From the Principal’s Desk
Together we learn, lead and achieve.
Dear Monty South Community
Final stage 3 build update
There has been a change of plans with regards to our move. The builders have asked us to move in on July 1 and 2. We will then vacate the school premises from July 3 until July 10, while they remove the asbestos then have access to the building from July 10 to 12 to complete the set up. It is very exciting to be so close to the finish line.
It will be all systems go next week as we move heavy items from the old building to our new premises. Thanks to Amy Revell, Jacqui Rapsey and Michelle from Simply Organised, we are all packed up and ready to move. However, we do need some extra help on Monday July 1 and Tuesday July 2. If you are around and can provide some assistance, we would love to see you from 1-4pm on Monday July 1 or from 9am to 12 noon on Tuesday July 2.
While we do have removalists to shift heavy furniture items, we will need to work in teams to move equipment and resources, so it will be hard work and not suitable for children.
There is an added complication in that on July 2, Ausnet will shut down power for general maintenance. However, we believe we won’t need power to complete the shift.
We have taken pictures and an iMovie of the current building for historical purposes but I think everyone will give a sigh of relief once we move from the old toilet block!
Speaking of toilets, they will all be located inside the new building with outside access at play breaks. To make it easier we have assigned different toilet blocks to different year levels but of course, if someone needs a toilet quickly, they are welcome to use the closest.
Foundation (Prep) and Year 1 students will use the toilets on the bottom floor, just outside the Foundation classrooms. They are assigned girl and boy toilets. On the second floor, there are two sets of toilets and they will be for Years 2, 3, and 4. Each toilet is a separate cubicle with a door and a wash basin in each and all are unisex. Year 5 and 6 will have access to the toilet block in the BER.
When the students return on July 15, the basketball court and old building area will be fenced off and so they will only have access to the play areas alongside the new building and the top half of the school as well as around the portables.
I have a final site meeting on Thursday and if any of this changes, I will notify everyone via Compass.
Finally, I have had some parents express concerns about the possible fumes from paint and building materials that may contain formaldehyde and the possible side effects that might have on the children. I have checked with the architects and builders and they have provided the following information:
Formaldehyde is one of the most common VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) and is found in many household items. They vaporise at room temperature and because of this, concentrations are usually higher indoors than outdoors. While it’s impossible to completely avoid emissions, it is possible to limit VOC exposure and potential health effects that come from emissions.
Emissions are at their highest during the manufacturing process and after manufacture, levels dissipate over the first 6-12 months.
Common sources of formaldehyde emissions in buildings include paints, varnishes, manufactured MDF and plywood, wallpaper and furniture.
As a point of interest, common household products include air fresheners, cleaning products, paper towels, furniture, plastics, nail polish, furniture and vehicle exhausts.
We have endeavoured to specify products with low or zero emissions, and are well below the maximum levels required by Australian Standards.
The following are a list of manufacturers /products that have been used in this project, (where formaldehydes could typically be found) and to which we have added some comments relating to this specific project:
Forbo – vinyl flooring:
very low VOCs
Duropal – ABS Edging:
Atkar – Goldcore Ply wall panelling:
formaldehyde emissions are highest during curing process at factory, but negligible by the time it arrives on site. In addition plywood will be sealed with clear finish to further reduce emissions.
Laminex – laminates:
very low, and is accepted by leading industry bodies such as the Green Council of Australia
Laminex Lamiwood MDF:
very low, E0 rating which is the lowest under the Australian Standards
Interface – Carpets:
Autex – pinboards:
AMF – ceiling tiles:
Dulux – paints:
all acrylic, water based paints, low VOC and compliant with the Green Building Council recommendations for educational projects.
The above manufacturers have provided us with further information including Material Safety Data sheets that support the above statements, which we are more than happy to provide to you if you need them.
Thank you to Luke and co
A shout out to Luke Whitmore, (dad of Oscar and Misha), to say thank you for his help last week. As you are all aware when the rain came tumbling down, the dust and dirt from the dry summer and autumn turned to mud. Not only making the yards dirty but also very slippery. It was impossible to walk anywhere without sliding or getting shoes messy. Some students did that little bit extra and were covered from head to toe in mud. We ordered in about eight metres of screenings and Luke spent one of his RDOs helping to spread it around the school. He was very capably assisted by Adam Nelson in the garden and our absolutely wonderful Kids’ Shed Student Action Team.
Thank you to all who helped, as you have made our yard safer and so much nicer to walk around in. Just a few more months to go!
We are thrilled to announce Shirley and Thomas O’Neill welcomed their new baby daughter, Evie Grace O’Neill into the world. Evie was born at 10.02pm on Thursday June 20. Mum, dad and brother Finn are absolutely delighted to have Evie join their family. I am happy to report Mum and Evie are doing exceptionally well.
We’d also like to say goodbye and good luck to Emma Hooper as she goes on family leave on Friday. It has been a lovely time watching Emma nurture her growing baby bump during the past six months. However, while it is fair to say she will miss her class and the staff terribly, she is ready to rest up before she and Ben welcome Baby Whiting.
We also say goodbye – for a term – to Mandy Redfern as she goes on secondment to the Department of Education and Training (DET). Mandy will be working on resources for teachers to accompany a DET publication called Amplify.
Amplify is a practice guide for school leaders and teachers. It explains how to create the conditions, employ the practices and develop the behaviours, attitudes and learning environments that are conducive to student voice, agency and leadership. Whatever their current starting points, school leaders and teachers can draw on this resource to facilitate rich conversations, collaborate and take actions to empower students. Amplify presents an evidence base and practical school based examples to help school communities explore and enhance their understanding of student voice, agency and leadership as the key elements which empower students.
Semester 1 reports
On Friday, you will be able to access your child's Semester 1 Report via Compass. Merriel, Mandy and I are currently doing the final read of all student reports and I must say we have been very impressed.
The effort our students have put into their learning makes me very proud. Furthermore, I look closely at the assessment of each student’s effort and attitude. To me these are the most important indicators of future success and the ability to fulfil potential. The students have also been able to self-reflect on their progress and again, some have been very insightful.
Effective learning involves planning and goal setting, monitoring progress and adapting as needed. By supporting our students to develop these skills (which can all be learnt) we can improve learning.
Next term, students and parents will have an opportunity to meet with their teacher and discuss the new learning directions for Semester 2.
Curriculum Day Friday
Staff members are looking forward to an engaging day of professional learning and collaboration on our pupil free curriculum day on Friday. Schools have four of these days each year and they are really the only chance we get to have staff working and learning together for a sustained period of time other than our weekly one hour sessions after a busy school day. Our theme on Friday is Cultural Awareness and Safety training which is mandatory for all DET staff.
We will then follow up with an anaphylaxis and asthma briefing from Victoria Hall.
Save the date – 100 days of Prep Celebration, July 27
Amanda Mooney (Lila Prep D) is hard at work, organising a night out, just for our Prep parents. All Prep parents will receive a flyer soon with all the details and an email from their Parent Representative but in the interim, set aside Saturday July 27 for a get together. (please see attached flyer)
I was contacted by Victorian Schools Building Authority (VSBA) last week in relation to the sensory garden.
It seems that earlier during a routine walk over of the site by the VSBA, a small piece of material suspected to contain asbestos (ACM) was discovered and subsequently removed from school grounds.
Air-quality monitoring was conducted and results showed that airborne asbestos fibre levels were below the limit of detection. Asbestos may pose a risk when fibres become airborne and are breathed in over a long period of time.
The safety and wellbeing of our students, staff and wider school community is our absolute priority, and the school is safe for students to access.
In line with our Asbestos Management Plan, routine walkovers and air-quality testing by an independent occupational hygienist has been organised to monitor and immediately respond to any risks. That will occur next week.
The Department is also arranging for more soil classification testing of the designated Sensory Garden site and we will be advised shortly of this activity. This will inform the appropriate remediation of the area in delivering the project.
The school will continue to work with the Department and independent occupational hygienists to apply best practice in managing asbestos risks. I very much appreciate your patience and understanding, and I will keep the community informed.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
Emails and staff contact
The staff and I have noticed that more and more parents are contacting us via email. This is great for keeping communication lines open and we welcome the chance to be in contact with you. However, sometimes, an email is sent late at night and parents may arrive on teachers’ doorsteps the very next morning as class is about to begin, keen to discuss the issue with the teacher there and then. Often, the teacher has not had a chance to read it yet, so the issue has not been addressed and when a parent approaches them, they are about to begin teaching for the day. Teaching the children is their priority. Hence, we ask for your patience when sending emails.
All staff have their particular ways to address emails and reading late at night is not always the way they like to do it, nor is it something I encourage them to do. So if there is an issue which you feel is important, we ask you ring the office and leave a message for the teacher to contact you as soon as possible. If it is not urgent, feel free to still email and the teacher will respond as soon as they can.
I can get more than 100 emails, so I’m asking for the same understanding and patience. If it is urgent, or even slightly urgent, please ring the office and leave a message for me to call you back. My emails seem to ‘breed’ and I’m much better in getting back to someone by phone rather than email.
Thumbs up to the following achievers from our Monty South community:
Congratulations to Linus Shaw and Jensen Rose (Year 6) who play for Heidelberg Volleyball Club.
Recently, they played in the state championships and became the U/13 Mixed Western Region Volleyball Champions.
Fantastic effort guys.
Another thumbs to our speakers at assembly last week. We had Jiah Jimeno and Byron Walker from 2A tell us about their Maths Talent Quest project where they investigated the maths around endangered animals. Gideon Tran is also part of the group but he is currently on a trip around Australia. The boys looked at the numbers of the Sumatran Tiger, the Sumatran orang-utan and the giant panda and the fact there are so few left in the wild. Using facts on their decreasing numbers during the last few decades, they used graphs, percentages and rounding decimal numbers to come to the conclusion the destruction of their habitat (by chopping down trees) to make toilet paper was one of the issues. They came up with a plan that if the school used more environmentally friendly toilet paper and hand towel, although just slightly more expensive, we would be working towards saving the habitat of the orang-utans. Very clever investigations, team!
We also had Zac Alberti tell us about the Kids’ Shed Action Team and the work they are doing. I was thrilled with all our speakers, and for some it was the first time they had spoken in front of such a large group of people. It can be scary for adults, let alone children, so I was so very proud of them all.
Apart from that I would like to wish all of you a safe, relaxing and happy Term 2 break. We look forward to welcoming you all back on Monday 15th July.
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.’
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
School Captain Report
Please find attached below the School Captain's report for Term 2.
MSPS 2019 Prep Parents '100 Days of School' Celebration – Prep 2019
To celebrate surviving 100 Days of School, please come along with your fellow MSPS 2019 Prep Parent community (that's mums, dads and carers) for a fun night of drinks, nibbles and socialising (without the kids!).
Tickets $35 per person (covers canapes, shared platters & dessert). Drinks are via cash bar.
We'd love to see you there! (please see attached flyer)
bookings can be made via try booking https://www.trybooking.com/521408
Chess Club Term 3
Chess club runs on Mondays from 3:30-4:30pm here at school. If your child would be interested in joining chess club or if you have questions about the club please contact Pam Watson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to all the families who help look after the MSPS chickens. We are now using the online roster through Sign Up. We have quite a few days that need to be filled for the school holidays, so would appreciate any help families can give to look after our chickens.
1) Click this link to see our roster on SignUp.com: https://signup.com/go/mNnFXWL
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It's Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.
Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me (Adam Nelson email@example.com ) and I can sign you up manually.
Kelly Sports will be running a Wild Winter Sports class on Friday’s from 3:40-4:40pm in Term 3. Please see the flyer attached for more information and booking details.
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 https://exp.psy.uq.edu.au/parenting
WHAT IS COMING UP
Thurs 27 June
- Uniform shop closed
- Last day of Term 2 – 3:30 dismissal
Fri 28 June
- Curriculum Day – Student free day
Mon 15 July
- First day of Term 3
Wed 17 July
- The Ridiculous Rhyme show – whole school incursion (please pay via Compass/events)
Tues 23-Thurs 25 July
- First week of Bridges program
Sat 27 July
- 2019 Prep Parent & Carer Community 100 day of school celebration 7:30-11pm (please see attached flyer for booking details)
Wed 31 July
- Data Reporting conferences – student free day (OHSC – Camp Australia will be running the whole day)
Saturday 10 Aug
- Bunnings Barbeque and cake staff fundraiser – seating for bush block (more information to follow)
Mon 12 Aug- Wed 14 Aug
- Year 6 Camp to Sovereign Hill – More details to follow
Wed 21 Aug
- P&F meeting – 7:30pm
Tues 3 Sept
- District Athletics – Meadowglen Athletics
Tues 10 Sept
- Junior school concert Night 1– Prep to Year 2 family surnames A-K (please see School Production newsfeed for details)
Wed 11 Sept
- Junior school concert Night 2– Prep to Year 2 family surnames L-Z please see School Production newsfeed for details)
Thurs 12 Sept
- Division Athletics – Meadowglen Athletics
Wed 18 Sept
- Graduation (Yr 6 students) and School captain photos – 9am