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​Newsletter Number 13 / Term 3 Week 7 2020

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

 
Dear Monty South Community,       
 
It is hard to believe that we are in week seven of Term 3 already.  I hope everyone is keeping warm in this rather cold weather we are experiencing. I am looking forward to spring and a little more sunshine.

Remote learning
Last week we sent out a survey in relation to remote learning.  We would like to thank everyone who has responded to the survey so far. It is now our task to collate all of your responses to see if the changes and adjustments we made hit their target.

Remote learning certainly has been a new experience for all of us and it is important that we work together to make the process easier and more purposeful for everyone.  As I have said previously if something is not clear for you, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher through Seesaw or WebEx, or just call us in the office for support. We will always respond.

One of the biggest impacts the COVID-19 restrictions have had on all of us, particularly the students is the ability to make connections with each other. During the past week Jhye Burton and Jay Reynolds have set up clubs for the students to participate in. Jhye runs basketball drills, fitness clubs, lego club, social catch-ups and online games sessions for the Years 3 – 6’s and Jay runs storytime, show and tell lego clubs, social catch-ups and music/dance/rhyme/yoga sessions for the Prep to Year 2 students.

The level of engagement we have had so far has been wonderful and the students have responded well to these sessions.  These clubs will continue throughout Remote Learning 2.0.
 
TIKTOK and ROBLOX
TikTok is a video-sharing app which some of our students have been using during remote learning. Users can upload and share short videos of themselves lip-syncing to songs or acting out comedy sketches, and add special effects. They can gain followers (‘fans’) and browse other people’s videos.

The age recommendation is 13 and above. However, you don’t have to prove your age when creating an account, so younger children can still use it easily. It’s most popular with under-16s.
 
Our students have been excited to able to create some wonderful videos, but unfortunately it has recently come to our attention that some students have experienced issues with the use of TikTok. One student has had their account hacked by someone from overseas. This hacker has then assumed the student’s identity and used it to message others.  Another student has been accessing in appropriate websites.
 
Roblox is an online game that some students have been accessing at home as it isn’t a program permitted or accessible at school.   It is for ages 12+.  It is advertised as ‘the ultimate virtual universe that lets you play, create, and be anything you can imagine’. The precautionary warning we are giving is that some of our students have discovered its ability to allow for communication between people.
 
Attached to the newsletter you will find some useful Cyber safety advice which can be used as conversation starters with your children and tips on what you can do as a parent to help your child avoid these pitfalls.
 
Year 6 area
Those of you who have walked through the school ground or travelled along Grand Boulevard may have noticed that there are changes happening in front of the Year 6 classrooms. 

This section is being developed as a space for the Year 6’s to meet and spend time together.  There will be seating areas and lots of plants and the pavers that were taken up to make way for the new building will be re-laid.  Also incorporated into the area will be an outdoor table tennis table which is sure to provide the students with lots of fun.
 
Bush Block
Tara De Bondi has been working with a group from Haas and Gray who are Indigenous Horticulturists to remove weeds in the bush block particularly the woody weeds. This work will help to prepare the bush block for future planting of indigenous species rather than the invasive varieties that have previously been planted there. 

Cath Kingshott has also been assisting in this work. Both Tara and Cath have found it has been a fantastic opportunity to develop their own knowledge about the area which they can then pass onto the students.

Tara was very grateful for the assistance of the Ballock family whose house runs beside the bush block. They very kindly allowed Tara and the group to access water from their site.

Mental health in primary schools project
Montmorency South is one of 10 schools in the Mental Health in Primary Schools pilot project. The pilot will be delivered in partnership between the Department of Education and Training, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. The pilot will provide training and resources to support staff to understand and respond to mental health issues that affect primary school aged students. It will also focus on building strong connections between schools and local health services so that students and families are getting the support they need.

Leanne Sheean, Yo Robertson, Hayley Hender and Laura Johnstone have commenced their training. When they have completed their training sessions they will work with the staff.  

Professor Frank Oberklaid, from the Centre for Community Child Health, a department of The Royal Children’s Hospital said
“Primary schools are an ideal platform from which to provide mental health services because virtually all children attend school and teachers are in an ideal position to identify children with emerging or existing mental health issues and help put in place effective early intervention strategies.”
This is a great opportunity for Montmorency South.

SENIOR CONCERT NEWS: ALADDIN KIDS 2020
Dear Year 3-6 performers and parents,

As I’m sure you’re aware, our plan to film at the end of this term can no longer go ahead with the extension of restrictions to the end of Term 3, at least.  I had hoped to turn our attention to see what was possible for an ‘Arabian Christmas’ at the end of Term 4. We now realise the social distancing restrictions may more than likely still be in place. Or, if lifted would not give us the time required, even modified, to pull together a piece that takes thirty hours minimum rehearsal together.

Apologies I have not contacted you earlier, as conditions out of our control have continued to change, as have our plans!

Our team hopes to make the best of a unique situation and this requires us to be creative and stay inspired.  We will keep you informed along the way.

Take care, Jude, Em and Andy.
 
Penguins
Each night at sunset the world’s largest colony of Little Penguins walk up the beach in Phillip Island to their homes. As visitors are no longer allowed due to COVID restrictions Phillip Island Nature Parks will be live streaming the Penguin parade from 6pm Tuesday 25 August. The livestream will happen on their Facebook Page and YouTube channel. This free 30 minute stream will run nightly from Tuesday.  According to Phillip Island Nature Parks, this is perhaps the world’s first livestream of a natural wildlife event at a regular time.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PhillipIslandNatureParks/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/PIPenguinParade
 
Warmest regards,
Leanne

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Scholastic Issue 6
Hi everyone. Just letting you know that Scholastic Book Club issues 6 are now available.  You can go on their website www.scholastic.com.au to view the latest issue. If you do order from their brochure the books will have to be sent to your home, not to school. There will be a charge of $5.99. Hope you are all staying fit and healthy.
Love Clare Bear
 
CLC virtual tour
Virtual Tours are available on various dates by visiting www.clc.vic.edu.au
Year 7 applications for 2020 close on Friday 9 October.
 
Get active E-challenge
RHS sports, the company who supply our school uniforms have created an online challenge.
Games incorporating a mix of Throwing, Jumping and Running events.
https://sites.google.com/view/rhsportsfitnesschallenge/home?utm_source=challlengeedm&utm_medium=mainbutton
 
Free music lessons
In the interest of keeping music alive during the Covid-19 crisis, DSE Music Tuition is giving access to a full term of both piano and guitar lessons – free to every student across Victoria, no catch, no conditions.
The lessons are streamed video lessons via our streaming platform, can be watched on any device (smart TV, desktop, laptop, tablet or phone) and include additional learning material (sheet music, audio files, etc).
Link to access free lessons: https://dsemusic.com.au/video-lessons or call 0416 586 483
DSE MUSIC
0416 586 483
www.dsemusic.com.au
 
Online chess tournaments
Northern Star Chess is offering an online program of online inter-school chess tournaments for Term 3. Students can enter individually or as a team. This Friday is your last chance to participate.
Available Events:
Format: 7 round Swiss, 10 minutes per player per game.
Tournament entry fee: $12 per player
Tournament Dates:
Friday 28 August – 1pm to 3.15pm (approx)
For more information: https://NorthernStarChess.com/e-Tourney.html
Or, please contact Pearl 0407 072 250 or info@NorthernStarChess.com
 
 FREE DAILY ONLINE MUSIC, MINDFULNESS and MOVEMENT WORKSHOPS
Power of M – Music Mindfulness Movement is running free mini workshops every day for the duration of the lockdown to help keep families happy and healthy.
The workshops are 20-30 mins and include a different topic each day such as: Self care, kindness, nutrition, gratitude etc. 
Each session consists of: stretching, yoga, positive affirmations, a live performance of a song on the topic, relaxation breathing and meditation. 
The workshops run Live through the Power of M Facebook Page everyday at 12 noon Mon-Fri. 
To access the live workshop tune into Facebook at 12 noon and head on to the Power of M Facebook Page www.facebook.com/gopowerofm 
If you would like to receive a notification for the live session please like the page. 
A recap of the sessions is also available for on demand viewing post the Facebook live presentation as recordings on both Facebook and YouTube for those unable to tune into the live session.
The links are below: 
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/gopowerofm 
YouTube channel:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWrzi4-aUHlLaMp2CU5bcsA

Online art classes
https://artsmartforkids.com.au/  Artists and instructors take the classes in real-time on Zoom.  Suitable for all ages.  $12.50 per class + gst.

Whitefriars Catholic College for Boys – virtual tours
Registration for Q&A sessions with Principal Mark Murphy or a virtual tour or a virtual tour with question time with staff & students please visit the Whitefriars website.

Food Relief Information
Red Cross, Brotherhood of St Laurence and the Department of Health and Human Services have implemented the Extreme Hardship Support Program to provide emergency financial assistance to people who are unable to access income support.
To be eligible for this program a person must:

  • live in Victoria, and
  • be unable to access Commonwealth income support (such as JobKeeper or JobSeeker) or the Victorian International Student Emergency Relief Fund, and
  • have zero or very limited income, savings or community support
  • be a temporary or provisional visa holder, or an undocumented migrant.

To apply for emergency financial assistance go to www.redcross.org.au/vicrelief. Applicants will need their passport and bank statements showing transactions for the last three months. From Wednesday it will also possible to call a dedicated phone line on 1800 855 240. Speak to someone at Red Cross if you do not have the right visa or bank documents.
FAQs and a fact sheet for community organisations are now available on the
This emergency financial assistance complements other Victorian Government hardship supports available to all people living in Victoria, including the $1500 worker support payment, the $300 test isolation payment, the and the rent relief grant.
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​Newsletter Number 8 Term 2 Week 8 2020

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

 
Dear Monty South Community,       
 
What a wonderful week we have had welcoming back our staff and Prep, Year 1 and Year 2 students.  A school has no soul without happy faces, children’s laughter, chatter and the buzz that comes from teaching and learning. We have certainly missed all of this in the past few months.
I would like to congratulate every single student for being so enthusiastic about coming back to school, as we know it has been very challenging for many students and the younger students in particular. However, it has been very rewarding to see how they have risen to the challenge and overcome their worries. We are really looking forward to our Year 3-6 students returning on Tuesday 9 June. 
 
The process we put in place based on directives from the Department of Education and Training has been successful. Hence, we intend to keep the same process in place for Years 3-6. The arrangements are as follows:

  1. The Department has requested that where there is a risk of congregation at entry and exit points, that start and finish times be staggered. We felt, rather than staggering grades, we would stagger by surnames, enabling families to drop off more than one child and leave quickly. Drop off and pick up times for Prep  to Year 6 will remain as:

Drop Off                                                                              Pick Up
8.50am                                 A-I                                          3.10pm
9.00am                                 J-R                                          3.20pm
9.10am                                 S-Z                                          3.30pm

  1. To reduce the likelihood of congestion, we are asking parents not to come into the classrooms and instead drop off and pick up at designated meeting spots for Prep to Year 2 only.
  • Prep – undercroft
  • Year 1 – oval
  • Year 2 – gym

Our staff will be at these spots to collect and dismiss students at the designated times.

  1. For students in Year 3 to Year 6, we ask that parents drop off these students and leave without coming into the school, if possible. Students from Years 3-6 will be able to access their usual classrooms from 8.50am onwards.
  2. Students who are continuing to isolate at home for health reasons will be provided with work and some form of remote connection with their class but the main schooling will be on the school premises.
  3. For students returning to school, we ask if possible they bring their own pencil cases and equipment. If equipment is assigned at school, it will be wiped down after each use.   
  4. Parents should only enter the school when essential and at all times practice physical distancing. If you need to come into the office, please email or ring beforehand. We thank all our Prep to Year 2 parents who have been so good at not milling around waiting to collect their children. 
  5. There will be no reports sent out at the end of this term. Feedback from teachers to students has been continuous during remote learning. However, our Data Reporting conferences that will take place on Wednesday 29 July. At this conference, written information about Semester 1 will be given to parents. 
  6. There will be another Q and A session for parents of students in Years 3-6

This will take place on Wednesday 3 June at 4pm on WebEx.
https://eduvic.webex.com/meet/sheean.leanne.g
If you have any questions please send these beforehand to montmorency.south.ps@education.vic.gov.au
 
Again our sincere thanks to all parents for following our guidelines during this time.  We really appreciate your support and you are definitely making this process much easier for us.

Student Reporting – Semester 1
It is hard to believe that in a few days the whole MSPS student population will be returning to school for the first time since March 24. As I have said many times, thank you for your ongoing support to your child and the teachers at this school during remote learning. It has been amazing what has been achieved. 

You will receive a report for your child outlining their progress during Semester 1 against the Victorian Curriculum. However, it will be as part of the Data Reporting conferences and the report will look different from what you usually receive, as it has not been not possible to implement our standard report writing process.

We have received advice from the Department of Education and Training regarding modifications to the Semester One reporting that takes into account the limitations on the ability of teachers to accurately assess student progress during the remote learning period. 

As a result of this advice, teachers at our school will:

  • not be providing a five point scale for curriculum areas (ie A to E)
  • be available for parents/carers to discuss the school report and the teaching and learning plan for Term 3 on Wednesday 29 July.

The report comment on student achievement will be limited to

  • a description of the Victorian Curriculum taught
  • a succinct teacher assessment of the literacy and maths areas.
  • a comment on how the student has adjusted to the remote and flexible learning environment, with reference to the Personal and Social capability curriculum
  • goals for the next steps in your child’s learning. 

It is intended to run the meetings via Webex but we will confirm closer to the date.

Bunnings – THANK YOU
A large parcel was delivered to the school this morning courtesy of Bunnings. It was a clear plastic storage container filled with cleaning cloths, disposable gloves, kitchen cleaner, surface sanitizer, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wet wipes and jumbo rolls of toilet paper.

It was such a wonderful community minded thing to do and we are extremely grateful to Eltham Bunnings. 

Staff news:
We send our very best wishes to Dale Weston, who is recovering from a minor operation. Dale was in the Austin for a week waiting surgery for a gall bladder removal. He was finally operated on towards the end of last week and is home now recovering. We look forward to seeing him return next week.

We also are thrilled to welcome back Rosie Morton who has just returned from family leave. Rosie will be working in Year 6 on a Thursday and next term will be providing learning support and also taking a Bridges to school group. It is great to have her back.

Prep 2021
 We have had a significant number of enquiries regarding Prep for 2021. Unfortunately, school tours cannot be conducted but we have filmed an information session and posted it on our website. We encourage prospective parents to contact us if they have any questions but otherwise visit the webpage and our Facebook page. Please pass this on to families you know. If you already have children at MSPS, please enrol your child by the end of Term 2, particularly if you wish for them to attend Bridges in Term 3.
As soon as school torus are permitted, we will let the school community know.  
 
I would also like to thank the parents in our community who alerted me to vandalism at the school last weekend. I received an email from Hilary Smith (Caleb’s mum) and Sam Parry (Alex and Xavier’s dad) who helped me clean it up. There was broken glass outside the Year 2 area down to the oval and the goal post pads had been ripped off. Thank you for helping out.

Just one final congratulations to all our Prep to Year 2 families and students on their great first week back. We wish you another great weekend and we look forward to welcoming the rest of the school after the long weekend for the final two weeks of school.  

Warmest regards,

Leanne

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Darebin Interschool Chess Championship, NOW ONLINE!

While still remaining physically distanced, students can now represent their schools and experience genuine social interaction with like-minded peers by joining in our next Online Interschool Chess Tournament!

It's safe, fully controlled and supervised.
Darebin Interschool Chess Championship
Wednesday, June 3 – From 12:30pm – 3pm
Cost $12 per player

Primary and Secondary Divisions
Winning school qualifies for State Finals!
How parents enter their children

  1. Visit the Tournament Link online
  2. Click 'Enter event'
  3. Complete the online entry process and pay $12 registration fee

Students will use the same email address to login and PLAY games that they submit during their tournament entry.
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Hello from all of us

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Dear MSPS community

Just a happy end of Week 4 hello from the staff.   We are missing you and looking forward to the time we are back together again.

Best Wishes

Leanne and MSPS staff
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Covid-19 Update No 5.

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Dear parents and carers
 
I have just received further information from the Department of Education and Training regarding the announcement made yesterday by the Premier, with the support of the Chief Health Officer.   I can confirm that Victoria has forwarded the school holidays commencing from tomorrow, Tuesday 24 March.
So the arrangements for the rest of this week and the first week of Term 2 are as follows:
Tuesday 24 – Friday 27 March
Principals and school leadership teams will be in attendance on site at school.
Care and supervision program
For the rest of this week, we will provide care and supervision programs for primary school students who are the children (or under the care) of essential services workers and who need to send their children to school. We also have a number of other children whom we have exemptions for and they will also be catered for at school. 
Examples of essential services may include health, police, corrections and emergency services workers.
 
Camp Australia has informed me that they will be providing an Out of School Hours Care (OSHC)  program this week at Monty South and will also be offering a holiday program for the above children,  if parents wish to access it.
 
Staff attendance
Principals of primary schools have been asked to work with our staff so that approximately 30 per cent of the staff, including relevant support staff, to be in attendance this week. We will arrange for a roster.  

DET have defined adequate supervision as follows, based on social distancing measures:

  • Maximum number of 10 children in a room.
  • A minimum ratio of 1:8 to ensure staff are available to assist their colleagues with breaks, relief and other support where required. This staffing ratio can include the use of relevant support staff.

The rest of the staff not participating in the care and supervision program, will be working from home under instruction to prepare for the transition to flexible and remote learning, including preparing for the continuation of support for students’ wellbeing.
 
Start Term 2
Staff return: Tuesday 14 April, pupil free day
Students return: Wednesday 15 April
The Victorian Chief Health Officer (CHO) will advise on whether the transition to flexible and remote learning and support should commence on the first student day of Term 2 (Wednesday 15 April) closer to that date.

We ask that if possible, parents come and pick up their children's First Aid supplies and any personal belongings that are needed, from school.  We will be sending out further information tomorrow regarding our online learning and  what it will look like for each year level. 

To our community,  we want to express our sincere thanks.  You have made us feel so highly valued and we cannot thank you enough. 

Kind Regards
Leanne Sheean
 

 

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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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