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​Newsletter Number 10 / Term 2 Week 11 2020

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

Dear Monty South Community,       
And so we have finally reached the end of a term that has been so different from anything we have ever had before. Judging by the last week and increasing numbers of community transmissions, we may be in for more disruptions in Term 3. We certainly hope not and thankfully, the term break is coming at a good time. I will keep you updated of changes that may affect us.

We have been receiving phone calls asking about the end of term dismissal times. The Department has given permission for all to be dismissed at 2.30pm. Hence, we will again incorporate the staggered finishes from 2.10pm onwards. 

Finally, I would like to again thank our entire MSPS community for your efforts this term. Students, parents and staff have been magnificent and it has been a career highlight for me to see our great community swing in to action to support one another.
Thank you.

Aladdin – senior concert
This was to be the year of the senior concert and after securing the rights to present Aladdin, Jude, Andy and Emily laid out wonderful plans and booked Eltham High as a venue. And like most things in 2020, after Covid-19 hit, it meant we had to rethink plans for the concert.
With only one term instead of the usual two terms to practise, the likelihood of us being able to hold a concert is very much in doubt. There is also the unknown of whether we will be permitted to have crowds the size of our school community at Eltham High. So after much deliberation, we have decided we will be still perform Aladdin but we are going to film it at school, with our students as the audience. Then we will make the DVD available for families. 

So Jude, Emily and Andy have set aside a filming day, which will take place on Tuesday 15 September. This will be the last week of Term 3 and so if your child is a lead performer in Aladdin, we ask that you don’t take early holidays in that week. 

Students will be engaged in final rehearsals two weeks prior to the 15 September but we will let you know of the exact rehearsal schedule next term. 

Any queries, please contact Jude at

Pupil free days
Now that we are back onsite and refocusing on our school’s Annual Implementation Plan, we have two pupil free days coming up in Term 3. School Council has approved both days, with the first being Wednesday 29 July. This purpose of this day is for Data reporting conferences, which will be held online via WebEx. Each family will be given a 20 minute time slot with their child’s teacher and the teacher will run through written reports. This will then be sent to the parents after the appointment.  We are hoping to be able to cater for most parents on that day but there will be some that will require other time slots which the teacher will arrange with you to discuss your child’s progress and the next steps in their learning. Details regarding the conferences will come out early next term.

The next pupil free day is on Friday 21 August. On this day the focus of our work will be to hear from Maria Ruberto. Maria is the founder and director of Salutegenics Psychology, a strengths-based practise that moves people in personal and professional coaching toward mental fitness and life- health. Her work is heavily influenced by Positive Psychology theory and anchored by research in neuroscience and brain function. She will be incorporating that in her work with us on the Friday morning. 

In the afternoon, we will reconnect with the annual implementation goals we have set and one of our key improvement strategies – to build teacher capacity to implement high-impact teaching strategies and focusing on teaching the writing process.

Car parking
Unfortunately, I had a parent report that her daughter was narrowly missed being run over in the Buena Vista Drive car park last week. As her daughter alighted from the rear door and went to cross to the path, a car came rushing by and she had to jump out of the way. As it was an older student, she realised the car wasn’t going to stop and so she jumped. With a younger student, this may not have been the case and the thought of what could have happened makes me shudder. 

Please be extra cautious when using any of our car parks. Expect the unexpected as children do not have the peripheral vision you may think they do and often their thoughts are not on road safety but the fun ahead at school. 
Let’s make sure they get to experience that fun, by being very careful when we enter those carparks.

Not to be thwarted by not being able to have big crowds, we are now holding assembly in a new format – recorded as a TV show. 

Last Wednesday, at our first assembly for Term 2, we were able to film all the usual aspects of assembly and put it together to be viewed at a more leisurely pace and time suited to individual classes. Student of the week certificates were presented and all the news around the school was filmed announced. However, we did miss one crucial aspect of assembly – Monty South Tattslotto.   We will make sure to include it next time!   

We plan to hold a weekly assembly while we can film it and hopefully, we can branch out and showcase many of our own students and their individual talents in the coming months. 

Assembly will be uploaded to our website weekly for parents to watch. 

Stephanie Alexander kitchen garden room
Last week we had sound batts installed on the ceiling of the SAKG kitchen. The room is a converted portable (originally the Out of Hours School Care room and art room) and so not really designed for kitchen classes and the raised voices during Catherine’s very engaging sessions. Sound reverberates off the floors, ceilings and walls. To help this problem we looked at cushioning the sound and came up with this idea. Hopefully once classes resume, we will see how successful it has been. We will look at other measures for this room if we need to.

School Camps 2020
According to DET advice last week, we are able to go ahead with booked school camps. However we have already postponed our Year 6 and Year 4 camp and they will now being held in Term 4. Our Year 5 camp to Anglesea is always held in Term 4 anyway, so we will have a busy November, as a few year levels will be on camp. 

Year 4 camp – 25th to 27th November
Year 5 camp – 25th to 27th November
Year 6 camp – 18th to 20th November
Wishing you all a safe, happy and relaxing Term 2 break. We look forward to seeing you return on Monday 13 July.  Please note staggered starts and finishes will still be in operation unless there are changes over the term break. If so, we will keep you informed.
Warmest regards,

​​Newsletter Number 9 – Term 2 Week 10 2020

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

Dear Monty South Community,     
It has been fantastic to have all our students back on deck and on site. The return of the Year 3 to Year 6 students was very welcomed and judging by their smiles, they were just as happy. The weather was perfect last week to have them back with brilliant sunshine every afternoon which just made everyone’s moods so much better.

My highlights have definitely been seeing the students stream through the school of a morning, smiling and excited about seeing their friends and teachers. Also hearing the sounds of play, fun and laughter between friends during lunch and recess and walking through classrooms, seeing how settled and engaged everyone is in their learning. 

I have had many lovely chats with the students about being back. Some have found it a challenge after so many weeks away and expressed some worries, along with their excitement. This is a normal reaction and we have reassured all students that we are here to support them and help them work through their worries. At each year level, staff have worked on making sure there are fun and celebratory activities upon returning to school. Classes at the start of this week have remained settled and I think everyone is now adjusting to the new routine. We strongly encourage parents to contact us if there are any other issues or concerns.

Remote learning reflections
During the past couple of weeks we have been reflecting on many aspects of remote learning. The teachers have been engaging in some great evaluations regarding aspects that worked extremely well for our students, namely focusing on our key learnings as a whole staff. Our priority during the whole remote learning phase was to try our best to keep the whole school motivated and engaged. Some of the feedback suggests that the good aspects involved:

  • Keeping the lesson focus explanations short, sharp and to the point.
  • Providing timely feedback on student work.
  • Giving students more time to practice the skills or strategies they are learning.
  • Using Seesaw video recordings for students, especially for those moments when students required additional explanations.
  • And most importantly – continuing to prioritise engagement, motivation and wellbeing!

Return to school facts
Unfortunately due to the large size of our choir group, choir will not be running for the remainder of this term.

Vocal Ensemble rehearsals:
Rehearsals are continuing on a Tuesday from 3.30pm – 4.20pm.

Canteen is available Monday, Wednesday & Fridays. Orders can be placed online:

School uniforms can be ordered online and delivered directly to school
We are currently awaiting further advice regarding any upcoming second hand uniform sales.

Arriving late / picking up early / leaving for a short appointment and then returning:
This is no problem at all. Please phone the office ahead of time and we will call the classroom and have your child ready at the office for collection. You will also need to sign your child in and out of the school via Compass.
This can be done using Compass:
Via the app:
The first option on the home page is ‘Add attendance note’
Via a browser:
To the left of your child’s photo (or Silhouette if your child has not had a photo taken as yet) select the option ‘Add attendance note’

  • Select the reason from the drop down box and the time during the day that your child will be away from school and press ‘save’.

Upon arrival during the school day, please bring your child to the office and we can take them to class for you.

Not coming to school for any reason?
Please remember to add this information directly into compass. This is done in the same way listed above, and you select the time to cover the entire day.
This information feeds directly to the teacher as they mark the roll for the day and it also prevents those pesky ‘unexplained absence’ notifications from being sent home.

Our doors might be locked but we are still here to help you!
If you need to visit the office, please do not be deterred by the locked door.  Please knock on the office window and we are more than happy to assist you… it’s a little bit like drive thru but we won’t ask if you require fries with your order 🙂
Sadly, we were contacted by two of our neighbours from two entirely different directions last week, regarding some selfish behaviour in our community. 

Firstly, it was regarding parking in the driveways of neighbouring houses. Apart from being against the law, it is very selfish and inconveniences the people who live there. They have to wait for you to pick up your child before they can go out.

What was even more surprising was that there was available and legal parking in the street at the time. The car was also seen reversing into a dangerous intersection where a lot of students cross the road.

The resident has contacted Banyule Council about the matter.

Another neighbour has complained about students walking home, coming into her garden area and climbing rocks in her garden and stepping on delicate flowers and plants in the process. Please be mindful of our residents and their rights when you are coming and going from school.
School Council news:
School Council met last week and the following items were discussed:

  1. Welcoming of new Coopted member, Danielle Lee.
  2. Finance reports for the month of May from Finance subcommittee.
  3. Postponement of Year 4 and Year 6 camps to Term 4.
  4. Continuation of the discussion regarding playground and landscaping. Playground quotes from $100,000 to $140,000 for the designs chosen by the students. Need to investigate other companies and designs. Agreement to prioritise Year 6 area-something special for them in their final year which has been thwarted with Covid-19 and resultant changes. Will involve seating, murals and outdoor table tennis area. There for future Year 6 cohorts.
  5. Quotes for old shade sails to be re-erected if possible.
  6. Soundproofing needed for SAKG kitchen area as room echoes sound and noise is above desirable levels.
  7. Recent vandalism and need for security cameras around school. Need to investigate costs as school will need to purchase them.
  8. Reports from Education and Environment Subcommittee and Principal report
  9. Bullying prevention policy.

Next meeting Tuesday 14 July

Congratulations to Louis CORNELISZ from Prep C (Sharon Moore) who became a big brother on the weekend. He is very excited and we wish him, Sarah and Anthony, our very best wishes for them as they start the new journey with their newest family member.  
I have attached a letter written by the Department of Education and Training Secretary to our community
Warmest regards,

Lost property
A photo has been attached of some lost property that has been here for some time now.  If you recognise any items, please be sure to collect them prior to the end of this term.

New ELC Opening
Niño Early Learning Adventures Montmorency will be opening in July 2020! Located on Para Road, Niño ELA’s emergent learning and positive education framework aims to empower the whole child by creating meaningful learning experiences that promote overall wellbeing. Enquire today:

​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.
If you have any questions please send these beforehand to
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,


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.

Q and A Session for parents

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Dear MSPS families

We recognise that there may be some questions you have about our procedures for the return to school for Prep -2 next Tuesday May 26th. And even more questions regarding the return of the Years 3-6 on June 9th.  These questions will cover a range of topics from the operational aspects to the overall health and wellbeing of our students returning. 

As such we are planning to hold a Q and A forum next Monday, May  25th  at 4pm via Webex. The link to the meeting is as follows:

At this Webex, we will have the school leadership team, including myself, Merriel Hayes, our Assistant Principal, Monique Rankin, our Learning Specialist and several staff members, including Yo Robertson, our Wellbeing Coordinator, Victoria Hall, our School Nurse, Kylie Tyzack, our Integration Coordinator and Terese Kenneally, our Department psychologist.  They will be able to provide some strategies for parents at home too.

To ensure that we cover all your questions, if you could email and send them to  over teh weeknd 
However, during the forum, there will be an opportunity for questions to come up in the chat section. We will record the session for those unable to make it. 

We look forward to seeing you on Monday
Leanne Sheean 

Staged Return

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Dear parents and carers,
Thank you for all your support during these past few weeks of remote and flexible learning. You have been amazing and the staff and I are most apprecitive. 
Following advice from the Chief Health Officer, the Victorian Government has advised that schools can begin a phased return to on-site schooling.
In the first stage, students in Prep, Grade 1 and Grade 2 will return to school from Tuesday 26 May.
If this is not possible for your child/children, our teachers will make sure the work provided to students attending at school is also provided to your child/children.
To support all school staff to prepare for this transition, Monday 25 May will be a pupil-free day.
In the second stage of our return to on-site schooling, students in Grade 3 to 6 will return to school from Tuesday 9 June.
For those students who cannot be supervised at home and vulnerable children, the existing model of on-site schooling will remain in place during the two-week period from Tuesday 26 May to Tuesday 9 June. The current process we are using to enable parents and carers to indicate the days or part-days for which on-site schooling is required will continue for this two-week period.
Once a year level has returned, all students will be expected to attend school as normal. This means if you choose to keep your child/children home after their year level has returned to on-site schooling, we can no longer support their learning from home.
This does not apply to children who need to be absent for health or medical reasons. For those families, please contact us so we can make an appropriate plan.
All government schools in Victoria are taking this approach.
To support the health and wellbeing of all our students and staff, our school will continue an enhanced cleaning routine and will encourage frequent hand washing.
If you child is ill or is feeling unwell, they must not attend school. They must remain home and seek medical advice.
While the Chief Health Officer has advised that students will not be required to maintain physical distancing at school, there will be a number of important changes to our school operations, consistent with health advice. This will apply until further notice. I will provide more detail about our school as soon as possible, but it is important to note that changes will include:

  • adjusted arrangements for drop offs, pick ups, including staggered start and finish times;
  • restrictions on access to the school for anyone other than school staff and students;
  • the way we conduct parent-teacher meetings and interviews

We understand some families may feel anxious about this move back to classroom teaching and learning. I can assure you that this decision has been taken on the basis of the best health advice available to our state.
More information about the return to school and coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found on the Department’s website, which will continue to be updated:
Thank you for your continued support and patience during this time. We look forward to welcoming our students back to the classroom.
Yours sincerely,
Leanne Sheean

Year 6 to year 7 transition

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Dear Parents and Carers,

Please find attached information in relation to your child's transition from year 6 to year 7.

Kind Regards,
Andy Glembin
Year 6-7 Transition Coordinator

Webex Information

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Dear Parents and Carers

As mentioned in my last Newsfeed, we are transitioning from using Zoom to Webex which is the Department of Education and Training's preferred platform for face to face meetings.

Jenny Hutchinson and our ICT staff have worked really hard over the last few days, in getting it all set up for everyone to use remotely and at school.  I thank them all for their work. I have attached the instructions for you to add this to your device, if you have not already done so.     

I also want to thank you all for doing such an amazing job and being so supportive of the school.  The staff feel very grateful.  We have been really thrilled with the level of engagement from the students and encouragement from you all.

Kind Regards
Leanne Sheean

Term 2 commences

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Dear Parents and Carers

As of tomorrow, Term 2 will be  underway and most of you will have either received or will receive later today, the details for your child's level remote learning from their teacher.   
Each Year Level team  have designed them together so there is consistency across the level.  A number of teams are also going to conduct Q&A learning forums for parents to assist with any questions that you may have. The details of these forums will be included in their Compass note to you.  
One of our issues is around the use of the use of the face to face platform we use.  Before the term break, we were keen on using Zoom.  Since then the Department has issued a statement saying their preference is for us to use Webex.  The reason being that Webex is fully licensed and appropriately secure with data kept in Australia. 
At our  staff meeting  this morning, we decided to transition to Webex from Zoom in our face to face contacts with students.  This will occur during the week but to begin with some of the levels will still be using Zoom.  
The details to download Webex will be sent out by Jenny Hutchinson (ICT Coordinator) by tomorrow. 
At school, we will have a number of children who will be doing remote learning on site as they cannot access supervision at home.  These children will be outside from 10.00 am -10.30am from 11.45am-12.30pm and from 2.00-2.30pm.  We ask that  families who are home not come onto the school site at those times,  as we need to ensure our numbers are kept within the ratios and children are safe.  Outside of those times, families are most welcome to use the oval.  
I would also warn against using the play equipment.  We are sanitizing it for the children at school prior to play but we cannot guarantee it outside the hours listed above.  
Apart from that, I wish you all a wonderful Term 2.  It will be different and we will be learning as we go. However, we are all excited by the opportunity to try new ways of learning.    Don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Kind Regards
Leanne Sheean

Term 2 update

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Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope this email finds you all well and coping with solitary confinement! 
I am just informing you that following on from the Premier's briefing earlier today that we are about to transition to the new arrangements as we move to remote and flexible learning and care at the commencement of Term 2.

It appears that it will be similar to our last week of Term 1.  However, with stricter guidelines.  Social distancing and constraints on the numbers in rooms will be adhered to.   Thus, all students who can learn from home must do so. 
These are the DET guidelines:
1.All students will be learning from home, except for students in the following categories

  1. Children on days when they are not able to be supervised at home and no other arrangements can be made. This will be available for children of parents who cannot work from home, and vulnerable children, including:
  • children in out-of-home care
  • children deemed by Child Protection and/or Family Services to be at risk of harm
  • children identified by the school as vulnerable (including via referral from a family violence agency, homelessness or youth justice service or mental health or other health service and children with a disability).
    1. For learning requirements that cannot be conducted via distance, and considering operational requirements set out below, small groups of VCE and VCAL students are permitted to attend school, with appropriate physical distancing and hygiene measures in place.

2.On-site provision

  1. On-site provision will be available at all government schools, but only for students in the categories listed above, for the purpose of providing continuity of teaching, learning and support.
  2. When on-site learning is provided, hand sanitiser will be available at the entry points to classrooms and education will be provided on hand hygiene. Physical distancing will be implemented in classrooms to the extent feasible and unwell students will be excluded from attending.
  3. The learning program delivered on-site will be the same as the learning program delivered to students undertaking remote learning. Students learning on-site will be supervised by an on-site teacher but follow the teaching and learning program provided by their classroom teacher.
  4. Class sizes must be no more than a ratio of 1:10.
  5. Principals should plan for overall staffing on 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 appropriate support staff.
  6. Principals should consult with their staff to identify those willing and able to work on-site, either on an ongoing or rostered basis.
  7. It continues to be the principal's responsibility to make the school-based decisions required to deliver Government education objectives in accordance with the Victorian Government Schools Agreement 2017.
  8. Students attending on-site must be supervised at all times by staff with either current Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) registration or a Working with Children Check. Education Support staff can provide direct support to and supervision of students, provided they have access to support from a VIT registered teacher.
  9. If principals are not able to identify sufficient school staff willing and able to undertake teaching and supervisory duties, then willing and able Casual Relief Teachers (CRT) will be engaged.
  10. To ensure consistency with physical distancing measures, students and families will not be permitted to congregate at the school gate before or after school and will be required to maintain 1.5 metres between persons as far as is practicable on entering and leaving the school grounds.

In order to help me organise arrangements for a staff roster based on the 1:10 ratio, could I ask that parents and carers who intend sending their children to school email me on my email address: 

as soon as you are aware of your arrangements.  
I will be on duty each day commencing from Wednesday 15th April and once I know the number of children attending, we will have a small number of staff at school,  each day to supervise, remote learning lessons.  

Additionally, grade teachers not supervising at school, will be available from home from 8.45 to 4.00pm each day to answer questions or provide support in some way, if needed.  Please note, that your questions may not be answered straight away but will be answered as soon as practicable. 

On our pupil free day next Tuesday 14th April, staff will be meeting via a Zoom link and the final arrangements for Term 2 will be discussed.  Each grade level will then be sending out information pertaining to your child's work and the expectations  for the completion of learning tasks.  Each year level has developed a series of  lessons and will be contacting students regularly.  Obviously, for each year level, contact and feedback looks slightly different to fit in with the students varying ages.  
Even our specialists have designed lesson content and will be sending out information on a weekly basis. 
The  learning program delivered on-site will be the same as the learning program delivered to students undertaking remote learning. And DET have set these guidelines: 

  1. The following are the daily minimum guidelines schools are expected to meet:
    1. For students in Prep to Grade 2, schools will provide learning programs that include the following:
  • literacy activities that take a total of about 45-60 minutes
  • numeracy activities of about 30-45 minutes
  • additional learning areas, play-based learning and physical activity of about 30-45 minutes.
    1. For students in Grades 3 to 6 and Years 7 to 10, schools will provide learning programs allocated as follows:
      • Literacy: 45-60 minutes
      • Numeracy: 30-45 minutes
      • Physical activities: 30 minutes
      • Additional curriculum areas: 90 minutes

 As I have said in previous emails, if you do not have access to a device, please let me know asap.  Please note, you do not need an iPad as teachers have made the tasks accessible to android devices as well.

I know the staff are asking many questions and no doubt you have many as well. Please don't hesitate to ask them.  However, my first step is to find out how many will need to be catered for at school next week.  I am sure there will be some who won't need school access every day, nor every week.  If you just let us know, if and when,  you do require it that will help us ensure we keep everyone safe here.

Enjoy the Easter weekend, albeit a very different form of celebrating.  

Take care and keep safe 
Leanne Sheean

Advice to parents regarding online learning

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Dear Parents and Carers, 

First and foremost, thank you to the Monty South community for your patience with us while we have worked through this unique and challenging time. It is something none of us as teachers or parents have had to face before, but together, we know we can get through this.
Staff have worked hard during the last two weeks to ensure our students will be well supported if our school has to commence online learning at the start of Term 2, which at this stage, we believe it will. It is better to prepare for that outcome.
We also want to remind parents that for the remainder of this week, not to be too concerned about setting up online learning or home school environments just yet. Premier, Daniel Andrews suggested we look at it as bringing the school holidays forward by a few days, and you should too. We also recognise each family has to get through this time the best way they can, so if you need to give the children a few school activities and structure, particularly if you’re having to work from home yourself, then by all means, do so. Just don’t ask too much of the children at this early stage – this is new to all of us and anxiety will be high.
From next week, pull back even more and let the kids have their school holidays as intended, though we know for most of you, that won’t look at all like you may have planned with cancelled holidays, catch ups, outings and play dates. If you need to, relax the rules slightly for your children these school holidays. They won’t fall behind and once formal learning commences in whatever form that is, we will work hard with classes and individuals to get things back on track as best we can.
With the likelihood we will commence online learning next term, each year level will set a program for the students that aligns with their curriculum requirements. They will develop a timetable of activities to assist you at home. Each area will use Seesaw to have a daily check in and to make the students aware of the tasks they are required to do. There will also be explicit teaching lessons for the students to watch. They will be required to upload some of their work to Seesaw.
The following are the platforms/programs teachers will be loading their work on. We have also included the 2020 iPads Apps list.
As you can see, some year levels are wanting to connect live with your child using Skype or FaceTime and others using a program called Zoom. In year levels where they are using Zoom could all parents please download the Zoom app (Cloud Meetings) on their child’s iPads or you can download it on a laptop with a camera. You may be prompted to sign up so you will need an email address for this. The program will work on an iPad app or on the internet, using a browser such as Google Chrome or Safari. The Zoom app will allow the students to have a video conference with their teacher and possibly other students in their class. The teachers will send a link or a Meeting ID and Password via email or on Seesaw to inform you or your child when the Zoom conference will be on so they can join.

  • Seesaw
  • Messages on Seesaw – daily video to check in
  • Codes
  • Explicit teaching
  • Tasks/activities
  • Mathletics – tasks set
  • Sunshine Classic – tasks set
  • Students need access to an iPad
  • Books sent home
  • Contact students through Skype – video conference each week

Year 1

  • Seesaw
  • Messages on Seesaw – daily video to check in
  • Codes
  • Explicit teaching
  • Tasks/activities
  • Mathletics – tasks set
  • Sunshine Classic – tasks set
  • Students need access to an iPad
  • Books sent home
  • Weekly contact to check in through Facetime or phone call

Year 2

  • Seesaw
  • Messages on Seesaw – daily video to check in
  • Codes
  • Explicit teaching
  • Tasks/activities
  • Mathletics – tasks set
  • Sunshine Classic – tasks set
  • Students need access to an iPad
  • Books sent home
  • Weekly contact to check in through Zoom

Year 3

  • Seesaw
  • Messages on Seesaw – daily video to check in
  • Codes
  • Explicit teaching
  • Tasks/activities
  • Essential Numeracy
  • Mathletics
  • RazKids
  • Zoom – student/group conferencing platform
  • Students need access to an iPad
  • Books sent home
  • Weekly contact to check in through Zoom

Ruler, measuring tape, grey leads, eraser, coloured pencils will be needed
Year 4

  • Seesaw
  • Padlet
  • Essential numeracy / Literacy
  • iPad
  • Writing book, inquiry book, Writer’s Notebook, maths grid book
  • Call students once per week through Zoom

Year 5

  • Seesaw – daily check in
  • Padlet
  • Essential Numeracy / Literacy
  • Mathletics
  • Apps such as Spelling City
  • iPad
  • Call students once per week through Zoom
  • Students have taken home their book boxes

Year 6

  • Seesaw – daily check in, video calls with explicit lessons
  • Essential Numeracy / Literacy
  • Set up Padlet for Q & A
  • Zoom for touching base

Each of the specialist areas will be setting tasks on Seesaw at the beginning of each week.

Leanne Sheean