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18 March 2021


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Principal's Message

Tomorrow, Laburnum will be one of over 5000 Australian schools observing the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence (NDA).

The National Day also recognises that a high proportion of reported instances of bullying occur through social media or online games. During Remote Learning last year, and as predicted by Cyber Safety experts, Years 4, 5 and 6 students reported a significant surge in cyber-bullying. This is an area we all need to address regularly, especially if your child is using a smart phone or computer at home for social media or games. A parent may be the first or only person to notice something concerning. Some useful suggestions and Family Fact sheets on responding to bullying, by or to your child, can be found on the NDA website here

At school, our teachers will select age-appropriate tasks for their classes to emphasise some important learning, in line with our Bullying Prevention Policy.

Our website also has some great resources here for parents to ensure you are up to date with minimum age requirements and suitability of online media. Please help us mark this NDA by checking what your child really should be doing (or not) online. You can read more about the NDA on our Thrive page, and find more useful tips for parents in this eNews' Parenting Ideas.

As a result of recent School Council elections, we congratulate our new or re-elected school councillors:  Parents James Goode, Matthew Hall and Nadia Hamilton and DET employees Mandy Ryan and Jo Braden.

School Council holds its Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 27 April at 7 pm, followed by the first meeting of the new Council. A full list of councillors will be published after that meeting and uploaded to our School Council web page.

We also thank those parents who volunteered as Class Reps and look forward to reinstating this important role in 2021.

Almost time for holidays!

We are so grateful for your support and positive feedback as we all adapted to 'COVID normal school'. Please continue to check your email for any updates on the Coronavirus situation for schools; hopefully there will be none during the upcoming holidays! Any necessary COVID-19 communications will continue to be uploaded to the school website’s home page for ease of translation into multiple community languages.

Parents are reminded that school finishes at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday 1 April and resumes on Monday 19 April.

As this is our final Term 1 LPS eNews, have a safe break everyone!

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School Council Update

from the School Council President, Michael Johnson

Dear LPS Community,

As we come to the end of Term 1, I’m sure that many of you, like me, are very grateful for what has been an almost ‘normal’ start to the school year. Year level Information Sessions, Year 5 camp, Year 6 Assembly presenting badges to student leaders, swimming carnivals and Meet the Teacher are just some of those activities we used to take for granted which were great to see take place. Thanks to all of our staff, students and families for making it such a positive start to the year in the LPS community.

School Council held its regular meeting in mid-February and covered a lot of ground as it was the final meeting of the 2020/21 Council before elections. Beyond the usual reports and governance requirements, I’d like to highlight a few agenda items of from the meeting that may be of interest to the community:

  • Renewal of a number of contracts with local sporting clubs and other companies for the use of LPS facilities on a regular basis. This process is a little bit more challenging in the COVID-normal world but something that is important to LPS and our community.  
  • Respect for School Staff Policy – This is a new policy in line with Department requirements, which aims to ensure that members of our community understand LPS expectations for appropriate interactions with school staff.
  • School Council Elections and Annual General Meeting (AGM)  – We discussed the timing of the AGM which is in the diary for the 27th of April 2021 – a little later than normal due to the timing of school holidays, elections and the Annual Report. The AGM is an open meeting of School Council which the community is invited to attend. Further details will be published ahead of the meeting.

Following the completion of the School Council election process, as outlined in the Principal’s message, I would like to thank those council members who recently completed their term on Council. Parent representatives, Fiona Wynn, Ghazal Taghdir, Sean Watt and Robert Stilling and Department representatives Narelle Sime and Jo Braden have all made valuable contributions to the LPS Council over the past two years.

I’d also like to thank now past parent, Ian Wallis, for his many years of service on the Finance Committee – his wise counsel and understanding of the various Department processes and policies was very much appreciated.

Lastly, I am looking forward to the AGM in April and welcoming our newly elected councillors, James Goode, Matthew Hall, Nadia Hamilton, Mandy Ryan and Jo Braden on board, as we look forward to an exciting 2021 at LPS. I would encourage anybody interested in making a positive contribution to the LPS community to consider joining a Council sub-committee or our Parents Group in 2021. More information on opportunities to join our sub-committees will be available ahead of the AGM and in LPS eNews.

Michael Johnson
School Council President

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What's Happening?

from the Assistant Principals, Kathy and Jo

It's been exciting to be involved in the professional learning taking place at Laburnum Primary School for our Student Free Day last week and subsequent Professional Practice Days for staff. 

We are very fortunate to be a Professional Learning Community (PLC) school, known to collaboratively analyse current student learning data to inform our students' next steps. This new staff learning, facilitated by leading Reading expert, Vivian Arbaci, has already created a buzz in our PLC teams this week, reflected in the targeted teaching planned for the final weeks of Term 1 and beyond.

It is such a privilege for our teachers to work with Viv, refining their teaching practices to best cater for our students.

As well as the snapshot of Events on the front page of this newsletter, our school calendar is finally filling up with some familiar and welcome events. Parents can save these to their own calendar by clicking on any event and then 'Save this event to my calendar'.

This is our final newsletter for Term 1. Our first newsletter next term will have information about extracurricular activities, which we plan to resume at last!

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from Narelle Sime, Leading Teacher - Wellbeing

Congratulations to our Year 5 Peer Mediators

On Friday 12 March, twenty-five Year 5 students took part in a full day of training with Kristy Elliott from Restorative Pathways. Students learned the necessary communication skills to support their peers in the playground. There were many opportunities for role play to put their new skills into practice.

Peer Mediation follows the Restorative Practice model – allowing students to be heard, whilst supporting them to come up with a positive outcome.

Our Year 5 Peer Mediators will be presented with their badges and certificates at a Year level assembly in the coming weeks.

National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence

Friday 19 March marks the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence. Australia’s key bullying prevention initiative for schools celebrates 11 years of action, connecting schools and communities to find workable solutions to bullying and violence.

The theme for the NDA 2021 is Take Action Together. This theme aims to elevate student voice, empowering young Australians to join the conversation.

All classes will participate in discussions about bullying, including learning strategies to overcome and manage bullying behaviours.

What is Bullying?

Bullying is an ongoing and deliberate misuse of power in relationships through repeated verbal, physical and/or social behaviour that intends to cause physical, social and/or psychological harm. It can involve an individual or a group misusing their power, or perceived power, over one or more persons who feel unable to stop it from happening.

Bullying can happen in person or online, via various digital platforms and devices, and it can be obvious (overt) or hidden (covert). Bullying behaviour is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time (for example, through sharing of digital records). Bullying of any form or for any reason can have immediate, medium and long-term effects on those involved, including bystanders. Single incidents and conflict or fights between equals, whether in person or online, are not defined as bullying.

If you would like to know more about cyber bullying and how you can support your child, visit https://www.esafety.gov.au/parents. Check out the article about Digital Access from Parenting Ideas, also in this week’s eNews.

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In the Inquiry unit ‘How do I stay healthy and safe?’ the Prep students are learning about people in our community who can help us. Last week, each Prep classroom was transformed into a different community helper. The Prep students visited each classroom and experienced what it is like to have one of these important jobs and learned more about what they do to keep us healthy and safe.

In Miss Peacock’s room, students pretended to be police officers by making badges and taking fingerprints.

In Miss Bruce’s classroom, students were doctors, nurses and dentists. They discussed what medical equipment they use, checked each other’s eyes and brushed pretend teeth.


Miss Williams took the students outside so they could become firefighters. They helped put out fires and saved each other on the Prep playground.


Miss King’s classroom turned into the Post Office. Students bought a stamp and posted a letter.



Crossing supervisors also helped us cross the road between Prep classrooms, making sure there were no cars by looking both ways.


We are all enjoying our inquiry unit and loved having real police officers visit this week!

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Senior School - Years 5 & 6

Year 5 and 6 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, relaxation, creating and maintain positive social interactions, monitoring screen time and managing gaming use.

Students have and will continue to explore things that we can do to look after our own health and wellbeing. Conducting research on how our local community can assist in maintaining positive health and wellbeing is also an area of focus. Students have been exploring what our school has to offer and what the Whitehorse City Council and their services have to offer.

This unit of inquiry has been an excellent opportunity to include safe and appropriate ICT usage in the classroom. This will remain a strong focus for the remainder of the year as we continue to include ICT in classroom learning.

Have you ever wondered just how much soft fall needs to be ordered for the playgrounds to meet safety standards? Year 6 have, as they explored Maths in people’s lives. As part of their Home Learning they discussed Maths that their parents use in both their home and work situations. Students have worked on everyday, authentic problems inspired by their parents, Dr Dray, Ms Braden and Mrs Verbi. 

They have planned strategies, measured, drawn designs, read timetables, researched and made calculations to answer everyday problems.


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Some tips from Rebekah Jones, EAL teacher

Reading At Home

It is the joy and love of sharing a good book on a nightly basis that sets the foundation for children’s reading success.

Reading to your child or listening to your child read each night is a great way to spend family time together.

  • It is important to try to make reading together enjoyable. Depending on the type of book, your child may read the whole book or a few pages each night. If you are not able to help in English, use your first language to read and discuss the books together.
  • Frequently listen to your child read aloud and praise them often as they read. Offer to read every other page or even every other chapter to your child. Have conversations and discussions about the book with your child.
  • Encourage your child/children to look and talk about the pictures in the books before, during and after reading.
  • Talk about the book together while reading and after reading the book, for example:
    What did you just read about?
    What were you thinking as you were reading the book?
    Discuss the characters and their actions, feelings and thoughts


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from Wendy Keogh, Shazan Marikar and April Farlow

Library News
In the library we have been learning the importance of reading picture story books from Prep to Year 6 and beyond. Picture story books often offer beautiful illustrations, captivating stories and subtle lessons. Although we encourage students to read all types of picture story books, we have discussed the components that help us determine why some picture story books are targeted at senior readers.  Some factors the students discussed included

  • the theme of the story
  • the difficulty of the vocabulary
  • the detail in the illustrations
  • the story line introduced in the blurb

Can you determine from looking at the front cover of these books which is a senior fiction picture story book?


Sports News 
BDPSSA District Swimming Carnival

On Friday 25 February, 23 of our LPS students attended the BDPSSA (Blackburn District Primary Schools Sports Association) District Swimming Carnival at Monash Aquatic and Recreation Centre in Glen Waverley. These talented and hard-working students braved the cool outdoor conditions to represent our school. They performed exceptionally well, with some even achieving a new personal best on the day.

All the students competed with a positive attitude and spirit, and a great day was had by all the students, teachers and parents involved. I would like to say a massive thank you to the parents and teachers who helped out with supporting and supervising our wonderful students. We wouldn’t be able to participate in these important events without you!

Whitehorse Division Swimming Carnival

With our school achieving such fantastic results from the District Swimming Carnival, 15 of our students were selected to represent LPS at the Division Swimming Carnival held at Aquanation in Ringwood on Monday 1 March. I was fortunate to attend the carnival and watch our students swimming to their best ability. I am extremely proud of our students, swimming with outstanding talent and grit, but the highlight of my day was seeing these students encouraging each other to do their best from the grandstands.

Congratulations to all our swimmers on their outstanding attitude and personal best achievements on the day, and once again a huge thank you to our parents who supported, supervised and transported the students to and from the venue. Your support is greatly appreciated! Finally, a huge congratulations to Angela A and Jessica M for progressing through to the Regional Swimming Carnivals, which was held at Baroondara Sports Complex on Friday 12 March.

Please find below a list of our swimming competitors:

District Swimmers:

50m Freestyle50 Breaststroke50m Backstroke50m Butterfly
Jessica MWan Yin KJacqueline WMia H
Chloe GAudrey ZAbbey MKuhu S
Darcey SLucas DLucas D 
Jonathan DGeorgia RJonathan D 
Jacqueline WDarcy SJessica M 
Arin SKuhu SChloe G 
James MAngela AJames M 
Matilda BIsaac DAmelia S 
Angela AThomas JAmy F 
Thomas J Marco M 
Pok Yin K Sam F 

Division Swimmers:

50m Freestyle Relay50m Medley Relay50m Freestyle50m Breaststroke50m Butterfly50m Backstroke
Wan Yin KAngela AAbbey MAngela AMia HJacqueline W
Audrey ZThomas JJessica M  Jessica M
Jacqueline WKuhu S    
James MAmy F    
Darcy S     
Chloe G     
Jessica M     
Angela A     
Matilda B     
Thomas J     
Pok Yin K     

District Tennis Tournament

I would like to acknowledge and highlight our amazing tennis superstars Darcy S and Mia N for competing in the Blackburn District Tennis Tournament, which was held at St Thomas the Apostle Primary School on Thursday 25 February. Darcy and Mia competed in a round robin tournament against the top tennis players from the BDPSSA (Blackburn District Primary Schools Sports Association). They both displayed outstanding tennis skills throughout the day during their singles matches. I was even more impressed by their display of respect and integrity towards their opponents. For each of their games, Darcy and Mia had to keep score and umpire their own games.

Finally, a big congratulations to Darcy for progressing through to the Whitehorse Division Tennis Tournament which will held in Term 2. Darcy will be playing against some of the best tennis players in the Whitehorse Division for a chance to progress through to the next stage of competition. We wish you all the best, Darcy!

Art News
This term Prep students have been discovering the Art Room through exploring painting, frottage (rubbings) and collage (cutting and gluing). We will be looking at patterns in nature and creating patterns using line, colour and shape.

Year 1 have been making clay pinch pots and investigating themes of Chinese New Year. Later this term they will be creating a fantasy character with collage.

Year 2 are looking at themes around weaving, how patterns happen in weaving, weaving paper and weaving small raffia baskets. They are also learning to draw overlapping forms.

Year 3 are making and performing shadow puppets. In this unit they learn about negative space, presenting art works for an audience, puppeteering and the history of shadow puppets from China and Indonesia.

Year 4 are learning about colour and symbolism in Contemporary Aboriginal paintings by looking at the processes and works of Nellie Nakamarra and Judy Watson Napangardi. In this painting unit, students are exploring the colour wheel, mixing their own colours and understanding how warm and cool, contrasting and harmonious colours create certain effects. It is important for students to have a smock when painting with acrylics, to protect their uniform.

Year 5 learned about Pop Art and are making food from clay, in response to the works of Claes Oldenburg. They are learning hand building skills and revising their knowledge of the processes for making ceramic sculpture, including glazing and the stages of firing.

Year 6 are considering the elements of design (tone, texture, line, colour and composition) when planning their designs for a painted skateboard. They are understanding how our eye is guided around and into a painting. It is important for students to have a smock when painting with acrylics, to protect their uniform.


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Parents Group News

New Parents Group office bearers

We are thrilled to announce our new office bearers for Parents Group 2021. Congratulations to the following:

President : Tasneem P

Vice President : Jonathan T

Secretary: Vicky W

Treasurer: Georgina R

Many thanks to the outgoing office bearers Narelle V and Liz H. 

Class Reps

By now all class reps should have been notified of their role and be picking up class lists from their teachers. All class reps will receive an email from Tasneem P (president of Parents Group) with a template spreadsheet to input all their class details into. Class reps will then be responsible for passing on important information from their teacher or from Parents Group (via Tasneem) to their class during the year. 

Easter Raffle!

Many thanks to those that have already returned their raffle tickets. We appreciate your time and support in selling them. Funds raised by the raffle will go towards much needed projects for the school which will be communicated by the leadership team over the coming months. All sold and unsold tickets need to be returned by Wednesday 24th March.

Upcoming events

We are in the process of planning some events for the next term - if any families have a business with items that might suit events such as the annual Mothers Day stall please email us at parentsgroup.lps@gmail.com.


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.            


Click on the OSHClub logo (left) to see the Holiday Program information.

Please click here to see the Holiday Program - Chinese translation 

"With Holidays around the corner make sure to have a look at all the awesome, fun-packed activities OSHClub is running - like excursions to Bounce Trampoline Park and The National Sports Museum. If you want to give your child somewhere safe to socialize over the holidays, look no further than OSHClub. Give us a call on 0413 227 071" 

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


                                      Laburnum Second Hand Uniform Shop
Thank you for all the donations we have recieved so far.  We are in need of size 10 or size 12 summer and winter dresses. If you have any you no longer need, and would like to donate them, please send them to the office or drop them off when the shop is open next.

Please see the school calendar for open dates.


Australian Youth Band
Please click on the logo (left) to view details.


Please click on the logo (left) to download the information and registration details.


Click here to view information flyer

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Parenting Ideas: Establishing digital boundaries for the screen generation

Parents need to establish digital boundaries and be the pilot (for primary children) and co-pilot (for adolescents) of the digital plane.

Many parents establish screen time limits for their ‘screenagers’ (i.e. their children and teens) by stipulating how much time they can spend plugged in. Focusing solely on time is not the only digital boundary to consider. It’s best to expand our dialogue beyond screen time as the only metric that’s used to assess young people’s digital behaviours.

We also need to create boundaries around:

The screens kids use
The most critical boundary parents need to establish with their children and teens relates to what they’re doing online. Have conversations about the apps, platforms, games, videos, TV shows and media they consume and create. Visit the eSafety Commissioner’s or Common Sense Media’s websites to help you understand the various platforms and tools, so you’re better prepared to know the risks and lessen some of the potential pitfalls.

The time of day
Establish what technology can be used at different times of the day. Ideally, devices would be switched off at least sixty minutes before bedtime as the blue light can delay the onset of sleep and reduce the quality of their sleep. Minimise exposure to rapid-fire, fast-paced screen action before school, as this can hyper-arouse the brain and make it challenging to pay attention in class.

Technology zones
As a family, determine the ‘no-go tech zones’ in your house such as bedrooms, bathrooms, meal areas and play areas. Encourage them to use technology in publicly accessible, high-traffic areas of the home such as the kitchen, dining or lounge area. A young person is very unlikely to be sending nudes whilst sitting on the lounge or kitchen bench!

The people they interact with
Talk to your child or teen about who they’re interacting with online and reassure them that if there’s a problem online, they need to come and talk to you, as the pilot or co-pilot of the digital plane, and avoid withdrawing screen time as a punishment.

Setting and enforcing firm digital boundaries with children and young people is vital if we want them to cultivate healthy digital behaviours. These skills are critical if the screen generation is to thrive in the digital world.

Dr Kristy Goodwin
Dr Kristy Goodwin is a digital wellbeing and performance speaker, author and researcher (and mum who also deals with her kids’ techno-tantrums!). She’s the author of Raising Your Child in a Digital World, and a media commentator who doesn’t suggest that we ban the iPhone, or unplug the gaming console (digital abstinence isn’t the solution). Kristy translates research into essential information and realistic strategies for parents to ensure kids and teens thrive in the digital world. For further details visit www.drkristygoodwin.com.

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Year 6 - 7 Transition Information

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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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