Montmorency Primary School Newsletter

21 February 2019
Issue Two
Leadership @ Monty
Important Dates
Child Safe Standards
Student Leadership 2019
Students of the week
Teacher Feature 
Camp Australia
Community Events
Ongoing school fundraisers
Montmorency Primary School
(03) 9434 5944
60 Rattray Road
Montmorency, Victoria, 3094

Leadership @ Monty


Student Voice and Agency

MPS’s vision for learning recognises the fundamental importance of empowering students and the contribution that student voice, agency and leadership can make to improve student outcomes, health and wellbeing. At MPS, we aspire for all students to achieve and grow as learners, and to generate their own course for lifelong learning. Last week, we asked students from Grades 1-6, to spend some time giving us feedback on their school life.


A key message that came through when talking to students about teaching and learning was that teachers understood how students learned best...“My classroom teacher knows the best way we learn and uses the way we learn best.”  It is very evident from this student feedback that teachers care deeply about their students and strive to ensure they learn in each and every lesson.


Our students are currently setting their personal learning goals for this Term with input from their teacher.  It is amazing hearing some of our Grade 1 students articulate how they are going and how they can work towards their goals. Our teachers at MPS are passionate at teaching how to learn. We know that this empowers our children and gives students a higher chance of success.


A favourite student response:

Question: “How do you learn best?”

Answer: “Using your head, trying again and again with a growth mindset, using thinking strategies, staying on task with demonstrations shown on the board and learning from your mistakes.”


And some responses that made us giggle…

Question: "How can maths lessons be changed to help you improve?”

Answer: “Well, I don’t really like maths  but my teacher is good at teaching it.”


Question: "How can writing lessons be changed to help you improve?”

Answer: “No changes, there is nothing rong…”!!!


We will continue to collect student feedback/voice on a range of topics this year, as well as work on our spelling approach!  


Student Leaders

We are thrilled to announce our 2019 Year 6 student leaders. It has been a big couple of weeks as our candidates needed to prepare a written application for their role of choice, present a speech in front of their peers and then sit an interview with a panel of 3 staff members! We are so proud of the Grade 6 cohort, for supporting and encouraging each other throughout this process.


The Resilience Project
The Resilience Project is coming to Monty! It is a wonderful program and Hugh van Cuylenburg is an outstanding presenter! Please ensure that you place the following date/time in your calendar for the Parent Session -  you will not be disappointed!

Monday 18th March @ 7pm in our hall. 

Have a great week, 

Janene and Kristie


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

Tues 26th - Buildings and Grounds Meeting @ 5:00pm in the staffroom

Tues 26th - School Council Meeting and General Meeting from 6:30pm in the staffroom


Fri 1st - History Incursion Grades 3/4

Mon 4th - Zooper Dooper Fun Day

Wed 6th - P&F Meeting 9:00am in the staffroom

Wed 6th - Division Swimming  (selected students)

Thurs 7th - Resilience Project Student Sessions

Mon 11th - Labour Day Public Holiday

Fri 15th - National Day of Action Against Bulling & Violence: "Bullying - No Way" Day

Mon 18th - Zooper Dooper Fun Day

Mon 18th- Fri 22nd Cultural Diversity Week

Mon 18th - Resilience Project Parent Evening Session 7:00pm 

Thurs 21st - Harmony Day

Mon 25th - Zooper Dooper Fun Day

Thurs 28th - Crossing Supervisor Visit/Talk Grade - Foundation 


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

Thurs 4th - Responsible Pet Owner  Incursion Grade - Foundation  

Fri 5th - Easter Parade @ 1:30pm

Fri 5th - End of Term 1! Dismissal @ 2:30pm

2019 Term Dates

Term 1 - 30 Jan - 5 April

Term 2 - 23rd April - 28 June

Term 3 - 15 July - 20 September

Term 4 - 7 October - 20 December

2019 Curriculum Days

Friday 7th June

Monday 19th August

Monday 4th November

Child Safe Standards

Child Safe Standards

Child Safe Standards are compulsory minimum standards that apply to organisations that provide services in order to help protect children from abuse. It is a requirement that we continually keep you updated with the Standards and other information pertaining to Child Safety.
Montmorency Primary School is committed to promoting and protecting the interests and safety of children. We have zero tolerance for child abuse. Everyone working at Montmorency Primary School is responsible for the care and protection of children and reporting information about child abuse.  

In forthcoming newsletters, we will be profiling each standard for your information.

Child Safe Standard No. 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.

For more information:  

Child Safe Standards


Student Leadership 2019

School Captains & Vice Captains





Hi everyone,

My name is Shola and I am one of Monty Primary's School Captains for 2019. I started at the school as a Prep in 2013, when the school was smaller and before it was rebuilt. It was amazing seeing the population grow and the school expanding.

A bit about myself is that I am responsible and organised in and out of the classroom. Outside of school I enjoy soccer, art/painting and photography. I live with my mum Sophie, my dad Damian and sister Evy who when she was a baby was diagnosed with Smith-Magenis Syndrome. My favourite subjects are PE, Reading and Writing, but I still enjoy most other subjects.

I am so proud to be representing the school for 2019 as a joint School Captain with Chantelle.



Hi everyone,

My name is Chantelle and I am one of the School Captains for 2019! I'm 11 years old and I'm the oldest of 3 children. I enjoy basketball, guitar and reading. At school I like Music, P.E and Maths!

When I'm older I either want to become an actress or a doctor.

I came to Monty Primary 4 years ago from another school. I think this opportunity has really given me a chance to see how welcoming Monty really is.

I am so proud to be School Captain this year. I am really excited to lead by example for all the students and be a good role model. I believe being School Captain will give me confidence to become a responsible leader.

I hope my co-captains and I can help make a real difference throughout the year.

Best wishes,






Hi everyone,

I am Molly and I am one of the 2019 Vice Captains. Let me tell you a little about myself. I am 11 years old with 2 older siblings. I like singing, dancing and acting and am involved in scouts. And I love everything to do with Harry Potter! I have been at this school for 7 years and seen it change a lot, from new students, to new buildings and teachers. This role is like a dream come true! It is so amazing to be a leader at this wonderful school.

I hope that you can trust me to be a good Vice Captain. Or maybe the best one you have ever had!

I look forward to helping this school and helping the new buddies and little kids settle into the fabulous school.




My name is Alex and I am one of the 2019 Vice School Captains for Montmorency Primary School.

Some things about me are:

I have been at this school for six and a bit years. I started in 2012. Since being at the school, I have been part of the Junior Representative Council twice and the Senior Representative Council once.

I play soccer for the Nillumbik Ninjas and I am the main striker for my team. I also play basketball for the Eltham Wildcats and I love it. I enjoy learning new things and I try to be an enthusiastic person. When I grow up, I would like to be an engineer or an architect because I love designing and making things.

I hope by this 150 words or so you have learnt a bit more about me, and I hope you have a good day!


Sports Captains - Tibaud & Isy


Environment Captains - Zoe & Kyan


ICT Captain - Timothy


House Captains 

                        FREEMAN - Nick                  HOLLOWS - Will               IRWIN - Tali                   PATERSON - Miya

Students of the week

Term 1 - Week 3

Madeleine K (FA) - For being you, Maddy! You are a great listener, and a great talker. Your 'Whole Body Listening Is Amazing'! Thank you so much for respecting our classroom values. You always put your hand up with a smile! You are a star!

Ella B (FB) For always listening respectfully to your classmates and teachers and doing your best work in learning time. You’ve made a brilliant start to foundation! Well done super star!

Matilda E (FC) For being a friendly classmate and looking out for others. You always do the right thing. We are lucky to have you in Founadtion C. Well done!

Mason B (12A) - Mason has been an amazing learner in 1/2A this week, he has produced excellent pieces of work - especially in Soundwaves! Well done Mason!

Ari S (12B) - Ari is such a positive and encouraging member of 1/2B. Ari always listens to and respects his peers and works his hardest in all learning tasks. Ari also helps us to keep time when we are doing learning tasks. Well done Ari!

Harlen H (12C) - Congratulations to Harlen for demonstrating a growth mindset by viewing his learning challenges as opportunites to improve.

Sonny W (12D) - Sonny has been a kind and caring member of 1/2D since the start of the year. It has been so wonderful to see him go out of his way to help others around him who need it. Fantastic work Sonny!

Kaylee W (12E) - Kaylee enthusiastically engages with all learning tasks and always tries her very best. She is a respectful member of the class who consistently uses her manners and Whole Body Listening. We love having you in 1/2E Kaylee!

Harper Y ((34A) - Harper you have shown respect is so many ways towards your teachers and your peers. You consistently listen, follow instructions and use your manners. You are a delight to have in 3/4A. Well done!

Fred B (34B) - Fred has impressed everyone with his superb start in 3/4B. He has shown respect by following all teacher instructions and displays an imaginative approach to his learning. Keep it up Fred! 

Josh K ( 34C) - Josh is a caring and thoughtful member of our class. He is always willing to help others and has made sure everyone has felt included throughout the week. Well done, Josh!

Tyesha B (34D) -  During Grade 3/4 cooking, Tyesha was a super helper and roll model to her peers by showing others how to appropriately pack up. You are always reading to learn and consistently model the school values like a champ! Great work Ty!

Jean C (56A) - You are always respectful of your teachers and classmates and set and excellent example for others. Well done!

Maccy K (56B)  - Maccy demonstrated both creativity and resilience when designing and building his catapult in our 'Higher Order Thinking' session. Great stuff !


Term 1 - Week 4

Ollie W (FA) - For your enthusiasm and eagerness to learn. You love contributing to class discussion and always give everything your all. You are an absolute STAR and we love having you in Foundation A!!

Milie E (FB) - For your outstanding listening and concentration during learning time. You show great respect to not only teachers but to your peers as well. Keep it up!

Joshua S (FC) - Your super power is your listening! You are great at listening to your teacher and classmates. You are respectful at all times and are a champion student! Keep it up!

Matthew M (12A) - For your enthusiasm for learning in the area of Mathematics, it is so lovely to see you shine each and every day.

Celina T (12B) - Celina is a friendly and helpful member of 1/2B. Celina consistently shows the values of Friendship, Laerning and Respect by listening respectfully to others, helping her freinds ad

Annabelle N (12C)  - Congratulations to Annabelle for always trying your best and for always taking pride in the presentation of your work. Keep up the briliant work!

Hamish M (12D) - It was wonderful to see Mish Mash using our CAFÉ strategies independently during morning reading! You were cross-checking and re-reading like a star! Keep up the amazing work!

Elias N (12E) - Elias is a respectful member of the class who always models positive classroom behaviours. He always tries his very best in all learning tasks and does not give up when things get tricky. It is wonderful to have such a responsible class member in 1/2E! Well done Elias!

Isabella W  (34A) - Isabella you have been a great friend this week making sure others feel included. It’s been great to see your positive attitude towards including new friends in your games.

Keira S (34B) - Keira has picked up where she left off from last year, being a super assistant to Mr. Boyd and continuing to make giant leaps in her learning! 

Rory K (34C) - Rory showed our school values of learning and friendship during House Swimming this week by trying his best and supporting his peers. Well done, Rory!

Ella M (34D) - Ella was an exceptional learner and friend when participating in numerous maths games and group tasks. She shared tasks fairly and challenged herself when working with 6-digit numbers in numeracy. Keep up the super work!

Neva M (56A) - Displaying all four school values. You have settled into our school so well, it’s as if you’ve always been here. Your determination, have a go attitude and general all round positivity are wonderful to see.

Neo S (56B) - Neo demonstrated respect, compassion and friendship when supporting his classmates in their learning. You should be proud of yourself Neo, you have such a great heart!



Lewes C (34A) - Well done Lewes, you have made an excellent start to the year in Art by listening carefully and working studiously on set tasks. Keep it up!




Swimming Carnival

Last Wednesday the 14th of February the grade 4-6's competed in our first ever house swimming carnival. It was a fantastic day with everyone trying their best in the pool! I was very proud to see the encouragement from all students through all the races! It was very close in the final results from swimming with Hollows just beating out Freeman by 10 points! 

Well done to all swimmers and good luck to our swimmers representing Montmorency Primary at the district swimming on the 20th of February!

Mr Josh



District Swimming - 20th February.

Congratulations to all the district swimmers who went to Northcote Swimming pool on Wednesday the 20th of February, you all did such a great job! Montmorency Primary came 7th overall with 48 points! We all showed great school spirit and cheered for our school. Good job to those who made it through to division swimming in two weeks time! Do Montmorency proud!


By Chantelle & Tibaud


Teacher Feature 

Ady Wall 5/6A

When was the last time you were nervous?

The last time I was nervous was probably when I needed to speak in front of parents at the information night. I wasn’t sure how many parents were going to turn up but it turned out to be a great night!


What would a "perfect" day look like for you?

A perfect day for me would start with a run that would finish at a beautiful beach and I would then swim in the ocean to cool off. I would then meet family and friends for a delicious and slow breakfast with coffee.I would then spend some time in a garden with a great book. A walk with my dog Ronnie before a yummy dinner with my husband and children.



What super power would you like to have?

The superpower I would most like to have is the power of silence – sometimes I just want peace and quiet!


What do you miss most about being a kid?

Probably the freedom to just play and not have to think about what to cook for dinner, where did I need to be in the next 10 minutes or what meetings do I have on today 


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?

My family – they provided the kind of support that challenged and encouraged me to keep improving and to value friendships, family and holidays more than material things


Meagan Nash 

 What is something you learned in the last week?  

I learned that when you’re pregnant and you stand for almost 5 hours without sitting, you WILL go home with very large ankles. 


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

“Free time”? What is this “free time” you speak of??   What a funny question...


Which celebrity do you get mistaken for?

I was recently reading the paper when my 2 & 1/2 year old daughter pointed to Elvis Costello and screamed out, “Look, there’s you, Mummy!”



What did you want to be when you were younger?

I definitely wanted to be a stunt woman. The thought of spending my time pretending to be blown up, falling off buildings and flying through the air seemed like the best career choice for me.


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 would tell one of my former students how much I learnt from them about courage, strength, resilience and overcoming adversity. This student taught me that regardless of what life can throw at you, you can still be the person you were always meant to be. 



SAKG Chicken Update

Hello Monty Community!

Welcome to another school year at Monty Primary and to our new Foundation families, we are very excited to meet you all. 

As part of our SAKG Program we have four beloved chickens: Peri Peri, Bonnie, Fluffy and our new addition Sweetie the Silkie who was kindly donated to us.


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


Weekend/holiday Chicken Carers

Thank you to everyone who has lovingly cared for the chooks over the summer and weekends. We are currently looking for carers who can look after our chickens on the weekends and school holidays in 2019. Don’t be put off if you have never looked after chickens before - the ladies are a breeze to care for and they will reward you with delicious eggs each morning (Sweetie’s eggs are smaller but just as delicious).


Please contact the office if you want any more information.


Locking chickens away

I have received a few reports from chicken carers who have let chickens out in the morning and arrived back to lock them up in the afternoon only to find that it has already been done, or they have arrived to let them out and they have already been let out and the eggs collected. It is highly appreciated that people are keeping an eye on the chickens, however to avoid confusion and unnecessary travel, chicken carer duties should be left for the carer assigned to that date. Please feel free to access the chicken monitor roster if you have any questions for the carer on duty.


If you arrive at school and see that the chickens aren’t let out by 11am or are still out at dark, please refer to the chicken monitor roster and contact the person on duty to let them know that you’ve let them out/put them away.


Thank you



Kitchen Garden Volunteers

Both Kitchen and Garden classes rely on volunteer assistance for the success of the Program and we appreciate any time that you can offer. You can sign up to be a Kitchen and/or Garden volunteer online via Google document and allocate yourself to the session and time that suits you. All volunteers will need a Working with Children Check that needs to be presented to the office prior to volunteering.


Thank you for all of the wonderful donations to our Kitchen Garden program, which has included an electric frypan and fresh produce. They have already been put to good use!


Parent Kitchen Sessions

If you would like to come and get some hands on experience and see how our kitchen classes run sign up to one of our sessions for parents in the last week of term. These classes will run in the same way that the classes for students run. You don’t need to know how to cook, or you might be a great cook and want to share your experience with others. You will get to work with other parents to cook a dish that will then be shared at the end. There are 40 places available (20 in each session) and it will be lots of fun!


Share Your Knowledge!

We know there are some talented parents and carers out there so if you would like to share some of your garden or kitchen expertise with our students please get in touch.

SAKG Volunteer Gardening Group

Due to the success of our Volunteer Garden Morning Tea last year, we are continuing our volunteer gardening sessions in 2019. Last year our Labyrinth Garden was transformed through the help of volunteers and this year we are hoping to continue to improve our indigenous garden.

We will be holding our volunteer garden group on Wednesday afternoons from 2:50pm - please feel welcome to attend.


Thank you!

Elisa and Claire


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


Community Sports Camps




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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