TERM 2– Week 6 May 21st 2015 What’s Coming Up? From the Principal’s Desk 2015 Dear Parents, Students and Friends May Fri 22 Walk to School Day Sat 23 School Working Bee Fri 29 Culture and Country Day Some of the coming activities include our school working bee on Saturday 23 May commencing at 9.30am. At this working bee we are focussing on providing more play activities in the Junior play area. Jun Wed 3 Fri 5 Tues 9 Year 4 Camp to Arrabri Happy Year 4 campers return Curriculum Day No Students First Aid and Anaphylaxis Update Wed 24 Our Place in the World Expo Fri 26 Term 2 finishes 2.30pm Jul Mon 13 Term 3 commences 9.00am Wed 29 Parent-Student Reporting conferences Aug Sun 30 Sep Fri 18 Oct Mon 5 Nov Mon 2 Dec Thur 17 Fri 18 We have passed the ‘hump week’ and there are now only 5 more weeks until the end of term. Of course, there is a fair amount of work to do between now and then. School Working Bee Term 3 finishes Term 4 commences 9.00am Report Writing Day Last day of school year for students Then next Friday 29 May is the Culture and Country Day which has been well coordinated by Tara De Bondi. Tara has organised a series of activities commencing at 9.15am with a Welcome to Country Assembly. After the assembly the students in mixed level groups will participate in such things as native tree planting (with Jenna & community helpers), learning about traditional uses of local plant species by the Wurundjeri people, and the traditional Wurundjeri Culture (including topics such as song lines, communication, comparing values, land use & sustainability - including looking at genuine artefacts, even learning to play the didgeridoo and a host of other things. It is going to be a fun day and more importantly, a wonderful hands on learning day for the students. REMINDER WORKING BEE SATURDAY 23 MAY Thank you to the offers of help for tomorrow and the donations we have received from those who cannot make it. Special thank you to Jason Henningsen (Oscar 1M), who is unable to make the working bee but donated paint towards the playground tyres. We are most appreciative of his generosity. If you are intending to join us don’t forget to bring along any of the following:Shovels, Wheelbarrows. Brooms Paint Scrapers Hammers Cordless Drills Wire Brushes Any paint brushes 2016 Planning Day for Staff And of course, Your Smiles Birthdays May 22nd - 29th 22 Asher Elsen 23 Milla Hansen 25 Xena Salerno Josh Weddle 26 Archer HopleyThompson Mya Lyons Riley Mudge 28 Audrey Ulehla Jess Stuart 29 Alayna Williams Financial Assistance-Information for Parents If you hold a valid means-tested .concession card or are a temporary foster parent, you may be eligible for CSEF. The allowance will be paid to the school to use towards expenses relating to camps, excursions or sporting activities for the benefit of your child (refer to the attachment at the end of this newsletter). If applying you should lodge a CSEF application form at school by 26 June 2015. MSPS Parents and Friends Fundraising Update Currently fundraising efforts stand at $9, 619.74. This has been collected from the following items: Icy Poles Easter Raffle Hot Cross Buns Hot Cross Afternoon Tea Mother’s Day Bricks CBA Banking Aussie Farmers Direct Income $1, 399.10 $2,547.60 $1,884.25 $706.00 Expenditure $830.75 $115 $696.50 $696.50 Balance $568.35 $2,432.60 $1,187.75 $9.50 $2,270.70 $4,500.00 $494.33 $153.01 $1,1996.50 $274.20 $4,500.00 $494.33 $153.01 $13,954.99 $4,335.25 $9,619.74 Don’t forget the pie order forms are due back next Wednesday 27 May. I can highly recommend them –they are delicious pies. National Reconciliation Week Each year from 27 May to 3 June, National Reconciliation Week celebrates and builds on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians. The week-long celebration is an ideal opportunity for all Australians to explore ways to join the national reconciliation effort. MANY HAPPY RETURNS The Week of Prayer for Reconciliation began in 1993 and was supported by Australia’s major religious groups. Three years later it evolved into National Reconciliation Week under the guidance of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation (now Reconciliation Australia). May 27 and June 3 are important dates in Australia’s history. May 27 marks the anniversary of the 1967 referendum when Australians voted to remove clauses in the Australian Constitution that discriminated against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The day before National Reconciliation Week, 26 May, is National Sorry Day, which was first held in Sydney in 1998 and is now commemorated Best Birthday Wishes nationally to remember and honour the Stolen Generations. to all of the above June 3 marks the historic 1992 Mabo decision in which the High Court of Australia students recognised native title—the recognition that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ rights over their lands did survive British colonisation. 2012 marked the 20th anniversary of the Mabo decision and the 45th anniversary of the 1967 referendum. Reconciliation involves building positive, respectful relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians; enabling us to work together to close the gaps, and to achieve a shared sense of fairness and justice. The ultimate goal of reconciliation is to build strong and trusting relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians, as a foundation for success and to enhance our national wellbeing. Closing the Gap describes the actions that schools, governments, businesses and the community can take to help achieve equality of life expectancy, education and employment for all Australians. One of the prominent events of Reconciliation Week is the Long Walk to the G. A number of our families are participating in it and we would love to hear from you about your experience of the whole event. THE LONG WALK TOGETHER 2015 SATURDAY 30 MAY, 2015 FEDERATION SQUARE TO DREAMTIME AT THE ‘G Pre Service Teachers We welcome our PST students from La Trobe University and RMIT: PC PG 1M 2W 4D 4R 5H 5T 6C Adriana Bonollo and Stephanie Brindley Rebecca Payne and Erin Clark Lacey Rose and Sarah Grieves Jessica Hall and Saravjeet Saini Nicholas Kouvelis and Colleen Ottrey Zoe Webster Nathan Marks and Greta Mauerhofer Caitlin McGregor and Michael Tindale Jade Molinari Also welcome and thank you to our four work experience students from Montmorency Secondary College. Amy Ustapetrov, Amy Cavanaugh, Patrick Gardiner and Tom Di Carlo. Learning Intentions Previously in the newsletter, I have spoken about our classrooms focussing on the ‘Learning Intention’ for each session. We believe that when the learning intention is articulated and written for each session, the students are more engaged and feel more secure in their learning. We were all thrilled this week to see that not only have they become so much a part of our classrooms that one of the Prep students wrote his very own. Well done Gabriel! MSPS Achievers Congratulations to Emma Kearsey, Georgia Pepper, Mia Maywald and Amelia Clarke who between them all managed 1st and 3rd placings and two Honourable Mentions in a recent Dance competition –‘Follow Your Dreams’. Well done also to Harry Curtis, Laura Brearley, Sarah Hulme and Amelia Morgan for the confident manner with which they led the school in singing the National Anthem at assembly on Wednesday. Leanne Sheean Principal Getting to Know Our Year 5 Team Hi my name is Nerinda Hodgson and I have been teaching at Monty South since 2010. I am very proud to be part of the Monty South community. I love teaching all year levels but have really enjoyed coming back into the Senior part of the school. I have a fantastic bunch of kids who always put a smile on my face and make me laugh and one of the best things about moving into the Senior school is that I get to take part in the SAKG Program! I grew up in Bentleigh and moved to this side of town when I married my wonderful husband Darren. Together we have 2 daughters, Tegan started high school this year and Marissa is in year 5. My girls and I love Calisthenics and up until this year all 3 of us were competing, sadly I decided to retire and go back to coaching. We also love the footy and are BIG Carlton fans, although we are not having a very good season so far, but at least we can only go up the ladder for here. I love spending time with my family. We love going to the movies, camping and taking day trips. I love being part of the Monty South community and look forward to being part of it for many more years to come. Hi my name is Tom Norris and I’m lucky to be a Year 5 teacher at Monty South. I discovered my love of education while teaching English in Taiwan where I lived for three years. I then moved to Beijing where I worked as an Academic Manager for two years. My last year was with Disney English (part of The Walt Disney Company), so I have officially worked for a mouse. Living overseas was wonderful, I learned so much, met many wonderful people and ate some incredible food. In 2012 I relocated to Melbourne to study my Master of Teaching the University of Melbourne and in 2014 I taught my ‘first year’ in Deer Park. My experience has made me passionate about evidence-based teaching, student wellbeing and technology education. at in My name is Lee Nelson and I began teaching in the Senior School at Monty South in 2013. I first came to this school when I was a Pre-Service Teacher in 2010 and fell in love with the place then. I was so excited when I got the opportunity to actually teach in this wonderful community when I finished my studies. I was also excited to work closely with Dale Weston, because he was a Western Bulldogs supporter too! Other than teaching, my passions are my family, basketball and music. I have a very beautiful and busy family and often my children, Maddie and David, can be seen around MSPS helping out whenever they can because they just love it here too. My family has two crazy poodles, Alfie and Murphy who constantly make me laugh. I play seven instruments and I have coached more than 20 basketball teams over the last 10 years. I am particularly proud to say that last year I was awarded a Coach of the Year Award for the Eltham Wildcats at the representative basketball level. I am so proud to have been a teacher of MSPS. It is simply an amazing place, full of amazing people. I wish EVERYONE a happy and fantastic 2015! Hi, my name is Amanda Doherty. I have 10 years teaching experience in Australia and the UK, across all primary grade levels. I moved to the area 8 years ago and for the past 5 years I have been emergency teaching at various local schools. I live in Montmorency with my 12 year old son Liam, 10 year old daughter Keely and our pet turtle; Yurtle. We are a social family, involved in our local football, basketball and tennis clubs, and I now look forward to being part of the Monty South family! I have been keeping busy lately having almost completed a Diploma of Counselling and Psychology with an interest in children’s learning and behaviour. I enjoy playing tennis, catching up with friends and watching my children grow. I have received a very warm welcome from everyone at Monty South and look forward to getting to know you all. Duncan and Jade collect the weekly Sports Award for Strix. Student of the Week Kate Hamilton Amelia Clarke Will Modra Ben Aksoyoglu Leah Fernandez Nina Linnestad Gabriel Tran Maddison Wright Hayden Lloyd Jake Zappulla Patrick Killen Jowa Saunders Daniel Carter Imogen McIntosh Sienna Fernandez Finn Lewis Jesse Hutchinson Chanel Rochford Felix Winfield Alex Parry Pixie Ferguson Joshua Allison Kallen Walsh Ava Nicolson Ashley White Harry Doody Amelia Little 5T 2R 2R 2J 3R 3R PM PM 4D 4R 4R 1M 1H 1W 5H 3J 3R PC PC PH PH 5T 4R 2C 2C 2C PD For always trying her hardest and working well in class. For supporting her friends when they perform. For being a kind and caring friend. For helping classmates. For her kind, inclusive nature and looking after her friends - what a beautiful heart! For her improved focus and work ethic in class enabling her to complete set tasks quicker. For his enthusiastic participation at the Quantum excursion. For the compassion and friendship that she demonstrates to all her peers. For his excellent ANZAC acrostic poem. Well done! For his enthusiasm with the Minibeast Webquest. For his enthusiasm with the Minibeast Webquest. For doing his personal best while writing his narrative For his concentration and effort on his writing For always giving her personal best in the class. For supporting her friend when she needed it For his exceptional kindness and always offering to help in the classroom. For excellent home reading and HUGE improvement in reading levels - you are a star, Jesse! For her attentive listening and sharing her ideas with the grade at the Quantum excursion. For the enthusiastic way he participated in the Quantum excursion. For her great contribution to our discussions on our excursion to Quantum. For her fantastic effort with her writing and reading this week. For Showing hope in the face of failure when doing Lego Robotics. For working hard to complete a wonderful mini beast habitat. For concentrating hard in class and helping friends. For being respectful and helpful class member. For playing fairly and completing tasks thoroughly in class. For fantastic improvement in writing. Volunteers Needed for Country and Culture Day On Friday 29th of May we will be holding a ‘Country and Culture’ Day which will provide exciting opportunities for our students to engage with and learn directly from Indigenous educators. The day will start with a ‘Welcome to Country’ by Wurundjeri elder Bill Nicholson and will be followed by class rotations around a variety of activities including dance, language, arts, music and tree planting. We would love some extra family/community volunteers to help out on this day so if anyone is interested and available to help out any time between 9am -2:30pm, please contact Tara at [email protected] or on 0429 478 261. We will be especially grateful for any extra hands to help out with the prep-2 classes! Reconciliation Week May 27- June 3 is National Reconciliation Week. This is an important time to celebrate and build on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians. There are 3 significant dates during this time that are important for us to be aware of. These are: May 26th- National Sorry Day- a national commemoration to remember and honour the Stolen Generations. May 27th- Anniversary of the 1967 Referendum- which saw over ninety percent of Australians vote to remove clauses in the Australian Constitution that discriminated against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. June 3rd- Anniversary of the historic Mabo decision- in which the High Court of Australia recognised native title- the recognition that Australia was never terra nullius. There will be many community events to celebrate Reconciliation Week taking place all over Australia. Please visit www.reconciliation.org.au for more information. There will also be a free concert and activities for the whole family at Federation Square on Saturday May 30th, followed by a community Walk for Reconciliation to the MCG. Please visit http://www.thelongwalk.com.au for more information. This is a wonderful free event for the whole family! JUNIOR SCHOOL COUNCIL Sports Colours Fundraiser for the Royal Children's Hospital Just to let you know that we will be having a Sports Colours Say. So come dressed in your favourite team colours, which can be any sport. It will be held on Thursday the 18th of June. We decided to raise money for Liam Hall and children like him. We will be fundraising for the Royal Children's Hospital so please bring a gold coin donation which will be a big help for the children in need. If you would like to, please click the link below to make a donation. Soon there will be posters around the school advertising the Sports Colours Say. https://give.everydayhero.com/au/amanda-redfern-1 By Brianna Johnstone, Kate Hamilton, Nicholas Makridis Compass If you are having any difficulty with your Compass login please contact the office on 9439 6201. Ruby proudly shows the owls that her grandmother made YEAR 1 Classroom Clippings Classroom Clippings - Year One This week the Year Ones have been publishing narratives. We have been reading lots of narratives and discussing their features and structure. The students have been working hard to plan, compose, record, revise and edit their work and now they are ready to be made into picture books - complete with illustrations, a front cover and a blurb. We are very proud of our results! YEAR 2 Classroom Clippings The students in 2W had to convince Legend Larissa that munch and crunch is worthwhile and should remain at Monty South. Here are some opinions from 2W:Dear Larissa, You are a good teacher except that you might go and see Leanne about munch and crunch. I will make a list to try and get you not to go to the principal. 1. It will keep us healthy. 2. It keeps us fit. 3. Munch and crunch gets our brain moving. 4. We will be very good and better than the best grade in the school. Isn’t that right 2W? They say yes. 5. We will be very smart and listen to what you are saying. Oliver Dear Larissa, We really do like munch and crunch. Remember you said that we are the best grade. Well eating munch and crunch is what makes us the best grade. I also think we should have munch and crunch because it gets our brains started. As I said eating munch and crunch makes us the best grade. Munch and crunch is really healthy. Please can we have munch and crunch? Sophie YEAR 3 Classroom Clippings YEAR 3 CLIPPINGS My Mice Visit School. I have three mice and their names are Melissa, Jet Pack and Caramel. Caramel and Melissa are caramel in colour and Jet Pack is black. They don't jump out of the cage or run away but my old mouse, Tommy, ran away! Sadly, we don't know where he is. The cage is safe now. My mice don't bite, except for their food. Hehe! They sleep in the nests they make. The mice cost $2 each and they live for one to two years. They are very, very, very cute! Savannah Risstrom 3R YEAR 5 Classroom Clippings Hi we are some of the Year 5 students and we are here to tell you about what has happened in the past two weeks in our year level. All the year fives have been working on our inquiry unit, past present and future. Some of the projects for unit, are things like fashion, transport, food, nurses and many other cool things. All the unit work will be shown at the expo in the last week of term. We are really enjoying creating our projects. Quantum was an excellent excursion! Year 5's subject was lego robotics. We got a MacBook Pro a Lego NXT computer wired up to some motors and lego bits. We got to program what we wanted our robots to do on the MacBook Pro and the NXT would download it and when you pressed a button on the NXT it would do what it's told. We got to play around with sensors and defensive mechanisms eventually we put our robots in a wooden ring and battled it out for robot supremacy the last robot standing won! And that raps up our day at Quantum! So that raps it up about all the things the Year five students have been doing in the past two weeks. By Cait, Abileine & Morgan YEAR 6 Classroom Clippings This week Montmorency South went on a quantum excursion The Grade 6's did Lego robotics, in Lego robotics you got a nxt mindstorm robot and then you got to program it as well there was 3 challenges they were the moving challenge, the go green challenge and the blocktagon challenge. The moving challenge was in 3 parts - part 1 was to get your robot from one green line to the other green line, part 2 was to get to the green x and do a 360 and then make your robot go to the green line and then the last part of challenge one was to make your robot do a 180 and then a 360 and then the robot has to get to the green line. The go green challenge was a challenge of speed, power and mobility because you had to get a windmill running, you had to make sure you didn't hurt a Lego character and you had to fix a dam. The blocktagon challenge was when we put our robots to the tests and made them battle to the death by making them fall over or losing a Lego part. Library News It was a very busy week last week with the Vipa Book Fair. Thank you to all the families that supported us. I hope you found some great, fun books to read. We sold $2,686.49 worth of books so therefore because of your generosity we will be able to purchase new books to the value of $672.00 which is very exciting. We could not have had a Book Fair if it wasn’t for a fantastic group of parents and staff who helped me. A HUGE thank you to Fiona Robinson, Narelle Brilliant, Judith Walsh, Mel McMurtrie, Lisa Cutler, Jess Fortuna, Sarah Johnson, Sheree Tomlin, Cathryn Hulme, Michelle Motschall, Snez Pezzin, Sally Flather, our library captain Emily Flather and some of our staff Amy Duckworth, Dale Weston, Kate Little, Sharon Shaw and Chris Simpson. A special thank you to Chris, who came to help on her day off. Thank you so much to everyone. I would also like to thank the Brilliant family (Xavier and Amy) and the Ardaghi family (Nika) for purchasing 2 brand new copies each of the new Tom Gates book, ‘Tom Gates Yes! Np, (maybe)’ and also one new copy of ‘Big Nate in the Zone’. The students were so excited as was I. We love Tom Gates and can’t wait to read them as well as Big Nate which is so popular. I hope you all have a lovely weekend sitting in front of the fire or ducted heating, blankie on your legs and reading a great book that takes you on new adventures. Reading is cool! Clare Bear PARENTS AND FRIENDS – BRICK PAVER FUNDRAISER Have you forgotten to order your paver? Don’t panic – the Parents and Friends Group are still accepting orders. The pavers are not only a great way to acknowledge your presence at the school but they will make our boat area look absolutely FANTASTIC. Parents & Friends MONTMORENCY SOUTH PRIMARY SCHOOL PIE DRIVE We have organised with TONY’S PIES OF ESSENDON to conduct a Pie Drive. Tony’s Pies will supply us with a range of their freshly baked pies, pasties, quiches and sausage rolls on Tuesday, 2nd of June All the products will be freshly baked and will be suitable to go straight into the freezer if you wish. So order up BIG. Remember, the more you order the more we make. All orders and payment to be returned by Wednesday, 27th of May. We need the support of everyone to make this fundraising a success.
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