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Newsfeed Feb 18th Term 1 wk 4

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Summary – Permission slips & payment reminder, CSEF applications
 
Whole school
 
Permission reminders
We have recently sent home permission forms for local walks, medical treatment, photos in school publications as well as a Seesaw form.  If you have not returned the form as of yet, could you please do so as soon as possible.  Please see below for copies of the permission forms, or drop by the office to collect one.

Payment reminder
The essential items & booklist payments are almost past due.  If you have not paid for these items, please log onto Compass or pay via the school office.  Payment plans are available. 
 
CSEF – 2019 applications
 The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) provides payments for eligible students to
attend activities like:
• School camps or trips;
• Swimming and school-organised sport programs;
• Excursions and Incursions.
 
Applications for 2019 are now open, through until the end of term 2, 2019. CSEF forms are available at the school office.
 
If you applied for the CSEF at Montmorency South Primary School in 2018, you do not need to complete an application form in 2019 unless there has been a change in your family circumstances. Montmorency South Primary School will apply for the CSEF on your behalf.
 
You will only need to submit an application form in 2019 if any of the following changes have occurred:
• New student enrolments: your child has started or changed schools in 2019 or you did not apply at the same school in 2018 or
• Changed family circumstances: such as a change of custody, change of name, concession card number, or new siblings commencing at the school in 2019.
 
Schools are able to accept and process applications up until the end of term two each year.
CSEF payments are made to schools from March onwards each year.
Any questions please do not hesitate to contact Paula Hogan (Business Manager).
 
WHAT IS COMING UP

Mon 18-Wed 20 Feb

  • Data Reporting conferences held after school hours – bookings now closed.  Please contact teacher to book a time.

Wed 20 Feb

  • MDPSSA Swimming Carnival – Northcote pool – more information to follow
  • P&F meeting & AGM 7:30pm for current members –8pm AGM-  Staffroom

Wed 27 Feb

  • Yr 6 Badge presentation
  • 2:40pm presentation
  • 3:15 Afternoon tea for leaders and their families

Tues 5 Mar

  • Division swimming – Northcote
  • School Council meeting

Wed 6 Mar

  • Prep Welcome to Country & 1st Prep assembly -9:15am

Mon 11 Mar

  • Labour Day – no school

Wed 13 Mar

  • Regional swimming – Northcote

Tues 26 Mar

  • School Photos

Tues 2 Apr

  • School Council meeting

Fri 5 Apr

  • Last day of Term 1 – 2:30pm dismissal

Tues 23 Apr

  • First day of Term 2

Wed 24 April

  • P&F meeting 7:30pm – Staffroom

Thurs 25 Apr

  • Anzac Day – No School

Newsfeed 11 Feb 2019 – Week 3

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Summary –P&F Rare Bears play date, reporting coferences
 
Whole school

Parents and Friends – Rare Bears Class Mates’ Play Date – Friday 15th February

A Rarebears after-school play session for Prep to Year 2 students will be held Friday 15th February from 3.45 to 7pm.  This special MSPS event is a great opportunity for families and class mates to get to know each other early in the year.   All tickets $8.  Thanks to the generous support of Rarebears, 50% of all ticket sales will be donated to MSPS. Food and drinks will be available for purchase and booking forms are attached to this newsfeed and at the office.
Please note, all children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian and pre-school siblings are welcome. 

Reporting Conferences
Compass bookings are now open for our 2019 Semester 1 Reporting Conferences. All students from Year 1 to Year 6, and their families, are invited to attend these conferences to share information with their new teacher and set learning goals for Semester 1.
To book, please log on to Compass, go to Community, click on Conferences (formerly PST) then select 2019 Semester One Reporting Conferences to book in with your child’s teacher.
 
WHAT IS COMING UP
 
Fri 15 Feb

  • P&F Play session at Rare Bears 3:45-7pm.  Please see attached flyer for more information

Mon 18-Wed 20 Feb

  • Data Reporting conferences held after school hours – Please book via Compass

 Wed 20 Feb

  • MDPSSA Swimming Carnival – Northcote pool – more information to follow
  • P&F meeting 7:30pm – Staffroom

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Newsfeed Monday 4 February 2019

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Summary – SAKG Kitchen/Garden request & Kitchen schedule, P&F Rare Bears play date, message from Camp Australia, reminder for 2019 Essential payments
 
Whole school
SAKG Kitchen/Garden request for empty 1.25 ltr bottles
The passionfruit in the school garden is finally growing well and the fruit is starting to ripen!  We need to protect the fruit.  We would love empty 1.25ltr plastic bottles which we can use to protect the fruit.   Please drop empty bottles at the school office.
Thank you very much!
Catherine and Adam
Garden specialist ????????

SAKG Kitchen schedule
Please find attached the Term 1 2019 SAKG kitchen schedule for all Year 3-6 classes.  If you would like to help out in the kitchen please contact Cathryn Hulme on 0419 322 782.

Parents and Friends – Rare Bears Class Mates’ Play Date – Friday 15th February

A Rarebears after-school play session for Prep to Year 2 students will be held Friday 15th February from 3.45 to 7pm.  This special MSPS event is a great opportunity for families and class mates to get to know each other early in the year.   All tickets $8.  Thanks to the generous support of Rarebears, 50% of all ticket sales will be donated to MSPS. Food and drinks will be available for purchase and booking forms are attached to this newsfeed and at the office.

Please note, all children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian and pre-school siblings are welcome. 

Camp Australia
Bookings are now open for 2019 after school care with Camp Australia.  If families think they might utilise Camp Australia’s services during the 2019 year, they recommend that you register your child/children in advance. 
Why register? To attend our care, parents/guardians must register their child with us by completing an online enrolment form via our parent portal. It’s very important that parents/guardians fill out all compulsory enrolment documentation for their child and notify us of any medical conditions, illnesses and other, to ensure the health and safety of all children in our care.  Early registration means that you are ready to book your child in whenever needed without having to fill in the forms.
Families can register for free at https://pp.campaustralia.com.au/account/register-contacts

Essential Payment reminder
 
Essential payments are now due.  This payment consists of essential classroom learning materials and equipment as well as the individual book pack. This can be paid via Compass/Course confirmation and payments in full or via payment plan.  Book packs will be passed out to students as payments are made.  If you are having financial difficulty please contact Paula Hogan, Business Manager at the school office to arrange alternate payment options.

WHAT IS COMING UP
 
Tues 5 Feb

  • School Council Meeting 7:00pm

Wed 6 Feb

  • Year 3-6 Swimming Trials at Eltham Leisure Center 9am (tryouts for school swim team)

Fri 15 Feb

  • P&F Play session at Rare Bears 3:45-7pm.  Please see attached flyer for more information 

Wed 20 Feb

  • MDPSSA Swimming Carnival – Northcote pool – more information to follow
  • P&F meeting 7:30pm – Staffroom

Final Hoot of 2018

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Newsletter No.20
Term 4 Final, 2018
  
From the Principal’s Desk
Together we learn, lead and achieve.   
  
This is the final Principal report for 2018, which gives me a chance to reflect on the year that has been.
It is an understatement to say it has been a busy and challenging year. On occasions, I must admit as a leader of the school, I have questioned pushing for the rebuild. Especially on days like Friday when the water was lapping at the deck and flooding areas of the school. The once pristine setting of Monty South Primary has taken a battering this year and so has our community.
However, I am confident in 12 months, we won’t know ourselves and we will be thrilled to be in new premises and spacious grounds again. I want to acknowledge and thank you all for your patience this year. We are fortunate that many parents work with us to support the school and our students and contribute to our vibrant community.
I would also like to recognise and acknowledge the efforts of the staff, who work so hard day every day. The teachers, aides supporting teachers and students and education support staff in the office, looking after first aid and ICT – everyone has played an important role. Many unseen hours are spent working on and developing curriculum and activities to provide the best educational experiences possible for children at MSPS.
I would like to express my appreciation to all School Councillors for their support and advice throughout the 2018 school year. Thank you Adam Bird (President), Paul Munnings (Vice President), Vanessa Edwards (Treasurer), Amanda McDonald (Minute Secretary), Shayley Holland, Jane Plunkett, Carlyn Cordi, Nghiem Tran, Drew Salisbury, Jenny Vergers (Parents and Friends representative), Merriel Hayes, Mandy Redfern and Amy Duckworth. 
I would also like to thank Parents and Friends for their amazing hard work this year and their fundraising efforts. The fact they do it with such a small group of committed women is inspiring. We also have a dedicated band of parents who run our school banking program and others who help in classrooms, on excursions and in many other ways.
We are one big team.  I really believe the best way children achieve their potential and best outcomes is when parents and the school work together.
 
Finally, to the Executive Team, Merriel Hayes (Assistant Principal), Mandy Redfern (Leading Teacher), Monique Rankin (Learning Specialist) and Paula Hogan (Business Manager) – they have been wonderful in their consistent and unwavering support they give to myself and the staff this year. 
In 2019, we will again face a number of challenges. The completion of the building works will happen at some stage –  more likely towards the end of 2019. Until then, we will continue to run high quality programs. We have been recognised across the region as a high achieving school and identified as the only Professional Learning Community Link School in the North East metropolitan area. There are many things to be proud of in terms of what we have achieved together. Thank you to everyone in the MSPS community who has helped make this year a wonderful one.
 
Have a joyous festive season with your families and friends. Enjoy a safe and relaxing holiday and we look forward to seeing you all back in 2019!     
                                                                                                                                                               
 Staffing
We have finalised the staffing structure for 2019. There are still two or three administration positions to go through the recruitment process but this will be finalised during January in time for the start of school.
 
Our staffing structure for 2019 is as follows:
 
Classroom Teachers
Foundation
Prep A – Mitchell Dintinosante
Prep B – Rachael Higgs
Prep C – Jenny Farrelly
Prep D – Lucy Skipper – Teaching and Learning Level Leader
 
Junior 1A –Aili Adamson                                 
Junior 1B – Elise Van Ooi
Junior 1C – Kate L’Huillier (0.8) – Teaching and Learning Level Leader/Rachel Phillips (0.2)            
Junior 1D – Tom Norris
 
Junior 2A – Monique Rankin                          
Junior 2B – Trish Marmo
Junior 2C – Lori O’Neill – Teaching and Learning Level Leader                              
Junior 2D – Karah Hatzimihail
Junior 2E – Keera Glass
 
Middle 3A – Bianca Hrovat                                                           
Middle 3B – Melanie Vaughan – Teaching and Learning Level Leader
Middle 3C – Tracey Cole
Middle 3D – Daniel Jacobs
 
Middle 4A – Daniel Anderson
Middle 4B – Nerinda Hodgson – Teaching and Learning Level Leader
Middle 4C – Tegan Caldwell
Middle 4D – Amanda McDonald
Middle 4E – Jessica Head
 
Senior 5A – Amy Duckworth – Teaching and Learning Level Leader
Senior 5B – Lisa Symons 0.6/Rachel Phillips 0.4
Senior 5C – Laura Johnstone
 
Senior 6A – Emma Hooper – Teaching and Learning Level Leader
Senior 6B – Rosie Morton
Senior 6C – Andy Glembin
Senior 6D – Dale Weston
 
Specialists Teachers
Integration Coordinator and Timetable organiser – Kylie Tyzack
Library 0.6 – Clare Iob
Physical Education – Chris Cameron 0.6/Justin Shears 0.6
LOTE – French – Helen Giller/Tish Delaney 0.2
Art – Sally Cotterill/Shirley O’Neill 0.2
SAKG – Cathryn Hulme, Garden Specialist – Cathy Kingshott/Adam Nelson
Performing Arts – Jude Barry/Emily Kilkenny
Indigenous Studies – Tara DeBondi
ICT and support teacher – Jenny Hutchinson
 
 
Learning Support
Foundation – Merriel Hayes
Year 1 – Mandy Redfern
Year 2 – Marie Smythe – ES
Year 3 – Cath Rankin – ES
Year 4 – Michael Tindale – ES
Year 5 – to be appointed
Year 6 – Kate Little – ES
 
Education Support Staff
Integration aides
 
Marie Smyth        Nancy Nolev         Vicki Mules           Jay Reynolds         Jhye Burton         Michael Tindale               
Carol Browne       Mady Thomas      Kate Little             Chilli Mitchell       Jakk Walsh           Michelle Bardsley
Jay Reynolds
 
Administration/Office
Business Manager – Paula Hogan
Admin Support – Kirstie Lay, Pam Watson and Amanda Ringin
ICT Manager – to be appointed
First Aid – Victoria Hall
 
Executive Leadership
Principal – Leanne Sheean
Assistant Principal – Merriel Hayes
Leading Teacher – Mandy Redfern
Learning Specialist – Monique Rankin
 
Goodbye Year 6
This week we will say goodbye and good luck to our 2018 Year 6 students who are leaving Montmorency South Primary School, many of whom have been here for seven years. We will have an opportunity on Wednesday night at the Graduation Ceremony to farewell these students and appropriately acknowledge their individual and collective contribution to our school. These students have represented the school so well during their time here. However, it is now time for them to enter the next exciting phase of their lives – secondary school and their emerging teenage years. 
 
To Hayley Blethyn,  Jake Boyne, Ethan Brearley, Xavier Brilliant, Reese Cameron, Eliza Crawford, Chloe Green, Oscar Hendry, Felix Kalla Mandengue, Tessa Kostiw, Finn Lewis, Dylan Mackay, Harry Mariani, Claire Miron, Phoebe Morgan, Cooper Noons, Tilly O’Neill, Cooper Rae, Isabella Sadowsky, Lara Zefkic, Matthew Bridgeman, Madeline Carter, Billy Cooper, Leah Fernandez, James Ferres, Ethan Flather, Mina Hopleythompson, Ashlee Ignatiadis, Phoenix Jewell, Zane Larsen, Nina Linnestad, Cadel McColl, Dylan Morter, Noah Pearsall, Alex. Ellie Robson, Alice Ryan, Jeremy Veldman, Lily Von Tunk, Hannah Walker, Maisie Walsh, Chris Zandegu, Max Bennett, Nina Boesenberg, Ashelen Boxall, Emily Brennan, Darcy Chapman, Charlie Chislett, Aaron Doyle, Hamish Francis, Abby Gruneklee, Ella Jones, Ben Kellow, Ben Knight, Jesse Revell, Savannah Risstrom, Charlie Roberts, Ava Rohweder, Oliver Scott, Isobel Soundy, Holly Swift, Anthony Vadala, Amelie Vulich, Olivia Walls-Moran and
Gus Wilkins

 
I would like to thank you for your contribution to Montmorency South Primary School. You have helped to make our school a special place.
Good luck as you move onto secondary school and beyond. Make sure you come back and visit us, as you will always be welcome. 
 
A large number of families will conclude their association with Montmorency South Primary School as their child graduates this year.  Our best wishes and thanks go to these families for their contribution, support and assistance over the years. 
Thank you to the Bennett, Blethyn,  Boxall, Boyne, Brearley, Bridgeman, Chapman, Chislett, Crawford, Doyle, Fernandez, Ferres, Flather, Francis, Green, Gruneklee, Ignatiadis, Jewell, Kalla Mandengue, Knight, McColl, Miron, Morgan, Morter, Noons, Rae, Roberts, Ryan,  Sadowsky, Scott, Soundy, Swift, Vadala, Wilkins, Zandegue, Zefkic families.   
 
We have some students leaving our school before Year 6 and I want to wish them well at their new schools. I hope you and your families will always cherish your fabulous memories at Montmorency South .
 
Goodbye and good luck to Lachlan and Ben Green, Tegan Barras, Kiehra Bebbington, Mersin Tusha, Jakob and Kaitlin Taylor, Sienna Kowalewski, Axel and Mieka Nair.
 
 
Staff Farewells
We also have a few staff who are leaving us next year. Tom Davis and Eliza Crellin are taking a year off to travel. Tom is taking up a position with the AEU for 6 months and then he will join Eliza’s on her travels to Europe. We wish them all the best for a great journey and look forward to hearing of their adventures when they return from overseas.
 
The following staff are leaving Monty South to take on new challenges. We wish them all the best and every success in their new endeavours.
·       Andrew Johnson has taken up a position at Doncaster Primary and we are sure he will enjoy getting to know a new school community where he will be able to spread his wellbeing messages.
 
·       Matt Atkins (our go to guy in IT) is going to work with the Salvation Army. He will be working alongside his wife, Es.
Here are some words from Matt:- ‘MSPS has been my work home for over 10 years now. It is with sadden heart to be moving on but I have loved the work, the community and friendships I’ve made. I’ve especially appreciated the support and love that was given to myself and Esther during the birth of our two boys which wasn’t a straight forward experience. My family is better off from the people at Montmorency South PS. Looking forward to watching the bright future of this place..’
 
·       Gail Lewis will be working closer to home when she starts working at Wallington Primary as an ES staff member.
 
Final assembly
The final school assembly on Thursday 20 December (the last day of term for students) will be at 9.15am. This will allow for Year 6 farewells, announcement of 2019 Captains and various other presentations. By having it first thing it allows the correct amount of time for the formalities, so we are not rushing later in the day. It also allows people to leave at the end of the day without being highly emotional. Please come and join us if you are able to make it at the earlier time. 
 
On the last day of the school year, Friday 21 December, the staff will be busy planning together in their teams for the 2019 school year.
 
Reports
December reports will go online on Thursday 20th December. Teachers spend a considerable amount of time writing student reports, ensuring the evidence of student work supports their judgement and provides a fair snapshot of student progress to this point. Thank you to the teaching staff who have spent much time making sure the reports and the portfolios are an accurate picture of your child’s learning throughout 2018.
 
Student leadership positions
Last Friday, we held our School Captain leadership speeches. Afterwards the current Year 5 and 6 students, along with staff, voted for their preferred candidates. The voting will be collated and used as part of the selection process – application, speech and voting.
 
Our candidates for all other leadership positions are being considered and selections will be made with teaching staff and current captains. It has been a very rewarding experience to witness the confidence of our current leadership team assisting in this process.
 
The successful candidates for the 2019 Student Leadership Team will be informed in the next few days and announced at the final assembly on Thursday 20 December, at 9.15am.

Professional Practice Days
In line with the 2017 Victorian Government Schools Agreement, all teaching staff are entitled to a Professional Practise Day (PPD) each term to focus on improving their delivery of high-quality teaching.
The PPDs provide valuable time and space for the teaching teams to work together to build their strengths and share their learnings with members of their teaching teams and more widely across the school.
During this time, there are a number of replacement teachers on site, allowing each teacher to have their day of professional learning. While this can be challenging, with the class teachers being on site it means they are able to discuss plans for the day in the morning and touch base with the CRT throughout the day to check on the students’ progress and be aware of anything that requires follow up.
The high expectations of student learning and positive behaviour, aligned with the values of the school, do not change regardless of who is looking after a class. Teachers are reinforcing this message and your support with this is appreciated.  

Lost property
The lost property cupboard is overflowing with hoodies, jackets, hats, lunchboxes, water bottles, scooters, Garmins and lots of other items. If your child is missing something please check the cupboard before school finishes on Thursday 20 December as the cupboard will be cleaned out on Friday 21 December. Items of clothing will be donated to charity and non-clothing items will be discarded. 

Xmas Concert/Carols
Thank you to the families who came along to hear the carols without the candlelight last Wednesday. The children had a ball and didn’t notice the heat at all. Many thanks to our Performing Arts teachers, Jude Barry, Emily Kilkenny and Ash Noble who did another amazing job. Also thanks to Steve Grandage for organising the sound and to Georgia Tracy for yet another stellar effort with the program.
 
Parent payments
Learning and teaching programs vary across schools based on local needs and circumstances and reflect each school’s priorities, decisions and resources. This, in turn, informs the parent payment charges approved by school councils that may vary from one school to the next. 
Last month our School Council approved the Parent Payment charges for 2019 . These charges are set to ensure parent payment practices are consistent, transparent and provide all students with access to the curriculum. School Council is responsible for developing and approving school-level parent payment charges and can request payments from parents under three categories: Essential Student Learning Items, Optional Items and Voluntary Financial Contributions. Parent contribution, in all forms, assists schools to provide an enriched learning and teaching program for every student and is highly valued by school communities.
We thank our families in advance for their financial support, which enables us to continue to ‘add value’ to the students of MSPS.
 
VIP Remi
It seems Remi Vulich in Year 1 has enjoyed a few special occasions of late, making him the envy of quite a few of us.
 
Firstly, he got to ride in snazzy sports car then he enjoyed a coffee with Dusty Martin. He even joined training at Richmond and was seen walking with his mate, coach Damien Hardwick, before getting his photo taken with the whole team.
 
He came back from training to show me the ball from the premiership game and a pair of Josh Caddy’s boots signed by Josh and Dusty. We are glad you are getting to live the high life, Remi! 

 
Building update
The builders are working hard to put all of the roof on before the Christmas and New Year break. Whilst the building won’t be at lockup stage, a fair bit has been achieved despite the torrential rain in the last few weeks. 
 
There was an accident on the building site two weeks ago.  A sub-contractor was taken by ambulance to hospital after venturing in an area that had been cordoned off in the under croft area.  A wooden beam that was dropped from above hit him on the head. Luckily he was wearing his hard hat and was released from hospital the same day and returned to work.
 
MSPS achievers
Thumbs up to the following achievers from our Monty South community.
 
Nina Linnestadd for her second place in the Australian Children’s Music Foundation
2018 National Song Competition for her original composition ‘That Song You Gave Me’ in the Year 5/6 category.  Here is a link to all the winners and songs:
http://acmf.com.au/nsc-2018-winners/ and you will hear Nina sing and play the piano.
 
Nina won $600 for second prize to put towards musical instruments or music tuition.
 
Nina loves song writing and has spent a lot of this year writing and developing her musical skills. 
Awesome effort Nina and I look forward to hearing your name in years to come as a songwriter on Triple R!
 
 
Thumbs up to Ashley White for gaining his yellow belt in his recent grading at Yarra Judo Club. Wonderful effort Ashley.

Sensational effort by Eliza Millet at the National Titles for the Australian All-Star Cheer and Dance Federation in Under 13 Novice division.  As part of her club, The Edge Performer’s School, she won 1st for Pom, 2nd for Hip Hop, 2nd for Jazz and 2nd for Lyrical.  Outstanding results Eliza.
 
Another huge effort on behalf of the Junior School Council.  They recently raises $903.30 for the farmers. The children made this creation of Australia using the money. The JSC also raised $286.40 for Remembrance Day by selling poppies. Thumbs up for the 2018 JSC.
 
 
Just a reminder that school resumes for students from Year 1-6 on Thursday 31 January, 2019.
 
The Prep students will return on Friday 1 February. Our first school assembly will be on the following Wednesday, February 6 at 2.45pm.
 
 

 
Leanne Sheean
Principal
 
 
‘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
 

 

Montmorency South Community Update – 
 
Student of the Week – http://www.montysouth.vic.edu.au/showcase/student-of-the-week/
 
Student Showcase – (old Classroom Clippings) – 
http://www.montysouth.vic.edu.au/showcase/

 
Parents & Friends Committee – http://www.montysouth.vic.edu.au/community/parents-friends-committee/
 
Advertisements – 
http://www.montysouth.vic.edu.au/community/advertisement/
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Newsfeed December 10th 2018

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

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

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

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

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

Tue 11 Dec

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

Wed 12 Dec

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

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

Thurs 13 Dec

  • Yr 1 excursion – Legoland

Fri 14 Dec

  • Last day for lunch orders 2018

Wed 19 Dec

  • Year 6 Graduation
  • No Assembly

Thurs 20 Dec

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

Fri 21 Dec

  • Staff  2019 planning day

 Thurs 31 Jan 2019

  • First day of school Yr1-6

Fri 1 Feb 2019

  • First day of school Prep

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Newfeed December 3rd 2018

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

Skaterz Fundraiser for Annabelle Apostola

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

Lost and found – swimming gear

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

Second Hand Uniform Sale

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

Tues 4 Dec

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

Wed 5 Dec

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

Thurs 6 Dec

  • Step up 2019 12:30-2:00pm

Fri 7 Dec

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

Mon 10 Dec

  • Step up 2019 12:30-2:00pm

Tue 11 Dec

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

Wed 12 Dec

  • Christmas carols – day time Christmas carol performances

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

Thurs 13 Dec

  • Yr 1 excursion – LEGOLAND

Fri 14 Dec

  • Last day for lunch orders 2018

Wed 19 Dec

  • Year 6 Graduation
  • No Assembly

Thurs 20 Dec

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

Fri 21 Dec

  • Staff  2019 planning day

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Newsfeed Monday 26th November 2018

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

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

Parents & Friends Update

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

Tues 27 Nov

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

Wed 28 Nov

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

Thurs 29 Nov

  • Prep-Yr 2 swimming (45 min lesson)

Fri 30 Nov

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

Mon 3 Dec

  • Christmas singing workshop for school choir during class time

Tues 4 Dec

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

Wed 5 Dec

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

Thurs 6 Dec

  • Step up 2019 12:30-2:00pm

Fri 7 Dec

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

Mon 10 Dec

  • Step up 2019 12:30-2:00pm

Tue 11 Dec

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

Wed 12 Dec

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

Thurs 13 Dec

  • Yr 1 excursion – Legoland

Fri 14 Dec

  • Last day for lunch orders 2018

Wed 19 Dec

  • Year 6 Graduation
  • No Assembly

Thurs 20 Dec

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

Fri 21 Dec

  • Staff  2019 planning day

Source: News

Hoot No.19 Nov 26th

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

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

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

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

 
Parents & Friends Committee – http://www.montysouth.vic.edu.au/community/parents-friends-committee/
 
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Newsfeed 19th November 2018

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

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

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

The books will take approximately two weeks to arrive at school after the closed due date of Thursday 22nd November. Each order helps earn free books for our school, however there is never any obligation to buy.

If you are buying books for your child as a present, please email me on iob.clare.e@edumail.vic.gov.au if you would like me to hold them temporarily in my office for you. If I am not advised, when the books come in they will go straight to your child’s classroom.

Orders can only be made via the LOOP.  
Visit scholastic.com.au/LOOP or download the app in App Store for iPad/ iPhone or find it on Google Play for Android.. 

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

Tues 20 Nov

  • Prep-Yr 2 swimming (45 min lesson)

Wed 21 Nov

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

Thurs 22 Nov

  • Prep-Yr 2 swimming (45 min lesson)

Fri 23 Nov

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

Sat 24 Nov

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

Mon 26 Nov

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

Tues 27 Nov

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

Wed 28 Nov

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

Thurs 29 Nov

  • Prep-Yr 2 swimming (45 min lesson)

Fri 30 Nov

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

Mon 3 Dec

  • Christmas singing workshop for school choir during class time

Tues 4 Dec

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

Wed 5 Dec

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

Thurs 6 Dec

  • Step up 2019 12:30-2:00pm

Fri 7 Dec

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

Mon 10 Dec

  • Step up 2019 12:30-2:00pm

Tue 11 Dec

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

Wed 12 Dec

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

Thurs 13 Dec

  • Yr 1 excursion – Legoland

Fri 14 Dec

  • Last day for lunch orders 2018

Wed 19 Dec

  • Year 6 Graduation

Thurs 20 Dec

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

Fri 21 Dec

  • Staff  2019 planning day

Source: News