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Swimming Begins

Now that the weather is warming up, we have our annual swimming instruction for children in Grades 1-4. Given the statistics on the number of children who find themselves in difficulty near water in Australia; it is very important that we teach young children confidence near the water. We live right beside the coast and in proximity to many pools and spas so it is very important that this skill is taught.

Lara Pool is so close that it makes sense to utilise this facility for this purpose. Plus, it is just plain fun!

Children will be walking to and from the venue at various times and we have employed swimming instructors to support the learning and lower the ratios of students in groups. We need some parent helpers; especially for the changing room period which can get a little chaotic without some help. 

Should your child be sick on a particular day, please make your own, sensible judgement. We will monitor the weather and make our best judgements as to what to do. Generally, we try to get all sessions running.

Thanks to all parents for supporting this venture. It is an important developmental milestone for all children to reach. The program runs every day (weather permitting) till Friday, December 11th. 

Book Selling Day 2016 - January 21

Next year will see a change in practice in regard to buying and picking up your child's books and stationery for the year. We will be having a book selling day prior to the year beginning. January 21st is the day and the time windows are: 10am-2pm and 5pm-7pm. Please mark this date and the times into your diary so you are free. There will be signs at the school directing you where to go.

Key Dates

• Monday, November 30: Swimming Begins for Grades 1-4
• Thursday, December 3: Prep Parents 2016 Information Night
• Friday, December 4: Whole School Assembly
• Monday, December 7: Grade 6 Orientation Day at High Schools
• Tuesday, December 8: Grade 6 Orientation Day at High Schools
• Tuesday, December 8: Orientation Morning Session for our New 2016 Preps
• Friday, December 11: Swimming Ends for Grades 1-4
• Friday, December 18: Last Day for 2015
• Friday, January 29, 2016: First Day of School for Grades 1-6 in 2016

Article: Parents Using Children as Bargaining Chips

It's been said that children are the unwitting victims of a breakdown between partners, but it doesn't take a separation for kids to be caught up in their parents' disputes. In particular, kids of all ages can be impacted by games of one-upmanship that can be played out even when parents are together. It happens when one parent criticises the other parent's child-rearing either verbally or non-verbally: a raised eyebrow can send a strong message. This type of criticism creates doubt and uncertainty in children. It happens when one parent intentionally overindulges children by buying them toys, gadgets and clothes or granting them excessive freedom out of spite. Competitiveness and disloyalty cause confusion and unhappiness in children. It happens when a parent withholds affection and attention to children to punish their partner for some transgressions they may have committed. Callousness leads to feelings of unhappiness and guilt in children.

Consistency is the greatest gift parents can give

Kids crave consistency from their parents. They love to be able to predict how their parents will raise them as this puts them in control, which is vital for their healthy development. When they grow up in a predictable, caring environment they are more likely to take the learning risks necessary to grow and develop. In unstable, unpredictable environments kids either go into their shells to keep safe or they rebel. Consistency requires parents to use predictable routines, to stick to a known set of rules and to act always in their children's best interests when raising them.

Avoid negative partnership spill over

Families have many relationships within them. Parents have relationships with children as individuals and as a group. Children also have relationships with each other and with each parent, if there are two. Parents also have a relationship with each other, which can be compromised when there is family breakdown. The challenge for parents is to prevent a breakdown in their relationship impacting on their other relationships including each person's relationship with children. Positive parent relationships also have a positive effect on children's learning and wellbeing. Conversely, anecdotal evidence suggests that the spill over to children from their parents' negative relationships is significant indeed in terms of negatively impacting children's learning and their wellbeing.

Kids are mood detectives

If two parents are in dispute there is an absolute imperative for the parents to keep the breakdown or conflict between themselves and to minimise the negative spill over to children. Inevitably, children will experience a tension if it exits between couples no matter how well their parents try to keep a dispute private. Kids are mood detectives. They're generally better than we think at picking up the nuances of relationship tensions.

Stick to the business of parenting

It helps if parents in dispute can stick to the business of parenting and don't confuse it with the business of partnering. If a parent isn't getting along with a partner, then this is a problem to be worked out between them. Acting in the best interests of children means that we separate the partnering from the parenting when it comes to childrearing. This means that parents may have to compromise about many issues ranging from the straightforward, such as bedtimes, to more complex issues such as how best to manage children's behaviour. Giving some ground to the other parent maybe problematic when relationships are troubled, but it's not impossible. Plenty of separated couples do so successfully by consciously putting their children's best interest before their own.

Putting aside differences in children's best interests

Relationship breakdown can bring out the worst and the best in people. It brings out the worst when parents put their individual interest before their children's, particularly when they interact with each other. Parents show their best side when they don't let emotions rule their heads when they are in dispute with their partner. That means refraining from using kids as bargaining chips when interacting with their partner or ex-partner. Instead they stick to the business of parenting and make decisions in the very best interests of their children rather than their own interests. That's the adult thing to do.

Lara Lake's Christmas Tree

27/11/2015 - 2:04pm

Lara Lake PS has prepared their COGG Christmas tree for display in the centre of Geelong, along with the other schools in the Geelong area.

The students from 2AM and 1AW are justifiably...

CBA Student Banking

27/11/2015 - 1:45pm

Only 3 more banking weeks left!

All tokens are carried over into 2016 so keep saving now to get a head start for next year's exciting new rewards.
Have you made 25 deposits this year...

Middle Department Big Day Out

26/11/2015 - 3:09pm

The purpose of the Middles Big Day Out Excursion is to recognise the hard work and effort all Grade 3 and 4 students have put in throughout the year. Students will be visiting Lara P.S from 9:00am...

MS Read-a-thon Thanks

25/11/2015 - 3:07pm

Well done to the students who supported the MS Read-a-thon. We raised $125.00.

Current News

25/11/2015 - 3:03pm

Hand Foot and Mouth

Hand Foot and Mouth has been identified in the grade 4 area.  Hand, foot and mouth disease is usually a mild viral illness which is common in...

LLPS Visual Arts for 2015

25/11/2015 - 11:11am

Hi there every one, the teachers of the Visual Arts program for the last term of the year continue to be Mrs Chwalko, Mrs Blair, Ms Pulleine and Mr Hargreaves.

As you know this year is the...

Special Thank You Morning Tea

25/11/2015 - 9:56am

The staff of Lara Lake Primary School would like to invite you to a special 'THANK YOU' morning tea on Thursday 3rd December, 2015 at 11.00am in the staffroom.

Please RSVP via the office....

Grade 6 Graduation

20/11/2015 - 3:56pm

The Grade 6 students and staff have been excitedly and busily working away to prepare for their Graduation Ceremony.

Venue: Lara Secondary College

Date: Tuesday 15th December


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