Montmorency Primary School Newsletter

23 August 2019
Issue Thirteen
Leadership @ Monty
Important Dates
The Resilience Project
Child Safe Standards
Teacher Feature
Parent & Friends
Road Safety Around Schools
Scholastic Book Fair
Community Events
Ongoing school fundraisers
Camp Australia
Montmorency Primary School
(03) 9434 5944
60 Rattray Road
Montmorency, Victoria, 3094

Leadership @ Monty

What's been happening @ MPS?

Book Week Parade

WOW! What an incredible display of book characters we saw at this morning's parade. From Willy Wonka to Captain Underpants and everything in between! We are very grateful to everyone for going to such an effort to celebrate Book Week - reading is my secret power! Still not sure who had more fun dressing up, the students or the staff? You be the judge!



Curriculum Day

While the students enjoyed a 'long weekend' the staff were busy at school participating in a First Aid refresher course. Our facilitator had us refining our CPR skills, addressing bandages and slings and up-skilling us in the treatment of asthma attacks and allergic reactions. Thank you to the staff for their enthusiasm and commitment towards the health and safety of our students.


Professional Learning Communities (PLC) Initiative

Our PLC Leaders (Miss Zoe, Mr Lewis, Mr H and Mr Jared) spent two solid days off-site participating in professional development. This particular Professional Learning program aims to recognise, describe, evaluate and support high quality teaching that is focused on ensuring the successful learning of all children in our school. We look forward to our PLC Leaders working with our whole staff as we continue to focus on the provision of consistent and effective teaching and learning practices at MPS. 


Daffodil Day

It was great to see so many students get involved by wearing a splash of yellow in support of Daffodil Day! The SRC have collated and counted the money raised - with a grand total of $386 being donated to the Cancer Council. Thank you to our Monty families for your continued support of this worthy cause.


Writers Festival

The 2019 Melbourne Writers Festival is a 'bookish arts party' that will bring the 'City of Literature to Life'. Our Year 4, 5 and 6 students were given the opportunity to participate in a voluntary writing competition (at school) where they could compose a 'free choice narrative'. The 'panel' then read all entries and selected 10 of our talented authors to attend the Schools' Program on Thursday 05 September. Thank you to all students who entered and congratulations to the following students who will represent MPS at the Festival: 

Tibaud, Shola, Chantelle, Angus, Finlay, Maeve, Claire, Molly, Tali and Jean Claude. 

You can find out more information about the Melbourne Writers Festival via the website


Administration Staff News

You may have noticed two new faces in the Office! We are fortunate to welcome Bianca Byrne and Shae Stroud to the team at Monty. We would also like to extend our thanks to Jenny Panettieri for her work in the Office and look forward to seeing her face around from time to time.

What is coming up @ MPS?

Book Fair 

On Monday 26 August, the Book Fair will be officially 'open' for sales! Each grade will have a scheduled time to go 'shopping'. This week, the students spent time with their teacher browsing the books and writing 'wish lists' in preparation for this! Please remember, every book sold at the Book Fair means 'free books' for our school! A big thank you to Mrs Clancy for making the Book Fair possible and to our parent helpers for supporting this event.

Working Bee 

Planting day for the new play spaces will be on SUNDAY 08 SEPTEMBER - many hands make light work! Thank you to all that have assisted in the organisation of plants - we can't wait to see this space grow!

Student-led Conferences

Please save the date! Tuesday 10 September has been approved as an "Adjusted School Day" in support of our annual Student-led Conferences. Children are not required to attend school on this day (Camp Australia care will be available). Students have begun preparing for this important conference where they will share some of their achievements and plan for future learning goals. The 20 minute interview, will be divided up into students sharing their learning and a progress interview with your child's classroom teacher. Bookings will open on Tuesday via Compass. Please keep an eye out on the Compass feed. For Camp Australia booking information on this day - see attachment:

Important Dates


Monday 26th - Book Fair Sale Day

Tuesday 27th - Grades 3 - 6 Athletics Day (Willinda Park)

Friday 30th - Father's Day Stall

Friday 30th - District 1500m (Willinda Park)


Monday 2nd - Grade 5 Leadership Excursion to Montmorency Secondary College 

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

Wednesday 4th - District Athletics

Thursday 5th - ICAS Science

Thursday 5th - Writers Festival - Grades 4, 5, 6 (selected students)

Sunday 8th - Working Bee

Monday 9th  - P & F Meeting @ 9:30am

Tuesday 10th September - Adjusted School Day: Student-led Conferences (Children not in attendance at school - 20 min interview times to be arranged closer to the day)

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

Wednesday 11th - Whole School, Graduation and Sport photos

Friday 13th - Terrarium Workshop (and wine tasting) - P&F social event

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

Term 4 


Friday 11th October - Grade 5/6 Swimming

Monday 14th October - P & F Meeting @ 9:30am

Tuesday 15th October -  Foundation - Grade 2 Athletics Day (on campus) TBC

Friday 25th October - Grandparents Day

Tuesday 29th October - School Council Meeting 7pm


Friday 1st November - Foundation Transition #1

Saturday 2nd November - Bunnings BBQ - save the date to help out

Monday 4th November - Curriculum Day

Wednesday 6th - Tuesdy 12th November - Foundation - Grade 2 Swimming Lessons

Friday 15th November - Foundation Transition #2

Monday 18th November -  P & F Meeting @ 9:30am

Tuesday 26th November - School Council Meeting 6pm

Friday 29th November - Foundation Transition #3


Tuesday 3rd December - Christmas Carols and Art Show

Thursday 5th December - Whole School Transition #1

Tuesday 10th December - Year 7 Transition

Tuesday 10th December - Whole School Transition #2

Monday 16th December - Grade 6 Graduation

Tuesday 17th December - Foundation - Grade 2 Athletics Day (on campus) TBC

Wednesday 18th December - Grade 6 Day Out (Funfields)

Friday 20th December - End of Term 4 Dismissal @ 1:30pm

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

Curriculum Days

Monday 4th November

The Resilience Project

Resilience @ Monty

Article: Anxious times: What is going on with our primary-aged children?

To read the whole article, please click here...

"Also, when we post articles about parenting, we never aim to blame parents or parent-shame. Every parent learns as they go along and we all make mistakes. We hope that by bringing up certain issues and opinions, it will encourage a more reflective approach to raising kids." - The Resilience Project.


Child Safe Standards

Child Safe Standard #1

Strategies to embed an organisational culture of child safety, including through effective leadership arrangements.

Embedding an organisational culture of child safety is critical to reducing the risk of child abuse in schools. Organisational culture can be defined as a set of values, expectations and standards that influence the behaviour of the members of an organisation. The organisational culture defines what constitutes acceptable and unacceptable behaviour by people within the organisation. To successfully embed a culture of child safety, a commitment to zero tolerance of child abuse is led by the school governing authority. This commitment is shared, openly and transparently, by all members of the school community, including staff (school employees, contractors and volunteers), parents and families, visitors and children.


Teacher Feature

Michelle Barber - Education Support

What one memory do you most treasure?

It would definitely have to be the day I became a grandmother, both my grandchildren have brought me so much joy and happiness.  


What is something that you do to relax and unwind?

I enjoy listening to music while going for walks.


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

Old Town Road as it is my grandson's favourite #1 song that he likes to dance to.


What did you want to be when you were younger?

I definitely wanted to be an Air Hostess so I could travel the world.


When are you the happiest?

When I’m surrounded by my family & friends creating lifetime memories.



Lee Anderson - 3/4B

What characteristic do you most admire in others?

While I really like honesty, I most admire positivity of spirit.  There is the saying “when life hands you lemons, you make lemonade”.  In other words, there is always a way to turn something around.  I really enjoy interacting with people who try to see life through a positive lens.  


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

I have three options if I have 30 minutes of spare time.  I either:-

  • read news or educational articles and think;
  • play the piano and sing; or
  • hang out with my gorgeous family, including the two poodles, Alfie and Murphy.

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

Our Lips Are Sealed (Alex The Seal ha ha) – The Go-Go’s


What is one word you would use to describe yourself as a child?



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?

I have to pick two people, because I would have to thank both of my children, Maddie and David for helping me become the person I am today.  Becoming a mum was the best thing ever for me and it was when they were little that I started studying to be a teacher.  So, I thank my children for helping me find my career and a path to Montmorency Primary School because let’s face it, it’s the best!


Parent & Friends

Fathers Day Stall – Friday 30th August

We will be running our Fathers Day stall on Friday 30th August this year (9:00 am-11:30 am). The children will visit the stall in their class groups and purchase a gift or two for the important adult in their lives. 


Helpers needed

We have some fabulous gifts for the children to buy for their dads or special person at next Fridays Fathers Day stall, but urgently need helpers to run the stall. It is a lovely event to help out on, is a short term, once off commitment and is lots of fun helping the kids select their gifts.

If you can help on Friday 30th from 9:00am – 11.30am, please sign up at the office.


Terrarium Workshop Social Event (wine & nibbles) –
Friday 13th September

Monty Primary is proud to present a very special social evening.


Join us at ‘Botanical Styling by Liz’ in Eltham and learn how to make a beautiful terrarium (which you get to take home), whilst enjoying wine, nibbles and the company of friends.  


Liz has also offered us a 10% discount on any other in-store purchases made on the night.


Places are strictly limited to 25 so book quickly to secure your place.


We look forward to seeing you there.

Road Safety Around Schools

Safety First - Our Students

Dear Parents and Carers,

It has been brought to my attention that some children have still been trying to access the gate at the very back of the school grounds (Alban Street) despite the fact that access has been taken away as a result of our most recent car park upgrade. (Thank you to those parent helpers that have made this possible.)

The safety of our children is paramount! Under no circumstances are children to be walking through the staff car park at any time. Access into the school from Alban Street is via the gate that leads to the path parallel to the main classroom building (and is approximately 40 metres on from the gate that is now permanently closed).

It is in fact Winter, so there may be rain of a morning or afternoon. Please send your child in a rain coat or with an umbrella and an understanding that walking a short distance to or from their classroom in the rain is not going to rate on the catastrophe scale.

A reminder that it not safe or appropriate to “drop” children off without safely parking first. Recently, parking officers have been handing out fines for exactly this so please refer to the information in the last newsletter that was provided by the council.

Under no circumstances are parents to park in the staff car park, unless there has been previous consent given by me.

Thank you for your support as we endeavour to keep our children safe.

Please refer to the attached map for further information in regards to where students can safely enter the school grounds.

Enjoy your day.


Road Safety



Road Rules Signage 



Scholastic Book Fair

Scholastic Book Fair



Term 3 Garden Class Update

In spite of the cold weather, we have spent loads of time in the garden accomplishing great things. Week 5 saw us celebrating International Science Week by completing a “paper pot challenge”. Each group was given only 2 pieces of newspaper and a small piece of tape and had to build a paper plant pot. The winning group demonstrated that they could build a plant pot that held a capacity of 250ml of soil or more and could support the soil and stand up on its own. After our challenge, we were given a tutorial on how to make a sturdy paper plant pot which we took home with a sunflower seed.

During Week 6 we focused on pest management in the garden. We played the trivia game “Tomatillionaire Hot Seat” and had to guess whether certain garden creepy crawlies were friends or foes. Many students were surprised to learn that the beautiful Cabbage Moth was in fact a foe! You may notice many beautiful white moth cut-outs around our gardens, these are white moth decoys which aim to prevent territorial cabbage moths from wanting to lay their eggs on out brassicas. The Grade 3/4 students loved this activity and especially love that it is a pest control solution that is both cruelty free and organic. You can see we weren’t taking any chances and even placed them around the geraniums and succulents – you can never be too safe!


Community Events

Community Sports Camps


Lavrin & Lawrence Orthodontics


Womankind Physiotherapy


Banyule Sugar Glider Project Launch


Banyule Nature Adventure


Greenhills Scout Group - 60th Birthday Celebration


DVE Water Polo


Eltham Cricket Club


Roadrunner Summer Junior Baseball


Community Bush Dance 


Doncaster Baseball Club


Australian Plants Expo


Lower Plenty Cricket Club


Music Concert with James Morrison


T-Ball Smash


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.


Stuck on You Labels


Camp Australia

Camp Australia


Not yet Registered? Don’t worry, it’s never too late. Plus, it is FREE to register.
To attend our care, you must register your child. You can register an account with us at  Remember, you may be entitled to receive the Australian Government Child Care Subsidy, visit to find out more.


Program Details

For more information about our program and fees at your school, visit us in service and chat with our qualified Educators.  Alternatively, you may visit our website or contact our friendly Customer Care Team on 1300 105 343 who are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - except National Public Holidays.


We look forward to seeing you and your family soon!

Camp Australia

Superhero School Holidays

Are you ready for an epic adventure?

This Spring, we’ve got a brave, bold, exciting line-up of activities.
Book into an experience that will bring out the superhero in all children, join us at

Superhero School Holidays!

Your kids will experience fun workshops and activities to build their superhero characters from concept to reality.

They’ll create their costumes in Masks & Magic, bowl away the baddies in Strike Force! and complete their first superhero mission in Operation: Rescue.


Book now. To find out when these activities are on during the school holidays and join in the fun, visit:

Plus, every attended booking gets an entry into our competition. Your family could be on your way to the theme parks in the Gold Coast. See our website for more info.

We look forward to seeing you at Superhero School Holidays.


The Camp Australia Team

Conditions apply, see AU res 18+. Starts: 9/8/19. Ends: 11:59pm AEDST 20/10/19. 1 entry p/session p/child booked. Child must attend session for entry to be valid. Draw: S5 Erina Plaza, 210 Central Coast HWY, Erina NSW 2250 at 10am AEDST on 22/10/19. Winners at (& The Advertiser for any SA winners) on 25/10/19. Prizes: 1x trip for 2 adults & 2 children (12yrs & under) to Coolangatta, QLD valued at $6,600; & 8x $500 travel vouchers. Promoter: Camp Australia Pty Ltd (ABN 96 060 703 120) of 1731 Malvern Rd, Glen Iris, VIC, 3146. Permits: NSW. LTPS/19/36128 ACT. TP19/03714 SA. T19/1121.

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