Newsletter – Term 3 Week 6

By August 19, 2019Uncategorized

Dear Monty South community  
I can’t believe we are half way through Term 3 already. This is my second and last newsletter as Leanne is returning to school from her holiday tomorrow, Tuesday 20 August. I am sure she will have a lot of stories to share with all of us.

Our Year 6 students set off on Monday for their trip to Sovereign Hill Camp. It was wonderful to see the excited faces as they headed off and it was also terrific to hear the parents comment on how well the teachers had prepared the students for this experience. One of the best things at the Sovereign Hill camp is that the students get to step back in time and really feel they living in another era.

There were two extremes on Thursday as the Year 6 students were slightly more subdued as they overcame their tiredness after three days of adventure and at the other end we had our Preps who were babbling away with excitement as they tucked into their Prep breakfast and then headed off to Legoland. Who said school was boring!!!!

Thank you to our camp staff – Dale Weston, Rowena Martin, Andy Glembin, Sharon Moore, Jenny Hutchinson, Lachlan Holmes (PST), Vicky Mules (ES) and Jana De Jager and to the Prep staff – Lucy Skipper, Jenny Farrelly, Rachael Higgs, Mitchell Dintinosante and Mikayla McNamara. It is a big commitment and we appreciate your hard work. A big thank you to the parents who also assisted at the Prep breakfast. There were vegemite and jam smiles all round.

Last week (12 to 16 August) was Science Week. The 2019 National Science Week school theme was….. Destination Moon. During the week our students were given the opportunity to view some videos about the moon and the moon landing. Each also conducted a rocket experiment. A huge thank you to Tom Norris for gathering the materials and resources to support the staff and students in their endeavours.

On Saturday 17 August the Vietnam Veterans’ Community Memorial Service was conducted at Greensborough War Memorial Park. Monty South was represented by Louis Makridis, Oliver Plunkett-Zbaracki and Angus Johnston who took part in the laying of floral tributes during the service. I would like to thank the boys and their families for supporting them. (please see attached photo)

Congratulations to Emma Cooper (1st Lower Plenty Cub Pack) and Keeley Smith (1st Lower Plenty Scout Troop) on earning their Grey Wolf. This is a great milestone in their Scouting journey. (please see attached photo)

We are also proud to announce that Montmorency South won the Diamond Valley Leader grant for their ‘Shared School Community Outdoor Meeting Place’ led by Daniel Jacobs and Mandy Redfern and we received a grant from Bank First Teaching Initiatives Program for our Rubbish Seats project led by Tara De Bondi.  A great big thank you to everyone who was involved.  (please see attached photos)

As we head towards the September, we are gearing up for the Junior School Concert with ticket sales starting. We are also getting a step closer to the new oval as we have finally said a fond farewell to two of the relocatables.

I would just like to thank everyone for their support over the past three weeks and wish Leanne a smooth transitioning back into her office.

Merriel Hayes
Acting Principal
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

Junior School Concert – Ticket & Costume Information
Tickets are now available via for our MSPS Junior School Concert featuring all students in Prep to Year 2.  or

Night 1 (Tues Sept 10) – Families with surnames A-K – 6:30
Night 2 (Wed Sept 11)- Families with surnames L-Z – 6:30

Due to space restrictions we are offering:
4 tickets per family on your surname night & 4 tickets per family for Lead performers per night

No ticket required for:

  • Children up to the age of 4 (able to sit on parents lap)
  • Children performing on the night

First round tickets close Sunday 1st September (4 per family)
Second round tickets (if available) Monday 2nd September (for additional tickets) – Those families who have children performing in the choir will be able to buy tickets during the second round.
Please see the Newsfeed “School Production Newsfeed – Jungle Book Kids” for costume lists. 

Parents and Friends – Father’s Day Stall
The Parents and Friends will be running a Father’s Day Stall next Thursday 29th August. (gift ideas in Merriel’s office window). Gift prices range from .50cents to $6.  Please remember your money and a bag to bring gifts home in.
Parents and Friends are looking for helpers on the day of the stall.  If you are able to help between the hours of 11:15 and 3:00pm please contact Jenny Vergers (Father’s Day stall organiser) at .
Rubbish Bricks Workshop
Wednesday 21st August- 3:30- 4:30pm  Rubbish Bricks Workshop.  We need some adult help completing more Rubbish Bricks for our Bush Block Seating Project.  If you are happy to stay back after school pick-up this Wednesday and help us complete a brick for our project, we will be most grateful.  You will also be able to nominate which class you would like to donate your brick to (to support our class brick-making competition!)  Students/siblings are also welcome to join the workshop with their parent/family member. We will be working inside but will meet outside the Bridges area (near the library entrance).  Please RSVP to Tara De Bondi or 0429 478 261.
Tues 20 Aug

  •  Netball final 8:30am
  • Costumes due for Junior school production

Wed 21 Aug

  • P&F meeting – 7:30pm
  • Athletics training Willinda Park 4-5pm relay teams & long jump

Fri 23 Aug

  • NO BIKE ED 3A(will resume next week)

Sat 24 Aug

  • Tournament of the Minds Yr 5&6 performance – LaTrobe University 11am

Mon 26 Aug

  • Jungle Books Kids 1st dress rehearsal

Wed 28 Aug

  • Assembly – 2:45pm

Thurs 29 Aug

  • P&F Father’s Day Stall

Fri 30 Aug

  • 3A Bike Ed – 2:40-3:30pm

Mon 2 Sept

  • Second round of tickets go on sale for the Junior School concert

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) 5:45pm arrival for a 6:30pm start

Wed 11 Sept

  • Junior School Concert Night 2– Prep to Year 2 family surnames L-Z please see School Production newsfeed for details) 5:45pm arrival for a 6:30pm start
  • 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 TBD
  • Last day of Term 3 – 2:30pm dismissal

Mon 7 Oct

  • First day of Term 4 – 9:00am

Wed 9 Oct

  • Book Parade 9am-11:30am (more details to follow)

Mon 21-Wed 23 Oct

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

Wed 18 Dec

  • Graduation (Yr 6 students)
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