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4 March 2021


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Principal's Message

Congratulations to our newly-elected Junior School Council representatives, who are listed on the Student Leaders page in this eNews. Thanks to Jenny Simmons and Samantha Walker for guiding our JSC reps this year.

Thank you to all those parents who joined us on Tuesday for Restorative Practices for Parents with Kristy Elliott via Webex. We hope parents have a better understanding of the reasons we use this approach at school to deal with any issues between children, while supporting their social learning. Although we were hoping to share a recording of the presentation, we will now send a pdf copy of Kristy's presentation to each LPS family as soon as we can. Please understand that Kristy has generously made this available, only for LPS families.

Each year the school compiles a list of Priority Projects, which School Council then considers as a focus for Parents Group fundraising efforts. Laburnum has a long history of major fundraising for projects that have included the school hall, Performing Arts Centre, The Lab, reading resources, synthetic oval and play equipment. Unfortunately, 2020 was a COVID-affected year for priority projects, but we are pleased to finally be sourcing quotes on those initiatives. These include previous suggestions from families, staff and Parents Group.

Parents are reminded that Tuesday 9 March is a student-free day. OSHClub is offering a program for interested families on this day. Our teachers will have the privilege of working with renowned Literacy expert Vivian Arbaci. After working with Diane Snowball in New York and New Jersey, Viv now provides Professional Learning to schools in Reading, Writing and Spelling.

Teacher Professional Practice Days this term will also be spent working with Vivian on Reading, which is especially helpful to our new and returning teachers. All government school teachers receive one day per term to work on a collaborative focus, with the aim of improving teaching and learning. On these days, PLC teams are released from their scheduled duties and Casual Relieving Teachers (CRTs) take their classes. 

Professional Practice Days this term begin from 15 March and are listed on the LPS website calendar.

Whilst schools have a major focus on English and Maths this year, we haven't forgotten Wellbeing. The Thrive page of this newsletter updates families on some increased resources that we are funding to support our students after the challenges of 2020.

Finally, we started using Sentral for some incursions, excursions and permissions in late 2019. Now that these events can resume, we will continue using Sentral permissions where the timeline allows. Please note that School Council has approved the closure of Sentral payment options a week before any event, due to the extra steps 'behind the scenes' for finalising these.

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What's Happening?

from the Assistant Principals, Kathy and Jo

Our connected and supportive school community is incredibly valued at Laburnum Primary School and the opportunities to gather together over the past twelve months have been missed.

Up until yesterday, we were in the process of planning for our annual LPS Twilight Sports, albeit with modifications to meet DET density and COVID safe requirements. Unfortunately, there are now requirements for school events which particularly impact larger schools like LPS. Events such as these present a high risk for coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission, with many people moving around, congregating and interacting with each other.

Events are now assessed according to the size, complexity and associated risk factors. With expected numbers of around 1000 people or more (including students) attending, an approved COVID Safe Event Plan is required to manage the event. 

With the above complexity involved in holding a community event, we have decided to follow the advice from the Regional Office and postpone Twilight Sports until later in the year.

Whole school assemblies are still on hold, due to the density limits that impact us as a large school. Level assemblies are instead being held. 

Thanks to those parents who have returned Class List and Class Reps forms (due tomorrow). Class teachers will notify all parents about your Class Rep. After tomorrow, Jacqui Purcell will email Class Reps with details of next Thursday's Class Reps meeting.

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Student Leaders

Lucy, Jane, Ethan and Felix are settling in well to their role as 2021 School Captains including attending the first School Council meeting in February.  They have also been busy visiting each classroom to introduce themselves and build connections with students and teachers across the school.

Keep up the great work!

2021 Junior School Council

There has been much excitement this term as two JSC activities were put into action.

The first was the selling of icy poles every Tuesday and Thursday. This continues to be a welcome treat which many students look forward to. We would like to acknowledge the way that our students have been lining up and patiently waiting to be served. They should be commended for actively displaying each of our school values of Curiosity, Respect, Integrity, Resilience and patience as they wait in line. A big thankyou to the students who eagerly volunteered to set up, serve and help pack up. We couldn’t have done this without you! Icypoles are 50 cents each with a limit of 2 per person being purchased.

There was a buzz of excitement throughout the school as the JSC election process began for 2021. Teachers were once again reminded of the calibre of students we have at Laburnum. Many students across all year levels nominated themselves and we congratulate each them for their effort, motivation and willingness to represent their class. A particular highlight of listening to the speeches was the incorporation of our school values with the ways these are displayed in school life. It was wonderful to observe students supporting and congratulating each other.

JSC badges are being presented at level assemblies this week and our first meeting will take place this Wednesday at lunch time.

It is with much pleasure that we announce and congratulate the Junior School Council Representatives for 2021…

1KEmma and Zac4AClaire and Lily
1LAbby and Luca4CEvelyn and Arin
1MJessica and Odette4PMegan and Jedi
1RNancy and Thomas4RAmy and Monal
2ATilly and Neil5AKirsten and Palesh
2BScarlett and Okan5BAlice and Jessie
2MIsabella and Patrick5FMia and Jude
2SAmelie and Tommy5HCatherine and Austin
2GCharlotte and Mitchell5SAlice and Triston
3ALeah and Azaan6DRuhan and Daniel
3DAshleigh and Lucas6MLouis and James
3PIvy and Aiden6OSophie and Ansh
3RJacob and Harion6PNic and Jay
3WStephanie and Colin6RZoe and Curtis

We look forward to working with your children!

Jenny Simmons and Samantha Walker

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Junior School - Years 1 & 2

Year 1/2 Inquiry - How can I look after myself?
In the inquiry unit ‘How can I look after myself?’ the Year 1 and 2 students have been identifying situations and opportunities to promote their own health, safety and wellbeing. In the coming weeks, students will explore the actions that help make the classroom a healthy, safe and active place.

Year 1 Schoolyard Safari
The Year 1 students have been exploring and investigating how small animals and insects move and survive in the Laburnum Primary School environment. The Schoolyard Safari science concept is the perfect way to connect our knowledge of the outdoors and bring our safari experience into our writing.

Using the school value of Curiosity, we predicted what animals we would find in our school environment. Through role-play, the Year 1’s acted out how these animals might move around in their habitats.  We placed our binoculars on and went outside on a safari, to explore and record the different animals we have living in our school’s backyard.  We reflected on our safari experience in writing, by recalling events in the writing genre of a recount.


Year 2 EAL
The Year 2 team have been working with Ms Rebekah Jones to further support students with English as an Additional Language. She has been visiting each class to model different Writing lessons, as shown in the main picture above.

Through the guidance of Ms Jones, the Year 2 students have been working on expanding their vocabulary to make their writing more interesting. They have been explicitly taught how to describe nouns, using a picture prompt. The following is an example of a completed template used in Writing to assist the students with their level of detail.


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Middle School - Years 3 & 4

Year 3 and 4 students have been exploring what it means to be healthy as part of our Inquiry unit on Health.  There was rich group discussion about what students already knew about being healthy, including exercise, sleep and relaxation. We have been investigating healthy food choices, using the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating, and will be planning a healthy lunch box to put this into practice.

Year 3

Year 4


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We are incredibly fortunate to have Sara Davies, Child and Adolescent Counsellor and qualified teacher, working at Laburnum Primary School to support students through Play Therapy and Social Skills Groups.

Did you know that Laburnum was the first Australian school to include Play Therapy as one of our Wellbeing supports? Although we have previously provided Play Therapy and Social Skills Groups, we have increased these in 2021.

Play Therapy
Play therapy is a therapeutic way of connecting with a child to help process emotional issues or concerns. Various toys are used, such as puppets, arts and craft resources, a sand tray and therapeutic games and books. Playing is a natural way for children to express themselves, so children often use play therapy sessions to communicate with toys what they may have difficulty saying in words. Play therapy can help children to explore and make sense of feelings.

A play therapist is a trained mental health professional, skilled in using play to help children work through emotions and systematically address challenging issues in a safe and playful environment. The outcomes of play therapy are different for each child – it can help children to become less anxious, enable them to be less reactive and support the development of more positive social relationships.

Play Therapy is offered at Laburnum Primary School on Tuesdays for students who are selected by their teacher or school leadership.

Social Skills Groups
Social skills are verbal and non-verbal communication skills used every day to interact and communicate with others. Social skills help children develop and maintain positive interactions with others, most of which are vital in developing and sustaining friendships. 

Social skills groups are small groups, typically consisting of about two to eight children, led by a facilitator. The focus of the group is to help children learn how to interact appropriately with others of their age. Children will learn how to communicate, develop new friendships, acquire problem-solving skills, learn emotion regulation skills and further their knowledge of social cues.

Social Skills groups are offered at Laburnum Primary School on Wednesdays for students who are selected by their teacher or school leadership.

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Contribute: Parents Group & Community News

Parents Group News

Easter Raffle!


For anyone that wants to purchase a school umbrella they are $25 and can be purchased at the office. Get one before winter starts!

Entertainment Book

Raise money for the school by purchasing the digital Entertainment Book! 20% of every Entertainment Membership sold goes to the school. With thousands of incredible offers of dining, activities, travel & shopping and loads of 50% off and 2 for 1 deals in Melbourne and across Australia. The membership is instantly available and valid all year. Sign up using the link www.entbook.com.au/185r982.

Joining Parents Group

Do you want to be more involved in the school community? Then come and join Parents’ Group! We are a friendly and supportive group that focus on fundraising and community events that in the past have included the Colour Run, Mother’s Day stall, Father’s Day breakfast, the Fete & Barefoot Bowls (just to name a few!). Past fundraising efforts have helped provide great facilities such as the Laburnum Lab. We'd love new members to join and there is no expectation as to how much time you spend assisting on activities. Join a fantastic group of parents committed to ensuring Laburnum is not just a school, but a community. For more information please email parentsgroup.lps@gmail.com.  


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.


Please click on the link here for information on Laburnum Chess Club




Please click here to view the Flyer for the upcoming school holidays.


 Click here for details about Public Speaking for children.


Please click here to view information on trying out for the Australian Youth Choir.


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Upcoming Webinar for parents

Parenting Ideas – Resources for Parents
Did you know that you can subscribe to Parenting Ideas to receive access to articles and resources to help you navigate parenthood, in addition to the articles you will find in our eNews...........

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Maggie Dent presents: Communicating with teenage boys

Commonly known as the ‘queen of common sense’, Maggie Dent has become one of Australia’s favourite parenting authors and educators, with a particular interest in the early years, adolescence and resilience. She has written seven major books including the bestselling Mothering Our Boys and her 2020 release, From Boys to Men. Maggie is host of the ABC podcast, Parental As Anything. Maggie is the mother of four sons and is a very grateful grandmother.

This school has a membership with Parenting Ideas, one of Australia’s most trusted sources of parenting education and support. As part of this membership, all the parents in this school community can attend this webinar at no cost.

About the webinar

Adolescence has a way of transforming children’s brains that can make communication challenging, especially with teenage boys who often start articulating in monosyllabic grunts. These brain changes also make them more sensitive, volatile and critical of themselves, making the tween/teen years a high-risk window.

In this webinar, Maggie Dent shows how using compassionate, empowering communication with teenage boys can better guide them across the bridge to healthy manhood to a place where they feel worthwhile and engaged in respectful relationships.

Key learning and discussion points include:
• communicating effectively
• giving feedback
• avoiding arguments
• helping teenage boys to problem solve
• letting our sons know we really hear them, and that they matter

The webinar will be held on 24 March 2021 at 8-9 PM AEDT.

Redeem your webinar - it’s easy!

To redeem your webinar click or copy and paste this link:

• Click ‘Add to cart’
• Click ‘View cart’
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your webinar and resources
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This offer is valid until 24 June 2021. If you’re unable to make the broadcast time, just register anyway and you will get access to the recording.

Articles for parents

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Read up on topics such as resilience, siblings, bullying, digital and social media, friendships, confidence, behaviour, anxiety, girls, boys, learning and education.

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Parenting Ideas: Supporting boys in upper primary school

The upper primary school years are the start of big physical changes and boys can struggle more than girls. Even though some of our boys are growing physically, this time can be challenging, unpredictable and full of big emotions and awkwardness.

Some anxiety can also occur as the end of primary school approaches and some boys can fight with their physiology. Parents need to be mindful to recognise that, for many pubescent boys, every day at school feels like going into a war zone because it is so unpredictable.

The following ideas will help to guide you through this time.

Have realistic expectations
Create a calm, predictable environment to counteract the stress many boys may experience. Parents can do this by avoiding asking too many questions and placing too much pressure especially around homework. Especially avoid criticism, nagging and lecturing — they won’t improve anything.

Keep things light
Boys appreciate lightness and humour, especially when they may be struggling with anxiety or worry. Maybe you could find some funny, goofy cat or dog videos to show them or share some funny experiences that might trigger the beautiful happy neurochemicals in their brain. Be a bit ridiculous – intentionally.

Share developmental changes
Have brief conversations with your son about the coming brain changes, especially pruning, which is a ‘trimming down’ process in the teenage brain where irrelevant/unused mental connections from childhood are lost. These conversations can help him understand why he may be struggling with organisation and be forgetting things that he used to remember. Once he knows there is a reason, he’ll tend to manage it better — indeed many boys are relieved! Help your son to work out ways to remember important stuff.

Make home a welcome base for his friends
Ensure that you make your home a welcome base for his friends, regardless of gender. The hunger to ‘hang out together’ is still strong even for our digital natives, and they will always turn up to a place where they are welcome and where there is a familiar space to gather. It’s really good to give your son’s mates the message that ‘our door is always open for you’. We never know when a family conflict becomes too painful for a boy or that just having some calm down time is what the whole family may need.

Stoke his spark
Help you son identify his passion whether sport, games or music that will keep him engaged in the years ahead. Disengagement is very common among boys in early to middle secondary school and those who have an interest they love and are capable at, tend to struggle less. In primary school boys should sample many activities so that they can discover their real interests.

Help manage anxiety
Many boys experience anxiety as they move toward adolescence and the end of the primary school years. Some boys display anxiety through silliness, inappropriate behaviour, an increase in aggression (often toward siblings), disrespectful language towards parents, changes in eating patterns and struggles with sleep. If you have ongoing concerns check in with your son’s teacher and seek help.

Practise kindness
Even though this sounds counterintuitive if you are experiencing some hot moments with your pre pubescent or pubescent son, kindness especially in small unexpected ways has enormous power. Many boys struggle with low self-worth and when they muck up they struggle even more with feeling acceptable and loved.

Above all, reassure your son often that you love him fiercely and unconditionally, no matter what.

Maggie Dent
Commonly known as the ‘queen of common sense’, Maggie Dent has become one of Australia’s favourite parenting authors and educators, with a particular interest in the early years, adolescence and resilience. She has written seven major books including the bestselling Mothering Our Boys and her 2020 release, From Boys to Men. Maggie is host of the ABC podcast, Parental As Anything. She is the mother of four sons and a very grateful grandmother. For further details visit maggiedent.com

Year 6 - 7 Transition Information

We are pleased to announce that Box Hill High School will be offering tours! From 4th March - 13th May 2021. We invite prospective students and parents, hoping to enrol in Year 7 at start of 2022, to spend an hour touring the school with a member of our Principal Team.  Bookings can be made via the Box Hill High School website.

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