Montmorency Primary School Newsletter

13 June 2019
Issue Nine
Leadership @ Monty
Important Dates
Class Item
Teacher Feature 
Parent & Friends
School Uniform-Retail Shop
Earn & Learn
Camp Australia
Community Events
Ongoing school fundraisers
Montmorency Primary School
(03) 9434 5944
60 Rattray Road
Montmorency, Victoria, 3094

Leadership @ Monty


Curriculum Day Feedback:

Last week, our teaching staff made the most of the  Curriculum Day that was held. As part of our  commitment to best quality teaching, all staff were involved in workshops around building the capacity of our students in the area of Mathematics. I have so much pride, trust and confidence in our teachers at MPS who endeavour to lift student outcomes at every level. Our teachers are also currently working through the student reporting cycle and therefore were very deserved of the public holiday earlier this week!


Problem Solving Strategies:

There has been much discussion in  our grades in regards to playground etiquette and in particular, looking at the rules of 'Downball/4 Square/8 Square'. The Year 5/6 students designed a list of appropriate school rules that go hand in hand with our school values of Respect, Friendship, Safety and Learning. We must also reinforce that when there are disagreements in the yard, we allow our children to have a go at sorting them out and if there is still no resolution, seek help. I have attached a 'Problem Solving Wheel' that that is used to assist our students work through situations that they may encounter from time to time. 


Buildings & Grounds Update:

Our Buildings and Grounds committee have been working very hard to finalise the plans for our additional playgrounds. We have continued working with Elliot from Polygon Landscapes and it looks like we are getting closer to starting on Stage 1.


All our fundraising effort this year and next year, will go towards updating our playground spaces. As you can appreciate, any outdoor work is costly. We are fortunate to have some parents who are very skilled in building, planting and the like.


If you are able to offer some practical assistance in the first week of the school holidays, please contact David Koolstra on 0427 783 566 or


The first area to be completed these holidays will be south of the  "big" playground. A  stage will be built which can be used for assemblies, performances and outdoor fun! When Elliot work-shopped with many of our students last year, there was overwhelming enthusiasm for an outdoor stage. And Mrs Kechayas was not even involved!


I have included the draft plans for all 3 areas.

Area 1: Stage built South of the current "big" playground (July school holidays)

Area 2: Pathways, natural rocks, planting - Rattray Rd side of the current "big" playground

Area 3: Vacant space near the staff car park (below current "little" playground)


Last Friday evening, Michael Smith (B&G committee member) and I met with local council members and sporting groups, to work on the concept of a partnership with local community groups in order to upgrade our oval. It was a very successful evening with certainly some good conversations around improving our oval facilities. I will now be pushing for those conversations to turn into actions! Stay tuned....


Parking Reminder:

There have been a couple of parents that have received a fine from Banyule Council for "dropping" off their child near the staff car park entry.  This is considered by Council as a "No Stopping" zone, confirmed by Vic Roads. Please be aware of parking limitations around the school.


Buon Appetito by Luisa:

Just a friendly reminder that as of Term 3, lunch orders will be provided on a Thursday! Please refer to previous Compass feed for more information. 

July School Holiday Program:

Camp Australia are running a holiday program here at Monty! Call Call 1300 105 343 or for a list of program activities. 


Trivia Night - WE NEED YOU!

We need people to help set up Petrie Hall from 4 – 5pm on the afternoon of the Trivia Night. If you can help, please sign up via or at the Office. As a token of our appreciation you will receive one free entry into the Raffle (2 night accommodation valued at $900), drawn at the end of the night.


Have a great week - see you at the Trivia Night!

Janene and Kristie

Important Dates

Term 2 - June

Thursday 13th - Skaterz - Free entry skate after school  (Skate hire $4)

Monday 17th - Ed Sub meeting @ 9:30am

Wednesday 19th - Flying Start No.3  2020 Foundation students - FULLY BOOKED

Friday 21st - MPS Trivia Night

Tuesday 25th - Buildings and Grounds Meeting @ 6pm, School Council Meeting @ 7:00pm

Friday 28th - End of Term 2 - Dismissal @ 2:30pm

Term 3 - July

Monday 15th - Term 3 begins 

Wednesday 17th - 3/4 Camp Information Session 3:45pm

Thursday 18th - Foundation Fire Education Visit No#1

Monday 22nd - P & F Meeting @ 9:30am

Thursday 25th -  Foundation Fire Education Visit No#2

Tuesday 30th - Buildings and Grounds Meeting @ 6pm, School Council  @ 7:00pm

Wednesday 31st - Flying Start No.4  2020 Foundation students - FULLY BOOKED


Friday 2nd August - Children's Day

Thursday 7th - Friday 9th - Year 3-4 Camp Gundiwindi Lodge 

Monday 12th - P & F Meeting @ 9:30am

Monday 19th - Curriculum Day

Tuesday 20th - Book Parade 9am

Thursday 22nd - Friday 23rd - Book Fair

Friday 23rd  - Daffodil Day

Friday 30th - Father's Day Breakfast & Stall


Monday 2nd - Grade 5 Leadership Excursion to Monty Sec College 

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

Thursday 5th - ICAS Science

Monday 9th  - P & F Meeting @ 9:30am

Tuesday 10th - Parent/Teacher Interviews  (all day)

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

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


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

Tuesday 10th September - Adjusted School Day - P/T & Student Led Conferences (Children not  in attendance at school - interview times to be arranged closer to the day)

Monday 4th November

Class Item

Scienceworks 3/4 C 

On Friday 24th May, all Grade 3/4 students went on our first excursion for the year to Scienceworks! Students were able to explore the ‘Think Ahead’ and ‘Sportsworks’ areas, as well as enjoy an iPad information hunt in the 'Pumping Station' and a ‘Cool Stuff’ science show hosted by Owen. Everyone had a great day and learnt so much!


I loved learning about all of the science things and I loved the pumping station – Leia, 3/4C

One thing I liked was the 'Cool Stuff' show because it was interesting and had cool facts – Rory, 3/4C

Out of all the things at Scienceworks I loved making our future transport – Lucy, 3/4C

I liked the 'Cool Stuff' show because I learnt about the sixth state matter and I had lots of fun there! – Miette, 3/4C



Teacher Feature 

Cara Crawford - 34C

What characteristic do you most admire in others?

Kindness! It’s something that is so easy to spread around and everyone benefits from. I hear Pevan and Sarah also have a new song about it at the moment too!


What is something that you do to relax and unwind?

Take my dog Milo on a walk to the park. He has a lot of energy so needs to go every day, but I love taking him and watching him play!


What super power would you like to have?

I want to be a wizard like Harry Potter! I would love to just wave my magic wand to get things done.


What do you miss most about being a kid?

Swimming at the beach no matter what time of year or how cold it was! I still love the beach but there’s no way I’m jumping in the water in any season other than Summer!


When are you the happiest?

When I’m at the happiest place on earth of course... Disneyland!



Josh Horan - PE

What characteristic do you most admire in others?

Perseverance. I really admire people who are willing to keep on trying and never give up. No matter how hard it seems, to keep on trying! Maybe that’s why I am a Carlton fan…


What is something that you do to relax and unwind?

I love to play guitar to unwind when at home. I sometimes even just grab my camera and go for a walk. I love to take photos of the streets around my house and capture some amazing street art.


If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet?

When I was younger I actually got the chance to meet some amazing people in Elvis Presley and John Lennon. I met Elvis at a petting zoo when it was raining quite heavily. I was carrying a spare umbrella with me and noticed this guy that needed one. I went over and handed it to him only to realise it was Elvis! He said, “Thank you very much” and he gave me his favourite guitar pick! I got the chance to meet John Lennon by random chance when I saw him buying bird seed at a pet store. He gave me some great advice and said to me, “Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.” That’s something I really have tried to live by since.


What did you want to be when you were younger?

I actually wanted to be a magician/comedian. I have always loved magic and still to this day am amazed by it. I still try my hand at magic and specifically card magic. I’m not very good but I am slowly getting better (just ask Miss Mac)! I also loved to laugh when I was younger and still do. I love the feeling of making other people laugh, so I thought being a comedian was the way to do it! I would always say to my mum, “Don’t worry about high school or university, just send me to Comedian School”. I actually thought that such a place existed! Instead I realised I could achieve all this as a teacher and spread some joy and still tell my lame jokes!


When are you the happiest?

I am my happiest when I am outside and making people laugh. I also love to travel. I have now traveled to 23 different countries and worked in 3! I have been lucky enough to see some fantastic things around the world and have some great experiences. I consider myself very lucky to have experienced these things!




Mini Market

Don’t forget to drop by our mini market on Thursday afternoons where you can purchase some of the items made in the kitchen or some of our fresh produce. All proceeds go back into running the program.


The Year 3/4’s and 5/6’s are coming to the end of their time in the kitchen at the conclusion of this term. They have had a wonderful time exploring foods from different countries, different cooking techniques and different flavours. Recently they have even learnt to make different types of pasta and sauces.


You might be surprised at how adventurous some of them are in trying new foods or foods which they previously didn’t think they liked. You might also be surprised in just how good their kitchen skills are becoming, including their cleaning up skills!


If you or your children would like to make some of the dishes we have made, you can find most of the recipes attached.





Hello Monty Community!

Weekend/Holiday Chicken Carers

Thank you to everyone who has lovingly cared for the chooks over the holidays and weekends. We are currently looking for carers who can look after our chickens on the weekends and school holidays during Term 3 and 4. 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.


Thank you,

Elisa and Claire.


Parent & Friends

Trivia Night

Trivia Night – Friday 21st June

Only 1 week to go! Seats are still available if you were thinking of going. Book via . Bookings close Monday 17th at 5pm.


DONATIONS – We are still seeking donations of wine and chocolates to help make up hampers, or larger items to serve as Silent Auction items. The donation of an item is a great opportunity to promote your business. Please drop any items to the office by Monday morning.


HELP - We really need people to help set up the hall from 4 – 5pm on the afternoon of the Trivia Night. If you can help, please sign up via or at the office. As a token of our appreciation you will receive one free entry into the Raffle (2 night accommodation valued at $900), drawn at the end of the night.


Silent Auctions

Some excellent donations are still coming in. We’ll have everything from plants, tools and fire pits to pamper packages and board games. Something for everyone.


Not sure what you would like??? How about one of these fantastic items



Thank you to everyone for their support and enthusiasm for the upcoming trivia night. With at least 140 people attending and Mrs Kechayas as our hostess, it will be a fun night. And all funds raised will go toward a new playground for the tanbark area in front of the school office.



Skaterz Free Entry + $4:00 Skate Hire – June 13th


School Uniform-Retail Shop

RHSports Retail Shop 

Please be advised that the RHSports School Uniform Shop will be closing on Friday 21st of June for the day to undertake their yearly stock take.


This means the following for that day:

  • No orders will be shipped
  • No orders via the web will be downloaded and packed
  • Shop will be closed for walk-in parents

All going well the shop will be operational again on Monday 24th June.

Earn & Learn

Earn & Learn - May 1st to June 25th

Montmorency Primary School is once again collecting Earn & Learn stickers. We have a box at Woolworths at Eltham and Greensborough and you can also drop your stickers onto a sheet and leave them at the office. Help us buy equipment for science, arts, technology, maths and lots more.



Camp Australia

Camp Australia

Fun without the sun!

Tips to staying dry this winter.

Needing some help coming up with ideas on what to do with the children this rainy season? Well, at Camp Australia, we’re experts at having fun, regardless of what’s happening with the weather. Rain, hail or shine we always have something fun for the children to participate in!

Here are a few wet weather activities to keep out of the rain:

  1. Cook up a storm! In OSHC we have a Camp Australia Cookbook full of healthy fun recipes.
  2. Make jigsaw puzzle from magazine pictures, postcards or photos. Glue the pictures onto cardboard and when the glue is dry, cut it into puzzle shapes. Then piece it back together!
  3. Create a board game – let the children come up with the rules and teach their friends how to play.
  4. Turn on the music, turn off the lights and have a disco or you could even have a dancing competition.
  5. Dress ups! Who doesn’t love dressing up as their favourite superhero, or TV character. The children could even write their very own scripts and put on a drama performance for their friends.
  6. Have an indoor picnic. At least the ants won’t be after the leftovers…


So much fun to be had in Before and After School Care. If you would like to learn more about how we operate our OSHC service, please visit before or after school and your Coordinator, will be available to answer any questions.

If you prefer to call us, you can contact our Customer Care on 1300 105 343. The team are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (except National Public Holidays).

We look forward to seeing you in service soon!

The Team at Camp Australia

Community Events













Fireball Valued Members,

The team at Fireball are putting on FREE pizza and game nights for all members. Family and friends are welcome. 


These social nights are a way to enjoy some fun and games with our wonderful community. 


We are running on the following dates:

Friday 31st May: Yallambie Tennis Club

Friday 7th June: Blackburn Tennis Club

Friday 14th June: St Francis Xavier Tennis Club

Friday 21st June: Greythorn Park Tennis Club


We will be running from 5pm-6pm on each evening. 


Please RSVP via email ( or phone (0422 270 224) so that we can get an idea of numbers.


Hope to see you there!



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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