Montmorency Primary School Newsletter

18 October 2019
Issue Sixteen
Leadership @ Monty
Important Dates
Students of the week
The Resilience Project
Child Safe Standards
Teacher Feature
Parent & Friends
Make A Difference
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

Welcome to Term 4!

We know that Term 4 is probably the busiest term for our teachers and students as they endeavour to complete everything they set out to at the beginning of the year! As I mentioned in assembly this week, please ensure that you keep up to date with the reading of all communication sent by the school so that you stay informed as to what is happening from week to week. 

Survey Data Results

We are extremely proud to share some of the latest data that has come from a multitude of surveys and assessments recently. This data is used to inform our practice and future planning at MPS.


Attitudes to School Survey Data: In May, our Grades 4,5 & 6 children participated in the annual "Attitudes to School Survey."  We are thrilled to see some of these results and how they have improved this year!


Staff Opinion Survey Data: We are extremely proud of the dedication, sense of rigour and professionalism of our staff at Monty.  


Parent Opinion Survey Data: Thank you to those families that participated and gave their feedback. These results are outstanding and are a great affirmation of  the teaching and learning that takes place every day at Monty. 


NAPLAN Data: Well done to our Year 3 and Year 5 students!


Moving House?

If you are moving house and/or changing school, please contact the office as we are finalising student enrolment numbers for 2020. In the next edition of the newsletter we will be outlining some of our structures and planning for 2020.  Stay tuned!


Even though we are already in Term 4, there are still many opportunities to be involved in our school programs. We are always asking for assistance with our wonderful SAKG program - either in the kitchen or the garden. Please scroll down further to read the SAKG article and request for volunteers.  We are also looking for volunteers to assist at our Bunnings BBQ over the November Melbourne Cup weekend. This is a great opportunity to raise funds for our school so that we can continue to assist with resourcing and maintaining our wonderful, existing programs. 


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


Term 4 planners have now been sent to families. Please finalise payments at the Office to ensure your child is able to participate in the programs on offer. 

Walk to School Month

The month of October is "Walk to School" month.  It has been great to see many families enjoy a walk to school! It is a great opportunity for not only our children to be active at the start of the day, but to enjoy the company of others! Well done and keep it going!


Ask Gran Not Google

Ask Gran Not Google is an inter-generational project that encourages children to seek the wisdom and life experience of a senior before searching the internet for answers. By doing so, children gain insight into the valuable role seniors can play in their lives and society.


We invite our Monty Grandparents and seniors to come along to our "Grandparent's Day - Ask Gran not Google" next Friday 25th October from 9:00-10:00am. Our students will be  eager to ask questions and participate in special activities. We will also be offering a 'cuppa' and a chat from 10:15am in the hall.

Please click here to watch our video from last year - 'A teacher's impact can last a lifetime'. 

Important Dates

Term 4 

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

Friday 25th October - 'Ask Gran, not Google' - 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

Thursday 6th November - "Music Count Us In" @ 12:30pm  (whole school)

Friday 8th November - Grade 5/6 Excursion to the MCG

Friday 8th November - Grade 3/ Excursion to Edendale Farm

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

Thursday 12th December- "Thank you" Afternoon Tea for Volunteers 2:30pm in Hall

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

Wednesday 18th December - Grade 6 Big Day Out (Funfields)

Friday 20th December - Final Assembly @ 9:00am; End of Term 4 - dismissal @ 1:30pm

2019 Term Dates

Term 4 - 7th October - 20th December

Curriculum Days

Monday 4th November

Students of the week

Term 4     
Week 2

Foundation A

Joe T - You have been deserving of this award all year Joe. You are a wonderful friend, learner and have a great sense of humour. Your cheeky chuckle brings a smile to my face daily. Keep up your determination and hard work. You are an absolute gem, Joe!!


Foundation C

Riley E U - Crikey! What an excellent start you have made to school after your family adventure around Australia. Your Share and Learn this week was very informative and exciting. The class loved hearing and seeing all about the trip. We have certainly missed you and it’s so great to have you back! Well done!



Dash A - For your enthusiasm for learning in the area of Writing, you should be very proud of your efforts. Keep up the great work this term Dash.


Polly W - Polly consistently shows the values of Learning, Respect and Friendship. Polly is an eager learner with a growth mindset who puts in 100% effort in all learning tasks. Polly is a respectful member of 1/2B who works well will others and offers positive feedback. Polly is a friend to all due to her positive and cheerful personality. We love having you in 1/2B Polly J!



Harry D - Well done Harry on consistently producing work to a very high standard. The care you take in the presentation of your work is exceptional. Keep up the brilliant work.



Shaun T - For always coming to school with a big smile and a bubbly outlook for the day. You are always cracking jokes and making others laugh. We love having your sense of humour in 1/2D! Well done, Shaun.



Mia B - Mia has started this term with great enthusiasm! She has demonstrated that she is a responsible learner who takes pride in the work that she produces and is always keen to share her knowledge and ideas. 



Priya T S - What a great start to the term Priya!! You are always so respectful towards your teachers and peers and it is greatly appreciated! Keep it up superstar!!



Ollie L - Welcome back to 3/4B Ollie, we’ve missed your sense of humor and smiling face. You have demonstrated a commitment to your learning and consistent respectful classroom behavior – It’s great to have you back!



Lachie N - Lachie has started this term the same way he has conducted himself all year, in a caring, friendly and hard working manner! He is consistently looking out for others and supporting his peers and teachers whenever he can. Super work Lachie!



Hamish Mc - Hamish has worked extremely well this week and has been pushing himself to remain focused and switched on. You have so much potential Hamish and your efforts are really paying off!



Caitlin M - Caitlin has had an unbelieveable year. She is resilient, dedicated and always demonstrates our school value of respect. Your growth as a learner and member of our Monty community this year has been something special. You should so, so proud of yourself. Great stuff!

The Resilience Project

Grow Your Mind

Grow Your Mind create beautiful, playful and engaging resources for children, families and schools that encourage positive mental health. Check out their new video, which is all about explaining the different parts of the brain to kids in a simple but effective way.


Click here to watch: Meet the animals that live in your brain! Making mental health playful.

Also it is worth checking out their website:

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


Teacher Feature

Stacy Austin - Education Support

What one memory do you most treasure?

Two actually, the births of our two beautiful daughters.


Show us a photo of the last meal you had?

A fun one as requested by the kids… Nachos!!


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

Pretty much anything by the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.


What do you miss most about being a kid?

Disappearing for the day on school holidays to play in the street, or park with friends. Staying up late in summer to play games in our court after dark.


When are you happiest?

I’m happiest when spending time with my beautiful family.



Nathan Manoussakis - IT Specialist 

What one memory do you most treasure?

The memory which I hold closest to me was the first time I got to hold my son Archer after his birth. 


If you really knew me, you’d know ....

That I love coffee.


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

Tones and I - Never Seen the Rain.


What do you miss most about being a kid?

Not having a worry in the world, waking up and looking forward to what was going to be in my lunchbox.


What are you most grateful for?

I’m most grateful for being fortunate enough to be a father to my beautiful boy and enjoying every minute of it, even when he decides he doesn’t want to sleep at night and when he wants to wake me up at 5am in the morning every day.



Parent & Friends

Bunnings BBQ - Saturday 2nd November 

Hi Monty families,


Just a reminder we have a Bunnings BBQ fundraiser coming up on Saturday 2nd November. Thank you to those that have already signed up to help out, but we still need LOTS more helpers. If you can help for a couple of hours anytime between 10am – 4.30pm, please signup HERE or at the school office.


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. It is also a great way to make connections with other school families.


Thanking you in advance,


Parents & Friends.

Bunnings BBQ - Coordinator needed

We are also looking for someone to take on the role as Coordinator for the day or a half day. This role is to essentially organise the helpers as they arrive and leave, ensure everyone is wearing gloves when they should, and make sure there is always plenty of sausages cooking and the customer is happy. Please contact the office if you can help out for half or whole day as coordinator.




The Monty SAKG Garden needs your help!

Spring has well and truly arrived which means we need your help in Monty’s SAKG garden! If you have been wanting to be involved but didn’t know how, now is the perfect time – see below to find out how!



Garden Volunteers Group will resume in Term 4

Come and help out in the SAKG garden every Wednesday Afternoon at 2:50pm, just before pick-up. You don’t need any gardening skills or equipment and you can take it as easy as you like. There is no need to sign up, just meet at the garden.


We need “brown” materials for our compost bins!

Our students are doing an excellent job at composting our classroom food scraps, however we are running low on “brown” materials to add to our bins. In order to create the best compost, compost bins require the layering of brown and green materials. The green layers are made up of nitrogen rich food scraps (which we have plenty of) and brown layers consists of materials rich in carbon like dried leaves, straw (old pet straw is perfect), and newspaper. If you have any of the above to spare, contact the office!

The chicken coop needs some love.

The chicken wire surrounding our chicken coop is rusty and needs replacing. If you can assist with the installation of some new wire please contact the office.

Watering volunteers

We need watering volunteers for the holidays and weekends. To ensure a bountiful crop of veggies for the students when they return, the SAKG garden requires constant watering over the warmer months.  If you are interested in becoming a watering volunteer, keep an eye out on Compass as I will release a sign up timetable soon.


Thanks a bunch!

Claire and Elisa

In the Kitchen

Foundation and Year 1/2 Students were straight back into cooking this week and produced some delicious vegetable dumplings. They enjoyed copping the vegetables in the little choppers.

The dumplings tasted so good that most students ate 2 or more!


Kitchen Class Volunteers

If you would like to help out in one of the classes or help with preparation please add your name to the Google doc or email me via Compass.

The volunteer roster for this term has been posted on Compass.


Do you have an old coffee plunger in the back of a cupboard?

This term we are hoping to explore the process of fermentation. If you have an old coffee plunger that you no longer use, we would love to give it new life in our ‘fermentation lab’. You can drop it directly to the kitchen on Wednesdays or Thursdays or leave at the office.


Enjoy the Term!

Elisa & Claire



Make A Difference

Limb Difference Awareness Week

Limb Difference Awareness Week is being held from the 18th to the 24th October.


One of our students has a hand/limb difference, and is excited to be visiting each class during Limb Awareness Week. During this visit, our student will be reading the book 'Little Miss Jessica Goes to School' by Jessica Smith. 


School can be a tricky time to navigate for anyone, and it's important that we all feel supported and celebrated.  There are around 2,500 school children with a limb difference in Australia. It would mean a great deal to our school community, if you could join us in participating in Limb Awareness Week.


Thank you for your support.



Envision Hands – Recycling bottle caps to help children

‘Envision Hands’ is a community based not for profit organisation that focuses on supporting and assisting longer term job seekers, through the provision of quality Work for the Dole.

‘Envision Hands’ is a project that collects plastic recyclable waste destined for landfills and turns it into filament for 3D printers. Once they have the filament, they 3D print all the components that make up a prosthetic hand or arm for a child in need.


Bottle caps are fully recyclable but unfortunately, they aren’t being recycled. They get sent to landfill, they fall through machinery, and in worst case scenarios, if attached to a bottle, they can explode and force expensive re packing issues. This overlooked waste product is almost entirely made from HDPE 2 (High Density Poly-Ethylene). After considerable experimentation ‘Envision Hands’ have successfully taken this plastic and extruded it to create functioning filament for 3D printers.


What sort of bottle caps do they need?

‘Envision Hands’ currently use all soft drink, water and milk bottle tops, including those from long life containers. The tops should be numbered either No 2 or No 4 in the recycled triangle but not all are marked. They can use the unknown bottle caps for their Research & Development projects. They cannot process tops which have other plastic or metal attached – this includes water bottle tops which have pull up tops.  Any tops with other numbers like 5 or 7 are not required. They also ask that the caps are cleaned before they are donated and that no extra plastic, metal or other material is attached.


Montmorency Primary School is collecting bottle caps for Envision Hands. Please place your bottle cap donation in the bin located in the office.


Thank you so much for supporting Envision Hands.

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

Lavrin & Lawrence Orthodontics


Back to School Program - Education Assistance

Each year, DVCS runs a Back to School Program aimed at supporting low income families in need of financial assistance with education expenses. This program is available to families who live in the Banyule City Council area and have an address showing on their Centrelink card in one of the following suburbs: Briar Hill, Bundoora (part of), Eltham North (part of), Greensborough (part of), Lower Plenty, Montmorency, St Helena and Watsonia.


Starting from 1st  November 2019, DVCS will provide eligible clients with funding of $100.00 per child (up to a maximum of $500.00 per family with 5 or more children).  Funding is available in the form of:

  • Prepaid Vouchers for the purchase of text books and other items from North of the Yarra Booksellers
  • Payment via electronic funds transfer (EFT) direct to nominated schools.


Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) to Schools

EFT payments will be made to schools on behalf of eligible families, via EFT to your nominated bank.  Remittance advice will be emailed to schools once EFT payments are made.  Remittance advice will include the Child / Family Name and the Parent/Guardian Name. All EFT payments must be credited to the Child / Family account and allocated according to the specified purpose nominated by the parent/guardian through discussion with the school (i.e. Essential School Items, Camps, Sports and Excursions etc).


The Back to School program will close on 18th December 2019 and will reopen from Monday 6th January 2020 to Friday 28 February 2020.


Please Note: this program is aimed at assisting low income families struggling to meet education expenses. Families should be encouraged to apply for Camps, Sports and Education Fund (CSEF) and States Schools Relief (SSR) funding before visiting DVCS for Back to School funding.  Please advise anyone that you refer to the program that they will be assessed by a Community Support Worker to see if they are eligible.


The DVCS Back to School Program is funded by the fundraising efforts of the wonderful Volunteers at our Opportunity Shops in Macleod and Diamond Creek.  Our other community welfare programs include Emergency Relief (food, medication, clothing and transport, Telstra vouchers) Personal and Financial Counselling, Tax Help, Information and Referral and Mailbox service. For more information, please visit


Kelly Sports - End of Year Cheer


Oxfam Diamond Valley Book Fair


Living & Learning Nillumbik Early Childhood Education & Care Open Day


Eltham High School Arts + Technology Exhibition


T-Ball Smash


Briar Hill Primary Spring Fair


Banyule Parent Workshop - Kind To Me


HallowSCREAM at Montsalvat


Twilight Halloween Market - Bundoora Pre-School


Eltham Festival


Parenting with Less Stress


Bundoora Secondary College - Twilight Market & Student Art Show


Be Wise Walk to the Valley - Pat Cronin Foundation


Kids & Teens at School (KiTeS) Project


Cub Squad Aussie Hoops - Eltham Wildcats Basketball


La Trobe University - Volleyball 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.


Stuck on You Labels


Camp Australia

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Program Details

For more information about our program and fees at your school, visit us in service and chat with our qualified Educators.  Alternatively, you may visit our website or contact our friendly Customer Care Team on 1300 105 343 who are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - except National Public Holidays.


We look forward to seeing you and your family soon!

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