Newsletter Issue 4

By April 3, 2019Uncategorized

Newsletter Issue 4
Term 1 Week 10 2019
From the Principal’s Desk

Together we learn, lead and achieve.  
Dear Monty South Community       
Another term has ended and staff are now busy planning to ensure Term 2 commences without a hitch. As always in the last week of a term, we have reflected on our practices and celebrated the successes – and there were many.

The 2019 Prep families’ barbeque, the prep welcome ceremony and assembly, the Years 3 to 6 swimming sports and our results at District level coming second gave us great cause to celebrate. Then there was the badge presentation for our student captains (the PALs team) and the afternoon teas for the families afterwards. These were our community celebrations but we also maintained our emphasis on quality teaching with the introduction of the Professional Learning Community leaders, Dale Weston, Amy Duckworth and Melanie Vaughan. They have worked with teams throughout the school and also helped other schools in our area and the larger region. Our teaching staff also have the opportunity to call on Leading Teacher Mandy Redfern, Learning Specialist Monique Rankin and consultant literacy coach Jane Plunkett. 

All staff are to be congratulated for their hard work and dedication this term, helping to ensure your children learn and grow.   
It has been an exciting term and we wish everyone a safe and happy holiday. We look forward to seeing you all back on TUESDAY 23 April for Term2.
Parents and Friends Bunnings barbeque
Thank you to the families who either baked, attended or volunteered at last Saturday’s Bunnings barbeque. The weather wasn’t kind to us initially but we still managed a roaring trade and raised more than $2000. This will go towards the new playground, oval and equipment that will be installed after September.   
Thank you also to Larissa Neale for her work in organising the fundraiser and our wonderful and dedicated Parents and Friends group who were at school on Friday collecting cakes and tables, volunteering on Saturday then back here yesterday returning goods and money. We are so appreciative of their efforts.  
Early arrivals
We have been noticing a number of students arriving early at school, sometimes as early as 8am. The schoolyard is not supervised until 8.45am as staff are busy preparing for the school day ahead. Camp Australia, our Out of School Hours Care program is open from 7am and able to provide supervision and warmth in the colder months. The contact number for Camp Australia is 1300 105 343.
Class Parent representatives
Thank you for all the parents who have volunteered to be a representative. We are still finalising the lists but we appreciate the parents who have offered to help.
Building update
We are now in the process of ordering furniture for our new building and both Clare and I visited a couple of libraries last week and to get a few ideas. We also have an oven, a cooktop, fridge, office furniture and telephones to purchase. So the days are busy with meetings with different companies but it is very exciting at the same time.  
Meanwhile, the building continues to grow and walls and windows and doors are appearing.  The countdown is on.
Staff news
We are delighted to announce the arrival of baby Noah David Jacobs, born Friday 29 March at 4pm.  Weighing in at 8.3 pounds and measuring 52cm, his very proud parents Daniel and Michelle Jacobs are overjoyed. Noah is the first of our bonny babies to arrive this year. 
We wish our Foundation Level Leader, Lucy Skipper, our very best wishes for Saturday when she marries her long time sweetheart, Naish Chapman. I have no doubt Lucy will be a beautiful bride and her smiling face will be beaming. We wish them both not only a happy day on Saturday, but a lifetime of happiness and love as they continue to build their lives together. 
Finally, at the start of Term 2, we will welcome back Jenny Hutchinson who had major surgery this term when she broke and ankle and ruptured her ligaments in the other ankle.   She is thankfully on the mend and we will see her return next term as the ICT teacher/coordinator. It will be great to see her smiling face back. 
Just a reminder that while we are not a dog free zone, we do have expectations around the way dogs come onto the school property. We recently had an incident where a dog was off a lead and near our Prep students. Some of our Preps are frightened of dogs and particularly when they are off leads. It the unpredictability of dogs and their behaviour that can sometimes frighten some children. Again, we ask that dogs be kept away from pathways where children are walking or kept on the periphery of the school grounds. Dogs MUST be on a lead at all times. Failure to observe the rules may mean we have to ban your dog at school.   
MSPS achievers
Thumbs up to the following achievers from our Monty South community.
To Gabriel Tran, who was awarded a medal for his science results in the University of New South Wales tests last year. Students with a top score in each subject in each year level are awarded a medal. Last year, 980,000 entries were received but only 514 students from Australia and 100 students from New Zealand and the Pacific region were awarded medals.   Gabe was in top 1% of the country. Congratulations Gabe! It is a marvellous achievement.
Thumbs up to Kane Morrison, who was awarded the ‘Best Team Player’ in the Summer 2018/2019 Under 8 Eltham Wildcats boys basketball team. This is a great effort Kane and you should feel very proud. We are! 
And congratulations to Ben and Owen Buhagiar, who are currently appearing in a Fox Footy advertisement. They are the boys sitting and playing on the bed. Bravo Ben and Owen.
Finally, a reminder about our Prep to Year 2 Easter Bonnet Parade on Friday at 10am.
Happy Easter
 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


Whole school

MSPS Cross Country Yr 3-6– Wed 24th April
The MSPS annual cross country event for years 3-6 will be taking place on the second day back from the holidays.  This event will be taking place at the Eltham Lower Park from 9:30am to approximately 12:45pm (times can vary during the day).  Please see the event on Compass for more details.  This event will cost $5.00 per child and can now be paid and consented for via Compass.  If your child will be away for this event please inform the classroom teacher as well as the school office.
Interschool Sport Update – Year 5 & 6
Interschool Winter Sport will be starting in Term 2.  Interschool/Intraschool sports will be taking place on Friday’s during Term 2, with the exception of the first Friday back 26th April.  Teams are in the process of being finalised.  We will inform families in the first week back of Term 2 as to what team their child will be participating on.
Anzac Badges
Anzac badges will be sold at lunch times this Thursday and Friday on the front deck of the school.  Prices range from $2 – $5.
Chess Club update
Chess club runs on Monday afternoons here at Montmorency South Primary school from 3:30-4:30pm.  Places are available for Term 2.  If interested please contact Pam Watson on
At the end of each term medals are given out.  Term 1 results were as follows:

Class A
Zian Mahanta – Gold
Eamon Heley – Silver
Maya B – Bronze

Class B
Spike Santin – Gold
Liam Fox – Silver
Felix Elsen – Bronze
Uniform Update
Please find attached the updated 2019 RHS uniform order form/price list.  RHS is offering a new item for the 2019 school year.  They are now selling a Year 3-6 sport shirt.  These shirts can be worn on sports days, ie cross country and athletics day, as well as during Year 5 & 6 Interschool sports.  Shirt prices range from $48 to $50 and are optional.

Fundraiser for Jayden Mackay – assistance dog
Please see attached a flyer for an “Avengers: End Game” movie fundraiser to help MSPS student Jayden Mackay raise money for an assistance dog.  This fundraiser will be taking place at 10:30am on Sunday 28th April.
Kelly Sports will be back in Term 2
If your child is interested please go to and search for your school for all program details.
Sign up online before April 19th and enter voucher code: TERM2KELLY to receive a 10% discount.
For more information email Kyle at or call our head office on
(03) 9384 2294.
Thurs 4 Apr

  •  Chess Tournament Kangaroo Ground Primary School 9:30-2:30pm 

Fri 5 Apr

  • Easter bonnet parade 10am  Prep – Yr 2, Easter raffle 11am
  • Last day of Term 1 – 2:30pm dismissal

Tues 23 Apr

  • First day of Term 2

Wed 24 April

  • MSPS Cross Country – Lower Eltham Park 9:30am– Yr 3-6
  • Assembly – 2:45pm – Anzac Day Assembly
  • P&F meeting 7:30pm – Staffroom

Thurs 25 Apr

  • Anzac Day – No School

Tues 30 Apr

  • Country & Culture day – more info to follow

Fri 3 May 

  • Responsible pet ownership – Preps TBC 

Tues 7 May

  • School Council meeting – 7:15pm

Wed 8 May

  • District Cross Country – Eltham Lower Park TBC
  • Assembly – 2:45pm
  • 2020 Open Night – 7-8pm – more information to follow

Thurs 9 May

  • P&F Mother’s Day stall – during school

Wed 15 May

  • P&F meeting 7:30pm – Staffroom

Wed 22 May

  • Assembly – 2:45pm

Tues 4 June

  • School Council meeting – 7:15pm

Wed 5 June

  • Division Cross Country – Bundoora Park 9:30am-12:00pm
  • Assembly – 2:45pm

Wed 5 – Fri 7 June

  • Year 4 camp – Arrabri Lodge – More information to follow

Mon 10 June

  • Queen’s Birthday – No school

Thurs 13 June

  • Chess tournament – Viewbank Primary School 9:30am-2:30pm

Wed 19 June

  • Assembly – 2:45pm
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