Our Magnificent Mosaic

 Middle Department students are creating  mosaics in the art room this week. 

We have attempted to recreate our very own masterpiece that has been at the front of our school since 2009.

LLPS was lucky to receive funding for an ‘Artist in School’ project.


The amazing mosaic depicts landmarks and birdlife around Lara.

Hovell’s Creek runs through Lara just as it runs through the mosaic.

The You Yangs stand proudly and birdlife is attracted to wetlands and bush.



Art Appreciation Questions

1. What do you see?

2. What do you think?

3.What do you wonder?

Happy Birthday Lara Lara Primary School



Lara Lake was a very different place 150 years ago.

There were farms but not many houses and hardly any people lived in Lara Lake.

Lara was on the other side of Hovell’s Creek.

The Government decided to set up a school so that  children could be taught the three “R’s,” (reading, writing and arithmetic).

The very first school only had one room and one teacher.

In the olden days school commenced with the teacher inspecting the pupils to see that their face and hands had been washed, their hair combed and their clothes neat and, where necessary, darned.

The teachers were very strict. Rules governed how children were to enter the room, bow to the teacher, sit down on the benches when reading from the blackboard or learning to write.

If they broke the rules they were given the strap by the teacher. One teacher had to teach 50 students in all the grades.

Students started school when they were about six years of age and left school at 16 years. However, school was not compulsory, and some parents required their children to help with the jobs at home.

There weren’t many books in our first school and boys and girls learned to write on chalkboards.

There were no cars so the children walked a long way or sometimes they rode their horse to school to LLPS.

School has changed over the past 150 years.

We are very lucky to have such a beautiful school.

School Days are the Best Days.


Here are some photos of the great day when we celebrated 150 years of happy learning days at LLPS.

Every student in the school received a delicious donut.

Every student in the school received a delicious donut.

We welcomed back some past principals. This is Mrs Verfurth who was the principal before Mr Creece.

We welcomed back some past principals. This is Mrs Verfurth who was the principal before Mr Creece.

The birthday cake looked just like our celebration poster.

The birthday cake looked just like our celebration poster.

The assembly went for more than one hour and every single student listened to the guest speakers with respect.

The assembly went for more than one hour and every single student listened to the guest speakers with respect.

Our gym looked amazing.

Our gym looked amazing.

Mr Creece has been our principal since 2010 and is very proud of every boy, girl, teacher, parent and worker at LLPS

Mr Creece has been our principal since 2010 and is very proud of every boy, girl, teacher, parent and worker at LLPS

We had a challenge at the end of day.

We wondered what LLPS would look like in 150 years in the future.

The discussion did not work and we could not think of any ideas.

This is such a difficult question.

Do you have any suggestions for LLPS in 10 years?

Now try 150 years? 

Mrs Lynch is saying ‘Good-bye’ this week.

What a surprise!

Caitlyn and Jess came to our room today and announced that they needed to escort me to the hall.

I had no idea what was planned.

I sat in the front row seat and nursed my box of tissues.

We enjoyed a performance from all The Middles that was amazing and very special.

MLY- thank you so much for my special song called Burn Fire Burn. ( Mrs McKenzie is so clever when she thinks of these special songs!)

MCR- thank you for your clever rap. You really do know alot about the things that Mrs Lynch likes to do in the classroom

MJA- thank you for the video interviews. What clever speakers we have and all the lovely comments that I really appreciate.

MRO- thank you Mr Robinson. The song that you all helped to write was amazing. I loved it!

MAU- thank you Mr Robinson. You play the electric guitar so well, and what a talented class. I loved it!

MNO- thank you Miss Noonan. I loved the poem!

I hope you enjoy the photos and the video of a very special assembly.

You know how proud I am of all the students at LLPS.

It is an honour and a privilege to have taught 16 MLYs at our wonderful school.



‘A Cultural Assembly’

Mr Creece accepted a dare during assembly a few weeks ago.
The dare was to perform a ballet dance wearing a tutu.
The result was quite ‘interesting’.
Can you see any similarities to Mr Creece attempting to do ballet and a real ballet dancer?

Try to watch both videos simultaneously. 
Please rate the performance.


Here is real ballet performance.

In ballet there is a principal ballerina who performs in a ballet company. 

The orchestra plays the music and the choregrapher creates the set. 

VID00086 from Bernadette Lynch on Vimeo.

4 Amazing Ballet Facts

  • A male dancer lifts over 1-1/2 tons worth of ballerinas during performances.
  • Most ballerinas wear out 2-3 pairs of pointe shoes per week.
  • One tutu costs up to $2,000 to make. 

The 7 Movements of Dance

  • Bending
  • Gliding
  • Turning
  • Stretching
  • Jumping
  • Rising
  • Darting

10 Ideal Characteristics of a Performer

  • Experience and skill .
  • Interest in the arts and a great desire to dance.
  • Strong, healthy body.
  • Broad perceptual field and an open mind.
  • Lots of energy, courage, patience, and strength.
  • The ability to cooperate and get along with others.
  • To take criticism and suggestions easily.
  • To move with conviction and projection.
  • To have time and energy for rehearsals, and a willingness to work.
  • The ability to move with urgency and passion.
Do any of these fun facts resemble Mr Creece’s peformance? 
We love comments on the blog.
Some ideas for a comment could relate to the similarities and differences between the two featured videos.

A Retirement Announcement from Mrs Lynch

What better way is there to let everyone know about Mrs Lynch’s big news than to present it to you as a post!

Mrs Lynch will pack her lunch and come to school for the last time as a teacher at LLPS on Friday, December 21st.

 After 38 years with the Victorian Education Department-(DEECD),  I have decided that this year’s MLY will be the last one.

What a fantastic MLY -Class of 2012, we have. 

It is definitely one of the best ever!

This weekend I began to feel rather nostalgic so I looked for some old photos.

What sort of changes can you see in the Class of 1977 at Newcomb PS to the Class of 2012 from Lara Lake PS?

Mrs Lynch’s first MLY  at LLPS was in 1996.

I have seen many changes over the years.

The school has grown steadily  and new staff arrive every year. 

What changes can you see in the staff photos from 1996 and 2011?

We will enjoy the rest of our year with a few more blog posts to make the year memorable. 

‘Student Voice’

A discussion topic was raised by our School Council during the week.

It was concerning an update to our school uniform and a possible alteration to the dragon emblem on our jumpers.

Mrs Lynch reposted an old post from 2010 entitled: History of Lara Lake’s Logo.

New teachers were surprised by the tragic history behind our uniform and the links we have with Wales, in the United Kingdom.

Many teachers and students were unaware about the tragedy in Aberfan and the Lara Bush fires which burnt down our original school building.

The students displayed a fresh pride in our school uniform, a sense of history and respect for tradition and uniform that has been part of LLPS for 56 years.

Some senior students decided to present a speech at assembly and they asked the students for a show of hands to support keeping the Welsh dragon.

There was a unanimous response with 100% of students in support of status quo.

The students have spoken.

 The discussion proved that our students can be very influential in the decision making process at LLPS.

Please leave your comment about your feelings after the week when the students all rallied together to support  the history and traditions of LLPS.

History of Lara Lake’s Logo

History of Lara Lake’s Flag

This is an old post from May 1st, 2010. 

Mrs Lynch was just setting up the blog two years ago and MLY were interested in the history and traditions of our school.







Did you know that there is a very sad story about our uniform, our colours and our logo?

The green, red and white colours of Lara Lake are the colours of Wales, part of  the United Kingdom.

October 21st, 1966 there was a disaster in a little coal mining village called Aberfan.

It had been raining for many days and the mountain ‘gave way’. There was a mudslide that started from the mines.

Within seconds it had tumbled down the hillside bringing with it mud and slurry. The landslide demolished a farmhouse, a street of terraced houses and Pantglas School where children had just arrived for the last day of school before  term holidays. In all, 116 children and 28 adults lost their lives. News of the disaster sent shock waves through Wales and beyond. Offers of help for the grieving village came from all parts of the country and abroad.

Only three years later, Lara suffered our own tragedy.

In January of 1969, horrific bush fires swept through Lara, Lara Lake and Little River killing 18 people,  injuring dozens, killing of thousands of sheep and destroying  many homes and a historic bluestone church. A monument dedicated to this horrible occasion is now sitting in the main street of the town. The front step of our original school building is at the Lake Rd gate because the original Lara Lake PS was burnt to the ground. The peppercorn tree outside the art room and the cyprus trees survived the fires.

Lara Lake and Aberfan swapped their tragic stories. Teachers have visited the schools and classes have enjoyed communicating as penpals.

We are proud to remember the students who died in the sad story of Aberfan
by wearing the Welsh flag as part of our uniform.

There is a discussion at the moment about changing the design of our logo.

Have you heard the story before?

Have you formed your opinion about our school uniform and the school’s colours?

What are your arguments for changing our school unifiorm?

Please leave your comments on our blog.

‘The Blues Sisters’

We look forward to Fun Friday every week.

This week was extra special as some of our fantastic teachers promised to perform a famous ‘Blues Brothers’ song called ‘Shake Your Tail Feather’.

They practised during lunch times and the performance was amazing.

We certainly have the most talented teachers in the whole world.

 Leave a comment for for the teachers to read.

 Maybe they will perform again next year.

In the meantime we can look forward to the next exciting Fun Friday entertainment: Mr Creece doing ballet in a tutu!

Can you remember when Mr Creece, Mr Muir and Mr Smith  performed last year?

It certainly was a great performance from the boys!

Your blog comment could include some constructive comments for future improvements for the teachers’ acts.

Music- Count Us In-The Big Sing

This is an update to our ‘Music, Count Us In’ post.
The performance has come and gone.
We were part of the moment when 600,000 students sang the same song at the same time (simultaneously).
Here is LLPS performance…starring Ruby from SLY.

We received an email from Mrs McKenzie last week.
Hi everyone!
Once again it is time for the “Big Sing”!!
To give a little bit of background for those who haven’t experienced it,’Music count us in’ is a campaign which raises the awareness for  teaching music in schools.
 Lara Lake has participated in ‘The Big Sing’ for the last 4 years.
Once a year  schools from remote Northern Territory, to Tasmania, and everywhere in between, gather and sing a song (an original song, co-written by secondary school students and a professional artist). This  year the musician  was Josh Pyke.
The idea is to get 500,000 students singing the same song at the same time all over the country.
There will be live cross overs as the performance is simulcast from Federation Square in Melbourne, Government House, Canberra and the Sydney Opera House.
Lara Lake will contribute to this occasion by gathering in the hall and singing the song at 12:30 on November the 1st.
Students will assemble in the new hall ready to sing the song by 12:25 on Thursday November the 1st. We will sit in assembly positions, and watch the big screen where there will be a live stream from Sydney Opera House.
We will count down, and sing the song.
This year the song is called ‘ Different People (Stand Together).
Check out the great Count Us In website for music homework.
Mrs Mc Kenzie
Here is the song for everyone to practise: