Our Grade 5 Blog

November 14, 2014
by georginacauchi

From dancing shoes to Sofcrosse

Wow, we are over half way through Term 4! What a great start to the term we have had. It has been yet another busy week in the life of a Grade 5, with the JSC Disco, Transition, House Captain Speeches, writing narratives and learning about measurement.

JSC Disco

Last Friday night the Grade Fives slipped on their dancing shoes and danced the night away at the Disco. After a delicious sausage sizzle it was wonderful to see so many showing off their dance moves. A huge thank you needs to be given to Mr Mac, who was our own personal DJ. He provided a mix of the ‘coolest’ songs on the charts and even taught us some new dance moves.

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Lunch with the Grade Fours

On Tuesday we welcomed our friends in Grade 4 to our classrooms, to give them a taste of what life will be like in Grade 5. Students compared the similarities and differences between the two year levels including LPS Camps, Grade 5/6 Sport, the process of becoming a School/House Captain and DEA- in particular, Edmodo. Both the Grade Fours and the Grade Fives came to the conclusion that life in Grade 5 is pretty awesome.

Grade Fives will have the opportunity to hear all about what happens in Grade 6 on Monday 17th November.

House Captain Speeches

On Thursday the Grade Fives in their respective houses listened to speeches of their potential House Captains for 2015. It was clear that all those who participated had spent a lot of time thinking and preparing how they were going to persuade the audience to vote for them. Congratulations to all those who took part. That in itself displays wonderful leadership skills, and they should be very proud of themselves.

Applications for other leadership opportunities such as Library Assistants and Science Captains will take place early in 2015.


On Friday, forty one Grade 5 students headed off to Kingswood College to play in a Sofcrosse tournament. What a relief that the temperature dropped from 34◦C! Well done to all those involved, there were a few tough games but as usual, the LPS team spirit shone through.





Somers Camp 2015

In February 2015 the Grade 6s (now Grade5s) have the opportunity to take part in a 9 day Somers Camp. We are looking for three girls and three boys who are interested. The cost will be $210. Numbers need to be finalised by the 26th of November. All expressions of interest to attend the camp must be in writing to Ms Weekes by Thursday 20th November. Please speak to your classroom teacher if you are interested.






Have a lovely weekend.

November 7, 2014
by georginacauchi

How much did we fit in, in just three days?

It has been a short week but a very busy one. Last Friday, after some magnificent speeches, our School Captains for 2015, were voted for by the Grade Fours, Grade Fives and teachers. All of the speeches were presented with pride and all the applicants are to be congratulated on their efforts. We look forward to the leadership of Natasha Bowers, Charlotte Whittle, Magnus Andersson and Joseph Agustin-Radelja next year.

This week the Grade Fives have enjoyed another fantastic Maths Measurement Activities Session. Some very well thought out questions were asked at ‘Find Your Partner’ and a range of skills were utilised when determining which style of school hat had the greatest capacity.

Everyone enjoyed watching the Grade Six, ‘Fashion on the Fields’. Some very entertaining outfits were strutted in Blacks Walk. The real Oaks Day paled in comparison.  Amongst the Grade Fives some whispering of ideas for next year could be heard. It will be something to look forward to.

Friday is the event of the century!!! Well at least Term Four- The Junior School Council Disco is nearly here. Everyone is excited about dusting off their dancing shoes tomorrow and busting some moves on the dance floor. What a terrific way to end the week.

October 17, 2014
by georginacauchi

Space Jump

Art Show

What an amazing display of all the talented students at LPS, especially the ceramic masks created by the Year Fives. Here is a sneak peak below in case you missed out! Thanks Mrs Wheelton for all your AWESOME work!







Leaderships Opportunities

Week two started off with some very excited students hearing all about the role of a Laburnum School Captain. The current School Captains, Steph, Grace, Brock and Josh put together a fabulous PowerPoint Presentation explaining the role of a School Captain. They delivered some excellent information to the Year Fives about what an important role a Captain plays at LPS. Next week students will be given the opportunity to write their Letter of Application at school. In the coming weeks the House Captain selection process will begin. Please see the attached ‘Advertisement’ for LPS School Captains.

LPS School Captain Advertisement

Planetarium Incursion

Wow! Who got ‘Spaced Out’ on Thursday? All the Year Fives were ‘out of this world’ when they ‘spaced jumped’ into the planetarium! Each class was ‘blasted off into space’ as they experienced the blow up planetarium in the school hall. The fabulously informative ‘astronaut’, Nick from Starlab ‘landed’ at LPS and his presentations went off with a ‘big bang’. He had our minds ‘spinning’ with new information as we ducked and dodged exploding moons, space junk and ice. We all dove for cover as the Sun came closer and closer at a balmy 5,500⁰C.  I think everyone ‘moon walked’ away with a ‘spaceship’ full of knowledge and many ‘shuttle loads’ of questions!

Check out this fabulous link- the October Night Sky: http://www.skymaps.com/

Neil Armstrong on the Moon

Neil Armstrong on the Moon

Inside the planetarium

Inside the planetarium

The Dome

The Dome











Maths Afternoon

Friday afternoon was the first of our maths afternoons. Everyone headed outside to learn about measurement and in particular, time.

  • Who could beat Usain Bolt on the athletics track?
  • How far did you pilot your paper plane?
  • What time was it in London, Tokyo or New York when we were eating lunch?
  • Do your parents know just how old they are in seconds?
  • Did you get to a whole kilometre in ‘Point of Launch’?

Next Week:

We will be ‘Hip Hopping’ through Tuesday as part of Health and PE week.

LPS Music Gala, Thursday 23rd October 7:00pm

September 5, 2014
by georginacauchi

News from Year Five

Hello again to our avid blog readers…

Classroom Learning

It’s been another happy week, full of learning in the Year Five area. Students have been continuing to focus on fractions in Maths and reading about our Australian Colonial Past. In writing this week students have attempted to structure their own discussion texts. This has been a new challenge for all students in coming up with a strong counter argument to many questions. Should people wear bike helmets? Should there be parking restrictions in Janet Street? There are many journalists in the making with students working hard to capture both points of view.

Students have been also been working on using syllables to help them with their spelling. There will be a $10 class economy prize for the first student to mention how many syllables are in the word ‘colonialism’.

Footy Day

Lunchtimes are going to be exciting in the lead up to the end of Term Footy Day on September 16th. There is banner making and cheer squad training happening in Mrs Weekes and Mrs Purcell’s room. Girls are out in the yard kicking drop punts and practising their hand balls under the guidance of Mr Mac. We can’t wait to beat those Grade Six Girls!

–          Don’t forget to return your Footy Day lunch orders.

Lunchtime Activities

A reminder that a Robotics Session is coming up soon in the Science Room for interested participants and Crochet Club has started at lunchtimes in Mrs Purcell’s room. We look forward to seeing the creations from both sessions.


On Thursday afternoon there were some nervous Year Five girls who headed out to represent LPS at our first ever gymnastics competition. All those practise sessions paid off and reports are that they had a fantastic time and performed amazingly.

On a final note, Happy Father’s Day to all the loving dads and grandads out there in our LPS community! What another fabulous LPS community event this morning with many parents and students enjoying a hearty breakfast to start Friday off!


The Year 5 Team

August 22, 2014
by georginacauchi

A week of FABULOUS learning

Cyber Safety

What a way to start the week with some very insightful and thought-provoking Cyber Safety sessions across the school. Year Five were privileged to hear from Tracy Porter an expert in many areas of cyber safety. She made everyone think, teachers included about how insecure images, videos and messages are on various apps and social media sites.

 Some important pointers we all took away from the session were:

– Download and use age appropriate apps.

– When downloading a new app, head strait to settings and change to ‘friends only’ ensuring it is the most ‘private’ it can be.

– Turn location settings off when sending messages, videos or images on social media.

– Talking and sharing online with only people you know in person.

– Accepting a ‘friend’ request if that person meets the definition of a real life friend.

– Sexting is illegal for all people involved who are under 18 years old.


Someone to Talk to and Always Remain Safe

-Someone important to me

-Something important to tell you

-Please listen and help me

 Telling an adult (teacher, parent or carer) if something is not right, such as;

– If an unknown person requests to ‘friend’, contact us or personal details.

– Someone we know/don’t know is sending or requesting inappropriate images

– Something is just not right

 Nanna Rule

– If Nanna would not like to see or read it, should you really post/send it?


Finally we all took home the all-important message of:

If you write it, record it or capture it in a picture and post it, send it or save it- then it is FOREVER.

When the internet is used safely it can be a fun and fantastic learning tool.


With a very short turn around between the LPS Athletics Day and District Athletics next Tuesday 26th August, students are very busy training for their events. We wish all those involved the best of luck.

Passport Night- Wednesday 27th August

How does your child spend the day at LPS? Come and find out, collect a passport on the night and choose your sessions. Educational sessions will be run covering topics such as multiplication, homework, time management, study habits and parental support, school planning documents, team planning and AusVELS, Digital Excellence Awards (DEA), Cyber Safety, PE (Ball catching manipulation and connection to curriculum,) Science and even how to use BPay.

50th Birthday celebrations- Saturday 30th August 11:00am-3:00pm

Come on down and celebrate! Make sure you have a look at the AMAZING mural at the front of the school. The hours of work, dedication and careful work by the Year Fives has certainly paid off- three beautiful mosaics now hang at the front of the school.

Remember to return your raffle tickets, cook book and paver orders ASAP.

Father’s Day Breakfast- Friday September 5th

Remember to return those order forms full of yummy food!

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August 15, 2014
by georginacauchi

Sport, Cyber Safety and 50th Anniversary Celebrations mixed in with Classroom Learning!

Hi everyone,

The mornings have continued to be cold and at times icy.  Rain has continued to fall making the oval still out of bounds for the students but a wonderful wetlands for some local ducks. Despite the limited space it is always pleasing to see the Grade Five students sharing space and being creative with areas that normally are not used during recess and lunch times.

Day 4 Sport, Athletics Day, Footy and Hockey

All the Grade Five students have continued to participate in sport on some very chilly mornings in preparation for House Athletics Day. Thursday was the BIG day and it was terrific to see the positive approach students took towards each event.

Thursday started grey and dreary but team spirits were not dampened, as the enthusiasm rose so did the sun. House Athletics, as always proved to be a wonderful day full of cheering and good sportsmanship. Well done to all the students who participated on this day and demonstrated great team spirit.

Congratulations to our hockey team who battled hard on Wednesday and managed to score a goal against a team no one else could. Great effort!

Goodluck to the Blackburn Under 11 side playing in the Grand Final this coming Sunday 17th August.

Classroom Learning

In the classroom the students have continued to discover interesting facts about Australia and its beginnings. Some children might be starting to wonder if there is a convict in their family history. Many activities in the classroom involve working co-operatively with a partner or small group and it is fantastic to see students helping each other and striving to do their best.

Cyber Safety

Next Monday the Grade Fives will be involved in a Cyber Safety Incursion run by Tracey Porter. It is important that teachers and parents are vigilant in ensuring that our students have the strategies, skills and knowledge to deal with potential online issues. We all look forward to next week’s session. There is an evening session for parents on Monday 18th August at 7:30pm. Please come along, we ask that students DO NOT attend this session.

Remember the countdown is on for a huge day on Saturday 30th August, it all begins at 11am with the celebrations for the 50th Anniversary! Have a great week everyone and well done on the work and efforts so far this term!

The Year Five Team




July 31, 2014
by georginacauchi

LPS Open Night

Passport Night

Laburnum Primary School will be opening up the school on the evening of Wednesday 27th August 2014 to give parents an insight into the many facets of their child’s learning. There will be a variety of educational sessions covering topics such as horizontal to vertical multiplication, homework, time management, study habits and parental support, school planning documents, team planning and AusVELS, Digital Excellence program (DEA), Cybersafety, Early Years Literacy, How to write an exposition and writing development as part of the school’s strategic plan, PE (Ball catching manipulation and connection to curriculum,) Science and even how to use BPay.

These topics will give you an insight into the “what” and the “how” of many aspects of learning that your child encounters in the course of a day at LPS.

You will need to collect your passport and choose your four 12 minute topic sessions, and then head to the first session. From there you will have your passport stamped ready to move on to your next session. Once your passport has collected four stamps you can put it into the draw for some AMAZING LPS prizes!

WOW what an incredible opportunity to take advantage of!

Come along and join in, we would love to see you be a part of Literacy, Numeracy and Science Week at LPS.


July 30, 2014
by georginacauchi

News from Grade 5!

It has been a relatively quiet week in the Grade 5 area. This means the teachers have been able to focus heavily on Teaching and Learning. The students have begun attempting their second explanation piece either focussing on The lifecycle of a Butterfly, How to Run an Assembly and even some personal choices such as How to play Chess and How to bake a Nutella Mud Cake. They have been experimenting with sequencing words and exploring lengthening defining macro statements.

Classes have been having many circle time activities about being a good friend to others. Discussions have centred around including others, showing respect and offering suggestions on how to deal with feelings of unease and nervousness. It was great to see the wonderful suggestions of what to do when feeling isolated in the yard.

The JSC members have been surveying the classes to seek suggestions on improvement in the yard. As well as the oval being a concern; suggestions such as soccer net, improved seating on shelter sheds and improved toilets rang out true. We can’t wait to see what the JSC come up with.

Thank you to all the families who have returned their permission notes for PG movies and the House Athletics. If you have not yet returned these, we would appreciate your efforts to do so as soon as possible. If you need a replacement copy they can be found on this blog. Another date to pencil in your diaries is Wednesday the 27th of August- Our Passport into your child’s life at Laburnum.  See the newsletter for more information on this fabulous event.

Regards the Grade 5 Team.

July 23, 2014
by georginacauchi

Jeans for Genes Day

The JSC is currently raising money for Jeans for Genes day.

We are raising funds in two ways, firstly by selling pens for $1 each. JSC reps will be visiting classes and selling the pens each day with the last day being Friday August 1st. Secondly, as next Friday August 1st is Jeans for Genes day we will also be participating by wearing jeans and bringing a gold coin donation. Children can wear any denim items – the more the merrier! Every dollar raised helps scientists at Children’s Medical Research Institute discover treatments and cures, to give every child the opportunity to live a long and healthy life.

Jeans for Genes Day

June 27, 2014
by georginacauchi

Happy Holidays!

It is hard to believe that we are half way through Grade 5. We have had an amazing first semester, with many highlights including Camp Rumbug, Cross Country, The Chinese Museum, just to name a few. This week was no exception. The Soccer World Cup Assembly was a grand celebration, with the colours of the world on display. From the opening drumming, to the showstopper ‘Ricky Martin,’ it was a great morning. Thank you to all the students who showed their support wearing their team colours and to those who helped with decorating the hall.

Another highlight this week were the three way conferences. It was fabulous to hear the students share their learning with their families and celebrate their achievements. The students have set terrific learning goals, so we are looking forward to working with you to support the students in their personal endeavors. The students worked extremely hard in preparing their portfolios and we are extremely proud of the standard of work. Congratulations!!

The students received their second Digital Excellence Award on Tuesday for I-Communicate. We had two students share a presentation, highlighting how they use the program Edmodo. Many other students made contributions, sharing why they enjoy using this collaboration tool for schoolwork and homework. Next term our focus is on Blogging. As always Cyber Safety is important, please look over the following website with your child and discuss safe ways to interact online. http://www.cybersmart.gov.au/Kids.aspx

With one more day to go until school holidays, we wish everyone a safe and happy break. We look forward to Term 3 and seeing many smiling faces on Monday 16th of July. We welcome Jacqueline Purcell to the Grade 5 team, who will be teaching 5S.



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