Montmorency Primary School Newsletter

21 March 2019
Issue Four
Leadership @ Monty
Important Dates
Child Safe Standards
Well Being
Parent & Friends
Student Leaders
Students of the week
Class Item
Teacher Feature 
Camp Australia
Community Events
Ongoing school fundraisers
Montmorency Primary School
(03) 9434 5944
60 Rattray Road
Montmorency, Victoria, 3094

Leadership @ Monty

Gratitude. Empathy. Mindfulness.

Thank you to all those that attended the session with Hugh from The Resilience Project on Monday evening. The feedback from attendees has been incredible and more importantly, I have heard about many new strategies that have been put in place since then.  Our staff will continue to develop positive mental health habits in our students.  When these habits are reinforced from home, we know that we will see a higher level of resilience - we want our children to be well equipped for their daily encounters and experiences and of course, well equipped for the future.


This week is Cultural Diversity week and our students have been engaged in many wonderful activities that promote an appreciation and celebration of everybody. Today is Harmony Day and I enjoyed hearing from the Foundation students so readily articulate their interpretation of the day.

Caitlin - "Harmony Day is about sharing kindness."

Ollie- "It's about people getting along."

*Please read the Well-Being section in this newsletter for some further information. 

Parent-Teacher Interviews

A strong partnership between the school and parents makes the learning journey for our students much smoother. On Wednesday 3rd April between 12pm-7pm, we are hosting 'Progress Interviews' with your child's class teacher. Please use Compass to book a 15 minute interview time.

School Review

We are currently in the second week of our three week School Review and getting close to developing our Strategic Plan for the next four years.  I look forward to sharing with you in the next newsletter some thoughts and comments from the panel members about what we have at MPS that makes it such a great place of learning.

Easter is coming!

School holidays are not too far away. Our last day of term is a celebration, with an opportunity to wear an Easter-themed hat! Our annual parade will be at 1:30pm on Friday 5th April, whereby we will be drawing the Easter Raffle. We would appreciate any contributions towards our Easter hampers - a raffle is always a great, fun way of fundraising for our school. Please leave items at the office. 



We are now accepting sibling and new Foundation enrolments for 2020! Please see Ali or Jenny if you require a form, or download one from the school website. 

Parents of children with Asthma, allergies and Anaphylaxis

If your child has asthma, allergies or anaphylaxis, please ensure the school is provided with a current plan and medication.

Please locate the appropriate plan found on our school website, print in colour and take to your GP to have it completed.

Financial Assistance - Information for Parents

Every Victorian child should have access to the world of learning opportunities that exist beyond the classroom. The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund helps ensure that no student will miss out on the opportunity to join their classmates for important, educational and fun activities. It is part of making Victoria the Education State and the Government’s commitment to breaking the link between a student’s background and their outcomes.


Camps, Sports & Excursions Fund (CSEF)

School camps provide children with inspiring experiences in the great outdoors, excursions encourage a deeper understanding of how the world works and sports teach teamwork, discipline and leadership. All are part of a healthy curriculum.

CSEF is provided by the Victorian Government to assist eligible families to cover the costs of school trips, camps and sporting activities.

If you hold a valid means-tested concession card or are a temporary foster parent, you may be eligible for CSEF. A special consideration category also exists for asylum seeker and refugee families. The allowance is paid to the school to use towards expenses relating to camps, excursions or sporting activities for the benefit of your child.

The annual CSEF amount per student is:

• $125 for primary school students

• $225 for secondary school students


How to Apply

New applicants should contact the school office to obtain a CSEF application form or download from

Student Attendance and Absences

Protecting the safety and well-being of children through the reporting and monitoring of absenteeism is the responsibility of both parents/carers and schools. Parents/carers have an obligation to notify the school of their child’s absence and schools are required to notify parents/carers on the day of an unexplained student absence.

If your child is sick or absent for a whole day/s, you are required to notify their school as soon as possible on the day of absence using one of the following methods:

  1. Online: log the absence directly using Compass.
  2. Telephone: the school office and let the staff know your child’s name, class, date of absences and reason.
  3. Email: the school and provide the staff with your child’s name, class, date of absences and reason.

Notifying the school of your child’s absence either prior to, or on the day that they will be away, helps ensure the safety and wellbeing of children and will fulfil your legal responsibility.


Late Arrivals and Early Departures

Please note - Late Arrivals and Early Departures must not be entered into the future - so if your child has an upcoming appointment and you will be collecting them during the day please do not enter this on Compass until you are at the school office collecting your child.

Not only does this update their class roll to reflect the time they left school, but it is also beneficial for duty of care and emergency management, as Compass will know that the student has departed the school for the rest of the day or it will display when the child is signed back in at the office if returning. This will then display the day and time clearly on the Daily Summary and Emergency Report.

Compass is a tool to accurately track your child's attendance - if you put the appointment absence in and then delayed for whatever reason, we are not able to accurately report when your child leaves and returns to school grounds. 

If you would like to let your teacher know that your child will be late the next day due to an appointment you can, but please do not enter it into Compass until you are at the office signing your child out.


Classroom Roll Marking

It is a legislative requirement that schools must record student attendance twice per day in primary schools and record, in writing, the reason given for each absence. This is necessary to:

  • meet legislative requirements
  • discharge schools' duty of care for all students
  • assist calculation of the school's funding
  • enable the school governing body (school council in government schools) to report on student attendance annually

Teachers are required to mark the attendance roll within the first few minutes after 9.00am.  Therefore, if your child arrives in class, even a few minutes late, they will be marked as absent/unexplained and you will receive a system generated SMS advising of this at approximately 10.00am.

If your child will not be in class by 9am, please ensure you accompany them to the office to sign them in on Compass and take a green pass to their teacher. This will then amend the details on Compass to Late/explained.

Important Dates


Mon 25th - Zooper Dooper Fun Day

Mon 25th 9:30am Parents and Friends Meeting in the Kitchen

Tues 26th Buildings and Grounds Meeting 6pm

Tues 26th School Council Meeting 7pm


Wed 3rd - Parent/Teacher Interviews from 12:00pm - 7:00pm

Wed 3rd - Parent Cooking Session with Elisa- 12:20pm-2pm- see SAKG section for booking info

Thurs 4th - Parent Cooking Session with Elisa- 9:50am-11:30am- see SAKG section for booking info

Thurs 4th - Responsible Pet Owner  Incursion Grade - Foundation  

Fri 5th - Easter Parade @ 1:30pm (Start thinking about that wodnerul hat creation!)

Fri 5th - End of Term 1. 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 3:
Developing a Child Safety Code of Conduct

A Code of Conduct is a highly effective strategy to help keep children safe from harm. A Code of Conduct lists behaviours that are acceptable and those that are unacceptable. It identifies professional boundaries, ethical behaviour and how to avoid or better manage difficult situations. The Child Safety Code of Conduct aims to protect children and reduce any opportunities for child abuse or harm to occur. It assists school staff to understand how to avoid or better manage risky behaviours and situations. It is intended to complement child protection legislation, school policies and procedures and professional standards, codes or ethics as these apply to staff and other personnel.


You can view Montmorency Primary School’s policies at:


Child Safety:
Working with Children Checks

As of the 1st January 2017, all volunteers/parent helpers, MUST have a Working With Children Check. This is a part of the new Child Safe Standards and is mandated through law (Ministerial Order 870).


To apply for a Working With Children Check, go to The Department of Justice advises that it can take approximately 3 weeks for the check to be completed, and a further 2 weeks for your card to arrive. As this check is for voluntary work, there is currently no fee. Working With Children Checks are valid for 5 years.



Well Being

Following the tragic events that took place in Christchurch last Friday, we know the thoughts of all Victorians are with those affected. Like Christchurch, one of Victoria’s greatest strengths is its history of multiculturalism. We’re proud of the diversity within our schools and early childhood settings. 


Some may have watched the footage on the news and feel impacted by the images. Others may feel unsure of their safety and will need reassurance and support to feel safe.


For tips for parents, carers and educators on supporting children and young people and helping them feel safe during this time, there is an article that I have attached to this newsletter, as well as a websirte that has some valuable informtioan.


I encourage you to take care of yourself and those around you during this time.



Parent & Friends

Hi everyone,

Our next P&F Meeting is on Monday 25th March after assembly, in the SAKG kitchen. Everyone is welcome. Come along and help us wrap up the hampers and join us for a cuppa and a chat!


Election Market – A call out for Green thumbs

We are still seeking parents and grandparents to help us grow plants for our plant stall at the Election Market. It is a great way to get involved and help the school. If you can help by growing some plants, seedlings, cuttings for our stall, please either sign up at the office or send your details to Suzi at: .

Hot Cross Bunraiser

Monty Primary is teaming up with Baker’s Delight Greensborough for our annual 'Easter Hot Cross Bunraiser'. For every 6 pack of hot cross buns ordered, the school will receive $2. You can enjoy your delicious hot cross buns knowing you’re also helping our wonderful school!


Packets are $7.50 each - you can choose from traditional, choc chip, apple & cinnamon, mocha or fruitless, which should cater to the tastes of every family member! Orders can be placed by returning the attached form, with payment, to the school office.


Orders need to be placed by 10am on Monday 25 March 2019. Hot Cross Buns will be sent home with your child on Wednesday 3rd April.



Easter Raffle

Thank you to everyone for their generous donations of chocolate and Easter goodies. Hampers will be made up next week and tickets will go on sale on Monday 25th March (see upcoming Compass push for details). The raffle will be drawn after the Easter Parade, on the last day of term (Friday 5th April).

Mothers Day Breakfast

Save the date – Friday 10th May

Early in Term 2 (Friday 10th May), we will have a Mothers Day Breakfast and will also run our Mothers Day stall during the day. More information will be sent home at the beginning of Term 2, but for the moment, please hold the date and time (7:30am – 9:00 am), so you can join your child for a delicious breakfast. Grandparents are also welcome!

Seeking Donations

Please drop to the school office ASAP:

  • Black plastic pots, small or medium, for growing plants.
  • Parents/grandparents/green thumbs to grow plants for plant stall.
  • Small clean glass jars and lids for preserving with labels removed.


Many thanks,

Suzanne Smith

P&F President


Student Leaders

House Captains

Hi, I’m Nick Nagele and I’m one of the House Captains for 2019, along with Tali, Will and Miya.


Here’s a little bit about myself:

I was born on the 5th of May, 2007 and I have been at this school since Grade 2. Outside of school, I play football for Greensborough Junior Football club.


Since I’m a house captain, I have a responsibility of collecting house points at the end of the week, telling everyone the house points at Assembly and working with the Sport Captains to make events for the houses.


I love to read, especially fantasy books. My favourite book series is definitely the Harry Potter series. I also like to game, watch funny videos and play with my dog.


I hope  you’ve learnt a bit about myself, bye bye!


Hi I am Tali and I am Irwin’s House Captain.


I am eleven years old, turning twelve this year. My favourite animal is a tiger and my favourite colour is purple. At my Dad's house, my two sisters and I share three chickens and some gold fish. At my Mum's house I have cat called Teddy. I have moved to seven different houses throughout my life and three different schools.


Some of my favourite subjects are cooking, PE, Music, Art, Inquiry and Writing. On the weekends  I enjoy doing dance, gymnastics and hanging out with my friends and family.


I can’t wait to have an awesome year with you all,

From Tali.


Students of the week

Term 1 - Week 8

 Lydia N (FA) You have an amazing attitude towards your learning. You are always a happy, kind friend who makes fabulous choices when learning and playing outside with friends. Keep on smiling Lydia. We think you are super!!!

 Aaron D (FB) For being a friendly classmate and looking out for others. You have made a fantastic start to the year. Keep it up super star!

 Isabella T(FC) Each morning you arrive with a polite and smiley good morning and shine throughout the day with you gorgeous manners. You are always so kind and respectful towards everyone. We feel so lucky to have you in Foundation C.

 Jack O (12A) - For being an awesome reader in class, your concentration and understanding of what you read is amazing!

 Ethan M (12B) - Ethan has shown the value of respect and learning by listening to his peers, following all instructions from teachers and doing his very best work. Ethan has also shown the value of friendship by helping his friend with a challenging learning task during Maths time. What a wonderful effort Ethan!

Liam P (12C) - Well done Liam for always being ready to listen on the floor and for managing your distractions during work time. You are a great role model for your peers.

Tailem H (12D) - For an INCREDIBLE recount written all about his long weekend caravan trip! You used interesting openers and so much detail to describe your time away. Well done Tailem, you are a writing superstar!

Benjamine G (12E) - Benjamine is a respectful member of the class who always models positive classroom behaviours. She is always challenges herself in her learning and is always happy to support her classmates. It is wonderful to have such a kind class member in 1/2E! Well done Benjamine!

 Ethan M (34A) - Ethan you are an all round superstar! Not only are you extremely enthusiastic towards your learning, especially showing your impressive mathematical skills but you always demonstrate respect by listening and following instructions! Keep up the awesome effort!

 Diaz G (34B) - Diaz showed her impressive creativity by presenting some detailed illustrations of imaginary creatures she found as an explorer. Great job Diaz! :)

 Orlando M( 34C) - Orlando has shown great team work skills this week as he collaborated with his peers to create poetry! Well done on a great week, Orlando!

 Gabe M (34D) -  During 3/4D’s writing sessions, Gabe has shown determination and motivation to produce his highest quality work! He also displayed a Growth Mindset during maths sessions when working on his subtraction strategies.

Tibaud L (56A)  - Tibaud is a kind, caring and industrious member of our grade. We love the way you model our school values and inspire those around you.

 Ben N (56B)  - In our HOT group sessions, Ben was able to work out the potential energy contained in a pair of scissors using its weight, gravitational acceleration and the height it was dropped from, in his head! That’s a great piece of science Ben.






National Ride2School Day!

On Friday the 22nd of March (this Friday) it is National Ride2School Day!

This is a great day to ride, scoot, skate or even walk to school to be physically active and reduce our carbon footprint!


We will be making extra bike parking available in the sports shed for the day, so there is no need to worry about your bike not fitting in our bike racks! I will be riding to school and handing out stickers at the gate to everyone that rides/scoots/skates/walks to school next Friday!


I look forward to seeing all the bikes/scooters/skateboards this Friday!

Mr Josh


Class Item

1/2E Rachel Wong

Grade 1/2s are learning all about Values in Inquiry.  We are learning about how people have personal and shared values that may be different to our own and that values shape who we are and how we view things.

Last week, we talked about learning and what makes a good learner. We found that good learners aren’t just people who are good at maths or writing. Here is what we found that good learners do:

  • Challenge themselves and never give up
  • Always try their best
  • Good Learners ask for help when they need it
  • Help others in their learning
  • Stay focused on their learning tasks
  • Listens to instructions
  • Uses quality presentation
  • Show respect to others and their belongings
  • Have a growth mindset


3/4D Dylan Haeusler

In 3/4D, we have focused on creative writing by exploring poetic devices including imagery, repetition, rhyme and rhythm and alliteration to improve our poetic craft. We used these devices to create many different peoms that are structured like a Tanka poem, or unstructured like our Found Poetry.


We created Found Poems, by analysing popular books and pieces of writing. We looked for words that are beautiful, interesting and make you want to read them again and again. We used these words to inspire our writing. Here are a few examples of what we created. Enjoy! 



Teacher Feature 

Rachel Wong 1/2E

What one memory do you most treasure?
Travelling to Hong Kong and Japan over the holidays! It was such a fantastic trip, we saw so many wonderful things and ate some delicious food.


Fill in the blank: If you really knew me, you'd know

that I absolutely LOVE chocolate! I once drove 1.5 hours to go to a chocolate factory and bought myself a huge 1KG chocolate block! I was in chocolate heaven!


What super power would you like to have?
Teleportation – that way I can get to places quicker and never be stuck in traffic.


What do you miss most about being a kid?
Having all the energy in the world to run around and play.


When are you the happiest?
When I am at home in my pj's with my two furry friends and my lovely partner.


Lou Williams FA

When was the last time you were nervous?

The last time I was nervous was when I found out my daughter was making pink cookies in the microwave when I was at work. She said she was being an experimental chef.


What is something that you do to relax and unwind?

I love to sit in front of the fire on my navy velvet beanbag. I also regularly walk my gorgeous dogs, Sunnie and Roy.


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

Michael Franti – Never Too Late and Killers – Mr. Brightside. I don’t mind giving the Greatest Showman a work out as well. Oops, that’s three.


What do you miss about being a kid?

So much!!! Family holidays to Queenscliff. Watching ‘Young Talent Time’ with my sister and dancing on my roller skates to Wham! Playing spot light tiggy, hiaki and riding on my bike to the milk bar with friends to buy redskins and mixed lollies.


When are you happiest!

When I am at home with my beautiful family, not rushing, just enjoying one another’s company.





Monty Mini Market

Our Mini Market is up and running again on Thursday afternoons from 3:15- 3:45 pm. This provides a wonderful opportunity where students can showcase what have been doing in Kitchen and Gardening classes. Students get to build on their mathematics and business marketing skills too.


We will be selling fresh produce grown in the garden, seedlings produced in garden classes, and items produced in the kitchen such as preserves, jams and pickles.


Proceeds from the market go back into the program.


Parent Kitchen Sessions 


Don’t forget about our cooking sessions for parents being held in the last week of term. This is a great opportunity where parents can see how kitchen classes are run by actually participating in a session.  During the session we will be making a number of dishes that we will share together at the end of the session just like the students do.

We need at least 10 people per session in order for this to operate.


Thank you

Claire and Elisa


Camp Australia

Medical Action Plan - Urgent Reminder

For all children with medical conditions, parents need to see Etta one day prior to booking child in before first visit, with a valid action plan and medication. All medical action plans are reviewed and renewed annually.

Please ensure the correct medication according to the child's action plan is provided. 

Children will not be accepted without a valid ACTION PLAN.

Meet Our OSHC Team

The Educators managing our Outside School Hours Care programs at schools are passionate and make sure they always provide a wide range of activities that engage all children each and every day.


They thoroughly enjoy what they do and take their roles very seriously. Educators at Camp Australia are experienced and qualified with expertise in working with children in OSHC. As part of their role as an Educator with Camp Australia, they have completed compulsory training in Active Supervision (VSHAPE), Child Protection and Camp Australia policies and procedures to ensure the service is safe and engaging for all children in their care.


Throughout the duration of our OSHC program, Educators can be seen actively engaging with the children who attend OSHC. If you haven’t met the Educators at your school, please feel free to pop in and visit our Outside of School Hours Care program. 


Register and Book Now

To register and book your child in our program, visit and use the school finder on our homepage to search for your school. To secure your child’s spot, 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

Montmorency Primary School Flying Start


Zooper Dooper Fun Days


Lavrin & Lawrence Orthodontics
















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 2018 have been over $200! A great effort.


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