From the Principal’s Desk
Together we learn, lead and achieve.
Sensory garden success
It is always wonderful to hear great news and that was delivered last week when we heard our State Government Inclusive Schools Grant application was successful. We will receive $160,000 for a new sensory garden as designed by Andrea Bowman (Will 5B, Roy 3A, Aviana 1C and Lincoln PB), Nicki Gallagher (Sophia 3A) and Jenna Farrington (ex-SAKG Garden Teacher).
I want to thank Andrea, Nicki and Jenna for their initiative, passion and time spent applying for the grant. We look forward to our amazing new sensory garden being completed.
We have placed all students into classes for 2019 and are now going through the process of checking and balancing them with parent requests. Once this process is finished, I will then sit down with staff and go through the list again before releasing the lists to teachers.
Our first ‘Step Up’ session begins on Thursday 6 December 12.30-2pm followed by Friday 7 December 9-11.30am, Monday 10 December 12.30-2pm with the final day Tuesday 11 December for the whole day. Our 2019 Prep students will also join us that day from 9-11.30am.
As I explained in the last newsletter, we received word from Banyule Council that our Christmas Carols booking at Petrie Park would have to be cancelled as the toilets were being refurbished. Since then, Banyule Council have decided to provide four portable toilets for people using the playground area.
Additionally, there are toilets at the nearby Scout Hall that can be hired for $25 an hour. We will also need to source a power generator to provide us with electricity needed for music and sound as the Scout Hall is too far from where we plan to set up.
With these logistics to consider, the matter will be discussed at School Council and a final decision made as to whether we go ahead with Petrie Park or run a program during the day for parents and friends. As soon as a decision is made by School Council, we will inform everyone via Compass.
Armistice Day Commemoration
On Thursday 8 November our school captains and four of our Year 5 students attended an Armistice Centenary Celebration at the Montmorency Eltham RSL. Montmorency South was one of two primary schools in attendance the moving event. Abby Gruneklee and Gus Wilkins presented a wreath on behalf of our school. We were very proud of them and the other students who represented Monty South – Chloe Green, Ethan Flather, Emily Cook, James Allison, Sophie Peters and Ashley White.
At the conclusion of the ceremony each of the students received a medallion which recognised the 100 years – 1918 – 2018.
Year 3 camp
On Thursday, the Year 3 students headed to Chesterfield Farm and Mount Morton for two days on school camp.
As you can appreciate, staff at MSPS work hard to ensure the safety of all students when planning activities, excursions and camps. I thank them for their willingness to do so and give up their own family time to ensure the children have a great experience.
Thank you to Amanda McDonald, Tracey Cole, Melanie Vaughan, Brittany Muir, Lisa Symons, Jess Head, Michelle Bardsley, Chelsea Ross, Jhye Burton, Daniel Jacobs, Jamie Nind and Chris Vaughan. Your efforts don’t go unnoticed.
Parent Opinion Survey
Thank you to the families who completed our 2018 Parent Opinion Survey recently. Our results continue to be top bands and are either maintaining a high level or show an improvement in all areas other than a decrease in physical environment. With major building works happening, we recognise the physical environment of the school is not as good as it was. We all look forward to the completion of the new building and ground works next year. It is excellent to see 98% of the responses say their child feels safe at school and that we promote high expectations and develop self-confidence in children. Homework and providing opportunities for children to make decisions and solve problems were our lower scoring areas along with physical environment.
Thumbs up to the following achievers from our Monty South community:
Well done to our students who competed in the Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC) recently. Congratulations to Zadie Kranz (Year 2D) on her certificate of proficiency at a year 5 level, Ella Jones (6C) who gained a credit at a Year 9 level placing her in the top 38% in Australia and Gabriel Tran (3A) who gained a distinction at a Year 9 level, placing him in the top 12% of students in Australia. Sensational effort.
Thumbs up to our four Monty South students who attended the 2018 Victorian Primary Schools Orienteering Championships Eastern Zone at Cardinia Reservoir last Friday 4 November. MSPS came 7th overall and was the best small-sized school.
Individual results as follows: Amelia Little third Grade 3 girls solo, Max Little 13th Grade 5 boys solo, Maya Bennette first Grade 5 girls solo and Ashley White first Grade 5 boys solo. We are extremely proud of the team. Congratulations!
Congratulations to Abbey Kostiw and Ava Nicolson who made the Regional Netball Representative Team. Bravo! Awesome news!
Congratulations also to Lachy Percy on being awarded the ‘Most Determined’ player for the U/9 boys in basketball. Great stuff Lachy!
Finally congratulations to the following students, who were selected as finalists in the Montmorency
Secondary College Arts Alive Primary School Art Competition. Well done to Lily Von Tunk, Eliza Crawford, Lily Cameron, Phoenix Jewell, Aditya Ravi, Hannah Walker, Chloe Green, Lachie Green, Nina Boesenberg, Misha Boesenberg, Emily Brennan, Matilda Johnson-Coad and Tilly O’Neil.
And an extra congratulations to Tilly who was awarded third place overall in the competition. A wonderful achievement Tilly.