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Newsfeed December 10th 2018

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Summary –Skaterz fundraiser, last banking Wednesday this week, volunteers needed for chicken roster
 
Whole school

Principal report
The final Principal report for 2018 will be published next Monday.

Chicken roster – Volunteers needed
Please see attached flyer explaining the need for volunteers to look after the MSPS chickens.

Skaterz Fundraiser for Annabelle Apostola
We have recently been informed that Annabelle Apostola, a Year 3 student here at Montmorency South Primary School, has been diagnosed with Leukaemia.  Her long time babysitter has organised a fundraiser to help the family out with her upcoming treatment.  We would like to invite the whole MSPS school community to join in on Thursday December 13th from 4:30-6:30pm at Skaterz in Eltham.  Please see attached flyer for more information.

School Banking
This Wednesday 12th December is the last day of school banking for the 2018 school year.  If you have earned a prize it will be delivered in the new school year.
 
Lunch orders
There will be no lunch orders available next week.  This Friday is the last day for Lunch orders in 2018.
 
WHAT IS COMING UP

Tue 11 Dec

  • Year 7 2019 Orientation Day
  • MSPS Whole School Step Up – All Day
  • Prep 2019 Transition Final day- 9:00am-11:30am
  • Year 6 pizza night 5-6pm at school
  • Education sub-committee meeting 6:00-6:45pm
  • School Council Meeting 7:15pm

Wed 12 Dec

  • Last school banking for 2018
  • Christmas carols – day time Christmas carol performances

12.45pmYear 1 and Year 2
1.30pm – Year 3 and Year 4
2pm – Choir/Vocal Ensemble
3pm – Foundation, Year 5 and Year 6

Thurs 13 Dec

  • Yr 1 excursion – Legoland

Fri 14 Dec

  • Last day for lunch orders 2018

Wed 19 Dec

  • Year 6 Graduation
  • No Assembly

Thurs 20 Dec

  • Whole school assembly 9:15am – Year 6’s to perform
  • Last day of school – 3:30pm finish

Fri 21 Dec

  • Staff  2019 planning day

 Thurs 31 Jan 2019

  • First day of school Yr1-6

Fri 1 Feb 2019

  • First day of school Prep

Source: News

Newfeed December 3rd 2018

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Summary –Skaterz fundraiser, lost goggles, 2nd hand uniform sale, Chess club 2019
 
Whole school

Skaterz Fundraiser for Annabelle Apostola

We have recently been informed that Annabelle Apostola, a Year 3 student here at Montmorency South Primary School, has been diagnosed with Leukaemia.  Her long time babysitter has organised a fundraiser to help the family out with her upcoming treatment.  We would like to invite the whole MSPS school community to join in on Thursday December 13th from 4:30-6:30pm at Skaterz in Eltham.  Please see attached flyer for more information.

Lost and found – swimming gear

We have quite a few pairs of goggles which were lost after P-Yr 2 swimming. These can be viewed in the office window.

Second Hand Uniform Sale

Unfortunately, the second hand uniform sale has had to be postponed until Friday 7th December due to a lack of volunteers. It will now be held on the front deck between 8:30-9:15.  Please email  secretarymsps@gmail.com if you are able to help on the day.
 
Chess for 2019
 
Chess club for 2019 will start on Monday 4th February 2019.  Chess club runs on Mondays after school from 3:30-4:30pm.  If your child is interested in joining chess club in the new year please contact us on montmorency.south.ps@edumail.vic.gov.au .
 
WHAT IS COMING UP

Tues 4 Dec

  • Parent/volunteer afternoon tea 2:00-2:40pm BER foyer

Wed 5 Dec

  • Assembly 2:45pm – UNSW Math Yr 3,4,5 & 6

Thurs 6 Dec

  • Step up 2019 12:30-2:00pm

Fri 7 Dec

  • P&F 2nd uniform sale -8:30-9:15am
  • Prep 2019 Transition Day 4 – 9:00am-11:30am
  • Step up 2019 9:00-11:30am

Mon 10 Dec

  • Step up 2019 12:30-2:00pm

Tue 11 Dec

  • Year 7 2019 Orientation Day
  • MSPS Whole School Step Up – All Day
  • Prep 2019 Transition Final day- 9:00am-11:30am
  • Education sub-committee meeting 6-6:45pm
  • School Council Meeting 7:15pm

Wed 12 Dec

  • Christmas carols – day time Christmas carol performances

12.45pmYear 1 and Year 2
1.30pm – Year 3 and Year 4
2pm – Choir/Vocal Ensemble
3pm – Foundation, Year 5 and Year 6

Thurs 13 Dec

  • Yr 1 excursion – LEGOLAND

Fri 14 Dec

  • Last day for lunch orders 2018

Wed 19 Dec

  • Year 6 Graduation
  • No Assembly

Thurs 20 Dec

  • Whole school assembly 9:15am – Year 6’s to perform
  • Last day of school – 3:30pm finish

Fri 21 Dec

  • Staff  2019 planning day

Source: News

Newsfeed Monday 26th November 2018

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Summary –Chicken roster, Maths for parents, & Parents and Friends update
 
Whole school
Chicken roster – Volunteers needed this weekend
Thank you to all the families who have signed up to help look after the chickens.  There are still a few weekends needing volunteers.    If you could help out please sign the roster located at the school office.

Maths for Parents – tomorrow night 27th November
There is still spots available for the Maths for Parents information night at Diamond Creek Primary School.  Please see attached flyer for more information.  We would like to get an indication of numbers to pass on.  If you would like to attend please sign up via Compass/Insights – Maths for Parents by Wed 21st November.
 
Tuesday November 27th 2018
7:00-8:30pm
Diamond Creek Primary School
 
**Please note: a crèche will be available on the night and MSPS staff will be on hand.

Parents & Friends Update

Second Hand Uniform Sale
Unfortunately the second hand uniform sale has had to be postponed until Friday 7th December due to a lack of volunteers. It will now be held on the front deck between 8:30-9:15.  Please email  secretarymsps@gmail.com if you are able to help on the day.
 
Casual Dress Day
On Friday 30th November it is casual dress day for students.  We are asking if families could contribute with a donation for our annual Christmas Hamper Raffles.  Items for donation could include toys, vouchers, decorations, books, wine, chocolates and food.  Please ensure that all consumable items are within their used by dates and no second hand items will be accepted.
 
Icy Poles
Don’t forget that every Friday throughout Term 4 the P&F Committee sell Icy Poles for 50c at recess on the deck of the BER building.
 
WHAT IS COMING UP

Tues 27 Nov

  • Prep-Yr 2 swimming (45 min lesson)
  • Yr 3 & 5 Open Water Experience
  • Maths for parents presentation 7-8:30pm Diamond Creek Primary – sign up via Compass/Insights

Wed 28 Nov

  • Prep-Yr 2 swimming (45 min lesson)
  • Assembly 2:45pm – UNSW English results presented Yr 3, 4, 5 & 6

Thurs 29 Nov

  • Prep-Yr 2 swimming (45 min lesson)

Fri 30 Nov

  • P&F Casual Dress Day – Christmas basket donation
  • Prep 2019 Transition Day 3 – 9:00am- 11:30am (uniform shop open from 8:30am-12)

Mon 3 Dec

  • Christmas singing workshop for school choir during class time

Tues 4 Dec

  • Parent/volunteer afternoon tea 2:00-2:40pm BER foyer
  • School Council Meeting 7:15pm

Wed 5 Dec

  • Assembly 2:45pm – UNSW Math Yr 3,4,5 & 6

Thurs 6 Dec

  • Step up 2019 12:30-2:00pm

Fri 7 Dec

  • P&F 2nd uniform sale -8:30-9:15am
  • Prep 2019 Transition Day 4 – 9:00am-11:30am
  • Step up 2019 9:00-11:30am

Mon 10 Dec

  • Step up 2019 12:30-2:00pm

Tue 11 Dec

  • Year 7 2019 Orientation Day
  • MSPS Whole School Step Up – All Day
  • Prep 2019 Transition Final day- 9:00am-11:30am

Wed 12 Dec

  • Christmas carols – day time Christmas carol performances
12.45pmYear 1 and Year 2
1.30pm – Year 3 and Year 4
2pm – Choir/Vocal Ensemble
3pm – Foundation, Year 5 and Year 6

Thurs 13 Dec

  • Yr 1 excursion – Legoland

Fri 14 Dec

  • Last day for lunch orders 2018

Wed 19 Dec

  • Year 6 Graduation
  • No Assembly

Thurs 20 Dec

  • Whole school assembly 9:15am – Year 6’s to perform
  • Last day of school – 3:30pm finish

Fri 21 Dec

  • Staff  2019 planning day

Source: News

Hoot No.19 Nov 26th

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From the Principal’s Desk
Together we learn, lead and achieve.   
 
 
2019 classes
 
In 2019, we will revert to 29 classes across the school. Due to capping, our Prep intake has reduced to 80 students in comparison to previous years, which means a drop of about $100,000 from our 2018 school budget.
Some parents may not be aware that public schools are funded on a per head basis and Prep students attract the most funding in a primary setting. That is why we have been able to keep class sizes considerably low in comparison to other schools. Additionally, our staff members are now considered more experienced and their pay reflects that. Staff salaries are paid out of the school budget. It is a delicate balancing act but one I have enjoyed during the years as we have grown. Next year, we will have 651 students, which is about 10 more than this year. With a reduced budget though, we had to look closely at class sizes. When looking at the allocation of rooms, the department has a formula that looks at class sizes of 25. This is based on Years 3-6 recommended class sizes of 27 and Prep-2 class sizes of around 21-22. 
Next year, our current five classes of Prep students with 17 to 18 students in each will be reduced to four Year 1 classes with 22 students in each class. Some of our students are moving to other areas so it would have resulted in very small classes if we kept the five classes. I know of a school close by that has 700 students and 29 students in each class. So we are doing well by comparison.
 
School Council
 
Last week we held our School Council meeting and a number of matters were discussed. These included:
 
1. Car parking. Adam Bird has spoken to council and they are looking at revising the scoping plans and will consult with the school. 
2. Recycling. Next year, we will be looking to do more in this area. Currently, we have no propensity to access the Council’s recycling bins and so we will look at our own co-mingle bin. We also have a number of students in Year 4 who are very keen to do something long term.
3. One to One iPad Program. Next year, in Year 3, the school will provide the iPads for students. These will remain at school, as they are school property. The One to One iPad program will continue in Years 4-6 and so 2019 Year 3s will commence the program in 2020. 
4. 2018 Xmas Carols. The night program will not go ahead but the students will be able to perform during the day of December 12. This will include choirs. The performances will be placed on Seesaw or be airdropped to student iPads. 
5.  Seesaw. A decision was made to extend the Seesaw program to all year levels next year. We have been given approval for our PIA (Privacy Impact Assessment) by the Legal Unit of the Department of Education.  However, parents will still be able to opt out. For parents who opt out of the Seesaw app, they will still receive assessment tasks in hard copy, where possible, but student portfolios will not be the same format.   
 

 
Thanks to Shayley Holland (Jack Year 4 and Lachlan Year 2) for finding this picture, which accurately describes why we use Seesaw. 
 
 
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 then informs the parent payment charges approved by school councils that may vary from one school to the next. 
Last month our School Council approved the Parent Payment charges for the 2019 school year. These charges are set to ensure 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, Optional Items 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.
We thank our families in advance for their financial support, which enables us to continue to add value to the students of MSPS.
 
 
Year 5 camp
 
Thank you to the Year 5 team who returned from another successful camp.
 
Andrew Johnson, Laura Johnstone, Nerinda Hodgson, Jenny Hutchinson, Elise Van Ooi, Andy Glembin, Kate Little, Jordan Jansen (PST) and Shannon Malloy (PST). Your efforts did not go unnoticed.
 
This concludes our camping program for 2018. The MSPS camping program is a graduated program for each year level.
 
At Foundation there is a breakfast
Year 1 – extended hours and dinner at school
Year 2 – day camp to Sunnystones
Year 3 – Two days, one night stay at Chesterfield Farm and Mount Morton
Year 4 – Three days two nights at an Adventure Camp-Arrabri Lodge
Year 5 – Three days two nights at Anglesea and beach adventures
Year 6 – Three days two nights at Sovereign Hill, looking at historical aspects of early settlement in Australia and the gold rush. 
 
Well done to all the teaching staff, ES staff and pre-service teachers who gave up their own personal and family time to accompany the students and make sure they all had enjoyable and safe experiences. I am always amazed to see how eager they are to take on the challenges of camp and the extra responsibility of looking after someone else’s child full time.    
 
School Council approves the 2019 camps at the first meeting back in February 2019. Once they are approved we will publish dates on our website. 
 
Letters to our school
 
Captains participation in the Armistice Ceremony
 
On behalf of the Montmorency Eltham RSL we wish to thank you for your participation in our Armistice Ceremony.
Your contribution helped to make it a memorable event.
Regards
Duncan Duke
President
Montmorency RSL 
 
Principal’s Advisory Leaders presentation on their ‘Finding Common Ground’ project
 
And from Cr Alison Champion, Banyule Council
 
Hi, Leanne.
I want to congratulate you and the staff for supporting the students in their presentation of the above topic on Monday afternoon.
While the experience demonstrated many things about our young people in our communities, it showed the most that they have opinions and thoughts and skills and knowledge and are prepared to use and express them freely for the benefit of all.
All the students showed a high level of maturity and leadership. And fearlessness which tends to be suppressed the older we grow. I have said publicly that we are a very long way from “children should be seen and not heard”. If anything, this activity demonstrates that children MUST be heard as well as seen, because their contribution to all our futures is vital and valuable.
I particularly appreciated their request for improved parking and transport around the school. I need every voice to support the improvements to be made to all types of safe access around the school as possible, for both students and residents. A perfect inclusion in this presentation: they had the attention of all the vision-creators and decision-makers on Council.
As a parent, I was very proud to see the children I have known and watched grow for the last 8 or 9 years into intelligent, expressive and interested young people. This is, in part, a result of their home lives and their parents’ influences. And also in part to the influences of their teachers and the unwavering philosophy of the school: the TRIBES programme. Both influences have, intentionally or not, created some of our future leaders. And I’m always on the lookout for the next leader, regardless of age.
 
Congratulations and thank you all for the contribution to our children and to Council.
 
Building update
 
The builders are working hard to put the roof on before the Christmas and New Year break.  I have included a photo to show you all where we are up to at this point in time.  Next year will be very exciting. 
 
MSPS achievers
Thumbs up to the following achievers from our Monty South community.
 
Well done to Amy Brilliant 3C and Genevieve Spina 3C who recently competed in a gymnastics competition and did exceptionally well. They individually scored gold and silver medals and as a team came fourth overall.  Bravo Amy and Gen!

Finally, congratulations to the following students for their excellent results in the UNSW Science test scoring Distinctions and High Distinctions. 
 
Year 3 Distinction
Chloe Lee, Zian Mahanta, Harper Reed, Sienna Christian and Jasper Sibbing
 
Year 3 High Distinction
Gabriel Tran
 
Year 4 Distinction
Raph Hendry
 
Year 5 Distinction
Maya Bennette and Oliver Laidler Testi
 
Year 6 Distinction
Ella Jones, Oscar Hendry, James Ferres and Zane Larsen
 

The new website is live – www.montysouth.vic.edu.au
 
Enjoy the week ahead.
 
Kind regards
Leanne Sheean
Principal
 
Montmorency South Community Update – 
 
Student of the Week – http://www.montysouth.vic.edu.au/showcase/student-of-the-week/
 
Student Showcase – (old Classroom Clippings) – 
http://www.montysouth.vic.edu.au/showcase/

 
Parents & Friends Committee – http://www.montysouth.vic.edu.au/community/parents-friends-committee/
 
Advertisements – 
http://www.montysouth.vic.edu.au/community/advertisement/
Source: News

Newsfeed 19th November 2018

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Summary –Chicken roster, Scholastic book club, Christmas carols, Election Day P&F book and bake sale – Volunteers needed, 2nd hand uniform sale, Volunteer afternoon tea date, change of UNSW testing presentation dates
 
Whole school

Chicken roster
Our chickens are in desperate need of looking after on weekends for the rest of the year and over the summer holidays.  If you could help out please sign the roster located at the school office.

Election Day Parents and Friends book & bake sale
Please join the MSPS P&F on Saturday 24th November from 8am-3pm for the Election Day book and bake sale around the BER building.  Have a look before or after you vote. 
 
VOLUNTEERS needed – Election day
It is essential that we have plenty of volunteers to help selling and pack up (approx. 3:00pm). If you can help with part of the stalls, please place your name on the Stall Volunteer List (located outside school office) in an allocated time slot. If you have any queries, please email secretarymspspf@gmail.com or speak with the Parents and Friends Group.
 
Scholastic 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. 

The books will take approximately two weeks to arrive at school after the closed due date of Thursday 22nd 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.. 

P&F 2nd hand uniform sale
Parents and Friends will be holding a 2nd hand uniform sale this Friday 23rd November at 8:30am on the front deck of the school.
 
Final assembly – Year 6 performance – Thurs 20th December 9:15am
 
On the last day of school, Thursday 20th December, we will have our last assembly for the year.  As is our tradition at MSPS the Year 6’s will be presenting their Year 6 Graduation performance to the whole school.  All are welcome to attend.  This special assembly will be starting at 9:15am in the MSPS Gym.
 
Volunteer afternoon tea – Tuesday 4th December 11:30am-12:30pm
Please note there will be a volunteer afternoon tea on Tuesday 4 December from 11:30-12:30pm in the BER foyer.  Invitation and more information will be forthcoming.
 
UNSW Test presentation – date changes
We are now combining all the English test results and the Maths test results.  The new schedule is as follows:
 
Wed 21st Nov – Science Yr 3&5
Wed 28th Nov – All English results Yr 3-6
Wed 5th Dec – All Maths results Yr 3-6
 
WHAT IS COMING UP

Tues 20 Nov

  • Prep-Yr 2 swimming (45 min lesson)

Wed 21 Nov

  • Year 2 Day camp to Camp Sunnystones
  • Assembly 2:45pm – UNSW Science results presented for Yr 3 & 5
  • P&F meeting – 7:30pm

Thurs 22 Nov

  • Prep-Yr 2 swimming (45 min lesson)

Fri 23 Nov

  • P&F 2nd hand uniform sale 8:30am front deck
  • Prep 2019 Transition Day 2 – 9:00am-11:30am (uniform shop open from 8:30am-12)
  • Prep-Yr 2 swimming (45 min lesson)

Sat 24 Nov

  • Election Day – P&F cake & book stall – see attached flyer

Mon 26 Nov

  • Prep-Yr 2 swimming (45 min lesson)
  • Yr 4 & 6 Open Water Experience

Tues 27 Nov

  • Prep-Yr 2 swimming (45 min lesson)
  • Yr 3 & 5 Open Water Experience
  • Maths for parents presentation 7-8:30pm Diamond Creek Primary – sign up via Compass/Insights

Wed 28 Nov

  • Prep-Yr 2 swimming (45 min lesson)
  • Assembly 2:45pm – UNSW English results presented Yr 3, 4, 5 & 6

Thurs 29 Nov

  • Prep-Yr 2 swimming (45 min lesson)

Fri 30 Nov

  • P&F Casual Dress Day – Christmas basket donation
  • Prep 2019 Transition Day 3 – 9:00am- 11:30am (uniform shop open from 8:30am-12)

Mon 3 Dec

  • Christmas singing workshop for school choir during class time

Tues 4 Dec

  • Parent/volunteer afternoon tea 11:30-12:30pm BER foyer
  • School Council Meeting 7:15pm

Wed 5 Dec

  • Assembly 2:45pm – UNSW Math Yr 3,4,5 & 6

Thurs 6 Dec

  • Step up 2019 12:30-2:00pm

Fri 7 Dec

  • Prep 2019 Transition Day 4 – 9:00am-11:30am
  • Step up 2019 9:00-11:30am

Mon 10 Dec

  • Step up 2019 12:30-2:00pm

Tue 11 Dec

  • Year 7 2019 Orientation Day
  • MSPS Whole School Step Up – All Day
  • Prep 2019 Transition Final day- 9:00am-11:30am

Wed 12 Dec

  • Assembly 2:45pm
  • Christmas carols – day time Christmas carol performances

Thurs 13 Dec

  • Yr 1 excursion – Legoland

Fri 14 Dec

  • Last day for lunch orders 2018

Wed 19 Dec

  • Year 6 Graduation

Thurs 20 Dec

  • Whole school assembly 9:15am – Year 6’s to perform
  • Last day of school – 3:30pm finish

Fri 21 Dec

  • Staff  2019 planning day

Source: News

Hoot No 17 – Nov 12th

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From the Principal’s Desk
Together we learn, lead and achieve.   
 
Sensory garden success
 
It is always wonderful to hear great news and that was delivered last week when we heard our State Government Inclusive Schools Grant application was successful. We will receive $160,000 for a new sensory garden as designed by Andrea Bowman (Will 5B, Roy 3A, Aviana 1C and Lincoln PB), Nicki Gallagher (Sophia 3A) and Jenna Farrington (ex-SAKG Garden Teacher).
 
I want to thank Andrea, Nicki and Jenna for their initiative, passion and time spent applying for the grant. We look forward to our amazing new sensory garden being completed. 
 
2019 classes
 
We have placed all students into classes for 2019 and are now going through the process of checking and balancing them with parent requests. Once this process is finished, I will then sit down with staff and go through the list again before releasing the lists to teachers.
 
Our first ‘Step Up’ session begins on Thursday 6 December 12.30-2pm followed by Friday 7 December 9-11.30am, Monday 10 December 12.30-2pm with the final day Tuesday 11 December for the whole day. Our 2019 Prep students will also join us that day from 9-11.30am.
 
Christmas Carols 
 
As I explained in the last newsletter, we received word from Banyule Council that our Christmas Carols booking at Petrie Park would have to be cancelled as the toilets were being refurbished. Since then, Banyule Council have decided to provide four portable toilets for people using the playground area. 
 
Additionally, there are toilets at the nearby Scout Hall that can be hired for $25 an hour. We will also need to source a power generator to provide us with electricity needed for music and sound as the Scout Hall is too far from where we plan to set up.
 
With these logistics to consider, the matter will be discussed at School Council and a final decision made as to whether we go ahead with Petrie Park or run a program during the day for parents and friends. As soon as a decision is made by School Council, we will inform everyone via Compass.
 
Armistice Day Commemoration 
 
On Thursday 8 November our school captains and four of our Year 5 students attended an Armistice Centenary Celebration at the Montmorency Eltham RSL. Montmorency South was one of two primary schools in attendance the moving event. Abby Gruneklee and Gus Wilkins presented a wreath on behalf of our school. We were very proud of them and the other students who represented Monty South – Chloe Green, Ethan Flather, Emily Cook, James Allison, Sophie Peters and Ashley White.
At the conclusion of the ceremony each of the students received a medallion which recognised the 100 years – 1918 – 2018.
 
Year 3 camp
 
On Thursday, the Year 3 students headed to Chesterfield Farm and Mount Morton for two days on school camp.

As you can appreciate, staff at MSPS work hard to ensure the safety of all students when planning activities, excursions and camps. I thank them for their willingness to do so and give up their own family time to ensure the children have a great experience. 
 
Thank you to Amanda McDonald, Tracey Cole, Melanie Vaughan, Brittany Muir, Lisa Symons, Jess Head, Michelle Bardsley, Chelsea Ross, Jhye Burton, Daniel Jacobs, Jamie Nind and Chris Vaughan. Your efforts don’t go unnoticed.
 
Parent Opinion Survey 
 
Thank you to the families who completed our 2018 Parent Opinion Survey recently. Our results continue to be top bands and are either maintaining a high level or show an improvement in all areas other than a decrease in physical environment. With major building works happening, we recognise the physical environment of the school is not as good as it was. We all look forward to the completion of the new building and ground works next year. It is excellent to see 98% of the responses say their child feels safe at school and that we promote high expectations and develop self-confidence in children. Homework and providing opportunities for children to make decisions and solve problems were our lower scoring areas along with physical environment. 
 
MSPS achievers

Thumbs up to the following achievers from our Monty South community:
Well done to our students who competed in the Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC) recently. Congratulations to Zadie Kranz (Year 2D) on her certificate of proficiency at a year 5 level, Ella Jones (6C) who gained a credit at a Year 9 level placing her in the top 38% in Australia and  Gabriel Tran (3A) who gained a distinction at a Year 9 level, placing him in the top 12% of students in Australia. Sensational effort.

Thumbs up to our four Monty South students who attended the 2018 Victorian Primary Schools Orienteering Championships Eastern Zone at Cardinia Reservoir last Friday 4 November. MSPS came 7th overall and was the best small-sized school.
 
Individual results as follows: Amelia Little third Grade 3 girls solo, Max Little 13th Grade 5 boys solo, Maya Bennette first Grade 5 girls solo and Ashley White first Grade 5 boys solo. We are extremely proud of the team. Congratulations! 
 
Congratulations to Abbey Kostiw and Ava Nicolson who made the Regional Netball Representative Team. Bravo! Awesome news! 
 
Congratulations also to Lachy Percy on being awarded the ‘Most Determined’ player for the U/9 boys in basketball. Great stuff Lachy!
 
Finally congratulations to the following students, who were selected as finalists in the Montmorency
Secondary College Arts Alive Primary School Art Competition.  Well done to Lily Von Tunk, Eliza Crawford, Lily Cameron, Phoenix Jewell, Aditya Ravi, Hannah Walker, Chloe Green, Lachie Green, Nina Boesenberg, Misha Boesenberg, Emily Brennan, Matilda Johnson-Coad and Tilly O’Neil. 
 
And an extra congratulations to Tilly who was awarded third place overall in the competition. A wonderful achievement Tilly.
Source: News

News Feed – Nov 12-16

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Summary – Election Day P&F book and bake sale, 2nd hand uniform sale, Maths for parents presentation invitation, UNSW test presentations, Christmas signing workshop

Election Day Parents and Friends book & bake sale 
Please join the MSPS P&F on Saturday 24th November for the Election Day book and bake sale around the BER building.  Have a look before or after you vote. 
 
We are still taking donations of books, DVDs or CDs in good, used condition.  We cannot sell pirated DVDs or CDs.  Please donate genuine copies only.  The collection box can be found at the school office. 
P&F 2nd hand uniform sale
 
Parents and Friends will be holding a 2nd hand uniform sale on Friday 23rd November at 8:30am on the front deck of the school.
 
Maths for Parents
 
We would like to extend an invitation to all parents to a Maths for Parents presentation given by Michael Ymer, a specialist mathematics consultant from Melbourne.  This evening is recommended to all parents as a very worthwhile session that will help you understand the focus of mathematics in schools today and offer strategies and ideas to help you support your child.  Please see attached flyer for more information.  We would like to get an indication of numbers to pass on.  If you would like to attend please sign up via Compass/Insights – Maths for Parents by Wed 21st November.
 
Maths for Parents
Tuesday November 27th 2018
7:00-8:30pm
Diamond Creek Primary School
 
**Please note: a crèche will be available on the night and MSPS staff will be on hand.
 
UNSW test presentations
 
The University of New South Wales Science, English and Math presentations will take place over assembly time for the remaining of the school year.  The schedule will be as follows:
 
Wed 14th  Nov – Science 4&6
Wed 21 Nov– Science 3&5
Wed 28 Nov– English 4&6
Wed 5 Dec– English 3&5
Wed 12 Dec– Math 3,4,5 &6

Christmas Singing Workshop – School Choir
On Monday December 3rd the ASPA Education will be visiting MSPS to run a Christmas singing workshop for our school choir.  They will be running this class free of charge during class time, 12:20-2:00pm.

DATES FOR NEXT FORTNIGHT
Nov
12 Mon – Monday Bridges last session
13 Tue  – Tuesday Bridges last session
14 Wed – Assembly 2:45pm– UNSW Science results presented for Yr 4 &6
14-16    – Year 5 Camp to Anglesea
16 Fri    – Prep 2019 Transition Day 1 – 9:00am-11:30am
               (uniform shop open from 8:30am-12) 
19 Mon – Prep-Yr 2 swimming (45 min lesson) 
20 Tue  – Prep-Yr 2 swimming (45 min lesson) 
21 Wed – Year 2 Day camp to Camp Sunnystones
              – Assembly 2:45pm – UNSW Science results presented for Yr 3 & 5
              – P&F meeting – 7:30pm 
22 Thu   – Prep-Yr 2 swimming (45 min lesson) 
23 Fri     – P&F 2nd hand uniform sale 8:30am front deck
              – Prep 2019 Transition Day 2 – 9:00am-11:30am
                (uniform shop open from 8:30am-12)
24 Sat    – Election Day – P&F cake & book stall
 
Student of the Week – Attached
Assembly Nov 7th
 
 

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Hoot October No 17 T4

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

Dear Monty South community,

World Teacher’s Day
We are delighted to celebrate World Teachers’ Day this week.
World Teachers’ Day, held each October since 1994, commemorates the anniversary of the signing in 1966 of the UNESCO/ILO recommendation concerning the status of teachers. The day celebrates the essential role teachers play in providing quality education at all levels.

World Teachers’ Day acknowledges the efforts of teachers in an increasingly complex, multicultural and technological society. It is a day on which students, parents and the community can demonstrate their appreciation for the contributions teachers make to their community.

Our teaching staff at Monty South are passionate, dedicated, caring and committed to the learning of each and every child.
Just a small example of that dedication, is the way they generously walk our students to the park at least weekly if not twice a week. It often means they do not get their lunch break but they do it because the majority of our students love it and it keeps our play area safer.

By celebrating the day, it provides a perfect opportunity to acknowledge their hard work and determination to offer your child/children the best possible learning experience in their primary years of schooling.

I would like to acknowledge the MSPS teaching staff for their exemplary dedication and enthusiasm in their ability to provide an outstanding learning environment for all students. Their support and dedication throughout 2018 has been outstanding and is very much appreciated by all.

Step Up Program
We are at the busy end of the school year now, with assessments, report writing, staff selection and 2018 evaluation underway 
Thank you to the families who have already informed me of their intentions for 2019, as it is a tremendous help to us in planning classes.

We are currently interviewing for three staff positions for 2019 and once this process is complete we will inform School Council and the community.
The Teaching and Learning Team will spend Monday 29 October evaluating our year, as per Department of Education and Training requirements, as well as looking at 2019 and how we as a school will be organised. It will be an exciting year, with the completion of the new school building, landscaping of the school grounds, work commencing on our staff carpark and the demolition of the final building to build our new oval. We are keen to be as organised as possible for the momentous year ahead. 

For those who are not aware of the Step Up Program, we plan a number of sessions in early December where the students step up to the next year level with their peers and where possible, their new teacher. The 2019 Prep Transition program is slightly different but the Prep students will join us for the final step up session on the day the Year 6 students  have their transition day at their Year 7 schools. 

The dates for the 2018 Step Up program are as follows:

Thursday 6 December
Friday 7 December
Monday 10 December
Tuesday 11 December

Another aspect of the transition process will include a teacher handover session of the student files to the 2019 teachers.  This will take place in early 2019. 

Confirmed student enrolments
The school is currently looking at effective resource planning for 2019. This includes considering student needs and staffing as well as the use of the school’s physical resources. However, all planning is contingent on student enrolments for next year. Your support in communicating this information to the school office as soon as possible will greatly assist us in effectively planning for 2019.

Carols
As the school has no suitable area to run Christmas Carols this year, we booked with Banyule Council to use Petrie Park on Wednesday 12 December. We received confirmation from Council that it was going ahead, but unfortunately, this week we received the news they will have to cancel our booking as they are upgrading the toilets at the park.
I have contacted other schools in the area to see if they have an oval available but have had no luck. Sadly, we will be cancelling our 2018 Christmas Carols but hopefully we will be able to go ahead in 2019 on our new oval.
As Jude has already put time into teaching the students some carols, we will look at how we can showcase each classes’ talents. We are thinking of a day concert for parents of each level but we will provide more updates later in the term.

iPad program
I have been asked by a number of parents about what is happening with our one to one iPad program for 2019, specifically with regards to Year 3. We surveyed parents last term and we tabled the results at an Education Committee meeting. We have since finalised three options, which we will put to School Council for a final decision at our meeting the week after Cup Day. As soon as the decision is made we will let parents know.

Staff update
Clare Iob is still missing in action while her broken ankle heals. She is hoping to be back in November but we will wait and see, as we want her to return in good health, with her usual energy.

Next year, we will have three staff members off travelling. Eliza Crellin is taking 12 months leave to travel to Europe and will work as a CRT (Casual Relief Teacher) until her departure and when she comes back. She will resume her full time position in 2020.
Tom Davis is also travelling and trying a six-month working stint at the AEU (Australian Education Union).
Finally, Hannah Pirret will also be travelling and working in Vietnam and doing some CRT work here. We wish them all a safe and happy holiday and a myriad of good wishes for life.
Chicken pox
We have had about 12 cases of chicken Pox reported this term. It has been mainly contained to three grade levels and we have issued a Compass note to each class involved, however we wanted to let the general school community know.  

MSPS achievers
Congratulations to our Alex Lloyd, James Allison, Aaron Doyle and Leah Fernandez who represented our district and zone at the regional schools athletics championships last week. All competed at an extremely high standard. Good luck to Alex and James who will now compete at State level on Monday 29 October. We are so proud.

Fantastic effort by the Year 6 PALS (Principal Advisory Leaders) group who participated in the Banyule Council, ‘Finding Common Ground’ project last Monday at the Banyule Council offices. Ellie Robson, Hannah Walker, Emily Brennan, Chloe Green, Tessa Kostiw, Mina Hopely-Thompson and  Misha Boesenberg  worked so hard on this project. I was impressed with their ideas, insights and confidence to present to a room full of local government officials.
They spoke articulately and raised some thought-provoking issues for Banyule Council. We were the only school identify areas we want Council to address, which will benefit the whole community. It was a terrific presentation of a wonderful project. We owe a great deal to Tara De Biondi for her tireless work on getting the tent assembled. Tara always brings 110% effort and talent to everything she participates in. Our thanks also go to Tom Norris who did so much work in setting up the ‘Finding Common Ground’ survey for students.  We are grateful to have so many talented staff and students. 

What a star Mitchell Hall is! He very excitedly told me he was recently selected for the rep basketball team. Great effort Mitch – we are very proud of you.

And finally a congratulations and thank you to our Parents and Friends group who put on a brilliant Halloween Disco last week. The amount of work, thinking and organising that goes with each event continues to astound me and yet it is only a small core of dedicated mums and dads who do this for the benefit of all the students in our school. It was disappointing there were not more hands to help at the end of the night, as this group had already worked days and weeks on planning the event, then had to clean up at the end of the night, instead of going home to enjoying a celebration of their success.

The work this group does for our school is invaluable and I cannot think of the words that would even come close to expressing our gratitude.

The new website is live

www.montysouth.vic.edu.au

Enjoy the week ahead.

Kind regards
Leanne Sheean
Principal

Montmorency South Community Update – 

Student of the Week – http://www.montysouth.vic.edu.au/showcase/student-of-the-week/

Student Showcase – (old Classroom Clippings) –
http://www.montysouth.vic.edu.au/showcase/

Parents & Friends Committee – http://www.montysouth.vic.edu.au/community/parents-friends-committee/

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Newsfeed 22 October

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Summary – Scholastic book orders due Friday, Halloween disco Thursday, book, DVD and CD donations requested, Student of the week

Whole school

Scholastic book orders
One of the best gifts a parent can give a child is the love of good books. Each year at Montmorency South Primary School we participate in Scholastic Book Club.  Although we usually only run 4 of the 8 issues, we have decided to run Issue 7 as an extra as it is nearing Christmas and it contains many wonderful books which would make great gifts.  As a parent, however, you can go on the Scholastic website at any time and browse each issue when it comes through and organise it to be delivered to your home if it is one we are not running.

Attached you will find all the information on how to register for the LOOP payment platform that you will need to order books.  The books will take approximately two weeks to arrive at school after the closed due date of this Friday 26th October.   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.  Please do not send payment to school.

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

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me via the above email.

Thank you
Clare Iob
Librarian
Parents & Friends – Please see attached update for more information

Halloween Disco

Parents and Friends are hosting the MSPS annual Halloween Disco this Thursday 25th from 6-7:30pm in the school gym.  Tickets are available via trybooking at https://www.trybooking.com/426675 .  Please see attached flyer for more information.

BOOK, DVD and CD DONATIONS PLEASE (from 29th Oct only)
In preparation for Election Day activities on Saturday 24th November, we’re asking for book donations.  Please donate any books, DVDs or CDs in good used condition.  We cannot sell pirate DVDs or CDs so please donate genuine copies only.
The collection box can be found at the office from Monday 29th October.  Please don’t bring books before then as storage is difficult.

Year Level News

Year 2

Year 2 camp will be taking place on Wed 21st November.  Please return camp medical forms as soon as possible.  Please see attached a copy of the Year 2 medical form below

WHAT IS COMING 

Wed 24 Oct

  • Assembly 2:45pm

Thurs 25 Oct

Wed 31 Oct

  • Assembly 2:45pm

Mon 5 Nov

  • NO SCHOOL Student free day – Report Writing

Tues 6 Nov

  • NO SCHOOL Public Holiday – Melbourne Cup Day

Thurs 8 – Fri 9 Nov

  • Year 3 Camp Please pay via Compass/course confirmation & payments

Sun 11 Nov

  • Vocal Ensemble to perform at the Eltham Festival – 3:15pm

Wed 14 – Fri 16 Nov

  • Year 5 Camp to Anglesea (please pay and add consent via Compass/Course confirmation and payments)

Fri 16 Nov

  • Prep 2019 Transition Day 1 – 9:00am-11:30am (uniform shop open from 8:30am-12)

Mon 19 Nov

  • Prep-Yr 2 swimming (45 min lesson)

Tues 20 Nov

  • Prep-Yr 2 swimming (45 min lesson)

Wed 21 Nov

  • Year 2 Day camp to Camp Sunnystones

Thurs 22 Nov

  • Prep-Yr 2 swimming (45 min lesson)

Fri 23 Nov

  • Prep 2019 Transition Day 2 – 9:00am-11:30am (uniform shop open from 8:30am-12)
  • Prep-Yr 2 swimming (45 min lesson)

Sat 24 Nov

  • Election Day – P&F cake & book stall

Mon 26 Nov

  • Prep-Yr 2 swimming (45 min lesson)
  • Yr 4 & 6 Open Water Experience

Tues 27 Nov

  • Prep-Yr 2 swimming (45 min lesson)
  • Yr 3 & 5 Open Water Experience

Wed 28 Nov

  • Prep-Yr 2 swimming (45 min lesson)

Thurs 29 Nov

  • Prep-Yr 2 swimming (45 min lesson)

Fri 30 Nov

  • Prep 2019 Transition Day 3 – 9:00am- 11:30am (uniform shop open from 8:30am-12)

Thurs 6 Dec

  • Step up 2019 12:30-2:00pm

Fri 7 Dec

  • Prep 2019 Transition Day 4 – 9:00am-11:30am
  • Step up 2019 9:00-11:30am

Mon 10 Dec

  • Step up 2019 12:30-2:00pm

Tue 11 Dec

  • Year 7 2019 Orientation Day
  • MSPS Whole School Step Up – All Day
  • Prep 2019 Transition Final day- 9:00am-11:30am

Wed 12 Dec

  • Possible MSPS Christmas Carols confirmation to be given once venue is finalised

Fri 14 Dec

  • Last day for lunch orders 2018

Wed 19 Dec

  • Year 6 Graduation

Thurs 20 Dec

  • Last day of school – 3:30pm finish

Fri 21 Dec

  • Staff  2019 planning day

STUDENT OF THE WEEK 

http://www.montysouth.vic.edu.au/showcase/student-of-the-week/

Hoot October No 16 T4

By | Uncategorized

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

Dear Monty South Community,

I hope that everyone in our school community has enjoyed a great break and managed to share some quality time together in the beautiful spring weather. Many students (and staff) have returned from exciting holiday destinations, and it always appears to me that in the two weeks since I have seen the children, they have shot up and appear well and truly ready for the next year.
Term 4 is traditionally an action-packed term (although last term was one of the busiest we have ever had) and we look forward to the challenges that we will face in the coming weeks. Our children are well rested, the staff have planned and prepared a comprehensive learning program and the number of events, excursions and programs undertaken in Term 4 will keep us on our toes.

A reminder to all students that our sun smart policy requires that a sun smart hat is worn in the playground and when walking between areas.  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.

Eureka – Found! 
Last Wednesday we received some great news from our builders–they have unearthed the time capsules that were buried in the school way back in 1985.  These capsules were supposedly buried in a place marked by a plaque.  However, no one currently attached to the school has ever seen the plaque. It turns out this was incorrect as the plaque was stolen soon after the capsules were buried in 1985.
Furthermore, the capsules were found 5 metres away from the place we (the school and builders) were shown as being the correct location. So no wonder we had difficulty in locating it.
All good now and I will hold on to them until School Council make a decision on what to do with them.   They were scheduled to be dug up in 2035, fifty years from the initial burial.
A huge thank you to the Johns Lyng Commercial Builders team, Joseph McKinnon, Roland Di Carlo and Brett Hughes and all the workers on site
For all the time and effort, they took to locate the capsules.  It was a fantastic effort and we are very grateful, particularly when they were not quite where we all thought they were buried.

Building update
Over the holidays, the builders started adding the structural steel to the building and coming back it was a great surprise to see how much had been done.   The whole structure appears huge so we are getting more and more excited as time goes on.  Looking at the building we can see the architect’s drawings taking shape. The next two weeks will be devoted to completing the structural steel work and then commencing on the roofing.

At this stage, bearing in mind that rain as we had last Tuesday can stop construction; we are talking about relocating to the new building around June 2019.  Once we shift in, the final stages of demolishing the remains of Block A, constructing our oval, landscaping the playground and construction of the staff carpark will commence.

Process for 2019 Class Placement
Opportunities to build relationships and the sense of belonging underpin the process of allocating students to classes.  I used to do it manually but for the last 4 years, we have used an electronic package that does most of the selections for us once we key in friend choices.  The whole process has been developed collaboratively with staff and is reviewed annually.  That is why we made some changes this year based on some of the issues parents raised last year. 
The process began last term when we sent home forms for the children to discuss their friend choices with their parents.  These forms are to be returned to school by Friday 19 October.

The next step is now to invite parents to write to me via email with any educational concerns or needs in regards to their child/ren’s class placement for 2019.  This must be sent to me by Friday 26th October and not to the class teacher.

Once we have this information, we set about entering information into the Class Creator program.  Students are guaranteed one friend but often they end up with more than one.  We also look at other factors such as gender balance, mix of students from previous classes and those students with differing needs.

Classes and teachers are announced before the Step Up to the next class sessions commence in December.

You will find this process very similar in all schools across the state and in fact perhaps with less parental input than we ask for.  We place a lot of effort into creating even and fair classes and so we appreciate your support on this matter.

Curriculum Information Night
In response to parent requests for more information regarding our school programs, we are inviting all our parents to an Open Night on Tuesday 16th October commencing at 4pm and finishing around 6.30pm.  The purpose being to enable our parents and families to witness a snapshot of the various programs across the school, especially our working parents who cannot attend the school during the day.   A great deal of work has been done by Mandy Redfern and Monique Rankin to organise the event and we are grateful to them and to the staff who are giving up their family time to attend and show case the school’s programs.  We hope you are able to join us on the night even if only for 30 minutes.  Flyers have been sent out to families with the sessions being run across the school, so there is something for everyone. 
We look forward to seeing you.

Pick My Project
Unfortunately, we were unsuccessful in gaining a grant for the oval from Pick my Project. 

Here is the link that will enable you to see who was successful.

https://pickmyproject.vic.gov.au/regions/northern-metro

MSPS had 321, which was a few votes short of the 339 we needed to have been successful.  Well done and congratulations to the Save the Sugar gliders and the other projects who were all worthy recipients.

Thank you so much Vanessa Edwards for all your hard work on the application.  Your time, effort and persistence are very much appreciated.

Staff News
Wishing Clare Iob, a speedy recovery.  During the holidays she fell over and broke her ankle and thus is on leave for a couple of weeks until she gets the green light to return to work.

And this from 4A who said goodbye to their teacher Dan Anderson last term.  Dan is currently overseas and Rachel Phillips and Hannah Pirrett have taken over the class. Dan will be back for the start of 2019. Some of you may remember Dan as one of the stars of Clare’s play for the Book Parade.  The boys honoured his performance at his goodbye.

MSPS Achievers
Congratulations to our Zadie Krantz (2D), Gabriel Tran (3A) and Ella Jones (6C) who scored highly in the Australian Mathematics Competition last term.  This competition run by Australian Mathematics Trust attracts competitors from all over Australia from the very best maths students in the land. So it is a very hard competition.
Zadie was awarded a Proficiency, Gabe a Distinction and Ella a credit. What a superb effort from the three of them against the very best in Australia.

Fantastic effort to Eliza Millet (4B)  who gained some excellent results at the State Titles for the Australian All-Star Cheer and Dance Federation during the holidays.  Eliza and her team ‘The Edge Performer’s School’  performed in the Under 13 Novice division and achieved a 1st for Hip-Hop, 2nd for Pom, 3rd for Jazz and 3rd for Lyrical.
Eliza and the rest of the team are now training for the Nationals, which are being held on the Gold Coast in November.  Good luck Eliza!

Well done to Ben Vandijk (2C), who swam in the recent North Metro Qualifying Meet coming away with 3 Silver Medals in 50 Free, Back and Fly, and a 5th in Breaststroke; beating his PB’s. The top 10 swimmers go into the Metropolitan Championships held in November at MSAC.
Ben trains with the DVE (Diamond Valley Eltham Swimming Club) who finished 8th overall in the State in 2018. The top 10 clubs in Victoria have been invited to swim at the Hancock Prospecting Australian Short Course Championships also held at MSAC on the 25th of October. There’s an exhibition relay swim before the meet, whereby, they have asked the top 10 clubs in Victoria to choose 9 swimmers from each age group (8-16).
Ben was selected to swim in the 8 year old level. Good luck Ben!  It will be an awesome experience for you.

What a star Maya Bennette (5C) who rode in the ‘Around the Bay’ event in the school holidays. Maya completed the 50km bike ride, raising $260 for the Smith Family charity.
She wants to thank everyone who donated to this very worthwhile charity in support of her ride.

Apologies to Will Bird whom I incorrectly reported as riding in this event.  He is in fact doing a different ride in November, which we will give feedback on then.

Sorry this is a bit late getting out to all.  I had a big week last week with the arrival of my first grandchild-‘Hazel Ann’.

New Newsletter System

With the launch of our new website which can be found at:
www.montysouth.vic.edu.au

Our newsletter will now be split into three separate parts

Principal’s Report – Every 2 Week with all your important information straight from Leanne through Compass and also found on the website

News Feed – Start of every Week – All the events, notifications and information you need to know about what’s going on at MSPS. Also found through Compass and the website

Website – All the Classroom clippings, Student of the Week, Parents & Friends and Advertisements can be found on the website and will be updated every 2 weeks.

Old newsletters can be found at www.montysouth.vic.edu/oldnews

Enjoy the week ahead.

Kind regards
Leanne Sheean
Principal
Montmorency South Community Update – 

Student of the Week – http://www.montysouth.vic.edu.au/showcase/student-of-the-week/

Student Showcase – (old Classroom Clippings) –
http://www.montysouth.vic.edu.au/showcase/

Parents & Friends Committee – http://www.montysouth.vic.edu.au/community/parents-friends-committee/

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