Dear Monty South Community,
Welcome to the final term of the 2019 school year. We have started with a bang!
The school oval finally opened yesterday and it was quite emotional watching the kids’ joy as they played on it, as they have been waiting for more than a year. The ABS turf contractor also had a huge smile and he was thrilled telling me “this is what it is all about”. To everyone, I thank you for your patience during the building phase and I invite you to please come and have a look anytime. We just think it is beautiful.
Of course, we are still not quite finished! The car park comes next and so the fences will be back up but right down the back near the skips. This work begins Thursday 17 October and is expected to be complete in December.
I have also heard that work on our sensory garden will commence on 11 November and it is also expected to be finished in December. Unfortunately, that top section of the school -from the gym down to the old front entrance steps including the sand pit will be fenced off while that work is done. However, I have asked we still have access to the path that goes from the Buena Vista Drive carpark to the gym entrance. The side with the cubbies of that area will be opened but not the sandpit. There will be a new sandpit in the sensory garden.
Now the playing field is open, we will be looking to channel all our fundraising efforts into purchasing playground equipment, bike racks, seating and generally making the grounds safer to offer different types of play around a number of areas. More exciting times ahead.
Just a reminder that the MSPS Family Curriculum Night will be held tonight, Wednesday 16 October. Our school and classrooms will be open, providing an opportunity to celebrate the teaching and learning that happens at MSPS every day. The students and teachers have many things they would like to show you and do with you including; garden and kitchen tours, having fun with the green screen in the media room, our amazing Da Vinci Centre, French activities and story time in our gorgeous new library. Please come along and check out our new building and playing field!
Year 3 & Year 5 camps next week.
There is a great deal happening next week with both Year 3 and Year 5 heading off on their camps on Monday. That is approximately 170 children being dropped off Monday morning with their suitcases. So an early heads up that parking might be an issue.
To ease some of it the best we can, the Year 3 children will be dropping their suitcases off where the buses are usually stationed in Buena Vista Drive near the shops. They will meet in the gym and then make their way to the buses. Once they depart, buses for the Year 5s will arrive and the Year 5s will come up from their classes to meet the buses. Thus, their departure time will be later. More details from the Year 3 and Year 5 staff are being sent out via Compass.
We have just acquired some silk worm eggs here at MSPS and we need a little help providing them with all their basic requirements. We require a fish tank, shoe boxes and a constant supply of mulberry leaves. The eggs have already started hatching so we need help quickly. If you can help, please see Adam Nelson in the garden.
Introducing the Smiley Squad Initiative
Ruby Timmons and Mackenzie Hall, our Wellbeing Captains, along with Yo Robertson, our Wellbeing Coordinator have worked hard on their peer support idea throughout the last term. As of this week they will patrol lunch time and recess assisted by four other Year 6 students all wearing their “Smiley Squad” badges. Their aim is to help kids in the playground who may be feeling left out or not know what to do over a friend issue. The squad will be coming up with activities to do to include anyone who wants to join in. Their initial post will be around the big old tree near the fairy garden & BER building. They are hoping this will become the MSPS “Friendship Tree” in the future. Please mention the squad to your children, so they can seek them out if need be.
Please note the school student leaders are fully aware of informing staff should any issues be requiring more support. The students should be congratulated for implementing a response to supporting kids with friend issues in a way they think they can help from their own experience.
Thank you to all families who joined in the Book Parade. It really is special when you see how much books are loved at MSPS and the way all year levels continually join in the fun. And the reason they are so loved is due mainly to our passionate librarian, Clare Iob. She does an amazing job and from Bridges to Year 6, and always weaves her magic.
I was also proud of our Library Captains, Oliver Zbaracki and Angus Johnston, and the rest of the Year 6 students who were excellent role models. In some instances, Year 6 students in the last term are looking to high school and would not be seen dressing up and in a Book Parade. This wasn’t the case with our Year 6 students though. They were fantastic and put in an enormous amount of energy not only being a part of it but helping Clare run it.
The staff also got into the swing of things, as you can see in the attached photo.
As we are trying to continually work towards reducing our impact on the environment, Tara De Biondi has come up with the idea of introducing a battery recharger. Where we are using AA or AAA batteries for anything at school (eg wireless mice or keyboards) we are now taking them to the battery station set up in the IT office and exchanging them previously charged batteries. This ensures people don’t have to wait for the battery to recharge.
Between our War on Waste Student Action group, Tara and Adam Nelson, we are becoming more sustainable every day.
Kids teaching kids conference
Some of our students who attended the Kids Teaching Kids conference at Edendale Farm last term have been invited to attend a state-wide conference in the city in November. This conference is a two day event and will be attended by more than 500 students from more than 50 schools around the state.
Kids Teaching Kids is a school-based education model that inspires young people to learn and care for their local environment.
The Kids Teaching Kids Learning Model uses ‘peer teaching and learning’ pedagogy – where the traditional role of teacher and student change. The teachers become the facilitators and the students are empowered to take responsibility for their own learning.
Students are given the tools to manage their learning and become confident, caring and informed citizens ready to take on new challenges.
The conference aims to inspire not just future environmental leaders but hopes to inspire students to come up with innovative solutions to ensure the health of our environment, especially waterways, into the future.
Last week, Amy Duckworth and I had an opportunity to attend the 1st Lower Plenty cubs and proudly watch two of our Year 5 boys, Angus Friend and Jake Pepyat, be awarded their Grey Wolf Achievement Award. This is one of the highest awards in the Cub ranks and requires a great deal of hard work and dedication to persist and achieve. Listening to the speech given by their leader, James Cooper (one of our own dads), I was amazed by the skills and aptitude both boys demonstrated as they worked towards gaining these awards. I was also proud to hear about their positive attitudes and the way they go about including everyone in their pack and how they go out of their way to help younger children and neighbours. They are both just great kids – double thumbs up Jake and Angus.
Congratulations to Alex Lloyd who participated in high jump in the School Sport Australia National Championship in Darwin during the holidays. Alex was a finalist and finished fifth overall. We are so proud of Alex reaching this high level – to be in the top five in Australia is fairly significant. Most of all the experiences that Alex had were wonderful –
meeting students from around Australia in a beautiful setting. Well done Alex!
Congratulations also to Ashley White in Year 6, who has passed his Yellow-Orange belt at the Yarra Judo Club. I received an email from Judo Victoria, informing me that Ashley had passed his Judo practical and knowledge test and received that grading. This is no easy task and requires a great deal of practice so we are immensely proud of you Ash for your hard work and persistence.
Congratulations to Alex Pezzin who can currently be seen on our television screens! He is a masked superhero in the current Chemist Warehouse commercial.
Finally, congratulations to the Buhagiar boys, Ben (Year 3) and Owen (Year 1) who were part of a Fox Footy advertisement during the holidays. The boys have been part of an advertisement before and this was their second ad. They are becoming quite the TV stars. Thumbs up Ben and Owen.
And just before I sign off, a reminder to all students that our Sunsmart policy requires a sun smart hat to be worn in the playground and when walking around the school. Sun protection is a priority for all children and staff members. Please ensure hats are clearly named so they can be returned to the rightful owners.
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
Family Curriculum Night
We look forward to seeing everyone at our Family Curriculum Night tonight, Wednesday 16 October, 4-6pm.
As you arrive, please head to the office for direction or find one of our friendly Year 6 students or teachers for help.
The attached documents include our invitation, program and school maps. These will be handed out as you arrive or you may choose to print them or look at them from home to help plan your afternoon/evening.
P & F Halloween Disco, Thursday October 24- 6pm-7:30pm in the school gym. Halloween games, dancing (DJ included), chill out zone and sausage sizzle. Dressing up is encouraged!
Tickets through Trybooking are $5 for a single or $20 for a family (2A+3C). Tickets at the door will be $7.50 single & $30 for a family (2A+3C).
Icy pole Fridays
Term 4 is here, and so are the icy-poles!
Icy poles are available on the BER deck during Recess on a Friday at a cost of .50 cents each.
War on Waste
Our bottle bricks project is winding down
Thanks so much for everyone's enthusiastic support in helping us create the bottle bricks needed for our seating circle. We are now asking people NOT to start making any new bricks as we have so many half done ones still left to finish. We will still accept any bottle bricks that you have started, but the cut-off date for those that will count towards our class competition is this Friday 18 October. Thanks again and please come and visit us in our Bush Block this Wednesday at our School Curriculum night if you would like to see how we are building
Last week we completed our first bottle seat in the Bush Block as part of our bottle bricks seating circle project. We will be continuing building next Monday 21 October. If you would like to come and help year 4/5 students to mix concrete for our seats please contact Tara on 0429 478 261. We are looking for volunteers between 9am-12pm (however you can just nominate the hour block you are available for).
Do you have a ute or a trailer? We are looking for help to collect the next batch of concrete for our seating project. We need to collect 30 x 20kg bags of premixed concrete from Bunnings Eltham this Friday. Bunnings have said that if we call ahead on the day they can arrange a forklift or man power to help load them from their end and then we will have kids and wheelbarrows lined up to offload them back at school. Please ring Tara on 0429 478 261 if you think you might be able to help.
Checking in on the chickens is as simple as making sure there are still four of them and making sure they have food and water and then keeping whatever eggs you find.
1) Click this link to see our SignUp 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.
Unfortunately we no longer have an onsite uniform shop. Uniforms can be ordered online and then delivered directly to your child at school. Alternately, you may prefer to visit the showroom in Ringwood. All details can be found on the RHS Sports website: https://www.rhsports.com.au/product/school_wear
Dates for your diary:
Wed 16 Oct
- Regional athletics – Meadowglen Athletics track
- P&F meeting – 7:30pm
- Family curriculum night – 4-6pm
Thursday 17 October
- 2019 Year 6 parent graduation meeting – 6:30pm
Friday 18 October
- Closing date for Schoolastic Book orders to be submitted online
- Closing date for Friendship requests to be submitted to your child’s teacher.
Monday October 21
- Commencement of Colour Fun Run Fundraising (more details to follow)
Mon 21-Wed 23 Oct
- Year 5 camp – Anglesea (please see Compass/event)
Mon 21-Tues 22 Oct
- Year 3 camp – Mt Moreton (please see Compass/event)
Thursday 24th Oct
- P & F Halloween Disco
Friday November 1
- Back to school funding available for eligible Banyule residents (Flyer attached)
Mon 4 Nov
- Curriculum day – student free day
Tues 5 Nov
- Melbourne Cup Day – no school
Sunday 10 Nov
- MSPS Choir performing at the Eltham Festival
Monday 18 Nov
- Final date to hand in your colour fun run fundraising monies (more details to follow)
Mon 18-Thurs 21 Nov
- Prep, Yr 1 & Yr 2 swimming lessons (more details to follow)
Mon 25-Thurs 28 Nov
- Prep, Yr 1 & Yr 2 swimming lessons (more details to follow)
Mon 25 Nov
- Open water learning experience Yr 4 & 6 (more details to follow)
Tues 26 Nov
- Open water learning experience Yr 3 & 5 (more details to follow)
Fri 29 Nov
- Yr 2 day camp (more details to follow)
- Colour Fun Run – Closing date for prize claims (more details to follow)
Mon 2 Dec
- Year 6 Funfields excursion (more details to follow)
Wed 4 Dec
- Carols by candlelight 6:30pm (more details to follow)
Tues 10 Dec
- Year 7 orientation day at High school
- Year 6 pizza dinner at school 5-7pm (more information to follow)
Wed 11 Dec
- P&F meeting 7:30pm
Fri 13 Dec
- P & F Colour Run (More details to follow)
Wed 18 Dec
- Graduation (Yr 6 students)
- NO ASSEMBLY
Thurs 19 Dec
- Last day of school – 3:30pm dismissal
Looking for something to do outside of school?
Sunday October 20
- Walk for Epilepsy (Flyer attached)
Sunday October 27
- Briar Hill Spring Fair (Flyer Attached)
Tuesday 29 October
- Banyule Parent Workshop ‘Kind to me: Teaching Children Self Compassion’ – More information via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/2676287112391292/ or phone 9457 9961
Saturday 16 Nov
- St Mary’s Fete (Flyer Attached)
Tennis lessons are available locally through Topline Tennis www.toplinetennis.com
Having a Sleep over?
Snazzy Sleepoverzzz sets up a slumber party with all inclusions in the customer’s home. A tent, mattress, doona, breakfast tray all finished off with decorations that bring the theme to life. www.snazzysleepoverzzz.com.au
October is the month that the T-ball season begins and we are lucky enough to have a team for 5 – 10 year olds available just in Lower Plenty www.tballsmash.com.au
The Summer Season for Baseball begins in September for 8-16 year olds (also in Lower Plenty). www.juniorbaseball.com.au
Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 November www.elthamfestival.org.au