Montmorency Primary School Newsletter

09 August 2019
Issue Twelve
Leadership @ Monty
School Council
Important Dates
Students of the week
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?

Footsteps Dance:

Our students have been incredibly enthusiastic about this term's Dance Program! There has certainly been a great level of energy on a Monday - thanks Mrs Kechayas for organising such an engaging program in your absence! 


Playground update: 

Our new stage and playground update has added another dimension to our play times at MPS. We have been thrilled to see a range of new activities and ideas inspired by these new areas. The success of this year's fundraising efforts have made this possible and I thank everyone for their contribution to our school in this way.  From our combined fundraising efforts to date, the school has raised approximately $20,000 and all of these funds have contributed towards the upgrades, with the school supplementing the remainder of the costs. We are very fortunate as we have a number of parents with particular skills and expertise, so this has enabled us to keep costs at a  minimum.  Thank you!


There are still a few fundraising activities still to come on the calendar, so please continue to support MPS. Once we have completed the areas at the front of the school, we will be planning to develop the vacant area near the path/staff car park! Exciting times!

Please note: Planting day for the new play spaces will be on SUNDAY 8th SEPTEMBER. 


Parent Opinion Survey:

Some of you would have received an email in regards to the completion of a survey that was generated by the Department of Education and Training (DET).  We would love as many parents as possible to respond to the online survey as the information received is useful as we plan for our future.  Sunday 11th August is the last day to complete the survey! Let's get the below stats (current as of 07/08/19) looking a bit better! :)


The total number of survey invitations distributed to the MPS community = 80  families.

So far, 

  • 30 parent survey responses have been completed
  • With a 38% response rate


100 Days of School:

Congratulations to our Foundation students who celebrated 100 days at school earlier in the week! Congrats to our parents too, for ensuring that our students come to school with a mindset, ready to learn! 


Year 3/4 Camp:

I had the privilege of visiting our 3/4 students at camp yesterday. What joy! The enthusiasm, the sense of fun, of "giving things a go" was palpable. The learning in these types of environments cannot be underestimated.  Thank you to our amazing staff that attended - the preparation before the camp is an enormous task, as well as the energy required to keep up with our students! Thanks also to the staff for leaving their own families to care for our kids, 24/7!


What is coming up @ MPS?

Daffodil Day:

Next Friday 16th August, we will be supporting 'Daffodil Day'. Students are encouraged to wear yellow to show their support and bring a gold coin donation. All money raised will be donated to the Cancer Council.


Camp Australia - Curriculum Day:

If you would like your child to attend care on the day of our Curriculum Day (Monday 19th August) please book online: or call 1300 105 343.

For Camp Australia booking information - see attachment:


Student-led Conferences:

Please note: Tuesday 10th September has been approved as an "Adjusted School Day".  Children are not required to attend school on this day (Camp Australia care will be available). Prior to this day, students will be spending time in class preparing for the 'student-led conference'. This is a fabulous opportunity to celebrate student growth and plan future learning goals. Students are expected to attend their specific interview time (20 mins will be allocated) with their parents/carers. Stay tuned for booking information.

For Camp Australia booking information on this day - see attachment:

School Council

President's Report

School council held its first meeting of Term 3 last week. All counsellors were in attendance and eager to contribute their varied skills to the governance of our school. 


Dave Koolstra our Buildings and Grounds convenor outlined the extensive works that were completed over the school holidays. This included the magnificent stage area, new non-slip decking to the 3/4 portables, drinking taps and drainage works. He also outlined plans for the working bees to be held this term. The first was last Saturday and the next is Sunday 8th September. Both David and Michael Smith were thanked for their contribution of time, effort and expertise over the holidays. These two community members truly go above and beyond their duty and we are so lucky to have them.


Janene spoke about the high level state-wide professional learning that Montmorency staff have been chosen to participate in. This is a fantastic opportunity for staff to build Professional Learning Communities. The initiative will embed an already well developed culture of continuous improvement of teaching practice at Monty Primary. As principal, Janene works tirelessly to provide the opportunity for both the staff and students to thrive. Principals Day was on Friday 2nd August. These days are a great reminder to us to show our appreciation.

Kirsty Leahy

School Council President

Important Dates


Monday 12th - P & F Meeting @ 9:30am

Monday 12th - Year 1/2 Rethink Centre Excursion

Wednesday 14th - Friday 16th - Japanese Incursion

Friday 16th - SRC Daffodil Day (wear yellow/gold coin donation)

Monday 19th - Curriculum Day

Friday 23rd - Book Parade @ 9:00am

Monday 26th - Book Fair Sale Day

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

Wednesday 28th - Foundation - Grade 2 Athletics Day (on campus)

Friday 30th - Father's Day Stall


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

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 - November

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

Monday 4th November - Curriculum Day

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

Monday 19th August

Monday 4th November

Students of the week

Term 3 -Week 3

Sadie N (FA) - For the amazing reading and writing you have been doing. It has been so lovely watching your confidence grow. You have an amazing attitude and approach to your learning. This making you an excellent role model for your peers. Foundation A are so lucky to have a friend in you. You are amazing and very funny too!!
Amelie S (FB) - For the fantastic reading you have been doing. It is so wonderful to see you using the reading strategies we have been learning in class. You are also an excellent role model to your peers. Foundation B are lucky to have a star like you!
Alice PM (FC) - You are a considerate classmate who has the ability to really listen when someone is talking. Whether it be a teacher or a peer, you always listen carefully. You are so friendly and put smiles on peoples faces daily! How lucky are we to have you in our class!
Emmerson S (12A) - For always being on task in all that you do, you consistently do your best and are a pleasure to teach. You are kind and caring towards the Grade 1 students on your table, helping out whenever needed. Keep up the Great Work!
Piper B (12B) - Piper has been a wonderful team leader during learning activities. Piper clearly demonstrates the values of learning, respect and friendship by always supporting and encouraging the ideas of others while modelling excellent cooperation. Piper also reminds her classmates of expected behaviour. Amazing work Piper!
Harry J (12C) - Congratulations Harry on expanding your friendship circle in the classroom. You have lots of people that care about you and it is wonderful to see you become more social and work with others in such a kind and caring way.
Noah KB (12D) - For being a hard-working, focused member of our classroom. You model appropriate classroom behaviours and always challenge yourself during work tasks. We love having a respectful friend like you in 1/2D. Keep up the awesome work, Noah!

Fynn W (12E) - Fynn comes to school everyday with a positive attitude and bright smile. He is an enthusiastic learner who confidently shares his knowledge and ideas with the class. Keep up the great work Fynn!

Mayra P (34A) - Your constant kind and caring nature towards others is a credit to you! You never hesitate to include others and to offer your assistance when your peers need help with their work or other tasks. What a great quality to have Mayra! Well done!! 
Lilly H (34B) - Lilly completes every task she is given to an exemplary standard. She does this by constantly focusing on how to improve and how to take the next step in her learning. Her willingness to share and discuss ideas with her peers demonstrates a high level of respect to all within the classroom.
Lily O (34C) - Lily has made a great start to Term 3! She has been working really hard to remain focused during class time and has completed some amazing work this week. Well done on some fantastic reading too, Lily! Keep up the great work!
Katie H (34D) - Katie consistently works hard in all areas of her learning, especially writing. She focuses on her writing goals and reflects on her big writes to plan for further improvement. Super effort! 
Angus O (56A) - Angus regularly contributes is ideas (usually sprinkled with a sense of humour) during class discussions. He has written some great pieces of writing lately, and we have particularly enjoyed his poetry. Well done Angus!

Mia C (56B) - Miya consistently demonstrates the value of respect. She is a compassionate and open member of our 56B learning community who approaches all tasks with flair and a smile. Miya is a TOTAL LEGEND and a great person to be around! Keep it up!

Term 3 -Week 4

Amelie S (FA) - For your beautiful manners and kind heart. You are always so thoughtful and caring towards your peers and teachers. You are concentious and motivated in all learning tasks and are always committed to doing your best. It is lovely to see you achieveing so many of your learning goals. Your skill and coordination during our weekly PMP sessions has been amazing! You rock Amelie!

Samara K (FB) - For the outstanding reading and writing you have been doing. You have a fantastic attitude to your learning, making you an excellent role model for your peers. You are a star that shines very brightly in Foundation B!

Jaxon S (FC) - For being an outstanding student, who takes so much pride in their work, no matter the topic. You are going to achieve great things at Monty with your attitude to learning!

Maya D (1/2A) - For being a great friend to others, it is lovely to see you involving those within your group in all that you do. You are also a ‘Book Worm Reader’ your fluency and understanding of what you read is excellent! Well Done.

Ada M (1/2B) - Ada has shown the school values of learning, respect and friendship by turning her passion for our environment into the opportunity to help lead a lunch time sustainability club to help keep our environment healthy. Ada has worked as a team player in getting others to help with this great cause. Amazing work Ada!

Ethan M (1/2B) - Ethan has shown the school values of learning, respect and friendship by turning his passion for our environment into the opportunity to start a lunch time sustainability club to help keep our environment healthy. Ethan has worked as a team player in getting others to help with this great cause. Amazing work Ethan!

Isla G (1/2C) - For being a wonderful, positive member of our classroom. You always do the right thing and show kindness to your classmates. You always work diligently, doing your best work in every task. Well done, Isla!

Charlie M (1/2D) - For being a bubbly bundle of joy everyday! Your cheery nature makes us all feel happy and you are such a loyal friend to all. You are respectful to your peers and teachers, and a delight to have in 1/2D. Keep up the awesome work, Charlie!

Mia B (1/2E) - Mia consistently demonstrates all of the school values and has become a wonderful role model in 1/2E! She challenges herself in her learning and confidently shares her knowledge and ideas. Mia is always respectful and kind to everyone around her. Keep up the amazing work Mia! You’re a star!

Megan M (3/4A) - Megan you come to school every day with a smile on your face, always willing to give everything a red hot go, respecting others and being a great friend to your peers. You are an all round superstar, keep it up!!

Zoe K (3/4B) - Zoe works very hard on being very understanding to all members of the school, not just her own class.  She tries to put herself in other people's shoes and understand how they might be feeling and then with her bright and chirpy nature tries to turn frowns upside down wherever she goes.  You are a superstar Zoe and a welcome smiley face in our classroom.

Arlen B (3/4C) - Arlen greets each day with a bright smile and a willingness to learn. She is a great friend to all her peers and is always inclusive of others. Arlen approaches new tasks with enthusiasm and takes pride in the work she produces. Keep up the great work, Arlen!

Rachael B (3/4D) - Rachael is a master of Monty's four school values! She consistently tries her best, supports her peers and is always an enthusiastic and motivated learner! Keep up the super work!

Mason S (5/6A) - For all four values. You are such a kind, caring and respectful student. You have been really challenging yourself lately and it's paying off! Mason, you have so much to offer and I absolutely love reading your stories.

Tex A (5/6B) - Tex consistently demonstrates our school values of FRIENDSHIP and RESPECT. He always approaches school life with a smile and a thoughtful perspective. Tex is open and kind, and these qualities make him such an EPIC member or our Monty Learning community. STAY AWESOME BUDDY!






The Resilience Project

Resilience @ Monty

Do you follow The Resilience Project on social media?

Hugh and co. post many interesting and useful articles for parents.

The following, 'Parents: let your kids fail. You'll be doing them a favour' was worth the read.

Some points discussed in the article:

* Define your end game: long or short term? 

* Let them own it

* Praise effort and not outcomes

* Cheer like a grandparent, not a parent

* The teacher is your partner, not your adversary


To read the full article, 'Parents: let your kids fail. You’ll be doing them a favour'  click HERE!




Child Safe Standards

Child Safe Standards

The Child Safe Standards (the Standards) are compulsory minimum standards for all organisations that provide services to children including Victorian schools. The aim of the Standards is to ensure organisations are well prepared to protect children from abuse and neglect. It is recognised that many schools will have existing policies and procedures that aim to keep children safe. 


The Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) as regulator for all Victorian schools has responsibility for ensuring compliance with the Child Safe Standards in schools.


The Standards are:

  • Standard 1: Strategies to embed an organisational culture of child safety
  • Standard 2: A child safety policy or a statement of commitment to child safety
  • Standard 3: A Child Safety Code of Conduct
  • Standard 4: Screening, supervision, training and other human resources practices that reduce the risk of child abuse
  • Standard 5: Procedures for responding to and reporting suspected child abuse
  • Standard 6: Strategies to identify and reduce or remove risks of child abuse
  • Standard 7: Strategies to promote child participation and empowerment.


Teacher Feature

Noriko Iwasa - Japanese

What is something you learned in the last week?

How to use Instagram.


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

Go outside and enjoy the sunshine and fresh air.


What super power would you like to have?

Teleportation. I could go to Japan anytime I want. Yeah!


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

Naughty. One day, my mother locked me out of the house because I had misbehaved. I broke the window to get back in the house.


When are you the happiest?

I’m happiest when I’m around my family and friends.



Elisa Cleeve - SAKG

What characteristic do you most admire in others?

Authenticity…I think it is important to be true to yourself.  I really value someone being genuine and unique, and being comfortable in their own skin. There is power in knowing and becoming your true self.


If you really knew me you’d know… 

That I love to travel and that my favourite place to travel to is somewhere snowy where I can ski. I love being in the mountains and I love how landscapes look with snow on them.  I love skiing with my family, as it is something we all enjoy and can do together, and we can push each other to get out of our comfort zone.


What super power would you most like to have?

I would love to be able to teleport. I could then go anywhere in the world. I could go on a holiday after work and be back in time for bed.


What do you miss most about being a kid?

I miss not having a care in the world and being able to play out in the street with my friends until dark.


When are you the happiest?

I am happiest when I am at my favourite place, Fairhaven. I have been going there my entire life and it is a place where I can spend quality time with my family. It is the one place where I can fully relax.


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. Closer to the 30th we will be asking for helpers to work on the stall and help the children make their purchases, but we are also looking for someone to coordinate the whole event. If you are interested in this role, please contact Suzi Smith via the Office.

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

The newly opened ‘Botanical Styling by Liz’ in Brougham St Eltham is running a ‘Terrarium workshop’ just for Monty Primary parents. With wine and nibbles provided, it will be a fun evening, a chance to catch up with friends, and you go home with a beautifully handcrafted terrarium.

Spaces are strictly limited, so book your babysitters and keep an eye open for booking details.

P & F Meeting

The next P & F meeting will be held on Monday 12th August – everyone is welcome.

Road Safety Around Schools

Safety First - Our Students

Dear Parents and Carers,
It has been brought to my attention today 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



What’s happening in the Garden?

It was a pretty wild and rainy Term 2 but the weather didn’t stop us from doing some wonderful learning together.


Rain may have kept us inside but we were happy our plants were getting a good drink! Water is vital for strong and healthy plants and we enjoyed learning all about mulch and how it benefits plants and soil by retaining moisture and preventing weeds. We then got our hands muddy for the sake of science and learned how the properties of mud determine whether it is clay soil or sandy soil and how this impacts growing veggies. From there, we explored how composting creates the perfect loam soil for veggies (and worms) to thrive. We finished our gardening journey with a rich lesson exploring sustainability, resource use and the ancient skill of weaving. Aboriginal people used what they found in nature to make tools and equipment like eel traps and Dilly Bags. We learned apply the skill of weaving to create mats and garden beds from grasses and branches collected from our school grounds.



In Term 3, the Year 3 - 6 students begin their Gardening classes where we will spend a very busy and exciting term developing our gardening and environmental science skills. We will kick start our learning journey with a lesson on seasonality where we will sew our summer vegetable seeds in our greenhouse in preparation for the warm weather. Along the way we will learn how to correctly and safely use gardening equipment while exploring practical garden skills like plant identification, fertilising, composting, and harvesting.


Receiving assistance from volunteer parents, carers and community members is an important aspect of the SAKG Garden program. If you are able to assist in any way, whether it is basic maintenance or assisting with Garden classes, please email the office at with ‘Garden Volunteer’ in the title to be included in our weekly volunteer mailing list.




In the Kitchen – Term 3

This term Foundation and Year 1/2  students will be having kitchen classes once a fortnight. They have already had their first session where we discussed how to be safe in the kitchen. They are really excited to commence cooking in their next session!


Volunteers needed!

If you can spare an hour or two 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 and also some assistance for preparation prior to classes.


To sign up, please email: and put 'Attention: Elisa/SAKG' in the subject.




Community Events

Balance Gymnastics


KX Pilates


Lavrin & Lawrence Orthodontics


Help Save The Platypus!

My name is Therese and I’m a Ranger along Darebin Creek.
Last week we heard the sad news that a platypus had been found just above Northland Shopping Centre, along the Darebin Creek that was entangled in litter. It had a rubber band around its neck, packing straps as well as fishing line that prevented it from feeding. This is very sad as we have worked hard to get these rare creatures to return to our urban waterways. They have only been spotted in the creek twice in 10 years! You can help by picking up litter in your school grounds and on your way to school. Litter that goes down the drain is on its way to your local creek. Rubber bands as well as hair ties are one of the worst litter types as they easily wash into the drains in your school and in the street and into our waterways. Platypus become entangled when feeding. Any litter that is round and has a diameter of eight centimetres or more is a hazard to platypus. It is recommended that you cut rubber bands and hair ties or any round litter before disposing of them in the bin.
Other ways you can help? Join a clean-up group such as Darebin Creek Sweepers or a Friends group. Thanks for helping your local wildlife.


Carlton Football Club - Free Family Ticket Offer

Carlton Football Club invite you to receive a free family ticket (for up to 6 people) to their final home game of the year, and the chance to join them on the ground as the players run out before the game.


To redeem your tickets, simply register at the following link and select the number of tickets you would like:


Registrations close on August 14. Tickets will be sent to registered families on August 15.



Banyule Sugar Glider Project Launch


Greenhills Scout Group - 60th Birthday Celebration


Community Bush Dance 


Australian Plants Expo


Lower Plenty Cricket Club


Music Concert with James Morrison


Nature adventure: Darebin Creek

Next date: Sunday, 25 August 2019 | 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Connecting with nature is good for our health, well-being and development- though more importantly, playing in nature is fun! 

Through play our children will learn about what makes this area special and how we can work together to protect and enhance it for today and future generations.

Bookings required, so get in quick as spots are limited.

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

Welcome back!


Welcome back to Term 3, can you believe how quickly this year has flown by? We are ready to kick start an even bigger and better second half of the year working within your school community. We know how busy yet fulfilling being a parent can be, and we want you to know we are here to help make your life a little easier.


This Term, we will be celebrating National Science Week from the 12th to the 16th of August. This event is about generating curiosity around technology and science in the world we live in today. To ensure your child doesn’t miss out on all the fun, we suggest making your bookings in advance. You can visit our friendly staff at your service to find out more information on what they will have planned for National Science Week.


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

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