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Newsletter Term 4 Week 11 2019

 

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

 
Dear Monty South Community,        
  
Final thank you
 
As this our last newsletter for 2019, it is time to reflect on the year that was.  Certainly, renovating a house is bad enough, let alone a school. And with 657 students. The way the staff, students and families coped with it, was amazing.  And I am very grateful to all of you.  So now we are in our new building and playing on our new oval and we keep pinching ourselves at how amazing it looks.
 
Just yesterday, the staff car park was completed and is now open for business while the sensory garden will open over the holidays.  However, the plants in the sensory garden will come next February when we are around to water them.
 
Our 2020 plans for next year will be dependent on money raised but we are hoping to gain some new playground equipment and landscape and fix up differing areas around the school, especially the embankments.
 
Staffing wise for the first time in 11 years, we are staying the same size and not growing.  It will be a consolidation year where we can really savour the stability that comes from not growing. We will still welcome a couple of new staff members and the return of a couple more and I have included all staff names in the newsletter.
 
In terms of student learning, we will continue our Literacy coaching with Jane Plunkett and focus on our professional learning and improving teaching strategies across the school. We will also be conducting a whole school review and we are looking forward to evaluating our school and taking stock.
 
So it was another successful year at Montmorency South Primary School and that doesn’t happen without the support of so many.
 
I would like to express my appreciation to our School Council for their support and advice throughout the 2019 school year.  
 
Thank you Adam Bird (President), Nghiem Tran (Vice President), Vanessa Edwards (Treasurer), Amanda McDonald (Minute Secretary), Shayley Holland, Jane Plunkett, Cecelia Ramsdale, Marcus Walsh, 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/volunteers who help in classrooms, garden and kitchen, 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 (Acting Leading Teacher), Tracey Cole (Acting Learning Specialist), Amy Duckworth (Acting Learning Specialist), and Paula Hogan (Business Manager) – they have been wonderful in their consistent and unwavering support they give to myself and the staff during the year. 
 
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 2020!     

Staffing
We have finalised the staffing structure for 2020. 
Our staffing structure for 2020 is as follows:
 
Classroom Teachers
Foundation
Prep A – Rachael Higgs
Prep B – Trish Marmo
Prep C – Sharon Moore
Prep D – Mitchell Dintinosante

Junior 1A – Maddy Macleod
Junior 1B – Kate L’Huillier
Junior 1C – Elise Van Ooi
Junior 1D –Melanie Townson 0.8 / Monique Rankin 0.2                             

Junior 2A – Lori O’Neill
Junior 2B – Keera Glass
Junior 2C – Karah Hatzimihail
Junior 2D – David McFarlane                          

Middle 3A – Aili Adamson
Middle 3B – Tracey Cole
Middle 3C – Bianca Hrovat                                                           
Middle 3D – Daniel Jacobs
 
Middle 4A – Nerinda Hodgson
Middle 4B – Jessica Head
Middle 4C – Amanda McDonald
Middle 4D– Tegan Caldwell

Senior 5A – Amy Duckworth
Senior 5B – Laura Johnstone
Senior 5C – Lisa Symons 0.6/ Jenny Hutchinson 0.4
Senior 5D – Eliza Crellin
Senior 5E – Rachel Phillips 0.8 / Michael Tindale 0.2

Senior 6A – Andy Glembin
Senior 6B – Dale Weston
Senior 6C – Hayley Hender

Specialists Teachers
Integration Coordinator– Kylie Tyzack
Daily organiser – Pam Watson
Library 0.6 – Clare Iob
Physical Education – Justin Shears 0.8 / Lachlan Holmes 0.4
LOTE – French – Helen Giller / Tish Delaney 0.2
Art – Sally Cotterill / Linda Haboldt 0.2
SAKG – Cathryn Hulme, Garden Specialist – Cathy Kingshott / Adam Nelson
Performing Arts – Jude Barry / Emily Kilkenny / Andy Coates
Indigenous Studies – Tara DeBondi
ICT– Jenny Hutchinson
Wellbeing – Yo Robertson
PLC support and learning support – Nicholas Crowe
 
Education Support Staff
Integration aides
 
Marie Smyth      Nancy Nolev       Vicki Mules         Jay Reynolds       Jhye Burton      Dimple Singh            
Carol Browne       Mady Thomas      Kate Little         Chili Mitchell       Jakk Walsh         Michelle Bardsley
Cath Rankin
 
Administration / Office
Business Manager – Paula Hogan
Admin Support – Kirstie Lay and Amanda Ringin
ICT Manager – Jai Sran
First Aid – Victoria Hall
 
Executive Leadership
Principal – Leanne Sheean
Assistant Principal – Merriel Hayes
Acting Leading Teacher – – Monique Rankin
Acting Learning Specialist – Amy Duckworth and Tracey Cole
 
Goodbye Year 6
This week we will say goodbye and good luck to our 2019 Year 6 students who are leaving Montmorency South Primary School, many of whom have been here for seven years. On Wednesday night at the Graduation Ceremony we had the opportunity 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 Zac Alberti, Tyler Allen, Amelia Atkin, Misha Boesenberg, Sadie Cotterill, Axel Drljo, William Egan, James Green, Mackenzie Hall, Cooper Hammond, Kit Hanson, Abigail Harland, Scarlett Laver, Max Little, Louis Makridis, Jessica Nicholls, Alisha O’Donnell, Michael Pezzin, Hannah Phillips, Oliver Plunkett-Zbaracki, Callum Routledge, Charli Stewart, Emma Thomson, Karmen Apperley, Maya Bennette, Amelia Clarke, Leonardo D’Angelo, Rainer Dique, Harry Doody, Ava Duff, Isla-Rose Fletcher, Lucas Fox, Jacob Grzechnik, Eamon Heley, Rowan Loveland, Luca Maddison-Grey, Will Modra, Sophie Peters, Xavier Phillips, Cailin Pritchard, Jensen Rose, Amy Sanders, Ashwin Siva, Francesca Spina, Ruby Timmons, Ashley White, Luke Wilson, Benji Aksoyoglu, James Allison, Ashley Arndt, Oskar Atkinson-Brkic, Phoebe Banbury, Will Bowman, Taree Burton, Lily Cameron, Sienna Di Carlo, Milla Hansen, Kayla Hird, Madeline Johnstone, Spencer Keyt, Ella Maguire, Jessica Mayne, Monet Newey, Kiefer Salisbury, Ian Sealey, Linus Shaw, Toby Simon, Callum Smith, Thomas Tutera, Charlotte Watts, Alex Zamfirescu, Brayden Apostola, Tommy Barker, Emily Cook, Mikayla Devlin, Feba George, Willoh Johnson-Coad, Angus Johnston, Ebony Kottmann, Oliver Laidler Testi, Roy McDonald, Ruby McGowan, Luella Morrow, Caitlin Munnings, Ava Nicolson, Lincoln Novak, Sara Nye, Emily Pepyat, Leon Phillis, Olivia Psaila, Angelina Redrup, Jack Sparnenn, Lachlan Wain and Sarsha Whittington.

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 Alberti, Apperley, Atkinson-Brkic, Bahadori, Bennette, Boesenberg,
Burton, Cameron, Clarke, Cook, Cotterill, Duff, Green, Harland, Johnstone, Kottmann, Laidler Testi, Laver, Loveland, Maguire, Makridis, Mayne, McGowan, Munnings, Nicolson, Nye, Phillips, Phillis, Pritchard, Psaila, Redrup, Rose, Routledge, Siva, Sparnenn, Timmons, Tutera, White, Wilson
and Zamfirescu 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 Nella & Saffron Bain, Josh & Tom Crespi, Daniella Czynski, Elliot Gradzki, Millicent & Prue Gradzka, Lucy Keep, Quintin Risstrom, Jensen, Sasha & Tessa Rose,
Jaden Tan and Ameila Hunter-Healey

 Staff farewells

We also have a few staff who are leaving us next year.
Tom Norris-off to Northern Territory
Rowena Martin –working in her own business and CRT work with us.
Michael Tartaggia-Brunswick Secondary College
Chris Cameron-business opening
Lucy Skipper – Pregnancy
Jenny Farrelly – Pregnancy

 We wish them all the very best in their new ventures and roles and thank them for their contribution to our school over the years, particularly this year.  
 
Great news! Telstra Kids grant.
We are delighted to announce our success in applying for a $1,200 grant from Telstra. Telstra Kids helps kids thrive in their connected world. Our Telstra Kids grant will be used to go towards an outdoor climbing wall for our school playground. This will be used by students during physical education classes to improve gross motor skill and confidence, and also can be used by students during recess.
 
Huge thanks to Noel Mihailovic (Lennon 3C and Charlee 1C) from Telstra, who is the referrer, for applying for the funding for us. We are very excited to share in the million dollars the Telstra Foundation provides each year to help kids connect to a digital future.
  
Just a reminder that school resumes for students from Year 1 to-6 on Thursday 30th January.   The Prep students will follow the next day on Friday 31st January.  Our first school assembly will be on the following Wednesday being the 5th February at 2.40pm.
 
Thank you to all members of the Montmorency South Primary School Community for your support throughout the 2019 and for your many good wishes and words of appreciation. 
 
Have a peaceful, safe and Merry Christmas and a relaxing holiday period. Best Wishes to all for a prosperous 2020. 
 
 
Best Wishes
 
Leanne Sheean
Principal
 

Montmorency South Primary School acknowledges traditional owners of country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to elders both past, present and future.

 

‘Montmorency South is an inclusive learning community where students are inspired to be respectful, creative, curious and independent learners.’

 
Our Belief:
We believe that every person in our Montmorency South school community has the capacity to assist each student in attaining our vision.
 
Motto
Together we learn, lead and achieve

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Year 6 Uniforms 2020 
The current estimated delivery term for our 2020 grade 6 jumpers is approximately the third week in term 1.
 
Colour run prizes
Thank you to our amazing community for your participation in our colour run last week.
 
There is much excitement again this week with the distribution of the prizes.  Australian fundraising have written to us and advised that due supply constraints and wanting to distribute the prizes before the end of the 2019 school year, they have substituted some of the prizes so that no-one misses out. 
 
We apologise for any inconvenience this has caused, but we are sure that you understand it was important to us that those who had taken the time to meet the fundraising cut off dates that they did not miss out on receiving a prize.
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War against Waste
 
SCHOOL HOLIDAY FAMILY PROJECT:  Milk-Bottle-Brick Seat-Building Working Bee 
Tuesday 21st of January
 
We have two seats left to complete for our seating circle in our Bush Block and we desperately need your help!  Please sign up for a one hour session with your kids  to help us mix and shovel concrete to layer our milk-bottle bricks with.  Please note that this is a family activity and all children must be supervised by their own parent/guardian/s throughout.   This activity is mainly suitable for students from around year 3 and up (however younger students are welcome to come along and give it a go with their family too). 
 
Please click on the link below to sign up…
 
https://signup.com/go/xDGaMhJ
 
or contact Tara to register your interest on 0429 478 261
 
Bottle Brick Making Holiday Workshops: Thursday 9th & Monday 13th of January
 
We currently have over 200 incomplete milk-bottle bricks which need to be finished before we can build our final seats.  Please help us out by volunteering an hour of your time to help us complete a brick or two.
Please note that these are adult only 'chat & stuff' sessions.  Come have a cuppa and a chat whilst helping out our school community and our environment. Please click on the link below to sign up.
 
https://signup.com/go/prRKwwU
 
or contact Tara to register your interest on 0429 478 261
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Parents & Friends Group
 
Fete news
 
Exciting news! The MSPS Fete is happening! It will be here at the school on Sunday March 15th 2020 – put it in your calendars now! This will be the biggest event our school has held in a decade. The aim is to bring the school community and local community together, showcase our amazing new facilities, and make sure everyone has fun! The Fete will include rides, live music, multicultural foods, games, entertainment, dunk tank and much more. Here’s the best bit: every single class will be involved on the day.
 
We are also excited to make this event as sustainable as possible – and our first project is to sew a whopping 500 reusable bags in collaboration with Boomerang Bags for visitors to buy and decorate on the day. The material kits are ready to be sewed, you can pick them up from school foyer. Upon completion, please return to the school office. 
The second project is collecting items (books, toys and clothes) for a preloved stall during the Fete. Should you have any items to donate, please place in the collection boxes are located in the school foyer. 
There are many ways that you can take part in the Fete – if you have a specific idea that will utilise your skills, please email mspsfete@gmail.com.
 
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Dates for your diary
Thursday 30 January 2020
  •  Return to school for years 1 – 6
Friday January 31
  • Preps Start School
Saturday 1 February 2020
  • Price increase for school uniforms​

Wednesday 5 February 2020

  • First Assembly for 2020 2.40pm
Friday 14 February 2020
  • School Photo day
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Looking for something to do outside of school?
 
Eltham Junior Rugby
Come and try rugby union from 2.30pm on Sunday 16th February 2020 at 58 Bridge Street Eltham. Rugby union is a truly inclusive international game suitable for all body shapes and sizes – boys and girls aged 5 or more are welcome. Join us as a supporter or player to participate in our Golden Anniversary season. www.elthamrugby.com.au
 

 
 

Newsfeed Term 4 Week 10

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Newsfeed Term 4 Week 10 

Uniforms and lost property
 
We have handed into the office some cuff links, children’s glasses and single key.  If you think they may belong to you, please stop by the office.
 
Very shortly, all of our school families will be assessing their children’s growth spurts and their requirements for new uniforms.  It can be heart breaking to see the amount of almost brand new pieces of clothing that come through lost property that cannot be identified and returned to its owner in a timely manner.
 
One way to rectify this is to ensure that clothing is clearly named before your child even wears it to school.  Iron on labels are available via many online providers, or alternatively a tube of puff fabric paint is another easy way to personalise and identify your child’s belongings.  A big bright puff paint name on the inside brim of a hat makes it identifiable by even the youngest of children, it can also make a great holiday art activity.
 
If you ever get the chance and have a look in lost property, it is now located near the gym.  Just follow the ramp to the bottom and there are some labelled cupboards in the alcove.
 
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Parents & Friends Group

 
Fete news
 
Exciting news! The MSPS Fete is happening! It will be here at the school on Sunday March 15th 2020 – put it in your calendars now! This will be the biggest event our school has held in a decade. The aim is to bring the school community and local community together, showcase our amazing new facilities, and make sure everyone has fun! The Fete will include rides, live music, multicultural foods, games, entertainment, dunk tank and much more. Here’s the best bit: every single class will be involved on the day.
 
We are also excited to make this event as sustainable as possible – and our first project is to sew a whopping 500 reusable bags in collaboration with Boomerang Bags for visitors to buy and decorate on the day. The material kits are ready to be sewed, you can pick them up from school foyer. Upon completion, please return to the school office. 

The second project is collecting items (books, toys and clothes) for a preloved stall during the Fete. Should you have any items to donate, please place in the collection boxes are located in the school foyer. 
There are many ways that you can take part in the Fete – if you have a specific idea that will utilise your skills, please email mspsfete@gmail.com.
 
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Dates for your Diary:

 
Tuesday 17 December

  • Year 1 extended Stay & Inquiry excursion – Details released via Compass

Wednesday 18 December

  • Graduation (Yr 6 students) – Details released via Compass
  • NO ASSEMBLY

Thursday 19 December

  • End of year assembly to be held in the gym 9.30am
  • Last day of school – 3:30pm dismissal

Thursday 30 January 2020

  • Return to school for years 1 – 6

Friday January 31

  • Preps Start School

Saturday 1 February 2020

  • Price increase for school uniforms

Friday 14 February 2020

  • School Photo day

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Looking for something to do outside of school?
 

Letters to Santa
One of Santa’s special mail boxes has popped up just outside Vicki Wards office at 718 Main Rd Eltham.

Children are welcome to post their letters to Santa here, and if they would like a reply please remember to include a return address.

Fresh Christmas Trees
Available from Greensborough Scouts (Willinda Park, Beatrix St, Greensborough or Para Rd, Cnr Maskell Cres) Saturdays & Sundays in December, 9.30am-4pm

Or pre-order online https://greensboroughscouts.org (delivery available)

Eltham Calisthenic College
A sport that combines dancing, singing, gymnastics and technical skill available locally in Montmorency. 

https://www.elthamcalistheniccollege.com.au/

Natural Medicine
ReMed, a natural medicine clinic located at 205 Main Rd Lower Plenty is now offering a free drop in clinic every Tuesday & Thursday 4pm – 5pm – Phone 9431 0331 for more information.  www.remed.com.au

Become a Teacher’s Aide
Course Details:
FRIDAY:  13th or 18th December. 2019 — 28th Aug  2020
24 SESSIONS, 2 WORKSHOPS + 100 HR PLACEMENT
9:15 AM TO 3.15 PM
at Merrilands Community Centre, Reservoir
Ring PRACE on 9462 6077

Eltham Junior Rugby
Come and try rugby union from 2.30pm on Sunday 16th February 2020 at 58 Bridge Street Eltham. Rugby union is a truly inclusive international game suitable for all body shapes and sizes – boys and girls aged 5 or more are welcome. Join us as a supporter or player to participate in our Golden Anniversary season. www.elthamrugby.com.au

Newsfeed – Term 4 Week 9

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Newsfeed – Term 4 Week 9 2019 

Christmas  Carols

Christmas Carols will be held on the school oval tonight Tuesday December 3.

Year 2 will be first on the stage and the festivities start at 6.30pm.
Please make yourselves comfortable with your picnic rug and camp chairs. 

Our friends across the road at the fish and chip shop and pizza shop will be ready to take orders, but please be patient as they will have many orders tonight!

We encourage everyone (students included) to dress festively and bring your singing voices!

Step Up
 
Step up into our new classes commences this week.  We are all very excited!
For your information, we will have our students stepping up into their next year level class during the following times.

  •  Thursday  December 5– 12:30 – 2:10pm
  • Friday December 6 – 9:00 – 11:30am  – (Please refer to our message about lunch orders).
  • Monday December 9 – 12:30 – 2:10pm
  • Tuesday  December 10 – 9:00am  – 3:30pm

 Lunch Orders:
 
With the upcoming step up and transition programs running, we have a special request to families from the canteen.
 
To ensure that your child receives their lunch order delivery in the correct classroom please remember to put the name / number of the classroom that your child is expected to be in when they receive their lunch order, this way the canteen staff can endeavour to get your child’s freshly made lunch straight to them.
 
Prep – 2 swimming lost property
 
If anyone feels they may have lost anything whilst swimming at Eltham Leisure centre during our swimming program, please stop by the table that has been set up between Monique’s classroom and the art room.
 
Our teachers have been lovingly collecting any found items and storing them here for safe keeping until we can re-unite them with their owners.
 
Uniforms and lost property
 
Very shortly, all of our school families will be assessing their children’s growth spurts and their requirements for new uniforms.  It can be heart breaking to see the amount of almost brand new pieces of clothing that come through lost property that cannot be identified and returned to its owner in a timely manner.
 
One way to rectify this is to ensure that clothing is clearly named before your child even wears it to school.  Iron on labels are available via many online providers, or alternatively a tube of puff fabric paint is another easy way to personalise and identify your child’s belongings.  A big bright puff paint name on the inside brim of a hat makes it identifiable by even the youngest of children, it can also make a great holiday art activity.
 
If you ever need to have a look in lost property, it is now located near the gym.  Just follow the ramp to the bottom and there are some labelled cupboards in the alcove.
 
Morrison Kleeman Colouring Competition
 
We are one of 5 lucky school communities to be selected by Morrison Kleeman Estate Agents for a Christmas Colouring in Competition!
 
We will have 2 prize winners from our school with a very generous prize for our winning students.
 
Junior school prize is a Micro Sprite Scooter – https://www.microscooters.com.au/products/micro-sprite-kids-scooter-purple
 
Our Senior School prize is a VX7 Pro Scooter – http://www.maddgear.com/vx7-pro-scooter.html
 
Things you need to know:

  • Competition closes (all entries must be received at the school office ) Tuesday December 10th
  • Competition Winners Announced via email and social media Thursday December 12th

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Parents & Friends Group

 
Colour fun run
This year Montmorency South Primary School Colour Explosion Run is being held on Friday 13th December.
For participation, please remember this is a 2 step process:

  • Consent to participate needs to be provided either electronically via Compass, or in writing using the downloadable consent form available on Compass by Tuesday December 10.
  • A donation of $5-$10 is required for participation in this event – this can now only be done by delivering cash directly to the office.

 
Fete news
 
Exciting news! The MSPS Fete is happening! It will be here at the school on Sunday March 15th 2020 – put it in your calendars now! This will be the biggest event our school has held in a decade. The aim is to bring the school community and local community together, showcase our amazing new facilities, and make sure everyone has fun! The Fete will include rides, live music, multicultural foods, games, entertainment, dunk tank and much more. Here’s the best bit: every single class will be involved on the day.
 
We are also excited to make this event as sustainable as possible – and our first project is to sew a whopping 500 reusable bags in collaboration with Boomerang Bags for visitors to buy and decorate on the day. The material kits are ready to be sewed, you can pick them up from school foyer. Upon completion, please return to the school office. 
The second project is collecting items (books, toys and clothes) for a preloved stall during the Fete. Should you have any items to donate, please place in the collection boxes are located in the school foyer. 
There are many ways that you can take part in the Fete – if you have a specific idea that will utilise your skills, please email mspsfete@gmail.com.
 
Chess Club
 
Monday afternoon chess club is back for term 1 in 2020!
 
Held at MSPS, the 1 hour sessions will be held on a Monday afternoon at 3.30pm from February 3 through until March 23.
 
The cost is $160 (inc gst) per child and students can now be easily enrolled online at: https://ku.zone/management/programs/program_timetable/727?collapse=1&frame=weekday
 
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Dates for your Diary:

Tuesday 3 December

  • ***NEW DATE*** Christmas Carols 6.30pm
  • P & F Christmas raffle is drawn at the carols

Wednesday 4 December

  • CHANGE OF DATE Carols by candlelight 6:30pm – Rescheduled to Tuesday 3rd Dec
  • Special Assembly – 2.45pm Assembly with Vicki Ward – Presentation of David McKenzie Award & Premiers Reading Challenge – Final Wednesday afternoon assembly for the year.
  • P – 2 Mini Olympics

 Thursday 5 December

  • Step up program (session 4 & 5)

Friday 6 December

  •  9am – 11.30am prep 2020 transition
  • Step up program (session 1, 2 & 3)
  • Pop up uniform shop – will have stock available up to size 10.  Pre-ordered uniforms will be available for collection and orders can be placed on the day.
  • Last day for .50c icy poles at Recess

Monday 9 December

  • Step up program (session 4 & 5)

Tuesday 10 December

  • Year 7 orientation day at High school
  • Year 6 pizza dinner at school 5-7pm – Details released via Compass
  • 9am – 11.30am Prep 2020 transition
  • Morrison Kleeman Colouring Competition closes – All entries must be submitted to the office by today.
  • Step up program (all day)

Wednesday 11 December

  • P&F meeting 7:30pm
  • Whole School Swim Carnival – Details to be released via Compass
  • NO ASSEMBLY due to special assembly last week.

 Thursday 12 December

  •  Morrison Kleeman Colouring Competition Winners announced via email and social media Friday 13 December
  •  P & F Colour Run – Details released via Compass 

Tuesday 17 December

  • Year 1 extended Stay & Inquiry excursion – Details released via Compass 

Wednesday 18 December

  • Graduation (Yr 6 students) – Details released via Compass
  • NO ASSEMBLY

Thursday 19 December

  • End of year assembly to be held in the gym 9.30am
  • Last day of school – 3:30pm dismissal

Thursday 30 January 2020

  •  Return to school for years 1 – 6 

Friday January 31

  • Preps Start School

Saturday 1 February 2020

  •  Price increase for school uniforms 

Friday 14 February 2020

  • School Photo day

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Looking for something to do outside of school?

Letters to Santa

One of Santa’s special mail boxes has popped up just outside Vicki Wards office at 718 Main Rd Eltham.

Children are welcome to post their letters to Santa here, and if they would like a reply please remember to include a return address.

Fresh Christmas Trees
Available from Greensborough Scouts (Willinda Park, Beatrix St, Greensborough or Para Rd, Cnr Maskell Cres) Saturdays & Sundays in December, 9.30am-4pm

Or pre-order online https://greensboroughscouts.org (delivery available)

Newsletter – Term 4 Week 8

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

 
Dear Monty South Community,         
 
Working bee thanks
Working bees have returned to Monty South and it was lovely to see a band of dedicated workers out on Sunday 17 November. 
 
We swept tan bark from the oval, pathways and classroom doorways. We ‘leaf blowed’ all areas around the school, painted the boat and railing outside the BER. We weeded and painted the outdoor fire pit area and even cleaned the water fountains.
 
The school looked fantastic at the end of the day and hopefully it will stay for a little while yet. We are so grateful for all those that gave up their Sunday morning and came along to help out.
 
Bouquets to:
Brad, Freya and Astri Robinson
James, Deb and Thomas Rewell
Nghiem, Nicole, Gabe and Gideon Tran
Jenny Vergers, ben, Annabelle and Sebastian King
Leanne Sheean
Grandage Family-Fiona, Adam and Leo
Jo Heley
Sarah Johnson (Willoh and Matilda’s mum)
Fang Cheah (Mia’s dad)
Allport family-Cecelia, Ewen, Oliver and Tabitha
Kellow Family-Erin and mum Lydia Jones
Deery family-Neville, Naeidra, Oliver, Jenna and Leo
Justin Halbert (Madison and Mikayla’s dad)
Belinda Johnston, Ariel Johnston, Sebastian, Judah and Lucien Brady
Tracey Cole
Karen and Alex Lloyd.
 
And well done to Jenny Vergers and Tracey Cole for organising the working bee. It was a very successful and rewarding morning.
 
Step up
Step up starts next Thursday and with the exception of one class, all teachers will be on board. We will inform you of the class teacher in the next newsletter which will be sent out on Monday 9 December.
  
Strategic calendar 2020
At our last School Council meeting on November 12, we had a discussion on the number of excursions and important dates through the school year and how sometimes it is hard to keep abreast of everything that’s going on. A few years ago, the council requested we send out an excursion levy at the beginning of the year but at the time, it was not accepted as parents felt they wanted to know what the staff had planned throughout the year. After our recent school council discussion, it was decided that we would ensure that all 2020 dates are locked in at the start of the year. At the beginning of 2020, we will be loading these dates to our school web site. As for an excursions levy, this is something we will investigate in Term 1, 2020 and make a decision.
 
Student leadership positions
This Thursday, we will be holding our School Captain leadership speeches. Afterwards the current Year 4, 5 and 6 students, along with staff will, vote for their preferred candidate. The votes will be collated and used as part of the four part process – application, speech, interview and voting.   
 
Our candidates for all other leadership positions will take part in the interview process over the coming weeks conducted with our current leadership members comprising part of the panel.
 
Our 2020 Student Leadership Team will comprise of the following roles:
 
School Captains – Female and Male – in consultation with the Principal
Responsibilities include representing the school at official functions, conducting assembly, showing leadership of Junior School Council, participating in the Principal Advisory Leader (PALS) meetings with the Principal and generally displaying a good example to junior students. They are also integral members of our Student Action Teams.
 
Vice School Captains – Female and Male (part of the School Captain process)
Assisting the captains in the above responsibilities.
 
Performing Arts Captain – in consultation with the Performing Arts teachers
Responsibilities include helping with the operation of the Performing Arts programs, providing introductory addresses at concerts, carols, arrange events in collaboration with the performing arts teachers, and participate in PALS meetings with the Principal and generally displaying a good example to junior students. They are also integral members of our Student Action Teams.
 
Visual Arts Captain – in consultation with the Art teachers
Responsibilities include helping to create visual arts activities to promote school events, helping to showcase the work of students in the newsletter, participating in the PALS meetings with the Principal and generally displaying a good example to junior students. They are also integral members of our Student Action Teams.
 
Sustainability and Environment Captain – in consultation with the SAKG staff and Indigenous Studies teachers
Responsibilities include helping to promote issues relating to the school environment, helping to organise and promote activities (e.g. Biodiversity Week) in the newsletter, assist with the maintenance and upkeep of the hens and other garden activities as required, participating in participating in the PALS meetings with the Principal and generally displaying a good example to junior students. They are also integral members of our Student Action Teams.
 
Library Captain – in consultation with the Library Coordinator
Responsibilities include helping the library coordinator in the maintenance of the library, helping to organise and promote activities (eg Book Week) in the newsletter, assist students in borrowing books, participating in the PALS meetings with the Principal and generally displaying a good example to junior students.
 
French Captain – in consultation with the French Coordinator
Responsibilities include helping the French teaching staff and to organise and promote activities in the newsletter, assist students, participating in the PALS meetings with the Principal and generally displaying a good example to junior students.
 
Wellbeing Captain – in consultation with the Principal and Wellbeing Coordinator  
The Wellbeing Captains will be welcoming and approachable. They must be invested in the wellbeing of their fellow students and creating a school environment that is beneficial for the whole school community.

Responsibilities:
Taking new students around the school on their first day, show them classrooms, the gym, kitchen, garden and areas to play, leading peer mediation, giving feedback to staff about student wellbeing, attending fortnightly wellbeing meeting for 10 minutes and participating in fortnightly in the Principal’s Advisory Leaders (PALs) meetings
 
Sports Captain – Female and Male – in consultation with the Physical Education Teachers
Responsibilities include assisting the PE teachers, maintenance of the sports storeroom, helping to organise and promote activities (eg Swimming Carnival) in the newsletter, writing and delivering of sports report to assembly and generally displaying a good example to junior students.
 
House Captains – four Female and four Male – in consultation with the Physical Education Teachers
Responsibilities include addressing house meetings, helping to involve students in house activities, helping the PE teacher at sports carnivals, participating in the Student Leadership meeting and generally displaying a good example to junior students.
 
MSPS Carols 
A traditional highlight in the lead up to Christmas is the Monty South Christmas Carols Evening. It has been a noted event in the local community for around 45 years and even though we broke with tradition last year, I am thrilled to announce it is it is back again!

This year we are holding it on Tuesday 3 December commencing at 6.30pm on the school oval.    
 
This is an opportunity for our community to collectively come together to celebrate the spirit of Christmas before the end of the school year.  More details will follow in the newsfeed.
 
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. 
 
Our School Council have approved the Parent Payment charges for the 2020 school year. These charges are set to ensure that 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, Essential Curriculum Materials (book packs) 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.

Information regarding these charges and when/how to pay will be distributed via Compass, this week.
 
We thank our families in advance for your financial support, which enables us to continue to ‘add value’ to the students of MSPS.
 
Looking ahead
Term 4 is both an exciting and emotional term for our Year 6 students. They are currently having their final specialist sessions at MSPS and some very special upcoming celebrations including the Graduation Evening (December 18) and their final assembly on Thursday 19 December at 9.30am.
 
I would like to thank the parent Graduation Committee who are working alongside staff to create a truly memorable evening for our students.
 
A highlight of being in education is following the amazing journey of our students and it is always hard to say goodbye. We are looking forward to making eh last few weeks with them very special.
 
MSPS achievers
A belated thumbs up to Matilda Mitchell from 2C who appears to be following in her very capable mum’s footsteps in the cooking department. Matilda entered the Whittlesea Show in four categories, including the adult section. She won first, second and third prizes for her chocolate cake, uncooked slice (Hedgehog) and drop scones respectively.   We are so thrilled for her and can’t wait to see her in action in the SAKG next year. 
 
Congratulations are also due to our Year 2 students Ava Kent, Astri Robinson and Billie Bellett who were awarded a Distinction in the State Maths Talent Quest competition run by Mathematical Association of Victoria. As I said last week, this attracts many entries across the state and it is really is a high accolade to win an award. We are sorry we missed you last week but we are so pleased that we finally got it right and we wanted to say how proud we are of your talents. Tremendous effort.
 
Thumbs up to Lila Mooney from PD, who decided to do some fundraising for the Colour Run and came up with the idea of having a Lemonade Stand to raise money, which she held last Sunday.

She made her own sign and we went shopping for lemons at the market and set up her stand at the front of her house with a tablecloth, cups and the lemonade that mum helped make.

Lila raised a total $35.60! She even had a family who did a U-turn after seeing her sign and did a drive-thru for lemonade!

Her parents and all of us here are so proud of her. Not only for her idea but also for the way she put it into action. Lila’s friend from Prep, Amelia Benton also came along to support her and sell her lemonade.

Fantastic girls. We are absolutely thrilled for you both.
 
Best Wishes
 
Leanne Sheean
Principal
 

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

 
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 Compass App
For families who prefer to use the Compass App on their phones and smart devices, please be aware that there appears to have been a recent upgrade on the app.
 
When providing your consent for your child to attend an event or excursion, there are now mandatory fields that require your attention.  Unfortunately these fields are not highlighted in any way to make them obvious, and your consent is not able to be processed without these fields being processed.
 
Please ensure that you read the page and answer any questions asked of you during the consent process as this will result in the activation of the button at the bottom of the screen.
 
Prep – 2 swimming lost property
If anyone feels they may have lost anything whilst swimming at Eltham Leisure centre during our swimming program, please stop by the table that has been set up between Monique’s classroom and the art room.
 
Our teachers have been lovingly collecting any found items and storing them here for safe keeping until we can re-unite them with their owners.
 
Library News
Borrowing
Dear Parents,
Library borrowing for this year will finish on Friday the 29th of November. As from now our students will no longer be bringing books home but will leave them in their book boxes for their Daily 5.

All books are to be returned to the library NO LATER than Friday the 6th of December. If any student still has a book at home could they please be returned back to school to be put in their book box.

It is such a big job getting all our books returned to the library at the end of each year so I would be very grateful for your assistance in this. We want to start 2020 with a clean slate.  Please don’t hesitate to email me if there are any concerns with lost books.

Thank you so much in advance.
Clare Bear

Morrison Kleeman Colouring Competition
We are one of 5 lucky school communities to be selected by Morrison Kleeman Estate Agents for a Christmas Colouring in Competition!
 
We will have 2 prize winners from our school with a very generous prize for our winning students.
 
Junior school prize is a Micro Sprite Scooter – https://www.microscooters.com.au/products/micro-sprite-kids-scooter-purple
 
Our Senior School prize is a VX7 Pro Scooter – http://www.maddgear.com/vx7-pro-scooter.html
 
Things you need to know:

  • Competition opens November 19th
  • Competition closes (all entries must be received at the school office ) Tuesday December 10th
  • Competition Winners Announced via email and social media Thursday December 12th

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 Parents & Friends Group

  
Colour fun run
This year Montmorency South Primary School Colour Explosion Run is being held on Friday 13th December.

The fundraising kicked off three weeks ago, and we are now having the last of the donations coming through the office.

For participation, please remember this is a 2 step process:

  • Consent to participate needs to be provided either electronically via Compass, or in writing using the downloadable consent form available on Compass by Tuesday December 10.
  • A donation of $5-$10 is required for participation in this event – this can be done by delivering cash directly to the office.

If you have made your donation via the online portal, please remember that you have until November 30 to ensure your chosen prize arrives this year.
 
Fete news – Boomerang bags
We are also excited to make this event as sustainable as possible – and our first project is to sew a whopping 500 reusable bags in collaboration with Boomerang Bags for visitors to buy and decorate on the day. The material kits are ready to be sewed, you can pick them up from school foyer. Upon completion, please return to the school office.
 
Chess Club
Monday afternoon chess club is back for term 1 in 2020!
 
Held at MSPS, the 1 hour sessions will be held on a Monday afternoon at 3.30pm from February 3 through until March 23.
 
The cost is $160 (inc gst) per child and students can now be easily enrolled online at: https://ku.zone/management/programs/program_timetable/727?collapse=1&frame=weekday
 
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Dates for your Diary:

Wednesday 27 November

  • Assembly 2.45pm – 3.30pm
  • P & F Christmas Raffle tickets to be returned by today

Thursday 28 November

  • 2019 NSC Primary Schools Chess Championship – Kangaroo Ground

Friday 29 November

  •  Yr 2 day camp – Details released via Compass
  • Colour Fun Run – Closing date for prize claims – Details to be released via Compass
  • 9am – 11.30am prep 2020 transition
  • 3C & 3D – Lets Ride Bike Education Program (BYO bike and helmet) 6/6 – Final Session
  • Library borrowing closes for 2019
  • 2019 NSC Primary School Chess Championship – Kangaroo Ground

Monday 2 December

  • Year 6 Funfields excursion – details released via Compass
  • Year 5 Project Rockit

Tuesday 3 December

  • ***NEW DATE*** Christmas Carols 6.30pm
  • P & F Christmas raffle is drawn at the carols

Wednesday 4 December

  • CHANGE OF DATE Carols by candlelight 6:30pm – Rescheduled to Tuesday 3rd Dec
  • Special Assembly – 2.45pm Assembly with Vicki Ward – Presentation of David McKenzie Award & Premiers Reading Challenge – Final Wednesday afternoon assembly for the year.
  • P – 2 Mini Olympics

Thursday 5 December

  • Step up program (session 4 & 5)

Friday 6 December

  • 9am – 11.30am prep 2020 transition
  • Step up program (session 1, 2 & 3)
  • Pop up uniform shop – will have stock available up to size 10.  Pre-ordered uniforms will be available for collection and orders can be placed on the day.

Monday 9 December

  • Step up program (session 4 & 5)

Tuesday 10 December

  • Year 7 orientation day at High school
  • Year 6 pizza dinner at school 5-7pm – Details released via Compass
  • 9am – 11.30am Prep 2020 transition
  • Morrison Kleeman Colouring Competition closes – All entries must be submitted to the office by today.
  • Step up program (all day)

Wednesday 11 December

  • P&F meeting 7:30pm
  • Whole School Swim Carnival – Details to be released via Compass
  • NO ASSEMBLY due to special assembly last week.

 
Thursday 12 December

  • Morrison Kleeman Colouring Competition Winners announced via email and social media

Friday 13 December

  • P & F Colour Run – Details released via Compass

Tuesday 17 December

  • Year 1 extended Stay & Inquiry excursion – Details released via Compass

Wednesday 18 December

  • Graduation (Yr 6 students) – Details released via Compass
  • NO ASSEMBLY

Thursday 19 December

  • End of year assembly to be held in the gym 9.30am
  • Last day of school – 3:30pm dismissal

Thursday 30 January 2020

  • Return to school for years 1 – 6

Friday January 31

  • Preps Start School

Saturday 1 February 2020

  • Price increase for school uniforms

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Looking for something to do outside of school?
 

Montmorency Scout group
Montmorency scout group grand hall  (re) opening – Saturday November 30, 12pm – 3pm (official opening 2pm) at Petrie Park (past the bowling club) 16 Mountain View road Montmorency.  Lots of activities including stalls, billy carts, sausage sizzle, climbing tower, camp cooking and more! For more information: www.montyscouts.com.au

Claytalk
The Ceramic studio at Monsalvat will be running a kids workshop on November 30 with the theme ‘Christmas Wonder’. Children will have the opportunity to make ceramic Christmas decorations. Further information available https://www.montsalvat.com.au/claytalk

Newsletter – Term 4 – Week 6 2019

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From the Principal’s Desk

Together we learn, lead and achieve.  

 
Dear Monty South Community,        
 
As I mentioned in the last newsletter preparations for 2020 are progressing steadily. The 2020 Classes have been formed and we are now checking against the teaching staff recommendations.  
 
Again, a reminder that  ‘Step Up to the Next Class’ will take place on four sessions, on Thursday 5 December, Friday 6 December, Monday 9 December with the final session being held all day on Tuesday 10 December.
 
Staff news
For the 2020 school year there will be a couple of changes. As you are aware, Lucy Skipper and Jenny Farrelly, will be taking family leave. Jenny will come back at the start of the school year for a couple of weeks and then will be on leave. 

Tom Norris will also be leaving us and moving to the Northern Territory, where his wife and son have been living for the past few months. Tom’s wife has a placement at an aboriginal community and Tom will be joining her for the whole of next year and possibly longer. At this stage, he is taking 12 months leave.
 
Chris Cameron is also taking a combination of Long Service Leave and leave for 12 months while he pursues other business interests. He will be making himself available for casual relief teaching (CRT) so it won’t be a complete goodbye.
 
Tom Davis will not be returning to us next year, as he has been appointed to Mernda Park Primary School for 12 months but Eliza Crellin will be back with us after her 12 months leave, full of renewed energy and passion.
 
Melanie Townson will be back four days a week and later in the year, Emma Hooper and Rosie Morton are due to return from Family Leave. 
 
Unfortunately, we will be saying goodbye to Rowena Martin as her positon was held against Melanie Townson and with Mel returning we do not have a vacancy. For the first time in 10 years, our school numbers will remain relatively the same and not grow.
 
Whilst I am focused on staff, I thought I should mention, for those who may remember, Neil Whitehead. Neil has resigned from the Department of Education in Victoria as he is teaching up near Yeppoon and hopes to remain there for a few more years. He is actually quite close to the bushfires raging in Queensland and NSW. He is safe at the moment but it is affecting his community and I am sure you will join me in sending positive thoughts to him, his family and his community in this awful time. 
 
Mobile phone policy 
As you may be aware, the Victorian government has announced a new mobile phone policy that will require students to switch their phones off and securely store them away during the school day from Term 1, 2020. Thus, when emergencies occur, parents or carers should reach their child by calling the school office.
 
The policy is designed to support teaching and learning in an environment that is free from unnecessary distractions, disruptions and student inattention caused by the urge to check phones. While it is more targeted at secondary students, it is becoming more and more relevant to primary school students, particularly in the senior levels.

We do have a mobile phone policy in place currently but the school is working on changes that will implement the Government’s announcement and one that also reflects the needs of our own community. As such, we will be undertaking consultation with students, staff, School Council and families to ensure our approach to implementing this policy meets the needs of our whole community. If you have any concerns or questions regarding the new policy, please don’t hesitate to contact me at school on 9439 6201. Please note, the policy does outline some exceptions to this policy if certain conditions are met and that is where we will be consulting with the school community.

Details about consultations and the finalised policy will be made available via the newsletter. Additional information regarding the policy is available on the Department of Education and Training’s website.
 
Foundation transition
It is that time of the year when we begin to plan for the Prep transition sessions.
This year the transition sessions are as follows:

  • Friday 15 November – 9-11.30am
  • Friday 22 November – 9-11.30am
  • Friday 29 November – 9-11.30am

 
MSPS Carols
A traditional highlight in the lead up to Christmas is the Monty South Christmas Carols evening. It has been a noted event in the local community for around 45 years and even though we broke with tradition last year, I am thrilled to announce it is it is back again!

This year we are holding it on Tuesday 3 December at 6.30pm on the school oval.    
 
This is an opportunity for our community to come together to celebrate the spirit of Christmas before the end of the school year. More details will follow in the newsfeed.
 
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 night our School Council approved the Parent Payment charges for the 2020 school year. These charges are set to ensure that 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, Essential Curriculum Materials (book packs) 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.

I wish to thank our Finance committee, Vanessa Edwards (Treasurer), Adam Bird (President), Paula Hogan (Business Manager) and myself, who have worked hard to ensure that the Essential Student Learning charge remains at the same level as the previous year. Information regarding these charges and when/how to pay will be distributed via Compass, as soon as the teachers finalise their level book packs.   
 
We thank our families in advance for your financial support, which enables us to continue to ‘add value’ to the students of MSPS.
 
Fete
Thank you to our wonderful fete committee for all their hard work in organising the fete which will happen on Sunday March 15 2020. They have hired a number of amusements for the day, such as the Bounz Alot Jumping Castle for the older students, an Obstacle XL Challenge Run, a Zorb Trac, a jumping castle for the 3- 8 year olds, a wall climb (3-14 year olds), an inflatable slide (3 years and older), a bungee run (all ages), two face painters and lots of other stalls and attractions including a ‘Dunk Dale’ machine. We are really looking forward to it.
 
MSPS achievers 
This week began on a high note, with our MSPS Choir singing three numbers at the Eltham Festival. Thanks to Emily Kilkenny (Performing arts) for leading, teaching and conducting this talented group. Thank you also to our community who came to support.  It was lovely to see so many of you there.
 
Thumbs up to our MSPS Chess team who participated in the Northern Star Chess primary open super final on Monday. The three person team consisting of Eamon Heley, Rowan Loveland and Gabriel Tran came in 13th in a field of 49 schools. This is a wonderful result and we are extremely proud of the boys. 
 
Thumbs up to Alex Lloyd, who competed at the recent state athletics meet for Victorian Primary school students and won a bronze medal for high jump. Congratulations Alex, not only for your continuing high results but also for your quiet but determined demeanour and your good sportsmanship.
 
Congratulations also to:
Asher Elsen, Annalies Veldman, Zahli Jimeno, Telulah Twohig, Leni McDonald, Alexandra Parry, Karmen Apperly, Yuriko Johnstone and Lily Cameron who were selected as finalists in the Montmorency Secondary College art competition. To have so many finalists is truly outstanding and Yuri and Zahli were awarded 2nd and 3rd place respectively. We are so proud of the students and their efforts. So awesome to have such talent at our school.
 
Finally thumbs up to Jiah Jimeno, Gideon and Gabriel Tran who were all awarded certificates in the Maths Talent Quest competition run by Mathematical Association of Victoria. This attracts many entries across the state and it is really an accolade to win an award. Well done!
 
Best Wishes
 
Leanne Sheean
Principal
 

Montmorency South Primary School acknowledges traditional owners of country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to elders both past, present and future.
 
‘Montmorency South is an inclusive learning community where students are inspired to be respectful, creative, curious and independent learners.’

 
Our Belief:
We believe that every person in our Montmorency South school community has the capacity to assist each student in attaining our vision.
 
Motto
Together we learn, lead and achieve
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Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Kitchen classes

 
Volunteers still wanted for remaining dates in Term 4
Our kitchen program relies on the generosity of parent and community volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering, we would love to hear from you. Parents, grandparents, relatives and interested people from the community are very welcome.
Please contact Cathryn Hulme (Kitchen Specialist) on 0419 322 782
3A Wednesday 9.00 to 11.00 – 13 Nov, 27 Nov & 11 Dec
3B Thursday 9.00 to 11.00 – 14 Nov & 28 Nov
3C Tuesday 12.30 to 2.20 – 29 Oct & 12 Nov
3D Thursday 12.30 to 2.20 – 21 Nov
 
4A Wednesday 9.00 to 11.00 20 Nov & 4 Dec
4B Thursday 12.30 to 2.20 – 14 Nov & 28 Nov
4C Wednesday 12.30 to 2.20, 20 Nov & 4 Dec
4D Monday 9.00 to 11.00 – 18 Nov & 2 Dec
4E Friday 9.00 to 11.00 – 15 Nov & 29 Nov
 
5A Wednesday 12.30 to 2.20 – 13 Nov, 27 Nov & 11 Dec
5B Tuesday 9.00 to 11.00 – 19 Nov & 3 Dec          
5C Tuesday 9.15 to 11.30 – 29 Oct & 12 Nov
 
6A Thursday 9.00 to 11.00 – 21 Nov & 5 Dec
6C Monday 12.30 to 2.20 – 18 Nov
6D Tuesday 12.30 to 2.20 – 19 Nov & 3 Dec
 

Keyboard Concert

 
A concert for Keyboard students will be held Wednesday 20th November in the gymnasium commencing 3.00 until approximately 4.30pm.

Students are encouraged to play and we hope parents and friends can make it to see them perform.
 

Library News

Borrowing
Library borrowing for this year will finish on Friday the 29th of November. As from now our students will no longer be bringing books home but will leave them in their book boxes for their Daily 5.

All books are to be returned to the library NO LATER than Friday the 6th of December. If any student still has a book at home could they please be returned back to school to be put in their book box.

It is such a big job getting all our books returned to the library at the end of each year so I would be very grateful for your assistance in this. We want to start 2020 with a clean slate.  

Please don’t hesitate to email me if there are any concerns with lost books.
Thank you so much in advance.

Clare Bear

Schoolastic 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.  Given that the end of the school year is fast approaching there is only 1 week to select your order.

All orders are to be placed online via the LOOP.  The books will take approximately two weeks to arrive at school after the closed due date of 19th 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.
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Parents & Friends Group

 
Second Hand Uniform Sale – Friday November 15
The P&F are running a second-hand uniform sale on Friday 15 Nov from 8:30-9:30am outside the gym.

Second-hand uniforms needed! Donations of clean, used uniforms needed to restock after the building move. Please leave at the front office up until the day of the sale. All funds raised go towards projects at the school. 
 
Working Bee – Sunday, November 17
With the completion of the main works to the school ground complete, we can now look at many maintenance requirements for the rest of the school grounds.
Please join the Environment and Facilities Committee at the only working bee for 2019.

We have a list of jobs that need doing around the school grounds. This includes weeding, painting/re-staining woodwork, sweeping/leaf blowing, whipper-snipping and spreading pine-bark to name a few tasks.

One very important and skilled job is paving. We have terracotta brick pavers that we would love to lay around areas of the school but we need skilled help for this job. If you are able to do so please let us know. This job will require some planning prior to the working bee.

Please bring any tools required for the above jobs and your gloves and we'll get stuck into it for three hours followed by a BBQ.
 
To assist with catering purposes and jobs to be allocated, please complete and return the attached form or sign up online at https://signup.com/go/Ksedsof . Let us know If you have particular skills or tools that will help, we will contact you closer to the date with specific details of the working bee tasks.
 
Christmas raffle and free dress day
Parents & Friends would like to invite all Monty South students to join in our Free Dress Day on Friday 22nd November

We would love to see you add some Christmas cheer to start your Christmas celebrations!

Please bring a donation to add to our wonderful Christmas hampers and assist in our fund-raising raffle.

Your donation of scratchy tickets (or gold coins), vouchers, wines, chocolates, bon bons, nuts and other Christmas delicacies can either be placed in the box provided outside the office or Parents & Friends will collect items Friday morning from the classrooms (please note we cannot accept out of date products).

A book of 10 raffle tickets will soon be distributed for families to sell.
Tickets are $1 each for entry into our raffle. You could win one of the many gourmet Christmas Food Hampers to be drawn at our Christmas Carols on Tuesday 3rdDecember 2019.

Please return all completed raffle ticket butts together with money collected by Wednesday 27th November.

Additional books of tickets are available from the school office.

Thank you and Good Luck! 
 
Colour fun run – Friday December 13
This year Montmorency South Primary School Colour Explosion Run is being held on Friday 13th December. A consent form for participation on the day will be posted shortly.

The fundraising kicked off three weeks ago and will run until 18th November…..yes one more week to go for fundraising efforts!!!
Students should have received a Sponsorship Form and it is encouraged each student to fundraise at least $10 to participate in the Colour Explosion Event…..but why not aim higher!!! The more money we raise the more we can provide back to the students by improving the playground facilities.
Alternatively, sign up now at www.myprofilepage.com.au and create your child a Profile Page.

If you have used the Sponsorship Forms, please hand these into the school by Monday 18th November, along with the monies fundraised and chosen prize/s. This is to ensure prizes are provided to student prior to end of school year. 

Happy Fundraising!
 
Fete News
Exciting news! The MSPS Fete is happening! It will be here at the school on Sunday March 15th 2020 – put it in your calendars now! This will be the biggest event our school has held in a decade.

The aim is to bring the school community and local community together, showcase our amazing new facilities, and make sure everyone has fun! The Fete will include rides, live music, multicultural foods, games, entertainment, dunk tank and much more. Here’s the best bit: every single class will be involved on the day.
 
We are also excited to make this event as sustainable as possible – and our first project is to sew a whopping 500 reusable bags in collaboration with Boomerang Bags for visitors to buy and decorate on the day. The material kits are ready to be sewed, you can pick them up from school foyer. Upon completion, please return to the school office.
 
There are many ways that you can take part in the Fete – if you have a specific idea that will utilise your skills, please email mspsfete@gmail.com.
 
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Dates for your Diary

Friday 15 November

  • 9.30 – 10.30am prep 2020 Parent session
  • P&F working bee around 10/10:30am after the prep info session.
  • P & F Second hand uniform sale 8.30am – 9.30am outside the gym.
  • 9am – 11.30am prep 2020 transition
  • 3C & 3D – Lets Ride Bike Education Program (BYO bike and helmet) 4/6

Sunday 17 November
•           P & F Working Bee – 9am to 12pm followed by a BBQ

Monday 18 November

  • Final date to hand in your colour fun run fundraising monies

Tuesday 19 November

  • Chess tournament – St Bridget’s Primary School – Balwyn North
  • Morrison Kleeman Colouring Competition Opens
  • Final Day to submit Schoolastic orders via the LOOP

Wednesday 20 November

  • P&F Meeting
  • Keyboard Concert

Monday 18-Thursday 21 November

  • Prep, Yr 1 & Yr 2 swimming lessons – Details have been released via compass

Friday 22 November

  • 9am – 11.30am prep 2020 transition
  • P & F Free Dress day in exchange for a hamper donation for our upcoming Christmas raffle
  • 3C & 3D – Lets ride bike education program (BYO bike and helmet) 5/6

Monday 25-Thurs 28 November

  • Prep, Yr 1 & Yr 2 swimming lessons – More Details are available on Compass

Monday 25 November

  • Open water learning experience  Years 4 & 6 – More Details are available on Compass

Tuesday 26 November

  • Open water learning experience Years 3 & 5  – More details are available on Compass

Wednesday 27 Nov

  • Assembly 2.45pm – 3.30pm
  • P & F Christmas Raffle tickets to be returned by today

Friday 29 November

  • Yr 2 day camp – Details to be released via Compass
  • Colour Fun Run – Closing date for prize claims – Details to be released via Compass
  • 9am – 11.30am prep 2020 transition
  • 3C & 3D – Lets Ride Bike Education Program (BYO bike and helmet) 6/6 – Final Session
  • Library Borrowing finishes for the year 

Monday 2 December

  • Year 6 Funfields excursion – details to be released via Compass
  • Year 5 Project Rockit Incursion as a part of step up program

Tuesday 3 December

  • ***NEW DATE*** Christmas Carols 6.30pm
  • P & F Christmas raffle is drawn at the carols

Wednesday 4 December

  • CHANGE OF DATE Carols by candlelight 6:30pm – Rescheduled to Tuesday 3rd Dec
  • Special Assembly – 2.45pm Assembly with Vicki Ward – Presentation of David McKenzie Award & Premiers Reading Challenge – Final Wednesday afternoon assembly for the year.

Friday 6 December

  • 9am – 11.30am prep 2020 transition

Tuesday 10 December

  • Year 7 orientation day at High school
  • Year 6 pizza dinner at school 5-7pm – Details to be released via Compass
  • 9am – 11.30am Prep 2020 transition
  • Morrison Kleeman Colouring Competition closes – All entries must be submitted to the office by today.

Wednesday 11 December

  • P&F meeting 7:30pm
  • Whole School Swim Carnival – Details to be released via Compass
  • NO ASSEMBLY due to special assembly last week.

Thursday 12 December

  • Morrison Kleeman Colouring Competition Winners announced via email and social media

Friday 13 December

  • P & F Colour Run – Details to be released via Compass

Tuesday 17 December

  • Year 1 extended Stay & Inquiry excursion – Details released via Compass 

Wednesday 18 December

  • Graduation (Yr 6 students)
  • NO ASSEMBLY

Thursday 19 December

  • End of year assembly to be held in the gym 9.30am
  • Last day of school – 3:30pm dismissal

Looking for something to do outside of school?

Be Wise Walk to the Valley
Walk to end the coward punch – 8km walk with the Pat Cronin Foundation 17/11/19. For Further information: https://www.mycause.com.au/events/walktothevalley2019
 
Banyule has talent
We are calling all who live, work, or study in Banyule to have a go at showing off your talent. 
Under 13, Over 13 and Groups. Heats and finals will be held at Malahang Festival 17/11/2019. For further information: https://www.oae.vic.edu.au/images/event/BHT_registration_info_2019.pdf
 
Junior Blasters (Cricket) Program
Held on the Monty South school oval Thursdays 4pm – 5pm – For further information, please see the attached flyer, or go to www.playcricket.com.au  and choose Lower Eltham CC as your preferred location.

Diamond Valley Community Market
Held on the 4th Saturday of the month 10am – 2pm Corner of Diamond Creek Road and Yan Yean Rd Plenty.  Special Christmas market being held on the 14th December.  For more information:  www.diamondvalleycommunitymarket.com

Montmorency Junior Football Club
Montmorency Junior Football club are recruiting new players – please see their website for contact details.  https://mjfc.org.au/

Scouts Victoria
Scouts Australia has a new and exciting youth program that is now being implemented in Victoria for children aged 5 – 25.  Please find more information here: https://scoutsvictoria.com.au/join-the-adventure/
Source: News

Newsfeed Term 4 – Week 5

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Newsfeed Term 4 – Week 5
 

Camp lost property
We have recently had two camp groups return and they have bought with them a collection of unclaimed personal property.
 
If you feel that something did not come home with your child, please pop in and speak to someone in the office. 
 
Anything not collected by Friday 8 November will be sent to the BER with our general lost property.
 
Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Kitchen classes
 
Volunteers still wanted for remaining dates in Term 4
Our kitchen program relies on the generosity of parent and community volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering, we would love to hear from you. Parents, grandparents, relatives and interested people from the community are very welcome.
Please contact Cathryn Hulme (Kitchen Specialist) on 0419 322 782
3A Wednesday 9.00 to 11.00 – 13 Nov, 27 Nov & 11 Dec
3B Thursday 9.00 to 11.00 – 14 Nov & 28 Nov
3C Tuesday 12.30 to 2.20 – 29 Oct & 12 Nov
3D Thursday 12.30 to 2.20 – 7 Nov & 21 Nov
 
4A Wednesday 9.00 to 11.00 20 Nov & 4 Dec
4B Thursday 12.30 to 2.20 – 14 Nov & 28 Nov
4C Wednesday 12.30 to 2.20, 20 Nov & 4 Dec
4D Monday 9.00 to 11.00 – 18 Nov & 2 Dec
4E Friday 9.00 to 11.00 – 15 Nov & 29 Nov
 
5A Wednesday 12.30 to 2.20 – 30 Oct, 13 Nov, 27 Nov & 11 Dec
5B Tuesday 9.00 to 11.00 – 19 Nov & 3 Dec          
5C Tuesday 9.15 to 11.30 – 29 Oct & 12 Nov
 
6A Thursday 9.00 to 11.00 – 21 Nov & 5 Dec
6B Monday 12.30 to 2.20 – 11 Nov
6C Monday 12.30 to 2.20 – 18 Nov
6D Tuesday 12.30 to 2.20 – 19 Nov & 3 Dec
 
Poppy Appeal
It is that time of year again.  We have poppies, pins, wrist bands, keyrings ranging in price from $1 to $5 to sell on behalf of the Montmorency RSL.  These are currently available at the office will be on sale each day until November 11.
 
War on Waste
Composting:
As part of Monty South's War on Waste, we are aiming to start composting again in every classroom. This will have a huge impact on reducing the amount of waste we are sending to landfill however we need some parent helpers to ensure the smooth running of this program. 
We are currently looking for adult volunteers who would be willing to help out once a week (on either Tuesday or Friday) in the garden between 3-3:30pm. 
This does not entail any heavy work, you will simply be helping to supervise students weighing, emptying and cleaning out their class compost bins. 
If you are interested in either helping out regularly (or going on a standby list to fill-in from time to time), please contact Tara on 0429 478 261.

Back to school financial assistance
 
Each year, DVCS runs a Back to School Program aimed at supporting low income families in need of financial assistance with education expenses. This program is available to families who live in the Banyule City Council area and have an address showing on their Centrelink card in one of the following suburbs: Briar Hill, Bundoora (part of), Eltham North (part of), Greensborough (part of), Lower Plenty, Montmorency, St Helena and Watsonia.
Starting from November 1 2019, DVCS will provide eligible clients with funding of $100 per child (up to a maximum of $500 per family with five or more children). Funding is available in the form of:

  • Prepaid Vouchers for the purchase of text books and other items from North of the Yarra Booksellers
  • Payment via electronic funds transfer (EFT) direct to nominated schools.

 
For those who live in Nillumbik, there is another education assistance program called KidsAssist, which provides a similar level of funding and is available all year round (see brochure attached).

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Parents & Friends Group

 
Second Hand Uniform Sale – Friday 15 November
The P&F are running a second-hand uniform sale on Friday 15 Nov from 8:30-9:30am outside the gym.
Second-hand uniforms needed! Donations of clean, used uniforms needed to restock after the building move. Please leave at the front office up until the day of the sale. All funds raised go towards projects at the school. 
 
Working Bee – Sunday 17 November  

With the completion of the main works to the school ground complete, we can now look at many maintenance requirements for the rest of the school grounds.

Please join the Environment and Facilities Committee at the only working bee for 2019.

We have a list of jobs that need doing around the school grounds. This includes weeding, painting/re-staining woodwork, sweeping/leaf blowing, whipper-snipping and spreading pine-bark to name a few tasks.

One very important and skilled job is paving. We have terracotta brick pavers that we would love to lay around areas of the school but we need skilled help for this job. If you are able to do so please let us know. This job will require some planning prior to the working bee.

Please bring any tools required for the above jobs and your gloves and we'll get stuck into it for three hours followed by a BBQ.
 
To assist with catering purposes and jobs to be allocated, please complete and return the attached form or sign up online at
https://signup.com/go/Ksedsof . Let us know If you have particular skills or tools that will help, we will contact you closer to the date with specific details of the working bee tasks.
 
Colour fun run – Friday 13 December

Whole school colour fun run kindly organised by our P&F group. More details about the event have been released under events on Compass.
 
Student fundraising has already started. Anyone who missed out on obtaining a sponsorship form, additional copies are available at the MSPS office. Students obtain donations in cash using the sponsorship form together with online fundraising.
 
It is encouraged to donate at least $5-$10 to participate in the colour explosion event or in addition students who raise as little as $10 or more, will receive an incentive prize for their efforts. Students have the option to choose up to five prizes and this will set your fundraising goal. Family and friends are your greatest supporters, so ask them first for your support. You will reach your fundraising goal in no time.
 
Fete News
 
Montmorency South Primary School will hold a Fete on Sunday March 15 2020, 10am to 5pm, and we are seeking your assistance in making the fete a great success.  As a first step in planning for this exciting event we are reaching out to you, our school community for support. 
 

  • Do you, your family or friends have a business, product(s) or service that you/they would like promoted amongst the Monty South Primary School and wider Eltham/Monty/Briar Hill community?  We have sponsorship packages for advertising and promotion.
  • Do you work for a larger corporate company that is known to donate?
  • Would you like to donate a product or service to our online auction?  Ideas include….
  • a free trade service, consultation or session from a service provider
  • accommodation/leisure products – a weekend beach house rental, a hotel stay or a discount on rental fees,
  • a product from your business, a signed book or original artwork
  • a discount voucher for your business/service
  • tickets for activities, shows or events
  • tuition fees or lessons / party packs etc
    1. Note: vouchers should have validity date 6 or 12 months from 15 March 2020.
  •  Are you an entertainer who can perform on our “Main Stage”? We’d love any students, ex-students or parents to be involved, as well as local teaching schools and groups.  We’re not limiting this to dance and music; we’d love to include magic, martial artists, and mindfulness sessions.  
  • Would you like to sell your product on the day at our mini-market? The site fee to hold a market stall at the MSPS Fete is $50. We welcome expressions of interest from food & produce makers, art/craft makers, jewellery, soap/candles, plants, clothing, toys, etc.
  •  Do you sew? Would you be interested in helping us make bags that will be offered for decorating and sale on the fete? 

By donating and contributing to the MSPS Fete you will not only build brand awareness and showcase your products and services amongst a captive local audience, but also demonstrate your company’s social responsibility and care for the community.  Funds raised from your contribution will help the students, families and the wider community enjoy much needed playground facilities at MSPS.
 
Please use the attached form to let us know how you can help or feel free to forward them on to your friends who may be interested.

Thank you in advance for your help.
 
Parents’ and Friends’ Fete Committee

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Dates for your Diary:

Friday 8 November

  • 3C & 3D – Lets Ride Bike Education Program (BYO bike and helmet) 3/6

Sunday 10 November

  • MSPS Choir performing at the Eltham Festival

Wednesday 13 November

  • iPad information evening for year 3 parents – Please refer to the event invitation on Compass.
  • Assembly 2.45pm – 3.30pm

Friday 15 November

  • 9.30 – 10.30am prep 2020 Parent session
  • P&F working bee around 10/10:30am after the prep info session.
  • P & F Second hand uniform sale 8.30am – 9.30am outside the gym.
  • 9am – 11.30am prep 2020 transition
  • 3C & 3D – Lets Ride Bike Education Program (BYO bike and helmet) 4/6

Sunday 17 November
•              P & F Working Bee – 9am to 12pm followed by a BBQ
Monday 18 November

  • Final date to hand in your colour fun run fundraising monies

Tuesday 19 November

  • Chess tournament – St Bridget’s Primary School – Balwyn North

Wednesday 20 November

  • P&F Meeting
  • Keyboard Concert

Friday 22 November

  • 9am – 11.30am prep 2020 transition
  • P & F Free Dress day in exchange for a hamper donation for our upcoming Christmas raffle

Monday 18-Thursday 21 November

  • Prep, Yr 1 & Yr 2 swimming lessons – Details have been released via compass

Friday 22 November
•              3C & 3D – Lets Ride Bike Education Program (BYO bike and 
                helmet) 5/6
Monday 25-Thurs 28 November

  • Prep, Yr 1 & Yr 2 swimming lessons – More Details are available on Compass

Monday 25 November

  • Open water learning experience  Years 4 & 6 – More Details are available on Compass

Tuesday 26 November

  • Open water learning experience Years 3 & 5  – More details are available on Compass

Wednesday 27 Nov

  • Assembly 2.45pm – 3.30pm

Friday 29 November

  •  Yr 2 day camp – Details have been released via Compass
  • Colour Fun Run – Closing date for prize claims – Details to be released via Compass
  • 9am – 11.30am prep 2020 transition
  • 3C & 3D – Lets Ride Bike Education Program (BYO bike and helmet) 6/6 – Final Session

Monday 2 December

  • Year 6 Funfields excursion – details to be released via Compass
  • Year 5 Project Rockit Incursion – details to be released via Compass

Tuesday 3 December

  • ***NEW DATE*** Christmas Carols 6.30pm

Wednesday 4 December

  • CHANGE OF DATE Carols by candlelight 6:30pm – Rescheduled to Tuesday 3rd Dec
  • Special Assembly – 2.45pm Assembly with Vicki Ward – Presentation of David McKenzie Award & Premiers Reading Challenge – Final Assembly for the year.

 Friday 6 December

  •  9am – 11.30am prep 2020 transition 

Tuesday 10 December

  • Year 7 orientation day at High school
  • Year 6 pizza dinner at school 5-7pm – Details to be released via Compass
  • 9am – 11.30am Prep 2020 transition

 Wednesday 11 December

  • P&F meeting 7:30pm
  • Whole School Swim Carnival – Details to be released via Compass
  • NO ASSEMBLY due to special assembly last week.

 Friday 13 December

  •  P & F Colour Run – Details to be released via Compass 

Tuesday 17 December

  • Year 1 extended Stay & Inquiry excursion – Details to be released via Compass 

Wednesday 18 December

  • Graduation (Yr 6 students)
  • NO ASSEMBLY

Thursday 19 December

  • Last day of school – 3:30pm dismissal

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Looking for something to do outside of school?
 

Eltham Festival
Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 November www.elthamfestival.org.au

Very Special Kids
Fundraiser for kids with life threatening conditions November 11. For further information visit: https://www.facebook.com/VerySpecialKidsFundraiser/

Be Wise Walk to the Valley
Walk to end the coward punch – 8km walk with the Pat Cronin Foundation 17/11/19. For Further information: https://www.mycause.com.au/events/walktothevalley2019
 
Banyule has talent
We are calling all who live, work, or study in Banyule to have a go at showing off your talent. 
Under 13, Over 13 and Groups. Heats and finals will be held at Malahang Festival 17/11/2019. For further information: https://www.oae.vic.edu.au/images/event/BHT_registration_info_2019.pdf
 
Lower Plenty Cricket Club
The club is looking for new junior players to join the under 16s teams from Junior Blasters, U10s, U12s & U14s for the 2019/20 season. For further information, please visit: https://www.lowerplentycricketclub.com

Junior Blasters (Cricket) Program
Held on the Monty South school oval Thursdays 4pm – 5pm – For further information, please see the attached flyer, or go to www.playcricket.com.au  and choose Lower Eltham CC as your preferred location.

Diamond Valley Community Market
Held on the 4th Saturday of the month 10am – 2pm Corner of Diamond Creek Road and Yan Yean Rd Plenty.  Special Christmas market being held on the 14th December.  For more information:  www.diamondvalleycommunitymarket.com

Newsletter Term 4 Week 4 2019

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

 
Dear Monty South Community,        
 
Reminder Next Monday 4 November report writing day –NO STUDENTS
 
We are well and truly underway for the last part of 2019 and preparations for 2020 are progressing steadily.
 
We have started assigning children into classes and checking against parent requests and teacher recommendations. Once the students are in classes, all teaching staff will look at the lists to make sure we have paired students with friends and taken into account all the other requests made. 
 
It is important that you contact the school office if your child is not returning to the school next year (with the exception of Year 6 students) for a couple of reasons.
 
Firstly, when we begin creating classes we plan to have at least one friend for each child in a grade. If we place children into 2020 classes and then they leave, it creates a possibility that a child may be left without a friend in the newly created grades. It is hard to start the process again.  
 
Furthermore, I need to know exactly how many students I have so that I can set the staffing budget for 2020 and employ the correct number of staff.
 
We will run our usual ‘Step Up to the Next Class’ program where I will inform the school community of the classes in the week beginning Monday 25 November. We will then have our four Step Up sessions, on Thursday 5 December, Friday 6 December, Monday 9 December with the final session being held all day on Tuesday 10 December.
 
Extra-Curricular School Programs are a feature of the school and this week, Year 5s went to camp in Anglesea for three days and Year 3 attended Camp Morton for two days. 
 
The Year 5 students had a wonderful time bushwalking, kayaking, surfing and generally learning to be independent and resilient. Equally, the Year 3 students will have great memories of visiting Chesterfield Farm and just spending the night away with their friends.  It is like a giant sleep over. Thank you to the staff who took the students on camp. It takes a great deal of  time and effort to organise a camp for 70+ children and the fact that our staff do it with a minimum of fuss and very little complaint is to be admired. 
The staff give up their own personal time and after school activities with their own families, so we are greatly appreciative of their time.
 
A huge thank you to:
 
Year 5 camp                                                    Year 3 camp
Laura Johnson                                                 Tracey Cole
Amy Duckworth                                              Jenny Hutchinson
Lisa Symons                                                     Jhye Burton
Rachel Phillips                                                 Bianca Hrovat
Kate Little                                                        David McFarlane
Justin Shears                                                   Daniel Jacobs                         
Michael Tindale                                              Charlotte Chlopek
Mady Thomas                                                 Jakk Walsh                             
Lachlan Holmes (PST)                                     Elise (PST)
Abby (PST)
 
Christmas Carols –change of date. Please note Tuesday 3 December
Thank you to the parents who contacted the school regarding the clash in dates with Eltham High school on our Christmas carols night. Whilst Jude had booked in the sound technicians a couple of months ago, she kindly agreed to negotiate a change of date with them.We now have a new date of Tuesday 3 December.
 
I understand by changing the date, there may be people affected but as it is the last whole school event our Year 6 class will be part of, we wanted to make sure they could all be there. Thank you for your understanding.
 
Remembrance Day
Remembrance Day poppies will be sold by Junior School Council members this Friday and next week. This important social service activity supports local RSLs and is another way our school supports the wider community. 
 
World Teachers Day
World Teachers’ Day, held annually in October since 1994, commemorates the anniversary of the signing in 1966 of the UNESCO/ILO Recommendation Concerning the Status of Teachers. It is an occasion to celebrate the essential role of teachers in providing quality education at all levels.
 
World Teachers’ Day acknowledges the efforts of teachers in an increasingly complex, multicultural and technological society. It is a day on which students, parents and community members can demonstrate their appreciation for the contributions that teachers have made to their community.
 
In our rapidly changing and interdependent world, teachers not only have to ensure that students acquire solid skills in basic subjects, but also that they become responsible local and global citizens, at ease with new technologies and able to make informed decisions about health, the environment and other challenges.
 
Our teaching staff at Monty South Primary School are passionate, dedicated, caring and committed to the learning of each and every child at this school. This is a perfect opportunity to acknowledge their hard work and determination to offer your child/children the best possible learning experience in their primary years of schooling.
 
I would like to acknowledge their exemplary dedication and enthusiasm in their ability to provide an outstanding learning environment for all of our students. Their support and dedication throughout 2019 has been outstanding and is very much appreciated by all.
 
Children’s footpath cycling rule amendments
The following rule changes pictured have come into effect, making it easier for kids to cycle safely.
 
What's new?
• Under 13 years can now ride on footpaths.
• 13 years and older can accompany a person who is under 13 to ride on a footpath.
• 18 years and above? You can now ride with a child in a child seat, or pedalling on a hitch bike, on the footpath.
For more info visit: https://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/safety-and-road-rules/road-rules/a-to-z-of-road-rules/bicycles
 
https://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/newsmedia
 
And while we are talking safety, can I please remind parents who park in Reichelt St, to be very careful where you park and drop off your own children. We are finding some people are parking in No Standing zones and leaving children who are walking to school vulnerable.  Children do not have very good peripheral vison and when cars are parked on both sides of the street, they walk out from behind a car to gain a better look; often into the path of an oncoming car. We have had so many near misses of late, we are pleading that you take into account the safety of all children and be very aware of where you park.

Also, turning around near a school gate using the driveway of one of our neighbours is dangerous, as children walk behind without noticing you are about to back out. We are going to contact Banyule Council and see if they can come out and check on the parking surrounding our school, but we wanted you to be aware this is why.
 
MSPS achievers
Thumbs up to our MSPS Chess team who came fourth in the Northern Star Chess primary open semi-final on Monday. The team consisting of Eamon Heley (6), Rowan Loveland (6), Gabriel Tran (4) Zian Mahanta (4) and Jake Morrow (4) came in behind Glendal on 22.5 points, Deepdene (22), Preston 20 and us on 19 points. There were 14 schools overall, so we have done remarkably well. Also congratulations to Gabe who was a bronze medal winner in his age group. Woo Hoo!

Another thumbs up to Alex Lloyd (5) for placing third in the state for his efforts in the school championship high jump. Fantiastic! 
 
Best Wishes
 
Leanne Sheean
Principal
 

Montmorency South Primary School acknowledges traditional owners of country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to elders both past, present and future.

 

‘Montmorency South is an inclusive learning community where students are inspired to be respectful, creative, curious and independent learners.’

 
Our Belief:
We believe that every person in our Montmorency South school community has the capacity to assist each student in attaining our vision.
 
Motto
Together we learn, lead and achieve

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Year 6 Student Leadership Photos
Montmorency South Primary School – Year 6 Leadership Photos have been taken
 
PRE-ORDER USING AN ENVELOPE – early bird offer of $17 per photo! Due 6/11/19 (Please note the dates are incorrect on the envelopes).
 
Envelopes are available from the school office for payment with cash, cheque or credit card.  Please note the due date to avoid disappointment.
 
Step 1: Student Details: Complete the student details section on the front of the order envelope. Please use black or blue pen.
Step 2: Order Details: Complete the order details on the front of the envelope.
Step 3: Payment Method: Select your payment method.
Credit Card – Please ensure you include all required fields
Cash – Please enclose correct money – no change is given under any circumstances
Cheque – Make payable to Advancedlife Photography with your name & address on the back of cheque
Please allow 60 days for your cheque to be finalised – a $10 fee will apply to any dishonoured cheque payments
 
AFTER EARLY BIRD DUE DATE – ONLINE ORDERING – regular price of $20 per photo.
Your child’s special group photos will be available for secure online purchase as soon as the envelope orders have been printed and dispatched for delivery
 
4 EASY STEPS TO ONLINE SPECIAL GROUP PHOTO ORDERING
Step 1: Go to www.advancedlife.com.au and enter your school code – WKQ FQE 54C
Step 2: Click on the Group Photos tab (top of the page)
Step 3: Choose the groups you would like to order from the list
(left side of the page, you can view them at this point)
Step 4: Pay for the photos via the shopping cart (upper right corner of the page)
**Online Orders will attract a $1 service fee
 
Please feel free to contact us via email or phone should you have any queries
in regards to your child’s special group photo order.
info@advancedlifevic.com.au or 03 9852 1133
 
Advancedlife Team
 
Year 6 Graduation
***Update***
As was previously requested, in preparation for the Year 6 Graduation ceremony, we require your help. We would like some photos of your child to make a presentation on graduation night. The photos we require are:

  • One baby photo of your child
  • One toddler/kinder photo of your child

We had originally requested a Year 2 and Year 6 photo but we have sourced these through our professional school photo records.
If we do not have a specific school year photo, your child’s classroom teacher will email a request through to you.
The photos can be scanned or digital copies.  Please email them to your classroom teacher with the student’s name in the subject line.
 
If we could please have all photos in by Friday 8th November that would be fantastic. We appreciate your efforts in helping make your child’s graduation evening a success.
 
Kind regards,
Year 6 Team
Andy Glembin (Teaching & Learning Leader), Dale Weston, Sharon Moore and Rowena Martin
 
iPad information evening for year 3 Parents
 Dear Year 3 Parents,
 
As your students will be going into Year 4 next year, they will be joining our 1-1 iPad program. This means that you will need to supply an iPad which the students will bring to school each day and they can take home at night.
 
We will be having an information night to discuss the 1-1 iPad program including how the program began, how the iPads are used at school and the options for supplying your own device or buying/leasing the iPads through our supplier, CompNow.
 
A representative from CompNow will be in attendance to discuss the options available to you and what is included.
 
The information night will be on Wednesday 13th November from 7:00pm – 8:00pm in the school library. Please go to Events to indicate if you will be attending the evening. Those not able to attend will receive information about the different options on Compass.  
 
Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Kitchen classes
Volunteers still wanted for remaining dates in Term 4
Our kitchen program relies on the generosity of parent and community volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering, we would love to hear from you. Parents, grandparents, relatives and interested people from the community are very welcome.
Please contact Cathryn Hulme (Kitchen Specialist) on 0419 322 782
3A Wednesday 9.00 to 11.00 – 30 Oct, 13 Nov, 27 Nov & 11 Dec
3B Thursday 9.00 to 11.00 – 31 Oct, 14 Nov & 28 Nov
3C Tuesday 12.30 to 2.20 – 29 Oct & 12 Nov
3D Thursday 12.30 to 2.20 – 7 Nov & 21 Nov
 
4A Wednesday 9.00 to 11.00 6 Nov, 20 Nov & 4 Dec
4B Thursday 12.30 to 2.20 – 31 Oct, 14 Nov & 28 Nov
4C Wednesday 12.30 to 2.20 – 6 Nov, 20 Nov & 4 Dec
4D Monday 9.00 to 11.00 – 18 Nov & 2 Dec
4E Friday 9.00 to 11.00 – 1 Nov, 15 Nov & 29 Nov
 
5A Wednesday 12.30 to 2.20 – 30 Oct, 13 Nov, 27 Nov & 11 Dec
5B Tuesday 9.00 to 11.00 – 19 Nov & 3 Dec          
5C Tuesday 9.15 to 11.30 – 29 Oct & 12 Nov
 
6A Thursday 9.00 to 11.00 – 7 Nov, 21 Nov & 5 Dec
6B Monday 12.30 to 2.20 – 11 Nov
6C Monday 12.30 to 2.20 – 18 Nov
6D Tuesday 12.30 to 2.20 – 19 Nov & 3 Dec
 
Poppy Appeal
It is that time of year again.  We have Poppies, pins, wrist bands, and keyrings ranging in price from $1 to $5 to sell on behalf of the Montmorency RSL.  These are currently available at the office and further information will be provided at assembly about lunch time sales of these items.
 
War on Waste
Composting:
As part of Monty South's War on Waste, we are aiming to start composting again in every classroom.   This will have a huge impact on reducing the amount of waste we are sending to landfill however we need some parent helpers to ensure the smooth running of this program. 
We are currently looking for adult volunteers who would be willing to help out once a week (on either Tuesday or Friday) in the garden between 3-3:30pm. 
This does not entail any heavy work, you will simply be helping to supervise students weighing, emptying and cleaning out their class compost bins. 
If you are interested in either helping out regularly (or going on a standby list to fill-in from time to time), please contact Tara on 0429 478 261.

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Parents & Friends Group

 
Second Hand Uniform Sale – Friday November 15th
The P&F are running a second-hand uniform sale on Friday 15 Nov from 8:30-9:30am outside the gym.

Second-hand uniforms needed! Donations of clean, used uniforms needed to restock after the building move. Please leave at the front office up until the day of the sale. All funds raised go towards projects at the school. 
 
Working Bee – Sunday, November 17th 2019
With the completion of the main works to the school ground complete, we can now look at many maintenance requirements for the rest of the school grounds.

Please join the Environment and Facilities Committee at the first and final working bee for 2019.

We have a list of jobs that need doing around the school grounds. This includes weeding, painting/re-staining woodwork, sweeping/leaf blowing, whipper-snipping and spreading pine-bark to name a few tasks.

One very important and skilled job is paving. We have terracotta brick pavers that we would love to lay around areas of the school but we need skilled help for this job. If you are able to do so please let us know. This job will require some planning prior to the working bee.

Please bring any tools required for the above jobs and your gloves and we'll get stuck into it for three hours followed by a BBQ.
 
Please commit to attending, we need your help!  Please complete and return the attached form or sign up online at https://signup.com/go/Ksedsof and let us know If you have particular skills or tools that will help, we will contact you closer to the date with specific details of the working bee tasks.
 
Colour Fun run – Friday December 13th
Whole school colour fun run kindly organised by our P&F group. More details about the event will be released as we get closer to the day.
 
Student fundraising has already started. Anyone who missed out on obtaining a sponsorship form, additional copies are available at the MSPS office. Students obtain donations in cash using the sponsorship form together with online fundraising.
 
It is encouraged to donate at least $5-$10 to participate in the colour explosion event or in addition students who raise as little as $10 or more, will receive an incentive prize for their efforts. Students have the option to choose up to five (5) prizes and this will set your fundraising goal. Family and friends are your greatest supporters, so ask them first for your support. You will reach your fundraising goal in no time.
 
Fete News
Montmorency South Primary School will hold a Fete on Sunday March 15th, 2020 (10am to 5pm) and we are seeking your assistance in making the fete a great success.  As a first step in planning for this exciting event we are reaching out to you, our school community for support. 

  • Do you, your family or friends have a business, product(s) or service that you/they would like promoted amongst the Monty South Primary School and wider Eltham/Monty/Briar Hill community?  We have sponsorship packages for advertising and promotion.
  • Do you work for a larger corporate company that is known to donate?
  • Would you like to donate a product or service to our online auction?  Ideas include….
  • a free trade service, consultation or session from a service provider
  • accommodation/leisure products – a weekend beach house rental, a hotel stay or a discount on rental fees,
  • a product from your business, a signed book or original artwork
  • a discount voucher for your business/service
  • tickets for activities, shows or events
  • tuition fees or lessons / party packs etc
    • Note: vouchers should have validity date 6 or 12 months from 15 March 2020.
  • Are you an entertainer who can perform on our “Main Stage”?  We’d love any students, ex-students or parents to be involved, as well as local teaching schools and groups.  We’re not limiting this to dance and music; we’d love to include magic, martial artists, and mindfulness sessions. 
  • Would you like to sell your product on the day at our mini-market?  The site fee to hold a market stall at the MSPS Fete is $50. We welcome expressions of interest from food & produce makers, art/craft makers, jewellery, soap/candles, plants, clothing, toys, etc.
  • Do you sew? Would you be interested in helping us make bags that will be offered for decorating and sale on the fete?

 
By donating and contributing to the MSPS Fete you will not only build brand awareness and showcase your products and services amongst a captive local audience, but also demonstrate your company’s social responsibility and care for the community.  Funds raised from your contribution will help the students, families and the wider community enjoy much needed playground facilities at MSPS.
 
Please use the attached form to let us know how you can help or feel free to forward them on to your friends who may be interested.

Thank you in advance for your help.
 
Parents’ and Friends’ Fete Committee
 
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Dates for your Diary:

Wednesday 30 Oct

  • Melbourne Water 2019 Kids teaching Kids Conference

Thursday 31 Oct

  • Chess Tournament – St Martins of Tours

Friday 1 November

  • Back to school funding available for eligible Banyule residents
  • 3C & 3D – Lets Ride Bike Education Program (BYO bike and helmet) 2/6

Monday 4 November

  • Curriculum day – student free day

Tuesday 5 November

  • Melbourne Cup day – no school

Wednesday 6 November

  • Early bird offer closes for the year 6 graduation photos

Friday 8 November

  • Grade 6 Graduation – student photos due today
  • 3C & 3D – Lets Ride Bike Education Program (BYO bike and helmet) 3/6

Sunday 10 November

  • MSPS Choir performing at the Eltham Festival

Wednesday 13 November

  • iPad information evening for year 3 parents – Please refer to the event invitation on Compass.

Friday 15 November

  • 9.30 – 10.30am prep 2020 Parent session
  • P&F working bee around 10/10:30am after the prep info session.
  • P & F Second hand uniform sale 8.30am – 9.30am outside the gym.
  • 9am – 11.30am prep 2020 transition
  • 3C & 3D – Lets Ride Bike Education Program (BYO bike and helmet) 4/6

Sunday 17 November

•           P & F Working Bee – 9am to 12pm followed by a BBQ

Monday 18 November

  • Final date to hand in your colour fun run fundraising monies

Tuesday 19 November

  • Chess tournament – St Bridget’s Primary School – Balwyn North

Wednesday 20 November

  • P&F Meeting
  • Keyboard Concert

Friday 22 November

  • 9am – 11.30am prep 2020 transition
  • P & F Free Dress day in exchange for a hamper donation for our upcoming Christmas raffle

Monday 18-Thurs 21 November

  • Prep, Yr 1 & Yr 2 swimming lessons – Details to be released via compass

Friday 22 November
•           3C & 3D – Lets Ride Bike Education Program (BYO bike and           
            helmet)  

Mon 25-Thurs 28 November

  • Prep, Yr 1 & Yr 2 swimming lessons – Details to be released via compass

Mon 25 November

  • Open water learning experience Yr 4 & 6- Details to be released via compass

Tues 26 November

  • Open water learning experience Yr 3 & 5 – Details to be released via compass

Fri 29 November

  •  Yr 2 day camp – Details to be released via Compass
  • Colour Fun Run – Closing date for prize claims – Details to be released via Compass
  • 9am – 11.30am prep 2020 transition
  • 3C & 3D – Lets Ride Bike Education Program (BYO bike and helmet) 6/6 – Final Session

 Mon 2 December

  • Year 6 Funfields excursion – details to be released via Compass
  • Year 5 Project Rockit Incursion – details to be released via Compass

Tuesday 3 December

  • ***NEW DATE*** Christmas Carols 6.30pm

Wed 4 December

  • CHANGE OF DATE Carols by candlelight 6:30pm – Rescheduled to Tuesday 3rd Dec
  • Special Assembly – 2.45pm Assembly with Vicki Ward – Presentation of David McKenzie Award & Premiers Reading Challenge

 Fri 6 December

  •  9am – 11.30am prep 2020 transition 

Tues 10 December

  • Year 7 orientation day at High school
  • Year 6 pizza dinner at school 5-7pm – Details to be released via Compass
  • 9am – 11.30am Prep 2020 transition

 Wed 11 December

  • P&F meeting 7:30pm
  • Whole School Swim Carnival – Details to be released via Compass

 Fri 13 December

  •  P & F Colour Run – Details to be released via Compass 

Tue 17 December

  • Year 1 extended Stay & Inquiry excursion – Details to be released via Compass 

Wed 18 December

  • Graduation (Yr 6 students)
  • NO ASSEMBLY

Thurs 19 December

  • Last day of school – 3:30pm dismissal

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Looking for something to do outside of school?
 

Eltham Festival
Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 November www.elthamfestival.org.au

Very Special Kids
Fundraiser for kids with life threatening conditions November 11.  For further information visit: https://www.facebook.com/VerySpecialKidsFundraiser/

Be Wise Walk to the Valley
Walk to end the coward punch – 8km walk with the Pat Cronin Foundation 17/11/19. For Further information: https://www.mycause.com.au/events/walktothevalley2019
 
Banyule has talent
We are calling all who live, work, or study in Banyule to have a go at showing off your talent. 
Under 13, Over 13 and Groups. Heats and finals will be held at Malahang Festival 17/11/2019. For further information: https://www.oae.vic.edu.au/images/event/BHT_registration_info_2019.pdf
 
Lower Plenty Cricket Club
The club is looking for new junior players to join the under 16s teams from Junior Blasters, U10s, U12s & U14s for the 2019/20 season. For further information, please visit: https://www.lowerplentycricketclub.com/

Junior Blasters (Cricket) Program
Held on the Monty South school oval Thursdays 4pm – 5pm – For further information, please see the attached flyer, or go to www.playcricket.com.au  and choose Lower Eltham CC as your preferred location.

***Update*** Year 6 Graduation Photos

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Year 6 Graduation

As was previously requested, in preparation for the Year 6 Graduation ceremony, we require your help. We would like some photos of your child to make a presentation on graduation night. The photos we require are:

  • One baby photo of your child
  • One toddler/kinder photo of your child

We had originally requested a Year 2 and Year 6 photo but we have sourced these through our professional school photo records.
If we do not have a specific school year photo, your child’s classroom teacher will email a request through to you.
The photos can be scanned or digital copies.  Please email them to your classroom teacher with the student’s name in the subject line.
 
If we could please have all photos in by Friday 8th November that would be fantastic. We appreciate your efforts in helping make your child’s graduation evening a success.
 
Kind regards,
Year 6 Team
Andy Glembin (Teaching & Learning Leader), Dale Weston, Sharon Moore and Rowena Martin

Newsletter Term 4 Week 2 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dates for your diary:

Wed 16 Oct

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

Thursday 17 October

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

Friday 18 October

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

Monday October 21

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

Mon 21-Wed 23 Oct

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

Mon 21-Tues 22 Oct

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

Thursday 24th Oct

  • P & F Halloween Disco

Friday November 1

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

 Mon 4 Nov

  • Curriculum day – student free day

Tues 5 Nov

  • Melbourne Cup Day – no school

Sunday 10 Nov

  • MSPS Choir performing at the Eltham Festival

Monday 18 Nov

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

Mon 18-Thurs 21 Nov

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

Mon 25-Thurs 28 Nov

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

Mon 25 Nov

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

Tues 26 Nov

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

Fri 29 Nov

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

 Mon  2 Dec

  • Year 6 Funfields excursion (more details to follow)

Wed 4 Dec

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

Tues 10 Dec

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

 Wed 11 Dec

  • P&F meeting 7:30pm 

Fri 13 Dec

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

Wed 18 Dec

  • Graduation (Yr 6 students)
  • NO ASSEMBLY

Thurs 19 Dec

  • Last day of school – 3:30pm dismissal

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Looking for something to do outside of school?

Sunday October 20

  • Walk for Epilepsy (Flyer attached)

Sunday October 27

  • Briar Hill Spring Fair (Flyer Attached)

Tuesday 29 October

Saturday 16 Nov

  • St Mary’s Fete (Flyer Attached)

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

Newsletter Term 4 Week 2 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dates for your diary:

Wed 16 Oct

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

Thursday 17 October

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

Friday 18 October

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

Monday October 21

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

Mon 21-Wed 23 Oct

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

Mon 21-Tues 22 Oct

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

Thursday 24th Oct

  • P & F Halloween Disco

Friday November 1

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

 Mon 4 Nov

  • Curriculum day – student free day

Tues 5 Nov

  • Melbourne Cup Day – no school

Sunday 10 Nov

  • MSPS Choir performing at the Eltham Festival

Monday 18 Nov

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

Mon 18-Thurs 21 Nov

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

Mon 25-Thurs 28 Nov

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

Mon 25 Nov

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

Tues 26 Nov

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

Fri 29 Nov

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

 Mon  2 Dec

  • Year 6 Funfields excursion (more details to follow)

Wed 4 Dec

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

Tues 10 Dec

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

 Wed 11 Dec

  • P&F meeting 7:30pm 

Fri 13 Dec

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

Wed 18 Dec

  • Graduation (Yr 6 students)
  • NO ASSEMBLY

Thurs 19 Dec

  • Last day of school – 3:30pm dismissal

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Looking for something to do outside of school?

Sunday October 20

  • Walk for Epilepsy (Flyer attached)

Sunday October 27

  • Briar Hill Spring Fair (Flyer Attached)

Tuesday 29 October

Saturday 16 Nov

  • St Mary’s Fete (Flyer Attached)

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