Final Newsletter 2019

By December 20, 2019Uncategorized
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!     

We have finalised the staffing structure for 2020. 
Our staffing structure for 2020 is as follows:
Classroom Teachers
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

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.
Together we learn, lead and achieve

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.

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…
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.
or contact Tara to register your interest on 0429 478 261
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
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
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.


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