Extra Curricular Programs & Activities

These are updated in Term 1 each year.

Concert Band

Students who having been learning a brass, woodwind or percussion instrument for at least 12 months can join the Laburnum Concert Band. The Concert Band rehearses weekly, on a Wednesday morning in the PAC. Throughout the year, the band performs at School Assemblies, Open Night, the Victorian Schools Music Festival, The Gala and Recruitment Night. Being a member of the band allows students to interact with students in other year levels, work with others and be part of a team.

Training Band (Terms 2 - 4)

The Training Band is for students who have just begun to learn a brass, woodwind or percussion instrument. This is a great opportunity for students to develop the required musical and non-musical skills before they move into the Concert Band. The Training Band rehearses on a Thursday morning in the PAC, beginning in Term 2. Students will have the chance to perform at School Assemblies and the Gala Concert. At the end of Term 4, the students will transition into the Concert Band.

Year 3 Dance Group (Term 3)

At the beginning of Term 3, all Year 3 students are invited to join the Year 3 Dance Group. This talented group of movers and groovers meet once a week at lunchtime to practise a dance routine in preparation for the almighty Laburnum Gala Concert. No prior experience is required, it’s all about having fun, trying new things and making friends. The Year 3 Dance Group is run by the Year 3 classroom teachers.

Art Club (Terms 1 - 4)

The art leaders in conjunction with the teacher provide the opportunity for students to explore various skills and techniques such as watercolour paints, textiles, basket weaving and origami. The art club is open to whichever year level does not have art lessons during that term.

Other year levels are invited back to the art room during specified lunchtimes if they wish to complete tasks that are unfinished.

Our Community Library (Terms 1 - 4)

The library is open from 8.45-8.57 am every morning before school. During this time, we encourage students to return books, borrow, read, draw and create. Parents are welcome to come and share stories with their children. The library is also open during the second half of lunchtime (1.25-1.50 pm) on Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays. There is a laptop roster that indicates the days that different year levels can borrow the laptops during lunchtime. (commencing after the Learning to Learn program.)

Book Club (Terms 1 - 4)

Scholastic Book Club provides our students with access to current, high quality literature and learning materials. Once or twice a term, brochures will be sent home and families are given the opportunity to purchase from Book Club. This is a great fundraiser for our school as we receive a percentage from the books sold which allows us to purchase additional resources for the library.

Book Fair (Term 2)

Book Fair is a wonderful annual event held in Term 2. Our library transforms into an even greater book wonderland! Students have the opportunity to explore the Book Fair and write their own wish lists. The Book Fair is open for purchasing for 3 days before and after school. Families are encouraged to visit and purchase fabulous children’s literature.

Story time (Wednesday - Term 3)

In Term 3 our enthusiastic Year 6 Library captains run story time sessions during lunchtime.  During these sessions, students from Prep and Year 1 listen to and discuss the Children’s Book Council of Australia shortlisted books. Students are also encouraged to borrow books and share stories with their peers and year six buddies.

Book Week (Term 3)

Book Week is a very exciting week in the library. We have a fabulous dress up day where everyone comes to school dressed as their favourite book character. We hold a very special assembly, which is run by our Year 6 library captains, where we celebrate the Children’s Book Council of Australia shortlisted books. The whole day is dedicated to books!

Student to Student Reading (Term 2 and 4)

This exciting student to student reading program will be commencing in the library during lunchtime in Term 2 and 4. Students from Year 5 and 6 will have the opportunity to read, and share their favourite stories in a one to one setting, with students from Prep and Year 1.

The Chess Club

The Chess Club at Laburnum P.S. is run by “Chess Ideas” in the school library every Friday between 1.00 and 1.50pm. In Term 1 it will operate for 8 weeks, from the 8/2-5/4 (excluding the student free day on March 8), and costs $120.00 for the term. 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. Children may receive an award at the end of each term for excellent progress. Please contact the office for further information.

Junior School Council

The Junior School Council provides students with an avenue for positive contributions to their own school community. The Junior School Council allows students the opportunity to experience leadership at Laburnum Primary School and consists of two students from each Year 1 to 6 classes. 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. The Junior School Council aims to provide an opportunity for the development of ‘student voice’ within the school. Throughout, the year the Junior School Councillors have the responsibilities and opportunities to develop their leadership skills as their class representatives.

Oxfam Music Festival for Schools

The Oxfam Music Festival is an annual musical showcase focusing on fundraising for those in need. Schools from the local community come together to perform in a series of entertaining concerts, all based in the beautiful and historical Box Hill Town Hall. Our school choirs represent Laburnum PS.

Choirs (Terms 2 - 4 in 2019)

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.  They perform regularly throughout the school year at assemblies and special events including the school’s Gala Concert, Music Count Us In celebration, Oxfam Music Festival for School and the LPS Carols in Blacks Walk.  In Term 4, the choirs combine to become the LPS Christmas Choir.

Gala Concert (Term 3)

The annual Gala Concert is a fantastic evening celebrating the musical talent at Laburnum PS.  It features the school’s performance groups including the choirs, concert band, training band, percussion ensemble, Year 3 dance group, string ensemble and junior strings.  Each Gala Concert is themed and proves to be an extremely enjoyable evening for all those involved.

Year 5/6 Percussion Ensemble (Terms 2 & 3)

Students from Years 5 & 6 are invited each year to audition for the school’s Percussion Ensemble. The group creates and performs original percussion pieces with African and Samba influences. A variety of instruments are used including djembes, congas, kiss kass shakers and agogo bells.

Victorian State Schools Spectacular (Term 3)

A group of Year 4 students from Laburnum PS participate each year in the Victorian State Schools Spectacular.  The event, performed at Hisense Arena, includes a cast of 3000 Victorian government school students, singing, dancing, playing instruments and working backstage to produce an amazing 2-3 hour scripted arena-style show.  It is truly an amazing spectacle that provides students with the opportunity to experience a competition-free environment and engage in a first class performance with industry professionals.

Green Team (Term 1 - 4)

The elected Year 6 Green Team leaders and elected representatives from Years 3 - 6, along with the teachers involved, are responsible for composting and recycling throughout the school, maintaining the kitchen garden, promoting nude food from P - 6 and keeping Laburnum environmentally friendly and sustainable.

String Ensemble & Junior String Ensemble

Students who learn a violin, viola or cello, are warmly invited to express their interest in becoming a member of one of our string ensembles. These groups are aimed at developing student’s skills to work collaboratively while providing the opportunity to perform to the school community at various events throughout the year including school assemblies and the annual Gala Concert. In 2019 we will be running two groups; String Ensemble and the Junior String Ensemble. Student placements in either ensemble are made in consultation with the tutors, based on students’ readiness, confidence and ability, with both groups rehearsing weekly before school.

3D Printing (Term 2 - 4)

Students from Year 4, 5 & 6 will have the opportunity to join the 3D Printing Club. Here they will learn the skills in designing items using 3D software programs, such as TinkerCAD. This will be run before school with Ms Souvatzis and Mrs Pho from 7.45am-8.45am on Thursday mornings. Permission slips can be collected from the office.

Digimaker Computer Programming Club

This program provides students with exposure to the fundamentals of computer science concepts. Organised by an external provider who is also a former LPS parent, students can sign up for each term’s program, which is advertised in our newsletter.

Science Morning Club

This program provides students with exposure to the many fields of Science. Parents and helpers from the Laburnum community with a background in STEM deliver a 30 minute lesson in their field of science. A teacher is always present during this program. Parents are required to sign their child in at the beginning and students will be dismissed from the Science Morning Club. This program is offered from Year 4 through to Prep. Each of these levels has one Science Morning Club in terms 2 and 3.

Jogger’s Club

Joggers Club is a highly popular daily morning fitness program which has been operating since 1993. Each morning from 8.45am, students of all ages, along with family members, run, walk or jog laps of the athletics track. This year the program will be supervised by Miss Yue, Miss Cook, and Mr Connor along with our students to record results each session. Joggers Club promotes a positive, healthy attitude towards physical activity and personal fitness development and aims to enhance self-esteem and cardiovascular fitness. Participants will be presented with awards at assembly after reaching a milestone number of attendances at the club.

Summer Interschool Sports

Year 6 students will be competing in the summer interschool sports during term 1. They will be choosing from cricket, tennis, volleystars and softcrosse.

Winter Interschool Sports

Year 6 students will be competing in the winter interschool sports during term 2. They will be choosing from soccer, netball, AFL, and teeball.

Laburnum Cross Country

On the 24th April students in Years 3 - 6 will participate in the LPS cross country. Some students will qualify for the District competition on 7th May.

Year 5 and 6 Code Club Term 2

Coding Club will be run on Monday mornings for students in Year 5 and 6 (girls and boys). Both clubs will be offering the same activities and be using the program “Scratch”. We will be able to cater for 14 students in each club. The students will need to be at school by 8:15am and will finish at 8:55am. The students will be required to attend on a regular basis to support continuity of the program.


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