Newsletter Term 4 Week 4 2019

By October 30, 2019Uncategorized
 From the Principal’s Desk
      Together we learn, lead and achieve.  

Dear Monty South Community,        
Reminder Next Monday 4 November report writing day –NO STUDENTS
We are well and truly underway for the last part of 2019 and preparations for 2020 are progressing steadily.
We have started assigning children into classes and checking against parent requests and teacher recommendations. Once the students are in classes, all teaching staff will look at the lists to make sure we have paired students with friends and taken into account all the other requests made. 
It is important that you contact the school office if your child is not returning to the school next year (with the exception of Year 6 students) for a couple of reasons.
Firstly, when we begin creating classes we plan to have at least one friend for each child in a grade. If we place children into 2020 classes and then they leave, it creates a possibility that a child may be left without a friend in the newly created grades. It is hard to start the process again.  
Furthermore, I need to know exactly how many students I have so that I can set the staffing budget for 2020 and employ the correct number of staff.
We will run our usual ‘Step Up to the Next Class’ program where I will inform the school community of the classes in the week beginning Monday 25 November. We will then have our four Step Up sessions, on Thursday 5 December, Friday 6 December, Monday 9 December with the final session being held all day on Tuesday 10 December.
Extra-Curricular School Programs are a feature of the school and this week, Year 5s went to camp in Anglesea for three days and Year 3 attended Camp Morton for two days. 
The Year 5 students had a wonderful time bushwalking, kayaking, surfing and generally learning to be independent and resilient. Equally, the Year 3 students will have great memories of visiting Chesterfield Farm and just spending the night away with their friends.  It is like a giant sleep over. Thank you to the staff who took the students on camp. It takes a great deal of  time and effort to organise a camp for 70+ children and the fact that our staff do it with a minimum of fuss and very little complaint is to be admired. 
The staff give up their own personal time and after school activities with their own families, so we are greatly appreciative of their time.
A huge thank you to:
Year 5 camp                                                    Year 3 camp
Laura Johnson                                                 Tracey Cole
Amy Duckworth                                              Jenny Hutchinson
Lisa Symons                                                     Jhye Burton
Rachel Phillips                                                 Bianca Hrovat
Kate Little                                                        David McFarlane
Justin Shears                                                   Daniel Jacobs                         
Michael Tindale                                              Charlotte Chlopek
Mady Thomas                                                 Jakk Walsh                             
Lachlan Holmes (PST)                                     Elise (PST)
Abby (PST)
Christmas Carols –change of date. Please note Tuesday 3 December
Thank you to the parents who contacted the school regarding the clash in dates with Eltham High school on our Christmas carols night. Whilst Jude had booked in the sound technicians a couple of months ago, she kindly agreed to negotiate a change of date with them.We now have a new date of Tuesday 3 December.
I understand by changing the date, there may be people affected but as it is the last whole school event our Year 6 class will be part of, we wanted to make sure they could all be there. Thank you for your understanding.
Remembrance Day
Remembrance Day poppies will be sold by Junior School Council members this Friday and next week. This important social service activity supports local RSLs and is another way our school supports the wider community. 
World Teachers Day
World Teachers’ Day, held annually in October since 1994, commemorates the anniversary of the signing in 1966 of the UNESCO/ILO Recommendation Concerning the Status of Teachers. It is an occasion to celebrate the essential role of teachers in providing quality education at all levels.
World Teachers’ Day acknowledges the efforts of teachers in an increasingly complex, multicultural and technological society. It is a day on which students, parents and community members can demonstrate their appreciation for the contributions that teachers have made to their community.
In our rapidly changing and interdependent world, teachers not only have to ensure that students acquire solid skills in basic subjects, but also that they become responsible local and global citizens, at ease with new technologies and able to make informed decisions about health, the environment and other challenges.
Our teaching staff at Monty South Primary School are passionate, dedicated, caring and committed to the learning of each and every child at this school. This is a perfect opportunity to acknowledge their hard work and determination to offer your child/children the best possible learning experience in their primary years of schooling.
I would like to acknowledge their exemplary dedication and enthusiasm in their ability to provide an outstanding learning environment for all of our students. Their support and dedication throughout 2019 has been outstanding and is very much appreciated by all.
Children’s footpath cycling rule amendments
The following rule changes pictured have come into effect, making it easier for kids to cycle safely.
What's new?
• Under 13 years can now ride on footpaths.
• 13 years and older can accompany a person who is under 13 to ride on a footpath.
• 18 years and above? You can now ride with a child in a child seat, or pedalling on a hitch bike, on the footpath.
For more info visit:
And while we are talking safety, can I please remind parents who park in Reichelt St, to be very careful where you park and drop off your own children. We are finding some people are parking in No Standing zones and leaving children who are walking to school vulnerable.  Children do not have very good peripheral vison and when cars are parked on both sides of the street, they walk out from behind a car to gain a better look; often into the path of an oncoming car. We have had so many near misses of late, we are pleading that you take into account the safety of all children and be very aware of where you park.

Also, turning around near a school gate using the driveway of one of our neighbours is dangerous, as children walk behind without noticing you are about to back out. We are going to contact Banyule Council and see if they can come out and check on the parking surrounding our school, but we wanted you to be aware this is why.
MSPS achievers
Thumbs up to our MSPS Chess team who came fourth in the Northern Star Chess primary open semi-final on Monday. The team consisting of Eamon Heley (6), Rowan Loveland (6), Gabriel Tran (4) Zian Mahanta (4) and Jake Morrow (4) came in behind Glendal on 22.5 points, Deepdene (22), Preston 20 and us on 19 points. There were 14 schools overall, so we have done remarkably well. Also congratulations to Gabe who was a bronze medal winner in his age group. Woo Hoo!

Another thumbs up to Alex Lloyd (5) for placing third in the state for his efforts in the school championship high jump. Fantiastic! 
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


Year 6 Student Leadership Photos
Montmorency South Primary School – Year 6 Leadership Photos have been taken
PRE-ORDER USING AN ENVELOPE – early bird offer of $17 per photo! Due 6/11/19 (Please note the dates are incorrect on the envelopes).
Envelopes are available from the school office for payment with cash, cheque or credit card.  Please note the due date to avoid disappointment.
Step 1: Student Details: Complete the student details section on the front of the order envelope. Please use black or blue pen.
Step 2: Order Details: Complete the order details on the front of the envelope.
Step 3: Payment Method: Select your payment method.
Credit Card – Please ensure you include all required fields
Cash – Please enclose correct money – no change is given under any circumstances
Cheque – Make payable to Advancedlife Photography with your name & address on the back of cheque
Please allow 60 days for your cheque to be finalised – a $10 fee will apply to any dishonoured cheque payments
AFTER EARLY BIRD DUE DATE – ONLINE ORDERING – regular price of $20 per photo.
Your child’s special group photos will be available for secure online purchase as soon as the envelope orders have been printed and dispatched for delivery
Step 1: Go to and enter your school code – WKQ FQE 54C
Step 2: Click on the Group Photos tab (top of the page)
Step 3: Choose the groups you would like to order from the list
(left side of the page, you can view them at this point)
Step 4: Pay for the photos via the shopping cart (upper right corner of the page)
**Online Orders will attract a $1 service fee
Please feel free to contact us via email or phone should you have any queries
in regards to your child’s special group photo order. or 03 9852 1133
Advancedlife Team
Year 6 Graduation
As was previously requested, in preparation for the Year 6 Graduation ceremony, we require your help. We would like some photos of your child to make a presentation on graduation night. The photos we require are:

  • One baby photo of your child
  • One toddler/kinder photo of your child

We had originally requested a Year 2 and Year 6 photo but we have sourced these through our professional school photo records.
If we do not have a specific school year photo, your child’s classroom teacher will email a request through to you.
The photos can be scanned or digital copies.  Please email them to your classroom teacher with the student’s name in the subject line.
If we could please have all photos in by Friday 8th November that would be fantastic. We appreciate your efforts in helping make your child’s graduation evening a success.
Kind regards,
Year 6 Team
Andy Glembin (Teaching & Learning Leader), Dale Weston, Sharon Moore and Rowena Martin
iPad information evening for year 3 Parents
 Dear Year 3 Parents,
As your students will be going into Year 4 next year, they will be joining our 1-1 iPad program. This means that you will need to supply an iPad which the students will bring to school each day and they can take home at night.
We will be having an information night to discuss the 1-1 iPad program including how the program began, how the iPads are used at school and the options for supplying your own device or buying/leasing the iPads through our supplier, CompNow.
A representative from CompNow will be in attendance to discuss the options available to you and what is included.
The information night will be on Wednesday 13th November from 7:00pm – 8:00pm in the school library. Please go to Events to indicate if you will be attending the evening. Those not able to attend will receive information about the different options on Compass.  
Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Kitchen classes
Volunteers still wanted for remaining dates in Term 4
Our kitchen program relies on the generosity of parent and community volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering, we would love to hear from you. Parents, grandparents, relatives and interested people from the community are very welcome.
Please contact Cathryn Hulme (Kitchen Specialist) on 0419 322 782
3A Wednesday 9.00 to 11.00 – 30 Oct, 13 Nov, 27 Nov & 11 Dec
3B Thursday 9.00 to 11.00 – 31 Oct, 14 Nov & 28 Nov
3C Tuesday 12.30 to 2.20 – 29 Oct & 12 Nov
3D Thursday 12.30 to 2.20 – 7 Nov & 21 Nov
4A Wednesday 9.00 to 11.00 6 Nov, 20 Nov & 4 Dec
4B Thursday 12.30 to 2.20 – 31 Oct, 14 Nov & 28 Nov
4C Wednesday 12.30 to 2.20 – 6 Nov, 20 Nov & 4 Dec
4D Monday 9.00 to 11.00 – 18 Nov & 2 Dec
4E Friday 9.00 to 11.00 – 1 Nov, 15 Nov & 29 Nov
5A Wednesday 12.30 to 2.20 – 30 Oct, 13 Nov, 27 Nov & 11 Dec
5B Tuesday 9.00 to 11.00 – 19 Nov & 3 Dec          
5C Tuesday 9.15 to 11.30 – 29 Oct & 12 Nov
6A Thursday 9.00 to 11.00 – 7 Nov, 21 Nov & 5 Dec
6B Monday 12.30 to 2.20 – 11 Nov
6C Monday 12.30 to 2.20 – 18 Nov
6D Tuesday 12.30 to 2.20 – 19 Nov & 3 Dec
Poppy Appeal
It is that time of year again.  We have Poppies, pins, wrist bands, and keyrings ranging in price from $1 to $5 to sell on behalf of the Montmorency RSL.  These are currently available at the office and further information will be provided at assembly about lunch time sales of these items.
War on Waste
As part of Monty South's War on Waste, we are aiming to start composting again in every classroom.   This will have a huge impact on reducing the amount of waste we are sending to landfill however we need some parent helpers to ensure the smooth running of this program. 
We are currently looking for adult volunteers who would be willing to help out once a week (on either Tuesday or Friday) in the garden between 3-3:30pm. 
This does not entail any heavy work, you will simply be helping to supervise students weighing, emptying and cleaning out their class compost bins. 
If you are interested in either helping out regularly (or going on a standby list to fill-in from time to time), please contact Tara on 0429 478 261.


Parents & Friends Group

Second Hand Uniform Sale – Friday November 15th
The P&F are running a second-hand uniform sale on Friday 15 Nov from 8:30-9:30am outside the gym.

Second-hand uniforms needed! Donations of clean, used uniforms needed to restock after the building move. Please leave at the front office up until the day of the sale. All funds raised go towards projects at the school. 
Working Bee – Sunday, November 17th 2019
With the completion of the main works to the school ground complete, we can now look at many maintenance requirements for the rest of the school grounds.

Please join the Environment and Facilities Committee at the first and final working bee for 2019.

We have a list of jobs that need doing around the school grounds. This includes weeding, painting/re-staining woodwork, sweeping/leaf blowing, whipper-snipping and spreading pine-bark to name a few tasks.

One very important and skilled job is paving. We have terracotta brick pavers that we would love to lay around areas of the school but we need skilled help for this job. If you are able to do so please let us know. This job will require some planning prior to the working bee.

Please bring any tools required for the above jobs and your gloves and we'll get stuck into it for three hours followed by a BBQ.
Please commit to attending, we need your help!  Please complete and return the attached form or sign up online at and let us know If you have particular skills or tools that will help, we will contact you closer to the date with specific details of the working bee tasks.
Colour Fun run – Friday December 13th
Whole school colour fun run kindly organised by our P&F group. More details about the event will be released as we get closer to the day.
Student fundraising has already started. Anyone who missed out on obtaining a sponsorship form, additional copies are available at the MSPS office. Students obtain donations in cash using the sponsorship form together with online fundraising.
It is encouraged to donate at least $5-$10 to participate in the colour explosion event or in addition students who raise as little as $10 or more, will receive an incentive prize for their efforts. Students have the option to choose up to five (5) prizes and this will set your fundraising goal. Family and friends are your greatest supporters, so ask them first for your support. You will reach your fundraising goal in no time.
Fete News
Montmorency South Primary School will hold a Fete on Sunday March 15th, 2020 (10am to 5pm) and we are seeking your assistance in making the fete a great success.  As a first step in planning for this exciting event we are reaching out to you, our school community for support. 

  • Do you, your family or friends have a business, product(s) or service that you/they would like promoted amongst the Monty South Primary School and wider Eltham/Monty/Briar Hill community?  We have sponsorship packages for advertising and promotion.
  • Do you work for a larger corporate company that is known to donate?
  • Would you like to donate a product or service to our online auction?  Ideas include….
  • a free trade service, consultation or session from a service provider
  • accommodation/leisure products – a weekend beach house rental, a hotel stay or a discount on rental fees,
  • a product from your business, a signed book or original artwork
  • a discount voucher for your business/service
  • tickets for activities, shows or events
  • tuition fees or lessons / party packs etc
    • Note: vouchers should have validity date 6 or 12 months from 15 March 2020.
  • Are you an entertainer who can perform on our “Main Stage”?  We’d love any students, ex-students or parents to be involved, as well as local teaching schools and groups.  We’re not limiting this to dance and music; we’d love to include magic, martial artists, and mindfulness sessions. 
  • Would you like to sell your product on the day at our mini-market?  The site fee to hold a market stall at the MSPS Fete is $50. We welcome expressions of interest from food & produce makers, art/craft makers, jewellery, soap/candles, plants, clothing, toys, etc.
  • Do you sew? Would you be interested in helping us make bags that will be offered for decorating and sale on the fete?

By donating and contributing to the MSPS Fete you will not only build brand awareness and showcase your products and services amongst a captive local audience, but also demonstrate your company’s social responsibility and care for the community.  Funds raised from your contribution will help the students, families and the wider community enjoy much needed playground facilities at MSPS.
Please use the attached form to let us know how you can help or feel free to forward them on to your friends who may be interested.

Thank you in advance for your help.
Parents’ and Friends’ Fete Committee

Dates for your Diary:

Wednesday 30 Oct

  • Melbourne Water 2019 Kids teaching Kids Conference

Thursday 31 Oct

  • Chess Tournament – St Martins of Tours

Friday 1 November

  • Back to school funding available for eligible Banyule residents
  • 3C & 3D – Lets Ride Bike Education Program (BYO bike and helmet) 2/6

Monday 4 November

  • Curriculum day – student free day

Tuesday 5 November

  • Melbourne Cup day – no school

Wednesday 6 November

  • Early bird offer closes for the year 6 graduation photos

Friday 8 November

  • Grade 6 Graduation – student photos due today
  • 3C & 3D – Lets Ride Bike Education Program (BYO bike and helmet) 3/6

Sunday 10 November

  • MSPS Choir performing at the Eltham Festival

Wednesday 13 November

  • iPad information evening for year 3 parents – Please refer to the event invitation on Compass.

Friday 15 November

  • 9.30 – 10.30am prep 2020 Parent session
  • P&F working bee around 10/10:30am after the prep info session.
  • P & F Second hand uniform sale 8.30am – 9.30am outside the gym.
  • 9am – 11.30am prep 2020 transition
  • 3C & 3D – Lets Ride Bike Education Program (BYO bike and helmet) 4/6

Sunday 17 November

•           P & F Working Bee – 9am to 12pm followed by a BBQ

Monday 18 November

  • Final date to hand in your colour fun run fundraising monies

Tuesday 19 November

  • Chess tournament – St Bridget’s Primary School – Balwyn North

Wednesday 20 November

  • P&F Meeting
  • Keyboard Concert

Friday 22 November

  • 9am – 11.30am prep 2020 transition
  • P & F Free Dress day in exchange for a hamper donation for our upcoming Christmas raffle

Monday 18-Thurs 21 November

  • Prep, Yr 1 & Yr 2 swimming lessons – Details to be released via compass

Friday 22 November
•           3C & 3D – Lets Ride Bike Education Program (BYO bike and           

Mon 25-Thurs 28 November

  • Prep, Yr 1 & Yr 2 swimming lessons – Details to be released via compass

Mon 25 November

  • Open water learning experience Yr 4 & 6- Details to be released via compass

Tues 26 November

  • Open water learning experience Yr 3 & 5 – Details to be released via compass

Fri 29 November

  •  Yr 2 day camp – Details to be released via Compass
  • Colour Fun Run – Closing date for prize claims – Details to be released via Compass
  • 9am – 11.30am prep 2020 transition
  • 3C & 3D – Lets Ride Bike Education Program (BYO bike and helmet) 6/6 – Final Session

 Mon 2 December

  • Year 6 Funfields excursion – details to be released via Compass
  • Year 5 Project Rockit Incursion – details to be released via Compass

Tuesday 3 December

  • ***NEW DATE*** Christmas Carols 6.30pm

Wed 4 December

  • CHANGE OF DATE Carols by candlelight 6:30pm – Rescheduled to Tuesday 3rd Dec
  • Special Assembly – 2.45pm Assembly with Vicki Ward – Presentation of David McKenzie Award & Premiers Reading Challenge

 Fri 6 December

  •  9am – 11.30am prep 2020 transition 

Tues 10 December

  • Year 7 orientation day at High school
  • Year 6 pizza dinner at school 5-7pm – Details to be released via Compass
  • 9am – 11.30am Prep 2020 transition

 Wed 11 December

  • P&F meeting 7:30pm
  • Whole School Swim Carnival – Details to be released via Compass

 Fri 13 December

  •  P & F Colour Run – Details to be released via Compass 

Tue 17 December

  • Year 1 extended Stay & Inquiry excursion – Details to be released via Compass 

Wed 18 December

  • Graduation (Yr 6 students)

Thurs 19 December

  • Last day of school – 3:30pm dismissal


Looking for something to do outside of school?

Eltham Festival
Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 November

Very Special Kids
Fundraiser for kids with life threatening conditions November 11.  For further information visit:

Be Wise Walk to the Valley
Walk to end the coward punch – 8km walk with the Pat Cronin Foundation 17/11/19. For Further information:
Banyule has talent
We are calling all who live, work, or study in Banyule to have a go at showing off your talent. 
Under 13, Over 13 and Groups. Heats and finals will be held at Malahang Festival 17/11/2019. For further information:
Lower Plenty Cricket Club
The club is looking for new junior players to join the under 16s teams from Junior Blasters, U10s, U12s & U14s for the 2019/20 season. For further information, please visit:

Junior Blasters (Cricket) Program
Held on the Monty South school oval Thursdays 4pm – 5pm – For further information, please see the attached flyer, or go to  and choose Lower Eltham CC as your preferred location.

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