Newsletter – Term 3 Week 2 2019

By July 24, 2019Uncategorized

From the Principal’s Desk

Together we learn, lead and achieve.  

Dear Monty South Community       
Stage 4 begins

To say we are thrilled with our new premises would be an understatement. The excitement that was evident in the children and families last Monday was mirrored in the excitement staff felt. We keep wandering looking around and we can’t take the smiles off our faces. The functional spaces, the warmth, the brightness and the sensational furniture just make the pain seem so worthwhile.

And to think, we were not meant to be in until Term 4. 
Now Stage 4 has commenced and Johns Lyng have demolished the old building and are now levelling the area and preparing it for ABS Sports Fields Pty Ltd to come and do their work and lay the playing field and basketball/netball court.  

Once this is finished, work will begin on the staff car park, which will be the final part of our building project. We can then start work on putting in extra playground equipment and looking at more ways we can improve our grounds, such as constructing a new bike shed.

Happy times ahead.

Please feel free to come and wander around the school and see the new building.
Staff news

We are thrilled to announce a mini baby boom with the last three of our babies arriving in the last week of the term and the holidays. 

Mel and Simon Townson welcomed Harvey John Myles Townson on 27 June weighing in at 3.4kg and 49cm.

Then, Rosie Morton and James Waters welcomed Miller John Waters to the world on Friday 5 July, weighing in at 4.05kg and 51cm. Miller was a bit slow to get here as he was 12 days overdue but is very settled and feeding well.

Finally, Emma and Ben, after a gruelling 40 hour labour, welcomed Iggy Walter Whiting on the 10 July, 8.2 pounds and 52 cm long.
I am happy to report all mums, babes and dads are doing well and are extremely happy. Their photos suggest they’re just adorable and I can’t wait for a cuddle.
Data Report Conferences
It is that time of the year again when we hold our Data Report Conferences. So next Wednesday, 31 July, will be a student free day while teachers meet with parents and students throughout the day.  We hope all parents can attend these interviews, with student reports providing a springboard for conversation and celebration.
Please note that the format allows for 20 minutes with your child’s teacher. Ten minutes for the student to be involved and 10 minutes for just parent and teacher, if needed.
Of course, if you have particular concerns regarding your child’s progress, an appointment can be made with their teacher at any time. Our teaching staff are available and can be contacted via email or by contacting the office.
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.
Woolworths vouchers
Thank you to all our Monty South families who have shopped at Woolworths over the recent months and collected the tokens. 
We collected 33,452 tokens, which allowed us to place an order for extra Lego for the classrooms. Thank you to Kirstie Lay in the office and Jenny Hutchinson, IT Curriculum Coordinator, who oversaw the tokens and made the order online.  
2019 Parent Opinion Survey-Tell us what you think.
Every government school is conducting a survey to find out what parents think of their school.  The Parent Opinion Survey is an annual survey offered by the Department of Education and Training that is conducted amongst a sample of randomly selected parents. It is designed to assist schools in gaining an understanding of parents’ perceptions of school climate, student behaviour and student engagement. Our school will use the survey results to help inform and direct future school planning and improvement strategies. 

About 30 per cent of parents will be invited to participate in the year’s survey. All responses to the survey are anonymous. This year the Parent Opinion Survey will be conducted from Wednesday 22 July to Sunday 11 August.

The survey will be conducted online and only takes 10-15 minutes to complete, and can be accessed at any convenient time within the fieldwork period on desktop computers, laptops, tablets or smartphones. The online survey will be available in a range of languages other than English. 

The survey results will be reported back to the school at the end of September. Survey results will be communicated to School Council and parents through annual reporting each year and we use them to reflect and plan for our Annual Implementation Plan. 

Leader Local Grants Awards – the votes are in. We are in the top 3!
We were so thrilled to hear over the holidays that our project has been voted by readers as one of the favourite three projects. Thus, we are invited to a special breakfast on Thursday August 8 hosted by Cameron Daddo, at the Langham in the city where they will announce all the winners for each of the 27 local Leader regions.
We are so thrilled to be this close and we are crossing everything that we are the eventual winners.
Well done 3D! 
Coming Up –Junior Concert
WHAT? Jungle Book Kids-Hal Leonard production
WHEN? Tuesday 10 Sept. : Students with surnames A-K. 5.30pm for a 
                                              6.30pm start.
              Wed. 11 Sept: Students with surnames L-Z . 5.30pm for a
                                      6.30pm start.
              *Lead Performers/ Main Cast perform BOTH NIGHTS.
WHERE? Eltham High School Auditorium, Withers Way Eltham
MSPS Sports Shirts

This shirt is available for students from Years 3-6 to use when playing sport or having PE. All students who have the shirt are able to wear it as their uniform on the days they have sport or PE. (Please see attached flyer for ordering details)
Letter from school nurse

Dear Parents,

We are writing to you to advise you that last week we unfortunately had an outbreak of Gastroenteritis (Gastro) in the Prep and Year One areas, this week we have had one reported case in both Year Two and Year Five. Gastro is a common illness that causes vomiting and diarrhoea, it is very infectious and easily spread. Due to this we ask that you keep in mind that the Department of Education and Training guidelines state that a student must stay away from school until they have not experienced vomiting or diarrhoea for 24 hours. These guidelines are in place to keep our students and staff healthy.

If your child/children has any of the following symptoms please consider that they could be experiencing gastro:

  • vomiting
  • diarrhoea
  • nausea (feeling sick in the stomach)
  • stomach pains
  • fever
  • headaches
  • no appetite

To prevent further spread of illness we ask that parents talk to their children about washing their hands after going to the toilet and before eating. Hand washing and isolation of the unwell person is the most effective way to stop the spread of Gastro.

More information can be found at:

Kind regards,
Victoria Hall – School Nurse
Long Service Leave

From Saturday 27 July until Tuesday 20 August, I will be taking leave to attend my nephew’s wedding in England. While I am away, Merriel Hayes will be the Acting Principal and of course, Paula Hogan will be here as our ever competent Business Manager who will be able to help you with any issues.
Best Wishes
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
Semester 2 Reporting Conferences – Camp Australia will be open
Compass bookings are now open for our 2019 Semester 2 Reporting Conferences, which will take place on Wednesday 31July. Camp Australia will be running on July 31 as it is a student free day.
MSPS Fete 2020
Montmorency South Primary School supported by the Parent and Friends Committee (P&F) has decided to hold a Fete on Sunday 15 March, 2020. This is to celebrate the journey over several years in achieving a fabulous new school building and improved learning environment.

A School Fete is an enormous undertaking and one which will require assistance from our school community. We are now seeking expressions of interest to assist in many areas such as co-organising the event, offering services or talents and to volunteering on the day. On Wednesday 7 August at 7.30pm within MSPS (location to be confirmed) a meeting has been arranged to provide an overview of the current planning for the fete, along with organising small working parties in the areas of sponsorship, donations, market stalls and entertainment. 

Should this be of interest to you please email to register your interest. We would love to hear your thoughts and greatly appreciate your input and assistance.

Cancellation of ‘100 days’ parent/carer celebration – note from Amanda Mooney

Dear Prep Parents/Carers,
Unfortunately the '100 Days' Celebration on Saturday 27 July has been cancelled due to not meeting the minimum number required for our booking. Thank you so much to those that purchased tickets — I truly appreciate your support. All money paid will be refunded over the weekend.

Although I have attempted to find an alternate venue for a mini-catchup on the same evening, I have been unsuccessful. Let's take a raincheck and catch up at a later date — perhaps when the weather warms up! My sincere apologies to those who had planned babysitting, etc. 

Listening to children’s voices – child friendly cities and communities

The Victorian Child Friendly Cities and Communities (CFCC) network upholds the universal right of all children to be heard and to participate freely in their community.

Children educating adults on why they should listen not only enriches our understanding, it respects children knowledge, wisdom and experience.
The voices of children will be used to promote the value of listening to children during Children’s week, October 2019.

Please see attached letter to see how your child can share their voice.
Nationally Consistent Collection of Data (NCCD)

The annual Nationally Consistent Collect of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD) takes place every year and is soon to occur.  Please find attached information regarding the collection.

Lost and Found
Lost and found is now located in the BER by the year 6 classrooms. It is in well-labelled blue cabinets.  As usual the lost property will be sorted on a Wednesday and any labelled items will be returned to the classroom.
We are having many reports of multiple lost jumpers at the moment. We are asking if everyone could please check their children’s jumpers to make sure you have the correct one.
Play Therapy Melbourne LEGO based therapy
Play Therapy Melbourne, a private group, is offering some services to families who might be interested in an 8 week LEGO basked therapy program.  Please see the attached flyer for more details.

Tues 23-Thurs 25 July

  • First week of Bridges program

Wed 24 July  – NO ASSEMBLY

Wed 31 July

  • Data Reporting conferences – student free day (OHSC – Camp Australia will be running the whole day) (NO ASSEMBLY)

Thurs 1 Aug

  • Prep 100 days of school celebration
  • Yr 1 incursion – Our Amazing Bodies – please see Compass for more information
  • Jayden’s assistance dog fundraiser – Skaterz 3:45-6:30pm see attached flyer

Tues 6 Aug

  • School Council Meeting – 7:15pm

Wed 7 Aug


Fri 9 Aug

  • 3A Bike Ed-2:40-3:30pm

Saturday 10 Aug

  • Bunnings Barbeque & cake staff fundraiser – seating for bush block (more information to follow)

Mon 12 Aug- Wed 14 Aug

  • Year 6 Camp to Sovereign Hill – Please see Compass for more information

Wed 14 Aug

  • Assembly – 2:45pm

Thurs 15 Aug

  • Prep Breakfast & Legoland – please see event for more details
  • 3A Bike Ed – 2:40-3:30pm

Wed 21 Aug

  • P&F meeting – 7:30pm

Fri 23 Aug

  • 3A Bike Ed – 2:40-3:30pm

Wed 28 Aug

  • Assembly – 2:45pm

Fri 30 Aug

  • 3A Bike Ed – 2:40-3:30pm

Tues 3 Sept

  • District Athletics – Meadowglen Athletics – more information to follow

Wed 4 Sept


Fri 6 Sept

  • 3A Bike Ed – 2:40-3:30pm

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)
  • Assembly – 2:45pm

Thurs 12 Sept

  • Division Athletics – Meadowglen Athletics

Fri 13 Sept

  • 3A Bike Ed – 2:40-3:30pm

Wed 18 Sept

  • Graduation and school captain photos – 9am
  • P&F meeting 7:30pm

Fri 20 Sept

  • 3A Bike Ed – 2:40-3:30pm
  • Last day of Term 3 – 2:30pm dismissal

Mon 7 Oct

  • First day of Term 4 – 9:00am

Mon 21-Wed 23 Oct

  • Year 5 camp – Anglesea (more information to follow)

Wed 18 Dec

  • Graduation (Yr 6 students)


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