Newsletter Term 3 Week 8 2019

By September 3, 2019Uncategorized

From the Principal’s Desk
 
Together we learn, lead and achieve.  
 
Dear Monty South Community,        
 
First and foremost, thank you for the warm welcome back I received from parents, students and staff since my return and the messages/emails from everyone about the new building. As you know we were very excited to be going into the new building and while I was away, the work on the front entrance and side gardens was completed, making it even better.
 
Stage 4 is well and truly underway and I thought I might take this opportunity to explain more about the playing field and play areas. 
 
The oval was included in our original $8.3 million budget but only as grass playing field. During the last two years we have discussed this matter extensively at School Council and made a decision to pay for our own artificial turf. We wanted to ensure we had a high quality playing field and one that would last for many years.
 
Quotes were sought from differing companies and again, School Council settled on ABS Sports Fields. The original quote for the playing field, the new netball/basketball court and the goalposts, basketball rings and surrounds was $300,000. We had saved $100,000 from school funds, to which we added the fundraising efforts of Parents and Friends from the last year, which was $20,000. So our funds don’t quite cater for the amount we need. As state schools are not allowed to borrow money, we are leasing the field for the next six years and making quarterly payments. We have years’ of experience leasing with this company and we feel quite confident that we can make the quarterly payments. 
 
However, our efforts with playground equipment, bike sheds, the surrounding gardens and play areas will rely heavily on fundraising and working bees. 
 
The good news is, the playing field will be ready by the end of Term 3 and then the final stage of installing the staff carpark will begin. The 2019 Christmas Carols will once again be held at MSPS and that is just great news. 
 
Happy times ahead.
Please feel free to come and wander around the school and see the new building.
 
2020 preparation
 
How quickly does the year flow? We are now turning our attention to 2020 and hiring staff and looking at class allocations. This provides opportunities to build relationships and a sense of belonging which underpins the process of allocating students to classes. I used to do it manually but for the last five years, we have used an electronic package that does most of the selections for us once we key in friend choices. The whole process has been developed collaboratively with staff and is reviewed annually. And because of that evaluation, this year we are going to return to manual manipulation of classes.
 
The process will begin this term when we send home forms for the children to discuss their friend choices with their parents and return to school by Friday 18 October. More on the following steps will be in next Term’s newsfeed. 
 
Staff news
 
We are thrilled to announce that our baby boom continues with the news that both Lucy Skipper and Jenny Farrelly from Foundation are both pregnant and due to have their babies in February and March 2020 respectively. Andy Coates and his wife Clare are also expecting another child next February, too. We wish them all healthy pregnancies.
 
Junior School Concert
 
Rehearsals for Jungle Book Kids have been going in earnest these last few weeks and we are now into count down mode to concert night. Performance dates are next week with those in Prep to Year 2 with surnames beginning with A-K performing on Tuesday 10 September and those with surnames L-Z performing on Wednesday 11 September. Although we do understand that there are always prior engagements and commitments that people have to meet, there is an expectation that all junior school students attend the concert. 
 
School Facebook page
 
You will notice that we have a MSPS Facebook page that we are trying to use to share our good news stories from around the school on a frequent basis. In recent weeks, we have had news about our Year 3D maths Leader Local Grants award winners, the 2019-2020 Melbourne Junior Lord Mayor Sophie Peters, the Tournament of the Mind team and most recently the Sunrise news story on Jayden Mackay and his Year 5 classmates. It is a great way to view some of the extracurricular activities that happen around the school. If you have not seen it, I encourage you do so as it a great way to celebrate the successes of our students. 
 
Term end
 
The last day of Term 3 is Friday 20 September. Students finish school at 2.30pm. Students return to school on Monday 7 October. Please note this day will be a Footy Colours Day run by our Fund Raising Student Action Team. More information to follow.
 
Our final assembly for Term 3 is next Wednesday 19 September and the first for Term 4 will be Wednesday 16 October, which is the second week of the term. 
 
Sunsmart
 
September heralds the beginning of the higher UV season. Exposure to sunlight is the main cause of melanoma and a cause of skin cancer. Acknowledging Australia has the world’s highest incidence of melanoma, as a Sunsmart school, we expect our students to wear a hat between 1 September and 30 April each year. Having reminded children to dust off their Sunsmart school hats to protect against UV and the sun all students will be expected to don their hats, especially next term (Term 4) onwards to 30 April.
 
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.

Best Wishes
 
Leanne Sheean
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.
 
Motto
Together we learn, lead and achieve
 
Newsfeed – Term 3 Week 8

Junior School Concert – 2nd round tickets available
 
For those families who would like to purchase extra tickets for the production next week, ticket sales have been reopened. We ask that families who might need a large number of tickets – more than three extra-  please call the school office before purchasing.
If you have not purchased your first round tickets please do so as soon as possible.

https://www.trybooking.com/BETOA  or https://www.trybooking.com/540488

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

Rubbish bricks workshop

Wednesday 4 September – 3:30- 4:30pm & Monday 9 September. 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 in the spare classroom next to the media room (please report to the office if you are not sure where this is). Please RSVP to tarzipan@gmail.com or 0429478261 Many thanks, Tara.
Parents and Friends update
 
The Parents’ and Friends’ Committee hope that all dads enjoyed a great Father’s Day. Thank you to the Year 6 helpers and the parent volunteers who once again did a fantastic job on the stall. We made about $1500 from the stall which will contribute towards more great improvements to the play spaces at Monty South. 

Parents and Friends will be holding the next 2020 Fete meeting this Wednesday 4 September in the new boardroom (meeting room nearest the school office).
 
SAKG – request for old garden magazines

Catherine Kingshott, our SAKG garden teacher, is looking for donations of old garden magazines and newspapers to be used in class to decorate students garden journals.  Please drop donations at the school office.

WHAT IS COMING UP

September 1 2019 – April 30 2020 – SUNSMART HATS TO BE WORN AT LUNCH & RECESS
 
Wed 4 Sept

  • NO ASSEMBLY
  • Rubbish brick making workshop 3:30-4:30
  • 2020 Fete meeting – 7:30pm boardroom

Thurs 5 Sept

  • UNSW Science test

Fri 6 Sept

  • 3A Bike Ed – 2:40-3:30pm

Mon 9 Sept

  • Rubbish brick making workshop 3:30-4:30

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

Tues 17 Sept

  • UNSW English test

Wed 18 Sept

  • Graduation and School Captain photos – 9am
  • P&F meeting 7:30pm

Thurs 19 Sept

  • UNSW Mathematics test
  • 3A Bike Ed – 2:40-3:30pm

Fri 20 Sept

  • 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)
  • Year 3 camp – Mt Moreton (more information to follow)

Wed 18 Dec

  • Graduation (Yr 6 students)
  • NO ASSEMBLY
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