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Principal's Message: Welcome back!

Welcome to Term 2 everyone. Your children have already settled into their usual routines and are getting to know the six new families who joined us this term. If you are new to LPS, please read our A - Z of Useful Information, which provides comprehensive details about our school.

Thanks to all those parents who assisted at last term's Cross Country. It was wonderful to see many of our parents helping and cheering on their children, and students encouraging each other. With swimming also starting this week for Year 4's, as well as some planned sports events, incursions and extracurricular activities, we are pleased to finally be welcoming back some of our usual school activities.

Although government schools received a COVIDSafe Update on school operations on 30 March, in line with the 26 March advice from the Chief Health Officer, there were very few changes for us. As restrictions remain in place, the latest adjustments are reproduced below for all families and, in particular, those new to LPS:

  • Individuals aged 12 years and over (inclusive of staff, students and visitors) must always carry a face mask – unless they have a lawful exemption.
  • Face masks continue to be recommended for use by staff, visitors and secondary school students when physical distancing of 1.5 metres cannot be maintained. 
    (Please understand that larger schools like LPS can have challenges maintaining social distancing, particularly during pick up and drop off times)
  • COVIDSafe routine cleaning arrangements will continue for all Victorian government schools in Term 2.
  • Unfortunately, the density limit of 1 person per 2 square metres still applies to any spaces and activities being attended by parent/carers and other visitors. The density limit applies to all persons in the space, including students.
    (If you need to speak with a teacher, please make an appointment for a phone meeting or time when the class is not in the room. The density limit continues to be applied to corridors, school assemblies and other gatherings inside.)
  • To support contact tracing, schools must continue to keep a record of all staff, students and visitors who attend on-site for more than 15 minutes. (We do this via QR codes on school entry points.)

Although we would all like everything to be fully 'normal', we appreciate your understanding that DET guidelines support continued safe and effective operations at LPS. The previous arrangements communicated to families on 28 February can also be found here.

As advised last term,
School Council holds its Annual General Meeting next Tuesday 27 April at 7:00 pm. All DET schools hold an AGM to welcome new school councillors, elect office-bearers and present the school's Annual Report. Parents are warmly invited to attend. In order for us to plan a meeting space that meets the COVIDSafe density limits, please email the school if you intend to join us that evening.

Is your child beginning Prep next year?
We are currently running small group, sole parent 'mini school tours'. Whilst these COVIDSafe tours are very different to our usual ones, at least we can offer something for prospective families this year. We have many enrolled students for April and significant numbers of out-of-area applications. As we need to ensure places for our local families, please enrol your 2022 Prep child now. We aim to finalise Prep enrolments by the end of May.

Finally, please refer to our online calendar for official dates and events, now including Term 3 Parent-teacher meetings in late July.


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What's Happening?

from the Assistant Principals, Kathy and Jo

Welcome back to all students and families for Term 2. We trust you had a restful and enjoyable break; it has been great to see students return to school with smiles and share stories of their holidays. We also welcome our new students and families who have joined us this term.


On Friday afternoon our school captains, Jane, Lucy, Ethan and Felix, will be leading assemblies across the school in preparation for Anzac Day on Sunday April 25. Unfortunately due to restrictions with COVIDSafe density  limits in place, we are still unable to have whole school assemblies. We plan instead to have Prep-2, Year 3-4 and Year 5-6 Anzac Day services. More importantly, it will be a time to pause, and to remember the ANZAC’s, their courage, their determination and their spirit. 

Whitehorse Parent Forum: Tweens & their Screens

  • Would you like to learn how to help your tween better balance screen time and real life?
  • Find strategies to help them switch off and re-engage in the world
  • Navigate online safety, rules and consequences?

Whitehorse City Council is launching their May Parenting Information Forum, Tweens & their Screens, presented by group facilitator, parent counsellor and parent coach, Sharon Muir from ParentZone. This session is suitable for any parents, grandparents or carers of children aged 10 to 15.

Date:     Wednesday 5 May 2021

Times:   7:00pm – 8:30pm via Zoom

Cost:     Free

Families can now book online through the Whitehorse Council website here.

Places are limited so booking early is recommended.  If forums reach capacity a waiting list will be activated.

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Junior School - Years 1 & 2

Year 1/2 Inquiry

Last term, the Year 1 and 2 students explored the topic ‘Personal, Social and Community Health’. Students made connections and focused on the things they were grateful for. They had an opportunity to pause, reflect and appreciate these things and create their own gratitude jars.


Year 1 Maths is all Around Us

Last term, the Year 1 students investigated and linked their counting skills to the real world. They learnt about ways to count collections of different objects within a range of meaningful situations. Using the school values of 'curiosity' and 'resilience' and working in small groups, the students went on a counting scavenger hunt around the playground. Each group collected an assortment of different objects to count. This provided the Year 1 students with an opportunity to make deep, meaningful connections with Maths and the real world around them.


Year 2 Maths

The Year 2 students have been focusing on skip counting in Maths. Skip counting is an essential skill in numeracy, as it enables students to recognise number patterns, builds a strong foundation for number sense and assists in the learning of multiplication facts. Counting forwards and backwards by 1s, 2s, 5s, 10s and other single digit numbers are strategies used to solve addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

Each student has their own skip counting goal, based on their next steps in learning, as identified through assessment. An example is, skip counting by 5s from a non-zero starting point.

To differentiate student learning, the students have had multiple exposures to activities and games in order to practise their goals.

Skip Counting Jelly Fish

Skip Counting Mazes

Skip Counting Thermometers

Curiosity  •   Respect  •  Integrity  •  Resilience


Thrive: Extracurricular activities resume!

A weekly calendar of Term 2 extracurricular activies can be found after the descriptions below.

Concert Band
Students who have been learning a brass, woodwind or percussion instrument for at least 12 months can join the Laburnum Concert Band. Being a member of the band allows students to interact and work with students in other year levels, and be part of a team.

String Ensemble 
Students who have been learning a violin, viola or cello for at least a year are invited to express their interest in becoming a member of our string ensemble. The group is aimed at developing student’s skills to work collaboratively. 

Art Club
Run by our Art Leaders, Art Club provides an opportunity for students to follow up individual art projects, enter competitions and work with like minded students from other classes. Open on Thursday lunch times from 11.00 to 11.30, students from Prep, Year 1, 2 and 4 are invited on even weeks and Years 3, 5 and 6 on odd weeks. 

Spanish Club  
Spanish Club welcomes  Preps-Year 6 and meets on Fridays at 11.00-11.30. Joined by our Spanish Captains, students have an opportunity to learn vocabulary through music, craft, books, games and role plays. It’s  a great way to extend learning beyond  the classroom and develop friendships! 

Joggers Club
Joggers Club is open from Monday to Thursday from 11.00 - 11.15. Students of all ages can run, walk or jog laps of the athletics track. This year the program will be supervised by the House Captains.

Chess Club
The Chess Club at Laburnum P.S. is run by “Chess Ideas” in the Laburnum Laboratory. There is always a free trial session at the beginning of each term. The children are instructed in two small groups, where a new skill or strategy is introduced, followed by a game and is supervised at all times by a teacher from the school. Please contact the office for further information.

Junior School Council
The Junior School Council provides students with an avenue for 'student voice' and contributing positively to their school community. It allows students the opportunity to experience leadership at Laburnum Primary School and consists of two student representatives from each class in Years 1 to 6. Through active involvement, the Junior School Council encourages student participation within the decision making processes for fundraising, presentations, school events, charity focuses and school recommendations. 

School Choirs
Laburnum Primary School’s Year 3/4 and Year 5/6 Choirs are made up of very enthusiastic students who love music. The groups rehearse weekly, learning about singing skills and focusing on a variety of pieces. In the past, students have performed at a variety of concerts and public events. 

Victorian State Schools Spectacular
A group of Year 4 students from Laburnum PS participate each year in the Victorian State Schools Spectacular. The event includes a cast of 3000 Victorian government school students, singing, dancing and playing instruments to produce a 2-3 hour show. It is truly an amazing spectacle that provides students with the opportunity to experience a competition-free environment and work with industry professionals. This year students will experience using a green screen to film our performance.

Green Team
Two students from each class in Years 3-6 are elected to be part of the Green Team each year. Green Team members work together to promote sustainability at Laburnum Primary School. Once a week we meet as a group either inside or out in the kitchen garden (weather permitting) at lunch time. The students love to get their hands dirty and get involved in cleaning up the kitchen garden, re-soiling, pulling out weeds, planting new seeds and watching and taking care of our produce. We enjoy having the opportunity to sell our freshly grown produce to the school community and also creating ways our school can be environmentally friendly.

Our library is open Monday (Year 3 and 4), Wednesday (Prep Year 1 and 2) and Friday (Year 5 and 6) from 11.00-11.30 at lunchtime for borrowing, reading, sharing of books and quiet activities.

3D Printing 
Students in Year 5/6 can come along to the LPS 3D Printing Club on Tuesdays at 11.00-11.30. Using school computers and software programs, students will be designing 3D creations with the intention to print using one of four 3D printers. It’s a great opportunity to develop or enhance digital technology skills and develop friendships.

   Term 2, 2021    Day      Extracurricular activities/clubs
   Before School  Monday 
   Tuesday  8.00 - 8.45 String Ensemble* (Music room)
   Wednesday  8.00 - 8:45 Year 3/4 Choir (Music room) 
  Thursday  8.00 - 8:45 Concert Band* (Music room)
   Friday  8.00 - 8:45 Year 5/6 Choir (Music room) 
  7:50 - 8:50 Digimaker*
   Lunchtime  Monday

  11.00 - 11.15 Joggers Club 
  11.00 - 11.30 Year 3 and 4 Library 


  11.00 - 11.15 Joggers Club 
  11.00 - 11.30 State Schools Spectacular rehearsal 
  11.00 - 11.30 3D Printing Club 


  11.00 - 11.15 Joggers Club
  11.00 - 11.30 Green Team 
  11.00 - 11.30 Prep, Year 1 and 2 Library 
  11.00 - 11.30 J.S.C. 


  11.00 - 11.15 Joggers Club 
  11.00 - 11.30 Art Club


  11.00 - 11.30 Spanish Club  
  11.00 - 11.30 Year 5 and 6 Library 
  11.00 - 11.45 Chess Club

   After School  Tuesday

  3:40 – 4:40pm Digimaker*


  3:40 – 4:40pm Digimaker*


  3:40 – 4:40pm Digimaker*

* Please enquire at the office about these activities.

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Middle School - Years 3 & 4

Year 3 and 4 have been holding their year level assemblies together each week. Congratulations to the students who received 'Student of the Week' awards by displaying the school values of respect, curiosity, integrity and resilience.

Students interested in leadership roles have recently written and presented a speech to their class. Each class voted for two students, who they believed displayed positive leadership qualities, to represent their classes in the Junior School Council. Students were presented with both JSC and Green Team badges. Congratulations to these new leaders!


Curiosity  •   Respect  •  Integrity  •  Resilience

Learn: TLI this term

The Tutor Learning Intitiative continues this term, with a focus on supporting identified students in Mathematics and English.

As a result of further assessment, there have been minor adjustments to the cohort of students involved and your child's teacher will let you know if they are affected.

Staffing remains almost the same as Term 1, although Mandy Ryan will work with Year 6 and 4 TLI English students this term. This allows Jenny Simmons to focus full-time on her Year 2S class.

It is expected there will be other staffing changes next term as TLI is wound down. 

Our TLI staffing for Term 2 is:

TLI Mathematics Team:

Ms Kelli Simmons, Mrs Jacqui Purcell (Learning Specialist – Maths) and Mrs Lexie Hartney

TLI English Team:

Mrs Mandy Ryan (Leading Teacher – English) and Mrs Glenda Kelly (Learning Specialist – Literacy)

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Sports News

LPS House Cross Country Carnival 2021
Laburnum Primary School held its annual Cross Country Carnival on Thursday 25 March. In typical Melbourne fashion, the rain turned up to school at exactly 9.00am, just as the school bell rang! It was touch and go for a few minutes until it all cleared up and just in time for the year 3 event to begin. As the first group of students tightened their laces and stepped onto the starting line. Every student who started the race, finished it! This showed amazing perseverance and resilience. We are so proud of their excellent efforts.

The final tally of House points shows what a close and exciting carnival it was.

  1. Streeton 210 Points
  2. Conder 203 Points
  3. McCubbin 197 Points
  4. Roberts 196 Points

A huge thank you to all parents and teachers who assisted on the day. All of our magnificent parents and teachers did a fantastic job and without their help and assistance the event itself would have been very difficult to run. A special thank you to Niklas C and Jay C in year 6 who were our ‘rabbits’ for the year 3 races!

Congratulations to all students who qualified to race for Laburnum Primary School at the District Cross Country Carnival. This event will be held at Ruffey Park Lake on Friday 7 May. Students who have qualified are listed below:

Edward SJacqueline WEdwin KJessica MNiklas CRachel P
Alex SLucy SJames MMia HJay CLucy E
Til WBHan NDarcy SIsabella RJim CMaya R
Aarav DLaila BAngelo LChloe GThomas JAmelia S
Bertram ZMila YJude BEmma RShantanJorja M
Eric FAnneliese JTristan GCatherine MNoah HZoe
Ayush SMabel CFinn BNicola BOwen MAngela A
Jonathan DMaya MMatthew YEvie KBen DMatilda B
Kartik GLiv KSaketh RAnnalisa TReuben TSuha F
Triston DAbbey MHenry AAnnabelle FIsaac DZoe E

Year 6 Update
A reminder that the Year 6 Winter Sports Round Robin Tournament will be held on Friday 11 June. The sports we will be competing in are AFL (Australian Rules Football), Netball, Soccer and Teeball. We will be playing against Old Orchard PS, Roberts McCubbin PS and Kingswood College.

Upcoming Events

  • District Cross Country – Friday 7 May (selected students only)
  • Division Cross Country – Monday 24 May (selected students only)
  • Winter Sports Round Robin – Friday 11 June
  • Regional Cross Country – Tuesday 15 June (selected students only)

Library News

May is Scholastic National Family Reading Month!
2021 marks the 25th year of National Family Reading Month which celebrates and encourages families to read more together.

For more information and to register for this challenge click here

Music News

This term, we are excited to be starting our String Ensemble and Concert Band. Students who have been learning a string or orchestral instrument for a year are invited to participate in these groups. We look forward to hearing them perform in the future.

We still have some spaces for students wishing to learn an instrument. If your child is in years 1 – 6 and would be interested in learning the violin, trumpet, clarinet, trombone, saxophone or euphonium, please contact Sarah Lienert through Sentral.

In Classroom Music, Prep students will continue to explore sounds this term and the different ways we can show the sounds in music, with a focus on rhythms.

Years 1 and 2 will continue exploring new sounds and rhythms throughout the coming term. Both year levels are learning to perform the songs they have learnt to an audience.

Years 3 and 4 students will be looking at and creating music by Edvard Grieg this term. Students in year 4 will be able to use their new ukulele skills learnt from last term to help them create their own version of the music.

Through improvisation, year 5 students will need to identify what rhythms and combinations of sound work together in order to create a piece of music.

Year 6 students have been creating their own call and response song with layers of sound and will perform this to their class soon. They will also be studying Australian music and artists, focussing on what elements of music make these artists and their songs uniquely Australian.

Art News

Welcome to Term 2 Visual Arts.

This term Prep and Year 4 will be exploring clay, Year 1 will be taking a close look at insects and Year 2 are making a collagraph for printing. Year 3 are exploring techniques and ideas around traditional Rarrk paintings, Year 5 are constructing sculptures from recycled materials and Year 6 will embark on their Graduation Project for the school. 

ART CLUB will be held at lunch time on Thursdays from 11.00 to 11.30. Students can sign up through the week, on the Art Room door, or can arrive on the day to see if there is room. Art captains will be keeping students up to date with Art competitions and Artists of the Week, on the Art Notice Board.

Laburnum Primary School house teams are named after some important Australian Impressionists who are currently featured at the NGV exhibition She Oak and Sunlight. There are some works here for all ages, including Tom Roberts’s iconic “Shearing the Rams”.

NGV is also currently showing 2021 Top Arts. Emerging from the challenges of 2020, Top Arts 2021 reflects the passion and resilience of young artists from across Victoria who achieved outstanding results in VCE Art or VCE Studio Arts.

As always, it is important that students have a smock or old shirt at school, ready for Art lessons. Thank you to all the parents who donated clean recyclables to Art Room last term.


Curiosity  •   Respect  •  Integrity  •  Resilience

Contribute: Parents Group & Community News

Parents Group News:

Easter Raffle
Many thanks to everyone’s hard work selling raffle tickets last term. We have raised over $3800 that will go towards school priority projects. Many thanks to Dana and Jonathan for organising it all.

Mothers Day Stall
Parents Group is delighted to be running a Mother's Day Stall again this year!

We have a broad range of gifts: from the 'beautiful', to the practical and some local handcrafted plants/produce. Costs will range from $1 to $5 and there will be something to please everyone - whether Mums, Nannas or carers.

The stall will be run on Thursday 6 May during school hours. Each class will have an allocated time and their teacher will bring the children through on the day. We will have a display of items and prices available in the office closer to the time.

Parent volunteers are required during the day to help sell the items and ensure the day is a success for the children. This year, with perhaps some more parents working from home, we are putting a special call out to any Dads who might be able to take an hour or two to help out.

Please see the below Signup link to pop your name down.


List of LPS family businesses
Parents Group are looking at putting together a list of businesses owned by LPS families so we can share with the school community as well as possibly reaching out if there are any social or fundraising events that might be able to utilise these businesses. If you own a business and would like to be included please fill out this survey https://forms.gle/RL6kR7dwz949eAxn7.  

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 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.


ICAS tests for Years 4 - 6:

The International Competitions and Assessments for Schools, or ICAS for short, is an independent, skills-based assessment program, designed to match and test skills that are learned in the school classroom. 

Every year Laburnum Primary School participates in the ICAS competition in English, Mathematics and Science. ICAS is a wonderful opportunity for students to challenge themselves academically.

Entry is available to students in Years 4, 5 and 6 ONLY.

The tests will be held before school, at school, on the following dates:

English ICAS test – Thursday 19th August 

Science ICAS test – Tuesday 24th August

Maths ICAS test – Monday 30th August

This year, entry is through the ICAS Parent Payment System. To enter follow the link below, and use the school access code to enrol your child. Parent payment is required for participation.

Access details for parents:
Laburnum Primary School access code: RET186

Your parent page link is: https://shop.icasassessments.com/pages/pps

More information will be provided closer to the test dates.

Thank you,

Matthew Appleby and Chris Rodgers

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

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Parenting Ideas: Managing anxiety before it becomes a problem

The president of Australian Primary Principals Association (APPA) recently highlighted the enormity of the anxiety problem that children are facing. A survey of primary schools across Australia conducted by the APPA showed that 80% of school leaders regard anxiety as a significant issue for children.

Research shows that childhood anxiety left unmanaged will almost certainly re-emerge, highlighting the importance of early detection and management of anxiety. Parents, as first responders, play an important role by minimising the impact of stressful moments before they lead to full-blown anxiety. Here’s how they can help.

Recognise anxiety triggers

Recognising the events that trigger anxiety is the first step in helping a child to manage their stress. Rapid or unpredictable change, new social situations, unfamiliar events and difficult experiences are the most common anxiety stressors for kids.

Know how it shows

Stress and anxiety show in many ways, however, most children display anxiety behaviours that are unique to them. Typically, anxiety shows through physical signs such as chest pains, nausea and headaches. Anxiety can be observed through behavioural clues such as avoidance of activities, aggression, concentration difficulties and constant fiddling and movement. Worrying, overthinking and catastrophising are also common in children who experience anxiety. Knowing how anxiety shows in your child will alert you to respond appropriately with support and understanding.

Give kids tools to manage their states

Once anxiety is experienced, it never truly disappears. It’s always there in the background. Anxiety needs managing so kids can get on with their lives rather than become overwhelmed by stress and worry. Providing children with tools to manage their thinking, emotional and physical states prevents anxiety from becoming debilitating. Management tools such as deep breathing, mindfulness and exercise, as well as techniques to help kids distance themselves from their anxiety-inducing thoughts, help them minimise the impact of stress.

Help them understand how anxiety works

Children who understand what happens in their brains and bodies when they are stressed are better able to manage their anxious states. Providing children with a thorough knowledge of how anxiety works and how it shows empowers them to push their worries into the background while they get on with their lives. Managing anxiety takes practice, but it’s absolutely essential if children are to flourish rather than become overwhelmed by stress and worry.

In closing

Stress and anxiety have accelerated with the impact of the pandemic. The growing rate of anxiety is no one’s fault, however, it does mean that parents need to become more knowledgeable about how anxiety works, how it shows and how you can help your children.

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.

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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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