Montmorency Primary School Newsletter

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

Leadership @ Monty


Education Week

What a great way to celebrate Education Week, with a family STEM night. We were all intrigued as to which staff member was in fact,  the guilty one! Huge thanks to Paul, Cath and Mel and Miss Lauren for making this night such a forensically mysterious, wonderful, learning experience for us all!  


Monty Video

It was last week that we launched our very own, home grown, Monty video which showcases some of the joys that are experienced daily here at MPS. We are so fortunate to have such talented staff amongst us - Sarah and Manny directed and produced the entire video! They had over 9 hours of student footage that was later condensed to just over 3 minutes - an enormous task in itself! Well done to both Sarah and Manny for being able to "capture some Monty joy" in this way!


National Reconciliation Week

This week is National Reconciliation Week and we began the week by welcoming Uncle Tony and Thane, Wurundjeri  Elders, to our school. We were privileged to be a part of a traditional Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony and look forward to a continued partnership with them both. Thank you to Mrs Amor for organising this event. 

Baby News

Congratulations to Miss Meagan, Claire and Audrey who welcomed a baby boy into the family last week. We look forward to meeting baby Jude!


July School Holiday Program

Camp Australia are running a holiday program here at Monty! Call Call 1300 105 343 or for a list of program activities. 


A reminder to purchase tickets to the Trivia Night! We are  still after donations for the Silent Auction- please contact the office if you have any queries.

Important Dates

Term 2 - June

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 Talk for Foundation-Grade 2

Thursday 13th - Skaterz - Free entry skate after school  (Skate hire $4)

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

Friday 21st - MPS Trivia Night

Tuesday 25th - Buildings and Grounds Meeting @ 6pm, School Council Meeting @ 7:00pm

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

Term 3 - July

Monday 15th -Term 3 begins 

Wednesday 17th - 3/4 Camp Information Session 3:45pm

Thursday 18th - Foundation Fire Education Visit No#1

Monday 22nd - P & F Meeting @ 9:30am

Thursday 25th -  Foundation Fire Education Visit No#2

Tuesday 30th - Buildings and Grounds Meeting @ 6pm, School Council  @ 7:00pm

Wednesday 31st - Flying Start No.4  2020 Foundation students - FULLY BOOKED


Friday 2nd August - Children's Day

Thursday 7th - Friday 9th - Year 3-4 Camp Gundiwindi Lodge 

Monday 12th - P & F Meeting @ 9:30am

Monday 19th - Curriculum Day

Tuesday 20th - Book Parade 9am

Thursday 22nd - Friday 23rd - Book Fair

Friday 23rd  - Daffodil Day

Friday 30th - Father's Day Breakfast & Stall


Monday 2nd - Grade 5 Leadership 

Wednesday 4th - 5/6 Camp Information Session 3:45pm

Thursday 5th - ICAS Science

Monday 9th  - P & F Meeting @ 9:30am

Tuesday 10th - Parent/Teacher Interviews  (all day)

Tuesday 10th - Buildings and Grounds Meeting @ 6pm, School Council  @ 7:00pm

Tuesday 17th ICAS English

Wednesday 18th - Friday 20th - Grade 5/6 Camp Anglesea Coastal Forest Lodge

Thursday 19th - ICAS Maths

Friday 20th - End of Term 3 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

Tuesday 10th September - Adjusted School Day - P/T & Student Led Conferences (Children not  in attendance at school - interview times to be arranged closer to the day)

Monday 4th November

Child Safe Standards

Child Safe Standard #6:
Strategies to identify and reduce or remove risks of child abuse.

Child Safe Standard 6 requires schools to develop, implement, monitor and evaluate risk management strategies to ensure child safety in school environments.


While risk management assessments and strategies will vary for each school, managing risk typically involves the following steps and considerations.

  1. Identify the school’s child safety risks across the range of school environments (including excursions, camps, online). 

  2. Identify any existing risk mitigation measures or existing controls.

  3. Assess and rate the school’s child safety risks given the existing controls in place, taking into

    account the likelihood of risk, and the likely consequence of the risk.

  4. If the risk rating is more than the ‘acceptable level’, identify further risk managementstrategies through additional treatments or other prevention, detection or mitigation strategies and then re-assess the risk (once in place these treatments will then become controls).

Effective risk management strategies are dynamic and change over time as new risks arise and others may no longer be relevant.



Parent & Friends

Trivia Night

Well over half of the tables are now sold for our upcoming trivia night, but there is room for more. This night is all about having fun with friends, family and neighbours, so invite them along for a very entertaining night. Book through


We are very excited to announce that we will be raffling a fabulous Weekend Retreat during the night. Loch, Paper, Scissors is a beautifully renovated and appointed country house located in the heart of Loch. It has its own orchard and kitchen garden, a creative workshop space and sleeps up to 8. Tickets will be $5 and you can enter as many times as you like.   Thank you to the Holmes family for this generous donation.


We are also seeking donations of items for use in Silent Auctions. There is a donations box in the foyer that is looking a wee bit empty. Anything brand new in a box can be put to good use and we can always use wine & chocolates to top up hampers. Can you offer a service and promote your business as well?


P&F team


Skaterz Free Entry + $4:00 Skate Hire – June 13th


Election 2019 – done and dusted!

A huge thank you to the many many families that baked or lent a hand at last Saturdays Election Market. The weather was perfect and for most of the day, the school grounds were swarming with families enjoying a great day out. With takings of over $5000 it was our most successful Election Market ever!

Special thanks go to Michael and Ang for keeping the BBQ on point all day, and Casey for organising a divine cake stall. Also thanks to Harper, Amelia, Jace, Molly, Chantelle, Mia and Lola who sold over 400 raffle tickets to voters as they waited in line – an extraordinary effort considering most of the children were very shy to start with.

A great community effort!


Next P&F meeting – Monday 3rd June, after assembly

Everyone is welcome to come along and help plan and organise upcoming events. There will be cake and biscuits to share and its lovely to just stop and catchup and connect with other school families.

Students of the week

Term 2 -Week 5

 Ffion A (FA) -   Thank you for being such a polite, kind and conscientious member of Foundation A. You always have an amazing manners, are great company and approach everything with a positive outlook. You are a breath of fresh air, Ffion.
Scarlett R (FB) -  For the fantastic contributions you made during our class narrative writing session. You used great descriptive language and sparked the readers imagination by using a simile. You are an author in the making! Keep up the superstar work Scarlett!
Levi Rhyder A (FC) - You are a helpful hero in our classroom. Always appearing to pick up something your teacher has dropped and always helping clean your classroom until it's sparkling. You make Foundation c a nice place to be!
Arad H  (12A) - "For showing confidence in your learning, it is great to see you try new tasks with resilience and belief in your own ability. Keep up the great work Arad!"
Hamish L (12B) - has shown the school values of learning and respect. Hamish, you have been showing respect for your learning by really applying yourself during writing time and working so consistently at your spelling. This has resulted in a big improvement in your writing. Well done Hamish, keep up the great work :)!
Ethan M (12C) - For making huge improvements to your focus during class work time and for demonstrating kindness and respect to your classmates. It is aways wonderful to see you offer help to your peers when they need it. Good job Ethan! 
Nova L (12D) -  For being a dedicated, focused learner during all work tasks. You try your best and produce impressive work. You are also a respectful and kind friend to everyone in 1/2D. We love having you in the classroom!
Bonnie L (12E) -  "Bonnie has demonstrated a commitment to improve her focus in her learning. She excitedly takes on learning tasks and is proud of the work that she produces, especially in writing. Bonnie is always happy to support her classmates and is becoming a fantastic problem solver! Keep up the great work Bonnie!
Jonty D (12E) - Jonty is an enthusiastic member of the class who is always excited to be at school. He has worked hard to improve in his focus and to always display positive classroom behaviours. Jonty always asks for assistance in learning tasks when required and takes on feedback to improve his work. Great effort Jonty, keep it up!"
Dean M (34A) - What a great week you had last week Dean, it was great to see you just get on with things and give everything a red hot go!! Awesome job superstar!
Jackson T (34B) -Jackson has increased the amount of writing that he completes during writing sessions. His persistence has enabled Jackson to create some simply excellent pieces of work. Keep up the incredible effort, Jackson! Well done!
Miette C (34C) - has shown great enthusiasm towards her learning this week! She went into NAPLAN with a positive attitude and always tries her best. Keep up the great work, Miette!
Jackson P (34D) - Jackson constantly demonstrates the school values, especially learning. This term, Jackson has consistently challenged himself to improve in all areas and is always one to help his peers. Keep up the super work!
Tali M  (56A) - Tali is a wonderfully positive member of our Netball team and is always cheering her teammates. You are a fantastic role model Tali. We really appreciate you!
Sam B  (56B) - "Sam is a clear thinker who is always has a methodical approach to his learning. He is a kind and compassionate learner who is always looking out for other members of our community. GREAT STUFF BUDDY! "

Visual Arts

Neo S (56B) - You have shown persistence to complete your artwork while using strategies to overcome classroom distractions. Keep up the awesome work, well done Neo!

Ethan B  (12B) - For being a quiet achiever who is an absolute pleasure to teach. Ethan was able to do self-introduction in Japanese confidently and with good pronunciation, intonation and fluency. Keep up the great work Ethan!


Teacher Feature 

Nicky Gardner - Visual Arts

What one memory do you most treasure?
Building crazy inventions with my Pop in his garage after school on Fridays.

What is something that you do to relax and unwind?
Take my dogs for a walk or painting.

What super power would you like to have?
Teleportation, so I could visit my family and friends in South Australia regularly. I would also like to time travel so I could go back to when my girls were little.

What did you want to be when you were younger?
From the age of 5, I wanted to be a teacher. I would make my siblings and neighbours play schools and I was always the teacher. I also wanted to be an artist at one point so I guess I’m living my dream by being an art teacher. Yeah!

When are you the happiest? 
On holidays at the beach with my family and dogs.


Eta Kuttner - Education Support

If you ruled the world, what would you change on Day 1?

I would address the issues around climate change .


When  you have 30 minutes of free time, how do you pass the time?

I  go across the road to get coffee!


What's the number 1 most played song on your ipad?

Michael Jackson (Black or White )


What super power would you like to have

Super speed so I can get anywhere - on time .


What are you most grateful for?

My friends and family .


Zoe Girbau FC

What characteristic do you most admire in others?

Joy! It is such a simple thing but to spread joy is so easy. It was said to me that you can’t often remember exactly what a person said or did but you can remember how they made you feel. This is true for me. Many teachers and adults who positively impacted me growing up made me believe in myself, helped me to work hard and succeed. This is what I am always trying to do with the children at Monty. I believe happy kids learn best!


What is something that you do to relax and unwind?

I always enjoy swimming! I was a very keen swimmer growing up. I was a swim teacher and coach for many years and I just love diving into water. Every family holiday involved the beach or rivers or some body of water! My goal this year is to complete another ocean swim race - in summer of course!


What’s the #1 most played song on your iPod?

Anything Queen or the Beach Boys. It was the only two CD’s my family had in the car on our road trips. Listening always reminds me of those times!


What did you want to be when you were younger?

Teacher. Not even kidding. I had a whiteboard, teacher chair and an array of toys. I was very cool.


If you were to tell one person "Thank You" for helping me become the person I am today, who would it be and what did they do?

SO many people I would thank… but it would have to be my mum. She taught me how to be kind, tough, resilient, persistent and to strive to be my best. 



Resilience Project

Resilience @ Monty

It has become increasingly obvious as a result of what we see in our everyday lives, that all students (and adults!) are required to adapt to change – new routines, new expectations and new skills. Research tells us that it takes time to change a habit or to create a new one and it is no secret that what goes into adapting to new routines or sorting out challenges can be tough! Strategies such as getting up earlier, working more productively, taking a new approach, or simply digging deeper, all require a sense of purpose and a degree of resilience. Please keep referring back to those resounding messages from Hugh (The Resilience Project) and use the following strategies regularly:

Gratitude. Empathy. Mindfulness.  



Reading is my secret power!

We would like to send out a HUGE MPS THANK YOU to Shirley Abbatovi (parent of Yve - Grade 1/2C) for donating over $700 to our school library! With this money we are able to purchase this year’s entire selection of shortlisted books for Book Week. Shirley’s generous gift to the school will allow us all to celebrate the special event of Book Week in the third week of August and also enhance the quality and selection of books in the school library. Thank you so much Shirley!


Each year across Australia, the CBCA brings children and books together celebrating CBCA Book Week. During this time schools, libraries, booksellers, authors, illustrators and children celebrate Australian children's literature and you will often see children's book character parades and talented librarians creating amazing displays. 


The CBCA Book of the Year Awards are announced each year on the third Friday in August.

CBCA Book Week commences the week of 17–23 August.

School Uniform-Retail Shop

RHSports Retail Shop 

Please be advised that the RHSports School Uniform Shop will be closing on Friday 21st of June for the day to undertake their yearly stock take.


This means the following for that day:

  • No orders will be shipped
  • No orders via the web will be downloaded and packed
  • Shop will be closed for walk-in parents

All going well the shop will be operational again on Monday 24th June.

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.




Hello Monty Community!

As part of our SAKG Program we have four beloved chickens: Peri Peri, Bonnie, Fluffy and Sweetie the Silkie.


The ladies not only provide fresh eggs for our Kitchen Garden Program, they also provide a valuable learning experience for our Grade 3/4 student Chicken Monitors who take on the responsibility for caring for them on school days.


Weekend/Holiday Chicken Carers

Thank you to everyone who has lovingly cared for the chooks over the holidays and weekends. We are currently looking for carers who can look after our chickens on the weekends and school holidays during Term 3 and 4. Don’t be put off if you have never looked after chickens before - the ladies are a breeze to care for and they will reward you with delicious eggs each morning (Sweetie’s eggs are smaller but just as delicious).


Thank you,

Elisa and Claire.


Camp Australia

Camp Australia


Community Events






Fireball Valued Members,

The team at Fireball are putting on FREE pizza and game nights for all members. Family and friends are welcome. 


These social nights are a way to enjoy some fun and games with our wonderful community. 


We are running on the following dates:

Friday 31st May: Yallambie Tennis Club

Friday 7th June: Blackburn Tennis Club

Friday 14th June: St Francis Xavier Tennis Club

Friday 21st June: Greythorn Park Tennis Club


We will be running from 5pm-6pm on each evening. 


Please RSVP via email ( or phone (0422 270 224) so that we can get an idea of numbers.


Hope to see you there!



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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