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Newsletter Term 4 Week 2 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dates for your diary:

Wed 16 Oct

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

Thursday 17 October

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

Friday 18 October

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

Monday October 21

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

Mon 21-Wed 23 Oct

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

Mon 21-Tues 22 Oct

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

Thursday 24th Oct

  • P & F Halloween Disco

Friday November 1

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

 Mon 4 Nov

  • Curriculum day – student free day

Tues 5 Nov

  • Melbourne Cup Day – no school

Sunday 10 Nov

  • MSPS Choir performing at the Eltham Festival

Monday 18 Nov

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

Mon 18-Thurs 21 Nov

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

Mon 25-Thurs 28 Nov

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

Mon 25 Nov

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

Tues 26 Nov

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

Fri 29 Nov

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

 Mon  2 Dec

  • Year 6 Funfields excursion (more details to follow)

Wed 4 Dec

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

Tues 10 Dec

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

 Wed 11 Dec

  • P&F meeting 7:30pm 

Fri 13 Dec

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

Wed 18 Dec

  • Graduation (Yr 6 students)
  • NO ASSEMBLY

Thurs 19 Dec

  • Last day of school – 3:30pm dismissal

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Looking for something to do outside of school?

Sunday October 20

  • Walk for Epilepsy (Flyer attached)

Sunday October 27

  • Briar Hill Spring Fair (Flyer Attached)

Tuesday 29 October

Saturday 16 Nov

  • St Mary’s Fete (Flyer Attached)

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

Newsletter Term 3 Week 10 2019

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From the Principal’s Desk
 
Together we learn, lead and achieve.
 
Dear Monty South Community,
 
Hard to believe that another term is coming to the end. Mind you, it has certainly been a full on term!
 
Apart from the obvious big event with the move in to a brand new building, I have reflected on the many extra-curricular activities that our students have experienced this term. In addition to ensuring academic requirements are met daily, we are proud to be able to give our students a breadth and depth of extra-curricular opportunities. Whilst there are far too many activities to list here, I would like to identify a few examples of the academic, social and emotional learning conducted this term:
 
* We started off the term with the Ridiculous Rhyme Show from the UK.
 
* The main topic of study this semester throughout the school is ‘Can we fix it  – yes we can’.   There have been numerous activities and excursions planned to support this unit of learning. These involved a visit to Lego Land in Prep and an incursion about the body to Year 1s.
 
* Lunchtime clubs with staff organising and supervising the library, Lego and Coding clubs.
 
* Lunchtime park visits. The Sackville St Reserve for the Years 3-6 students and the Olympic Road Reserve for the Prep to Year 2 students. 
 
* Our 2019 Preps celebrated the milestone of 100 days of schooling, enjoying a variety of ‘100’ activities in costume.
 
*The 2020 Preps started the Bridges to school classes.
 
* University of New South Wales tests were held for participating students and certificates will be sent out next term. 
 
* Our annual Athletics Day saw students from Year 3-6 participate in a full day of track and field events at Willinda Park.
 
* A number of Year 5-6 Interschool Sports teams from last term qualified for district and regional sport finals and in some cases state teams.
 
* Our choir and vocal ensemble continued to practise weekly and perform.
 
* Chess Club and instrumental music classes (keyboard and guitar) ran all term.
 
* Maths Talent Quest (groups of passionate maths students) presented at La Trobe University and two groups gained a credit and a distinction. One group went onto National Level.
 
* Our capable Year 6 leaders continue to represent the school admirably. We have now formed the Principal Advisory Leaders (PALs) group as well as the Student Action Leaders who are involved in the Student Action Teams. We have a War on Waste Action Team and a Fundraising Action Team as well as a Book Parade Action Team. We had a Playground Action Team but the work has been completed with this group and we now need to fundraise for the equipment. 
 
* Sessions on Cybersafety were held in Years Prep-6. Lessons focussed on cyber safety and addressed topics such as privacy, sharing personal information, passwords, being kind online, scams, digital footprint and cyber bullying. 
 
* Bike Ed sessions were held in Years 3.
 
* A Wellbeing Coordinator (Yo Robertson) was appointed and she is running wellbeing programs across the school.
 
* Data reporting conferences were held providing parents with a chance to discuss with the classroom teacher and their child about their child’s progress and goals.  
 
* The Junior concert ‘Jungle Book’ was a brilliant event. It was an absolute pleasure to watch the youngest members of the school community take to the stage, many of them for the first time. We laughed and enjoyed the different personalities on the stage. Some were very comfortable with being on stage in the limelight and some were really out of their comfort zone, but still participating. We were so proud of each and every one of them in what was an invaluable learning experience for them all. 
 
* Prep Breakfast and Year 6 and 4 camps were held.
 
Whilst our core business is in literacy and numeracy outcomes, the community relationships and care for ‘the whole child’ is an absolute feature of our school.
 
I thank staff for organising and enabling the school’s extra-curricular opportunities, with the above examples merely a snapshot of what has taken place this term!
 
Next term, we look forward to Year 5 and Year 3 camps, the Parents and Friends Halloween Disco, the swimming program, whole school swimming sports, reports, graduation, the Step Up program, Christmas Carols and the Family Curriculum Night.
 
There is never a dull moment.
  
2020 Preparation
 
Just a reminder that we are sending home the friendship forms today and a copy is attached in this newsletter. We ask you discuss with your child/ren their friend choices and return the form to school by Friday 18 October. While we guarantee one friend, we cannot guarantee every friend on the list.  Thus we stress that your child must be happy to be with any of the friends listed. If not all spots are filled in then the class teacher will sit and help your child make a decision at school. There will be more on the following steps for class selections in next term’s newsfeed. 
 
Staff news
 
We have recently appointed Monique Rankin as Acting Leading Teacher, while Mandy Redfern is seconded to the DET central office. Monique will still remain in the classroom as 2A teacher but she will have some extra sessions out of the class while she leads the school in curriculum and innovation. 
 
Tracey Cole and Amy Duckworth have also been appointed Learning Specialists and will take a lead role in mentoring staff in classroom teaching practices. This will not affect their classroom teaching roles. 
 
Lost property
 
We have many jumpers, containers and drink bottles which are not labelled in lost property.
Please check lost property before next Friday for any missing items. Lost property is now in the foyer of the gym in the cupboards near the sinks, opposite 6B bag lockers.
 
Lina – Jayden Mackay’s 5C assistance dog in training
 
Some of you may have noticed that Jayden has a four-legged friend along with all the other two-legged friends he has. Over the last few weeks, Lina has truly enjoyed meeting everyone at school. She has loved the pats, belly rubs and cuddles. Lina has now received her official assistance dog in training jacket which means she will start the official training to become Jayden’s certified assistance dog.
 
We would love your assistance in supporting Jayden and Lina to become the perfect team so she can be Jayden’s much needed helper to live his life with CMS. Please read the attached leaflet put together by Bianca, Jayden’s mum. 
 
Sunsmart
 
September heralds the beginning of the higher UV season. Exposure to sunlight is the main cause of melanoma and a cause of skin cancer. Acknowledging Australia has the world’s highest incidence of melanoma, as a Sunsmart school we expect our students to wear a hat between 1 September and 30 April each year. Having reminded children to dust off their Sunsmart school hats to protect against UV and the sun all students will be expected to don their hats especially next term (Term 4) onwards to 30 April.
 
MSPS achievers
 
Basketball finals were played on the weekend and our school has a big presence in the Eltham Wildcats scene. I heard a number of reports of finals wins and medals awarded but if I have missed you please make sure you let me know. We will certainly mention you in the newsletter, or assembly or on our Facebook page.
 
Congratulations to Amalia Gomez from 4E who was part of the Friday night team in the VJL4 Eltham U12 team who won the premiership.  Awesome effort, Amalia! Congrats also go to the coach, Jamie Weddle, who is an ex-student of ours. A very Monty South effort!
 
Another congratulations to Archie Peacock, Mani Backer, Jake Pepyat and Luke Gibbs (Year 5) who won their U11 basketball grand final on the weekend against Banyule 27 to 22. Archiewas awarded the Most Determined Player medal by the referees. Sensational effort, boys.

And not only on the basketball court have our students excelled, but in the gym. These beaming smiles belong to Amy Brilliant and Genevieve Spina from 4C and their teammates.   The girls had a fantastic competition on Sunday at the regional championships. They placed 1st on bars, beam and vault, 3rd on floor and 1st overall, earning themselves a place at the state championships in November! Congratulations girls, we are so proud of you.  
  
Climate Change Action student strike
 
This will take place on Friday 20 September and we will have two students attending with their parents. Chase and Maya Whiston will be joining school students across Australia as part of a Global #ClimateStrike as a way of demonstrating directly to the elected leaders their deep concern about the ongoing lack of political action on climate change.
 
You can read more about the Global #ClimateStrike here: www.schoolstrike4climate.com 
 
School playing field update
 
The new playing area will be open for use the first day back of Term 4, Monday 7 October. This is exciting news. We understand with the play area being new, it will be a very busy place on the first day back. Considering this, we will have extra staff on yard duty before school around the play area. We will also timetable in all classes during the day to have some time on the playing area with their class.
 
Term end
 
The last day of Term 3 is Friday 20 September. Please note this will be a Footy Colours Day, run by our Fund Raising Student Action Team. 
 
Students finish school at 2.30pm and will return to school for Term 4 on Monday 7 October. The first assembly for Term 4 will be Wednesday 16 October, which is the second week of the term. 
 
I hope all families have an enjoyable holiday and are able to spend some quality time together. Hopefully we will get lots of sunny weather and families will be able to spend some time outdoors. I would like to thanks all the MSPS staff, parents and community members for their continued support this term. We only succeed if it is a team effort. Enjoy everyone and stay safe.
 
Best Wishes
  
Leanne Sheean
Principal
 
Montmorency South Primary School acknowledges traditional owners of country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to elders both past, present and future.
 
‘Montmorency South is an inclusive learning community where students are inspired to be respectful, creative, curious and independent learners.’
 
Our Belief:
We believe that every person in our Montmorency South school community has the capacity to assist each student in attaining our vision.
 
Motto
Together we learn, lead and achieve

Newsfeed – Term 3 Week 8
 
Parents and Friends news

Halloween Disco

Parents and Friends will be holding their annual Halloween disco on Thursday 24 October from 6pm-7:30pm in the school gym.  It will be a night of Halloween games, dancing (DJ included), chill out zone and sausage sizzle.  Dressing up is encouraged!  Tickets are available through Trybooking via the following links.  Tickets through Trybooking are $5 for a single or $20 for a family (2A+3C).  Tickets at the door will be $7.50 single & $30 for a family (2A+3C)

https://www.trybooking.com/BFPDK
https://www.trybooking.com/555084

Fete – Sunday March 15th 2020

Montmorency South Primary School will hold a fete on Sunday March 15th, 2020 (10am to 5pm) and the MSPS P&F are seeking your assistance in making the fete a great success.  As a first step in planning for this exciting event we are reaching out to you, our school community for support.  Please find attached more information of how you can help.  Also find attached a form for families to fill in if interested in helping or renting a stall.

Curriculum Night – Wed 16th Oct

Please join us on Wed 16th October from 4pm-6pm to witness how we teach and learn all the wonderful things we do here every day at Montmorency South.  Please see below for more information.

SAKG – Garden request for pots

Our SAKG garden teachers are requesting donations of smaller pots for propagating and raising seedlings.  Anything under 150mm x 150mm x 150mm would be perfect.  Pot donations can be left down in the garden or if the gates are locked and no one is there they can be left by the gate.  Thank you in advance.

Book parade

The MSPS book parade will be taking place on Wed Oct 9 from 9:10am-11:20pm in the school gym.  Please see attached flyer for more information.

Chess Club Term 4

Places are available in Chess Club for Term 4.  Chess club runs after school from 3:30-4:30pm.  If you child would like to join Chess Club for Term 4 please contact Pam Watson at watson.pam.w@eduamail.vic.gov.au .

School production – DVD orders

We will be sending the DVD order envelopes off by the end of this week.  If you would like to order a DVD from the Junior School Production please return envelopes as soon as possible.

Schools Privacy Policy for parents

Please see attached the Department of Education’s Privacy policy for parents.
 
WHAT IS COMING UP

Wed 18 Sept

  • Graduation and school captain photos – 9am
  • P&F meeting 7:30pm

Thurs 19 Sept

  • UNSW Mathematics test
  • 3A Bike Ed – 2:40-3:30pm

Fri 20 Sept

  • Sports colours day – gold coin donation (towards playground seating)
  • Last day of Term 3 – 2:30pm dismissal

Mon 7 Oct

  • First day of Term 4 – 9:00am

Tues 8 Oct

  • School Council meeting – 7:15pm

Wed 9 Oct

  • Book parade 9:10am-11:30am (please see attached flyer)

Wed 16 Oct

  • Regional athletics – Meadowglen Athletics track
  • Assembly 2:45pm – followed by garden gate
  • P&F meeting – 7:30pm
  • Family curriculum night – 4:00-6:00pm (more details to follow)

Thus 17 Oct

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

Mon 21-Wed 23 Oct

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

Mon 21-Tues 22 Oct

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

Mon 4 Nov

  • Curriculum day – student free day

Tues 5 Nov

  • Melbourne Cup day – no school

Mon 18-Thurs 21 Nov

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

Mon 25-Thurs 28 Nov

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

Mon 25 Nov

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

Tues 26 Nov

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

Fri 29 Nov

  • Yr 2 day camp (more details to follow)

Mon 2 Dec 

  • Year 6 Funfields excursion (more details to follow)

Wed 4 Dec 

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

Tues 10 Dec 

  • Year 7 (2020) orientation day at High school
  • Year 6 pizza dinner at school 5-7pm (more information to follow) 

Wed 11 Dec 

  • P&F meeting 7:30pm 

Fri 13 Dec 

  • P&F colour fun run 

Wed 18 Dec

  • Graduation (Yr 6 students)
  • NO ASSEMBLY

Thurs 19 Dec

  • Last day of school – 3:30pm dismissal

Newsfeed – Term 3 Week 8

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Junior school concert – reminder to buy tickets

Tickets are still available for the junior school concert this Tues and Wed night.  Adult tickets $20, child ticket $10 and children who will sit on a lap are free.  Please follow links below to purchase tickets via trybooking.

Night 1 (Tues Sept 10) – Prep to year 2 families with surnames A-K – 6:30
Night 2 (Wed Sept 11)- Prep to year 2 families with surnames L-Z – 6:30

https://www.trybooking.com/BETOA  or https://www.trybooking.com/540488

Tues 10th Sept – night 1

  • Technical rehearsal at Eltham High school surnames A-K, choir A-K & lead performers.  Buses leave 9.05am.   Lunch eaten at venue, please pack lunch in a named plastic bag. NO COSTUME
  • Night performance: classes arrive: 5.45pm IN COSTUME 
  • Lead Performers: face paint/mics/ warm up 5pm IN COSTUME.
  • Choir members – arrive by 6pm – ALL BLACK

 
Wed 11 Sept- night 2

  • Technical rehearsal at Eltham High school   surnames L-Z, choir L-Z & lead performers.  Buses leave 9.05am. no lunch orders for P-2. Lunch eaten at venue, please pack lunch in a named plastic bag. NO COSTUME
  • Night performanceClasses arrive: 5.45pm IN COSTUME
  • Lead Performers: facepaint/mics/ warm up 5pm IN COSTUME
  • Choir members – arrive by 6pm – ALL BLACK

PARKING:     Please allow ample time to find parking.  Parking is available at the front of the High School on Withers Way, Eltham Leisure Centre or the other side of Eltham High school on Ely Street and limited parking along Bell Street.

Looking forward to seeing you on what promises to be a night to remember!

Your creative team, Jude Barry and Emily Kilkenny

SAKG – “Garden Gate”, chicken duty and request for old garden magazines

Garden Gate

Our SAKG garden will now be running a “Garden Gate” after assemblies.  The first garden gate will be after tomorrow assembly Wed 11th Sept.  They will have a stall set up under the new building from 3:30-4pm in which families will be able to buy produce from our SAKG garden.  At this point it will be mostly bunches of herbs.

Chicken roster

We now have an automatic door for the chickens, but we are still in need of families to check in on them every so often and especially during the upcoming school holidays. 

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

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

Old magazine request

Catherine Kingshott, our SAKG garden teacher, is looking for donations of old garden magazines and newspapers to be used in class to decorate students garden journals.  Please drop donations at the school office.

Book parade

The MSPS book parade will be taking place on Wed Oct 9 from 9:10am-11:20pm in the school gym.  Please see attached flyer for more information.

WHAT IS COMING UP

Tues 10 Sept

  • Junior school concert night 1– Prep to Year 2 family surnames A-K (please see school production newsfeed for details) 5:45pm arrival for a 6:30pm start

Wed 11 Sept

  • Junior school concert night 2– Prep to Year 2 family surnames L-Z please see school production newsfeed for details) 5:45pm arrival for a 6:30pm start
  • Assembly – 2:45pm followed by garden gate under the new building

Thurs 12 Sept

  • Division athletics – Meadowglen Athletics track
  • Graduation meeting – 4:30pm staffroom

Fri 13 Sept

  • 3A bike ed – 2:40-3:30pm

Tues 17 Sept

  • UNSW English test

Wed 18 Sept

  • Graduation and school captain photos – 9am
  • P&F meeting 7:30pm

Thurs 19 Sept

  • UNSW Mathematics test
  • 3A Bike Ed – 2:40-3:30pm

Fri 20 Sept

  • Footy colours day – gold coin donation
  • Last day of Term 3 – 2:30pm dismissal

Mon 7 Oct

  • First day of Term 4 – 9:00am

Tues 8 Oct

  • School Council meeting – 7:15pm

Wed 9 Oct

  • Book parade 9:10am-11:30am (please see attached flyer)

Wed 16 Oct

  • Regional athletics – Meadowglen Athletics track
  • P&F meeting – 7:30pm
  • Family curriculum night – 4:00-6:00pm (more details to follow)

Mon 21-Wed 23 Oct

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

Mon 21-Tues 22 Oct

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

Mon 4 Nov

  • Curriculum day – student free day

Tues 5 Nov

  • Melbourne Cup day – no school

Mon 18-Thurs 21 Nov

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

Mon 25-Thurs 28 Nov

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

Mon 25 Nov

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

Tues 26 Nov

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

Fri 29 Nov

  • Yr 2 day camp (more details to follow)

Wed 4 Dec
 

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

 
Tues 10 Dec
 

  • Year 7 orientation day at High school

 
Wed 11 Dec
 

  • P&F meeting 7:30pm

 
Fri 13 Dec
 

  • P&F colour fun run

 
Wed 18 Dec

  • Graduation (Yr 6 students)
  • NO ASSEMBLY

Thurs 19 Dec

  • Last day of school – 3:30pm dismissal

Newsletter Term 3 Week 8 2019

By | Uncategorized

From the Principal’s Desk
 
Together we learn, lead and achieve.  
 
Dear Monty South Community,        
 
First and foremost, thank you for the warm welcome back I received from parents, students and staff since my return and the messages/emails from everyone about the new building. As you know we were very excited to be going into the new building and while I was away, the work on the front entrance and side gardens was completed, making it even better.
 
Stage 4 is well and truly underway and I thought I might take this opportunity to explain more about the playing field and play areas. 
 
The oval was included in our original $8.3 million budget but only as grass playing field. During the last two years we have discussed this matter extensively at School Council and made a decision to pay for our own artificial turf. We wanted to ensure we had a high quality playing field and one that would last for many years.
 
Quotes were sought from differing companies and again, School Council settled on ABS Sports Fields. The original quote for the playing field, the new netball/basketball court and the goalposts, basketball rings and surrounds was $300,000. We had saved $100,000 from school funds, to which we added the fundraising efforts of Parents and Friends from the last year, which was $20,000. So our funds don’t quite cater for the amount we need. As state schools are not allowed to borrow money, we are leasing the field for the next six years and making quarterly payments. We have years’ of experience leasing with this company and we feel quite confident that we can make the quarterly payments. 
 
However, our efforts with playground equipment, bike sheds, the surrounding gardens and play areas will rely heavily on fundraising and working bees. 
 
The good news is, the playing field will be ready by the end of Term 3 and then the final stage of installing the staff carpark will begin. The 2019 Christmas Carols will once again be held at MSPS and that is just great news. 
 
Happy times ahead.
Please feel free to come and wander around the school and see the new building.
 
2020 preparation
 
How quickly does the year flow? We are now turning our attention to 2020 and hiring staff and looking at class allocations. This provides opportunities to build relationships and a sense of belonging which underpins the process of allocating students to classes. I used to do it manually but for the last five 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. And because of that evaluation, this year we are going to return to manual manipulation of classes.
 
The process will begin this term when we send home forms for the children to discuss their friend choices with their parents and return to school by Friday 18 October. More on the following steps will be in next Term’s newsfeed. 
 
Staff news
 
We are thrilled to announce that our baby boom continues with the news that both Lucy Skipper and Jenny Farrelly from Foundation are both pregnant and due to have their babies in February and March 2020 respectively. Andy Coates and his wife Clare are also expecting another child next February, too. We wish them all healthy pregnancies.
 
Junior School Concert
 
Rehearsals for Jungle Book Kids have been going in earnest these last few weeks and we are now into count down mode to concert night. Performance dates are next week with those in Prep to Year 2 with surnames beginning with A-K performing on Tuesday 10 September and those with surnames L-Z performing on Wednesday 11 September. Although we do understand that there are always prior engagements and commitments that people have to meet, there is an expectation that all junior school students attend the concert. 
 
School Facebook page
 
You will notice that we have a MSPS Facebook page that we are trying to use to share our good news stories from around the school on a frequent basis. In recent weeks, we have had news about our Year 3D maths Leader Local Grants award winners, the 2019-2020 Melbourne Junior Lord Mayor Sophie Peters, the Tournament of the Mind team and most recently the Sunrise news story on Jayden Mackay and his Year 5 classmates. It is a great way to view some of the extracurricular activities that happen around the school. If you have not seen it, I encourage you do so as it a great way to celebrate the successes of our students. 
 
Term end
 
The last day of Term 3 is Friday 20 September. Students finish school at 2.30pm. Students return to school on Monday 7 October. Please note this day will be a Footy Colours Day run by our Fund Raising Student Action Team. More information to follow.
 
Our final assembly for Term 3 is next Wednesday 19 September and the first for Term 4 will be Wednesday 16 October, which is the second week of the term. 
 
Sunsmart
 
September heralds the beginning of the higher UV season. Exposure to sunlight is the main cause of melanoma and a cause of skin cancer. Acknowledging Australia has the world’s highest incidence of melanoma, as a Sunsmart school, we expect our students to wear a hat between 1 September and 30 April each year. Having reminded children to dust off their Sunsmart school hats to protect against UV and the sun all students will be expected to don their hats, especially next term (Term 4) onwards to 30 April.
 
MSPS sports shirts
 
This shirt is available for students from Years 3-6 to use when playing sport or having PE. All students who have the shirt are able to wear it as their uniform on the days they have sport or PE.

Best Wishes
 
Leanne Sheean
Principal
 
Montmorency South Primary School acknowledges traditional owners of country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to elders both past, present and future.
 
‘Montmorency South is an inclusive learning community where students are inspired to be respectful, creative, curious and independent learners.’
 
Our Belief:
We believe that every person in our Montmorency South school community has the capacity to assist each student in attaining our vision.
 
Motto
Together we learn, lead and achieve
 
Newsfeed – Term 3 Week 8

Junior School Concert – 2nd round tickets available
 
For those families who would like to purchase extra tickets for the production next week, ticket sales have been reopened. We ask that families who might need a large number of tickets – more than three extra-  please call the school office before purchasing.
If you have not purchased your first round tickets please do so as soon as possible.

https://www.trybooking.com/BETOA  or https://www.trybooking.com/540488

Night 1 (Tues Sept 10) – Families with surnames A-K – 6:30
Night 2 (Wed Sept 11)- Families with surnames L-Z – 6:30

Rubbish bricks workshop

Wednesday 4 September – 3:30- 4:30pm & Monday 9 September. We need some adult help completing more rubbish bricks for our Bush Block Seating Project. If you are happy to stay back after school pick-up this Wednesday and help us complete a brick for our project, we will be most grateful. You will also be able to nominate which class you would like to donate your brick to (to support our class brick-making competition!) Students/siblings are also welcome to join the workshop with their parent/family member. We will be working in the spare classroom next to the media room (please report to the office if you are not sure where this is). Please RSVP to tarzipan@gmail.com or 0429478261 Many thanks, Tara.
Parents and Friends update
 
The Parents’ and Friends’ Committee hope that all dads enjoyed a great Father’s Day. Thank you to the Year 6 helpers and the parent volunteers who once again did a fantastic job on the stall. We made about $1500 from the stall which will contribute towards more great improvements to the play spaces at Monty South. 

Parents and Friends will be holding the next 2020 Fete meeting this Wednesday 4 September in the new boardroom (meeting room nearest the school office).
 
SAKG – request for old garden magazines

Catherine Kingshott, our SAKG garden teacher, is looking for donations of old garden magazines and newspapers to be used in class to decorate students garden journals.  Please drop donations at the school office.

WHAT IS COMING UP

September 1 2019 – April 30 2020 – SUNSMART HATS TO BE WORN AT LUNCH & RECESS
 
Wed 4 Sept

  • NO ASSEMBLY
  • Rubbish brick making workshop 3:30-4:30
  • 2020 Fete meeting – 7:30pm boardroom

Thurs 5 Sept

  • UNSW Science test

Fri 6 Sept

  • 3A Bike Ed – 2:40-3:30pm

Mon 9 Sept

  • Rubbish brick making workshop 3:30-4:30

Tues 10 Sept

  • Junior School Concert Night 1– Prep to Year 2 family surnames A-K (please see School Production newsfeed for details) 5:45pm arrival for a 6:30pm start

Wed 11 Sept

  • Junior School Concert Night 2– Prep to Year 2 family surnames L-Z please see School Production newsfeed for details) 5:45pm arrival for a 6:30pm start
  • Assembly – 2:45pm

Thurs 12 Sept

  • Division Athletics – Meadowglen Athletics

Fri 13 Sept

  • 3A Bike Ed – 2:40-3:30pm

Tues 17 Sept

  • UNSW English test

Wed 18 Sept

  • Graduation and School Captain photos – 9am
  • P&F meeting 7:30pm

Thurs 19 Sept

  • UNSW Mathematics test
  • 3A Bike Ed – 2:40-3:30pm

Fri 20 Sept

  • Last day of Term 3 – 2:30pm dismissal

Mon 7 Oct

  • First day of Term 4 – 9:00am

Wed 9 Oct

  • Book Parade 9am-11:30am (more details to follow)

Mon 21-Wed 23 Oct

  • Year 5 camp – Anglesea (more information to follow)
  • Year 3 camp – Mt Moreton (more information to follow)

Wed 18 Dec

  • Graduation (Yr 6 students)
  • NO ASSEMBLY

Newsfeed – Term 3 Week 7

By | Uncategorized

District Athletics – Tues 3rd September
 
42 students will be representing MSPS at the District Athletics Carnival which will be taking place on Tues 3rd of September.  Please note that there will be a training session this Wed 28th August 4pm at Willinda Park, for the relay teams, long jump and triple jump.  We ask parents to please transport their children to and from this training.
  
Superhero Day – Monday 2nd September
 
Muscular Dystrophy’s National superhero week is next week, September 2-8.  Our very own Jayden Mackay (year 5) is one of the Muscular Dystrophy’s National faces and will be featured in the Herald Sun during the week in cartoon form.  Furthermore, Channel 7’s Sunrise will be here to cover the event and to interview Jayden, his family and friends on Monday 2nd September.
 
We know there is lots on at the moment but we would like to ask the Yr 3-6 students to support Jayden in this role by dressing up as their favourite super hero on Monday 2nd of September. Please bring a gold coin donation on the day.
 
Scholastic Book order
 
Scholastic book brochure will be sent home early this week.   The books will take approximately two weeks to arrive at school after the closed due date of Tuesday 3rd September. 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.. 

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me via email.
I am very sorry for the short notice as  I was unwell last week and was unable to send out the brochures.  I need to allow at least two weeks for delivery before school holidays start. Thank you for your understanding.

Thank you
Clare Iob
Librarian
 
eSmart Week 1-7 September

Next week is eSmart Week which is an initiative run by the Alannah and Madeline Foundation which aims to create an Australia that is free from cyber bullying, with digital citizens who know how to embrace the best that technology can offer, whilst being smart, safe and responsible online.
While Cyber Safety and being responsible online is discussed throughout the year as the need arises, we will be participating in eSmart Week and each class will complete lessons on topics such as privacy, passwords, sharing images, cyber bullying, digital footprint etc.

Here is a link to the eSafety website which offers advice on helping your child have safe and enjoyable experiences online.

https://www.esafety.gov.au/parents
We have also attached a document with some tips around screen time at home.   

Junior School Concert – Reminder to buy tickets

We will be opening ticket sales up to families who would like to buy extra tickets on Sept 2nd.  If you have not bought your tickets for the concert please do so this week via the link below.

https://www.trybooking.com/BETOA  or https://www.trybooking.com/540488

Night 1 (Tues Sept 10) – Families with surnames A-K – 6:30
Night 2 (Wed Sept 11)- Families with surnames L-Z – 6:30

Due to space restrictions we are offering:
4 tickets per family on your surname night & 4 tickets per family for Lead performers per night

Rubbish Bricks Workshop

Wednesday 25st August- 3:30- 4:30pm  Rubbish Bricks Workshop.  We need some adult help completing more Rubbish Bricks for our Bush Block Seating Project.  If you are happy to stay back after school pick-up this Wednesday and help us complete a brick for our project, we will be most grateful.  You will also be able to nominate which class you would like to donate your brick to (to support our class brick-making competition!)  Students/siblings are also welcome to join the workshop with their parent/family member. We will be working inside but will meet outside the Bridges area (near the library entrance).  Please RSVP to Tara De Bondi tarzipan@gmail.com or 0429 478 261.

WHAT IS COMING UP

Wed 28 Aug

  • Assembly – 2:45pm
  • District Athletics Training for Relay Teams, Long jump and Triple Jump – 4pm Willinda Park

Thurs 29 Aug

  • P&F Father’s Day Stall

Fri 30 Aug

  • 6B Melbourne Day Ceremony excursion – 9am
  • 3A Bike Ed – 2:40-3:30pm

Mon 2 Sept
 

  • Second round of tickets go on sale for the Junior School concert
  • Year 6 Leadership day – Montmorency Secondary (for those Year6 students attending Montmorency Secondary in 2020) please see event for more details
  • Superhero Day

 
Tues 3 Sept

  • District Athletics – Meadowglen Athletics – more information to follow

Wed 4 Sept

  • NO ASSEMBLY

Fri 6 Sept

  • 3A Bike Ed – 2:40-3:30pm

Tues 10 Sept

  • Junior School Concert Night 1– Prep to Year 2 family surnames A-K (please see School Production newsfeed for details) 5:45pm arrival for a 6:30pm start

Wed 11 Sept

  • Junior School Concert Night 2– Prep to Year 2 family surnames L-Z please see School Production newsfeed for details) 5:45pm arrival for a 6:30pm start
  • Assembly – 2:45pm

Thurs 12 Sept

  • Division Athletics – Meadowglen Athletics

Fri 13 Sept

  • 3A Bike Ed – 2:40-3:30pm

Wed 18 Sept

  • Graduation and School Captain photos – 9am
  • P&F meeting 7:30pm

Fri 20 Sept

  • 3A Bike Ed TBD
  • Last day of Term 3 – 2:30pm dismissal

Mon 7 Oct

  • First day of Term 4 – 9:00am

Wed 9 Oct

  • Book Parade 9am-11:30am (more details to follow)

Mon 21-Wed 23 Oct

  • Year 5 camp – Anglesea (more information to follow)
  • Year 3 camp – Mt Moreton (more information to follow)

Wed 18 Dec

  • Graduation (Yr 6 students)
  • NO ASSEMBLY

Newsletter – Term 3 Week 6

By | Uncategorized

Dear Monty South community  
 
I can’t believe we are half way through Term 3 already. This is my second and last newsletter as Leanne is returning to school from her holiday tomorrow, Tuesday 20 August. I am sure she will have a lot of stories to share with all of us.

Our Year 6 students set off on Monday for their trip to Sovereign Hill Camp. It was wonderful to see the excited faces as they headed off and it was also terrific to hear the parents comment on how well the teachers had prepared the students for this experience. One of the best things at the Sovereign Hill camp is that the students get to step back in time and really feel they living in another era.

There were two extremes on Thursday as the Year 6 students were slightly more subdued as they overcame their tiredness after three days of adventure and at the other end we had our Preps who were babbling away with excitement as they tucked into their Prep breakfast and then headed off to Legoland. Who said school was boring!!!!

Thank you to our camp staff – Dale Weston, Rowena Martin, Andy Glembin, Sharon Moore, Jenny Hutchinson, Lachlan Holmes (PST), Vicky Mules (ES) and Jana De Jager and to the Prep staff – Lucy Skipper, Jenny Farrelly, Rachael Higgs, Mitchell Dintinosante and Mikayla McNamara. It is a big commitment and we appreciate your hard work. A big thank you to the parents who also assisted at the Prep breakfast. There were vegemite and jam smiles all round.

Last week (12 to 16 August) was Science Week. The 2019 National Science Week school theme was….. Destination Moon. During the week our students were given the opportunity to view some videos about the moon and the moon landing. Each also conducted a rocket experiment. A huge thank you to Tom Norris for gathering the materials and resources to support the staff and students in their endeavours.

On Saturday 17 August the Vietnam Veterans’ Community Memorial Service was conducted at Greensborough War Memorial Park. Monty South was represented by Louis Makridis, Oliver Plunkett-Zbaracki and Angus Johnston who took part in the laying of floral tributes during the service. I would like to thank the boys and their families for supporting them. (please see attached photo)

Congratulations to Emma Cooper (1st Lower Plenty Cub Pack) and Keeley Smith (1st Lower Plenty Scout Troop) on earning their Grey Wolf. This is a great milestone in their Scouting journey. (please see attached photo)

We are also proud to announce that Montmorency South won the Diamond Valley Leader grant for their ‘Shared School Community Outdoor Meeting Place’ led by Daniel Jacobs and Mandy Redfern and we received a grant from Bank First Teaching Initiatives Program for our Rubbish Seats project led by Tara De Bondi.  A great big thank you to everyone who was involved.  (please see attached photos)

As we head towards the September, we are gearing up for the Junior School Concert with ticket sales starting. We are also getting a step closer to the new oval as we have finally said a fond farewell to two of the relocatables.

I would just like to thank everyone for their support over the past three weeks and wish Leanne a smooth transitioning back into her office.

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

Junior School Concert – Ticket & Costume Information
Tickets are now available via Trybooking.com for our MSPS Junior School Concert featuring all students in Prep to Year 2.

https://www.trybooking.com/BETOA  or https://www.trybooking.com/540488

Night 1 (Tues Sept 10) – Families with surnames A-K – 6:30
Night 2 (Wed Sept 11)- Families with surnames L-Z – 6:30

Due to space restrictions we are offering:
4 tickets per family on your surname night & 4 tickets per family for Lead performers per night

No ticket required for:

  • Children up to the age of 4 (able to sit on parents lap)
  • Children performing on the night

First round tickets close Sunday 1st September (4 per family)
Second round tickets (if available) Monday 2nd September (for additional tickets) – Those families who have children performing in the choir will be able to buy tickets during the second round.
Costumes
 
Please see the Newsfeed “School Production Newsfeed – Jungle Book Kids” for costume lists. 
 
PLEASE BRING ITEMS IN A LABELLED BAG (STUDENT NAME & CLASS) TO SCHOOL BY TUESDAY 20TH AUGUST.

Parents and Friends – Father’s Day Stall
 
The Parents and Friends will be running a Father’s Day Stall next Thursday 29th August. (gift ideas in Merriel’s office window). Gift prices range from .50cents to $6.  Please remember your money and a bag to bring gifts home in.
 
Parents and Friends are looking for helpers on the day of the stall.  If you are able to help between the hours of 11:15 and 3:00pm please contact Jenny Vergers (Father’s Day stall organiser) at jvergers@hotmail.com .
 
Rubbish Bricks Workshop
Wednesday 21st August- 3:30- 4:30pm  Rubbish Bricks Workshop.  We need some adult help completing more Rubbish Bricks for our Bush Block Seating Project.  If you are happy to stay back after school pick-up this Wednesday and help us complete a brick for our project, we will be most grateful.  You will also be able to nominate which class you would like to donate your brick to (to support our class brick-making competition!)  Students/siblings are also welcome to join the workshop with their parent/family member. We will be working inside but will meet outside the Bridges area (near the library entrance).  Please RSVP to Tara De Bondi tarzipan@gmail.com or 0429 478 261.
 
WHAT IS COMING UP
 
Tues 20 Aug

  •  Netball final 8:30am
  • Costumes due for Junior school production

Wed 21 Aug

  • P&F meeting – 7:30pm
  • NO ASSEMBLY
  • Athletics training Willinda Park 4-5pm relay teams & long jump

Fri 23 Aug

  • NO BIKE ED 3A(will resume next week)

Sat 24 Aug

  • Tournament of the Minds Yr 5&6 performance – LaTrobe University 11am

Mon 26 Aug

  • Jungle Books Kids 1st dress rehearsal

Wed 28 Aug

  • Assembly – 2:45pm

Thurs 29 Aug

  • P&F Father’s Day Stall

Fri 30 Aug

  • 3A Bike Ed – 2:40-3:30pm

Mon 2 Sept
 

  • Second round of tickets go on sale for the Junior School concert

 
Tues 3 Sept

  • District Athletics – Meadowglen Athletics – more information to follow

Wed 4 Sept

  • NO ASSEMBLY

Fri 6 Sept

  • 3A Bike Ed – 2:40-3:30pm

Tues 10 Sept

  • Junior School Concert Night 1– Prep to Year 2 family surnames A-K (please see School Production newsfeed for details) 5:45pm arrival for a 6:30pm start

Wed 11 Sept

  • Junior School Concert Night 2– Prep to Year 2 family surnames L-Z please see School Production newsfeed for details) 5:45pm arrival for a 6:30pm start
  • Assembly – 2:45pm

Thurs 12 Sept

  • Division Athletics – Meadowglen Athletics

Fri 13 Sept

  • 3A Bike Ed – 2:40-3:30pm

Wed 18 Sept

  • Graduation and School Captain photos – 9am
  • P&F meeting 7:30pm

Fri 20 Sept

  • 3A Bike Ed TBD
  • Last day of Term 3 – 2:30pm dismissal

Mon 7 Oct

  • First day of Term 4 – 9:00am

Wed 9 Oct

  • Book Parade 9am-11:30am (more details to follow)

Mon 21-Wed 23 Oct

  • Year 5 camp – Anglesea (more information to follow)

Wed 18 Dec

  • Graduation (Yr 6 students)
  • NO ASSEMBLY

Newsfeed – Term 3 Week 5

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UNSW Testing – registration closing Wed 14 Aug
 
We would like to remind you that registration and payment for the UNSW ICAS assessments are due by this Wednesday, 14th August.
If you would like your child to sit for this year’s ICAS assessments you must register and pay online using our school’s unique online code.
Please see attached the letter we sent previously, with all the necessary details.
 
Lisa Symons
Year 5 Teacher
 
John Marsden – talk at Eltham Bookshop – Wed 28th August 6:30-8:00pm

John Marsden is known for his award-winning young adult fiction, but his latest book The Art of Growing Up is grounded in cold, hard reality. An astonishing, insightful and hugely ambitious manifesto The Art of Growing Up is a culmination of John Marsden’s vast experience with young people. John shares his insights into everything – from the role of schools and the importance of education, to problem parents and problem children, and the conundrum of what it means to grow up and be 'happy' in the 21st century. Having worked with and written for the youth of Australia this work is not only compelling and compassionate but also intelligent and well-informed.
Please find more information below:

https://mailchi.mp/ed1c8862d01f/elthambookshop-invites-you-to-a-fascinating-evening-with-john-marsden-2026173
 
https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/lifematters/john-marsden/11321536
 
 
WHAT IS COMING UP
 
Tues 13 Aug

  • Netball final –9:30am Mill Park Basketball StadiumWed

Wed 14 Aug

  • Yr 6 return from Sovereign Hill camp
  • Assembly – 2:45pm

Thurs 15 Aug

  • Prep Breakfast & Legoland – please see event for more details
  • 3A Bike Ed – 2:40-3:30pm

Wed 21 Aug

  • P&F meeting – 7:30pm
  • NO ASSEMBLY

Mon 26 Aug

  • Jungle Books Kids 1st dress rehearsal

Wed 28 Aug

  • Assembly – 2:45pm

Thurs 29 Aug

  • P&F Father’s Day Stall

Fri 30 Aug

  • 3A Bike Ed – 2:40-3:30pm

Tues 3 Sept

  • District Athletics – Meadowglen Athletics – more information to follow

Wed 4 Sept

  • NO ASSEMBLY

Fri 6 Sept

  • 3A Bike Ed – 2:40-3:30pm

Tues 10 Sept

  • Junior School Concert Night 1– Prep to Year 2 family surnames A-K (please see School Production newsfeed for details)

Wed 11 Sept

  • Junior School Concert Night 2– Prep to Year 2 family surnames L-Z please see School Production newsfeed for details)
  • Assembly – 2:45pm

Thurs 12 Sept

  • Division Athletics – Meadowglen Athletics

Fri 13 Sept

  • 3A Bike Ed – 2:40-3:30pm

Wed 18 Sept

  • Graduation and School Captain photos – 9am
  • P&F meeting 7:30pm

Fri 20 Sept

  • 3A Bike Ed – 2:40-3:30pm
  • Last day of Term 3 – 2:30pm dismissal

Mon 7 Oct

  • First day of Term 4 – 9:00am

Mon 21-Wed 23 Oct

  • Year 5 camp – Anglesea (more information to follow)

Wed 18 Dec

  • Graduation (Yr 6 students)
  • NO ASSEMBLY

Newsletter- Term 3 Wk 4 2019

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Dear Monty South Community

During Leanne’s absence I am ‘holding down the fort’ as the Acting Principal. This first week has been an extremely busy week at Monty South. On Wednesday 31 July there was a lovely atmosphere around the school as parents and students wandered around the grounds whilst waiting for their conferences to start. I would like to thank everyone who participated in these meetings – staff, parents and students. It is a great opportunity to not only discuss the students’ progress but to reinforce the links between home and school. This partnership is important in developing well rounded individuals and like our motto says ‘Together we learn, lead and achieve’.

When our Preps arrived on Thursday they looked decidedly older than when they left from their conferences on Wednesday. They had finally reached 100 days of school so there were celebrations all round. What a milestone!

Thursday was also an exciting day for our Year 1 students as they participated in an incursion – ‘Our Amazing Bodies’. The show enabled the children to take a look at what our bodies look like on the inside! They had the opportunity to investigate bones and the skeleton and then some of our main internal organs (brain, heart, lungs, kidney and liver).

Our Bridges to School Program has now been running for two weeks and the children have settled in extremely well.  From Leanne’s office I have had a great vantage point to watch all of them running around and playing on the playground equipment. Thank you to Chelsea, Carmie, Bev, Vicky and Jay for welcoming our newcomers and supporting them in their transition to school.

As well as all of the student-centred activities that have been happening around the school, there has also been a hive of activity with regard to the landscaping around the new building. It has been wonderful to see the grounds come to life with the new plantings. In order for the new plants and lawn to take hold properly, you will notice that some areas have been roped off to discourage students from walking through these areas. This will ensure our gardens flourish and the lawns will be lovely areas where students can spend time with their friends.

The students love the new spaces they have to explore and they are enjoying spending time in our lovely new library each Tuesday and Wednesday lunchtime as well as having access to the gym during either lunch or recess depending on their year level. This is on top of their weekly trip to the park.

Each week brings us closer to reaching the conclusion of all the building works and we won’t know ourselves with the new oval and staff carpark.

I look forward to ‘keeping the seat warm’ for Leanne until she returns from her well-deserved holiday with her extended family. We have heard that she is becoming an experienced sightseer and of course she is still finding time to maintain her fitness with regular swims.

Have a great weekend.

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

Newsfeed
 
School Production Jungle Book Kids – Prep – Yr 2
 
The Junior School production is just around the corner on Sept 10 & 11, the students have been busily practising for the big event.  A list of costume items is on Compass as a newsfeed.  Please check the list to make sure you have the items required for your child’s performance. 
 
The Drama teachers are asking that all costume items come to school by Tuesday 20th August.  Please bring items in a bag labelled with STUDENT NAME & CLASS.  These will be checked and sent home before the performance night.
 
MSPS Fete 2020
 
Montmorency South Primary School supported by the Parent and Friends Committee (P&F) has decided to hold a Fete on Sunday 15th March 2020. This is to celebrate the journey over several years in achieving a fabulous new school building and improved learning environment. 

A School Fete is an enormous undertaking, one which will require assistance from our school community. We are seeking expressions of interest to assist in many areas such as co-organising the event, offering services or talents and to volunteering on the day.  

This Wednesday,  7th August at 7:30pm within MSPS (location to be confirmed) a meeting has been arranged to provide an overview of the current planning for the fete, along with organising small working parties in the areas of Sponsorship, Donations, Market Stalls and Entertainment.  Should this be of interest to you please email msps.pandf@gmail.com to register your interest or attend the meeting this Wednesday night. 

We would love to hear your thoughts and greatly appreciate your input and assistance.

Thank you
The MSPS Parents and Friends Committee
 
 
WHAT IS COMING UP
 
Tues 6 Aug

  • School Council Meeting – 7:15pm

Wed 7 Aug

  • NO ASSEMBLY

Fri 9 Aug

  • 3A Bike Ed  -2:40-3:30pm

Saturday 10 Aug

  • Bunnings Barbeque & cake stall fundraiser – seating for bush block –please see attached flyer

Mon 12 Aug- Wed 14 Aug

  • Year 6 Camp to Sovereign Hill – Please see Compass for more information

Wed 14 Aug

  • Assembly – 2:45pm

Thurs 15 Aug

  • Prep Breakfast & Legoland – please see event for more details
  • 3A Bike Ed – 2:40-3:30pm

Wed 21 Aug

  • P&F meeting – 7:30pm
  • NO ASSEMBLY

Mon 26 Aug

  • Jungle Books Kids 1st dress rehearsal

Wed 28 Aug

  • Assembly – 2:45pm

Thurs 29 Aug

  • P&F Father’s Day Stall

Fri 30 Aug

  • 3A Bike Ed – 2:40-3:30pm

Tues 3 Sept

  • District Athletics – Meadowglen Athletics – more information to follow

Wed 4 Sept

  • NO ASSEMBLY

Fri 6 Sept

  • 3A Bike Ed – 2:40-3:30pm

Tues 10 Sept

  • Junior School Concert Night 1– Prep to Year 2 family surnames A-K (please see School Production newsfeed for details)

Wed 11 Sept

  • Junior School Concert Night 2– Prep to Year 2 family surnames L-Z please see School Production newsfeed for details)
  • Assembly – 2:45pm

Thurs 12 Sept

  • Division Athletics – Meadowglen Athletics

Fri 13 Sept

  • 3A Bike Ed – 2:40-3:30pm

Wed 18 Sept

  • Graduation and School Captain photos – 9am
  • P&F meeting 7:30pm

Fri 20 Sept

  • 3A Bike Ed – 2:40-3:30pm
  • Last day of Term 3 – 2:30pm dismissal

Mon 7 Oct

  • First day of Term 4 – 9:00am

Mon 21-Wed 23 Oct

  • Year 5 camp – Anglesea (more information to follow)

Wed 18 Dec

  • Graduation (Yr 6 students)
  • NO ASSEMBLY

Newsfeed Term 3 wk 3 – 29th July 2019

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Newsfeed Term 3 wk 3

Book Parade 2019

Book Week this year is being celebrated 17th August until 23rd August. We have been so busy as a school packing, moving and unpacking and also getting ready for the Junior School Concert, we have decided to leave our book parade extravaganza until Wednesday the 9th of October, the first week in Term 4.

This way we will have lots of time to prepare and it also allows for the children to come up with lots of creativity in the holidays.

The children, staff and myself are loving our new library. In the next couple of weeks our new picture book boxes will be delivered and we can’t wait for that. It’s such an exciting time.

Any questions regarding the book parade please don’t hesitate to email me at iob.clare.e@edumail.vic.gov.au

Reading rocks!
Clare Bear

Cake stall – seating for bush block
 
On Saturday 10th August MSPS will be holding a cake stall at Bunnings Warehouse in Eltham from 7am until we sell out of baked goods. We are looking for donations of baked goods as well as student helpers on the day. Donations can be dropped at school on Friday 9th August or directly at Bunnings from 8am.  If your child would like to help on the day or if you have any other questions please contact Tara DeBondi on 0429 478 261. (please see attached flyer for more details)
 
National Reconciliation Week – (Member Statement)
 
During Reconciliation Week the Montmorency South Primary school vocal ensemble and a few of our student leaders joined Tara DeBondi (Reconciliation Coordinator) and Andy Coates (Drama teacher) at a flag raising ceremony and leadership workshop with the Nillumbik Reconciliation Group and Nillumbik Shire Council.  Please see attached a member statement about this event from the Parliament of Victoria. 
 
Lost car key
 
We have a lost Volvo car key in the school office.  If you think this might be yours please drop in and see us.
 
Case of Human Parvovirus (Slapped cheek)

We have been notified of a case of Human Parvovirus (Slapped Cheek) within the Year 2 area. Parvovirus, also known as slapped cheek syndrome, is a common childhood viral infection which produces a bright red rash on the cheeks ('slapped' cheeks). The first symptoms usually appear 5 to 7 days after exposure to an infectious person. The rash appears after 14 to 21 days. Once the rash starts, people are no longer infectious.
Symptoms start with:

  • fever
  • tiredness
  • runny nose
  • joint pains

This is followed by a bright red rash on the cheeks and a generalised 'lacy' rash on the body that spreads down the arms and legs. The rash lasts 7 to 10 days and is sometimes itchy.

It is important to note that in rare cases, this infection in a pregnant woman can cause severe anaemia in her unborn baby. This occurs in less than 5 per cent of all pregnant women who are infected and usually occurs during the first half of pregnancy.

More information can be found at: https://www2.health.vic.gov.au/public-health/infectious-diseases/disease-information-advice/erythema-infectiosum-slapped-cheek

Kind regards,
Victoria Hall – School Nurse

Uniform Shop
 
Uniform orders can now be placed online at rhsports.com.au.  We are unable to take orders through the school office.  Families are still able to have the orders sent free of charge to the classroom.  Please find attached the most recent uniform order form.  We do have a new item on our order form, the Year 3-6 Sport shirt.  These shirts can be worn on days students have PE as well as Interschool sports days.
 
WHAT IS COMING UP
 
Wed 31 July

  • Data Reporting conferences – student free day (OHSC – Camp Australia will be running the whole day) (NO ASSEMBLY)
  • Wed Bridges 12:30-3:00pm

Thurs 1 Aug

  • Prep 100 days of school celebration
  • Yr 1 incursion – Our Amazing Bodies – please see Compass for more information
  • Jayden’s assistance dog fundraiser – Skaterz 3:45-6:30pm see attached flyer

Tues 6 Aug

  • School Council Meeting – 7:15pm

Wed 7 Aug

  • NO ASSEMBLY

Fri 9 Aug

  • 3A Bike Ed  -2:40-3:30pm

Saturday 10 Aug

  • Bunnings Barbeque & cake stall fundraiser – seating for bush block –please see attached flyer

Mon 12 Aug- Wed 14 Aug

  • Year 6 Camp to Sovereign Hill – Please see Compass for more information

Wed 14 Aug

  • Assembly – 2:45pm

Thurs 15 Aug

  • Prep Breakfast & Legoland – please see event for more details
  • 3A Bike Ed – 2:40-3:30pm

Wed 21 Aug

  • P&F meeting – 7:30pm
  • NO ASSEMBLY

Wed 28 Aug

  • Assembly – 2:45pm

Thurs 29 Aug

  • P&F Father’s Day Stall

Fri 30 Aug

  • 3A Bike Ed – 2:40-3:30pm

Tues 3 Sept

  • District Athletics – Meadowglen Athletics – more information to follow

Wed 4 Sept

  • NO ASSEMBLY

Fri 6 Sept

  • 3A Bike Ed – 2:40-3:30pm

Tues 10 Sept

  • Junior School Concert Night 1– Prep to Year 2 family surnames A-K (please see School Production newsfeed for details)

Wed 11 Sept

  • Junior School Concert Night 2– Prep to Year 2 family surnames L-Z please see School Production newsfeed for details)
  • Assembly – 2:45pm

Thurs 12 Sept

  • Division Athletics – Meadowglen Athletics

Fri 13 Sept

  • 3A Bike Ed – 2:40-3:30pm

Wed 18 Sept

  • Graduation and School Captain photos – 9am
  • P&F meeting 7:30pm

Fri 20 Sept

  • 3A Bike Ed – 2:40-3:30pm
  • Last day of Term 3 – 2:30pm dismissal

Mon 7 Oct

  • First day of Term 4 – 9:00am

Mon 21-Wed 23 Oct

  • Year 5 camp – Anglesea (more information to follow)

Wed 18 Dec

  • Graduation (Yr 6 students)
  • NO ASSEMBLY

Newsletter – Term 3 Week 2 2019

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From the Principal’s Desk

Together we learn, lead and achieve.  

Dear Monty South Community       
 
Stage 4 begins

To say we are thrilled with our new premises would be an understatement. The excitement that was evident in the children and families last Monday was mirrored in the excitement staff felt. We keep wandering looking around and we can’t take the smiles off our faces. The functional spaces, the warmth, the brightness and the sensational furniture just make the pain seem so worthwhile.

And to think, we were not meant to be in until Term 4. 
Now Stage 4 has commenced and Johns Lyng have demolished the old building and are now levelling the area and preparing it for ABS Sports Fields Pty Ltd to come and do their work and lay the playing field and basketball/netball court.  

Once this is finished, work will begin on the staff car park, which will be the final part of our building project. We can then start work on putting in extra playground equipment and looking at more ways we can improve our grounds, such as constructing a new bike shed.

Happy times ahead.

Please feel free to come and wander around the school and see the new building.
 
Staff news

We are thrilled to announce a mini baby boom with the last three of our babies arriving in the last week of the term and the holidays. 

Mel and Simon Townson welcomed Harvey John Myles Townson on 27 June weighing in at 3.4kg and 49cm.

Then, Rosie Morton and James Waters welcomed Miller John Waters to the world on Friday 5 July, weighing in at 4.05kg and 51cm. Miller was a bit slow to get here as he was 12 days overdue but is very settled and feeding well.

Finally, Emma and Ben, after a gruelling 40 hour labour, welcomed Iggy Walter Whiting on the 10 July, 8.2 pounds and 52 cm long.
I am happy to report all mums, babes and dads are doing well and are extremely happy. Their photos suggest they’re just adorable and I can’t wait for a cuddle.
 
Data Report Conferences
 
It is that time of the year again when we hold our Data Report Conferences. So next Wednesday, 31 July, will be a student free day while teachers meet with parents and students throughout the day.  We hope all parents can attend these interviews, with student reports providing a springboard for conversation and celebration.
 
Please note that the format allows for 20 minutes with your child’s teacher. Ten minutes for the student to be involved and 10 minutes for just parent and teacher, if needed.
Of course, if you have particular concerns regarding your child’s progress, an appointment can be made with their teacher at any time. Our teaching staff are available and can be contacted via email or by contacting the office.
 
Effective learning involves planning and goal setting, monitoring progress and adapting as needed. By supporting our students to develop these skills (which can all be learnt) we can improve learning.
 
Woolworths vouchers
 
Thank you to all our Monty South families who have shopped at Woolworths over the recent months and collected the tokens. 
 
We collected 33,452 tokens, which allowed us to place an order for extra Lego for the classrooms. Thank you to Kirstie Lay in the office and Jenny Hutchinson, IT Curriculum Coordinator, who oversaw the tokens and made the order online.  
 
2019 Parent Opinion Survey-Tell us what you think.
 
Every government school is conducting a survey to find out what parents think of their school.  The Parent Opinion Survey is an annual survey offered by the Department of Education and Training that is conducted amongst a sample of randomly selected parents. It is designed to assist schools in gaining an understanding of parents’ perceptions of school climate, student behaviour and student engagement. Our school will use the survey results to help inform and direct future school planning and improvement strategies. 

About 30 per cent of parents will be invited to participate in the year’s survey. All responses to the survey are anonymous. This year the Parent Opinion Survey will be conducted from Wednesday 22 July to Sunday 11 August.

The survey will be conducted online and only takes 10-15 minutes to complete, and can be accessed at any convenient time within the fieldwork period on desktop computers, laptops, tablets or smartphones. The online survey will be available in a range of languages other than English. 

The survey results will be reported back to the school at the end of September. Survey results will be communicated to School Council and parents through annual reporting each year and we use them to reflect and plan for our Annual Implementation Plan. 

Leader Local Grants Awards – the votes are in. We are in the top 3!
 
We were so thrilled to hear over the holidays that our project has been voted by readers as one of the favourite three projects. Thus, we are invited to a special breakfast on Thursday August 8 hosted by Cameron Daddo, at the Langham in the city where they will announce all the winners for each of the 27 local Leader regions.
 
We are so thrilled to be this close and we are crossing everything that we are the eventual winners.
Well done 3D! 
 
Coming Up –Junior Concert
 
WHAT? Jungle Book Kids-Hal Leonard production
WHEN? Tuesday 10 Sept. : Students with surnames A-K. 5.30pm for a 
                                              6.30pm start.
              Wed. 11 Sept: Students with surnames L-Z . 5.30pm for a
                                      6.30pm start.
              *Lead Performers/ Main Cast perform BOTH NIGHTS.
WHERE? Eltham High School Auditorium, Withers Way Eltham
 
 
MSPS Sports Shirts

This shirt is available for students from Years 3-6 to use when playing sport or having PE. All students who have the shirt are able to wear it as their uniform on the days they have sport or PE. (Please see attached flyer for ordering details)
 
Letter from school nurse

Dear Parents,

We are writing to you to advise you that last week we unfortunately had an outbreak of Gastroenteritis (Gastro) in the Prep and Year One areas, this week we have had one reported case in both Year Two and Year Five. Gastro is a common illness that causes vomiting and diarrhoea, it is very infectious and easily spread. Due to this we ask that you keep in mind that the Department of Education and Training guidelines state that a student must stay away from school until they have not experienced vomiting or diarrhoea for 24 hours. These guidelines are in place to keep our students and staff healthy.

If your child/children has any of the following symptoms please consider that they could be experiencing gastro:

  • vomiting
  • diarrhoea
  • nausea (feeling sick in the stomach)
  • stomach pains
  • fever
  • headaches
  • no appetite

To prevent further spread of illness we ask that parents talk to their children about washing their hands after going to the toilet and before eating. Hand washing and isolation of the unwell person is the most effective way to stop the spread of Gastro.

More information can be found at: https://www2.health.vic.gov.au/public-health/infectious-diseases/disease-information-advice/viral-gastroenteritis-not-rotavirus

Kind regards,
Victoria Hall – School Nurse
 
Long Service Leave

From Saturday 27 July until Tuesday 20 August, I will be taking leave to attend my nephew’s wedding in England. While I am away, Merriel Hayes will be the Acting Principal and of course, Paula Hogan will be here as our ever competent Business Manager who will be able to help you with any issues.
 
Best Wishes
 
Leanne Sheean
Principal
 
Montmorency South Primary School acknowledges traditional owners of country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to elders both past, present and future.
 
‘Montmorency South is an inclusive learning community where students are inspired to be respectful, creative, curious and independent learners.’
 
Our Belief:
We believe that every person in our Montmorency South school community has the capacity to assist each student in attaining our vision.
 
Motto
Together we learn, lead and achieve
 
Newsfeed
 
Semester 2 Reporting Conferences – Camp Australia will be open
 
Compass bookings are now open for our 2019 Semester 2 Reporting Conferences, which will take place on Wednesday 31July. Camp Australia will be running on July 31 as it is a student free day.
 
MSPS Fete 2020
 
Montmorency South Primary School supported by the Parent and Friends Committee (P&F) has decided to hold a Fete on Sunday 15 March, 2020. This is to celebrate the journey over several years in achieving a fabulous new school building and improved learning environment.

A School Fete is an enormous undertaking and one which will require assistance from our school community. We are now seeking expressions of interest to assist in many areas such as co-organising the event, offering services or talents and to volunteering on the day. On Wednesday 7 August at 7.30pm within MSPS (location to be confirmed) a meeting has been arranged to provide an overview of the current planning for the fete, along with organising small working parties in the areas of sponsorship, donations, market stalls and entertainment. 

Should this be of interest to you please email msps.pandf@gmail.com to register your interest. We would love to hear your thoughts and greatly appreciate your input and assistance.

Cancellation of ‘100 days’ parent/carer celebration – note from Amanda Mooney

Dear Prep Parents/Carers,
Unfortunately the '100 Days' Celebration on Saturday 27 July has been cancelled due to not meeting the minimum number required for our booking. Thank you so much to those that purchased tickets — I truly appreciate your support. All money paid will be refunded over the weekend.

Although I have attempted to find an alternate venue for a mini-catchup on the same evening, I have been unsuccessful. Let's take a raincheck and catch up at a later date — perhaps when the weather warms up! My sincere apologies to those who had planned babysitting, etc. 

Listening to children’s voices – child friendly cities and communities

The Victorian Child Friendly Cities and Communities (CFCC) network upholds the universal right of all children to be heard and to participate freely in their community.

Children educating adults on why they should listen not only enriches our understanding, it respects children knowledge, wisdom and experience.
The voices of children will be used to promote the value of listening to children during Children’s week, October 2019.

Please see attached letter to see how your child can share their voice.
Nationally Consistent Collection of Data (NCCD)

The annual Nationally Consistent Collect of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD) takes place every year and is soon to occur.  Please find attached information regarding the collection.

Lost and Found
 
Lost and found is now located in the BER by the year 6 classrooms. It is in well-labelled blue cabinets.  As usual the lost property will be sorted on a Wednesday and any labelled items will be returned to the classroom.
 
We are having many reports of multiple lost jumpers at the moment. We are asking if everyone could please check their children’s jumpers to make sure you have the correct one.
 
Play Therapy Melbourne LEGO based therapy
 
Play Therapy Melbourne, a private group, is offering some services to families who might be interested in an 8 week LEGO basked therapy program.  Please see the attached flyer for more details.
 

WHAT IS COMING UP
 
Tues 23-Thurs 25 July

  • First week of Bridges program

Wed 24 July  – NO ASSEMBLY

Wed 31 July

  • Data Reporting conferences – student free day (OHSC – Camp Australia will be running the whole day) (NO ASSEMBLY)

Thurs 1 Aug

  • Prep 100 days of school celebration
  • Yr 1 incursion – Our Amazing Bodies – please see Compass for more information
  • Jayden’s assistance dog fundraiser – Skaterz 3:45-6:30pm see attached flyer

Tues 6 Aug

  • School Council Meeting – 7:15pm

Wed 7 Aug

  • NO ASSEMBLY

Fri 9 Aug

  • 3A Bike Ed-2:40-3:30pm

Saturday 10 Aug

  • Bunnings Barbeque & cake staff fundraiser – seating for bush block (more information to follow)

Mon 12 Aug- Wed 14 Aug

  • Year 6 Camp to Sovereign Hill – Please see Compass for more information

Wed 14 Aug

  • Assembly – 2:45pm

Thurs 15 Aug

  • Prep Breakfast & Legoland – please see event for more details
  • 3A Bike Ed – 2:40-3:30pm

Wed 21 Aug

  • P&F meeting – 7:30pm
  • NO ASSEMBLY

Fri 23 Aug

  • 3A Bike Ed – 2:40-3:30pm

Wed 28 Aug

  • Assembly – 2:45pm

Fri 30 Aug

  • 3A Bike Ed – 2:40-3:30pm

Tues 3 Sept

  • District Athletics – Meadowglen Athletics – more information to follow

Wed 4 Sept

  • NO ASSEMBLY

Fri 6 Sept

  • 3A Bike Ed – 2:40-3:30pm

Tues 10 Sept

  • Junior school concert Night 1– Prep to Year 2 family surnames A-K (please see School Production newsfeed for details)

Wed 11 Sept

  • Junior school concert Night 2– Prep to Year 2 family surnames L-Z please see School Production newsfeed for details)
  • Assembly – 2:45pm

Thurs 12 Sept

  • Division Athletics – Meadowglen Athletics

Fri 13 Sept

  • 3A Bike Ed – 2:40-3:30pm

Wed 18 Sept

  • Graduation and school captain photos – 9am
  • P&F meeting 7:30pm

Fri 20 Sept

  • 3A Bike Ed – 2:40-3:30pm
  • Last day of Term 3 – 2:30pm dismissal

Mon 7 Oct

  • First day of Term 4 – 9:00am

Mon 21-Wed 23 Oct

  • Year 5 camp – Anglesea (more information to follow)

Wed 18 Dec

  • Graduation (Yr 6 students)

NO ASSEMBLY