Newsletter Issue 6 – Term 2 Week 4 2019

By May 14, 2019Uncategorized

From the Principal’s Desk
Together we learn, lead and achieve.  
Dear Monty South Community       
Last week we held our 2020 Prep Information Night for interested parents. It was fantastic to have such a large contingent of staff attending and I thank them for their support. There is still strong interest in our school and we now have a number of enrolments for next year.  It is expected that confirmation letters for Prep 2020 will be sent out at the start of June. 
Also a reminder to our families with Year 6 students that Year 7 2020 Transition forms must be returned to school by Friday 17 May. 
Also, the Department has launched a new website that helps parents identify their local public school online. was launched the first week of term and shows every school zone across the state. If your child is preparing to enter Year 7 and you want to know more about the secondary school options, this website is a good place start.
Election Day barbeque and cake stall
On Saturday, May 18, the Parents and Friends Association will be holding an election barbeque and cake stall at school. We need as many volunteers as possible and any help is appreciated. You can register your interest to help in 30 minute blocks here:
We have a wonderful school community and volunteering at the barbeque is another way you can contribute to it. Any money raised will go towards our new playground area.
Online NAPLAN testing for Year 3 and Year 5
The annual National Assessment Program – literacy and numeracy (NAPLAN) tests will begin this week. As our school will be doing them online, they will be conducted over a two-week period. The timetable for this was sent home to Year 3 and Year 5 parents last week. 
Although we give students practice in how to go through the tests, as a school, we do not ‘teach to the test’, nor is it designed to be something you can study for. Rather, the test is designed to assess what is taught in the classroom and how students use their problem solving strategies.
More information about NAPLAN and question examples is available here:
Attitudes to school survey – Year 4 to 6
The Attitudes to School Survey is an annual online survey conducted by the Department to help schools gain an understanding of students’ perceptions and experience of school. This will again run in June.  We value what the students say about engagement, wellbeing and quality instruction and the survey’s purpose is to gauge the views of the students and then the Department reports back the results to us.  This enables us to plan programs and activities that addresses the feedback we receive.
Students in Years 4 to 6 across Victoria will participate in the online survey which during school hours. The survey only takes about twenty minutes to complete. The survey is a purpose built secure online tool and each student will be provided with a unique login to complete it. The identifier is only used to link data for statistical and reference purposes only and all responses are anonymous. Personal identification data will not be recorded in the survey response file thus ensuring the confidentiality of each student’s response. 
More information can be found on the following here:
Staff news
We welcome Maddy Macleod to our school who has taken over 4A. Maddy started with us last Thursday and has been enjoying getting to know the class and valued the transition week with Carmie Isaacs. Maddy has a very supportive team around her and is currently working hard on her class reports.
We have also appointed two new teachers to fill the positions of staff going on family leave at the end of this term. As they are both teaching at other schools, we have to wait until their current classes and families are told before we can announce the successful applicants.  We hope to be able to do this by the end of the week.
On Thursday 16 May, it will be Education Support Personnel Day. Across the globe, thousands of ES staff work every day in a variety of roles to foster positive learning environments and ensure schools function effectively. On the day, the AEU and Education International will recognise and celebrate the extraordinary contribution ES staff make to students and schools. 
Mother’s Day Stall
The stall was another wonderful team effort by the Parents and Friends group. Special mention to Jenny Vergers who did an outstanding job in organising it all. Year 6 students and parents also ran the stalls. We love how everyone at MSPS just gets on and gets things done.
MSPS achievers
Thumbs up to the following achievers from our Monty South community:
Mason Wright played in the under 8 basketball grand final for Eltham Wildcats recently. The team played with great determination but unfortunately missed the win. Nevertheless, Mason was recognised as the EDJBA Summer 2018/2019 Most Determined Player. Fantastic Mason! 
And congratulations to our Student Action Leaders (SALS) who received their badges at assembly last week. We have already formed some action teams to address some of the issues around the school. 
Well done to:
Student Action Leader

3A  – Bianca Hrovat
Tom Robson

3B – Mel Vaughan
Oscar Whitmore

3C – Tracey Cole
Josh Aszodi

3D – Daniel Jacobs
Claudia Williams

4A – Maddy Macleod
Amy Thompson/Felix Winfield

4B – Nerinda Hodgson
Zian Mahanta

4C – Tegan Caldwell
Phoebe Hogan

4D – Amanda McDonald
Koko Finger/Max MacDonald

4E – Jessica Head
Amalia Gomez

5A – Amy Duckworth
Charlie Mitchell

5B – Lisa Symons/Rachel Young
Zack Khan

5C – Laura Johnstone
Oliver Deery

6A – Emma Hooper
Zac Alberti

6B – Rosie Morton
Maya Bennette

6C – Andrew Glembin
Sienna Di Carlo

6D – Dale Weston
Luella Morrow

Leanne Sheean

Are You A Parent of a Child Aged 2 to 12?

The Parenting and Family Support Centre at the University of Queensland is conducting research into parents’ opinions about parenting and parenting programs. If you have a child between 2 and 12 years, we would love to hear your views on parenting and the services that are available to you as a parent. You will need to complete a short survey. To find out more or to participate please visit
Please see flyers attached below. 

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
Tues 14 May

  • Naplan – Yr 3 Writing & Yr 5 Writing 9:30-10:30am

Wed 15 May

  • Naplan – Yr 5 Reading 9:30-10:40am
  • P&F meeting 7:30pm – Staffroom

Thurs 16 May

  • Naplan – Yr 3 Reading 9:30-10:30am
  • Naplan – Yr 5 Language Conventions

Fri 17 May

  • Application for Year 7 Placement 2020’ forms – DUE TODAY
  • Year 4 Athletics 12:30-3:30 Petrie Park
  • Let’s ride program 3B – 2:40-3:30pm

Mon 20 May

  • Naplan – Yr 5 Maths 9:20-10:40am
  • Naplan – Yr 3 Language Conventions 10:30-11:30am

Tues 21 May

  • Naplan – Yr 3 Maths 9:30-10:30am

Wed 22 May

  • Assembly – 2:45pm

Thurs 23 May

  • Naplan – catch up sessions for students who were absent

Fri 24 May

  • Let’s ride program 3B – 2:40-3:30pm

Wed 29 May

  • Year 5 excursion – Melbourne Zoo (see compass/events for more information)

Fri 31 May

  • Let’s ride program 3B – 2:40-3:30pm

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 – Please find information on Compass/Events

Fri 7 June

  • Let’s ride program 3B – 2:40-3:30pm

Mon 10 June

  • Queen’s Birthday – No school

Thurs 13 June

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

Fri 14 June

  • Let’s ride program 3B – 2:40-3:30pm

Wed 19 June

  • Assembly – 2:45pm

Fri 21 June

  • Let’s ride program 3B – 2:40-3:30pm

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