of the quiz questions correctly.

A big shout out to Grade 4 teacher Mr Appleby for teaching the history and importance of our national flag to the class. Congratulations to all students who gave it a go at the quiz.

I’m looking forward to visiting Laburnum as soon as restrictions allow it to congratulate Aarika and all students in person and to deliver Aarika her prize – a large Australian flag for your school!

Congratulations Aarika - we are proud of you!

Curiosity  •   Respect  •  Integrity  •  Resilience 

Parenting Ideas: Hopeful kids are happy kids

(Painting above by Sophie H. Year 2P)  

By Justin Coulson

Think of two children who you have regular contact with: one who is resilient and happy, and one who is struggling and languishing. Imagine you are interviewing each of them and you ask them to rate their response to these six questionnaire items:

  • I think I am doing pretty well
  • I can think of many ways to get the things in life that are important to me
  • I am doing just as well as other kids my age
  • When I have a problem I can come up with lots of ways to solve it
  • I think the things I have done in the past will help me in the future
  • Even when others want to quit, I can find ways to solve the problem.

Chances are that the child who is resilient will respond affirmatively to these items. The child who is struggling is more likely to say ‘no’ than ‘yes’.

These items form the basis of the internationally-recognised Children’s Hope Scale that is used to assess the hopefulness of children and teens. Hope is a critically important predictor of their wellbeing and resilience.

Understanding hope
Psychologists say a person has hope when they believe that they can find ways to achieve their goals and to motivate themselves to try and follow those ways and meet those goals. Hope theory suggests we need three things to actually have ‘hope’:

  • goals: something we are aiming to achieve in the future
  • pathways: at least one way (and hopefully more than one) that we might follow to achieve those goals
  • agency (sometimes called efficacy): the belief that we can actually make things happen along those pathways in order to
  • meet the goals.

Hope or optimism
Hope sounds a bit like optimism. We hope good things will happen, so we’re optimistic. But there’s more to it than that.

While optimism is the belief that good things will happen in the future, and the sense that the glass is half full, hope is about taking that optimism, making it goal oriented and putting legs on it to make things happen.

And while optimism is great for boosting wellbeing and can act as a useful tool for inoculating people against depression, it seems hope does it better. This may be because while optimism is a positive mindset, hope is about action.

In contrast, if you don’t have hope, you’re, well, hope-less. That’s related to all the things we don’t want for our children. Hopeless kids don’t try, have poor relationships and feel helpless. They don’t achieve goals, often because they don’t set any. And when they do set them, that’s where it stops because they don’t have enough hope to find ways to achieve those goals.

Encouraging kids to be hopeful
Parents who want to instil hope in their children can try the following three ideas:

1.Build a future focus
Speak to your children about their possible futures. What do they want to achieve, and why? Have them imagine their potential best selves. Talk to them about what they’re looking forward to. Ask them what they want to have, do and be.

2. Work with them on plans (or pathways)
When your child or young person says “I want to be a marine biologist”, be encouraging and then ask them, “What do you need to do to get there?” Discuss pathways, options and possibilities. Thinking about the future and making plans is central to fostering hope.

3.Help them solve problems
When your child or young person is stuck, instead of giving them an answer, ask them, “What do you think is the next best thin to do?” or “When have you overcome something like this before?” This type of question promotes a sense of agency or efficacy.

Rather than having our children rely on us for all the answers, they can rely on themselves, their resourcefulness and their initiative. They can recall times they’ve succeeded before and use that to build hope that they can succeed again.

As parents, our wish for our children is that they will grow up happy and resilient. Our wish can become ‘hope’ when we use these three keys to build hope in them as they look towards the future.

Dr Justin Coulson
Dr Justin Coulson is one of Australia’s most respected and popular corporate and education keynote speakers, facilitators, authors and researchers. He has spoken to and worked with tens of thousands of people aiming to improve relationships, meaning and wellbeing in leadership, education and,especially, family life. Learn more about Justin at www.justincoulson.com.

Curiosity  •   Respect  •  Integrity  •  Resilience