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 best 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
As detailed in our last newsletter, we held our final 2019 last Tuesday and the following items were discussed:
1. Infrastructure Priorities – List
- Playground equipment – Fete profits to support
- Bike racks – enclosed and lockable racks with reasonable capacity for 650 students.
- 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.
- Reviewing the effectiveness of school council
- Financial Management – discussed that sometimes as School council members, we are unsure of acronyms.
- Community continuous engagement
- Council operations
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dates for your diary:
- Friday 21 February
- Monday 24 February
Close of school council nominations
- Friday 28 February
- Wednesday 4 March
- Thursday 5 March
- Monday 9 March
- Tuesday 10 March
- Sunday 15 March
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.
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