Whilst we are very proud of our reputation for high academic achievement, our programs cater for the individual needs of all students. Strong emphasis is placed on the explicit teaching of Mathematics and English. Teachers facilitate each child's learning by assessing their learning needs and providing challenge in the curriculum.
Supporting our strong foundation of Mathematics and English, we follow an inquiry learning approach with a focus on questioning, thinking and research skills. Students are encouraged to take responsibility for their learning, reflection and goal setting.
We teach Personal and Social Capabilities as part of a consistent school-wide approach to Wellbeing. Teachers set high expectations of behaviour with their students, based on the school values of Curiosity, Respect, Integrity and Resilience, so that everyone in our school community can Learn, Thrive and Contribute.
The current enrolment is 750, organised into 33 classes, with 42 teaching staff, 9 education support staff, 2 Assistant Principals and the Principal. The staff profile is well-balanced, with a mix of experienced and newer-to-the-profession teachers in each team. Due to ongoing enrolment pressure, enrolment restrictions are in place. The backgrounds of students reflect the cultural and social diversity of the local community.
Our students enjoy outstanding facilities, including air-conditioned classrooms with wireless technology. The school is well-maintained and core buildings have been extended and modernised. Some relocatable classrooms assist us to manage enrolments, and these are well-blended into the existing provision. School facilities include a stadium sized hall, a modern staff/community centre, a contemporary library, a heritage listed performing arts centre, Visual Arts room, Out of School Hours Care Centre, a new school-funded STEM Centre (The Laburnum Laboratory) and extensive play areas. Playgrounds include a synthetic grass oval, shaded SunSmart areas and marked courts. Many of the improvements in school facilities are due to the ongoing support of the community, through active fundraising.
Laburnum P.S. has worked to develop rigorous expectations and support structures to provide consistent, high quality teaching and learning practices. Teachers plan and work collaboratively to assess, monitor and track student achievement. An established leadership team supports our teachers and students and leads strategic improvement priorities.
The school uses the Victorian Curriculum. As well as a strong emphasis on Literacy and Numeracy, specialist programs include Literacy Intervention, Music, Visual Arts, Physical Education, Library and Languages (Spanish). The eLearning program is designed to equip students with essential competencies for learning, using a range of devices. These include iPads, netbooks, 3D printers and large screen technologies, which are used when they can enhance teaching and learning.
A broad enrichment program includes a range of extracurricular offerings, including an extensive music tuition program, Green Team and Science-based activities. Year 4, 5 and 6 students have the opportunity to participate in school camps. The student leadership program includes Junior School Council and captaincy positions for Year 6 students. A formal student leadership program is taught in Years 5 and 6. Across the school, we operate a Buddies program and cross-age teams.