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October 29, 2018
by naomielias

PE News


Hello from the PE Department!  Below is some information on our program and what the talented LPS students have been doing this term:


Students in Prep have been working on developing their underarm throw and catch. Especially learning to call the name of their partner if they are not looking at them and stepping to catch the ball.

Year 1 and 2
Students in Years 1 and 2 have been focusing on learning to kick a ball out of their hands. This is a tricky skill to learn, but our students have been making great progress with great persistence!

Year 3 – 6
Students in the Middle and Senior schools have been working on a Striking and Fielding unit. So far they have focused specifically on using the correct technique for the over arm throw, how to set up a field and striking a ball in a range of minor games.


With Walk to School month in full swing and kids out and about, now is a great time to refresh on some general road rules.

General Pedestrian Rules
A pedestrian must obey the rules of the road set out in the Road Safety Rules 2009. Some of the more notable rules state that a pedestrian must:

*   not cross the road within 20 metres of a pedestrian crossing (you must use the crossing)

*   not enter a crossing against a flashing red or a solid red traffic crossing light

*   use the shortest or most direct route across a road

*   not walk along or fail to give way when crossing a bicycle path

*   not cause a traffic hazard by moving into the path of a driver

*   keep to the far side of a road facing oncoming traffic, when walking along a road where it is not practicable to use the footpath or nature strip.

Further detail on the road rules relating to pedestrians is provided on the VicRoads website, along with information on pedestrian safety.

Driver obligations & pedestrian right of way Notable driver obligations include:
*   When turning at an intersection, a driver has to give way to any pedestrians crossing the road the driver is turning into. The exception to this rule is at a roundabout, where the driver has the right of way unless there are crossings provided for pedestrians.

*   Drivers must not block a pedestrian crossing or children’s crossing – they must ensure the road beyond is clear to enable them to pass over the crossing. This does not apply where there is a pedestrian crossing immediately before an intersection.

*   When leaving a driveway or car park, drivers must give way to pedestrians on any footpath, path or nature strip.

*   When using a slip lane to leave a main road or turn left on a road drivers must give way to pedestrians.

*   In a shared zone drivers must give way to pedestrians.

*   In addition, road rules 197 and 198 state that a driver must not stop on a footpath in a built up area or stop in a location that obstructs access to a footpath.

For more information of the Victorian Road Rules visit https://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/safety-and-road-rules/road-rules/a-to-z-of-road-rules

On Thursday 18th October Laburnum Primary had 7 students representing our region at the annual Eastern Region Athletics Carnival. Well done to Emma S, Teah W, Jasmine N, Lily M, Riley B, Alana T, and Samira J – it is a fantastic effort to make it through to this event as there are some very elite athletes competing. Our students did a magnificent job on the day, all performing exceptionally well in their events. A special congratulations must go to Teah W who finished first in the Shot Put event, and Emma S who finished second in the 800m. Both of these girls are now through to the State Championships which is being held next Monday. Congratulations girls!

Finally the weather was good and the Year 6 girls travelled to Morton Park for a great day of friendly competition against the other schools in the district. The day was coordinated beautifully by the Blackburn Football Club and the 28 girls who competed had a great day learning new skills and meeting new people. A huge thank you to Dave W and Danny T who volunteered their time to coach the two Laburnum teams – they did a great job! Congratulations also to Poorva G and Helena A who both won trophies for being the best players in their respective teams.

Mr Connor & Ms Yue
PE Dept



September 3, 2015
by mariawheelton

PE News


footy day

On Thursday 17th September 2015, L.P.S. will be having a special whole school Footy Day Assembly at 9am as part of the AFL Grand Final celebrations.

The day will include special guests, football parade, lots of activities & fun in classrooms, a special Footy Day lunch order, and the ‘AFL Ladies

Round-G6 Girls v G5 Girls’ game on the Oval at Lunchtime!

A gold coin donation will be collected on the day and this will entitle children to be in the running to win lots of fantastic prizes and giveaways!

Dress up in your favourite footy team colours – or maybe come as an umpire!

April 30, 2015
by mariawheelton

PE news

Grade 3-6 HOUSE Cross Country Championship

On Friday 8th May, Laburnum PS will stage the 2015 House Cross Country Running Championships using the School grounds and Blacks Walk. Children are expected to wear full sports attire/comfortable running attire in their ‘House Colours’ if possible. These events will be used to select the 2015 LPS District Cross Country team which will participate at Ruffey Lake Park in Doncaster on Monday 25th May. All Grade 3 and 4 children will be timed in order to select the competitors for the Boys and Girls 10 years and under races.

Children will also need to bring drink bottles and extra clothing for protection from the weather. If asthma medication is required (i.e. inhaler etc.) please ensure that it is brought on the day.

Friday 8th May Timetable ( Approx  ) :

9:20am-GRADE 310 Years And Under Girls  – ( Age turned 2015) 2Km.

            9.40am-GRADE 310 Years And Under Boys – ( Age turned 2015) –2Km.

10:00-GRADE 410 Years And Under Girls – ( Age turned 2015) -2Km.

            10:20am-GRADE 410 Years And Under Boys– ( Age turned 2015) 2Km.

11:10am-11 Years And Under Girls – ( Age turned 2015) 3Km.

11:30am-11Years And Under Boys – ( Age turned 2015) 3Km.

11:50am-12/13Years And Under Girls – ( Age turned 2015) – 3Km.

12:10pm-12/13Years And Under Boys – ( Age turned 2015) – 3Km.




The signed permission slip that went home on Wednesday  MUST BE  RETURNED TO YOUR CLASSROOM TEACHER ONLY.





Last Thursday and Friday we had a number of teams play in District Sporting Grand Finals.

Congratulations – LPS Kanga Cricket team coached by Ms Dunbar and assisted by parent Geoff Olsen who lost their Grand Final by 19 runs to St.Thomas PS.

Congratulations – Volleystars Girls Gold- coached by Ms Faella, losing by 2 sets to nil in a game that showed great sportsmanship against Blackburn PS.

Congratulations-Bat Tennis Green- coached by Ms Indralingam to a Premiership victory against Blackburn Lake PS. Awesome effort team!

Congratulations-Rounders Green-coached by Ms de Villa (but Ms Ray on GF day), runners up, coming from 6 runs down to finish 8 runs to 7 against BPS.

Congratulations-Boys B Basketball – coached by Mr Stanton, Premiers, winning 18-4. An excellent effort by the boys against St Thomas PS!

Congratulations- Girls B Basketball-coached by Mr Stanton, runners up in a friendly game against Blackburn PS

A Very big Thank You also to Jaden Hardiman for umpiring the Boys & Girls Basketball Grand Finals.


March 19, 2015
by mariawheelton

PE News

Grade 6 Inter School Sport

Last Friday our Grade students played Inter School Sport against Kingswood, OOPS, and Surrey Hills. The children were brilliant and showed great sportsmanship during the day. A big thank you to our Coaches, Parents and SEDA reps who assisted on the day and throughout Term 1. PLEASE RETURN ALL LABURNUM SPORTS UNIFORMS TO YOUR TEACHER/COACH BY FRIDAY PLEASE.

State Swimming – Here we come!!!

Wow, what a day our 14 swimmers had last Friday at the Eastern Metro Regional Swimming Championships at Nunawading Pool. Congratulations to you all on swimming your personal best. Well done on reaching the EMR Swimming Rose, Sophie, Madison, Tayona, Lucy, Amelie, Alyssa, Ginnie, Blake, Alex, Torin, Minas, Mitch and Jasmine McK. The Exciting news for our school is that we will have Lucy W swim in the Under 10 Girls Butterfly, and the Girls Under 10 Freestyle Relay team of Lucy, Amelie, Alyssa and Ginnie will also be swimming at the Victorian State Championships on April 15th at MSAC, SENSATIONAL EFFORT  GIRLS!

District Tennis Trials

Congratulations to Grayson Z and Natasha B from Grade 6 who represented Laburnum at the recent District Tennis Tournament. Grayson finished fourth in the Boys draw and Natasha finished third, just missing out on Division selection. Well done to both students.

Krazy Karaoke

All will be revealed at this Saturdays Fete. Good Luck to our Grade winners from Prep-6 who will perform live on Centre Stage from 1pm. Also watch out for a teachers performance that will entertain us too. There will be some serious talent on show at the 2015 LPS Fete on Saturday. See you There!




February 26, 2015
by mariawheelton

PE News

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An evening of fun and games will be held on our oval for all children tomorrow, Friday 27th February 2015. Pupils will participate in a fun activity group rotational program from 4.45 pm till 6:30 pm. Marshalling will take place at 4:45pm. Please arrive in time for your child(ren) to assemble in their numbered groups so that we can commence our activities promptly. 4:30 pm would be a great time.

Late registrations and enquiries will be catered for at the tables near the mesh fence adjacent to the oval basketball court from 4:00pm. Families are invited to bring along a picnic dinner to share in Blacks Walk after the event.

Numbered group stickers will be distributed to all registered children on Friday 27th February and we ask that they bring them back to school and wear them throughout the evening.


HELP REQUIRED – Our teachers will conduct our activities, however we still require parents, especially from parents who have children in Grades 4 – 6, to lead their child’s group around the circuit so that our groups remain in order after each session change. Please send a note to John Hazlett if you can help in this regard. Thank-you very much to all parents who have registered their children for this event and to those who have offered to lead a group from activity to activity.

We look forward a to great evening of fun for all!

February 12, 2015
by mariawheelton

PE News

             SPORT & PHYSICAL EDUCATION 2015

Welcome back to another fun and exciting year ahead in the area of Health, Sport & Physical Education.  Watch out for regular updates in the School newsletter, App, Blog and for ways of being involved in our wonderful program.

SCHOOL SWIM OFF/TRIALS – Grade 3-6 Students

Congratulations to the 68 children from Grade 3-6 who swam on Sunday 8th February, at the Laburnum P.S. School Swimming Trials. This event catered for the highly competent swimmers keen on representing our school at the District Swimming event. This event was held at Nunawading Aqualink and we would really like to also thank the Teachers and Parents who assisted on the day and supported the children. A special Thank You to our chief starter, Mark Laidlaw. Our LPS 2015 District Swim Team was announced on Tuesday 10th February. The Blackburn District Swimming Trials will be held on Friday 20th February, 2015 from 10am-1pm at Monash Aquatic Centre.


An evening of fun and games will be held on our oval for all children on Friday 27th February 2015. Pupils will participate in a fun activity group rotational program from 5:00pm till 6:30pm. (Marshalling will take place from 4:45pm). Families are invited to bring a long a long a picnic dinner to share in Blacks Walk after the event. If you would like your child/children to participate, please complete the registration form on the notice that has been sent home with all children and return it to Mr Panou or Mr Hazlett by Monday 16th. February 2015. It is important all children who are attending the evening (Pre School Welcome) register to allow for efficient organisation of groups.


Please note the 2015 Grade 3-6 House Athletics will be held in Term 3 on Tuesday 25th August, 2015 at Bill Sewart Track in Nunawading.


The 2015 Grade 3-6 House Cross Country will be held in Term 2 on Friday 8th May, 2015 at LPS


Each year School Sport Victoria selects a State team for the National Carnival in Sports like AFL, Netball, Basketball, Soccer, Cricket, Tennis, Golf, and Hockey etc.  Our school is part of the Blackburn District and each school in our district can select ONLY highly talented and high achieving young sports people who would be suitable for State Team Selection. Likely Students from grade 5/6 can be nominated by their parents in a letter outlining their Childs club, experience, coach contact and level, and supporting achievements. Please submit a written expression of interest for a particular sport to Mr Panou & Mr Hazlett by the cut-off date, Wednesday 18th February, if you feel your child suits this category.

Have a great 2015.                               


Anthony Panou & John Hazlett

Physical Education Teachers


December 3, 2014
by naomielias

PE News


Planning has begun for 2015 with a number of Laburnum PS and Blackburn District events scheduled in.  Please make a note of these important events and mark them in your calendar.

*Sunday 8th Feb-LPS Swim Off at Nunawading Pool 1-3pm (Trials open for 3-6 Students)
*Friday 20th Feb-District Swimming at Monash Pool 10-1pm
*Thursday 5th March -Division Swimming
*Friday 13th March-EMR Swimming at Nunawading Pool
*Wednesday 15th April-State Swimming
*Friday 8th May-LPS House Cross Country at school
*Monday 25th May-District Cross Country at Ruffey Lake Park, Doncaster
*Thursday 13th August-LPS House Athletics
*Tuesday 25th August-District Cross Country

CAN YOU FIND …………….. ?
During the year the Grade 3-6 children are involved in a whole range of sporting activities and have the opportunity to represent the school at Athletics, Cross Country, Hooptime and Inter School Sport.  We are looking for any Laburnum PS sports singlets/tops that are missing and perhaps still sitting in your child’s cupboard, draw or even school bag.  Please have a quick look at home, we really appreciate your time and efforts.

We still have 6 FREE passes to give away to the ‘VIVA LA DANCE’ school in Main St, Croydon.  First in best dressed will win 10 x free sessions with Tina, who this year worked again with our Grade 4-6 children in Term 4. If you are able to visit her dance school on Wednesdays 4-6pm or Fridays 7-9pm this would be a fantastic opportunity for your child!  Please contact the PE Dept to register your interest.

We are very excited by the news that former school captain (2007) Daniel McKenzie has been drafted at pick 22 by the St. Kilda Football  Club!  Daniel follows in the footsteps of previous school captains Jordan Lisle (Hawthorn and Brisbane) -23 AFL games and Stephen Wrigley ( Brisbane)- 3 AFL games.  All boys played their junior football at Blackburn and Jordan and Daniel played basketball with the Nunawading/Blackburn Vikings.  Congratulations to Daniel and we wish him a most successful AFL career.  Hopefully Daniel will visit our school in 2015.

Daniel McKenzie

Mr Panou & Mr Hazlett
PE Dept.

September 12, 2014
by naomielias

PE News


afl trophy

On Tuesday 16th September 2014, LPS will be having a special whole school Footy Day Assembly at 9.00am as part of the AFL Grand Final celebrations. The day will include special guests, a football parade, lots of activities & fun in classrooms, a special Footy Day lunch order and the ‘AFL Ladies Round-G6 Girls v G5 Girls’ game on the oval at lunchtime!

A gold coin donation will be collected on the day and this will entitle children to be in the running to win lots of fantastic prizes and giveaways. Dress up in your favourite footy team colours – or maybe come as an umpire!

So let’s all make this one day in September a fantastic day to remember!

Mr Panou and Mr Hazlett
PE Dept.

June 4, 2014
by naomielias

PE News

With great excitement the Soccer World Cup will begin in Brazil on June 12 – July 13.  As well as supporting the mighty Socceroos, all classes have been allocated a country to follow and dress up in those colours at our special World Cup Assembly on Tuesday 24th June. The assembly will see students parade in their different countries and colours!  We will also see the talents of our Grade 5/6 Percussion Ensemble, Training Band, Grade 3 Dance Group, Gymnastics Team and School Spectacular Dance Group.  We even hope to have Ricky Martin perform on stage.  WOW!!!!!!!!  We will also be holding optional soccer activities during lunchtimes for all grade levels, so be ready to show your skills!!!

brazil soccer ball

MARTIAL ARTS is coming  to LPS
We look forward to having the Kako Genzai Mirai (KGM) Karate School work with our Grade 6 students on Friday June 13th and Tuesday 24th June 1.50pm-3.30pm.  The KGM will demonstrate the skills, tradition and benefits of karate. Our Grade 6 students will also get an insight into karate and the opportunity to develop some skills, discipline and self-confidence. For more information, please check out the KGM website on www.kgmmartialarts.com.au
 or next weeks newsletter.  Many thanks to Laurie Meerwald for his support, time and efforts in running this program for our Grade 6 students. Please come along and bring/wear your ‘gi’ (uniform) if you already do martial arts. It is going to be lots of fun!

It was fantastic to hear the marvellous news that Fraser Elliot (AFL) and Nicholas Kyranakis are closing in on the dream to represent Victoria in their chosen sport.  Both boys are now in the final stages of Victorian Team selection. Good Luck Boys! Unlucky to miss out at the latest Soccer trials was Greg Zacharias who shows so much skill and poise beyond his years. We are sure Greg will play an important role for our Laburnum School Soccer Team this year.  Best Wishes to Josh Pollock (Basketball) who will go into camp next week in the hope to be selected for Victoria.

Today 13 of our students participated at the Whitehorse Zone Cross Country Championships. We will have the full results in next weeks newsletter. Stay tuned!

Mr Panou & Mr Hazlett
PE Dept.

April 24, 2014
by naomielias

House Athletics – Grade 3 – 6

The Grade 3-6 House Athletics will be held next Tuesday 29th April from 9.00am-12.50pm on the school grounds and at Blacks Walk. The day is all about participation & completing the 2km or 3km course. Students are encouraged to wear their house colours and all students in Grades 3-6 have the opportunity to make the school Cross Country Team!

Timetable is as follows:
9:20am – GRADE 310 Years And Under Girls (age turned 2014) 2Km
9.40am – GRADE 310 Years And Under Boys (age turned 2014) 2Km
10:00 – GRADE 410 Years And Under Girls (age turned 2014) 2Km
10:20am – GRADE 410 Years And Under Boys (age turned 2014) 2Km
11:10am – 11 Years And Under Girls (age turned 2014) 3Km
11:30am – 11 Years And Under Boys (age turned 2014) 3Km
11:50am – 12/13 Years And Under Girls (age turned 2014) 3Km
12:10pm – 12/13 Years And Under Boys (age turned 2014)  3Km

Mr Panou and Mr Hazlett
PE Dept.

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