Montmorency South Primary School is committed to providing a safe, secure and stimulating learning environment for all students. We understand that students reach their full potential when they are happy, healthy and safe, and that a positive school culture helps to engage students and support them in their learning. Our school acknowledges that student wellbeing and student learning outcomes are closely linked.
Montmorency South is an inclusive learning community where students are inspired to be respectful, creative, curious and independent learners. We believe that every person in our school community has the capacity to assist each student in attaining our vision. Our motto is ‘Together we learn, lead and achieve.
A strong sense of belonging is fundamental to fostering a safe, purposeful, engaging and inclusive learning environment. The development of social competence, resilience, motivation and healthy habits are therefore essential ingredients in the comprehensive and challenging curriculum we provide.
Setting MSPS apart from many other schools is its values based learning approach known as TRIBES. The TRIBES mission is to ensure the healthy development of every child to have the knowledge, skills and resilience to be successful in our rapidly changing world.
The TRIBES approach creates a positive learning environment, where each individual is valued. There are shared understandings about how people treat each other, and children are involved in cooperative group learning and self-reflection.
TRIBES is a step-by-step process that enhances the capacity of the whole school community to build an inclusive, emotionally safe, brain compatible learning environment, a process that engages all students as active lifelong learners and works to achieve specific learning goals. This is achieved through students and staff honouring five agreements:-
- Attentive listening
- Appreciations/No put downs
- Mutual respect
- The right to think
- Personal best
The results are that children (and staff):-
- Feel included and appreciated by peers and teachers
- Are respected for their different abilities, cultures, gender, interests and dreams
- Are actively involved in their own learning
- Have positive expectations from others that they will succeed.
Students also learn a set of collaborative skills so they can work well together in long-term groups (TRIBES). The focus is how to:-
- Help each other work on tasks
- Set goals and solve problems
- Monitor and assess progress
- Celebrate achievements
INITIATIVES AND PROGRAMS
Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships
The Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships learning materials have been designed for teachers in primary and secondary schools to develop students’ social, emotional and positive relationship skills. Efforts to promote social and emotional skills and positive gender norms in children and young people has been shown to improve health related outcomes and subjective wellbeing. It also reduces antisocial behaviours including engagement in gender-related violence.
The Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships (RRRR) learning materials cover eight topics of Social and Emotional Learning: Emotional Literacy; Personal Strengths; Positive Coping; Problem Solving; Stress Management; Help Seeking; Gender and Identity; and Positive Gender Relationships.
Student Wellbeing Captains/ student Voice
Students have the opportunity to contribute to and provide feedback on decisions about school operations through school leadership opportunities as members of the Principal’s Advisory Leaders (PALS) and the Student Action Leaders (SALS).
The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden
This program operates for students in Years 3 – 6.
Cross-age buddy system
Preps with Year 6 students participate in carefully planned transition programs to support students moving into different stages of their schooling. This includes Bridges To School, Step Up to the Next Level and 6-7 transition
Year 6 – 7 transition includes links with feeder schools throughout the year for various activities such as debating, school sports and leadership sessions etc.
Positive behaviour and student achievement
is acknowledged in the classroom, and formally in school assemblies and communication to parents
Monitoring and implementing attendance improvement strategies:
at a whole-school, cohort and individual level
BYOD 1 to 1 iPad program from Years 4 – 6
Please see the MSPS website https://montysouth.vic.edu.au/curriculum/#ipad
Parents are kept informed of relevant parenting issues by;
- Articles from Michael Grose and Andrew Fuller are periodically included in the newsletter
- The provision of parenting workshops and information sessions are provided occasionally
- Library – the Student Wellbeing section has a variety of reference books and picture story books available for parents to borrow.
The school provides specialised services from a psychologist, speech pathologist and occupational therapist on an individual needs basis. Prep students also have access to a school nurse provided by the Department of Education.
From Year 3 onwards, students can join the school choir. Students can access private music tuition through the instrumental music program and they can also access private sports coaching.
The school will continue to implement proactive strategies to promote academic excellence within a culture that fosters positive relationships, engagement and wellbeing.
Mental Health Pilot Program
Montmorency South Primary School participates in the Mental Health in Primary School’s Pilot Program funded by the Victorian Government and Ian Potter Foundation, which aims to provide mental health support for students in primary schools. The pilot is delivered in partnership between the Department of Education and Training, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and the Melbourne Graduate School of Education to provide training and resources to support staff to understand and respond to mental health issues that affect primary school aged students. The focus is to build strong connections between schools and local health services so that students and families are getting the support they need. MSPS was in the first roll out of this program for 10 Victorian Schools in 2020.
Zones of Regulation
Kids help line
Banyule parent hub