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​Newsletter Number 2 Term 1 Week 4 2020

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

 
Dear Monty South Community,   
    
2020 School Council nominations
We are seeking interest from enthusiastic parents and staff who are keen to get more involved and committed to improving our school. Participating as a school council member is a rewarding and challenging experience. School councils play a key role in Victorian government schools to support the principal to provide the b​​est possible educational outcomes for students. All elected representatives are elected for a two-year period with overlapping tenure, so that not all positions are declared vacant in any one year.

What is School Council?
 
All government schools in Victoria have a School Council. They are legally formed bodies that are given powers set the key directions of the school within centrally provided guidelines.
They:

  • help create and check the school's budget
  • contribute to the school strategic plan
  • make decisions on policies like investments, payments by parents, dress code.

Primary School Councils usually have between six and 15 members and there are three possible categories of membership:

  • A mandated elected parent category. Department employees can be parent members at their child’s school.
  • A mandated elected Department employee category. The Principal of the school is automatically one of these members​​
  • An optional community member category. Its members are co-opted by a decision of the council because of their special skills interests or experiences. 

We encourage all parents to consider a role on School Council. Effective school councils have a broad range of experience, skills and expertise. There is also a variety of training available to help school councillors develop the skills and knowledge for the job. Not only do parents gain a greater understanding of how the school operates and play an important role in supporting decisions, being a school councillor can create a greater sense of connectedness and belonging for the whole family.
 
Nomination forms can be collected in person from the office or emailed if you call the office to request one. Forms are due back to me by 4pm Monday 24 February
 
If there are more nominations received than there are vacancies on council, a ballot will be conducted in the two weeks after the call for nominations has closed.
 
Vacancies:

  • Four parent members of Council (2019 members whose term has ended can renominate)
  • Two Department of Education and Training members.

If you require more information about School Council or the process for filling vacancies, please contact me.
 
The election timeline is as follows:
 
Monday 17 February      Notice of election and call for nominations
 
Monday 24 February      Close of nominations
 
Tuesday 25 February      Distribute ballot papers if required
 
Monday 9 March              Close of ballot  – Count votes and declare ballot
 
Tuesday 10th March         New 2020 Council meets at 7.15pm
 
Parking in Reichelt St
Again we need to revisit this issue. It has been a constant in this newsletter throughout the years but nevertheless, I will again remind parents of their responsibility to improve the safety of all our students at Monty South.  

Under the Road Rules, the onus is on the driver to be familiar and follow all Road Rules associated with parking and stopping. No stopping/standing cannot be used at anytime for stopping, parking, dropping off or picking up students/passengers. It seems some parents believe that if they are still in the car with the engine running that it is okay to stop and drop off when faced with these signs. It is not the case. 

With No parking signs, you can stop your car in this zone for up to two minutes to deliver/pick up goods or passengers. However, the driver must remain near the vehicle in those two minutes.

We are finding some people are parking in the No Standing zones in Reichelt St 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.

While we would hate for you to receive a parking fine, our main responsibility of keeping the children safe is paramount.

Reporting conferences
Soon you will receive information via Compass about parent/teacher interviews or as we refer to them Reporting Conferences for all students in Years 1-6, to be conducted the week commencing 17 February. These meetings are designed to provide the opportunity for you to meet your child’s teacher and share any relevant information, as well as for the teacher to show you the areas your child’s learning will be focused on. This will be based on data collected from the end of last year and will guide the initial Individual Learning Plans.

School Council
As detailed in our last newsletter, we held our final 2019 last Tuesday and the following items were discussed:
1. Infrastructure Priorities – List

  1. Playground equipment – Fete profits to support
  2. Bike racks – enclosed and lockable racks with reasonable capacity for 650 students.
  3. Ongoing Improvements – re-install shade sail, artwork, improving signage, fencing, steps, improvements of garden areas, including tree planting and garden beds.

2  School Council Self-Assessment Tool-discussion
Worked through the School Council Self-Assessment survey.

  1. Reviewing the effectiveness of school council
  2. Financial Management – discussed that sometimes as School council members, we are unsure of acronyms.
  3. Community continuous engagement
  4. Council operations
  5. Training and improvement

3. Principal Report
Review time change – Term 3 now
Our work as a PLC Link School for the region continues.
Hot weather policy
Coloured hair
Operational Matters
Students – 657 students
Staffing – Changes from Mandy and Amy
Cleaning update – new ISS cleaners. Cleaning over the holidays was not completed well.
Telstra Grant $1200 – Towards a climbing wall
Staff carpark is completed
Reichelt Avenue – parents are still doing three point turns and this is dangerous to the students arriving to and from school.
Airborne asbestos report – No evidence and the school has been given the clear, however will continue to report on this throughout the year.
Sensory garden is completed
Fete and official school opening
Meeting Closed at 9.14pm

2020 meetings to be held second Tuesday of each month
Term 1 – Mar 10
Term 2 – April 14 (first day back), May 12, June 9
Term 3 – Aug 11, Sept 8, Oct 13 
Term 4 – Nov 10, Dec 8
 
Sanitary products for students
DET are funding sanitary products for female students for the next four years. A unit was installed in the female staff toilets in the BER (Year 6 area) during the break. This will enable girls that may require the products, some privacy. While we will be educating the female students about the unit, it would be helpful if parents could have a discussion about the use of sanitary products and the importance of not flushing them down the toilet. We have disposal units in the cubicles for this purpose. 
 
School fete
The school fete is getting close. It will be held on Sunday 15 March and promises to be a fantastic day for our school community. Please like and follow the school’s Facebook page for more details and exciting information about the big day.

Warmest regards,

Leanne

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Parent helper information session
 
Dear MSPS Families,
All families are invited to attend our Parent Helper Information Session. In order to help in your child’s classroom, it is a requirement that you attend this session, along with signing a confidentiality agreement. If you are unable to attend this session, please be aware that a digital copy of the presentation and the confidentiality agreement will be made available after the session has been completed. If you have attended this session in the past, you do not need to attend again.

Details:
Date: Monday 24 February
Time: 9:30-11am (followed by morning tea)
Location: Lori’s Year 2 classroom (please meet in the office for directions)
Crèche is available.

Please sign up to attend the session or give notice of your intention to access the session digitally by logging into Compass. You will find the link under My News, titled Insight Cycle Open, ‘2020 MSPS Literacy and Numeracy Helper’s Course’.
 
Second hand uniform sale
Donations required for our much anticipated second hand uniform sale!
 
To be held on the deck of the BER Friday February 28, 8.30am – 9am
 
Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Kitchen classes
 
Interested in volunteering and helping with the kitchen sessions?  We would love to hear from you. Please contact Cathryn Hulme (Kitchen Specialist) 0419 322 782

Uniform name check
Special request from Krista Phillips, mum of Elise in 3A and Liliana in 1D that parents please check the names on the uniforms that your children are bringing home as her children have misplaced a number of items.

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Dates for your diary:

  • Friday 21 February
Last day to order 2nd chance Year 6 uniform
  • Monday 24 February
Last chance to order school photos
Parent helper information session
Close of school council nominations
  • ​​Friday 28 February
Second Hand Uniform Sale 8.30am – 9am
  • Wednesday 4 March
Preps commence full time
Prep welcome assembly (more information to follow)
  • Thursday 5 March
Carlton Respects program for Years 5 & 6 running on a Thursday for four weeks (please note the change of date) 
  •  Monday 9 March 
School Council close of Ballot
  • Tuesday 10 March 
New 2020 School Council meets 7.15pm
  • Sunday 15 March
School Fete – check our Monty South Facebook page for more information and RSVP on the event page.
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Looking for something to do outside of school?
 

Eltham Girl Guides
Girls aged 5-18 meet at the Eltham Guide hall in Youth road Eltham. More information available by calling Lyn 0401 276 680.

Kelly Sports
Here at MSPS Friday after school 3.40 – 4.40pm. Available for students from Prep to year 4. More information available at kellysports.com.au

Eltham Redbacks Football Club
Saturday morning football programs for boys and girls age 3 – 7 more information available elthamredbacksfc.org.au

Northern Shukokai Karate Heidelberg
More information available at: http://www.nskarate.com.au

Diamond Creek Baseball Club
2020 Registration for boy’s girls and seniors. Sunday 1 March, 10am – 12pm and Wednesday 4 March,,5.30pm – 6.30pm, Campbell St Reserve, Challenger St Diamond Creek ph: 0438 721 962

​Newsletter Number 1 / Term 1 Week 2 2020

By | Uncategorized

From the Principal’s Desk
 

Together we learn, lead and achieve.  

 
Dear Monty South Community,       
 
Welcome to our new school year and what a wonderful year it will be! You may be reading this as a new member of our community or you may be returning for another sensational year at our fantastic school! Wherever you are in your MSPS journey – welcome!

I hope the holiday period was a happy, relaxing and enjoyable one and that everyone had the opportunity to spend valuable time with family and friends. This is what life is about.

This is our first full week at school and so far, it has been great in every way. There is a calmness around the school, mixed with the excitement of starting a fresh new year. All of our students have happily re-engaged with their friends and are eagerly making new ones! There have been smiles everywhere, laughter and great chatter, indicating they are happy to be back at school.

Last Friday, our new Preps showed great confidence as they happily made their way into the new building down stairs, with school uniforms almost bigger than some of them! We welcomed 88 new Preps to the school.
This year with the new building, playing fields, sensory garden and car park complete, we are looking for a more settled year. As the year unfolds you will be amazed at the wealth of opportunities and activities that will surround you. All this is aimed at continuing to strengthen and enrich our school community. The greater your involvement in your school, the greater the personal rewards will be.

We begun the year with a Prep ‘Welcome BBQ – changed to an icy pole evening’ and we have planned Community Building programs in all classes, student reporting conferences, photo Day, Prep Welcome assembly Wednesday 4 March, Carlton Respects program in Years 5/6, Melbourne City Robots program in Year 5 and a chess tournament coming up for starters. Then of course, there is our school fete, on Sunday 15 March.

We could not wish for more in regard to our fantastic children, the outstanding and devoted staff and the commitment from our ever-supportive parents! Together we will share a great year.

A big welcome to our new and returning teaching and Education Support staff: Melanie Townson (Year 1), Eliza Crellin (Year 5), Nicholas Crowe (Year 5), Hayley Hender (Year 6), Michael Tindale (Year 5 and Learning support), Chelsea Ross (Learning Support), and Lachlan Holmes (Specialist PE). I am most fortunate to work with the finest staff imaginable.

There is a sad note for us though in that we will be saying goodbye to Amy Duckworth who has been the successful applicant for PLC Teaching Practice Instructor – Leading teacher, at the North West Regional office. She will be commencing her new role on Monday 17 February. Amy has always been a dedicated and passionate practitioner and we are not surprised that her talents have been recognised by the region. We will miss her but we thank her for her contribution to our school and in particular, her work as a Professional Learning Communities Link leader for our school. We wish her the very best for a continuing successful career.

To keep our community up-to-date with school news and events, I encourage you to check Compass as it is our main form of communication. We also send out a weekly Compass email with information and links to the latest news and events at our school. All calendar events will be on Compass and the website. Additionally, we have information on the website and we have Facebook and a Twitter account for social media posts.

Our MSPS Parents and Friends group also have their own Facebook page. Please give those pages a “like” and share them with other Monty South families you know.

Coronavirus
As you may be aware, the situation regarding the emerging outbreak of novel coronavirus has continued to evolve.

Over the weekend, the Commonwealth’s Chief Medical Officer and Victoria’s Chief Health Officer recommended a stronger precautionary approach to managing coronavirus for travellers returned from mainland China (not including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) from 1 February 2020.

This recommendation is that parents/guardians/carers should ensure that any children returning from mainland China (not including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) who were in mainland China on or after 1 February 2020 is isolated at home and should not attend school until 14 days after they were last in mainland China.

This recommendation does not apply retrospectively. It applies only to students who were in mainland China on or after 1 February 2020.
The existing advice remains that parents/guardians/carers of students should ensure that any student is isolated at home and should not attend school for 14 days:

  • following exposure to any confirmed novel coronavirus case; or
  • after leaving Hubei Province.

If you think your children are showing relevant symptoms, please call the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to discuss further actions on 1300 651 160.

DHHS has developed fact sheets in English and Simplified Chinese which include the latest information and advice.

Additional advice and information on the steps to take can be found on the coronavirus web page which also includes advice on:

  • continuity of learning for students who are not attending school
  • international students and families hosting
  • international travel
  • maintaining good health hygiene at school
  • health promotion posters and materials
  • information, resources and contacts related to coronavirus.

Reporting conferences
Soon you will receive information via Compass about parent/ teacher interviews or as we refer to them Reporting Conferences for all students in Years 1-6 to be conducted the week commencing 17 February. These meetings are designed to provide the opportunity for you to meet your child’s teacher and share any relevant information, as well as for the teacher to show you the areas your child’s learning will be focused on.  This will be based on data collected from the end of last year and will guide the initial Individual Learning Plans.
 
School Council
The School Council is composed of parents, teachers and the Principal. All school councils in Victoria operate under the Education and Training Reform Act 2006. Each school council is established by an Order of the Minister for Education, which specifies the council’s membership, size and configuration, its objectives, powers, functions and accountabilities and the role of its executive officer who is the principal. The school council has particular functions in setting and monitoring the school’s direction.
School councils have three main responsibilities:

  • Finance – overseeing the development of the school’s annual budget and ensuring proper records are kept of the school’s financial operation.
  • Strategic Planning – participating in the development and monitoring of the school strategic plan.
  • Policy Development and Review – developing, reviewing and updating policies that reflect a school’s values and support the school’s broad direction outlined in its strategic plan.

 
The MSPS School Council Meetings will be held on the second Tuesday of the month and the final meeting of the 2019 Council will be held in the staffroom at 6.30 pm on Tuesday 11 February, 2020.
The terms of office of the following members of our School Council conclude at this meeting after two years of serving on Council.
 
Parent Members                                   
 
Nghiem Tran – Vice President
Jane Plunkett
Shayley Holland
Jenny Vergers
 
 
Department of Education and Training Members 
Mandy Redfern
Amy Duckworth
 
I would like to take this opportunity to also acknowledge all of the above for their contribution to School Council and sincerely thank them for their time, effort and dedication to Montmorency South PS over the last two and more years.  The school is noted for its community feel and the work by this group of people has ensured that this reputation continues. We are extremely grateful to them.
 
After our final meeting we will be calling for nominations to fill positions on the new 2020 School Council. The above members can opt to renominate for another term or resign. 

Sun smart Hats
It is school policy that students are expected to be wearing their MSPS Primary School hats when outside for sport, lunch and recess. This is school policy as set by our School Council after recommendations from the Department of Education. The policy is in place from 1 September to 30 April. If your child does not have a Monty South Primary School sun hat, they can be purchased from the uniform shop. Please support us in supporting your child by making sure that your child comes to school with appropriate protection. 
 
Mobile phones and private property
As you may be aware, the Victorian government 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 their 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.

Our new mobile phone policy was approved at School Council last December and reflects Government’s announcement, as well as the needs of our own community. If you have any concerns or questions regarding the new policy, please do not hesitate to contact me at school on 9439 6201. Please note, the policy does outline some exceptions to this policy.

The finalised policy is available for viewing on our website. Additional information regarding the policy is available on the Department of Education and Training’s website.

Private property items brought to school by students (including balls, bicycles, skateboards and scooters) are not insured and the school does not accept any responsibility for their loss or damage. We advise that all items brought to school are named.
 
Harvard Data Wise
In the week prior to school starting, Daniel Jacobs, Dale Weston and myself attended a Harvard course at Bastow Institute in North Melbourne. It was a very full on week and we were required to be at the course from 8am until 5.30pm. A combination of visiting lecturers from Harvard and Australia took the sessions and challenged us in our thinking.

We learnt so much regarding school improvement processes and found that the biggest challenge for us was how to bring back our understandings to the school community.

This year will be a year of school review, so what we have learnt from the Harvard course will be invaluable to help us on that journey.
 
I wish everyone a magnificent year and look forward to working closely with our community.

Wishing everyone a truly wonderful 2020.

Warmest regards,
Leanne

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Year 6 Uniforms 2020:  Additional orders
 
The RHS website will be open for ordering Year 6 uniforms 10 – 21 February. At closure of the online ordering, please allow six weeks for the order to arrive. 
 
Photo day
 
Student Photos will be taken on Friday 14 February.

Your child will receive a photo envelope from their teacher containing details about the photo packages available, how to order and payment details.

There are several payment methods. Online payments are easy to make. Go to http:\\www.advancedlife.com.au and use our school code WKQ FQE 54C

If you don't use online ordering, photo envelopes must be brought on photo day and handed directly to the photographer (not to the office or any teacher). Photo envelopes are not required if online ordering has been used.

Students must be in full school uniform for photo day.

All students will have a portrait photo taken, regardless of whether parents wish to purchase a photo package or not.

Parents can arrange to have a family portrait taken with siblings if they wish but must obtain a special sibling envelope from the office, or order online.
 
From the School Nurse

We request your assistance in attempting to reduce the spread of head lice at school. Currently there are no reported cases of head lice but we know that the best way to avoid infestation is early detection and treatment. Please find attached some advice from the Royal Children’s Hospital about how to detect and treat head lice. It is important to note students with head lice need to be excluded from school until the day after treatment has commenced. If your child has a case of head lice please report it to the School Nurse, Victoria Hall, as soon as possible.
We also request your assistance in keeping our students and staff healthy by reducing the spread of illness. To prevent further spread of illness, we ask that if your child is unwell you keep them at home until they are well. We also ask that parents talk to their children about washing their hands after using the toilet and before eating as well as encouraging them to sneeze or cough into their sleeve. If your child has an infectious disease please report it to the School Nurse, Victoria Hall, as soon as possible.
Keeping us advised of illness is very important as we have a number of immunocompromised students at the school.
Your assistance in helping to keep our students and staff happy and healthy is greatly appreciated.
 
Kind regards,
Victoria Hall – School Nurse
hall.victoria.e@edumail.vic.gov.au
Phone: 9439 6201

Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Kitchen classes
 An invitation to join your child in their kitchen class, Term 1.
The kitchen program relies on the generosity of parent and community volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering and helping with the kitchen sessions, 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) 0419 322 782
 
3A Tuesday 12.30 to 2.20 – 11 Feb, 25 Feb, 10 Mar & 24 Mar
3B Thursday 9.00 to 11.00 – 13 Feb, 27 Feb, 12 Mar & 26 Mar
3C Tuesday 12.30 to 2.20 – 18 Feb, 3 Mar & 17 Mar
3D Thursday 9.00 to 11.00 – 20 Feb, 5 Mar & 19 Mar
 
4A Friday 9.00 to 11.00 – 14 Feb, 28 Feb, 13 Mar & 27 Mar
4B Monday 9.00 to 11.00 – 17 Feb, 2 Mar & 16 Mar
4C Thursday 12.30 to 2.20 – 20 Feb, 5 Mar & 19 Mar
4D Tuesday 9.00 to 11.00 – 18 Feb, 3 Mar & 17 Mar
 
5A Tuesday 9.00 to 11.00 – 11 Feb, 25 Feb, 10 Mar & 24 Mar
5B Wednesday 12.30 to 2.20 – 12 Feb, 26 Feb, 11 Mar & 25 Mar
5C Monday 12.30 to 2.20 – 17 Feb, 2 Mar & 16 Mar
5D Wednesday 12.30 to 2.20 – 19 Feb, 4 Mar & 18 Mar
5E Monday 12.30 to 2.20 – 10 Feb, 24 Feb, 9 Mar & 23 Mar
 
6A Thursday 12.30 to 2.20 – 13 Feb, 27 Feb, 12Mar & 26 Mar
6B Wednesday 9.00 to 11.00 – 19 Feb, 4 Mar & 18 Mar
6C Wednesday 9.00 to 11.00 – 12 Feb, 26 Feb, 11 Mar & 25 Mar
 

Please note that you can view your child’s time table via compass.

 
Chess
 
Monday afternoon chess club is back for Term 1 in 2020!
 
The one hour sessions will be held on Mondays at 3.30pm from 3 February through until 23 March in the Year 6 rooms in the BER.
 
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
 
Upcoming chess tournament
 
Venue:       St Bridget's Primary School
                  36 Sweyn St, Balwyn North
Date:         Tuesday 3 March, 2020
Time:         9:30am – 2:15 pm (approx)
Cost:          $25 per player (paid at the event)
Qualify:      NSC Primary Open state final (top 30% overall) and Primary Girls state final (top 30% girls)

RSVP: to be sent to montmorency.south.ps@edumail.vic.gov.au by February 15 for registration.
 
Violin lessons
Violin lessons will again available at school on Friday. Enrolment information can be collected from the office.
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Dates for your diary:

 

Monday  10 February – Friday 20 March  

  • Year 5 City Robots Program

Friday 14 February

  • School Photo Day

Monday 17 February – Wednesday 19 February

  • Semester one reporting conferences – details on Compass.

Wednesday 4 March

  • Preps commence full time
  • Prep welcome assembly (more information to follow

Thursday March 4

  • Carlton Respects program for years 5 & 6 running on a Thursday for 4 weeks (please note the change of date) 

Sunday 15 March

  • School Fete

Looking for something to do outside of school?

Eltham Junior Football Club:
Registration Day including Jumper fittings / Training tops / Merchandise / Mouth Guards for boys under 9s to 17s and Girls under 10s to 18s.  February 9, 10am – 2pm. Panther Place Eltham. All new players welcome. To register www.elthamjfc.com.au or phone: 0438 778 325.

SealPony Football:
Sunday Mornings from 8 March.  Registrations 10 – 11am March 1 James St Reserve Heidelberg Heights.  www.sealpony.com.au ph: 0415 388 028

Eltham College open day:
Saturday 29 February, 9.30am – 2pm – Register online at elthamcollege.vic.edu.au/open-day

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Newsletter attachments:

  • Living with Autism – 6 week parent program being run in Eltham by Anglicare
  • Year 7 scholarship – Eltham College
  • Headlice advice

Final Newsletter 2019

By | Uncategorized
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

By | Uncategorized
 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