Montmorency Primary School Newsletter

20 September 2019
Issue Fifteen
Leadership @ Monty
Important Dates
Students of the week
The Resilience Project
Child Safe Standards
Class Item
Teacher Feature
Parent & Friends
Road Safety Around Schools
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?

Our play spaces have taken on a whole new meaning over the last 2 weeks! The students have clearly enjoyed playing proudly  (and carefully) around our new plants.   These types of school/outdoor upgrades certainly do not happen overnight! Many people contributed during the many stages of this project which actually began  3 plus years ago.  It is a joy to finally see everything come together.


Thank you to Michael Smith (former B&G chair) who has played an important role in both the design stage and the labour stage and David Koolstra (current B&G chair) for his drive and expertise around all things planning and building! Thank you also to those  that attended the many meetings that have been held. Thank you to Elliot, our landscape architect from Polygon Play Spaces and a special thank you to our in-house “Garden Guru” Melissa King (mum of Noah – Grade 1). Both of these people have amazing knowledge and we are grateful for their contributions. Thank you to those that assisted in the building of the deck and adjacent rockery. Thanks also to all that attended the working bees- without your practical help, this couldn't have happened!  And finally, thank you to all that have supported MPS in our quest to fund raise. To date, our community has raised over $19000, all of which has gone directly towards the play spaces, with the remainder of the costs coming from the school budget. We will continue to fund raise in 2020 for the lower play space that adjoins the small adventure playground. Thank you!


Our School Council and Building and Grounds committee have been busily applying for grants to provide much needed upgrades to the Castle and Kitchen areas. We are also in the middle of applying for a shade sail grant, as well as a grant for an outdoor learning space near the 5/6 classrooms, which if we are successful, will be an extension of our current Indigenous garden space.  We are currently in discussion with a solar panel firm, looking at ways we can reduce our energy costs as well as reducing our carbon footprint.   Thank you to the many people that are involved in all of these projects. 


All of the above has been happening alongside the fabulous learning that has taken place in the classrooms this term! Many of the children have written Term 3 reflections and a common highlight for our students seems to be the Student-led Conferences that were held recently, as well as the learning through the many different Inquiry topics that were a focus throughout the term.  Of course the excursions, camps and lunch clubs got many a mention as well! Thank you to all our wonderful teachers for the dedication and energy that they have all shown this term to ensure that learning is relevant, engaging and challenging. 


Best of luck to the teachers that are representing Team Monty at the annual teacher games in Geelong over the weekend.  Your spirit is amazing! 


All the best for a wonderful break. I hope that you an enjoy some "down time" with your child/ren and recharge, ready for an extremely busy Term 4!



A reminder that children must be wearing hats during play times. Please ensure that your chold applies sunscreen before they arrive at school. Children are encouraged to reapply using their own sunscreen at break times.  No Hat, No Play. 


Thank you to those people that hastily paid outstanding Fees and Term Planners last week after our friendly reminder.  We want to continue to offer the abundance of programs that currently take place each term, however if the school is left to pay outstanding balances owed by parents, we will need to reconsider whether certain activities are continued .

Edendale Farm Excursion with Miss Lauren

On Friday the 13th of September, eight of our fabulous Grade 5/6 students made their way to attend the 'Kids Teaching Kids Conference' at Edendale Farm in Eltham. The focus of the conference was all about the ‘War on Waste’. We all had a fabulous day of learning and even taught students from other schools all about Boomerang Bags, by helping them decorate their own bag to include an environmental message. We got to spend time with students from other schools, as well as some gorgeous baby animals (the baby goats were our favourites!). We did MPS proud and look forward to sharing our knowledge with our classmates. We hope to head back to the conference next year.  Miss Lauren

Find out more information here!


Important Dates

Term 4 

Monday 7th October - First day of Term 4 - Welcome back!

Friday 11th October - Grade 5/6 Swimming program

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

Wednesday 16th October - Regional Athletics (selected students only)

Tuesday 22nd October -  Foundation - Grade 2 Athletics Day (on campus)

Friday 25th October - Ask Gran, not Google Day ! Grandparents Day 9am- 10am. 

Tuesday 29th October - Buildings and Grounds 6pm, School Council Meeting 7pm


Friday 1st November - Foundation 2020 Transition #1

Saturday 2nd November - Bunnings BBQ - volunteers needed

Monday 4th November - Curriculum Day - (student free day)

Tuesday 5th November - Melbourne Cup Day (Public Holiday)

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

Friday 15th November - Foundation 2020 Transition #2

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

Saturday 23rd November - Working Bee - save the date to help out!

Tuesday 26th November - School Council Meeting 6pm

Friday 29th November - Foundation 2020 Transition #3


Tuesday 3rd December - Twilight Christmas Carols and Art Show

Thursday 5th December - MPS Whole School Transition #1 for 2020

Tuesday 10th December - Year 6 /7 Secondary School Transition

Tuesday 10th December - MPS Whole School Transition #2 for 2020

Monday 16th December - Grade 6 Graduation - Heidelberg Golf Club

Wednesday 18th December - Grade 6 Big 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

Students of the week

Term 3   
Weeks 9 - 10

Foundation A

Cody M - For your beautiful handwriting and brilliant story writing. You consistently display an excellent understanding of punctuation and spelling and always give your best. You are a champion Cody!


Foundation B

Neive J - You are always so bubbly and full of personality. Every morning you greet your teacher and peers with a great big smile! You have also made some big achievements in your learning, particularly in writing. You are going to achieve great things at Monty with your attitude to learning and respect!


Foundation C

Jaxon A - For your neat writing. I think you eat letters for breakfast because your writing has taken off this term! Your writing is very neat, on the lines and spaced beautifully! What a writing whizz you are. Well done.



Osha W - For your dedication, passion and enthusiasm during the entire Foot Steps Dance program. It has been a delight to observe, not only the effort that you put into your dancing but also to see the enjoyment on your face is truly inspiring. Well Done!



Eli G - Eli consistently shows the value of friendship by being a kind friend and sharing his things with others. Eli respects the ideas of others and always demonstrated whole body listening. Eli also shows the value of learning by working very hard to do his best writing. Keep up the great work Eli :)!


 Finn C - You are always so caring and polite to your peers and teachers. You start each day with a smile and are always willing to include people in your fun and games. Thank you Finn for being such a respectful student. Keep up the brilliant work!



Sarah Z - For being a hard-working, respectful friend in 1/2D. You try your hardest in every work task that you complete, which leads to outstanding results. You are kind and caring to your friends, always helping others. Keep up the amazing work, Sarah!


Navy E - Navy has demonstrated that she is a responsible learner and a kind friend to others. She has enthusiastically engaged with learning tasks and was especially proud to share her learning during the Student Led Conferences. Navy is very empathetic and is sensitive to the emotional needs of others. Keep up the great work, Navy!



Roda C - Roda you have been trying really hard with your writing and making some great progress. We have loved reading your descriptive language that you have included to add more interesting detail.  Well done superstar! 



Emman L - Emman constantly questions the world around him and looks at learning through a creative lens. The combination of these traits, results in a drive to succeed in learning all that he can in any lesson. Well done on a great attitude to learning Emman!



Eve A-B - Eve is a great role model in 3/4C! She is inclusive of others, works well in group tasks and shows respect to our classroom and her peers. Eve takes pride in her work and always tries her best! Keep up the great work, Eve!



Angelique E - For being a hard-working and determined learner. Angelique works especially hard during Big Write sessions where she has set weekly goals and listed the steps she will take to achieve them! Well done Angelique!



Kyan W - Kyan is a friendly and enthusiastic member of our grade, who always demonstrates respect towards his peers and teachers. Well done Kyan - this attitude will get you a long way in life!

Hayley W - For consistently demonstrating all four school values. Hayley is a highly engaged, motivated, caring and compassionate member of our grade. We are all so fortunate to have you with us Hayley - thank you for being such a positive presence in our class!



Nick R - For demonstrating the School value of Learning. Nick has made wonderful progress when using strategies to work out worded maths problems. He is discovering how key words tell us what operation to use. Great stuff Nick!



Mikaela T - For her excellent participation and concentration in Japanese class. She is always using good manners and listens attentively and carefully. Well done, Mikaela!

The Resilience Project

Gratitude. Empathy. Mindfulness

"The five strategies to raise moral, caring children according to Making Caring Common:"

1. Making caring a priority

2. Provide opportunities for children to practice caring and gratitude

3. Expand your child's circle of concern

4. Be a strong moral role model and mentor

5. Guide children in managing destructive feelings

To read the full article: 'Are you raising nice kids? A Harvard psychologist gives 5 ways to raise them to be kind' click here...

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:


Class Item

3/4 B-  Sustainability in 3/4

Class  3/4B wrote letters to the Prime Minister, asking for support in their quest to improve our environment. And, they received a reply! 

From Miss Lee and Claire - In Reading and Writing this term, students have been learning about text to self and text to world, and have been writing Persuasive pieces using over a dozen persuasive devices.  

After watching a "Behind The News" episode, where Prime Minister Scott Morrison was interviewed regarding the topic of the environment, the students had deep discussions and felt that compelled to write a persuasive class letter to him.  

Claire sent those letters off and a response was received! By receiving a response, our students will now get the opportunity to discuss the benefits of using persuasive devices and the impact that they can have, in an authentic way.  What a wonderful opportunity. 

Teacher Feature

Claire Gilbert - SAKG

What one memory do you cherish?

Surprising my partner for his 30th birthday, he had no idea – nailed it!


What is something you do to relax and unwind?

Go to the family beach house in Point Lonsdale


What is the #1 played song on you Ipod?

The song will remain a mystery but my #1 artist is Minnie Riperton


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



When are you the happiest?

When I’m surrounded by nature.



Shae Stroud - Office Administration

What characteristic do you most admire in others?

Kindness.  Being a good friend, considerate of others and generous. 


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

This is very rare for me with three children under six, however when I do get some "me time" I like to catch up on some Netflix with a nice glass of wine and chocolate :)


What did you want to be when you were younger?

I wanted to be a flight attendant so I could travel the world, however after one year of a travel and tourism course at TAFE I quickly realised it was not for me!  I then went on to work in the AFL industry - working in AFL Player Management for 8 years and at the AFL for 12 years.  


What super power would you like to have?

I'd love to be invisible so I could see what my daughters get up to at school and kinder  :) 


What are you most grateful for?

My family.  My husband Anthony, my three girls Indi, Mia and Lexi, and my mum and sister.  They are my absolute world and I would do anything for them.



Parent & Friends

Bunnings BBQ - Saturday 2nd November 

Hi Monty families,


We have been lucky enough to secure a Bunnings BBQ in Term 4 for Saturday 2nd November. This does coincide with the a school curriculum day on Monday 4th November, and then Melbourne Cup on Tuesday 5th November. However, if you are not planning on taking a long weekend get-away, we would love your help.


A Bunnings BBQ is a great way to do fundraising in the community and as the Saturday of this unofficial long weekend is typically very busy, we are anticipating a big day of sausage sizzling.


If you can help for a couple of hours, please signup HERE or at the school office.


Thanking you in advance,


Parents & Friends.


Bunnings BBQ - Coordinators needed on the day

Due to family commitments, our Bunnings BBQ guru is no longer able to be the main coordinator at our 2nd November Bunnings BBQ.  So we are looking for 1 or 2 people to help out and take on this role.


All the food and support stuff (like eskies, sauce, sausages, drinks etc) will be ordered and delivered to the site (thanks Nicole) that morning. We just need an official coordinator to be the ‘go to person’ on site – make sure there are enough snags cooking, transition helpers in and out of roles as they come and go, keep an eye on what needs to be done, empty the till of big notes, be in charge of food handling (when to wear and change gloves)…..


The coordinator needs to be onsite from 8am to take a handover of the equipment from Bunnings, and there to the end of the day (finish cooking at 4pm then packup and clean).


If you are interested in taking on the role for a half or whole day, please contact Suzi on 0419434559.


Terrarium Workshop Social Night

Last Friday we ran a social night at ‘Botanical Styling by Liz’ in Eltham. Fifteen participants enjoyed a lovely evening of catching up with friends, sipping wine and nibbling snacks, and also managed to make beautiful terrariums.


A huge thank you to Liz from Botanical Styling for running the night. The venue was great and everyone had a great time and love their new creations.



Science Camera Investigation

This project started a few weeks ago and with the help of Carlo (Mayra’s dad), Claire put up some cameras to observe possums and other adorable things like lorikeets caring for their child and what seems to be a possum invading the lorikeet’s home. Beforehand, Carlos gave a GPS to each group to locate at least one camera. After we found the cameras we reported back to Carlo and marked down where in the school the cameras were. It was really fun and I hoped that we could do things like that more often.

Aiden 5/6A


Over the last few weeks in SAKG the 5/6s have been looking at photos taken by hidden cameras around the school. These cameras have captures pictures of wild-life both during the day and at night. They have seen pictures of animals such as rainbow lorikeets, ring tale possums. But most exciting of all there are pictures of SUGAR GLIDERS! That is a great achievement and I hope we can do something like this again sometime!

Shola 5/6A


At Montmorency Primary School we’ve been setting up nesting boxes and cameras in the trees around the school to see which animals inhabit our area. Our cameras work by detecting body heat and movement. So far, we’ve seen bush tail possums, rainbow lorikeets and sugar gliders I think that this is a huge achievement and I hope that we can continue to do projects like this and investigate more of the animals around our school.

Tibaud 5/6A


Below are pictures of some of the creatures we have identified. These include the Brushtail Possum, Ringtail Possum, Rainbow Lorikeet and the Sugar Gilder.



What’s been cooking? – Term 3 wrap up

This term Foundation and year 1/2  students enjoyed cooking some tasty things . They explored how to be safe in the kitchen, different flavours and textures of foods, the use of verbs in recipes and special family recipes.


In the first cooking session they made kale and pita chips, which were really easy. This was topped with delicious Parsley Pesto.

Savoury muffins made with pumpkin and kale from our garden were the next big hit.


They explored different flavours and textures when they made salad using only ingredients from the garden.


Lastly they enjoyed talking about some of the favourite recipes that families have when they made my Grandma’s Biscuits.


A big thank you to all of the people who have helped out preparing for cooking classes and during cooking classes. The students get so much more out of the program with the help of you!


If you would like to help out next term look out for the volunteer roster sign up on Compass.


Have a great holiday.                       




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 



Community Events

Balance Gymnastics - School Holidays


Fretzy Cookie - School Holiday Activities


Lavrin & Lawrence Orthodontics


Learn To Swim


Womankind Physiotherapy


Viewbank Tennis Club - Diversity Day


Helping Your Anxious Child


Girl Guides "Guide for a Day" - School Holiday Activity


Ivanhoe Aquatic - School Holidays


Watermarc's Rumble in the Jungle Open Day


Montsalvat Arts Festival


T-Ball Smash


Get Active Sports - Soccer for Juniors


Parenting with Less Stress


Kids & Teens at School (KiTeS) Project


Greensborough Cricket Club - Junior Cricket Season


Lower Plenty Cricket Club


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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