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Lara Lake Primary School Records Significant Improvement in NAPLAN Results as reported by Olivia Shying, Geelong Advertiser, April 10, 2019 5:11pm

LARA Lake Primary School pupils are continuing to excel in maths and numeracy with the school recording improved NAPLAN results in 2018.

Principal Steve Durkin said the school had experienced “significant improvement across the board”, with last year’s Grade 3 and 5 ­pupils showing marked improvement.

Lara Lake recorded above average results for reading and writing for Grade 5 when compared with like schools; and above average for reading, writing and numeracy in Grade 3 when compared with similar students, NAPLAN data being released today reveals.

Mr Durkin said a strong focus on staff and professional development had enabled teachers to develop the skills needed to foster academic excellence.

“There’s been a lot of work in developing our staff expertise at this school over the last few years,” Mr Durkin said.

“The leadership of the school have tried to get out of the way of teachers as much as possible and let them get on with the job in terms of teaching the curriculum.”

He said the school’s growing population was a constant challenge. “We are trying to manage high expectations in a growing school where you are getting new staff and new kids,” Mr Durkin said.

He said a new teaching model for reading classes had been so successful it was now likely to be rolled out in writing and numeracy classes.

“Across the board we’ve had significant improvement from where we were.

“Particularly with last year’s Grade 5s — where they were in reading compared to where they were in Grade 3, the growth was enormous,” he said. He said all students at Lara Lake knew their capabilities and were committed to doing the best they could.

Enrol now for 2020 Preps if you live within our catchment.
Tours 7.00pm - 8.00pm Thursday 23rd May
9.30am - 10.30am Friday 24th May

2020 Prep enrolments are open for all eligible children who live in our zone.  to view your zone. For this reason, we ask all eligible families with children due to commence Prep in 2020 to complete an enrolment form (available on our school website under tab Enrolment/Forms) and return to the office as soon as possible. 

We would like to ensure all eligible families are enrolled and don't miss out as the Lara community continues to expand. If you live within our catchment and have a child who will turn 5 before 30th April, 2020 you are eligible to enrol them in Preps for 2020. 

By law, primary schools are required to request and record information on the immunisation status of students prior to enrolment. Parents or guardians must provide an immunisation status certificate to the school regardless of whether the child is or is not immunised. From 28 February 2018 only an Immunisation History Statement from the Australian Immunisation Register can be accepted as proof of immunisation status on school entry. Documents produced by GPs or other immunisation providers are no longer acceptable as school entry immunisation status certificates.

On our website view the enrolment information under the tab Enrolments/General Information to view our zone map and other relevant information. 

Tuesday 11th June is our second pupil free day. Each year government schools are provided with four student-free days for professional development, school planning and administration, curriculum development, and student assessment and reporting purposes.

Tuesday 11th June is the School’s 2nd Curriculum Day for 2019.

No school for students on this day.
Staff will be focusing on Koorie cultural understanding, a DET initiative.

TheirCare Out of School Hours program will be available if required all day for TheirCare enrolled students.

If you want to plan holidays for 2019, please view the school term dates.
Term 1 29 January 2019 5 April 2019
Term 2 23 April 2019 28 June 2019
Term 3 15 July 2019 20 September 2019
Term 4 7 October 2019 20 December 2019

Prep 2019 Information  - Attendance Timetable
Wednesday 30th January to Wednesday 6th February - Student assessment pre-booked appointment
Thursday 7th February  9:00am - 1:30pm half day
Friday 8th February       9:00am - 1:30pm half day
Monday 11th February  9:00am - 3:20pm  full days Monday to Friday

Lara Lake Primary School uses the communication system called COMPASS.
Lara Lake Primary School uses the communication system called COMPASS.  The Compass Parent Portal is an integrated, online portal that allows you to access up-to-date and meaningful information about our school and your child's progress. Compass includes many different features, including the ability to:
·         Monitor your child's attendance, and enter an explanation for absence or lateness
·         Communicate with your child's teachers
·         Update your family phone numbers and email addresses
·         View the school calendar
·         Download and view your child's Semester Reports
·         Book Three Way Conferences
·         Read School news
Click the link to access Compass
Steve Durkin

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 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 Hanrahan 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.