Montmorency Primary School Newsletter

02 May 2019
Issue Six
Leadership @ Monty
Important Dates
Child Safe Standards
Parent & Friends
Students of the week
Resilience Project
Earn & Learn
Teacher Feature 
ICT @ Monty
Camp Australia
Community Events
Ongoing school fundraisers
Montmorency Primary School
(03) 9434 5944
60 Rattray Road
Montmorency, Victoria, 3094

Leadership @ Monty

Welcome to Term 2!

We are looking forward to yet another rewarding and fun filled term. The students have settled back into their regular class routine this week and many classes have launched into their new topics of Inquiry. The week started with a wonderful performance at Assembly by our Senior Choir. Congratulations to all students who sung with great spirit. Special thanks to Mrs Kechayas for bringing out such a high level of musicality in our children. It was also terrific to see such great school spirit on Tuesday as our students participated in a Cross Country run, thankfully in the gorgeous sunshine! Selected students will be invited to participate in District Cross Country next Wednesday.  Good luck! Thanks to Mr Josh for organising these sporting events.


Last week we received notification from The Department of Education in regard to their recent review of school zones. These zones were reviewed across the state against the capacity of each school, local demand, projected enrolment numbers and new schools opening. As a result, our school zone has been updated.

You can check out our school zone at


INFORMATION for all students who seek entry to MPS

  • Parents with children living in our school zone will always be able to request enrolment in our school.
  • Parents with children living outside our zone still have the choice to request enrolment, but their enrolment will depend on our capacity.

 ALL Foundation enrolments for 2020, must be submitted by 3rd June to allow for future planning.  We aim to let families know in August if their child has a place at MPS for 2020. 


If there are insufficient places for all students who seek entry to MPS, students will be enrolled according to the Department’s Placement Policy’s priority order, which has six criteria:

  • Students for whom the school is the designated neighbourhood school, (located via
  • Students with a sibling at the same permanent address who are attending the school at the same time.
  • Students seeking enrolment on specific curriculum grounds.
  • All other students in order of closeness of their home to the school.
  • In exceptional circumstances, compassionate grounds.

* Please note: As stated in the Primary School Privacy Notice, an immunisation certificate and satisfactory evidence of a child's name and date of birth must be provided to the school (e.g. birth certificate, passport).


If you have any queries about the school zone, please contact the VSBA hotline on 1800 896 950 or email


Please check out some great resources from the Resilience Project in the pages below! Don't forget to start collecting "Earn and Learn" stickers from Woolworths which will assist in the purchase of new resources for our varied learning programs. 

Enjoy the remainder of the week.


Janene and Kristie. 






















Important Dates




Tuesday 7th - School Council @7pm

Wednesday 8th - Flying Start No. 1  2020 Foundation students - FULLY BOOKED

Wednesday 8th - District Cross Country (selected students only)

Thursday 9th - School Tour for 2020 Foundation @ 10:00am

Friday 10th - Mother's Day Breakfast & Stall

Tuesday 14th - NAPLAN Testing Grade 3 & 5 only

Wednesday 15th - NAPLAN Testing Grade 3 & 5 only

Thursday 16th - NAPLAN Testing Grade 3 & 5 only

Saturday 18th May - ELECTION 

Education Week: 20th-25th May

Wednesday 22nd  - School Tour for 2020 Foundation @ 10:00am

Thursday 23rd - Family Stem Night: Grades F-2  @ 6:00-7:00pm , Grades 3-6  @ 7:00-8:00pm

Friday 24th - Grades 3 & 4 Science Works Excursion

Tuesday 28th - Grades 4 - 6 Cyber Safety Incursion @ 12:30pm

Wednesday 29th - Flying Start No. 2020 Foundation students - FULLY BOOKED



Monday 3rd - P & F Meeting @ 9:30am

Thursday 6th - School Tour for 2020 Foundation @ 10:00am

Thursday 6th - Foundation Music Excursion

Friday 7th - Curriculum Day - students not required at school

Monday 10th - Public Holiday Queen's Birthday

Wednesday 12th - Dentist Visit Talk for Foundation - Grade 2

Thursday 13th - Skaterz - Free skate after school

Wednesday 19th - Flying Start No.3  2020 Foundation students - FULLY BOOKED

Thursday 20th - School Tour for 2020 Foundation @ 10:00am

Friday 21st - MPS Trivia Night

Tuesday 25th - School Council Meeting @ 7:00pm

Friday 28th - End of Term 2 Dismissal @ 2:30pm

2019 Term Dates

Term 1 - 30th Jan - 5th April

Term 2 - 23rd April - 28th June

Term 3 - 15th July - 20th September

Term 4 - 7th October - 20th December

2019 Curriculum Days

Friday 7th June

Monday 19th August

Monday 4th November

Child Safe Standards

Child Safe Standard #4
Screening, supervision, training and other human resource practices that reduce the risk of child abuse

Child Safe Standard 4 requires Monty PS to use policies and procedures for recruitment, supervision, training and managing performance that support a child safe school environment. Strong human resource practices promote child safe school environments and reduce the risk of child abuse.


Monty PS already has a number of recruitment and screening practices that reduce the risk of child abuse.


1. Each job or category of jobs for school staff that involves child-connected work must have a clear statement that sets out:

a) the job’s requirements, duties and responsibilities regarding child safety; and
b) the job occupant’s essential or relevant qualifications, experience and attributes in relation to child safety.


2. All applicants for jobs that involve child-connected work for the school must be informed about the school’s child safety practices (including the code of conduct).


3. In accordance with any applicable legal requirement or school policy, the school must make reasonable efforts to gather, verify and record the following information about a person whom it proposes to engage to perform child connected work:

a) Working with Children Check status, or similar check;
b) proof of personal identity and any professional or other qualifications;
c) the person’s history of work involving children; and
d) references that address the person’s suitability for the job and working with children.


4. The school must ensure that appropriate supervision or support arrangements are in place in relation to:

a) the induction of new school staff into the school’s policies, codes, practices, and procedures governing child safety and child connected work; and
b) monitoring and assessing a job occupant’ s continuing suitability for child connected work.


5. The school must implement practices that enable the school governing authority to be satisfied that people engaged in child - connected work perform appropriately in relation to child safety.


You can find the following policies regarding volunteer work at MPS on our school website:

MPS Parent Helpers Code of Conduct Policy

MPS Volunteer Policy

MPS Visitors Policy


If you are needing a Working with Children Check (WWCC), please apply through the following website:




Parent & Friends

Mother's Day - 10th May

Mum's, nanna's and special people are invited to our Mother's Day breakfast, from 7.30 - 9am. Order breakfast via or by returning the below form to the office by 7th May.

Bookings are essential.


The Mother's Day gift stall will run from 9am - 11.40am and children will have the opportunity to purchase a gift or two from our fabulous range. Gifts range in price from $2 - $6.


Volunteers are needed to help serve breakfast from 7am. We have two chefs who will be doing all the food preparation, we just need help with serving and cleaning up. Please sign up via this LINK or leave your details at the office. 



Election Market - May 18th

Thank you to the families that have already signed up to help at our Election Market on Saturday May 18th. This is a huge community fundraiser and we appreciate any help you can offer.


We will be running a sausage sizzle and egg& bacon BBQ, cake stall, plant and gift stall and have face painting, craft and glitter tattoos for the children. There is still plenty of opportunities to help and the roster will be open right up until Thurs 16th (so you have time to sort out your weekend sport activities). Follow this LINK to sign up or leave your details at the office. 


If you can't help on the day, we also need people to bake cakes and biscuits and slices and yummy food for our cake stall. 

Trivia Night - June 21st

A Roaring 20's Trivia Night is being planned for Friday June 21st, at Petrie Park Community Hall.


Book your baby sitter, organise your costume and start swatting up on trivia for a fabulous night out. Our very own Mrs & Mr Kechayas will be running the night, so you know it will be energetic and fun. 


Tickets are now on sale at $25 each. Book a table of 10 or tell your friends what table number to book on. Tickets can be purchased via


Do you own or work for a business that can donate an item or service? We are seeking donations of any items that can be used in Silent Auction hampers - Kitchen goods, gardening goods, kids games and books, wine, & chocolates.

Anything brand new and in original packaging would be gratefully accepted and can be left at the office. We will put it to great use. 


Students of the week

Term 1 - Week 1

 Leo B (FA)  -  For your sense of fun, positivity and energy towards everything. You love learning and your friends. Your enthusiasm for school is contagious. Thank you for being you, Leo!!

Jack G (FB) For starting the term with such enthusiasm and always trying your very best in class. You did a wonderful job in diary writing and it is great to see you ‘having a go!’ What a champion student you are!

Leon R (FC) You have stated of this term with an amazing attitude to school. Each morning you have come in with a huge smile and cheery hello and you make your classmates and teacher smile too! Keep up the champion effort!


Ethan D (12A) - For a great start to Term 2, your concentration and work has been amazing. Keep up the great work.

Milla R (12B) - Milla has shown the values of learning and friendship by starting this term off with a positive attitude and doing her best in all learning tasks. Milla has done a particularly good job of making different friends by joining in with all different groups. Great job Milla!

 Tess I (12C) - You have made an amazing start to the term by showing the values of friendship and respect. It was wonderful to see you comfort a classmate when they were upset and help them to overcome their disappointment. What a great friend!

 April S (12D) - April is a role model to her peers. She is a kind friend to everyone around her and always shows respect in and out of the classroom. April tries her best in every activity she completes and it has been amazing to see her grow in so many areas of her learning so far. Well done, April!

 Arlyn M (12E) - Arlyn has demonstrated that she is a responsible learner and a great friend. She eagerly shares her ideas in class discussions and is especially enthusiastic about writing. Arlyn support others in collaborative learning tasks and gives great feedback to her classmates! Keep up the fantastic work Arlyn, we’re so lucky to have you in 1/2E!


 Nicholas P (34A) - What a great start to the term, Nicholas! You have tried really hard with your learning and you were super helpful during our cooking session. Keep it up superstar!

 Kyrienn B (34B) - Kyrienn is a pleasure to have as part of the 3/4B Bouncy Bunnies, with her enthusiastic, hard-working and fun nature! Keep it up Kyrienn!

Felix M (34C) - Felix has made a great start to the term by showing he is listening and ready to learn. He has been making good choices and focusing on his work. Keep up the good work Felix!


 Aiden HK (56A)  -Aiden loves contributing to our weekly Soundwaves brainstorm. We love your enthusiasm, sense of humour and brain power Aiden. You rock!

 Lachie H (56B)  -  Lachie has made steady progress in this maths thinking particularly when using long multiplication to solve problems. Keep up the good work buddy! 


 Ada M (12B - Music) - Ada arrives at her music lesson ready to learn. She is always attentive and shows a keen interest in improving her skills. She attempts all tasks confidently and encourages others around her to do the same. Well done, Ada! It's great to see you enjoying music so much.


Resilience Project

School Newsletter



For Students to watch

'Look up' - watch it HERE An engaging clip demonstrating to students in particular all the things they may miss if they spend too much time looking down, at their devices. 


'What are you missing' - watch is HERE - In a hyperconnected world, where devices have become such a huge part of our lives, human interaction is sacrificed daily in favour of digital interactions.

For Parents to READ

Are students choosing screen time over sleep? - Read HERE

Reasons kids are bored, entitled and impatient with few real friends - Read HERE


Earn & Learn

Earn & Learn - May 1st to June 25th

Montmorency Primary School is once again collecting Earn & Learn stickers. We have a box at Woolworths at Eltham and Greensborough and you can also drop your stickers onto a sheet and leave them at the office. Help us buy equipment for science, arts, technology, maths and lots more.




Term 2 in the Garden

Term 2 is upon us and so is the colder weather - this means it is time to plant out brassicas, silverbeet, spinach and broad beans. We’ve had a bumper crop of Jerusalem artichokes this season that Kitchen students will have a great time cooking within the coming weeks. This Term in Garden class, Foundation – 2 students will be busy learning how plants grow and what actions like mulching, watering, fertilising and weeding does to help a garden thrive.


Garden Volunteers

Garden classes need your help! Volunteers are needed to help with Garden class activities and the more volunteers we have, the more activities we can run for students. The great thing about gardening is that we are all learning together, this means that you don’t need any gardening skills to help out. If you do have something to share, we would love to learn from you too! 


Are you wanting to get involved in our school’s SAKG program but can’t make it to a Kitchen or Garden class? Every Wednesday afternoon from 2:50pm I welcome parents and carers to join me in the garden for some maintenance and gardening tasks. So far we have given our Labyrinth Garden a makeover, netted fruit trees and maintained the indigenous garden, all of which I couldn’t have done without your help. 


Please note: all volunteers need a working with children check and an OH&S induction which is done via the office.


Mini Market

Our Monty Mini Market will be running every Thursday in Term 2. Students will be selling excess produce from our garden as well as seedlings planted by students and goodies made by our kitchen classes. All money raised goes right back into supporting Monty’s SAKG program – we hope to see you there!





In the Kitchen 

Last week the year 3/4’s made and enjoyed ANZAC biscuits. Extra biscuits were sold them at the Mini Market to raise money for the ANZAC appeal. Thank you everyone who made a donation for a biscuit or two. We hope you enjoyed them!

During the next two weeks students will be busy making some fabulous items for the Mother’s Day stall.


Volunteers needed

If you can spare a couple of hours once a week or once a fortnight to help out in one of the cooking sessions it would be much appreciated. Without adequate support, sessions often have to be modified and the things we make simplified. In order for our students to get the most out of the program we require the assistance of 2-3 volunteers per class.





Teacher Feature 

Nadia Amor - Foundation B

What one memory do you most treasure?

A memory I most treasure is being in the kitchen with my Nonna. From the age of 4 I spent almost every day in the kitchen with her, where I learnt family recipes that have been pasted down from generation to generation.


What would a "perfect" day look like for you?

A ‘perfect’ day for me is being outside, whether that is hanging out by the pool, going to the beach, gardening or taking my two fur babies out for a walk.


What super power would you like to have?

I wish I had the ability to freeze time because that way I could take a really long nap and it wouldn’t cut into my day. Also, I’d be able to get everything I needed done and I could make the most of my day.


What did you want to be when you were younger?

I wanted to be many things as a child. When I was four, I wanted to be a fairy, just like Tinkerbell. That was only a phase and didn’t last long. I then wanted to be a vet because I loved animals so much. I was always rescuing injured animals, insects or reptiles, even if they didn’t really need rescuing.


What are you most grateful for?

I am most grateful for my husband, fur babies, family and friends. They all mean so much to me and I am the person I am today because of all the amazing people in my life.


ICT @ Monty

Cyber Safety tips

  • If something inappropriate ever pops up in a video you are watching (like ads or scams), make sure you tell an adult straight away!
  • If an email looks suspicious or you don’t recognise the sender, ignore it or delete it!



  • Coding is a fun and important skill to learn as a child. It teaches kids how to problem solve using analytical thinking, creativity and resilience, and is a skill for the future!
  • Here are some coding websites that can help kids learn how to code:


By Tim Katsaras (ICT Captain) and Mr. Boyd (ICT Coordinator)

Camp Australia

Meet your Camp Australia Team

Our team managing the Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) at your school are extremely passionate about what they do and take their roles very seriously. They provide a wide range of activities that engage all children each and every day.


If you haven’t met the team, please feel free to pop in and visit our OSHC Program and they will be able to answer any questions you may have about our program. Head to your school’s designated OSHC Room and you can find our friendly team (the ones in the blue shirts, you won’t miss us) looking after the children who attend OSHC. 


All Educators are committed to the long-term development of the children in their care and are supported by industry leading training as well as being qualified in line with the National Quality Framework and industry regulations.



Not yet registered?


To register and book your child in our program, visit and use the school finder on our homepage to search for your schoolTo secure a spot for your child, we always recommend making your bookings in advance.



We look forward to seeing you and your family soon!

From the Team at Camp Australia


Community Events

Fireball Tennis

Very exciting news ahead! Our termly Bring a Friend Week is just around the corner starting in week 3 of this term on Monday the 6th of May!


Bring a friend week is an amazing opportunity for our players because they get to bring anyone they want along to their tennis lessons at no cost at all. Anyone is welcome, whether it be a sibling or friend from school!


We encourage everyone to bring a friend to their lesson because the entire experience of sharing your love for tennis and having fun with them on the court is an extremely rewarding experience for everyone - both coaches and players. We look forward to meeting all the new faces. 


To enrol your friend into the lesson, please fill out this form


Every friend that enrols will go into a raffle to win a Babolat Pure Drive.  


Key to Life











Ongoing school fundraisers

Foodworks Reward program

Everyone shops at Foodworks in Were St, it is easy and convenient. Now it can be   rewarding as well.

Next time you are in Foodworks simply ask for a Rewards Club Card at checkout and then register the card online at home. You then nominate the percentage of points you want to go to the school by selecting Montmorency Primary School as the receiver. 

Then every time you go shopping at any Foodworks, remember to have your Club Card scanned. You can see how many points you have earnt at the bottom of your receipt.

The school is rewarded with a cheque or Foodworks vouchers which we then use as raffle prizes.

Earnings for 2019 have been over $100 already! A great effort.


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