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Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year!

The teachers and staff at Laurieton Public School wish our families and community members a very Merry Xmas and a restful holiday season. Thank you to everyone who has supported us throughout the year and we look forward to seeing you all at the end of January ready to begin the school year for 2015.... Read more

Captains 2015

School Captains 2015

Congratulations to our 2015 School Captains Elected by their peers and teachers with our own governments preferential voting system, we congratulate Ella and Lachlan in becoming our School Captains and our Vice Captains Joel and Georgia.... Read more


Xmas Food Appeal

A very big thank you to our families who made donations for our Christmas food appeal. We are very proud to say that we were able to present 8 full boxes to our scripture teachers who were able to take these to the Salvation Army to distribute to families this Christmas.... Read more

Postponed Rewards

Unfortunately today the weather has put a huge dampener on our Principals Reward trip to Bonny Hills and the Stage 2 and 3 Pool Fun day. Please see the new dates below: Principals Reward Monday 15th December 9:30-11am Stage 3 Pool Fun Monday 15th December 1pm Stage 2 Pool Fun Tuesday 16th December 1pm... Read more

Banish sunburn

Over exposure to UV radiation from the sun in childhood or adolescence increases the risk of developing melanoma later in life. Teach your child how to apply sunscreen properly, and they'll be able to protect themselves even when you're not around. When the number hits 3, protect from UV. Check the daily UV alert in your local newspaper or at A UV level of 1 or 2 will not damage most skin types, but a UV level of 3 or above can be harmful even on a cloudy day. Apply early. Sunscreen needs to be applied 20... Read more

How to get your child reading this summer!

Children who thrive in school tend to have one thing in common – they enjoy reading. It doesn't really matter what your child chooses to read, the important thing for primary-school kids is to encourage them to develop the habit of reading a little each day. With summer school holidays just around the corner, now is a good time to stock up on books from your local library that might interest your child. Series books are a great place to start. Reluctant readers and children who struggle with comprehension can find series books easier to enjoy,... Read more

NovemberReturn to top

What parents should know about Instagram

It's hard to keep up with all the social media platforms and apps our kids want to use. Instagram is currently one of the most popular social networks for school-aged children at the moment. It's a free, photo and video sharing mobile application and social network for people aged 13 years and over. There's no age-verification process though, so younger children can create an account pretty easily, sometimes without parents even knowing. Instagram say they'll remove under-age users' accounts if they are reported. Instagram has just published... Read more

Medicare Information

The Department of Education and Communities have upgraded software and we are required to have new information from you placed on the system. Please fill in the attached note and return to school as soon as possible. Medicare Information note (pdf 29 KB)... Read more

OctoberReturn to top

Celebrating Grandparents Day

To celebrate the role grandparents play in the lives of our students we held a day full of activities ..... Grandparents and families participated in 7 planned activities including dance, singing, interactive maths deomonstrations, craft, computers games and a historical display of our school. Visitors were treated to a sausage sizzle and refreshments which watching a performance by our extension dance group. The interaction between the students and their grandparents was lovely to see. A huge thank you to Mrs Price for coordinating the day... Read more


Coffs Camp Bus is on its way home......

The bus in on its way home and due to arrive between 5 - 5:15pm... Read more

SeptemberReturn to top

Responsibility and Respect Awards

Our end of term whole school assembly recognises and awards medallions to worthy students. Responsibility and Respect are our core values and these students regularly exhibit these values at our school. Congratulations Jack Hardy, Maddison Symons, Taj Oakham, Tieler Gardner, Susan Coleman, Ty Cummins, Kya Burge and Dylan Campbell.... Read more

When older kids struggle with reading

When older kids struggle to read and write, the issue can become fraught for the whole family. Parents can lose their patience and blame the child or themselves and the child loses their confidence and begins shying away from reading at all. Grades fall and interest in school can flag. Kids who struggle to read often try to hide it from teachers and parents, and develop unhelpful strategies, which only exacerbate the problems. Ways to encourage effective reading in older children Ask your child what subjects they would like to read about.... Read more

AugustReturn to top
Guest Judge Shelley Watts

Gold on Bold

Saturday 23 August at 3:30pm - Bold Street Laurieton. This Saturday our town will come together in Bold Street to celebrate local girl Shelley Watts' triumphant return home from Glasgow as the first ever Australian Female Commonwealth Games Gold medallist in boxing. The parade will commence at 3:30pm, travelling from Laurie Street to the Laurieton Hotel where a special ceremony will take place. Being a proud Laurieton Public School girl, there was no hesitation from Shelley when asked to be the guest judge at our Book Week Parade - and our... Read more

Nurturing the artist in your child

Your child may not go on to become a famous musician, actor, dancer, filmmaker or artist. But by nurturing the artist in your child you can help them grow up able to think for themselves, problem solve and work out different ways to do things. They'll also be better able to see different points of view, communicate and express their feelings in different ways. Here are some top tips: Stimulate your child's senses - Provide opportunities for your child to experience different sights, smells, sensations and sounds. These sensory activities are... Read more

JulyReturn to top

Building your child's reading skills

Here are some simple tips to encourage your child to become a strong reader and a book lover for the rest of their lives. Share a book at home Children love to hear a story read aloud. Try reading with different voices, lots of emotion, invented sound effects and funny faces. Change the tone in your voice and vary its loudness or softness. Have fun and enjoy it. It's a good idea to practise reading before sharing a book. Listen to your child talk about the story and the pictures. Try asking your child which parts of the books they found... Read more

JuneReturn to top

Too sick to go to school?

Sometimes it's hard to know if your child is really coming down with something or just suffering a bout of Mondayitis. For safety's sake, if your child seems unwell you should always keep them home from school and seek medical advice. However, if they miraculously recover by 11:00am, ready to race around the backyard, keeping them in bed all day may send the message that staying home isn't nearly as much fun as going to school. The School A to Z website's Too Sick For School? chart will help answer your questions about common childhood illness... Read more

Erin Gunton

Lower North Coast Success

1st place for Erin Gunton! Congratulations Erin for coming first place at the recent Lower North Coast Cross Country in Kempsey. Anyone who has run this course knows how hard it is to run let alone win! Erin is today representing Lower North Coast at the North Coast Cross Country - news in is that she has finished 7th overall in the 9yr old girls race. Well done Erin!... Read more

MayReturn to top
Aussie Bush Camp

Great Aussie Bush Camp

So.....what did they really get up to for the week away from their parents and school? Below are excerpts from Ana Wadwell's recount of the camp. For the full story go to our school newsletter. When we arrived at The Great Aussie Bush Camp I was so excited to see what we were going to be doing first. We met our instructors, their names were Aaron, Nicky and Gerard. My instructor was Aaron. He showed us around the camp before we got into our activities. First we did indoor rock climbing which was fun. Then we did fencing. At first I had no idea... Read more


Days Gone By in Timbertown

With the sutumn sun shining our Stage 1 students were transported by modern means back to the early 1900's to Timbertown, Wauchope. Our students spent their day experiencing activities from yesteryear such as gold panning, wood truning, horse and carriage rides, the steam train and watching the bullocks at work. Apart from those cheeky children who locked their parent helper in the gaol - behaviour was outstanding - and those who misbehaved found themselves with their heads and arms in the pillory (no - not really!). The bus ride home was... Read more

Sorting fact from fiction

You can't always trust what you read when researching information for homework, assignments or projects. Here are ways your child can tell a good website - or any document - from a bad one. Reader beware With so much information on the web and no-one responsible for fact checking, students need to look out for: bias and hidden agendas factual errors outdated information information which is country specific commercially motivated information. Play the detective Colleen Foley is a curriculum adviser who helps school librarians with the NSW... Read more

Healthy Harold & Leanne

Life Education

It's all about Life with Healthy Harold. Healthy Harold is visiting us at the moment with his good friend Leanne to share experiences and advice on how we can live healthy and safe lives. This week years 4-6 have spent time with Harold and Leanne. Next week will be Kindergarten - Year 3.... Read more

Easter hat

Don't forget to check out our Gallery page...

If you see photos in our newsletter there's a good chance there could be more in our Gallery page here on our website.... Read more

Woolworths Fruit

Thank you Woolies!

Inspiring a healthier Australia. Jamie Oliver and Woolworths have partnered to inspire a healthier Australia. Our students are very lucky to be benefiting from this partnership with fresh fruit being delivered weekly to snack on. Bananas, mandarins, apples and pears are becoming the weekly treat!... Read more

Social media, kids and privacy

Regardless of your child's age, the world may already know a lot more about them than you suspect. According to recent research: 92% of children under the age of two have a digital presence (it starts with proud parents posting newborn baby photos on Facebook or Instagram) a quarter of Australian children aged between eight and 12 use Facebook, despite the minimum age for a user being 13 more than 20 per cent of tweens publish photos of themselves on the photo-sharing website Instagram young people between the ages of 14 and 19 have an... Read more

What parents need to know about Kik

It seems that every few months a new social media platform or mobile app emerges and becomes popular with young people in our school community. Suddenly "everyone" is on it, according to our children. It's hard for most adults to keep up. Many parents will have recently heard about Kik Messenger and are wondering if it's safe for children. Here are some facts from the School A to Z website's technology guide: What is Kik Messenger? Kik Messenger is a free texting app available on iPhone, iPad, Ipod touch, Android, Windows, Samsung Galaxy and... Read more

Medallion Recipients

Responsibility & Respect Medallions Awarded

Congratulations to our Term 1 Recipients of our Responsibility and Respect Medallions! Will McCoubrie, Riley Smith, Marley Hodgkinson, Jackson Cox, Steven Castelijn, Oakley Lucas, Ebeny Seale and Phoebe Fowler were the worthy recipients of our Responsibility and Respect Medallions. These medallions are awarded to children who are consistently displaying the school's core values. To see more photo's from our whole school assembly go to our Gallery page.... Read more

LPS Easter Street Markets

Street Markets

Easter Street Markets successful with the help of volunteers Thank you to our large number of volunteers who helped to keep the streets of Laurieton clean and tidy for our annual Easter Street Markets. The weather was kind to us, we were fully booked and we had large numbers of holiday makers and locals supporting us. We were very lucky to have Mat Brooker, a musician from Port Macquarie creating a lovely atomosphere with his flamenco fusion style of acoustic guitar. If you are interested in getting involved in the organisation of the markets... Read more

AprilReturn to top

The benefits of team sports

Winter sports are getting underway and many parents will soon be getting out of bed early on cold weekend mornings to transport their children to sports fields across town. The good news is that even if your child's team never scores goal, they're benefitting significantly from simply being active and involved. The long list of benefits for your child includes the development of: cooperation and teamwork skills leadership skills respect for teammates, opponents and officials a sense of belonging and team membership social interaction skills... Read more

Swim and Survive Program

A letter from Jenny Schouten, the Coordinator of the Swim and Survive Program to our school community. Swim and Survive Program (pdf 70 KB)... Read more

MarchReturn to top

Meeting your child’s teacher

Meeting teachers to discuss your child's progress or behaviour can be daunting, but there's no need to feel anxious. Remember, you and the school are partners in your child's learning. Whether it's regular parent -teacher interviews or a one-off request for a chat, these useful tips will help you get the most out of your meeting. Do your homework Take a few minutes before your meeting to jot down any questions or comments you have. Go with the right attitude Try to approach the interview with a positive and relaxed attitude. Don't be afraid to... Read more

The most important skill to teach your child

One common trait all successful adults have is resilience. The ability to bounce back from disappointment is something we have the opportunity to teach our children every day. As our kids constantly remind us, life isn't always fair. Is it a parent's role to constantly try to make life fair? How do we balance the desire to shelter and protect our children with the need to teach them how to cope with life's disappointments? The School A to Z website asked top teachers all over NSW for their tips for parents on developing resilience so children... Read more

FebruaryReturn to top

Help with your child's homework in one click

The School A to Z app has been created by the NSW Department of Education to help parents and their school-aged children, wherever and whenever they have homework and study questions. It's available free for Android and Apple mobile devices, and is an essential tool containing: English A to Z - more than 350 definitions of commonly used English terms from primary and high school. Each word has an easy-to-understand definition based on the current school curriculum, with illustrations and help sheets explaining the rules of grammar. Maths A to... Read more

Help your child plan for success this year

One of the most valuable ways you can support your child's education is to help them learn how to organise themselves and plan their time. It starts as early as Kindergarten, when they need to plan going to the toilet at lunch and recess and bring things to school for different activities on certain days. By the time they're in Year 6, they've hopefully taken on much of the responsibility of scheduling their afternoons to accommodate sports, homework and other obligations. Most children find planning easier to understand when... Read more