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Newsletter – Term 4 – Week 6 2019

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From the Principal’s Desk

Together we learn, lead and achieve.  

 
Dear Monty South Community,        
 
As I mentioned in the last newsletter preparations for 2020 are progressing steadily. The 2020 Classes have been formed and we are now checking against the teaching staff recommendations.  
 
Again, a reminder that  ‘Step Up to the Next Class’ will take place on four sessions, on Thursday 5 December, Friday 6 December, Monday 9 December with the final session being held all day on Tuesday 10 December.
 
Staff news
For the 2020 school year there will be a couple of changes. As you are aware, Lucy Skipper and Jenny Farrelly, will be taking family leave. Jenny will come back at the start of the school year for a couple of weeks and then will be on leave. 

Tom Norris will also be leaving us and moving to the Northern Territory, where his wife and son have been living for the past few months. Tom’s wife has a placement at an aboriginal community and Tom will be joining her for the whole of next year and possibly longer. At this stage, he is taking 12 months leave.
 
Chris Cameron is also taking a combination of Long Service Leave and leave for 12 months while he pursues other business interests. He will be making himself available for casual relief teaching (CRT) so it won’t be a complete goodbye.
 
Tom Davis will not be returning to us next year, as he has been appointed to Mernda Park Primary School for 12 months but Eliza Crellin will be back with us after her 12 months leave, full of renewed energy and passion.
 
Melanie Townson will be back four days a week and later in the year, Emma Hooper and Rosie Morton are due to return from Family Leave. 
 
Unfortunately, we will be saying goodbye to Rowena Martin as her positon was held against Melanie Townson and with Mel returning we do not have a vacancy. For the first time in 10 years, our school numbers will remain relatively the same and not grow.
 
Whilst I am focused on staff, I thought I should mention, for those who may remember, Neil Whitehead. Neil has resigned from the Department of Education in Victoria as he is teaching up near Yeppoon and hopes to remain there for a few more years. He is actually quite close to the bushfires raging in Queensland and NSW. He is safe at the moment but it is affecting his community and I am sure you will join me in sending positive thoughts to him, his family and his community in this awful time. 
 
Mobile phone policy 
As you may be aware, the Victorian government has announced a new mobile phone policy that will require students to switch their phones off and securely store them away during the school day from Term 1, 2020. Thus, when emergencies occur, parents or carers should reach their child by calling the school office.
 
The policy is designed to support teaching and learning in an environment that is free from unnecessary distractions, disruptions and student inattention caused by the urge to check phones. While it is more targeted at secondary students, it is becoming more and more relevant to primary school students, particularly in the senior levels.

We do have a mobile phone policy in place currently but the school is working on changes that will implement the Government’s announcement and one that also reflects the needs of our own community. As such, we will be undertaking consultation with students, staff, School Council and families to ensure our approach to implementing this policy meets the needs of our whole community. If you have any concerns or questions regarding the new policy, please don’t hesitate to contact me at school on 9439 6201. Please note, the policy does outline some exceptions to this policy if certain conditions are met and that is where we will be consulting with the school community.

Details about consultations and the finalised policy will be made available via the newsletter. Additional information regarding the policy is available on the Department of Education and Training’s website.
 
Foundation transition
It is that time of the year when we begin to plan for the Prep transition sessions.
This year the transition sessions are as follows:

  • Friday 15 November – 9-11.30am
  • Friday 22 November – 9-11.30am
  • Friday 29 November – 9-11.30am

 
MSPS Carols
A traditional highlight in the lead up to Christmas is the Monty South Christmas Carols evening. It has been a noted event in the local community for around 45 years and even though we broke with tradition last year, I am thrilled to announce it is it is back again!

This year we are holding it on Tuesday 3 December at 6.30pm on the school oval.    
 
This is an opportunity for our community to come together to celebrate the spirit of Christmas before the end of the school year. More details will follow in the newsfeed.
 
Parent payments  
Learning and teaching programs vary across schools based on local needs and circumstances and reflect each school’s priorities, decisions and resources. This in turn, informs the parent payment charges approved by school councils that may vary from one school to the next. 
 
Last night our School Council approved the Parent Payment charges for the 2020 school year. These charges are set to ensure that parent payment practices are consistent, transparent and provide all students with access to the curriculum. School Council is responsible for developing and approving school-level parent payment charges and can request payments from parents under three categories: Essential Student Learning Items, Essential Curriculum Materials (book packs) and Voluntary Financial Contributions.
 
Parent contribution, in all forms, assists schools to provide an enriched learning and teaching program for every student and is highly valued by school communities.

I wish to thank our Finance committee, Vanessa Edwards (Treasurer), Adam Bird (President), Paula Hogan (Business Manager) and myself, who have worked hard to ensure that the Essential Student Learning charge remains at the same level as the previous year. Information regarding these charges and when/how to pay will be distributed via Compass, as soon as the teachers finalise their level book packs.   
 
We thank our families in advance for your financial support, which enables us to continue to ‘add value’ to the students of MSPS.
 
Fete
Thank you to our wonderful fete committee for all their hard work in organising the fete which will happen on Sunday March 15 2020. They have hired a number of amusements for the day, such as the Bounz Alot Jumping Castle for the older students, an Obstacle XL Challenge Run, a Zorb Trac, a jumping castle for the 3- 8 year olds, a wall climb (3-14 year olds), an inflatable slide (3 years and older), a bungee run (all ages), two face painters and lots of other stalls and attractions including a ‘Dunk Dale’ machine. We are really looking forward to it.
 
MSPS achievers 
This week began on a high note, with our MSPS Choir singing three numbers at the Eltham Festival. Thanks to Emily Kilkenny (Performing arts) for leading, teaching and conducting this talented group. Thank you also to our community who came to support.  It was lovely to see so many of you there.
 
Thumbs up to our MSPS Chess team who participated in the Northern Star Chess primary open super final on Monday. The three person team consisting of Eamon Heley, Rowan Loveland and Gabriel Tran came in 13th in a field of 49 schools. This is a wonderful result and we are extremely proud of the boys. 
 
Thumbs up to Alex Lloyd, who competed at the recent state athletics meet for Victorian Primary school students and won a bronze medal for high jump. Congratulations Alex, not only for your continuing high results but also for your quiet but determined demeanour and your good sportsmanship.
 
Congratulations also to:
Asher Elsen, Annalies Veldman, Zahli Jimeno, Telulah Twohig, Leni McDonald, Alexandra Parry, Karmen Apperly, Yuriko Johnstone and Lily Cameron who were selected as finalists in the Montmorency Secondary College art competition. To have so many finalists is truly outstanding and Yuri and Zahli were awarded 2nd and 3rd place respectively. We are so proud of the students and their efforts. So awesome to have such talent at our school.
 
Finally thumbs up to Jiah Jimeno, Gideon and Gabriel Tran who were all awarded certificates in the Maths Talent Quest competition run by Mathematical Association of Victoria. This attracts many entries across the state and it is really an accolade to win an award. Well done!
 
Best Wishes
 
Leanne Sheean
Principal
 

Montmorency South Primary School acknowledges traditional owners of country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to elders both past, present and future.
 
‘Montmorency South is an inclusive learning community where students are inspired to be respectful, creative, curious and independent learners.’

 
Our Belief:
We believe that every person in our Montmorency South school community has the capacity to assist each student in attaining our vision.
 
Motto
Together we learn, lead and achieve
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Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Kitchen classes

 
Volunteers still wanted for remaining dates in Term 4
Our kitchen program relies on the generosity of parent and community volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering, we would love to hear from you. Parents, grandparents, relatives and interested people from the community are very welcome.
Please contact Cathryn Hulme (Kitchen Specialist) on 0419 322 782
3A Wednesday 9.00 to 11.00 – 13 Nov, 27 Nov & 11 Dec
3B Thursday 9.00 to 11.00 – 14 Nov & 28 Nov
3C Tuesday 12.30 to 2.20 – 29 Oct & 12 Nov
3D Thursday 12.30 to 2.20 – 21 Nov
 
4A Wednesday 9.00 to 11.00 20 Nov & 4 Dec
4B Thursday 12.30 to 2.20 – 14 Nov & 28 Nov
4C Wednesday 12.30 to 2.20, 20 Nov & 4 Dec
4D Monday 9.00 to 11.00 – 18 Nov & 2 Dec
4E Friday 9.00 to 11.00 – 15 Nov & 29 Nov
 
5A Wednesday 12.30 to 2.20 – 13 Nov, 27 Nov & 11 Dec
5B Tuesday 9.00 to 11.00 – 19 Nov & 3 Dec          
5C Tuesday 9.15 to 11.30 – 29 Oct & 12 Nov
 
6A Thursday 9.00 to 11.00 – 21 Nov & 5 Dec
6C Monday 12.30 to 2.20 – 18 Nov
6D Tuesday 12.30 to 2.20 – 19 Nov & 3 Dec
 

Keyboard Concert

 
A concert for Keyboard students will be held Wednesday 20th November in the gymnasium commencing 3.00 until approximately 4.30pm.

Students are encouraged to play and we hope parents and friends can make it to see them perform.
 

Library News

Borrowing
Library borrowing for this year will finish on Friday the 29th of November. As from now our students will no longer be bringing books home but will leave them in their book boxes for their Daily 5.

All books are to be returned to the library NO LATER than Friday the 6th of December. If any student still has a book at home could they please be returned back to school to be put in their book box.

It is such a big job getting all our books returned to the library at the end of each year so I would be very grateful for your assistance in this. We want to start 2020 with a clean slate.  

Please don’t hesitate to email me if there are any concerns with lost books.
Thank you so much in advance.

Clare Bear

Schoolastic book club
The final issue for the year (Issue 8) is now available and it contains many wonderful books which would make great Christmas  gifts.  Given that the end of the school year is fast approaching there is only 1 week to select your order.

All orders are to be placed online via the LOOP.  The books will take approximately two weeks to arrive at school after the closed due date of 19th November.

Each order helps earn free books for our school, however there is never any obligation to buy.

If you are buying books for your child as a present, please email me on iob.clare.e@edumail.vic.gov.au if you would like me to hold them temporarily in my office for you. If I am not advised, when the books come in they will go straight to your child’s classroom.

Orders can only be made via the LOOP. 

Visit scholastic.com.au/LOOP or download the app in App Store for iPad/ iPhone or find it on Google Play for Android.
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Parents & Friends Group

 
Second Hand Uniform Sale – Friday November 15
The P&F are running a second-hand uniform sale on Friday 15 Nov from 8:30-9:30am outside the gym.

Second-hand uniforms needed! Donations of clean, used uniforms needed to restock after the building move. Please leave at the front office up until the day of the sale. All funds raised go towards projects at the school. 
 
Working Bee – Sunday, November 17
With the completion of the main works to the school ground complete, we can now look at many maintenance requirements for the rest of the school grounds.
Please join the Environment and Facilities Committee at the only working bee for 2019.

We have a list of jobs that need doing around the school grounds. This includes weeding, painting/re-staining woodwork, sweeping/leaf blowing, whipper-snipping and spreading pine-bark to name a few tasks.

One very important and skilled job is paving. We have terracotta brick pavers that we would love to lay around areas of the school but we need skilled help for this job. If you are able to do so please let us know. This job will require some planning prior to the working bee.

Please bring any tools required for the above jobs and your gloves and we'll get stuck into it for three hours followed by a BBQ.
 
To assist with catering purposes and jobs to be allocated, please complete and return the attached form or sign up online at https://signup.com/go/Ksedsof . Let us know If you have particular skills or tools that will help, we will contact you closer to the date with specific details of the working bee tasks.
 
Christmas raffle and free dress day
Parents & Friends would like to invite all Monty South students to join in our Free Dress Day on Friday 22nd November

We would love to see you add some Christmas cheer to start your Christmas celebrations!

Please bring a donation to add to our wonderful Christmas hampers and assist in our fund-raising raffle.

Your donation of scratchy tickets (or gold coins), vouchers, wines, chocolates, bon bons, nuts and other Christmas delicacies can either be placed in the box provided outside the office or Parents & Friends will collect items Friday morning from the classrooms (please note we cannot accept out of date products).

A book of 10 raffle tickets will soon be distributed for families to sell.
Tickets are $1 each for entry into our raffle. You could win one of the many gourmet Christmas Food Hampers to be drawn at our Christmas Carols on Tuesday 3rdDecember 2019.

Please return all completed raffle ticket butts together with money collected by Wednesday 27th November.

Additional books of tickets are available from the school office.

Thank you and Good Luck! 
 
Colour fun run – Friday December 13
This year Montmorency South Primary School Colour Explosion Run is being held on Friday 13th December. A consent form for participation on the day will be posted shortly.

The fundraising kicked off three weeks ago and will run until 18th November…..yes one more week to go for fundraising efforts!!!
Students should have received a Sponsorship Form and it is encouraged each student to fundraise at least $10 to participate in the Colour Explosion Event…..but why not aim higher!!! The more money we raise the more we can provide back to the students by improving the playground facilities.
Alternatively, sign up now at www.myprofilepage.com.au and create your child a Profile Page.

If you have used the Sponsorship Forms, please hand these into the school by Monday 18th November, along with the monies fundraised and chosen prize/s. This is to ensure prizes are provided to student prior to end of school year. 

Happy Fundraising!
 
Fete News
Exciting news! The MSPS Fete is happening! It will be here at the school on Sunday March 15th 2020 – put it in your calendars now! This will be the biggest event our school has held in a decade.

The aim is to bring the school community and local community together, showcase our amazing new facilities, and make sure everyone has fun! The Fete will include rides, live music, multicultural foods, games, entertainment, dunk tank and much more. Here’s the best bit: every single class will be involved on the day.
 
We are also excited to make this event as sustainable as possible – and our first project is to sew a whopping 500 reusable bags in collaboration with Boomerang Bags for visitors to buy and decorate on the day. The material kits are ready to be sewed, you can pick them up from school foyer. Upon completion, please return to the school office.
 
There are many ways that you can take part in the Fete – if you have a specific idea that will utilise your skills, please email mspsfete@gmail.com.
 
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Dates for your Diary

Friday 15 November

  • 9.30 – 10.30am prep 2020 Parent session
  • P&F working bee around 10/10:30am after the prep info session.
  • P & F Second hand uniform sale 8.30am – 9.30am outside the gym.
  • 9am – 11.30am prep 2020 transition
  • 3C & 3D – Lets Ride Bike Education Program (BYO bike and helmet) 4/6

Sunday 17 November
•           P & F Working Bee – 9am to 12pm followed by a BBQ

Monday 18 November

  • Final date to hand in your colour fun run fundraising monies

Tuesday 19 November

  • Chess tournament – St Bridget’s Primary School – Balwyn North
  • Morrison Kleeman Colouring Competition Opens
  • Final Day to submit Schoolastic orders via the LOOP

Wednesday 20 November

  • P&F Meeting
  • Keyboard Concert

Monday 18-Thursday 21 November

  • Prep, Yr 1 & Yr 2 swimming lessons – Details have been released via compass

Friday 22 November

  • 9am – 11.30am prep 2020 transition
  • P & F Free Dress day in exchange for a hamper donation for our upcoming Christmas raffle
  • 3C & 3D – Lets ride bike education program (BYO bike and helmet) 5/6

Monday 25-Thurs 28 November

  • Prep, Yr 1 & Yr 2 swimming lessons – More Details are available on Compass

Monday 25 November

  • Open water learning experience  Years 4 & 6 – More Details are available on Compass

Tuesday 26 November

  • Open water learning experience Years 3 & 5  – More details are available on Compass

Wednesday 27 Nov

  • Assembly 2.45pm – 3.30pm
  • P & F Christmas Raffle tickets to be returned by today

Friday 29 November

  • Yr 2 day camp – Details to be released via Compass
  • Colour Fun Run – Closing date for prize claims – Details to be released via Compass
  • 9am – 11.30am prep 2020 transition
  • 3C & 3D – Lets Ride Bike Education Program (BYO bike and helmet) 6/6 – Final Session
  • Library Borrowing finishes for the year 

Monday 2 December

  • Year 6 Funfields excursion – details to be released via Compass
  • Year 5 Project Rockit Incursion as a part of step up program

Tuesday 3 December

  • ***NEW DATE*** Christmas Carols 6.30pm
  • P & F Christmas raffle is drawn at the carols

Wednesday 4 December

  • CHANGE OF DATE Carols by candlelight 6:30pm – Rescheduled to Tuesday 3rd Dec
  • Special Assembly – 2.45pm Assembly with Vicki Ward – Presentation of David McKenzie Award & Premiers Reading Challenge – Final Wednesday afternoon assembly for the year.

Friday 6 December

  • 9am – 11.30am prep 2020 transition

Tuesday 10 December

  • Year 7 orientation day at High school
  • Year 6 pizza dinner at school 5-7pm – Details to be released via Compass
  • 9am – 11.30am Prep 2020 transition
  • Morrison Kleeman Colouring Competition closes – All entries must be submitted to the office by today.

Wednesday 11 December

  • P&F meeting 7:30pm
  • Whole School Swim Carnival – Details to be released via Compass
  • NO ASSEMBLY due to special assembly last week.

Thursday 12 December

  • Morrison Kleeman Colouring Competition Winners announced via email and social media

Friday 13 December

  • P & F Colour Run – Details to be released via Compass

Tuesday 17 December

  • Year 1 extended Stay & Inquiry excursion – Details released via Compass 

Wednesday 18 December

  • Graduation (Yr 6 students)
  • NO ASSEMBLY

Thursday 19 December

  • End of year assembly to be held in the gym 9.30am
  • Last day of school – 3:30pm dismissal

Looking for something to do outside of school?

Be Wise Walk to the Valley
Walk to end the coward punch – 8km walk with the Pat Cronin Foundation 17/11/19. For Further information: https://www.mycause.com.au/events/walktothevalley2019
 
Banyule has talent
We are calling all who live, work, or study in Banyule to have a go at showing off your talent. 
Under 13, Over 13 and Groups. Heats and finals will be held at Malahang Festival 17/11/2019. For further information: https://www.oae.vic.edu.au/images/event/BHT_registration_info_2019.pdf
 
Junior Blasters (Cricket) Program
Held on the Monty South school oval Thursdays 4pm – 5pm – For further information, please see the attached flyer, or go to www.playcricket.com.au  and choose Lower Eltham CC as your preferred location.

Diamond Valley Community Market
Held on the 4th Saturday of the month 10am – 2pm Corner of Diamond Creek Road and Yan Yean Rd Plenty.  Special Christmas market being held on the 14th December.  For more information:  www.diamondvalleycommunitymarket.com

Montmorency Junior Football Club
Montmorency Junior Football club are recruiting new players – please see their website for contact details.  https://mjfc.org.au/

Scouts Victoria
Scouts Australia has a new and exciting youth program that is now being implemented in Victoria for children aged 5 – 25.  Please find more information here: https://scoutsvictoria.com.au/join-the-adventure/
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Newsletter Term 4 Week 2 2019

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From the Principal’s Desk
 Together we learn, lead and achieve.  

 
Dear Monty South Community,        
 
Welcome to the final term of the 2019 school year. We have started with a bang!
 
The school oval finally opened yesterday and it was quite emotional watching the kids’ joy as they played on it, as they have been waiting for more than a year. The ABS turf contractor also had a huge smile and he was thrilled telling me “this is what it is all about”. To everyone, I thank you for your patience during the building phase and I invite you to please come and have a look anytime. We just think it is beautiful.
 
Of course, we are still not quite finished! The car park comes next and so the fences will be back up but right down the back near the skips. This work begins Thursday 17 October and is expected to be complete in December. 
 
I have also heard that work on our sensory garden will commence on 11 November and it is also expected to be finished in December.  Unfortunately, that top section of the school -from the gym down to the old front entrance steps including the sand pit will be fenced off while that work is done.  However, I have asked we still have access to the path that goes from the Buena Vista Drive carpark to the gym entrance. The side with the cubbies of that area will be opened but not the sandpit. There will be a new sandpit in the sensory garden. 
 
Now the playing field is open, we will be looking to channel all our fundraising efforts into purchasing playground equipment, bike racks, seating and generally making the grounds safer to offer different types of play around a number of areas. More exciting times ahead.
 
Curriculum Night
Just a reminder that the MSPS Family Curriculum Night will be held tonight, Wednesday 16 October. Our school and classrooms will be open, providing an opportunity to celebrate the teaching and learning that happens at MSPS every day. The students and teachers have many things they would like to show you and do with you including; garden and kitchen tours, having fun with the green screen in the media room, our amazing Da Vinci Centre, French activities and story time in our gorgeous new library. Please come along and check out our new building and playing field!
 
Year 3 & Year 5 camps next week.
There is a great deal happening next week with both Year 3 and Year 5 heading off on their camps on Monday. That is approximately 170 children being dropped off Monday morning with their suitcases. So an early heads up that parking might be an issue.
To ease some of it the best we can, the Year 3 children will be dropping their suitcases off where the buses are usually stationed in Buena Vista Drive near the shops. They will meet in the gym and then make their way to the buses. Once they depart, buses for the Year 5s will arrive and the Year 5s will come up from their classes to meet the buses. Thus, their departure time will be later. More details from the Year 3 and Year 5 staff are being sent out via Compass.
 
Silk Worms
We have just acquired some silk worm eggs here at MSPS and we need a little help providing them with all their basic requirements. We require a fish tank, shoe boxes and a constant supply of mulberry leaves. The eggs have already started hatching so we need help quickly. If you can help, please see Adam Nelson in the garden.
 
Introducing the Smiley Squad Initiative 
Ruby Timmons and Mackenzie Hall, our Wellbeing Captains, along with Yo Robertson, our Wellbeing Coordinator have worked hard on their peer support idea throughout the last term. As of this week they will patrol lunch time and recess assisted by four other Year 6 students all wearing their “Smiley Squad” badges. Their aim is to help kids in the playground who may be feeling left out or not know what to do over a friend issue. The squad will be coming up with activities to do to include anyone who wants to join in. Their initial post will be around the big old tree near the fairy garden & BER building. They are hoping this will become the MSPS “Friendship Tree” in the future. Please mention the squad to your children, so they can seek them out if need be.
 
Please note the school student leaders are fully aware of informing staff should any issues be requiring more support. The students should be congratulated for implementing a response to supporting kids with friend issues in a way they think they can help from their own experience.
 
Book Parade
Thank you to all families who joined in the Book Parade. It really is special when you see how much books are loved at MSPS and the way all year levels continually join in the fun.  And the reason they are so loved is due mainly to our passionate librarian, Clare Iob. She does an amazing job and from Bridges to Year 6, and always weaves her magic.
I was also proud of our Library Captains, Oliver Zbaracki and Angus Johnston, and the rest of the Year 6 students who were excellent role models. In some instances, Year 6 students in the last term are looking to high school and would not be seen dressing up and in a Book Parade. This wasn’t the case with our Year 6 students though.  They were fantastic and put in an enormous amount of energy not only being a part of it but helping Clare run it.    
 
The staff also got into the swing of things, as you can see in the attached photo. 
  
Battery station
As we are trying to continually work towards reducing our impact on the environment, Tara De Biondi has come up with the idea of introducing a battery recharger. Where we are using AA or AAA batteries for anything at school (eg wireless mice or keyboards) we are now taking them to the battery station set up in the IT office and exchanging them previously charged batteries. This ensures people don’t have to wait for the battery to recharge. 
Between our War on Waste Student Action group, Tara and Adam Nelson, we are becoming more sustainable every day. 
 
Kids teaching kids conference
Some of our students who attended the Kids Teaching Kids conference at Edendale Farm last term have been invited to attend a state-wide conference in the city in November. This conference is a two day event and will be attended by more than 500 students from more than 50 schools around the state. 

Kids Teaching Kids is a school-based education model that inspires young people to learn and care for their local environment.

The Kids Teaching Kids Learning Model uses ‘peer teaching and learning’ pedagogy – where the traditional role of teacher and student change. The teachers become the facilitators and the students are empowered to take responsibility for their own learning.

Students are given the tools to manage their learning and become confident, caring and informed citizens ready to take on new challenges.
The conference aims to inspire not just future environmental leaders but hopes to inspire students to come up with innovative solutions to ensure the health of our environment, especially waterways, into the future.
  
MSPS achievers
Last week, Amy Duckworth and I had an opportunity to attend the 1st Lower Plenty cubs and proudly watch two of our Year 5 boys, Angus Friend and Jake Pepyat, be awarded their Grey Wolf Achievement Award. This is one of the highest awards in the Cub ranks and requires a great deal of hard work and dedication to persist and achieve. Listening to the speech given by their leader, James Cooper (one of our own dads), I was amazed by the skills and aptitude both boys demonstrated as they worked towards gaining these awards. I was also proud to hear about their positive attitudes and the way they go about including everyone in their pack and how they go out of their way to help younger children and neighbours. They are both just great kids – double thumbs up Jake and Angus.
  
Congratulations to Alex Lloyd who participated in high jump in the School Sport Australia National Championship in Darwin during the holidays. Alex was a finalist and finished fifth overall. We are so proud of Alex reaching this high level – to be in the top five in Australia is fairly significant. Most of all the experiences that Alex had were wonderful –
meeting students from around Australia in a beautiful setting. Well done Alex!
 
Congratulations also to Ashley White in Year 6, who has passed his Yellow-Orange belt at the Yarra Judo Club. I received an email from Judo Victoria, informing me that Ashley had passed his Judo practical and knowledge test and received that grading. This is no easy task and requires a great deal of practice so we are immensely proud of you Ash for your hard work and persistence. 

Congratulations to Alex Pezzin who can currently be seen on our television screens! He is a masked superhero in the current Chemist Warehouse commercial.

Finally, congratulations to the Buhagiar boys, Ben (Year 3) and Owen (Year 1) who were part of a Fox Footy advertisement during the holidays. The boys have been part of an advertisement before and this was their second ad. They are becoming quite the TV stars.  Thumbs up Ben and Owen.
 
And just before I sign off, a reminder to all students that our Sunsmart policy requires a sun smart hat to be worn in the playground and when walking around the school. Sun protection is a priority for all children and staff members. Please ensure hats are clearly named so they can be returned to the rightful owners.
 
Best Wishes
 
Leanne Sheean
Principal
 
Montmorency South Primary School acknowledges traditional owners of country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to elders both past, present and future.
 
‘Montmorency South is an inclusive learning community where students are inspired to be respectful, creative, curious and independent learners.’
 
Our Belief:
We believe that every person in our Montmorency South school community has the capacity to assist each student in attaining our vision.
 
Motto
Together we learn, lead and achieve
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Family Curriculum Night
We look forward to seeing everyone at our Family Curriculum Night tonight, Wednesday 16 October, 4-6pm.
 
As you arrive, please head to the office for direction or find one of our friendly Year 6 students or teachers for help.
 
The attached documents include our invitation, program and school maps. These will be handed out as you arrive or you may choose to print them or look at them from home to help plan your afternoon/evening.
 
Halloween Disco
P & F Halloween Disco, Thursday October 24- 6pm-7:30pm in the school gym. Halloween games, dancing (DJ included), chill out zone and sausage sizzle.  Dressing up is encouraged!
 
Tickets through Trybooking are $5 for a single or $20 for a family (2A+3C). Tickets at the door will be $7.50 single & $30 for a family (2A+3C).
 
https://www.trybooking.com/BFPDK
https://www.trybooking.com/555084
 
Icy pole Fridays
Term 4 is here, and so are the icy-poles!
 
Icy poles are available on the BER deck during Recess on a Friday at a cost of .50 cents each.
 
War on Waste
Our bottle bricks project is winding down
Thanks so much for everyone's enthusiastic support in helping us create the bottle bricks needed for our seating circle. We are now asking people NOT to start making any new bricks as we have so many half done ones still left to finish. We will still accept any bottle bricks that you have started, but the cut-off date for those that will count towards our class competition is this Friday 18 October. Thanks again and please come and visit us in our Bush Block this Wednesday at our School Curriculum night if you would like to see how we are building 

Help needed…
Last week we completed our first bottle seat in the Bush Block as part of our bottle bricks seating circle project. We will be continuing building next Monday 21 October. If you would like to come and help year 4/5 students to mix concrete for our seats please contact Tara on 0429 478 261. We are looking for volunteers between 9am-12pm (however you can just nominate the hour block you are available for).

Do you have a ute or a trailer?  We are looking for help to collect the next batch of concrete for our seating project. We need to collect 30 x 20kg bags of premixed concrete from Bunnings Eltham this Friday. Bunnings have said that if we call ahead on the day they can arrange a forklift or man power to help load them from their end and then we will have kids and wheelbarrows lined up to offload them back at school. Please ring Tara on 0429 478 261 if you think you might be able to help.

Chicken roster
Checking in on the chickens is as simple as making sure there are still four of them and making sure they have food and water and then keeping whatever eggs you find.

1) Click this link to see our SignUp on SignUp.com: https://signup.com/go/mNnFXWL
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It's Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.

Uniforms
Unfortunately we no longer have an onsite uniform shop. Uniforms can be ordered online and then delivered directly to your child at school. Alternately, you may prefer to visit the showroom in Ringwood. All details can be found on the RHS Sports website: https://www.rhsports.com.au/product/school_wear

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Dates for your diary:

Wed 16 Oct

  • Regional athletics – Meadowglen Athletics track
  • P&F meeting – 7:30pm
  • Family curriculum night – 4-6pm

Thursday 17 October

  • 2019 Year 6 parent graduation meeting – 6:30pm

Friday 18 October

  • Closing date for Schoolastic Book orders to be submitted online
  • Closing date for Friendship requests to be submitted to your child’s teacher.

Monday October 21

  • Commencement of Colour Fun Run Fundraising (more details to follow)

Mon 21-Wed 23 Oct

  • Year 5 camp – Anglesea (please see Compass/event)

Mon 21-Tues 22 Oct

  • Year 3 camp – Mt Moreton (please see Compass/event)

Thursday 24th Oct

  • P & F Halloween Disco

Friday November 1

  • Back to school funding available for eligible Banyule residents (Flyer attached)

 Mon 4 Nov

  • Curriculum day – student free day

Tues 5 Nov

  • Melbourne Cup Day – no school

Sunday 10 Nov

  • MSPS Choir performing at the Eltham Festival

Monday 18 Nov

  • Final date to hand in your colour fun run fundraising monies (more details to follow)

Mon 18-Thurs 21 Nov

  • Prep, Yr 1 & Yr 2 swimming lessons (more details to follow)

Mon 25-Thurs 28 Nov

  • Prep, Yr 1 & Yr 2 swimming lessons (more details to follow)

Mon 25 Nov

  • Open water learning experience Yr 4 & 6 (more details to follow)

Tues 26 Nov

  • Open water learning experience Yr 3 & 5 (more details to follow)

Fri 29 Nov

  •  Yr 2 day camp (more details to follow)
  • Colour Fun Run – Closing date for prize claims (more details to follow)

 Mon  2 Dec

  • Year 6 Funfields excursion (more details to follow)

Wed 4 Dec

  • Carols by candlelight 6:30pm (more details to follow) 

Tues 10 Dec

  • Year 7 orientation day at High school
  • Year 6 pizza dinner at school 5-7pm (more information to follow) 

 Wed 11 Dec

  • P&F meeting 7:30pm 

Fri 13 Dec

  •  P & F Colour Run (More details to follow) 

Wed 18 Dec

  • Graduation (Yr 6 students)
  • NO ASSEMBLY

Thurs 19 Dec

  • Last day of school – 3:30pm dismissal

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Looking for something to do outside of school?

Sunday October 20

  • Walk for Epilepsy (Flyer attached)

Sunday October 27

  • Briar Hill Spring Fair (Flyer Attached)

Tuesday 29 October

Saturday 16 Nov

  • St Mary’s Fete (Flyer Attached)

Tennis Anyone?
Tennis lessons are available locally through Topline Tennis www.toplinetennis.com
Having a Sleep over?
Snazzy Sleepoverzzz sets up a slumber party with all inclusions in the customer’s home.  A tent, mattress, doona, breakfast tray all finished off with decorations that bring the theme to life. www.snazzysleepoverzzz.com.au
T-ball
October is the month that the T-ball season begins and we are lucky enough to have a team for 5 – 10 year olds available just in Lower Plenty www.tballsmash.com.au
Baseball
The Summer Season for Baseball begins in September for 8-16 year olds (also in Lower Plenty).   www.juniorbaseball.com.au
Eltham Festival
Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 November www.elthamfestival.org.au
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Movie-Wonder Class activity 26/06/19

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Dear 5A Parents,

This semester we have been reading Wonder as our class novel, focusing on the theme of kindness and diversity. To conclude our work around this, our class will be watching the movie in the final week of school and comparing the similarities and differences between the movie and the text. As this movie is rated PG we will require your consent for your child to be present during the film. Please add consent via compass/events by Tuesday 25th June. If at any point a student is feeling uncomfortable they will be able to sit in the adjoining room with a teacher to read.

Regards, Amy Duckworth

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Athletic trials for Triple Jump, 200m, 800m and 1500m Wednesday 12th June

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Dear Parents,

If your child would like to try out for Triple Jump, 200m, 800m and 1500 metres races, you will need to notify Chris Cameron or Justin Shears BEFORE Tuesday the 11th of June. We will be holding these trials at at Willinda Park Greensborough, on Wednesday 12th June  4pm to 5pm. We will hold races for 10, 11 and 12/13 YO students for both boys and girls. This is an optional event. Parents will be required to take their children to and from the event.

Thank you

Chris Cameron
P.E Teacher
Montmorency South P.S
cameron.christopher.j@edumail.vic.gov.au
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Anaphylaxis notification-Prep B

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Dear Parents of Prep B,

 

There are students in your child’s class who have severe allergies. Contact with certain food products could cause this child to go into anaphylactic shock.
Please refer to the attached letter and links for further information, our Anaphylaxis policy is on our website.

Yours sincerely,

Rachael Higgs
Classroom Teacher

Leanne Sheean
Principal

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Anaphylaxis notification-6C

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Dear Parents of 6C,

 

There are students in your child’s class who have severe allergies. Contact with certain food products could cause this child to go into anaphylactic shock.
Please refer to the attached letter and links for further information, our Anaphylaxis policy is on our website.

Yours sincerely,

Andrew Glembin
Classroom Teacher

Leanne Sheean
Principal

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Anaphylaxis notification-6B

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Dear Parents of 6B,

 

There are students in your child’s class who have severe allergies. Contact with the following food products could cause this child to go into anaphylactic shock.

Please refer to the attached letter and links for further information, our Anaphylaxis policy is on our website.

Yours sincerely,

Rowena Martin
Classroom Teacher

Leanne Sheean
Principal

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Anaphlaxis notification-3D

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Dear Parents of 3D,

 

There are students in your child’s class who have severe allergies. Contact with certain food products could cause this child to go into anaphylactic shock:
Please refer to the attached letter and links for further information, our Anaphylaxis policy is on our website.

Yours sincerely,

Daniel Jacobs
Classroom Teacher

Leanne Sheean
Principal

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Newsletter Issue 6 – Term 2 Week 4 2019

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From the Principal’s Desk
 
Together we learn, lead and achieve.  
  
Dear Monty South Community       
 
Last week we held our 2020 Prep Information Night for interested parents. It was fantastic to have such a large contingent of staff attending and I thank them for their support. There is still strong interest in our school and we now have a number of enrolments for next year.  It is expected that confirmation letters for Prep 2020 will be sent out at the start of June. 
 
Also a reminder to our families with Year 6 students that Year 7 2020 Transition forms must be returned to school by Friday 17 May. 
 
Also, the Department has launched a new website that helps parents identify their local public school online.
 
Findmyschool.vic.gov.au was launched the first week of term and shows every school zone across the state. If your child is preparing to enter Year 7 and you want to know more about the secondary school options, this website is a good place start.
 
Election Day barbeque and cake stall
 
On Saturday, May 18, the Parents and Friends Association will be holding an election barbeque and cake stall at school. We need as many volunteers as possible and any help is appreciated. You can register your interest to help in 30 minute blocks here: https://signup.com/go/jdDTozM
 
We have a wonderful school community and volunteering at the barbeque is another way you can contribute to it. Any money raised will go towards our new playground area.
 
Online NAPLAN testing for Year 3 and Year 5
 
The annual National Assessment Program – literacy and numeracy (NAPLAN) tests will begin this week. As our school will be doing them online, they will be conducted over a two-week period. The timetable for this was sent home to Year 3 and Year 5 parents last week. 
 
Although we give students practice in how to go through the tests, as a school, we do not ‘teach to the test’, nor is it designed to be something you can study for. Rather, the test is designed to assess what is taught in the classroom and how students use their problem solving strategies.
 
More information about NAPLAN and question examples is available here:
 
http://www.np.edu.au/na%5blan/the-tests/the-tests.html
 
Attitudes to school survey – Year 4 to 6
 
The Attitudes to School Survey is an annual online survey conducted by the Department to help schools gain an understanding of students’ perceptions and experience of school. This will again run in June.  We value what the students say about engagement, wellbeing and quality instruction and the survey’s purpose is to gauge the views of the students and then the Department reports back the results to us.  This enables us to plan programs and activities that addresses the feedback we receive.
 
Students in Years 4 to 6 across Victoria will participate in the online survey which during school hours. The survey only takes about twenty minutes to complete. The survey is a purpose built secure online tool and each student will be provided with a unique login to complete it. The identifier is only used to link data for statistical and reference purposes only and all responses are anonymous. Personal identification data will not be recorded in the survey response file thus ensuring the confidentiality of each student’s response. 
 
More information can be found on the following here:
http://www.education.vic.gov.au/school/teachers/management/improvement/Pages/performsurveyat.aspx
 
Staff news
 
We welcome Maddy Macleod to our school who has taken over 4A. Maddy started with us last Thursday and has been enjoying getting to know the class and valued the transition week with Carmie Isaacs. Maddy has a very supportive team around her and is currently working hard on her class reports.
 
We have also appointed two new teachers to fill the positions of staff going on family leave at the end of this term. As they are both teaching at other schools, we have to wait until their current classes and families are told before we can announce the successful applicants.  We hope to be able to do this by the end of the week.
 
On Thursday 16 May, it will be Education Support Personnel Day. Across the globe, thousands of ES staff work every day in a variety of roles to foster positive learning environments and ensure schools function effectively. On the day, the AEU and Education International will recognise and celebrate the extraordinary contribution ES staff make to students and schools. 
 
Mother’s Day Stall
 
The stall was another wonderful team effort by the Parents and Friends group. Special mention to Jenny Vergers who did an outstanding job in organising it all. Year 6 students and parents also ran the stalls. We love how everyone at MSPS just gets on and gets things done.
  
MSPS achievers
 
Thumbs up to the following achievers from our Monty South community:
 
Mason Wright played in the under 8 basketball grand final for Eltham Wildcats recently. The team played with great determination but unfortunately missed the win. Nevertheless, Mason was recognised as the EDJBA Summer 2018/2019 Most Determined Player. Fantastic Mason! 
 
And congratulations to our Student Action Leaders (SALS) who received their badges at assembly last week. We have already formed some action teams to address some of the issues around the school. 
 
Well done to:
 
Class
Student Action Leader

3A  – Bianca Hrovat
Tom Robson

3B – Mel Vaughan
Oscar Whitmore

3C – Tracey Cole
Josh Aszodi

3D – Daniel Jacobs
Claudia Williams

4A – Maddy Macleod
Amy Thompson/Felix Winfield

4B – Nerinda Hodgson
Zian Mahanta

4C – Tegan Caldwell
Phoebe Hogan

4D – Amanda McDonald
Koko Finger/Max MacDonald

4E – Jessica Head
Amalia Gomez

5A – Amy Duckworth
Charlie Mitchell

5B – Lisa Symons/Rachel Young
Zack Khan

5C – Laura Johnstone
Oliver Deery

6A – Emma Hooper
Zac Alberti

6B – Rosie Morton
Maya Bennette

6C – Andrew Glembin
Sienna Di Carlo

6D – Dale Weston
Luella Morrow

  
Leanne Sheean
Principal

Are You A Parent of a Child Aged 2 to 12?

The Parenting and Family Support Centre at the University of Queensland is conducting research into parents’ opinions about parenting and parenting programs. If you have a child between 2 and 12 years, we would love to hear your views on parenting and the services that are available to you as a parent. You will need to complete a short survey. To find out more or to participate please visit https://exp.psy.uq.edu.au/parenting
Please see flyers attached below. 

Montmorency South Primary School acknowledges traditional owners of country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to elders both past, present and future.
 
‘Montmorency South is an inclusive learning community where students are inspired to be respectful, creative, curious and independent learners.’
 
Our Belief:
We believe that every person in our Montmorency South school community has the capacity to assist each student in attaining our vision.
 
Motto
Together we learn, lead and achieve
 
 
WHAT IS COMING UP
 
Tues 14 May

  • Naplan – Yr 3 Writing & Yr 5 Writing 9:30-10:30am

 
Wed 15 May

  • Naplan – Yr 5 Reading 9:30-10:40am
  • P&F meeting 7:30pm – Staffroom

Thurs 16 May

  • Naplan – Yr 3 Reading 9:30-10:30am
  • Naplan – Yr 5 Language Conventions

Fri 17 May

  • Application for Year 7 Placement 2020’ forms – DUE TODAY
  • Year 4 Athletics 12:30-3:30 Petrie Park
  • Let’s ride program 3B – 2:40-3:30pm

Mon 20 May

  • Naplan – Yr 5 Maths 9:20-10:40am
  • Naplan – Yr 3 Language Conventions 10:30-11:30am

Tues 21 May

  • Naplan – Yr 3 Maths 9:30-10:30am

Wed 22 May

  • Assembly – 2:45pm

Thurs 23 May

  • Naplan – catch up sessions for students who were absent

Fri 24 May

  • Let’s ride program 3B – 2:40-3:30pm

 
Wed 29 May

  • Year 5 excursion – Melbourne Zoo (see compass/events for more information)

Fri 31 May

  • Let’s ride program 3B – 2:40-3:30pm

 
Tues 4 June

  • School Council meeting – 7:15pm

Wed 5 June

  • Division Cross Country – Bundoora Park 9:30am-12:00pm
  • Assembly – 2:45pm

Wed 5 – Fri 7 June

  • Year 4 camp – Arrabri Lodge – Please find information on Compass/Events

Fri 7 June

  • Let’s ride program 3B – 2:40-3:30pm

Mon 10 June

  • Queen’s Birthday – No school

Thurs 13 June

  • Chess tournament – Viewbank Primary School 9:30am-2:30pm

Fri 14 June

  • Let’s ride program 3B – 2:40-3:30pm

Wed 19 June

  • Assembly – 2:45pm

Fri 21 June

  • Let’s ride program 3B – 2:40-3:30pm

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