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September 20, 2017
by lplata



Hola a todos,

What a fantastic time it has been in Term 3 for our Spanish Classroom. This term we welcomed back Year 2s and Year 5s. The Year 5 students have been reviewing past lessons including numbers and feelings and learning new topics including how to say their age.

¿Cuántos anos tienes? How old are you?

Tengo diez años. I am ten years old.

Foundation and Year 1s have been learning about colours using a new song Colores y Números (Colours and Numbers) by Rocaklingua.


It would be a fantastic if you could play this song at home and practice some of the colours and numbers with your little ones.

Los Colores (The Colours) Los Números (Numbers)
Yellow: Amarillo One: Uno
Blue: Azul Two: Dos
Red : rojo Three: Tres
Green: Verde Four: Cuatro
Pink: Rosado/rosa Five: Cinco
White: Blanco Six: Seis
Black: Negro Seven: Siete
Purple: Morado Eight: Ocho
Brown: Café Nine: Nueve
Orange: Anarajando/naranja Ten: Diez

Other resources to reinforce the vocabulary learned in all years are:

Youtube videos:

Los Colores by Basho and Friends


Numbers Rap by Basho and Friends


IPAD applications and online resources:

Finally below is a photo from the Book Week Assembly in which Mabel, Matilda and Thomas from Year 5 read The Diary of a Wombat (El Wombal en la Nieve) in Spanish.

Señora Plata

September 14, 2017
by mariawheelton


Another exciting day in the Art room as students from across the school paint, sculpt, draw and make artwork.

Year 3 students have modelled clay to create birds. They embellished their work with paint, pipe cleaners and feathers.

The Preps have also been exploring clay by making pinch pots with cacti, using warm and cool colours to paint their work.


Year 1’s have explored various materials and developed their fine motor skills by wrapping raffia and thread around an armature to create a cheeky animal.

The Year 6 students finished their Peace Posters earlier this term and the 3 finalists have been selected to represent the school at the Blackburn Lions Club.

Congratulations to Rose, Amelie and Mary.


With the holidays coming up, I hope everyone will find some time to get creative and make art at home.

-Maria Wheelton –



August 13, 2017
by naomielias

Gala Concert Songs


Year 3/4 and Year 5/6 Choir members, please see below the songs (lyrics and audio/video files) you will be singing at this year’s Gala Concert (Thursday 7th September, 2017 @ 7.00pm):



The Prayer lyrics





Heal the World lyrics


Ms Elias

August 10, 2017
by lblamey


Winter in the Laburnum Art Room

A Children’s Book Council of Australia Book (CBCA) shortlisted story called, ‘The Snow Wombat’, by Susannah Chambers was read to Prep students. In this work, they used masking tape strips to create gum trees in a winter background. Soon the wombats will be stencilled and sponged to add further textural elements and depth to these exciting works. Please refer to the works in progress.

Grade 1 students have been using a cross-curricular approach in their art making. They have listened to Camille Saint-Saen’s, “The Carnival of the Animals” (1886) music movement. They also looked at Spanish artist, Pablo Picasso’s angular, cubist animal paintings as well as Australian Indigenous artist, Lin Onus’ patterned animal landscapes. Students ‘listened for animals’ in the classical music and sketched shape, form, line and different patterns in these vibrant impressions.

Another CBCA shortlisted book, by Leila Rudge about a pigeon named ‘Gary’, who could not fly, was read to the Grade 3s. They responded using pastels and mixed media to create distinctive pigeons with racing outfits or headwear. Students have drawn postcards, tickets, made envelopes, used their mapping knowledge and literacy skills, to invent adventurous tales across their page.

The Grade 4s have worked on creating perspective in their art by making tunnel books that have a foreground, middle-ground and background. They are a lot of fun and all are unique!  These art books and are hinged on the sides with accordion style paper and can be viewed in the office area.

In response to the Lions Club, “The Future of Peace” competition, Grade 6 students have free choice of materials and are designing large posters relating to peace and what it means around the world. On October 3rd, artworks from the level will be selected to compete in the Blackburn district and a winner from the local schools will then be selected for the division and international competition.


July 21, 2017
by wkeogh

Library news

Library News

We have had a great start to the term and it has been wonderful to see so many students and families utilising the library before school. Not only are we seeing students returning and borrowing books before school but many students are bringing family members in to build with our construction blocks, play chess, draw and read together.

There are no formal library sessions for Prep and Grade One students in Term 3, so students are encouraged to return and borrow books before school and at lunchtimes.

Our library is open every morning before school from 8.45 am -9.00 am and Monday, Tuesday and Thursday lunchtime from 1.25 pm – 1.50 pm.

Story time

We are offering special story time sessions to Grade Prep and One students every Tuesday lunchtime during Term 3 from 1.10 – 1.25 pm. These sessions will be taken by our fabulous Grade 6 library leaders where they will read and talk about books from our new arrivals area. Our story time sessions begin Tuesday 25th July. An announcement will be made to remind Prep and Grade One students to come to the library if they wish. We look forward to seeing you there.


Wendy Keogh

June 9, 2017
by mariawheelton


In the art room, students have been hard at work making wonderfully imaginative pieces.

The grade 3 and 4 students have been developing their clay techniques including coils and slabs to design and make these lovely artworks.

Year 2 students have focused on printing using leaves and collographs.


Year 5 students have worked hard to meticulously rule and draw one point perspective landscapes.

Year 6 students have been getting very messy completing their wet felting with some very creative results.

June 8, 2017
by naomielias

Hola! News from the Spanish Classroom

Hola a todos,

What a busy Term 2 we have had so far in our Spanish classrooms! This term I had the pleasure of welcoming our Year 1 and Foundation students to the Spanish classroom.

The students have been learning the following basic greetings:

Hola: Hello

Buenos Días: Good Morning

Buenas Tardes: Good afternoon

Buenas Noches: Good Afternoon

The Foundation students have also been learning the numbers 1 -10 and created their own Spanish Number book so they can practice at home.

The Year 1 students are learning the song “Buenos días” by Rockalingua. Los niños (the children) love the song and it is a pleasure to hear them sing along!

You Tube clip below:

Other useful links:

Números 1 -10

Colores y Números by Rockalingua

The Year 4 students have been working on a role play for the last two weeks.  They have worked in groups to create a script with all the topics that we have learnt so far this semester. I was very pleased with the hard work and commitment that they showed during this project.


Hasta pronto,
Señora Plata

June 2, 2017
by wkeogh

Library News



Book Fair

“FANTASTIC” and “AMAZING” are words we are hearing a lot in our library this week. Our Book Fair has arrived and the students are buzzing with excitement and enthusiasm about the vast array of books, posters and stationery that are available for purchase. Students have been browsing the Book Fair and writing their wish lists. It has been fabulous to hear them discussing their favourite books and recommending great books to their friends.


Book Fair Purchasing dates

Monday June 5th (8.15 – 9.00 am and 3.30 – 4.15 pm)

Tuesday June 6th (8.15 – 9.00 am and 3.30 – 4.15 pm)

Wednesday June 7th (8.15 – 9.00 am and 3.30 – 4.15 pm)


We look forward to seeing you at our Book Fair next week ME MATEYS!!!!




May 7, 2017
by naomielias

NEVR Youth Concert

NEVR Youth Concert
Tuesday 30th May, 2017
Hamer Hall, 7.30pm

Tickets are on sale now for this year’s NEVR (North-Eastern Victoria Region) Youth Concert. Titled “DanceBeat”, the annual event will feature musical performances by approximately 700 primary and secondary students from across the metropolitan and regional regions.  The concert will feature individual school items, massed combined school orchestras, bands and choirs. Many of our Year 5 Choir members will be representing Laburnum Primary School in the Primary Choir.

Tickets can be purchased via artscentremelbourne.com.au.
Student/Conc. $20.00
Adult $28.00
Family $75.00 (2 adults & 2 child/conc.)

CHOIR MEMBERS, keep scrolling down
to find links to videos and audio files to assist with your practise at home:

(Traditional Torres Strait Island song & dance)

*Sesere Eeye HIGH HARMONY part


*Brolga SOPRANO part

*Brolga ALTO part


*Something Told the Wild Geese SOPRANO part

*Something Told the Wild Geese ALTO part

WAU BULAN (Moon Kite) 
(traditional Malaysian song and dance)


*The Wanderer SOPRANO part

*The Wanderer ALTO part

Ms Elias

May 4, 2017
by mariawheelton


Last term our newest art recruits, (our gorgeous Preps) made interpretations of Van Gogh’s ‘The Starry Night’. With their fingers, the students spread different shades of blue paint onto foil and printed onto paper. Students used pastels to create their own landscapes learning about foregrounds with splendid results.

Similarly, the Grade 2s are currently exploring Van Gogh’s Sunflower series; after all, he is one of the most renowned painters to have lived in the last 200 years! The media they are experimenting with includes painting simulated textures using equipment such as forks and twigs to create different layers and strokes. Students are creating magnificent collages with symmetrical vases, pastel shading and leaf details.

If you would like to learn more about Van Gogh, a great family outing would be to visit the latest Blockbuster exhibition entitled, “Van Gogh and the Seasons”. This is the largest exhibition of Van Gogh’s to travel to Australia. This exhibition is on display at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) until 9th of July 2017.

Mrs Wheelton and I took the Laburnum Landscape Art Group to the NGVI on May 3rd to view these incredible landscapes. Every Thursday lunchtime these 20 Year 5 and 6 budding artists will be creating their own landscapes that will be displayed at the NGVI and later back at school.


I welcome the Grade 3s and 4s to Term 2. They studied American artist Georgia O’Keeffe’s artwork, who is well known for her paintings that contain enlarged and painted objects as if viewed through a magnifying glass. Students are articulating new meanings and terms learning the difference between realism and abstraction. Look out parents; many students were surprised to learn that from the age of ten, O’Keeffe knew she wanted to be an artist!

Enjoy these beautiful artworks by some talented Year 4 students!



I am looking forward to Term 2 and getting to know you and the Laburnum Primary School community. I am passionate about the Visual Arts and creative design. It has been fabulous job-sharing with the talented Mrs Maria Wheelton.

Mrs Lou Blamey

(Visual Arts teacher Monday & Fridays)

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