From the Principal’s Desk
Together we learn, lead and achieve.
Dear Monty South community,
World Teacher’s Day
We are delighted to celebrate World Teachers’ Day this week.
World Teachers’ Day, held each October since 1994, commemorates the anniversary of the signing in 1966 of the UNESCO/ILO recommendation concerning the status of teachers. The day celebrates the essential role teachers play 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 the community can demonstrate their appreciation for the contributions teachers make to their community.
Our teaching staff at Monty South are passionate, dedicated, caring and committed to the learning of each and every child.
Just a small example of that dedication, is the way they generously walk our students to the park at least weekly if not twice a week. It often means they do not get their lunch break but they do it because the majority of our students love it and it keeps our play area safer.
By celebrating the day, it provides 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 the MSPS teaching staff for their exemplary dedication and enthusiasm in their ability to provide an outstanding learning environment for all students. Their support and dedication throughout 2018 has been outstanding and is very much appreciated by all.
Step Up Program
We are at the busy end of the school year now, with assessments, report writing, staff selection and 2018 evaluation underway
Thank you to the families who have already informed me of their intentions for 2019, as it is a tremendous help to us in planning classes.
We are currently interviewing for three staff positions for 2019 and once this process is complete we will inform School Council and the community.
The Teaching and Learning Team will spend Monday 29 October evaluating our year, as per Department of Education and Training requirements, as well as looking at 2019 and how we as a school will be organised. It will be an exciting year, with the completion of the new school building, landscaping of the school grounds, work commencing on our staff carpark and the demolition of the final building to build our new oval. We are keen to be as organised as possible for the momentous year ahead.
For those who are not aware of the Step Up Program, we plan a number of sessions in early December where the students step up to the next year level with their peers and where possible, their new teacher. The 2019 Prep Transition program is slightly different but the Prep students will join us for the final step up session on the day the Year 6 students have their transition day at their Year 7 schools.
The dates for the 2018 Step Up program are as follows:
Thursday 6 December
Friday 7 December
Monday 10 December
Tuesday 11 December
Another aspect of the transition process will include a teacher handover session of the student files to the 2019 teachers. This will take place in early 2019.
Confirmed student enrolments
The school is currently looking at effective resource planning for 2019. This includes considering student needs and staffing as well as the use of the school’s physical resources. However, all planning is contingent on student enrolments for next year. Your support in communicating this information to the school office as soon as possible will greatly assist us in effectively planning for 2019.
As the school has no suitable area to run Christmas Carols this year, we booked with Banyule Council to use Petrie Park on Wednesday 12 December. We received confirmation from Council that it was going ahead, but unfortunately, this week we received the news they will have to cancel our booking as they are upgrading the toilets at the park.
I have contacted other schools in the area to see if they have an oval available but have had no luck. Sadly, we will be cancelling our 2018 Christmas Carols but hopefully we will be able to go ahead in 2019 on our new oval.
As Jude has already put time into teaching the students some carols, we will look at how we can showcase each classes’ talents. We are thinking of a day concert for parents of each level but we will provide more updates later in the term.
I have been asked by a number of parents about what is happening with our one to one iPad program for 2019, specifically with regards to Year 3. We surveyed parents last term and we tabled the results at an Education Committee meeting. We have since finalised three options, which we will put to School Council for a final decision at our meeting the week after Cup Day. As soon as the decision is made we will let parents know.
Clare Iob is still missing in action while her broken ankle heals. She is hoping to be back in November but we will wait and see, as we want her to return in good health, with her usual energy.
Next year, we will have three staff members off travelling. Eliza Crellin is taking 12 months leave to travel to Europe and will work as a CRT (Casual Relief Teacher) until her departure and when she comes back. She will resume her full time position in 2020.
Tom Davis is also travelling and trying a six-month working stint at the AEU (Australian Education Union).
Finally, Hannah Pirret will also be travelling and working in Vietnam and doing some CRT work here. We wish them all a safe and happy holiday and a myriad of good wishes for life.
We have had about 12 cases of chicken Pox reported this term. It has been mainly contained to three grade levels and we have issued a Compass note to each class involved, however we wanted to let the general school community know.
Congratulations to our Alex Lloyd, James Allison, Aaron Doyle and Leah Fernandez who represented our district and zone at the regional schools athletics championships last week. All competed at an extremely high standard. Good luck to Alex and James who will now compete at State level on Monday 29 October. We are so proud.
Fantastic effort by the Year 6 PALS (Principal Advisory Leaders) group who participated in the Banyule Council, ‘Finding Common Ground’ project last Monday at the Banyule Council offices. Ellie Robson, Hannah Walker, Emily Brennan, Chloe Green, Tessa Kostiw, Mina Hopely-Thompson and Misha Boesenberg worked so hard on this project. I was impressed with their ideas, insights and confidence to present to a room full of local government officials.
They spoke articulately and raised some thought-provoking issues for Banyule Council. We were the only school identify areas we want Council to address, which will benefit the whole community. It was a terrific presentation of a wonderful project. We owe a great deal to Tara De Biondi for her tireless work on getting the tent assembled. Tara always brings 110% effort and talent to everything she participates in. Our thanks also go to Tom Norris who did so much work in setting up the ‘Finding Common Ground’ survey for students. We are grateful to have so many talented staff and students.
What a star Mitchell Hall is! He very excitedly told me he was recently selected for the rep basketball team. Great effort Mitch – we are very proud of you.
And finally a congratulations and thank you to our Parents and Friends group who put on a brilliant Halloween Disco last week. The amount of work, thinking and organising that goes with each event continues to astound me and yet it is only a small core of dedicated mums and dads who do this for the benefit of all the students in our school. It was disappointing there were not more hands to help at the end of the night, as this group had already worked days and weeks on planning the event, then had to clean up at the end of the night, instead of going home to enjoying a celebration of their success.
The work this group does for our school is invaluable and I cannot think of the words that would even come close to expressing our gratitude.
The new website is live
Enjoy the week ahead.
Montmorency South Community Update –
Student of the Week – http://www.montysouth.vic.edu.au/showcase/student-of-the-week/
Student Showcase – (old Classroom Clippings) –
Parents & Friends Committee – http://www.montysouth.vic.edu.au/community/parents-friends-committee/