Montmorency Primary School Newsletter

17 May 2019
Issue Seven
Leadership @ Monty
Important Dates
Child Safe Standards
Parent & Friends
Students of the week
Resilience Project
Earn & Learn
Camp Australia
Community Events
Ongoing school fundraisers
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Montmorency Primary School
(03) 9434 5944
60 Rattray Road
Montmorency, Victoria, 3094

Leadership @ Monty


Teaching & Learning

As per the norm at Monty PS, there are many exciting things planned for our students. This week, our Grade 3 & 5 children have participated in Naplan testing and have shown great effort by doing their best! There are many opinions as to the value of this type of testing. For staff at Monty, we use the opportunity to provide children with yet another way to demonstrate their knowledge and showcase their strengths. We encourage all children to “give it a go” and “try their hardest”.   As you would have seen through meeting with your child’s class teacher at the end of last term, there are many learning opportunities given to our students and multiple ways in which we deliver learning programs and assess our students. Naplan adds yet another dimension to what we as teachers, know about the learning style and capability of our students.  Congrats to all our students that participated and used a "Growth/I can do It" mindset! Hugh from The Resilience Project also spoke about Naplan on Tuesday morning on the Today Show - check out the Monty Facebook page or


Family STEM Night

Next week, we celebrate Education Week with a focus on a STEM. Next Thursday evening we are hosting a family STEM night (Grades F-2 from 6pm-7pm; Grades 3-6 from 7pm-8pm) where the children will be solving a forensic mystery! Thanks to the staff and parents who are putting a huge amount of effort into ensuring that this evening will be a fun, learning experience for all!


Mother's Day

What a privilege it was to celebrate Mums, Grandmas and all people special to us, with a breakfast and stall last week. Thank you to everyone for making this occasion really meaningful for our students and families.  


Well Done Teachers!

This week our fabulous teachers were again able to showcase some of our teaching and learning programs here at MPS. Our staff ran two Professional Development seminars for teachers in our local school's network around the use of VCOP and CAFE reading strategies. These sessions were booked to capacity and I would like to thank our teachers for their willingness to showcase their expert knowledge. 


Election Day Market

I look forward to seeing our fabulous Monty community out and about on Election Day this Saturday. Thanks to all those that are assisting- it’s not too late to be involved, call the office or drop in a cake on Friday for our stall!



Year 6-7  Secondary School Transition Forms- due tomorrow (Friday 17th May)

Sibling Enrolment 2020- If you have not enrolled your child, PLEASE see Ali at the office ASAP!














Important Dates




Saturday 18th May - Election Day and Mini Market 

Education Week: 20th-25th May

Monday 20th May - Parents & Friends Group Meeting 9.30am

Wednesday 22nd  - School Tour for 2020 Foundation @ 10:00am

Thursday 23rd - Family Stem Night: Grades F-2  @ 6:00-7:00pm , Grades 3-6  @ 7:00-8:00pm

Friday 24th - Grades 3 & 4 Science Works Excursion

Tuesday 28th - Grades 4 - 6 Cyber Safety Incursion @ 12:30pm

Wednesday 29th - Flying Start No.2 for 2020 Foundation students - FULLY BOOKED



Monday 3rd - P & F Meeting @ 9:30am

Thursday 6th - School Tour for 2020 Foundation @ 10:00am

Thursday 6th - Foundation Music Excursion

Friday 7th - Curriculum Day - students not required at school

Monday 10th - Public Holiday Queen's Birthday

Wednesday 12th - Dentist Visit Talk for Foundation - Grade 2

Thursday 13th - Skaterz - Free skate after school

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

Thursday 20th - School Tour for 2020 Foundation @ 10:00am

Friday 21st - MPS Trivia Night

Tuesday 25th - School Council Meeting @ 7:00pm

Friday 28th - End of Term 2 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

Child Safe Standards

Child Safe Standard #5:
Processes for responding to and reporting suspected abuse

Organisations have a responsibility to promote and provide an environment in which children, staff and volunteers are encouraged to speak up when they are uncomfortable or concerned.


This includes:

  • recognising that the safety of children is everyone’s responsibility
  • having a clear procedure for reporting concerns and allegations
  • encouraging children to report if they feel unsafe or concerned
  • making people within the organisation aware of their duty of care and legal responsibilities
  • appropriately acting on concerns and complaints
  • keeping and securely storing accurate records.

Responding to a child: 

If a child discloses an incident of abuse, there are a number of key actions that you and your organisation should undertake to effectively respond.

Action One: Respond to an emergency

Action Two: Report to authorities/referring to services

Action Three: Contact parents/carers

Action Four: Provide ongoing support



Parent & Friends

Election Market - May 18th

Thank you to the families that have already signed up to help at our Election Market on Saturday 18th May. This is a huge community fundraiser and we appreciate any help you can offer.


We will be running a sausage sizzle and egg & bacon BBQ, cake stall, plant and gift stall and have face painting, craft and glitter tattoos for the children. There is still plenty of opportunities to help and the roster will be open right up until Thurs 16th (so you have time to sort out your weekend sport activities). Follow this LINK to sign up or leave your details at the office. 


If you can't help on the day, we also need people to bake cakes, biscuits and slices and yummy food for our cake stall. 

Mother’s Day

A huge thank you to Sooney and Frances for all their hard work in organising a fantastic Mother’s Day event for us all.

The breakfast was delicious and very enjoyable. A special thank you to our chefs Kris and Elvin for cooking us approximately 700 pancakes, fresh on the day. And I’m sure you will agree that the gifts your children brought home this year were a lovely mix of ‘made with love’ and ‘sparkle’.


Thank you to all our Volunteers

Whilst events like Mother’s Day and Election day take a lot of behind the scenes organising, it takes effort from the whole school community to make it a success. We have had an extraordinary number of families volunteer to help at recent events, which makes running these events much easier to know the load is well spread. It also sets a fabulous example to our children that we can all help, and that all help is valued.

So a big thank you to anyone has helped, or who is about to help this weekend. We greatly appreciate the time and effort you put into making this school a welcoming place.


Trivia Night

Now that the hard work is done for the term, it is time to party at our Roaring 20’s Trivia Night on Friday June 21st.

We have booked the larger Petrie Park Community Hall as we have outgrown our school hall for this event. Please feel free to invite family and friends and work colleagues – there is heaps of room to fit everyone. Tickets are selling quickly so get your table organised and book via


The Silent Auction is a major fundraising component of this social event. We greatly appreciate any new items you can donate for use in the Silent Auction – kitchen items, garden items, sports equipment, toys, books, wine, chocolate, whatever you can donate. If you run a local business it is a fabulous opportunity to promote your business by donating a service or item (remember the awesome hamper that Wilkinson Plumbing Solutions donated to our Easter Raffle!!). Donations can be left in the box at the office, or contact Suzi on 0419 434 559 for larger or service donations.


Looking forward to seeing you in your best Gatsby/flapper/gangster outfit!

P&F team


Students of the week

Term 2 - Week 4


William A (FA) -  You are an amazing learner and friend William. You listen beautifully and always try your best. You are also super thoughtful and kind and that is why we all love having you in Foundation A. What an amazing role model you are. Keep up the awesome work!!

Sebastian M (FB) - For starting the term with such a happy and positive attitude. You greet your friends and teacher with a huge smile and a bubbly “hello” every morning! It has been lovely to see you developing new friendships and watch your confidence grow each day! Thank you for being you!

Lea C (FC) - You are a star that shines very brightly in Foundation C! You are a role model to your classmates and are always respectful, kind and friendly. We are very lucky to have someone like you!

Harry K (12A) - For being a respectful role model to others in the class and always producing quality work when learning

Esmae M (12B) - Esmae consitently shows the values of learning, respect and safety. Esma

Grace S (12C) - Well done Grace for demonstrating the value of learning. You are making excellent progress with your reading, showing greater confidence in your own abilities and less reliance on the help of others.

Neve R (12D) - For showing such tremendous growth in her reading so far this year and being a reliable friend to all. You work hard in class and strive to always do your best. Thank you for being a kind, caring friend to all of 1/2D. We love having you in our class!

Liam W (12E) - Liam has really stepped up as a responsible Grade 2 role model this term. He is always displaying positive classroom behaviours and encourages other to do the same. Liam has shown that he takes on feedback to improve in his learning and is proud of the work that he produces. Keep up the fantastic work Liam!

Savannah Daley (12E) - Savannah has shown that she is a great learner. She enthusiastically engages with her learning tasks and has worked hard to improve her focus to produce her best work. Savannah works well in collaborative tasks and supports others around her. Great work Savannah!

Mariah-R (34A) - You have had an amazing start to Term 2, coming to school every day with a smile on your face!!! It has been a delight to see you enjoying your learning and making new friends!1 Keep it up legend!

Xavier D (34B) -    For his attention during science investigations and sharing his growing understandings in an inclusive manner. Well done, Xavier!

Lola W (34C) - Lola has been working really hard on her persuasive writing this week! She always tries her best and continues to listen to feedback to improve her work. Keep up the good work, Lola!

Austin M (34C) - Austin has shown great enthusiasm towards his learning this week! He has been doing some amazing reading and has enjoyed writing his own stories about doorway dimensions. Keep up the great work, Austin!

Ben T (34D) - Ben is a brilliant learner and has constantly challenged himself to improve in all areas of his learning. He showed  great enthusiasm when completing his homework tasks and even posted his creative persuasive piece on Edmodo for his peers. Amazing work Ben!

Wendy D  (56A) - Wendy has shown great determination and persistence with her learning and we have all really noticed how hard you are focusing in class. You are also really great at paying people compliments Wendy. Thank you for being you!

Gaby L (56B) - Gaby has demonstrated the value of friendship. She is such a great friend and support to all of the members of our Grade 5/6 team. You have a great heart and are kind to all. Keep it up.

Resilience Project

School Newsletter



For Students to watch

'Look up' - watch it HERE An engaging clip demonstrating to students in particular all the things they may miss if they spend too much time looking down, at their devices. 


'What are you missing' - watch is HERE - In a hyperconnected world, where devices have become such a huge part of our lives, human interaction is sacrificed daily in favour of digital interactions.

For Parents to READ

Are students choosing screen time over sleep? - Read HERE

Reasons kids are bored, entitled and impatient with few real friends - Read HERE


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.




In the Kitchen 

Last week the year 3/4’s made and enjoyed ANZAC biscuits. Extra biscuits were sold them at the Mini Market to raise money for the ANZAC appeal. Thank you everyone who made a donation for a biscuit or two. We hope you enjoyed them!

During the next two weeks students will be busy making some fabulous items for the Mother’s Day stall.


Volunteers needed

If you can spare a couple of hours once a week or once a fortnight to help out in one of the cooking sessions it would be much appreciated. Without adequate support, sessions often have to be modified and the things we make simplified. In order for our students to get the most out of the program we require the assistance of 2-3 volunteers per class.






Term 2 in the Garden

Garden Volunteers

Garden classes need your help! Volunteers are needed to help with Garden class activities and the more volunteers we have, the more activities we can run for students. The great thing about gardening is that we are all learning together, this means that you don’t need any gardening skills to help out. If you do have something to share, we would love to learn from you too! 


Are you wanting to get involved in our school’s SAKG program but can’t make it to a Kitchen or Garden class? Every Wednesday afternoon from 2:50pm I welcome parents and carers to join me in the garden for some maintenance and gardening tasks. So far we have given our Labyrinth Garden a makeover, netted fruit trees and maintained the indigenous garden, all of which I couldn’t have done without your help. 


Please note: all volunteers need a working with children check and an OH&S induction which is done via the office.


Mini Market

Our Monty Mini Market will be running every Thursday in Term 2. Students will be selling excess produce from our garden as well as seedlings planted by students and goodies made by our kitchen classes. All money raised goes right back into supporting Monty’s SAKG program – we hope to see you there!




Camp Australia

Celebrating Families
Mother’s Day and National Families Week


The month of May provides us with two great opportunities to recognise and celebrate the many different forms that families can take. Mother’s Day is on Sunday 12th May and National Families week is celebrated from Wednesday 15th May to Tuesday 21st May. 

In Before and After School Care, children will be exploring the theme for National Families Week 2019, “Stronger Families, Stronger Communities”. Join us this week to celebrate families and friends!

When - Mother’s Day is on Sunday 12th May. National Families Week is May 15th to May 21st. 

Where - Your child’s school OSHC room.

How to register - You must be registered to attend. Registration is FREE! You can register an account via our website

How to book - Once registered, it’s easy to make and manage your bookings online via our parent portal We always recommend making your bookings in advance.


If you would like to learn more about our OSHC service, please visit us before or after school and our program Coordinator will be available to answer any questions. If you prefer to call us, you can contact our friendly Customer Care Team on 1300 105 343. The team are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (except National Public Holidays).

We look forward to celebrating families and friendships with you!

Camp Australia



Not yet registered?


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








Banyule City Council ~ Sorry Day


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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