Newsletter – Term 4 Week 8

By November 26, 2019Uncategorized
From the Principal’s Desk
Together we learn, lead and achieve.  

Dear Monty South Community,         
Working bee thanks
Working bees have returned to Monty South and it was lovely to see a band of dedicated workers out on Sunday 17 November. 
We swept tan bark from the oval, pathways and classroom doorways. We ‘leaf blowed’ all areas around the school, painted the boat and railing outside the BER. We weeded and painted the outdoor fire pit area and even cleaned the water fountains.
The school looked fantastic at the end of the day and hopefully it will stay for a little while yet. We are so grateful for all those that gave up their Sunday morning and came along to help out.
Bouquets to:
Brad, Freya and Astri Robinson
James, Deb and Thomas Rewell
Nghiem, Nicole, Gabe and Gideon Tran
Jenny Vergers, ben, Annabelle and Sebastian King
Leanne Sheean
Grandage Family-Fiona, Adam and Leo
Jo Heley
Sarah Johnson (Willoh and Matilda’s mum)
Fang Cheah (Mia’s dad)
Allport family-Cecelia, Ewen, Oliver and Tabitha
Kellow Family-Erin and mum Lydia Jones
Deery family-Neville, Naeidra, Oliver, Jenna and Leo
Justin Halbert (Madison and Mikayla’s dad)
Belinda Johnston, Ariel Johnston, Sebastian, Judah and Lucien Brady
Tracey Cole
Karen and Alex Lloyd.
And well done to Jenny Vergers and Tracey Cole for organising the working bee. It was a very successful and rewarding morning.
Step up
Step up starts next Thursday and with the exception of one class, all teachers will be on board. We will inform you of the class teacher in the next newsletter which will be sent out on Monday 9 December.
Strategic calendar 2020
At our last School Council meeting on November 12, we had a discussion on the number of excursions and important dates through the school year and how sometimes it is hard to keep abreast of everything that’s going on. A few years ago, the council requested we send out an excursion levy at the beginning of the year but at the time, it was not accepted as parents felt they wanted to know what the staff had planned throughout the year. After our recent school council discussion, it was decided that we would ensure that all 2020 dates are locked in at the start of the year. At the beginning of 2020, we will be loading these dates to our school web site. As for an excursions levy, this is something we will investigate in Term 1, 2020 and make a decision.
Student leadership positions
This Thursday, we will be holding our School Captain leadership speeches. Afterwards the current Year 4, 5 and 6 students, along with staff will, vote for their preferred candidate. The votes will be collated and used as part of the four part process – application, speech, interview and voting.   
Our candidates for all other leadership positions will take part in the interview process over the coming weeks conducted with our current leadership members comprising part of the panel.
Our 2020 Student Leadership Team will comprise of the following roles:
School Captains – Female and Male – in consultation with the Principal
Responsibilities include representing the school at official functions, conducting assembly, showing leadership of Junior School Council, participating in the Principal Advisory Leader (PALS) meetings with the Principal and generally displaying a good example to junior students. They are also integral members of our Student Action Teams.
Vice School Captains – Female and Male (part of the School Captain process)
Assisting the captains in the above responsibilities.
Performing Arts Captain – in consultation with the Performing Arts teachers
Responsibilities include helping with the operation of the Performing Arts programs, providing introductory addresses at concerts, carols, arrange events in collaboration with the performing arts teachers, and participate in PALS meetings with the Principal and generally displaying a good example to junior students. They are also integral members of our Student Action Teams.
Visual Arts Captain – in consultation with the Art teachers
Responsibilities include helping to create visual arts activities to promote school events, helping to showcase the work of students in the newsletter, participating in the PALS meetings with the Principal and generally displaying a good example to junior students. They are also integral members of our Student Action Teams.
Sustainability and Environment Captain – in consultation with the SAKG staff and Indigenous Studies teachers
Responsibilities include helping to promote issues relating to the school environment, helping to organise and promote activities (e.g. Biodiversity Week) in the newsletter, assist with the maintenance and upkeep of the hens and other garden activities as required, participating in participating in the PALS meetings with the Principal and generally displaying a good example to junior students. They are also integral members of our Student Action Teams.
Library Captain – in consultation with the Library Coordinator
Responsibilities include helping the library coordinator in the maintenance of the library, helping to organise and promote activities (eg Book Week) in the newsletter, assist students in borrowing books, participating in the PALS meetings with the Principal and generally displaying a good example to junior students.
French Captain – in consultation with the French Coordinator
Responsibilities include helping the French teaching staff and to organise and promote activities in the newsletter, assist students, participating in the PALS meetings with the Principal and generally displaying a good example to junior students.
Wellbeing Captain – in consultation with the Principal and Wellbeing Coordinator  
The Wellbeing Captains will be welcoming and approachable. They must be invested in the wellbeing of their fellow students and creating a school environment that is beneficial for the whole school community.

Taking new students around the school on their first day, show them classrooms, the gym, kitchen, garden and areas to play, leading peer mediation, giving feedback to staff about student wellbeing, attending fortnightly wellbeing meeting for 10 minutes and participating in fortnightly in the Principal’s Advisory Leaders (PALs) meetings
Sports Captain – Female and Male – in consultation with the Physical Education Teachers
Responsibilities include assisting the PE teachers, maintenance of the sports storeroom, helping to organise and promote activities (eg Swimming Carnival) in the newsletter, writing and delivering of sports report to assembly and generally displaying a good example to junior students.
House Captains – four Female and four Male – in consultation with the Physical Education Teachers
Responsibilities include addressing house meetings, helping to involve students in house activities, helping the PE teacher at sports carnivals, participating in the Student Leadership meeting and generally displaying a good example to junior students.
MSPS Carols 
A traditional highlight in the lead up to Christmas is the Monty South Christmas Carols Evening. It has been a noted event in the local community for around 45 years and even though we broke with tradition last year, I am thrilled to announce it is it is back again!

This year we are holding it on Tuesday 3 December commencing at 6.30pm on the school oval.    
This is an opportunity for our community to collectively come together to celebrate the spirit of Christmas before the end of the school year.  More details will follow in the newsfeed.
Parent payments
Learning and teaching programs vary across schools based on local needs and circumstances and reflect each school’s priorities, decisions and resources. This in turn, informs the parent payment charges approved by school councils that may vary from one school to the next. 
Our School Council have approved the Parent Payment charges for the 2020 school year. These charges are set to ensure that parent payment practices are consistent, transparent and provide all students with access to the curriculum. School Council is responsible for developing and approving school-level parent payment charges and can request payments from parents under three categories: Essential Student Learning Items, Essential Curriculum Materials (book packs) and Voluntary Financial Contributions.
Parent contribution, in all forms, assists schools to provide an enriched learning and teaching program for every student and is highly valued by school communities.

Information regarding these charges and when/how to pay will be distributed via Compass, this week.
We thank our families in advance for your financial support, which enables us to continue to ‘add value’ to the students of MSPS.
Looking ahead
Term 4 is both an exciting and emotional term for our Year 6 students. They are currently having their final specialist sessions at MSPS and some very special upcoming celebrations including the Graduation Evening (December 18) and their final assembly on Thursday 19 December at 9.30am.
I would like to thank the parent Graduation Committee who are working alongside staff to create a truly memorable evening for our students.
A highlight of being in education is following the amazing journey of our students and it is always hard to say goodbye. We are looking forward to making eh last few weeks with them very special.
MSPS achievers
A belated thumbs up to Matilda Mitchell from 2C who appears to be following in her very capable mum’s footsteps in the cooking department. Matilda entered the Whittlesea Show in four categories, including the adult section. She won first, second and third prizes for her chocolate cake, uncooked slice (Hedgehog) and drop scones respectively.   We are so thrilled for her and can’t wait to see her in action in the SAKG next year. 
Congratulations are also due to our Year 2 students Ava Kent, Astri Robinson and Billie Bellett who were awarded a Distinction in the State Maths Talent Quest competition run by Mathematical Association of Victoria. As I said last week, this attracts many entries across the state and it is really is a high accolade to win an award. We are sorry we missed you last week but we are so pleased that we finally got it right and we wanted to say how proud we are of your talents. Tremendous effort.
Thumbs up to Lila Mooney from PD, who decided to do some fundraising for the Colour Run and came up with the idea of having a Lemonade Stand to raise money, which she held last Sunday.

She made her own sign and we went shopping for lemons at the market and set up her stand at the front of her house with a tablecloth, cups and the lemonade that mum helped make.

Lila raised a total $35.60! She even had a family who did a U-turn after seeing her sign and did a drive-thru for lemonade!

Her parents and all of us here are so proud of her. Not only for her idea but also for the way she put it into action. Lila’s friend from Prep, Amelia Benton also came along to support her and sell her lemonade.

Fantastic girls. We are absolutely thrilled for you both.
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

 Compass App
For families who prefer to use the Compass App on their phones and smart devices, please be aware that there appears to have been a recent upgrade on the app.
When providing your consent for your child to attend an event or excursion, there are now mandatory fields that require your attention.  Unfortunately these fields are not highlighted in any way to make them obvious, and your consent is not able to be processed without these fields being processed.
Please ensure that you read the page and answer any questions asked of you during the consent process as this will result in the activation of the button at the bottom of the screen.
Prep – 2 swimming lost property
If anyone feels they may have lost anything whilst swimming at Eltham Leisure centre during our swimming program, please stop by the table that has been set up between Monique’s classroom and the art room.
Our teachers have been lovingly collecting any found items and storing them here for safe keeping until we can re-unite them with their owners.
Library News
Dear Parents,
Library borrowing for this year will finish on Friday the 29th of November. As from now our students will no longer be bringing books home but will leave them in their book boxes for their Daily 5.

All books are to be returned to the library NO LATER than Friday the 6th of December. If any student still has a book at home could they please be returned back to school to be put in their book box.

It is such a big job getting all our books returned to the library at the end of each year so I would be very grateful for your assistance in this. We want to start 2020 with a clean slate.  Please don’t hesitate to email me if there are any concerns with lost books.

Thank you so much in advance.
Clare Bear

Morrison Kleeman Colouring Competition
We are one of 5 lucky school communities to be selected by Morrison Kleeman Estate Agents for a Christmas Colouring in Competition!
We will have 2 prize winners from our school with a very generous prize for our winning students.
Junior school prize is a Micro Sprite Scooter –
Our Senior School prize is a VX7 Pro Scooter –
Things you need to know:

  • Competition opens November 19th
  • Competition closes (all entries must be received at the school office ) Tuesday December 10th
  • Competition Winners Announced via email and social media Thursday December 12th


 Parents & Friends Group

Colour fun run
This year Montmorency South Primary School Colour Explosion Run is being held on Friday 13th December.

The fundraising kicked off three weeks ago, and we are now having the last of the donations coming through the office.

For participation, please remember this is a 2 step process:

  • Consent to participate needs to be provided either electronically via Compass, or in writing using the downloadable consent form available on Compass by Tuesday December 10.
  • A donation of $5-$10 is required for participation in this event – this can be done by delivering cash directly to the office.

If you have made your donation via the online portal, please remember that you have until November 30 to ensure your chosen prize arrives this year.
Fete news – Boomerang bags
We are also excited to make this event as sustainable as possible – and our first project is to sew a whopping 500 reusable bags in collaboration with Boomerang Bags for visitors to buy and decorate on the day. The material kits are ready to be sewed, you can pick them up from school foyer. Upon completion, please return to the school office.
Chess Club
Monday afternoon chess club is back for term 1 in 2020!
Held at MSPS, the 1 hour sessions will be held on a Monday afternoon at 3.30pm from February 3 through until March 23.
The cost is $160 (inc gst) per child and students can now be easily enrolled online at:

Dates for your Diary:

Wednesday 27 November

  • Assembly 2.45pm – 3.30pm
  • P & F Christmas Raffle tickets to be returned by today

Thursday 28 November

  • 2019 NSC Primary Schools Chess Championship – Kangaroo Ground

Friday 29 November

  •  Yr 2 day camp – Details 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
  • Library borrowing closes for 2019
  • 2019 NSC Primary School Chess Championship – Kangaroo Ground

Monday 2 December

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

Tuesday 3 December

  • ***NEW DATE*** Christmas Carols 6.30pm
  • P & F Christmas raffle is drawn at the carols

Wednesday 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 – Final Wednesday afternoon assembly for the year.
  • P – 2 Mini Olympics

Thursday 5 December

  • Step up program (session 4 & 5)

Friday 6 December

  • 9am – 11.30am prep 2020 transition
  • Step up program (session 1, 2 & 3)
  • Pop up uniform shop – will have stock available up to size 10.  Pre-ordered uniforms will be available for collection and orders can be placed on the day.

Monday 9 December

  • Step up program (session 4 & 5)

Tuesday 10 December

  • Year 7 orientation day at High school
  • Year 6 pizza dinner at school 5-7pm – Details released via Compass
  • 9am – 11.30am Prep 2020 transition
  • Morrison Kleeman Colouring Competition closes – All entries must be submitted to the office by today.
  • Step up program (all day)

Wednesday 11 December

  • P&F meeting 7:30pm
  • Whole School Swim Carnival – Details to be released via Compass
  • NO ASSEMBLY due to special assembly last week.

Thursday 12 December

  • Morrison Kleeman Colouring Competition Winners announced via email and social media

Friday 13 December

  • P & F Colour Run – Details released via Compass

Tuesday 17 December

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

Wednesday 18 December

  • Graduation (Yr 6 students) – Details released via Compass

Thursday 19 December

  • End of year assembly to be held in the gym 9.30am
  • Last day of school – 3:30pm dismissal

Thursday 30 January 2020

  • Return to school for years 1 – 6

Friday January 31

  • Preps Start School

Saturday 1 February 2020

  • Price increase for school uniforms


Looking for something to do outside of school?

Montmorency Scout group
Montmorency scout group grand hall  (re) opening – Saturday November 30, 12pm – 3pm (official opening 2pm) at Petrie Park (past the bowling club) 16 Mountain View road Montmorency.  Lots of activities including stalls, billy carts, sausage sizzle, climbing tower, camp cooking and more! For more information:

The Ceramic studio at Monsalvat will be running a kids workshop on November 30 with the theme ‘Christmas Wonder’. Children will have the opportunity to make ceramic Christmas decorations. Further information available

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