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Does your child on the Autism Spectrum wander?

Autism Wandering Workshop Autism Wandering Workshop (600 KB)

Amaze, in conjunction with the Department of Education, has launched an online training module for parents of children who wander. This training will introduce you to positive behaviour support as a method to manage wandering behaviour. Please see attached.
Everyone has the right to be safe and protected from abuse.

The Department of Education wish to create and maintain a child safe organisation therefore all Victorian schools must comply with Ministerial Order No. 870, a joint protocol of the Department of Human Services Child Protection, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Licensed Children’s Services and Victorian Schools. DET wish to embed a culture of child safety. Lara Lake Primary School has completed extensive work in 2016 to ensue their continued focus on student development, which incorporates child safety.

Every Child has the right to a full and productive life. It is up to all of us to ensure our children grow up in environments that build confidence, friendship, security and happiness, irrespective of a person’s family circumstances or background.
The joint protocol, involving the Department of Human Services Child Protection, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, licensed children’s services and Victorian schools, ensures
we have a unified and consistent approach that defines roles and responsibilities to protect the safety and wellbeing of all Victorian children and young people.
Keeping children safe from harm requires a vigilant and informed community that is confident in making judgements and is assertive in taking actions. It is essential that all practitioners working with children and young people are able to understand the role each plays in protecting children.

It is the role of Victorian schools under the Education and Training Reform Regulations 2007 to provide school education in Victoria that adheres to the minimum standards detailed in the
regulations. Schools have an important role to play in supporting children and their families and in protecting students who may be at risk of harm due to abuse or neglect. Education staff in close daily contact with students are well placed to observe when a child or young person appears to be at risk of harm.
Under the CYFA, primary and secondary school teachers and principals are prescribed as mandatory reporters. They must make a report to Child Protection if they believe, on reasonable grounds, that a child or a young person is in need of protection.
The role of schools concerning the general welfare of students is outlined in a range of school policies and procedures. This protocol is intended to complement other policies and procedures that already exist in government and non-government schools.


Educational activities.

School holiday program at The Farmer's Place over the Easter holidays. All activities will be run by our education team, will be educational and based around sustainability.

See attached for information.

Do you wish to view Lara Lake Primary School for consideration as your child's future primary school?

Prep 2018 tours of Lara Lake Primary School will be held on Thursday 25th May, 2017.  There will be two tours on offer at  9.15am and 7.00pm.  The tours are aimed at giving you a look at our school facilities. Due to the projected number of enrolments it is important that you attend one of these sessions as there will not be any other tours offered and places are limited.

Our orientation programme begins early Term 4 and all enrolled 2018 prep students will be required to attend an orientation program.

We are also running an information night called ‘Next Big Step’ on Tuesday 23rd May from 7.00 – 8.00pm, this is in conjunction with Barwon, Youth, Child and will be about supporting parents to identify if their child is ready for 3yo, 4yo kinder and Prep.

We urge you to come along to this session to help you make an informed decision.

Be a positive role model.

Cyber Safety Cyber Safety (630 KB)

Parents and/or carers have an important role in helping their children use digital technologies safely and responsibly. Be a positive role model by demonstrating respectful and responsible behaviours when communicating with and about your child’s school on line. Please view the attached fact sheet and remember, serious instances of inappropriate online behaviour may constitute a criminal offence and become a police matter. 

An innovative parent (not from our school) came up with a contract for their child, please go to the link   You could come up with a similar contract that suits your family, with a focus on cybersafety.

The ever changing nature of the internet can pose challenges for parents.  offers up to date information regarding cyber safety as well as handy tips on how to keep your family safe online.


What is bullying? What is not bullying? What can you do?

What is bullying?

 There are some specific types of bullying behaviour:

  • verbal or written abuse - such as targeted name-calling or jokes, or displaying offensive posters
  • violence - including threats of violence
  • sexual harassment - unwelcome or unreciprocated conduct of a sexual nature, which could reasonably be expected to cause offence, humiliation or intimidation
  • homophobia and other hostile behaviour towards students relating to gender and sexuality
  • discrimination including racial discrimination - treating people differently because of their identity
  • cyberbullying - either online or via mobile phone.

 What is not bullying?

There are also some behaviours, which, although they might be unpleasant or distressing, are not bullying:

  • mutual conflict - which involves a disagreement, but not an imbalance of power. Unresolved mutual conflict can develop into bullying if one of the parties targets the other repeatedly in retaliation.
  • single-episode acts of nastiness or physical aggression, or aggression directed towards many different people, is not bullying
  • social rejection or dislike is not bullying unless it involves deliberate and repeated attempts to cause distress, exclude or create dislike by others.

 What you can do?

If your child is being bullied or bullying others you should:

  • listen carefully to your child and show concern and support
  • give considered advice – don’t encourage your child to fight back as this will most likely increase bullying
  • help your child to develop positive strategies – such as saying ‘Leave me alone’, calmly walking away or avoiding situations that might expose them to further bullying
  • ask your child questions to understand if there is a repeated pattern of bullying
  • establish what, when, where the incident(s) happened and who was involved
  • work with your child’s school to solve the problem by establishing a plan for dealing with the current situation and future bullying incidents.

You can then work with your child’s school to solve the problem by contacting the school and making an appointment to discuss the issue. Do not directly approach any other student or their family.

Have a look at the following link: Parents Page – Bully Stoppers – being cool online

The Department of Health, Victoria have provided information regarding mosquito-borne diseases.

Mosquito Information Mosquito Information (993 KB)

Please view the attached information regarding mosquito-borne diseases which are now creeping their way down to the Geelong region, according to the Department of Health.

What to do if you are moving your children to a new school.

If you are moving from the Lara area and plan on sending your children to another school, please do the following:

  • Tell the teacher so they can plan for your child's farewell
  • Tell the office so they can prepare the student file and the Cases21 transfer. Inform them of the new school your children will be attending and the date your child will be leaving LLPS.
  • Call by the office in the afternoon of the last day of attendance to pick up the student file.
  • Take the student file to the new school and hand it to Administration

The student file will hold some samples of your child's work so that the new teacher can ascertain what level your child is currently at. It will also have a copy of the birth certificate and immunisation certificate, if you originally provided them to LLPS and it will have enclosed the student transfer document. It is therefore important that the file is given directly to Administration so they can remove the office required documentation before passing the main file on to the new teacher.





We all know we should eat healthy, nutritious fresh food but it is especially important for the growing bodies and minds of children. A morning tea or lunch which always includes cream biscuits, salty chips, chocolate bars, cakes, etc. should be replaced with good, wholesome food. High fat and high salt foods are an occasional treat.

Dietary Guidelines for Children and Adolescents in Australia encourages students to:

  • enjoy a wide variety of nutritious foods
  • eat plenty of vegetables, legumes, fruits, breads, cereals, rice, pasta and noodles
  •  include lean meat, fish, poultry and/or alternatives
  •  include milk, yoghurt, cheese
  •  choose water as a drink
  •  limit saturated fat and moderate total fat intake
  •  choose foods low in salt
  •  consume only moderate amounts of sugars and foods containing added sugars.

Everyday category (green foods)

Foods and drinks in the Everyday category are consistent with the Dietary Guidelines for Children and Adolescents in Australia and are most suitable for school food services.

Foods and drinks in the Everyday category are based on the basic food groups and include:

  •  breads and cereals, rice, pasta, noodles
  •  vegetables
  •  fruits
  •  dairy foods – reduced or low-fat milk, yoghurt and cheese
  •  lean meat and poultry, fish, eggs, nuts* and legumes (dried beans and lentils)
  •  water.

Select Carefully category (amber foods)

Foods and drinks in the Select Carefully category contain some valuable nutrients, but may also include unhealthy ingredients. They are mainly processed foods that have fat, sugar or salt added.

Schools are encouraged to limit the availability of these foods. They should not be promoted at the expense of foods and drinks from the Everyday category.

Foods and drinks in the Select Carefully category include:

  •  full-fat dairy foods, low-fat ice-cream
  •  100 per cent fruit juices and 100 per cent fruit-juice based ices
  •  artificially sweetened drinks
  •  reduced-fat processed meats
  •  commercially prepared hot foods
  •  reduced-fat, high-fibre snack foods
  •  margarines, oils, spreads, sauces and gravies.

Occasionally category (red foods)

Foods and drinks in the Occasionally category are not consistent with the Dietary Guidelines for Children and Adolescents in Australia and are not recommended for school food services.

Schools should limit the availability of these foods and drinks to no more than two occasions per term. Foods and drinks in this category are defined in the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating as ‘extra foods’ and include:

  •  sugar-sweetened drinks – sports drinks, cordial,
  •  fruit-flavoured drinks
  •  deep-fried foods
  •  pastry-based or crumbed hot foods
  •  savoury snack foods – crisps, chips, biscuits
  •  ice-creams and ice confections – chocolate-coated and
  •  premium ice-creams, icy-poles and ice crushes
  •  cakes, muffins, sweet pastries, slices, biscuits and bars

We all know we should give our growing children healthy food but some children can be fussy eaters. The best method is to be a role model. If you're constantly on a diet or have erratic eating habits, your children will grow up thinking that this sort of behaviour is normal. Be honest with yourself about the kinds of food messages you're sending. Trust your body to tell you when you're hungry and when you're full, and your kids will learn to do the same.  Realize that what your kids eat over time is what matters. Having popcorn at the movies or eating an ice-cream sundae are some of life's real pleasures. As long as you balance these times with smart food choices and physical activity, your children will benefit from your diligence.


Do you enjoy cooking? Are you interested in quick, easy family friendly recipes?

150th Anniversary Cook Book 150th Anniversary Cook Book (101 KB)

The Lara Lake Primary School 150th year anniversary cook books are available from the office for $15.00.



Are you looking for a local school holiday program?
Event name:  Lara School Holiday Program
Dates:  from Monday 3rd April until Thursday 13th April 2017
Time:  From 8am until 6pm
Location:  Lara Community Centre Inc:  9-11 Waverley Road, Lara, 3212
Cost:  Full price:  $49 per day, pay no more!  Fees from $7.50 after Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate for eligible families.
Age Suitability: 5-15yo. Must be enrolled in school.  We can accommodate children of all abilities.
Inquiry/booking phone number:  Telephone: 03 5282 2725 or email and we can email you all of the information.
Are you looking to hire a venue for your club?

The Lara Lake Primary School gymnasium is hired out most evenings to a local club however Friday night, Saturday and Sunday are still available if there are any other clubs that might like to have access to a large hall with wooden basketball flooring, only suitable for runners / sneakers.  For all enquiries please contact the Business Manager, Kerry Hamence Ph. 52821261. All hirers need to have Public Liability insurance and sign a Lara Lake PS Hire Agreement. Charges for hall hire are as per the charge schedule, which will be made available upon expression of interest.

The school ‘squoval’ is also available for hire after school hours or during the weekend and/or school holidays. Again, there is a requirement for Public Liability insurance.

Do you want to have loads of fun?
Come along to the Lara Netball Club and enjoy loads of fun, games and activities with qualified netball instructors on Sunday mornings at 9.30am. The 10 week program is inclusive of all abilities and is a great way to meet others and get kids active. For more information check out  or contact Kylie Power on 0430 321 530 or Emma Evans on 0431 684 382.
First session is FREE… next session is Sunday the 5th of March at the Lara Secondary College.
Do you wish to view MFGSC?


Attached is a flyer for the Matthew Flinders Girls (MFG) Open Day and Night and our SEAL Program (Our accredited extension and enrichment program).


Do you need to access before or after school care for your children?

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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Are you interested in being part of a team? Learning new skills? Why not try soccer?

Soccer Soccer (562 KB)

If you have an interest in being part of a great game and joining a local team, please view the attached information from Lara United FC.


Do you love a bargain? Would you like to help raise much needed funds for Lara Lake Primary School? Purchase the 2017 Entertainment Book and achieve both goals.

Support Lara Lake Primary School - Pre-order your NEW 2017 | 2018 Entertainment™ Membership now!

20% of every book or digital membership sold contributes to our fundraising. Help us achieve our goal by sharing this information with your family and friends. We thank you for your support.

Soon you will be able to pre-order the Entertainment Book or digital membership. Keep an eye on our website for further updates.