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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.’
We believe that every person in our Montmorency South school community has the capacity to assist each student in attaining our vision.
Together we learn, lead and achieve
Newsfeed – Term 3 Week 8
Parents and Friends news
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)
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
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.
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