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Newsletter – Term 3 Week 6

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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

Newsfeed 16 July 2019 Wk 1 Term 3

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Newsfeed
  
Athletics Day – Rescheduled – This Friday 19th July
 
This Friday we will be holding our annual Athletics Carnival at Willinda Park.  Students will have the chance to compete against other students in a range of events.
 
Activities will be running from approximately 9:40am-2:40pm.   Please see attached schedule for times of events.
 
We are looking for parent helpers for the day.  If you can help this Friday please contact Chris Cameron on Cameron.christopher.j@edumail.vic.gov.au
 
WHAT IS COMING UP
 
Wed 17 July

  • The Ridiculous Rhyme show – whole school incursion (please pay via Compass/events)
  • Assembly – 2:45pm

Fri 19 July

  • Athletics Carnival Year 3-6 – Wilinda Park Beatrix Street Greensborough – Please see Compass for more information

Wed 24 July  – NO ASSEMBLY
Tues 23-Thurs 25 July

  • First week of Bridges program

Wed 31 July

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

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

Wed 21 Aug

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

Wed 28 Aug

  • Assembly – 2:45pm

Tues 3 Sept

  • District Athletics – Meadowglen Athletics

Wed 4 Sept

  • NO ASSEMBLY

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

Wed 18 Sept

  • Graduation (Yr 6 students) & School captain photos – 9am
  • NO ASSEMBLY

Newsletter – Term 2 Week 10 2019

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From the Principal’s Desk
Together we learn, lead and achieve.  
 
Dear Monty South Community       
 
Final stage 3 build update
 
There has been a change of plans with regards to our move. The builders have asked us to move in on July 1 and 2. We will then vacate the school premises from July 3 until July 10, while they remove the asbestos then have access to the building from July 10 to 12 to complete the set up. It is very exciting to be so close to the finish line.
 
It will be all systems go next week as we move heavy items from the old building to our new premises. Thanks to Amy Revell, Jacqui Rapsey and Michelle from Simply Organised, we are all packed up and ready to move. However, we do need some extra help on Monday July 1 and Tuesday July 2. If you are around and can provide some assistance, we would love to see you from 1-4pm on Monday July 1 or from 9am to 12 noon on Tuesday July 2. 
 
While we do have removalists to shift heavy furniture items, we will need to work in teams to move equipment and resources, so it will be hard work and not suitable for children
 
There is an added complication in that on July 2, Ausnet will shut down power for general maintenance. However, we believe we won’t need power to complete the shift.
 
We have taken pictures and an iMovie of the current building for historical purposes but I think everyone will give a sigh of relief once we move from the old toilet block!
 
Speaking of toilets, they will all be located inside the new building with outside access at play breaks. To make it easier we have assigned different toilet blocks to different year levels but of course, if someone needs a toilet quickly, they are welcome to use the closest. 
 
Foundation (Prep) and Year 1 students will use the toilets on the bottom floor, just outside the Foundation classrooms. They are assigned girl and boy toilets. On the second floor, there are two sets of toilets and they will be for Years 2, 3, and 4. Each toilet is a separate cubicle with a door and a wash basin in each and all are unisex. Year 5 and 6 will have access to the toilet block in the BER. 
 
When the students return on July 15, the basketball court and old building area will be fenced off and so they will only have access to the play areas alongside the new building and the top half of the school as well as around the portables. 
 
I have a final site meeting on Thursday and if any of this changes, I will notify everyone via Compass. 
 
Finally, I have had some parents express concerns about the possible fumes from paint and building materials that may contain formaldehyde and the possible side effects that might have on the children. I have checked with the architects and builders and they have provided the following information:
 
Hi Leanne,
 
Formaldehyde is one of the most common VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) and is found in many household items. They vaporise at room temperature and because of this, concentrations are usually higher indoors than outdoors. While it’s impossible to completely avoid emissions, it is possible to limit VOC exposure and potential health effects that come from emissions.
 
Emissions are at their highest during the manufacturing process and after manufacture, levels dissipate over the first 6-12 months.
 
Common sources of formaldehyde emissions in buildings include paints, varnishes, manufactured MDF and plywood, wallpaper and furniture.
 
As a point of interest, common household products include air fresheners, cleaning products, paper towels, furniture, plastics, nail polish, furniture and vehicle exhausts.
 
We have endeavoured to specify products with low or zero emissions, and are well below the maximum levels required by Australian Standards.
 
The following are a list of manufacturers /products that have been used in this project, (where formaldehydes could typically be found) and to which we have added some comments relating to this specific project:
 
Forbo – vinyl flooring:                              
very low VOCs

Duropal – ABS Edging:                           
nil formaldehye

Atkar – Goldcore Ply wall panelling:
formaldehyde emissions are highest during curing process at factory, but negligible by the time it arrives on site. In addition plywood will be sealed with clear finish to further reduce emissions.

Laminex – laminates:                   
very low, and is accepted by leading industry bodies such as the Green Council of Australia

Laminex Lamiwood MDF:            
very low, E0 rating which is the lowest under the Australian Standards

Interface – Carpets:                      
nil formaldehyde

Autex – pinboards:                       
nil formaldehyde

AMF – ceiling tiles:                       
nil formaldehyde

Dulux – paints:                             
all acrylic, water based paints, low VOC and compliant with the Green Building Council recommendations for educational projects.
 
The above manufacturers have provided us with further information including Material Safety Data sheets that support the above statements, which we are more than happy to provide to you if you need them.
 
Thank you to Luke and co
 
A shout out to Luke Whitmore, (dad of Oscar and Misha), to say thank you for his help last week. As you are all aware when the rain came tumbling down, the dust and dirt from the dry summer and autumn turned to mud. Not only making the yards dirty but also very slippery. It was impossible to walk anywhere without sliding or getting shoes messy. Some students did that little bit extra and were covered from head to toe in mud. We ordered in about eight metres of screenings and Luke spent one of his RDOs helping to spread it around the school. He was very capably assisted by Adam Nelson in the garden and our absolutely wonderful Kids’ Shed Student Action Team.
 
Thank you to all who helped, as you have made our yard safer and so much nicer to walk around in. Just a few more months to go!
  
Staff news
 
We are thrilled to announce Shirley and Thomas O’Neill welcomed their new baby daughter, Evie Grace O’Neill into the world. Evie was born at 10.02pm on Thursday June 20.  Mum, dad and brother Finn are absolutely delighted to have Evie join their family. I am happy to report Mum and Evie are doing exceptionally well.
 
We’d also like to say goodbye and good luck to Emma Hooper as she goes on family leave on Friday. It has been a lovely time watching Emma nurture her growing baby bump during the past six months. However, while it is fair to say she will miss her class and the staff terribly, she is ready to rest up before she and Ben welcome Baby Whiting. 
 
We also say goodbye – for a term – to Mandy Redfern as she goes on secondment to the Department of Education and Training (DET). Mandy will be working on resources for teachers to accompany a DET publication called Amplify
 
Amplify is a practice guide for school leaders and teachers. It explains how to create the conditions, employ the practices and develop the behaviours, attitudes and learning environments that are conducive to student voice, agency and leadership. Whatever their current starting points, school leaders and teachers can draw on this resource to facilitate rich conversations, collaborate and take actions to empower students. Amplify presents an evidence base and practical school based examples to help school communities explore and enhance their understanding of student voice, agency and leadership as the key elements which empower students.
 
Semester 1 reports
 
On Friday, you will be able to access your child's Semester 1 Report via Compass. Merriel, Mandy and I are currently doing the final read of all student reports and I must say we have been very impressed.
 
The effort our students have put into their learning makes me very proud. Furthermore, I look closely at the assessment of each student’s effort and attitude. To me these are the most important indicators of future success and the ability to fulfil potential. The students have also been able to self-reflect on their progress and again, some have been very insightful. 
 
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.
 
Next term, students and parents will have an opportunity to meet with their teacher and discuss the new learning directions for Semester 2.
 
Curriculum Day Friday
 
Staff members are looking forward to an engaging day of professional learning and collaboration on our pupil free curriculum day on Friday. Schools have four of these days each year and they are really the only chance we get to have staff working and learning together for a sustained period of time other than our weekly one hour sessions after a busy school day. Our theme on Friday is Cultural Awareness and Safety training which is mandatory for all DET staff.
 
We will then follow up with an anaphylaxis and asthma briefing from Victoria Hall. 
 
Save the date – 100 days of Prep Celebration, July 27
 
Amanda Mooney (Lila Prep D) is hard at work, organising a night out, just for our Prep parents.  All Prep parents will receive a flyer soon with all the details and an email from their Parent Representative but in the interim, set aside Saturday July 27 for a get together. (please see attached flyer)
 
Sensory Garden
 
I was contacted by Victorian Schools Building Authority (VSBA) last week in relation to the sensory garden.
 
It seems that earlier during a routine walk over of the site by the VSBA, a small piece of material suspected to contain asbestos (ACM) was discovered and subsequently removed from school grounds.
 
Air-quality monitoring was conducted and results showed that airborne asbestos fibre levels were below the limit of detection. Asbestos may pose a risk when fibres become airborne and are breathed in over a long period of time.
 
The safety and wellbeing of our students, staff and wider school community is our absolute priority, and the school is safe for students to access.
 
In line with our Asbestos Management Plan, routine walkovers and air-quality testing by an independent occupational hygienist has been organised to monitor and immediately respond to any risks. That will occur next week.
 
The Department is also arranging for more soil classification testing of the designated Sensory Garden site and we will be advised shortly of this activity. This will inform the appropriate remediation of the area in delivering the project.
 
The school will continue to work with the Department and independent occupational hygienists to apply best practice in managing asbestos risks. I very much appreciate your patience and understanding, and I will keep the community informed.
 
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
 
Emails and staff contact
 
The staff and I have noticed that more and more parents are contacting us via email.  This is great for keeping communication lines open and we welcome the chance to be in contact with you. However, sometimes, an email is sent late at night and parents may arrive on teachers’ doorsteps the very next morning as class is about to begin, keen to discuss the issue with the teacher there and then.  Often, the teacher has not had a chance to read it yet, so the issue has not been addressed and when a parent approaches them, they are about to begin teaching for the day. Teaching the children is their priority. Hence, we ask for your patience when sending emails. 
 
All staff have their particular ways to address emails and reading late at night is not always the way they like to do it, nor is it something I encourage them to do. So if there is an issue which you feel is important, we ask you ring the office and leave a message for the teacher to contact you as soon as possible. If it is not urgent, feel free to still email and the teacher will respond as soon as they can.
 
I can get more than 100 emails, so I’m asking for the same understanding and patience. If it is urgent, or even slightly urgent, please ring the office and leave a message for me to call you back. My emails seem to ‘breed’ and I’m much better in getting back to someone by phone rather than email.  
  
MSPS achievers
 
Thumbs up to the following achievers from our Monty South community:
 
Congratulations to Linus Shaw and Jensen Rose (Year 6) who play for Heidelberg Volleyball Club.
 
Recently, they played in the state championships and became the U/13 Mixed Western Region Volleyball Champions.
 
Fantastic effort guys. 
 
Another thumbs to our speakers at assembly last week. We had Jiah Jimeno and Byron Walker from 2A tell us about their Maths Talent Quest project where they investigated the maths around endangered animals. Gideon Tran is also part of the group but he is currently on a trip around Australia. The boys looked at the numbers of the Sumatran Tiger, the Sumatran orang-utan and the giant panda and the fact there are so few left in the wild.  Using facts on their decreasing numbers during the last few decades, they used graphs, percentages and rounding decimal numbers to come to the conclusion the destruction of their habitat (by chopping down trees) to make toilet paper was one of the issues. They came up with a plan that if the school used more environmentally friendly toilet paper and hand towel, although just slightly more expensive, we would be working towards saving the habitat of the orang-utans. Very clever investigations, team!
 
We also had Zac Alberti tell us about the Kids’ Shed Action Team and the work they are doing. I was thrilled with all our speakers, and for some it was the first time they had spoken in front of such a large group of people. It can be scary for adults, let alone children, so I was so very proud of them all.
 
Apart from that I would like to wish all of you a safe, relaxing and happy Term 2 break.  We look forward to welcoming you all back on Monday 15th July.
  
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
 
School Captain Report

Please find attached below the School Captain's report for Term 2.

MSPS 2019 Prep Parents '100 Days of School' Celebration – Prep 2019
 

To celebrate surviving 100 Days of School, please come along with your fellow MSPS 2019 Prep Parent community (that's mums, dads and carers) for a fun night of drinks, nibbles and socialising (without the kids!). 

Tickets $35 per person (covers canapes, shared platters & dessert). Drinks are via cash bar.

We'd love to see you there! (please see attached flyer)

bookings can be made via try booking  https://www.trybooking.com/521408

Chess Club Term 3
 
Chess club runs on Mondays from 3:30-4:30pm here at school. If your child would be interested in joining chess club or if you have questions about the club please contact Pam Watson at watson.pam.w@edumail.vic.gov.au 
 
Chicken Roster
 
Thank you to all the families who help look after the MSPS chickens. We are now using the online roster through Sign Up. We have quite a few days that need to be filled for the school holidays, so would appreciate any help families can give to look after our chickens.
 
1) Click this link to see our roster 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.
Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me (Adam Nelson nelson.adam.l@edumail.vic.gov.au ) and I can sign you up manually.
 
Kelly Sports
 
Kelly Sports will be running a Wild Winter Sports class on Friday’s from 3:40-4:40pm in Term 3. Please see the flyer attached for more information and booking details.

Are you a parent of a child aged 2 to 12?
 
The Parenting and Family Support Centre at the University of Queensland is conducting research into parents’ opinions about parenting and parenting programs. If you have a child between 2 and 12 years, we would love to hear your views on parenting and the services that are available to you as a parent. You will need to complete a short survey. To find out more or to participate please visit https://exp.psy.uq.edu.au/parenting
 
WHAT IS COMING UP
 
Thurs 27 June

  • Uniform shop closed
  • Last day of Term 2 – 3:30 dismissal

Fri 28 June

  • Curriculum Day – Student free day

Mon 15 July

  • First day of Term 3

Wed 17 July

  • The Ridiculous Rhyme show – whole school incursion (please pay via Compass/events)

Tues 23-Thurs 25 July

  • First week of Bridges program

Sat 27 July

  • 2019 Prep Parent & Carer Community 100 day of school celebration 7:30-11pm (please see attached flyer for booking details)

Wed 31 July

  • Data Reporting conferences – student free day (OHSC – Camp Australia will be running the whole day)

Saturday 10 Aug

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

Mon 12 Aug- Wed 14 Aug

  • Year 6 Camp to Sovereign Hill – More details to follow

Wed 21 Aug

  • P&F meeting – 7:30pm

Tues 3 Sept

  • District Athletics – Meadowglen Athletics

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)

Thurs 12 Sept

  • Division Athletics – Meadowglen Athletics

Wed 18 Sept

  • Graduation (Yr 6 students) and School captain photos – 9am

Movie-Wonder Class activity 26/06/19

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Dear 5A Parents,

This semester we have been reading Wonder as our class novel, focusing on the theme of kindness and diversity. To conclude our work around this, our class will be watching the movie in the final week of school and comparing the similarities and differences between the movie and the text. As this movie is rated PG we will require your consent for your child to be present during the film. Please add consent via compass/events by Tuesday 25th June. If at any point a student is feeling uncomfortable they will be able to sit in the adjoining room with a teacher to read.

Regards, Amy Duckworth

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Newsfeed Monday 17 June

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Newsfeed
 
Data reporting conference – Camp Australia available
 
On Wednesday 31 July we will be holding our data reporting conferences. This is a student free day and students are expected to attend the parent/teacher conferences. Camp Australia (OHSC) will be available on this day. 
 
Athletics day 
 
The MSPS Athletics day for the year 3-6 cohort will be held on Friday 21 June. There are a few events which because of time restrictions need to be held at a different time. 
 
Trials for the triple jump, 200m, 800m and 1500m are going to be held Wed 19th June at 4pm at Willinda Park.  If you student aged 10 and older would like to join in on the trials please contact Chris Cameron on Cameron.christopher.j@edumail.vic.gov.au
   
Dear parents and students of Years 3-6

Please find following the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden, Kitchen timetable for Term 3.

The kitchen and garden program relies on the generosity of parent volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering for your child, we would love to hear from you. Grandparents and little ones are also welcome.

Please contact Cathryn Hulme (Kitchen Specialist) on 0419 322 782 or hulme.cathryn.t@edumail.vic.gov.au. You are also welcome to speak to your class teacher.

We look forward to seeing you in the kitchen!
 
3A Wednesday 9.00 to 11.00                                                     
24/7, 7/8, 21/8, 4/9 & 18/9
3B Thursday 9.00 to 11.00                                                          
25/7, 8/8, 22/8, 5/9 & 19/9
3C Tuesday 12.30 to 2.20                                                             
23/7, 6/8, 20/8, 3/9 & 17/9
3D Thursday 9.00 to 11.00                                                           
18/7, 1/8, 15/8, 29/8 & 12/9
4A Wednesday 9.00 to 11.00                                                     
17/7, 14/8, 28/8 & 11/9
4B Thursday 12.30 to 2.20                                                           
25/7, 8/8, 22/8, 5/9 & 19/9
4C Wednesday 12.30 to 2.20                                                      
17/7, 14/8, 28/8 & 11/9
4D Monday 9.00 to 11.00                                                            
(Friday 19/7, 9 – 11), 29/7, 12/8, 26/8 & 9/9
4E Friday 9.00 to 11.00                                                                 
26/7, 9/8, 23/8, 6/9 & 20/9
5A Wednesday 12.30 to 2.20                                                     
24/7, 7/8, 21/8, 4/9 & 18/9
5B Tuesday 9.00 to 11.00                                                             
16/7, 30/7, 13/8, 27/8 & 10/9                    
5C Tuesday 9.30 to 11.30                                                             
23/7, 6/8, 20/8, 3/9 & 17/9
6A Thursday 12.30 to 2.20                                                          
18/7, 1/8, 15/8, 29/8 & 12/9
6B Monday 12.30 to 2.20                                                             
22/7, 5/8, 19/8, 2/9 & 16/9
6C Monday 12.30 to 2.20                                                             
15/7, 29/7, 26/8 & 9/9
6D (Dale Weston) Tuesday 12.30 to 2.20                                              
16/7, 30/7, 27/8 & 10/9

WHAT IS COMING UP
 
Wed 19 June

  • Assembly – 2:45pm
  • Choir will perform their final performance at Assembly
  • Regional Cross Country – Bundoora Park (TBC)
  • P&F meeting – 7:30pm

Thurs 20 June

  • Uniform shop closed for stocktake

Fri 21 June

  • MSPS Athletics Carnival – Years 3-6 (please see more info via Compass/Events)
  • Let’s ride program 3B – 2:40-3:30pm

Wed 26 June

  • Year 5 – Montmorency Secondary College Leadership Day – 9am-3:30pm please see more information via Compass/Events

Thurs 27 June

  • Uniform shop closed
  • Last day of Term 2 – 3:30 dismissal

Fri 28 June

  • Curriculum Day

Mon 15 July

  • First day of Term 3

Wed 17 July

  • The Ridiculous Rhyme show – whole school incursion (please pay via Compass/events)

Wed 31 July

  • Data Reporting conferences – student free day (OHSC – Camp Australia will be running the whole day)

Mon 12 Aug- Wed 14 Aug

  • Year 6 Camp to Sovereign Hill – More details to follow

Tues 3 Sept

  • District Athletics – Meadowglen Athletics

Tues 10 Sept

  • Junior school concert Night 1– Prep to Year 2 family surnames A-K (more information to follow)

Wed 11 Sept

  • Junior school concert Night 2– Prep to Year 2 family surnames L-Z (more information to follow)

Thurs 12 Sept

  • Division Athletics – Meadowglen Athletics

Newsletter Term 2 Week 8 2019

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Newsletter
Term 2 Week 8 2019
 
From the Principal’s Desk
 
Together we learn, lead and achieve.  
 
Dear Monty South Community       
 
New build update
 
At this stage, we are still on track to move into the new building on July 4. We are hoping to be handed the keys on July 1 and then start to move in from then. Removalists have been booked for July 4 and July 5 to move major items. Our new furniture and goods will be delivered to the new building that week. The Vic Smart router is being linked on July 3 so we will not have access to all parts of the building or internet, so we cannot move major items on that day.
 
If you have visited the school recently, you will have noticed we have contracted ‘Simply Organised’ to declutter and help us box up our equipment. Amy Revell, Jacqui Rapsey and Vicki have been doing a sensational job and I have finally got my storeroom books down to one box. We hope to hold a garage sale of all school items we will not be taking into the new building. More details to follow on this.
 
At this stage, only nine classes (Prep and Year 2) will be moving to the new building. The building will hold 12 to 14 classes, depending on class size. Next year we will fill the building. 
 
Again, a reminder that in the second week of the school holidays, everyone has to be off the premises as they are removing the asbestos from Block A. Once completed, demolition of Block A will occur and the current Year 2 portables will be removed by the department in preparation for the construction of the staff carpark on July 16.
 
While the new term will commence on Monday 15 July, Prep and Year 2 classes may not be fully functioning for a few days. Parents of Prep and Year 2 students are welcome to come in as per usual but we ask that parents of the other year levels, refrain from coming in for a week until we are settled. We will then run tours before and after school so that you can all see the new building. 
 
There will be an official opening at some stage, once the department informs us. 
 
Camp Australia Fee increase and possible extension of hours
 
We have received notification from Camp Australia that there will be an increase in fees for in the new financial year after July 1.  These can be found on the Camp Australia website. 
 
I did contact the Regional Manager as I felt the fees had only just increased. A Camp Australia representative said they were in line with the cost of living increases and reflected inflation.   
 
Additionally, I have been contacted by a parent who was keen for the hours of Camp Australia to be extended to 6.30pm. I have asked Camp Australia to extend the hours but they want to see if there is a need so they’re going to survey the parents who currently use the service of their preference. 
 
Staff news
 
We welcome Linda Hadbolt as our new 0.2 Art specialist. Linda will be replacing Shirley O’Neill who is currently on family leave.  
We also say goodbye, for Term 3 to Mandy Redfern, who has been selected for a secondment to the central office of the Department of Education.  Mandy was selected as part of the Pathways programme and will be working on department resources for schools in relation to student voice and student agency in the curriculum.  During her secondment, we will be employing a number of casual relief teachers to take on Mandy’s roles within the school.  Mandy will re-join us in Term 4.

School Council
 
School Council met last Tuesday evening and considered a number of issues outlined below:
 
School Council structure
 
We have noted the Education and Facilities school council subcommittees have not been meeting regularly and there has not been interest from community members to attend. We decided to begin trialling a new school council structure in Term 3, to include a rotation of formal school council meetings and open meetings to discuss major school issues eg. homework, communication and bullying prevention policies. In these open meetings, we encourage attendance and input from all community members and so, will communicate the time and topic via Compass.
 
Communication
 
Our school communication policy will be placed on our website to provide all community members access. As part of this policy, we are drafting an out of office reply that will be automatically sent to parents when an email is sent outside of working hours. It was discussed that the best option for urgent requests is to contact the classroom teacher via phone rather than email as teachers are usually away from their computers during school hours.
School oval
 
School council are continuing their discussions about the best possible option for our new school oval. This decision is currently at tender.
 
Funding opportunities
 
School council was informed that the Pick My Project initiative is running again this year. More information to come.
 
Reports
 
Principal- Provided an update on school build and staff replacements for maternity leave positions.
Finance- School currently in surplus.
Parents and Friends- Reported on early discussions surrounding next year’s fete.
 
School council consists of the following members:
Amy Duckworth, Paula Hogan, Adam Bird (President), Mandy Redfern, Shayley Holland, Leanne Sheean, Vanessa Edwards (Treasurer), Marcus Walsh, Jenny Vergers (Parents and Friends co-opted member), Cecelia Ramsdale, Amanda McDonald, Merriel Hayes, Jane Plunkett and Nghiem Tran (Vice President).
 
Prep and Year 1 gets a visit.
Thank you to Alana and Michael Torn-Broers (Billy PD and Cooper 1A) for coming along and providing an insight into both their roles at Virgin airline.  The children were thrilled and couldn’t contain their excitement.  It was also great to hear their questions which we love to hear as it shows their natural curiosity.  (see photo attached).

Podcast recommendation
I listened to a podcast this week which I highly recommend to parents, particularly those with children who are on the Autism Spectrum.
The podcast is called the ‘Art of Decluttering’ and whilst I love all the episodes as they are full of practical ideas and tips, this was especially helpful.  Simply called Autism, the link is as follows:
  https://artofdecluttering.com.au/103-autism/
 
 MSPS achievers
 
Thumbs up to the following achievers from our Monty South community:
 
Congratulations to Jessika Blair 3C who joined a sports aerobic team back in February and has taken to the sport so well, she competed at the State Sports Aerobic Championships in Geelong recently. Her team received a gold medal. (see photo attached)

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 

Data reporting conference – Camp Australia available
 
On Wednesday 31 July we will be holding our data reporting conferences. This is a student free day and students are expected to attend the parent/teacher conferences. Camp Australia (OHSC) will be available on this day. 
 
Athletics day
 
The MSPS Athletics day for the year 3-6 cohort will be held on Friday 21 June. There are a few events which because of time restrictions need to be held at a different time. 
 
Trials for the triple jump, 200m, 800m and 1500m were to be held at Willinda Park today but have been postponed due to the weather. We will advise on a new date and time ASAP.
 
Second hand uniform sale
 
The Parents and Friends Group will be holding a second hand uniform sale on Friday 14 June in the morning on the front deck.
We welcome donations of good quality school uniform items. All monies raised go directly back to MSPS.
Please bring your good quality, CLEAN items for sale to the office on or before Thursday 13 June.
BYO shopping bag. Details: secretarymspspf@gmail.com
 
Chicken roster
 
Thank you to all the families who help look after the MSPS chickens. To make it easier to sign up we are now trialling signup.com
 
1) Click this link to see our roster 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
 
Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact Adam Nelson at nelson.adam.l@edumail.vic.gov.au to be added to the roster manually.
 
WHAT IS COMING UP
 
Thurs 13 June

  • Chess tournament – Viewbank Primary School 9:30am-2:30pm

Fri 14 June

  • Parents and Friends second uniform sale 8:30-9:15am front deck of school
  • Let’s ride program 3B – 2:40-3:30pm
  • Year 2 – Aquarium excursion

Mon 17 June

  • Year 5 & 6 – viewing “Little Shop of Horrors” Montmorency Secondary Production at Montmorency Secondary (more information to follow)

Wed 19 June

  • Assembly – 2:45pm
  • Choir will perform their final performance at Assembly
  • Regional Cross Country – Bundoora Park (TBC)
  • P&F meeting – 7:30pm

Thurs 20 June

  • Uniform shop closed for stocktake

Fri 21 June

  • MSPS Athletics Carnival – Years 3-6 (more info to follow)
  • Let’s ride program 3B – 2:40-3:30pm

Wed 26 June

  • Year 5 – Montmorency Secondary College Leadership Day (more information to follow)

Thurs 27 June

  • Uniform shop opened
  • Last day of Term 2 – 3:30 dismissal

Fri 28 June

  • Curriculum Day

Mon 15 July

  • First day of Term 3

Wed 17 July

  • The Ridiculous Rhyme show – whole school incursion (please pay via Compass/events)

Wed 31 July

  • Data Reporting conferences – student free day (OHSC – Camp Australia will be running the whole day)

Mon 12 Aug- Wed 14 Aug

  • Year 6 Camp to Sovereign Hill – More details to follow

Tues 3 Sept

  • District Athletics – Meadowglen Athletics

Tues 10 Sept

  • Junior school concert Night 1– Prep to Year 2 family surnames A-K (more information to follow)

Wed 11 Sept

  • Junior school concert Night 2– Prep to Year 2 family surnames L-Z (more information to follow)

Thurs 12 Sept

  • Division Athletics – Meadowglen Athletics

 
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