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Changes to School Support Services plus contact details update.

School Support Services is going through a complete restructure in order to provide a more effective service to Schools/Parents/Students and the wider community. Our new Website will be up and running shortly and will provide all the information you require for our OSHC Programs.

To enable School Support Services to provide a prompt response to your queries via phone or email, please ensure that you state the Program name that your child attends in all correspondence.  

All bookings, booking cancellations and booking enquiries should be directed to 
or 0488 662 783
Please allow up to 48hours for a response to any account queries you may have.  Account queries should be emailed to 

We thank you for your ongoing support of Local Business and we look forward to continuing to provide a quality service for new and current families.


Carol Savage                          Jordan Tidd                   Lynn McTavish

 Managing Director                 Director                         Operations Manager

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Have you made a Magic Flower?

We have placed a video on Facebook showing Hannah, Nayyereh and Sohaila displaying the Magic Flower experiment. The girls discovered the Magic Flower experiment in their own time. This experiment can be easily done at home and is great to show the rest of the extended family and friends, particularly those who have little ones. Thanks to Cailey and Jorja for videoing the experiment. Please view it on Facebook.

To make your magic flower, draw on light copy paper a flower head with the pistil as a circle in the centre. Then draw about 4 to 6 petals. Cut out around the petals and fold each petal into the centre. Place in the water with the petals facing up and watch what happens.

Your Magic Flower is powered by a scientific phenomenon called 'capillary action'. Thanks to capillary action, paper absorbs water very rapidly. When paper gets wet, it swells which causes the folded petals of your Magic Flower to open up.

As the name suggests, capillary action happens inside capillaries and it takes a little explaining. The capillaries in your body are the minute blood vessels between the end of your arteries and the beginning of your veins. But 'capillary' can also mean a tiny tube, like a straw with a teeny-weeny tiny bore. Straws with very narrow bores are absolutely useless for drinking milk shakes but superb for studying capillary action.

You might have noticed that the water level inside a straw is slightly higher than the water level outside. The water surface also curves up the sides of your drinking glass a tiny bit. This is all because water is slightly more attracted to glass and plastic than it is to itself.

This upward creeping makes the water surface curve downwards slightly from the edges of a glass container or straw and the shape is called a negative meniscus (meniscus means ‘crescent shape’). Mercury is slightly less attracted to glass than it is to itself so it does the opposite and bulges upwards in a glass creating a positive meniscus. Mercury is very poisonous though, so you should never, ever play with it!

Now here’s the interesting thing. If you place a whole bunch of glass straws, each with a slightly narrower bore in water, you discover that the narrower the bore, the higher the water level inside creeps up. This is capillary action! Putting glass straws with tiny bores in water is a classic first year physics experiment at university. I can still remember marvelling at the colourful anti-gravity water inside little glass in my first year at university. It’s amazing!

So what does all this have to do with your Magic Flower? Well, if you put paper under a microscope, you’ll notice it is not a solid, impenetrable substance. Paper is made of tiny wood fibres which are tightly interwoven providing amazing strength and a beautiful writing surface. Even in high quality photocopier paper, there are billions of tiny little gaps between the fibres (paper towel is made to be especially airy).

When paper comes into contact with water, the amazing power of capillary action rapidly draws water into all these tiny spaces. It’s because the water is slightly more attracted to the wood fibres than to itself. This helps trees and plants to lift water from their roots up to their leaves. The Sun provides the extra bit of lift required by evaporating water from tiny holes in the leaves called stomata. This process is called transpiration and we wouldn’t be here without it.

But back to your Magic Flower. When the paper absorbs water (which it does so well thanks to capillary action) it swells. That’s why paper goes wrinkly when it gets wet but it also causes any folds to open back up again. If you folded each neighbouring petal over sequentially, your flower will open very differently than if you folded each opposite pair. Try experimenting with the order and you’ll see what I mean.

But the best thing about Magic Flowers is that they simply make you smile. Whether it’s someone you fancy or someone who’s not feeling too crash hot, a Magic Flower is guaranteed to brighten up their day.

Stephen Hargreaves - Science teacher



Our own OSHC provider, School Support Services, is offering vacation care for the September holidays.

If you are looking for some vacation care for your children during the September Holidays the School Support Services group offer a fun and interesting range of activities.  Please view the attached information and book your children in soon.

Are you interested in athletics?

Lara Little Athletics Season 2016/2017 is offering a 'come and try' and 'information day' Friday 30th September 2016 at 10am.

Goldsworthy Reserve, Goldsworthy Road Corio is the venue. Please visit for more information.

Do you need vacation care for your children?

School Support Services is offering vacation care during the Term 3 school holidays commencing Monday 19th September – Thursday 29th September (Friday 30th is a public holiday) – The program can be viewed on the website –

Booking Details

Please call 0488 662 783 or email to make a booking for vacation care your child.

A 2016 enrolment form is required for each child that attends vacation care.  If you have not already completed a 2016 form for vacation care, you can download a copy at, it can then be sent back to

Children must be aged between 5-12 years and enrolled in primary school to attend the vacation care program.

Cost of Program

The daily cost of vacation care is $55 per day/per child when booked before the school holidays commence.

Bookings made after the school holidays commence are $60 per day/per child.  CCB & CCR is applied for eligible families.

Once a booking is made, the fee will be applied to your account and cannot be cancelled once the vacation care period has commenced.  If your child does not attend, they will be marked as absent which will incur the daily charge.


YMCA school holiday program

If you would like to use the YMCA services during the school holidays, please view the attached information.  YMCA YMCA


Have you enrolled your child for Prep 2017?

Thank you to the families who have enrolled their Prep 2017 children. A reminder to all families currently at Lara Lake Primary School – please complete enrolment paperwork for your 2017 Prep now to ensure their position is locked in. If you have any friends who you know will be enrolling, please encourage them to get their enrolments in early to secure their spot too.

Enrolment forms are available on our website. Click on the link under 'Enrolments'.