What a great start to school we've had, with our Preps joining us for their first full day today. It was fantastic to see them make such a smooth and easy adjustment to school, despite the disruption of 2020. In fact, the whole school seems extremely well-settled and positive.
To help keep parents informed, each sub-school will offer a Parent Information Session after school on either Tuesday 16 February (Prep and Years 3/4) or Thursday 18 February (Years 1/2 and 5/6). Times are being finalised and will be added to the school calendar. This is an opportunity to hear how each PLC team is starting the year and note any important event dates. As these will be held online via Webex, parents will receive an email invitation next week with meeting passwords. We offer these sessions to provide any general information about the year ahead, prior to Meet the Teacher the following week.
Our updated 2021 staff list is attached. We welcome two new staff members who were appointed over the holidays due to late changes: Mrs Claudice Plant is Year 6P's class teacher and Anne di Stefano is our new integration aide.
The staff list has details of PLC team leaders, days for part-timers and a complete list of staff involved in the Tutor Learning Intiative (TLI) team.
As mentioned in our 10 December newsletter, the Victorian Government is investing $250 million in the Tutor Learning Initiative to enable schools across Victoria in 2021 to support students who need extra assistance with their learning. Schools determine how this initiative is best implemented for their students, within the priority areas of English and Mathematics.
Laburnum's TLI program will be implemented across Semester 1, and has already begun. In Term 4 2020, all LPS class teachers assessed students’ learning and made recommendations concerning the TLI program.
Our school is fortunate to already have skilled teachers with expertise in English and Mathematics, who enjoy a collaborative working relationship with our other teachers. Five LPS teachers will be re-deployed for the TLI program, and we’ve also engaged another teacher with specific expertise. Some of our new or returning teachers will release the TLI teachers from their usual duties this semester.
You can read more about the TLI Team on the Learn page of this newsletter.
To further support students with English as an Additional Language, we also welcome Ms Rebekah Jones to LPS for Term 1. Rebekah is the Primary Curriculum Coordinator at Blackburn English Language School (BELS). This wonderful opportunity for skills exchange between Rebekah and our staff will focus on students with minimal English, beginning with Prep and Year 1 students. Mrs Jami Richards will also support this program in classrooms for 5 hours per week this term.
Our staff spent considerable energy on analysing learning data and planning these initiatives last term, so that we could hit the ground running in Term 1. Thanks to the Leadership Team and Staff Consultative Committee for all their support and advice.
Semester One will be very busy!
Our next regular newsletter will be in 2 weeks' time. If there are any updates to the COVIDSafe arrangements that we need to communicate, they will be sent via email and posted on our website home page, as happened this morning.
From the Assistant Principals, Kathy and Jo
We have scheduled an “outside” Year 6 assembly next Friday, February 12, to present student leadership badges to our 2021 student leaders. We will also be presenting our Year 6 badges to the class of 2021 and invite all Year 6 families to attend this special event.
We plan to use the terraced area/basketball court (weather permitting) for the assembly. Unfortunately we are unable to use the hall due to the expectant numbers attending, as we would exceed the 1 person per two square metre rule. Year 6 assembly will commence at 2.45pm.
All visitors to the school attending onsite for more than 15 minutes, must register using the QR code service. Parents can read more about this here. You will find QR code posters on the main gates and on the doors outside the main buildings and office.
Once you have registered, please make your way to the lower basketball court near the Year 5 portable classrooms. As always, our school follows the DET & DHHS guidelines carefully, to ensure as safe an environment as possible for students, staff and visitors. Social distancing remains essential and parents should wear masks while onsite.
We look forward to presenting and congratulating our Year 6 leaders for 2021. In the unfortunate event of extreme weather, we will message parents to postpone this assembly.
In Week 5, we are offering Meet the Teacher appointments via Webex for Year 1 - 6 parents/carers to meet with their child’s teacher individually. The appointment is an opportunity for you to meet and share any important information you may have about your child.
Prep families have already had their Meet the Teacher appointments.
These appointments will run for 10 minutes, as usual. Change-over time will allow the teacher to be ready for their next Webex meeting. Specialist teachers will have limited appointments available for Years 1 - 6 only, so please only register for these if you need to speak to a particular Specialist teacher.
If you need more time with a particular teacher for any reason beyond this, you are welcome to arrange a separate meeting or phone call outside of these dates and times.
If you require an interpreter, please notify the office via email by 4 p.m. on Wednesday 17 February. Meetings with our Chinese interpreter and class teachers will be held during the day on Friday 26 February. These families do not need to book online.
All other families should book online for either Tuesday 23 February or Thursday 25 February:
Visit the Sentral Parent Portal and click on the Parent-Teacher meetings tab.
Opening and Closing Dates
Bookings will open Friday 12 February at 5.00 pm.
Bookings will close Friday 19 February at 5.00 pm.
Teachers will distribute Webex meeting details to parents who have registered, after the bookings close.
Parents will receive an email soon about two documents that need your attention at this time of the year. Both have been recently updated:
In maximising the wonderful opportunities that this program offers to support students, we are continuing to use the Targeted Teaching model that has been the foundation of our Intervention program for over two years.
In a nutshell, Targeted Teaching involves teachers collecting and using evidence of individual student achievement and progress. Working together in PLC teams, teachers:
- assess what each student knows,
- target their teaching to what students are ready to learn next, and
- track each student’s progress over time.
The TLI team members are each allocated to certain year levels to start Term 1. They will contribute to PLC year-level teams during their planning sessions where possible, and work in classrooms with groups of students and their class teachers.
TLI Mathematics Team:
Ms Kelli Simmons, Mrs Jacqui Purcell (Learning Specialist – Maths) and Mrs Lexie Hartney
A warm welcome to Kelli, who brings a wealth of expertise and enthusiasm to this role. Kelli has 35 years of extensive classroom teaching experience across all three sectors of education in Victoria. She has a Masters of Education from Melbourne University, focused in Curriculum Design. She has a passion for curriculum that inspires curiosity and deepens thinking. Her teaching approach is motivated by learners discovering, learning with and from one another and the time for individual sense making. She offers innovative methods of establishing and gathering formative assessment to drive learning.
Kelli has led a range of educational initiatives within her context as a State Professional Learning Leader, Regional Curriculum and Assessment Advisor, Student Wellbeing co-ordinator and Assistant Principal. Recently, she has been involved in research promoting Learner Agency. She has a breadth of experience in building the curriculum and pedagogical knowledge of teachers whilst always keeping our young people at the core of decision-making.
In 2021, Kelli continues to work part-time at EdPartnerships International as part of their Leading Mathematics team, Early Career Teacher mentoring, Middle Teacher Leaders’ coach and a Differentiated School Strategic Initiative partner. She is excited to work part-time at Laburnum Primary School this year to support the TLI Mathematics initiative, while inspiring and provoking deep and critical thinking about Mathematics in our lives.
Kelli joins Jacqui and Lexie to complete the Maths TLI team.
TLI English Team:
Mrs Mandy Ryan (Leading Teacher – English), Mrs Glenda Kelly (Learning Specialist – Literacy) and Ms Jenny Simmons
TLI replaces the usual Literacy Intervention program for some students this semester, with Jenny Simmons’ expertise being used alongside Mandy and Glenda in this team. Glenda will also continue to track Individual learning Plans (ILPs) across the school.
Two other LPS teachers, Jessica Bruce and Robert Palmer-Leeraar, will track and monitor the TLI program throughout Semester 1. Both Jess and Rob bring their skills in mapping student learning growth to this role.
We are fortunate to have our students and teachers supported by such a skilled and passionate TLI Team.
LABURNUM PRIMARY SCHOOL SECOND-HAND UNIFORM SHOP
First Friday of the Month
Term Time Only:
Extra opening hours this week Friday 5 February & next Friday 12 February
2.30 pm - 4.00 pm
Any enquiries, or to assist,
All items are $5 (including jackets and jumpers).
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).
The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund helps eligible families to cover the costs of school trips, camps and sporting activities.
If you have a valid means-tested concession card, such as a Veterans Affairs Gold Card, Centrelink Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card, or are a temporary foster parent, you may be eligible. There is also a special consideration category for asylum seeker and refugee families.
Payment amounts this year are $125 for eligible primary school students. Payments are made direct to the school to use towards expenses relating to camps, excursions and sporting activities for the benefit of your child.
If you applied for CSEF through our school last year, you do not need to complete an application form this year, unless there has been a change in your family circumstances. Changes in family circumstances can include: a change of name/card details or a new student has started from the family.
If you would like to apply for the first time, please visit our website and download a form. This link has information regarding the program including eligibility, and information translated into Mandarin.
If you have any questions, please contact the office on (03) 9898 5811, and return completed forms to the office as soon as possible.
As a parent there is a great deal you can do to help your child adjust socially at the start of the school year. Here are some tips to help.
Encourage your child to be open to new friendships
An open, friendly attitude is a child or young person’s best social asset. Students who open to forming new friendships are more likely to succeed than those who seek solitude, who are critical and who limit themselves to just one or two familiar faces. Encourage your child or young person to seek out new friendships, even though they may feel uncomfortable or strange at first.
Encourage healthy relationships
Do all you can to encourage healthy relationships based on respect and common courtesy. Generally, when a relationship is healthy a child feels safe, valued and able to speak up. Unhealthy relationships, such as cliques, are restrictive, one-sided and are full of gossip and criticism.
Studies have shown inclusiveness to be one of the prime social skills shared by socially successful students. Encourage your child or young person to include others in games, conversations, team activities and other group activities. Inclusiveness is not just a wonderful friendship skill, it’s strong leadership attribute as well.
Encourage friendships with both genders
If you are in a co-education environment encourage your child to form friendships with both boys and girls. This is particularly valid if your child has siblings of their own gender, or don’t have siblings. It’s through these early relationships that we gain the confidence to mix with different genders in the later years. Forming friends across genders helps to break down the mystique that sometimes forms, when a child has little contact with the ‘other’ gender.
Stay in touch with former classmates and school friends
Encourage your child to maintain friendships with former classmates and groups outside of school as this helps to insulate against unfriendly behaviour that they may experience with their close social circle.
Provide social scripts
Your child may benefit from being provided with some social scripts that they can use in common social situations such as meeting a new friend, joining in a game or asking someone else for help. Boys, in particular, can benefit when given the words to use in a variety of different social situations.
Forming new friendships can take time
Meeting new students and forming new friendships can be anxiety-inducing. If this is the case for your child, then it helps to acknowledge their feelings of discomfort, but also remind them that these feelings will pass. As well discuss the fact that feeling comfortable with new friends often takes time, particularly if your child by nature is reserved or slow to warm up in social situations.
Helping kids work through friendships can be tricky for a parent as you don’t have a great deal of control over what happens at school. However, with empathy, patience, encouragement and a supportive attitude you can do a great deal to help your child make a smooth social transition.
Michael Grose, founder of Parenting Ideas, is one of Australia’s leading parenting educators. He’s an award-winning speaker and the author of 12 books for parents including Spoonfed Generation, and the bestselling Why First Borns Rule the World and Last Borns Want to Change It . Michael is a former teacher with 15 years experience, and has 30 years experience in parenting education. He also holds a Master of Educational Studies from Monash University specialising in parenting education.