From the Principals Desk
Dear Parents, Students and Friends
Vietnam Veterans Many thanks to our group of our Senior students, Alex Poynter, Anastasia
Minuzzo, Cailey Noons and Maya Rodwell who all attended the annual
Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Service at Greensborough Memorial Park
last Saturday. The group laid a floral tribute on behalf of Montmorency South
Primary School along with several other schools. I asked Alex Poynter to write
something for our newsletter.
Montmorency South Primary School were invited to send a group of students
to represent our local community at the annual Vietnam Veterans
Commemorative Service. The service was held at Greensborough Memorial
Park, on Saturday August 15th. Each year this service is held on the Saturday
before the 18th August, which is Long Tan Day. This is the official Vietnam
Veterans Day and is on the anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan at which
eighteen Australians lost their lives in combat.
Most schools in the area were represented and the Vietnam War Veterans
were delighted to see so many children and families turn up to pay their
The students learned a little bit of history about the Vietnam War and about
the sacrifice that many soldiers made.
TERM 3 Week 6
August 20 2015
Whats Coming Up?
Mon 24 Prep Year 4 Hockey Clinics
Fri 28 P and F Rarebears
Sun 30 School Working Bee
Thur 3 District 1500m Event
Fri 4 Leading Image Photos
Graduation Class 2015
Arts, Visual Arts,
Junior School Council
Tues 8 District Athletics
Fri 18 Term 3 finishes
Mon 5 Term 4 commences 9.00am
Mon 2 Report Writing Day
Wed 9 Carols By Candlelight on the
Thur 17 Last day of school year for
Fri 18 2015 Evaluation & 2016
Planning Day for Staff
August is ES Month Education Support staff, as we know, do all the vital non-teaching jobs that keep our
school, Monty South, running. They are a vital link to the delivery of public education
and an integral part of our school community. I take this opportunity to thank the following staff for their superb efforts in making
MSPS the fabulous school it is:
Business Manager Sharon Shaw; Administration Staff Chris Simpson, Pam Watson,
ICT Manager- Matt Atkins Integration Aides Gail Lewis, Marie Smythe, Fiona
Toohey, Ingrid Addison-Harris, Cathy Kent, Vicky Mules, Carole Brown, Mick
Dewdney, Nancy Nolev, Maddie Thomas, Kate Little, Glenn Farrington, Jay Reynolds,
Librarian Clare Iob, SAKG staff-Jenna Farrington Sears and Cathryn Hulme.
We will be holding a special lunch on Monday to celebrate the ES contribution to our
Learning at MSPS Over last year and this year, on a fortnightly basis, I have had the pleasure of being
able to walk through our school classrooms. Here is a snapshot of some of the
learning we have found. Year 3 - Making students thinking visible
Year 3 reciprocal reading teacher focus group
Aug 21 28
21 Ruby Johnstone
22 Elliott Gradzki
23 Oliver Scott
26 Eliza Millett
28 Joseph Barker
Year 5- Justifying their point of view
Year 1-Learning Intentions
More Books for the Library We have just purchased another $4,000 worth of books for our library. Titles include many nonfiction books as well as the ever
Ice Age and the Woolly mammoth Through the Jungle
Pharoahs Life on Venus
Trex and Apatosaurus Moon & Sun Dogs
Every Drop Counts The Giant Frog
Big Ted and the Mystery Black Barn Dear Rosie
Places on Earth Flying Colours
Yarrambat Primary School Visit After last weeks visit from Beveridge PS, we again hosted staff at our school -this time from Yarrambat Primary School. The
purpose of this visit was to see our Prep Investigations set up and discuss the whole program with the Prep Team.
Parents and Friends Our Parents and Friends have been very active and organised a series of events for the school. This has been happening all
through the 2015 year and I have listed below the events still to come. I would like to thank our P and F Committee, led by
President, Nicci Green. All through my time at Monty South, the school has had wonderful support from P and F. This year
again, their efforts have been tremendous and it has enabled us to beautify the area between the Prep end of the main
building and the Senior classrooms. The P and F role is not only fundraising but also to promote community involvement
through our parent community. If it was not for this group, we would not have the Movie Nights, the Mothers and Fathers
Day stalls nor the welcome morning teas that occur at the beginning of the school year. So I wanted to take this opportunity to
thank them for their great contribution to our school and to urge you to support them in their events.
Movie Night Thurs 23rd July
Second Hand Uniform Sale Fri 8th August
Monty South Lucky Draw -
Rarebears Night Fri 28th August
Fathers Day Stall Tues 1st Sept
Tupperware with Celia Tight Wed 16th Sept
Footy Colours/Hot Dog Day Thurs 17th Sept
Mojo Fundraiser Fri 9th October
School Disco Fri 30th October
Icy Poles Each Friday
Second Hand Uniform Sale To Be Confirmed
Christmas Carols and Raffle Wed 9th December
Athletics We held a very successful Athletics Day last Wednesday and I would like to congratulate all involved. Thank you to the
organisers our PE staff, Chris Cameron, Danni Rowles, and Neil Whitehead for all their efforts, despite being sick in the weeks
leading up to the event. I would also like to thank the staff for their efforts as they just have such a positive attitude and make
sure the students are encouraged and supported.
We received this email from Willinda Park.
I just wanted you to pass on my thanks to Chris, the staff, parents and students for doing such a wonderful job packing up
everything, keeping the grounds clean and cleaning the toilets as expected.
Many thanks again,
Sue Schnaars :)
Willinda Park Caretaker
And of course, we cannot hold these events without support from our parents. Many thanks to:-
Amanda Boyd (Ava Grzechnik's Mum)
And anyone else who just came along and helped-we are truly grateful.
Reminder WORKING BEE Sunday August 30
We have chosen to create a concrete car road/ racetrack
for the students to drive, race and push their cars along at
playtimes. The teachers have noticed that many of the
younger students enjoy bringing their cars to school and
driving along any surface they can, so why not create a
racetrack for them!
We will create 2 racetracks- one a figure 8 and the other a
longer wiggly line that will weave between trees and rocks.
Both will be on the embankment near the sandpit. Not
only will this provide more play space, but hopefully will
add to the usability and look of that area.
Have a great weekend everyone!
Our lucky Paper Pickup raffle winners
YEAR 2 Classroom Clippings The Grade 2 students have been doing a sensational job at expressing their ideas through poetry. This piece from
Ashwin Siva in 2C is truly phenomenal and the teachers are very impressed. Keep up the great work Ashwin!
Death School and the Demoncrest poem
Left is the way to the river Nile
If you went that way youll be in denial
Right is not right because there lies the red bench
If you went that way youd die of quench
So forward is now your only conception
But will it lead to death or protection?
But whatever you do just listen to me
Because whatever you see is what you shall be
YEAR 5 Classroom Clippings
Yesterday, Wednesday the 19th, grades 3 to 6 went to Willinda Park for the annual athletics day. They had lots of activities including shot put, long jump, discus and more. I am sure every student had a great time on this special occasion. Our favourite bit was the teachers and students race. The teachers won by a mile, then Strix came 2nd, Ninox 3rd, Otus 4th, and Tyto 5th. This all ended with a paper pickup. Thank you all the teachers and helpers who came and a special thanks to Danny Rowles for organising and Chris Cameron for running this wonderful event. Congratulations to all the year 5's who made it through to district and good luck.