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​Newsletter Number 13 / Term 3 Week 9 2020

From the Principal’s Desk
 Together we learn, lead and achieve.  

 
Dear Monty South Community,       
 
The final two weeks of Term 3 are drawing to a close and I am happy to say, each day brings more daylight hours and a little more warmth in the sun. Spring is truly here and immediately it makes you feel so much better.

As a team we have decided that our focus for the next two weeks of term will be the social and emotional needs of our students as well as having fun. We want to make sure we make those connections we talked about so much at the start of this term.

Staff and students are weary and I can only imagine how parents are feeling as they have taken on a job that most were not qualified to do; be a home teacher. So to take the pressure off everyone, we are looking to reduce the priority tasks, organise some fun activities and ensure there are more social and fun catch-ups via WebEX.

We are also starting to plan some celebratory activities for Term 4, with the first being a Footy Colours Day and a Book Parade. We had earmarked these to take place in the week beginning 19 October. However, this is now dependent on COVID-19 case numbers. We will keep you informed.
We are definitely planning for 2021 to be our ‘Big Bang’ year. We have already booked in Kaboom sports (a multi-age tabloid sports event) in the first few weeks of Term 1, to welcome all students back and really focus on making sure we connect and have fun. We have also booked in the Resiliency Project to work across a number of year levels and we will again our focus on connection and social and emotional needs. It is going to be a fun year.

Roadmap for schools
Yesterday the Premier delivered his press conference where he outlined his plans for the state moving forward and being able to ease Stage 4 restrictions.
 
Since then, the Victorian Government has released its plan for easing coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions. It includes the following decisions about school operations.

All schools will continue to provide remote and flexible learning for the remainder of Term 3, except specialist schools in rural and regional Victoria, consistent with current settings.

During the first week of Term 4, 5 – 9 October, remote and flexible learning will continue for all students, except in specialist schools in rural and regional Victoria.

VCE and VCAL students can only attend on-site for essential assessments during this week, including the General Achievement Test (GAT) on Wednesday 7 October.

On-site supervision for children of permitted workers and vulnerable students will continue to be provided consistent with existing guidelines.
 
From 12 October for schools in metropolitan Melbourne
Students in Prep to Year 2 return to full-time on-site schooling. The existing remote learning program will not continue for these year levels.

Students in specialist schools return to full-time on-site schooling. Schools can offer learning materials for students who continue to learn from home.
 
Year 11 and 12 students will now attend on-site schooling full time, and Year 10 students enrolled in a VCE or VCAL program will attend on-site for these classes.
 
Remote and flexible learning will continue for all students in Year 3 to Year 10, other than for children of permitted workers and vulnerable students.
 
Date subject to health advice
All students from Year 3 to Year 10 in metropolitan Melbourne will continue with remote and flexible learning. A date for the return of these year levels to face-to-face learning will be subject to further health advice.
 
During the staged return, outside school hours care will be available to students attending for on-site supervision and progressively for the relevant year levels returning to on-site learning.

Vacation care may operate during the school holidays but only for students who are eligible for on-site supervision at school in Term 3.
 
There will be further guidance for schools provided by the Department of Education, later this week, including a revised Schools Operations Guide for Term 4. We will certainly keep you updated as we go along the path to returning to school full time.
 
Grounds update
While you have all been off site, we have been working on our grounds and Year 6 area. There were a number of bricks that had been lifted up and stored when we were building near the portables.  We have used as many as we can creating steps outside the Year 6 rooms and also the outdoor Year 6 space. 
 
There have also been a number of plants replaced in the gardens that had been trodden on and mulch laid. We want to make sure we are looking good to welcome back our students in Term 4.
 
Victorian High Ability Programs.
Congratulations are extended to our Year 6 students Celine Rodwell, Judah Brady and Raph Hendry who have been selected to take part in the new DET Victorian High Ability Program.
 
The Victorian High-Ability Program will see high-ability Years 5 – 8 students across Victorian government schools participate in a 10-week virtual enrichment program.

Delivery will be through composite classes of students in Years 5 – 6 and Years 7 – 8, as follows:

  •  Primary mathematics for Years 5 – 6 students
  •  Secondary mathematics for Years 7 – 8 students
  •  Primary English for Years 5 – 6 students
  •  Secondary English course for Years 7 – 8 students

Celine, Judah and Raph have been selected to take part in the Primary English program which will focus on tasks that stimulate students’ critical thinking, problem solving and creativity – enriching their understanding of English. The program will not focus on accelerating students through core Victorian Curriculum content. They will certainly be challenged though.
 
We are so thrilled that they have been selected and we are very proud of them.  Wonderful effort guys! 
 
Aladdin Kids
The Performing Arts team plans to film at the end of this term was not viable once Stage 4 restrictions were put into place. The next plan was to turn the attention to see what was possible for Christmas or the end of Term 4.
They now realise with social distancing and restrictions still be in place they have very little time to pull together a piece that takes thirty hours minimum rehearsal. At this stage, we are thinking of what alternative performances we can do and Jude, Emily and Andy will keep you informed. 

It is indeed very disappointing but we will try and focus on finding something to do instead. It won’t replace the production but it will be something fun.

Diamond Valley community support
DVCS are available to support parents, families and other individuals who may require some additional support at this time.

Help is available by means of educational grants, food relief, transport assistance, prescription assistance, hygiene support, legal & financial counselling, tax help, referrals to specialist services and other support.  DVCS can be contacted on 9435 8282 or https://www.dvsupport.org.au/

National eSmart week 6-12 September
This week is eSmart Week which is run by the Alannah and Madeline Foundation. We are an eSmart school and usually would celebrate this week at school.

Jenny Hutchinson, our very clever ICT curriculum coordinator has planned some activities for every year level. With all the issues that we brought to your attention in our last newsletter with TikTok and Roadmaps and the posting of images without permission, we feel it is a very important issue.   So we are encouraging teachers to do the activities. 

Jenny will also provide teachers with some discussion questions such as, ‘Is your time between screens and other activities well balanced?’

Staff news
We were very saddened to hear of the death of Jess Head’s father last week and also Justin Shears’ father. We extend our sincere condolences to both families at this very sad time. 

I would also like to take the opportunity to thank Larissa Wilson who took over Jess Head’s class while she took leave to be with her father.  It gave Jess great comfort knowing her class were being well looked after.

Book recommendation
One of the more pleasant aspects of the COVID-19 lockdown has been more opportunities to read.  Reading for enjoyment and also to grow my knowledge and perspectives. This term, a book was recommended to me by a colleague from both a parent and an educator perspective.

The book is called ‘Everyday Resilience’ by Michelle Mitchell and aims to show every family and educator how they can nurture and develop resilience in children and adolescents. It talks of seven key traits-courage, gratitude, empathy, self-awareness, responsibility, self-care and contribution.

The author answers questions such as:
– How can I help my child be more confident?
– What do I say when my child is rejected by friends?
– How can I help a child who is struggling academically?
– What do I say when my child says, “I can’t“?
– How do I help an anxious child or a shy child find their voice?
– What can I do to help them discover their potential?

The book is recommended as a practical and simple to follow resource. 

Warmest regards,

Leanne

Michael Carr Gregg presentation

Hi all in our MSPS community

I am just sending through a link that I received today regarding a presentation for families from Michael Carr Gregg  on September 15th.  It can be found at:
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/managing-the-coronacoaster-tips-for-building-resilient-families-registration-117927100131
 
He did another webinar  recently which was well attended with over 1200 participants.  From all reports it was very good.  Apparently, the presentations book out extremely fast and so I am sending it around today, hoping those that wish to attend will be successful. 

There have been no more updates from the Department regarding Term 4 at this stage.  I do know they have teams of people considering multiple factors, such as K-P transition and also Year 6 to 7 transition and student well being. As soon as we hear, I will let you all know.  Again, thank you for those that contributed to the remote learning survey Term 3, we have collated the results and  discussing with staff and school council next week.

Kind regards,
Leanne Sheean

​Newsletter Number 13 / Term 3 Week 7 2020

From the Principal’s Desk
 Together we learn, lead and achieve.  

 
Dear Monty South Community,       
 
It is hard to believe that we are in week seven of Term 3 already.  I hope everyone is keeping warm in this rather cold weather we are experiencing. I am looking forward to spring and a little more sunshine.

Remote learning
Last week we sent out a survey in relation to remote learning.  We would like to thank everyone who has responded to the survey so far. It is now our task to collate all of your responses to see if the changes and adjustments we made hit their target.

Remote learning certainly has been a new experience for all of us and it is important that we work together to make the process easier and more purposeful for everyone.  As I have said previously if something is not clear for you, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher through Seesaw or WebEx, or just call us in the office for support. We will always respond.

One of the biggest impacts the COVID-19 restrictions have had on all of us, particularly the students is the ability to make connections with each other. During the past week Jhye Burton and Jay Reynolds have set up clubs for the students to participate in. Jhye runs basketball drills, fitness clubs, lego club, social catch-ups and online games sessions for the Years 3 – 6’s and Jay runs storytime, show and tell lego clubs, social catch-ups and music/dance/rhyme/yoga sessions for the Prep to Year 2 students.

The level of engagement we have had so far has been wonderful and the students have responded well to these sessions.  These clubs will continue throughout Remote Learning 2.0.
 
TIKTOK and ROBLOX
TikTok is a video-sharing app which some of our students have been using during remote learning. Users can upload and share short videos of themselves lip-syncing to songs or acting out comedy sketches, and add special effects. They can gain followers (‘fans’) and browse other people’s videos.

The age recommendation is 13 and above. However, you don’t have to prove your age when creating an account, so younger children can still use it easily. It’s most popular with under-16s.
 
Our students have been excited to able to create some wonderful videos, but unfortunately it has recently come to our attention that some students have experienced issues with the use of TikTok. One student has had their account hacked by someone from overseas. This hacker has then assumed the student’s identity and used it to message others.  Another student has been accessing in appropriate websites.
 
Roblox is an online game that some students have been accessing at home as it isn’t a program permitted or accessible at school.   It is for ages 12+.  It is advertised as ‘the ultimate virtual universe that lets you play, create, and be anything you can imagine’. The precautionary warning we are giving is that some of our students have discovered its ability to allow for communication between people.
 
Attached to the newsletter you will find some useful Cyber safety advice which can be used as conversation starters with your children and tips on what you can do as a parent to help your child avoid these pitfalls.
 
Year 6 area
Those of you who have walked through the school ground or travelled along Grand Boulevard may have noticed that there are changes happening in front of the Year 6 classrooms. 

This section is being developed as a space for the Year 6’s to meet and spend time together.  There will be seating areas and lots of plants and the pavers that were taken up to make way for the new building will be re-laid.  Also incorporated into the area will be an outdoor table tennis table which is sure to provide the students with lots of fun.
 
Bush Block
Tara De Bondi has been working with a group from Haas and Gray who are Indigenous Horticulturists to remove weeds in the bush block particularly the woody weeds. This work will help to prepare the bush block for future planting of indigenous species rather than the invasive varieties that have previously been planted there. 

Cath Kingshott has also been assisting in this work. Both Tara and Cath have found it has been a fantastic opportunity to develop their own knowledge about the area which they can then pass onto the students.

Tara was very grateful for the assistance of the Ballock family whose house runs beside the bush block. They very kindly allowed Tara and the group to access water from their site.

Mental health in primary schools project
Montmorency South is one of 10 schools in the Mental Health in Primary Schools pilot project. The pilot will be delivered in partnership between the Department of Education and Training, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. The pilot will provide training and resources to support staff to understand and respond to mental health issues that affect primary school aged students. It will also focus on building strong connections between schools and local health services so that students and families are getting the support they need.

Leanne Sheean, Yo Robertson, Hayley Hender and Laura Johnstone have commenced their training. When they have completed their training sessions they will work with the staff.  

Professor Frank Oberklaid, from the Centre for Community Child Health, a department of The Royal Children’s Hospital said
“Primary schools are an ideal platform from which to provide mental health services because virtually all children attend school and teachers are in an ideal position to identify children with emerging or existing mental health issues and help put in place effective early intervention strategies.”
This is a great opportunity for Montmorency South.

SENIOR CONCERT NEWS: ALADDIN KIDS 2020
Dear Year 3-6 performers and parents,

As I’m sure you’re aware, our plan to film at the end of this term can no longer go ahead with the extension of restrictions to the end of Term 3, at least.  I had hoped to turn our attention to see what was possible for an ‘Arabian Christmas’ at the end of Term 4. We now realise the social distancing restrictions may more than likely still be in place. Or, if lifted would not give us the time required, even modified, to pull together a piece that takes thirty hours minimum rehearsal together.

Apologies I have not contacted you earlier, as conditions out of our control have continued to change, as have our plans!

Our team hopes to make the best of a unique situation and this requires us to be creative and stay inspired.  We will keep you informed along the way.

Take care, Jude, Em and Andy.
 
Penguins
Each night at sunset the world’s largest colony of Little Penguins walk up the beach in Phillip Island to their homes. As visitors are no longer allowed due to COVID restrictions Phillip Island Nature Parks will be live streaming the Penguin parade from 6pm Tuesday 25 August. The livestream will happen on their Facebook Page and YouTube channel. This free 30 minute stream will run nightly from Tuesday.  According to Phillip Island Nature Parks, this is perhaps the world’s first livestream of a natural wildlife event at a regular time.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PhillipIslandNatureParks/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/PIPenguinParade
 
Warmest regards,
Leanne

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Scholastic Issue 6
Hi everyone. Just letting you know that Scholastic Book Club issues 6 are now available.  You can go on their website www.scholastic.com.au to view the latest issue. If you do order from their brochure the books will have to be sent to your home, not to school. There will be a charge of $5.99. Hope you are all staying fit and healthy.
Love Clare Bear
 
CLC virtual tour
Virtual Tours are available on various dates by visiting www.clc.vic.edu.au
Year 7 applications for 2020 close on Friday 9 October.
 
Get active E-challenge
RHS sports, the company who supply our school uniforms have created an online challenge.
Games incorporating a mix of Throwing, Jumping and Running events.
https://sites.google.com/view/rhsportsfitnesschallenge/home?utm_source=challlengeedm&utm_medium=mainbutton
 
Free music lessons
In the interest of keeping music alive during the Covid-19 crisis, DSE Music Tuition is giving access to a full term of both piano and guitar lessons – free to every student across Victoria, no catch, no conditions.
The lessons are streamed video lessons via our streaming platform, can be watched on any device (smart TV, desktop, laptop, tablet or phone) and include additional learning material (sheet music, audio files, etc).
Link to access free lessons: https://dsemusic.com.au/video-lessons or call 0416 586 483
DSE MUSIC
0416 586 483
www.dsemusic.com.au
 
Online chess tournaments
Northern Star Chess is offering an online program of online inter-school chess tournaments for Term 3. Students can enter individually or as a team. This Friday is your last chance to participate.
Available Events:
Format: 7 round Swiss, 10 minutes per player per game.
Tournament entry fee: $12 per player
Tournament Dates:
Friday 28 August – 1pm to 3.15pm (approx)
For more information: https://NorthernStarChess.com/e-Tourney.html
Or, please contact Pearl 0407 072 250 or info@NorthernStarChess.com
 
 FREE DAILY ONLINE MUSIC, MINDFULNESS and MOVEMENT WORKSHOPS
Power of M – Music Mindfulness Movement is running free mini workshops every day for the duration of the lockdown to help keep families happy and healthy.
The workshops are 20-30 mins and include a different topic each day such as: Self care, kindness, nutrition, gratitude etc. 
Each session consists of: stretching, yoga, positive affirmations, a live performance of a song on the topic, relaxation breathing and meditation. 
The workshops run Live through the Power of M Facebook Page everyday at 12 noon Mon-Fri. 
To access the live workshop tune into Facebook at 12 noon and head on to the Power of M Facebook Page www.facebook.com/gopowerofm 
If you would like to receive a notification for the live session please like the page. 
A recap of the sessions is also available for on demand viewing post the Facebook live presentation as recordings on both Facebook and YouTube for those unable to tune into the live session.
The links are below: 
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/gopowerofm 
YouTube channel:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWrzi4-aUHlLaMp2CU5bcsA

Online art classes
https://artsmartforkids.com.au/  Artists and instructors take the classes in real-time on Zoom.  Suitable for all ages.  $12.50 per class + gst.

Whitefriars Catholic College for Boys – virtual tours
Registration for Q&A sessions with Principal Mark Murphy or a virtual tour or a virtual tour with question time with staff & students please visit the Whitefriars website.

Food Relief Information
Red Cross, Brotherhood of St Laurence and the Department of Health and Human Services have implemented the Extreme Hardship Support Program to provide emergency financial assistance to people who are unable to access income support.
To be eligible for this program a person must:

  • live in Victoria, and
  • be unable to access Commonwealth income support (such as JobKeeper or JobSeeker) or the Victorian International Student Emergency Relief Fund, and
  • have zero or very limited income, savings or community support
  • be a temporary or provisional visa holder, or an undocumented migrant.

To apply for emergency financial assistance go to www.redcross.org.au/vicrelief. Applicants will need their passport and bank statements showing transactions for the last three months. From Wednesday it will also possible to call a dedicated phone line on 1800 855 240. Speak to someone at Red Cross if you do not have the right visa or bank documents.
FAQs and a fact sheet for community organisations are now available on the
This emergency financial assistance complements other Victorian Government hardship supports available to all people living in Victoria, including the $1500 worker support payment, the $300 test isolation payment, the and the rent relief grant.

DET update

Dear parents, carers, and staff
As indicated yesterday, the Victorian Government announced that, on the advice of the Victorian Chief Health Officer, regional and rural Victoria will move to Stage 3 restrictions and metropolitan Melbourne will move to Stage 4 restrictions to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
These requirements apply to all schools across the government, Catholic and independent sectors and across all metropolitan Melbourne and rural and regional Victoria.
The changes to schools’ operations will come into effect from Wednesday 5 August, following a student free day on Tuesday 4 August, and are likely to apply until the end of Term 3.
As outlined in the Chief Health Officer’s advice on Friday, schools remain safe places for staff and students – but these steps are critical measures to reduce the movement of students and families across the state. 
There are implications for our school, and for families in our school community.
A summary of what the changes mean for schools in Melbourne is below.
METROPOLITAN MELBOURNE
PREP TO YEAR 10

  • Prep to Year 10 students will continue with remote and flexible learning.
  • The criteria for students that can attend on-site has changed as follows:
    • children whose parents are permitted workers. The Victorian Government will provide further advice about this over the coming days
    • vulnerable children in out of home care, children known to child protection and other agencies and children the school identifies as vulnerable
    • children with a disability who also fit one of the above two categories.

SENIOR SECONDARY YEAR 11 AND 12 (VCE AND VCAL)

  • All Year 11 and 12 provision for both VCE and VCAL will move to remote and flexible learning.
  • The GAT will be rescheduled from Wednesday 9 September to Wednesday 7 October.
  • The schedule for the VCE examinations and release of results will remain as previously advised.
  • Further information about consideration of disadvantage and coronavirus (COVID-19) will be provided shortly.

SPECIALIST SCHOOLS

  • On-site provision in specialist schools will only be available to children whose parents are permitted workers, and vulnerable children.

TIMELINE

  • Tuesday 4 August will be a student-free day across Victoria to enable teachers, especially in rural and regional Victoria, to prepare for flexible and remote learning. For MSPS students at home, it will be a catch up day of their remote learning. 
  • Wednesday 5 August will be the first day of new arrangements for schools across Victoria
  • This is a day ahead of the statewide introduction of the Stage 3 restrictions in rural and regional Victoria, but will provide for a smooth transition and will enable as much continuity of learning as possible.
     

STAFFING

  • Schools will ensure sufficient staff are available for necessary on site supervision.
  • Staff not required for on site supervision will work from home.

I will provide an update soon about arrangements for remote and flexible learning at our school.
Thank you for your understanding and support.
Leanne Sheean

Term 3 Covid-19 update

Dear parents and carers of MSPS

No doubt you have heard the news that we are about to embark on further restrictions.  

At this stage, there has been no information sent from the Department of Education but I have been in touch with the North West Regional office. They have advised me that tomorrow, Monday, will be as per normal Stage 3 lockdown; so students who were going to attend onsite remote learning will still be able to do so.  However, Tuesday will be a pupil free day.  

I am presuming that information will be sent by the Department tomorrow and I will be able to update your further as soon as I hear.
 
Thinking of you all
Warm regards  
 
Leanne Sheean

Newsletter Number 11 / Term 3 Week 2 2020

From the Principal’s Desk
     Together we learn, lead and achieve.  

Dear Monty South Community,       
 
Welcome to Term 3, 2020 which is shaping up to be another exceptional term at MSPS.

Sincere gratitude is extended to all community members and in particular, to our students for persevering through our second stage three lockdown. Thank you for being cooperative, responsible and adaptable. This is helping to keep yourself, your family and your community safe. 

Remote learning
We have been very happy with the way the students have returned to remote learning and we are so proud of their amazing efforts to complete the work required and link in with their teachers as needed.

One staff member told me the work produced this week (from Prep to Year 6) has been a real “mood lifter”. For them, seeing students completing tasks with the help of their parents and siblings and having students complete tasks together over Facetime/WebEx has really made things seem little bit brighter. Some families are being so creative with this round of remote learning and it’s made the staff member really appreciate being part of the Monty South community. 

Thank you
We’ve had some lovely feedback, which is always pleasing to receive.  Some has been around the change to the specialists’ tasks being sent out the day before the catch-up day, rather than at the beginning of the week, as was the case last term. The change came about for a number of reasons, but it does suit the specialist teachers. We have a lot of part time specialist staff who are only able to provide feedback to students on a particular day. Loading it the night before also makes it consistent with what is happening across the school.

However, if you have two or more children and you would like them to do the task together as a family, there is no reason why you can’t delay completing the task until later in the week when it has been delivered to all your children. We are more than happy to accommodate your situation. One thing we do know is there is no right or wrong way for families. It is important to do what best suits your situation. 

Video message
Jenny Hutchinson has prepared a video for students and families to help welcome everyone back to Term 3, 2020. This is intended to help refresh and motivate the students and prepare them for phase two of flexible and remote learning. You can see the video on the MSPS Facebook page.

Thank you Jenny for doing such a brilliant job.
 
Data reporting conferences
I would like to encourage all parents to take up the opportunity provided with Data reporting conferences this week, to discuss your child’s learning and the progression they have made.

As we have made these sessions longer because the staff are also reporting on Semester 1, we have a reduced number of timeslots. In some classes, not everyone will be able to find a timeslot, hence, we have opened up Thursday 30 July to parents for Conferences, from 9am to 5pm if needed. Nevertheless, Wednesday is still the official Conference day. Thursday will be a consolidation/catch-up day for remote teaching and learning.

As Wednesday 29 and Thursday 30 July fall under the remote learning guidelines, onsite supervision will continue to be available for those students who have previously been accessing it.

Face masks
As mandated last week, all staff at school are required to wear face masks in all areas of the school when not teaching. Students who attend primary schools for on-site supervision will not be required to wear a face mask. Children who are aged 12 by Year 6 will not be required to wear face masks as recommended by the Victorian Chief Health Officer. In some cases, students are choosing to wear one and that is fine by us.

Parents/carers must not enter the school unless wearing a face mask. The Department of Health and Human Services website has advice about face masks including the different types that can be used; how to make your own; how to safely wear one and how to safely remove one.

Assembly
We are still going to hold virtual school assemblies every fortnight to again provide opportunities for our Year 6 school leaders. This will be a little more difficult as the students are mostly off site but we feel we can do it. Of course, with data reporting conferences happening this week, virtual assembly will not commence until, Wednesday 5 August.

Baby news
Congratulations to Harry Sullivan (PB) who has a new baby brother,Darcy Jack Sullivan, who arrived on July 8. Harry and his other brother Flynn were very excited to welcome the new arrival. Mum, Liz is home now and Harry, Flynn and dad, Luke are helping look after her and Darcy. 

Also some wonderful news for ex-staff member Amy Duckworth who is expecting her first child in September. I spoke to her last week and she is feeling fit and well. We wish Amy and Mick our very best wishes as they embark on this exciting time.
 
Warmest regards,
Leanne
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Captain’s corner
Please see attached our current French edition of Captains corner.
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Power of M workshop (ISO edition) free on Facebook live

Mon-Fri at 12pm for of 20-30 minutes, these sessions are mini workshops that cover varying topics such as: self-care, kindness, nutrition, gratitude etc.
Each session consists of: stretching, yoga, positive affirmations, relaxation breathing and meditation.
The links are below:
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/gopowerofm  

Leap ahead Learning:
Pre-prep kinder program – limited vacancies for 2021!
Offering structured programs in literacy, numeracy, social skills, wellbeing / mindfulness. Japanese, gross & fine motor, oral language & all areas of general school readiness.

www.leapaheadlearning.com.au   Ph: 0407 324 901   keryn@leapaheadlearning.com.au
 

Remote and flexible learning Term 3

Dear parents and carers,
 
As I indicated on Monday, I am writing today to provide more information concerning remote learning in Term 3. 
 
Last term, School Council President Marcus Walsh surveyed parents for feedback regarding experiences of remote learning in Term 2. At school, we also sought feedback from staff and students. I did indicate there was a range of opinions, often opposing ones, so moving forward there are three key messages we want to give to our community. Firstly, the need for consistency with what we are sending out, secondly, the need to keep it as simple as possible for all families and finally, the need for connection with our students and the school. On this basis, we have made some adjustments to what we did in Term 2.
 
Weekly and daily planners
 
All levels from Prep to Year 6 will send out a weekly overview highlighting the work set for all subject areas for the week. It will indicate the priority tasks needing to be done for the day and those needing to be uploaded to Seesaw for feedback and other tasks that can be done if there is time and motivation. Years Prep to Year 2 will have one daily priority task and Years 3-6 will have two to three daily priority tasks. Our intention here is to cater for everyone; those that said there was too much work and those that said there was too little. 
 
The weekly overview will also indicate WebEx meetings or times when the teacher will be meeting with individual or small groups of students. The overview will be uploaded by class teachers to Seesaw by Sunday evenings.
 
Each teacher will also upload a daily planner for each class the night before the learning day, again indicating priority tasks, additional tasks, other subjects and WebEx catch up and feedback meeting sessions. 
 
There will be two daily planners. One for Prep to Year 2 and another for Year 3 to Year 6. Gone are the seven different types of planners and I have attached examples of what the new planners will look like. 
 
The Prep students will continue to have time allocated daily to complete specialist tasks whilst the Years 1 to 6 students will have a specialist day
 
Connection with school
 
To assist students and families stay connected with school, Prep to Year 2 students will receive a daily welcome video and Years 3 to Year 6 students will be required (when possible) at a daily WebEx roll call.
 
The main form of communication (teacher-parent, parent-teacher, teacher-student, and student-teacher) will be via Seesaw. (Year 6 students/teachers may also use Microsoft Teams).
 
The family, individual and group meetings/sessions will occur via WebEx and students will connect with their teachers, individually or in groups via WebEx a minimum of once per week for a social/emotional/feedback/instructional session.
 
Of course, each family will connect (phone or WebEx) with the classroom teacher in our upcoming conferences (29 July) and another time as negotiated between the classroom teacher and family.
 
Feedback
 
Students will be given weekly feedback/recognition of tasks completed in varying ways; verbal/written feedback or ‘likes’ on tasks via Seesaw as well as during individual or group WebEx sessions.
If it is expected an item is uploaded to Seesaw, the Seesaw icon ( ) will be displayed on the schedule/overview
 
Onsite
 
We also need to support families where parents and carers cannot work from home, and others who need the support that on-site provision enables. I attached a form on Monday and a few parents have already filled this out and returned it to school.  Any more inquiries about onsite learning, please contact Kirstie Lay in the office. 
 
For those students attending, they will be required to enter via the front entrance, where we will meet students and conduct temperature checks at the start of the day. The students will then be guided to the classrooms. If your child does have a temperature, you will be asked to collect them from school.
 
The following students are able to attend school for on-site supervision, but will also undertake the remote learning program:

  • children of parents/carers who cannot make suitable arrangements to supervise children at home, including children of teachers in government schools who are required to return to work on-site
  • vulnerable students
  • students with disabilities who choose to attend on site.

 
Books
 
A Compass note will also be sent out detailing how and when students can attend school to collect the books and materials they need from their classrooms.
 
Again, I remind you that the Department has a range of options for you to continue to support your students in their learning, available at the Learning from Home website education.vic.gov.au/homelearning
 
The latest information about coronavirus (COVID-19) and schools is on the Department of Education and Training website: education.vic.gov.au/coronavirus
 
And, finally, a reminder that if you, your child, or a family member develops symptoms of a fever, chills or sweats, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, loss of smell or taste, you should get tested at a coronavirus (COVID-19) testing facility and stay home.
 
This is vitally important to keeping our school community safe.
 
If you would like health information from the Department of Health and Human Services, you can visit dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus
 
Kind regards
 
Leanne Sheean

Term 3

Dear parents and carers,
 
As you would be aware, the Victorian Government has made some significant announcements in relation to arrangements for schools in Victoria for Term 3.

Based on advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer, Victorian Government schools in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire will have specific arrangements in place for Week 1 of Term 3 as outlined below. Schools will then move to remote and flexible learning for students in Prep to Year 10 from the start of Week 2.

It is very important to note that the advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer is that schools can continue to operate. The Victorian Chief Health Officer has also provided advice about the health measures that should be taken by staff and students, and we will be following these.

The purpose of these changed arrangements is to reduce the number of these students – and their parents and guardians – moving across metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire in order to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
 
It is, however, also important that face-to-face teaching be maintained for some students. This includes students in Years 11 and 12 (and Year 10 students who have VCE studies or VCAL strands in their learning program) because of the importance of enabling all students to continue or complete their senior secondary certificate, either VCE or VCAL.
 
It is important that students in specialist schools have full access to the expertise of the teachers and support staff in those schools in face-to-face settings. We also need to support families where parents and carers cannot work from home, and others who need the support that on-site provision enables.
 
To provide further assurance, our school, along with all other government schools in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire, will be conducting temperature checks of all students at the start of the day. If your child does have a temperature, you will be asked to collect them from school.
 
The new arrangements are set out in detail below.
 
Monday 13 – Friday 17 July
 
Students in Years 11 and 12, students in Year 10 undertaking VCE or VCAL studies, and students enrolled in specialist schools, will return to school on Monday 13 July.
 
Monday 13 – Friday 17 July are pupil free days for students Prep to Year 10. These pupil-free days will enable our staff to prepare for the change to remote and flexible learning from Monday 20 July.
 
We will provide an on-site supervision program for students who need it during this week. This program is available for students where parents/carers cannot work from home and no other arrangements can be made and for vulnerable students.
 
To assist our planning, if you need this program, please complete the attached form and return it to us as soon as possible.
 
These same arrangements will be in place across schools in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire.
 
Monday 20 July on
From Monday 20 July, our school will be moving to remote and flexible learning. This will be for all students apart from the following:

  • years 11 and 12 students and Year 10 students for their VCE or VCAL programs
  • students enrolled in specialist schools

The following students are able to attend school for on-site supervision, but will also undertake the remote learning program:

  • children of parents/carers who cannot make suitable arrangements to supervise children at home, including children of teachers in government schools who are required to return to work on-site
  • vulnerable students
  • students with disabilities who choose to attend on site.

 
We will follow similar arrangements to those we put in place for remote and flexible learning in Term 2.

We at MSPS did ask for feedback from parents, students and staff and will utilise this feedback in delivering remote learning Phase 2.  I should note that parent feedback indicated that  we had either given -too much work, not enough work or just the right amount was given.  I think moving forward there are three key messages we want to give to our community.  Firstly,  the need for consistency, secondly, the need to keep it as simple as it possibly can be for all families and finally, the need for connection with our students and the school.
I will be sending our further information on Wednesday regarding the plan for Phase 2. 

The Department itself, has a range of options for you to continue to support your students in their learning, available at the Learning from Home website education.vic.gov.au/homelearning
 
The latest information about coronavirus (COVID-19) and schools is on the Department of Education and Training website: education.vic.gov.au/coronavirus
 
The Victorian Chief Health Officer has confirmed that the use of face masks or coverings by adults or children is not recommended in schools at this time. As has always been the case, students who wish to wear face masks in school and in going to and from school may do so.
 
And, finally, a reminder that if you, your child, or a family member develops symptoms of a fever, chills or sweats, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, loss of smell or taste, you should get tested at a coronavirus (COVID-19) testing facility and stay home.
 
This is vitally important to keeping our school community safe.
 
If you would like health information from the Department of Health and Human Services, you can visit dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus
 
I will continue to communicate with you as soon as we receive further information.
 
Yours sincerely,
 
Leanne Sheean
Principal 

​Newsletter Number 10 / Term 2 Week 11 2020

 From the Principal’s Desk
     Together we learn, lead and achieve.  

 
Dear Monty South Community,       
 
And so we have finally reached the end of a term that has been so different from anything we have ever had before. Judging by the last week and increasing numbers of community transmissions, we may be in for more disruptions in Term 3. We certainly hope not and thankfully, the term break is coming at a good time. I will keep you updated of changes that may affect us.

We have been receiving phone calls asking about the end of term dismissal times. The Department has given permission for all to be dismissed at 2.30pm. Hence, we will again incorporate the staggered finishes from 2.10pm onwards. 

Finally, I would like to again thank our entire MSPS community for your efforts this term. Students, parents and staff have been magnificent and it has been a career highlight for me to see our great community swing in to action to support one another.
Thank you.

Aladdin – senior concert
This was to be the year of the senior concert and after securing the rights to present Aladdin, Jude, Andy and Emily laid out wonderful plans and booked Eltham High as a venue. And like most things in 2020, after Covid-19 hit, it meant we had to rethink plans for the concert.
   
With only one term instead of the usual two terms to practise, the likelihood of us being able to hold a concert is very much in doubt. There is also the unknown of whether we will be permitted to have crowds the size of our school community at Eltham High. So after much deliberation, we have decided we will be still perform Aladdin but we are going to film it at school, with our students as the audience. Then we will make the DVD available for families. 

So Jude, Emily and Andy have set aside a filming day, which will take place on Tuesday 15 September. This will be the last week of Term 3 and so if your child is a lead performer in Aladdin, we ask that you don’t take early holidays in that week. 

Students will be engaged in final rehearsals two weeks prior to the 15 September but we will let you know of the exact rehearsal schedule next term. 

Any queries, please contact Jude at  Barry.Judith@education.vic.gov.au

Pupil free days
Now that we are back onsite and refocusing on our school’s Annual Implementation Plan, we have two pupil free days coming up in Term 3. School Council has approved both days, with the first being Wednesday 29 July. This purpose of this day is for Data reporting conferences, which will be held online via WebEx. Each family will be given a 20 minute time slot with their child’s teacher and the teacher will run through written reports. This will then be sent to the parents after the appointment.  We are hoping to be able to cater for most parents on that day but there will be some that will require other time slots which the teacher will arrange with you to discuss your child’s progress and the next steps in their learning. Details regarding the conferences will come out early next term.

The next pupil free day is on Friday 21 August. On this day the focus of our work will be to hear from Maria Ruberto. Maria is the founder and director of Salutegenics Psychology, a strengths-based practise that moves people in personal and professional coaching toward mental fitness and life- health. Her work is heavily influenced by Positive Psychology theory and anchored by research in neuroscience and brain function. She will be incorporating that in her work with us on the Friday morning. 

In the afternoon, we will reconnect with the annual implementation goals we have set and one of our key improvement strategies – to build teacher capacity to implement high-impact teaching strategies and focusing on teaching the writing process.

Car parking
Unfortunately, I had a parent report that her daughter was narrowly missed being run over in the Buena Vista Drive car park last week. As her daughter alighted from the rear door and went to cross to the path, a car came rushing by and she had to jump out of the way. As it was an older student, she realised the car wasn’t going to stop and so she jumped. With a younger student, this may not have been the case and the thought of what could have happened makes me shudder. 

Please be extra cautious when using any of our car parks. Expect the unexpected as children do not have the peripheral vision you may think they do and often their thoughts are not on road safety but the fun ahead at school. 
Let’s make sure they get to experience that fun, by being very careful when we enter those carparks.

Assembly
Not to be thwarted by not being able to have big crowds, we are now holding assembly in a new format – recorded as a TV show. 

Last Wednesday, at our first assembly for Term 2, we were able to film all the usual aspects of assembly and put it together to be viewed at a more leisurely pace and time suited to individual classes. Student of the week certificates were presented and all the news around the school was filmed announced. However, we did miss one crucial aspect of assembly – Monty South Tattslotto.   We will make sure to include it next time!   

We plan to hold a weekly assembly while we can film it and hopefully, we can branch out and showcase many of our own students and their individual talents in the coming months. 

Assembly will be uploaded to our website weekly for parents to watch. 

Stephanie Alexander kitchen garden room
Last week we had sound batts installed on the ceiling of the SAKG kitchen. The room is a converted portable (originally the Out of Hours School Care room and art room) and so not really designed for kitchen classes and the raised voices during Catherine’s very engaging sessions. Sound reverberates off the floors, ceilings and walls. To help this problem we looked at cushioning the sound and came up with this idea. Hopefully once classes resume, we will see how successful it has been. We will look at other measures for this room if we need to.

School Camps 2020
According to DET advice last week, we are able to go ahead with booked school camps. However we have already postponed our Year 6 and Year 4 camp and they will now being held in Term 4. Our Year 5 camp to Anglesea is always held in Term 4 anyway, so we will have a busy November, as a few year levels will be on camp. 

Year 4 camp – 25th to 27th November
Year 5 camp – 25th to 27th November
Year 6 camp – 18th to 20th November
 
Wishing you all a safe, happy and relaxing Term 2 break. We look forward to seeing you return on Monday 13 July.  Please note staggered starts and finishes will still be in operation unless there are changes over the term break. If so, we will keep you informed.
Warmest regards,
Leanne

​Newsletter Number 8 Term 2 Week 8 2020

From the Principal’s Desk
    Together we learn, lead and achieve.  

 
Dear Monty South Community,       
 
What a wonderful week we have had welcoming back our staff and Prep, Year 1 and Year 2 students.  A school has no soul without happy faces, children’s laughter, chatter and the buzz that comes from teaching and learning. We have certainly missed all of this in the past few months.
I would like to congratulate every single student for being so enthusiastic about coming back to school, as we know it has been very challenging for many students and the younger students in particular. However, it has been very rewarding to see how they have risen to the challenge and overcome their worries. We are really looking forward to our Year 3-6 students returning on Tuesday 9 June. 
 
The process we put in place based on directives from the Department of Education and Training has been successful. Hence, we intend to keep the same process in place for Years 3-6. The arrangements are as follows:

  1. The Department has requested that where there is a risk of congregation at entry and exit points, that start and finish times be staggered. We felt, rather than staggering grades, we would stagger by surnames, enabling families to drop off more than one child and leave quickly. Drop off and pick up times for Prep  to Year 6 will remain as:

Drop Off                                                                              Pick Up
8.50am                                 A-I                                          3.10pm
9.00am                                 J-R                                          3.20pm
9.10am                                 S-Z                                          3.30pm

  1. To reduce the likelihood of congestion, we are asking parents not to come into the classrooms and instead drop off and pick up at designated meeting spots for Prep to Year 2 only.
  • Prep – undercroft
  • Year 1 – oval
  • Year 2 – gym

Our staff will be at these spots to collect and dismiss students at the designated times.

  1. For students in Year 3 to Year 6, we ask that parents drop off these students and leave without coming into the school, if possible. Students from Years 3-6 will be able to access their usual classrooms from 8.50am onwards.
  2. Students who are continuing to isolate at home for health reasons will be provided with work and some form of remote connection with their class but the main schooling will be on the school premises.
  3. For students returning to school, we ask if possible they bring their own pencil cases and equipment. If equipment is assigned at school, it will be wiped down after each use.   
  4. Parents should only enter the school when essential and at all times practice physical distancing. If you need to come into the office, please email or ring beforehand. We thank all our Prep to Year 2 parents who have been so good at not milling around waiting to collect their children. 
  5. There will be no reports sent out at the end of this term. Feedback from teachers to students has been continuous during remote learning. However, our Data Reporting conferences that will take place on Wednesday 29 July. At this conference, written information about Semester 1 will be given to parents. 
  6. There will be another Q and A session for parents of students in Years 3-6

This will take place on Wednesday 3 June at 4pm on WebEx.
https://eduvic.webex.com/meet/sheean.leanne.g
If you have any questions please send these beforehand to montmorency.south.ps@education.vic.gov.au
 
Again our sincere thanks to all parents for following our guidelines during this time.  We really appreciate your support and you are definitely making this process much easier for us.

Student Reporting – Semester 1
It is hard to believe that in a few days the whole MSPS student population will be returning to school for the first time since March 24. As I have said many times, thank you for your ongoing support to your child and the teachers at this school during remote learning. It has been amazing what has been achieved. 

You will receive a report for your child outlining their progress during Semester 1 against the Victorian Curriculum. However, it will be as part of the Data Reporting conferences and the report will look different from what you usually receive, as it has not been not possible to implement our standard report writing process.

We have received advice from the Department of Education and Training regarding modifications to the Semester One reporting that takes into account the limitations on the ability of teachers to accurately assess student progress during the remote learning period. 

As a result of this advice, teachers at our school will:

  • not be providing a five point scale for curriculum areas (ie A to E)
  • be available for parents/carers to discuss the school report and the teaching and learning plan for Term 3 on Wednesday 29 July.

The report comment on student achievement will be limited to

  • a description of the Victorian Curriculum taught
  • a succinct teacher assessment of the literacy and maths areas.
  • a comment on how the student has adjusted to the remote and flexible learning environment, with reference to the Personal and Social capability curriculum
  • goals for the next steps in your child’s learning. 

It is intended to run the meetings via Webex but we will confirm closer to the date.

Bunnings – THANK YOU
A large parcel was delivered to the school this morning courtesy of Bunnings. It was a clear plastic storage container filled with cleaning cloths, disposable gloves, kitchen cleaner, surface sanitizer, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wet wipes and jumbo rolls of toilet paper.

It was such a wonderful community minded thing to do and we are extremely grateful to Eltham Bunnings. 

Staff news:
We send our very best wishes to Dale Weston, who is recovering from a minor operation. Dale was in the Austin for a week waiting surgery for a gall bladder removal. He was finally operated on towards the end of last week and is home now recovering. We look forward to seeing him return next week.

We also are thrilled to welcome back Rosie Morton who has just returned from family leave. Rosie will be working in Year 6 on a Thursday and next term will be providing learning support and also taking a Bridges to school group. It is great to have her back.

Prep 2021
 We have had a significant number of enquiries regarding Prep for 2021. Unfortunately, school tours cannot be conducted but we have filmed an information session and posted it on our website. We encourage prospective parents to contact us if they have any questions but otherwise visit the webpage and our Facebook page. Please pass this on to families you know. If you already have children at MSPS, please enrol your child by the end of Term 2, particularly if you wish for them to attend Bridges in Term 3.
As soon as school torus are permitted, we will let the school community know.  
 
I would also like to thank the parents in our community who alerted me to vandalism at the school last weekend. I received an email from Hilary Smith (Caleb’s mum) and Sam Parry (Alex and Xavier’s dad) who helped me clean it up. There was broken glass outside the Year 2 area down to the oval and the goal post pads had been ripped off. Thank you for helping out.

Just one final congratulations to all our Prep to Year 2 families and students on their great first week back. We wish you another great weekend and we look forward to welcoming the rest of the school after the long weekend for the final two weeks of school.  

Warmest regards,

Leanne

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Darebin Interschool Chess Championship, NOW ONLINE!

While still remaining physically distanced, students can now represent their schools and experience genuine social interaction with like-minded peers by joining in our next Online Interschool Chess Tournament!

It’s safe, fully controlled and supervised.
Darebin Interschool Chess Championship
Wednesday, June 3 – From 12:30pm – 3pm
Cost $12 per player

Primary and Secondary Divisions
Winning school qualifies for State Finals!
How parents enter their children

  1. Visit the Tournament Link online
  2. Click ‘Enter event’
  3. Complete the online entry process and pay $12 registration fee

Students will use the same email address to login and PLAY games that they submit during their tournament entry.

Q and A Session for parents

Dear MSPS families

We recognise that there may be some of you with questions about our procedures for the return to school for Prep -2 next Tuesday,  May 26th. And even more questions regarding the return of the Years 3-6 on June 9th.  These questions will cover a range of topics from the operational aspects to the overall health and wellbeing of our students returning. 

As such we are planning to hold a Q and A forum next Monday, May  25th  at 4pm via Webex Meetings. The link to the meeting is as follows:

https://eduvic.webex.com/meet/sheean.leanne.g

Meeting number: 579 288 675

At this Webex Meetings, we will have the school leadership team, including myself, Merriel Hayes, our Assistant Principal, Monique Rankin, our Learning Specialist and several staff members, including Yo Robertson, our Wellbeing Coordinator, Victoria Hall, our School Nurse, Kylie Tyzack, our Integration Coordinator and Terese Kenneally, our Department of Training, psychologist.  They will be able to provide some strategies for parents at home too.

To ensure that we cover all your questions, if you could email and send them to 
montmorency.south.ps@education.vic.gov.au  over the weekend 
   
However, during the forum, there will be an opportunity for questions to come up in the chat section. We will record the session for those unable to make it. 

We look forward to seeing some of you on Monday
Leanne Sheean 
Principal

Term 2 commences

Dear Parents and Carers

As of tomorrow, Term 2 will be  underway and most of you will have either received or will receive later today, the details for your child’s level remote learning from their teacher.   
Each Year Level team  have designed them together so there is consistency across the level.  A number of teams are also going to conduct Q&A learning forums for parents to assist with any questions that you may have. The details of these forums will be included in their Compass note to you.  
One of our issues is around the use of the use of the face to face platform we use.  Before the term break, we were keen on using Zoom.  Since then the Department has issued a statement saying their preference is for us to use Webex.  The reason being that Webex is fully licensed and appropriately secure with data kept in Australia. 
At our  staff meeting  this morning, we decided to transition to Webex from Zoom in our face to face contacts with students.  This will occur during the week but to begin with some of the levels will still be using Zoom.  
The details to download Webex will be sent out by Jenny Hutchinson (ICT Coordinator) by tomorrow. 
At school, we will have a number of children who will be doing remote learning on site as they cannot access supervision at home.  These children will be outside from 10.00 am -10.30am from 11.45am-12.30pm and from 2.00-2.30pm.  We ask that  families who are home not come onto the school site at those times,  as we need to ensure our numbers are kept within the ratios and children are safe.  Outside of those times, families are most welcome to use the oval.  
I would also warn against using the play equipment.  We are sanitizing it for the children at school prior to play but we cannot guarantee it outside the hours listed above.  
Apart from that, I wish you all a wonderful Term 2.  It will be different and we will be learning as we go. However, we are all excited by the opportunity to try new ways of learning.    Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Kind Regards
Leanne Sheean

Webex Information

Dear Parents and Carers

As mentioned in my last Newsfeed, we are transitioning from using Zoom to Webex which is the Department of Education and Training’s preferred platform for face to face meetings.

Jenny Hutchinson and our ICT staff have worked really hard over the last few days, in getting it all set up for everyone to use remotely and at school.  I thank them all for their work. I have attached the instructions for you to add this to your device, if you have not already done so.     

I also want to thank you all for doing such an amazing job and being so supportive of the school.  The staff feel very grateful.  We have been really thrilled with the level of engagement from the students and encouragement from you all.

Kind Regards
Leanne Sheean

Term 2 update

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope this email finds you all well and coping with solitary confinement! 
I am just informing you that following on from the Premier’s briefing earlier today that we are about to transition to the new arrangements as we move to remote and flexible learning and care at the commencement of Term 2.

It appears that it will be similar to our last week of Term 1.  However, with stricter guidelines.  Social distancing and constraints on the numbers in rooms will be adhered to.   Thus, all students who can learn from home must do so. 
These are the DET guidelines:
1.All students will be learning from home, except for students in the following categories

  1. Children on days when they are not able to be supervised at home and no other arrangements can be made. This will be available for children of parents who cannot work from home, and vulnerable children, including:
  • children in out-of-home care
  • children deemed by Child Protection and/or Family Services to be at risk of harm
  • children identified by the school as vulnerable (including via referral from a family violence agency, homelessness or youth justice service or mental health or other health service and children with a disability).
    1. For learning requirements that cannot be conducted via distance, and considering operational requirements set out below, small groups of VCE and VCAL students are permitted to attend school, with appropriate physical distancing and hygiene measures in place.

2.On-site provision

  1. On-site provision will be available at all government schools, but only for students in the categories listed above, for the purpose of providing continuity of teaching, learning and support.
  2. When on-site learning is provided, hand sanitiser will be available at the entry points to classrooms and education will be provided on hand hygiene. Physical distancing will be implemented in classrooms to the extent feasible and unwell students will be excluded from attending.
  3. The learning program delivered on-site will be the same as the learning program delivered to students undertaking remote learning. Students learning on-site will be supervised by an on-site teacher but follow the teaching and learning program provided by their classroom teacher.
  4. Class sizes must be no more than a ratio of 1:10.
  5. Principals should plan for overall staffing on a minimum ratio of 1:8 to ensure staff are available to assist their colleagues with breaks, relief and other support where required. This staffing ratio can include the use of appropriate support staff.
  6. Principals should consult with their staff to identify those willing and able to work on-site, either on an ongoing or rostered basis.
  7. It continues to be the principal’s responsibility to make the school-based decisions required to deliver Government education objectives in accordance with the Victorian Government Schools Agreement 2017.
  8. Students attending on-site must be supervised at all times by staff with either current Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) registration or a Working with Children Check. Education Support staff can provide direct support to and supervision of students, provided they have access to support from a VIT registered teacher.
  9. If principals are not able to identify sufficient school staff willing and able to undertake teaching and supervisory duties, then willing and able Casual Relief Teachers (CRT) will be engaged.
  10. To ensure consistency with physical distancing measures, students and families will not be permitted to congregate at the school gate before or after school and will be required to maintain 1.5 metres between persons as far as is practicable on entering and leaving the school grounds.

In order to help me organise arrangements for a staff roster based on the 1:10 ratio, could I ask that parents and carers who intend sending their children to school email me on my email address: 

sheean.leanne.g@edumail.vic.gov.au 

as soon as you are aware of your arrangements.  
I will be on duty each day commencing from Wednesday 15th April and once I know the number of children attending, we will have a small number of staff at school,  each day to supervise, remote learning lessons.  

Additionally, grade teachers not supervising at school, will be available from home from 8.45 to 4.00pm each day to answer questions or provide support in some way, if needed.  Please note, that your questions may not be answered straight away but will be answered as soon as practicable. 

On our pupil free day next Tuesday 14th April, staff will be meeting via a Zoom link and the final arrangements for Term 2 will be discussed.  Each grade level will then be sending out information pertaining to your child’s work and the expectations  for the completion of learning tasks.  Each year level has developed a series of  lessons and will be contacting students regularly.  Obviously, for each year level, contact and feedback looks slightly different to fit in with the students varying ages.  
Even our specialists have designed lesson content and will be sending out information on a weekly basis. 
 
The  learning program delivered on-site will be the same as the learning program delivered to students undertaking remote learning. And DET have set these guidelines: 

  1. The following are the daily minimum guidelines schools are expected to meet:
    1. For students in Prep to Grade 2, schools will provide learning programs that include the following:
  • literacy activities that take a total of about 45-60 minutes
  • numeracy activities of about 30-45 minutes
  • additional learning areas, play-based learning and physical activity of about 30-45 minutes.
    1. For students in Grades 3 to 6 and Years 7 to 10, schools will provide learning programs allocated as follows:
      • Literacy: 45-60 minutes
      • Numeracy: 30-45 minutes
      • Physical activities: 30 minutes
      • Additional curriculum areas: 90 minutes

 As I have said in previous emails, if you do not have access to a device, please let me know asap.  Please note, you do not need an iPad as teachers have made the tasks accessible to android devices as well.

I know the staff are asking many questions and no doubt you have many as well. Please don’t hesitate to ask them.  However, my first step is to find out how many will need to be catered for at school next week.  I am sure there will be some who won’t need school access every day, nor every week.  If you just let us know, if and when,  you do require it that will help us ensure we keep everyone safe here.

Enjoy the Easter weekend, albeit a very different form of celebrating.  

Take care and keep safe 
Leanne Sheean

Advice to parents regarding online learning

Dear Parents and Carers, 

First and foremost, thank you to the Monty South community for your patience with us while we have worked through this unique and challenging time. It is something none of us as teachers or parents have had to face before, but together, we know we can get through this.
Staff have worked hard during the last two weeks to ensure our students will be well supported if our school has to commence online learning at the start of Term 2, which at this stage, we believe it will. It is better to prepare for that outcome.
We also want to remind parents that for the remainder of this week, not to be too concerned about setting up online learning or home school environments just yet. Premier, Daniel Andrews suggested we look at it as bringing the school holidays forward by a few days, and you should too. We also recognise each family has to get through this time the best way they can, so if you need to give the children a few school activities and structure, particularly if you’re having to work from home yourself, then by all means, do so. Just don’t ask too much of the children at this early stage – this is new to all of us and anxiety will be high.
From next week, pull back even more and let the kids have their school holidays as intended, though we know for most of you, that won’t look at all like you may have planned with cancelled holidays, catch ups, outings and play dates. If you need to, relax the rules slightly for your children these school holidays. They won’t fall behind and once formal learning commences in whatever form that is, we will work hard with classes and individuals to get things back on track as best we can.
With the likelihood we will commence online learning next term, each year level will set a program for the students that aligns with their curriculum requirements. They will develop a timetable of activities to assist you at home. Each area will use Seesaw to have a daily check in and to make the students aware of the tasks they are required to do. There will also be explicit teaching lessons for the students to watch. They will be required to upload some of their work to Seesaw.
The following are the platforms/programs teachers will be loading their work on. We have also included the 2020 iPads Apps list.
As you can see, some year levels are wanting to connect live with your child using Skype or FaceTime and others using a program called Zoom. In year levels where they are using Zoom could all parents please download the Zoom app (Cloud Meetings) on their child’s iPads or you can download it on a laptop with a camera. You may be prompted to sign up so you will need an email address for this. The program will work on an iPad app or on the internet, using a browser such as Google Chrome or Safari. The Zoom app will allow the students to have a video conference with their teacher and possibly other students in their class. The teachers will send a link or a Meeting ID and Password via email or on Seesaw to inform you or your child when the Zoom conference will be on so they can join.
Prep

  • Seesaw
  • Messages on Seesaw – daily video to check in
  • Codes
  • Explicit teaching
  • Tasks/activities
  • Mathletics – tasks set
  • Sunshine Classic – tasks set
  • Students need access to an iPad
  • Books sent home
  • Contact students through Skype – video conference each week

Year 1

  • Seesaw
  • Messages on Seesaw – daily video to check in
  • Codes
  • Explicit teaching
  • Tasks/activities
  • Mathletics – tasks set
  • Sunshine Classic – tasks set
  • Students need access to an iPad
  • Books sent home
  • Weekly contact to check in through Facetime or phone call

Year 2

  • Seesaw
  • Messages on Seesaw – daily video to check in
  • Codes
  • Explicit teaching
  • Tasks/activities
  • Mathletics – tasks set
  • Sunshine Classic – tasks set
  • Students need access to an iPad
  • Books sent home
  • Weekly contact to check in through Zoom

Year 3

  • Seesaw
  • Messages on Seesaw – daily video to check in
  • Codes
  • Explicit teaching
  • Tasks/activities
  • Essential Numeracy
  • Mathletics
  • RazKids
  • Zoom – student/group conferencing platform
  • Students need access to an iPad
  • Books sent home
  • Weekly contact to check in through Zoom

Ruler, measuring tape, grey leads, eraser, coloured pencils will be needed
Year 4

  • Seesaw
  • Padlet
  • Essential numeracy / Literacy
  • iPad
  • Writing book, inquiry book, Writer’s Notebook, maths grid book
  • Call students once per week through Zoom

Year 5

  • Seesaw – daily check in
  • Padlet
  • Essential Numeracy / Literacy
  • Mathletics
  • Apps such as Spelling City
  • iPad
  • Call students once per week through Zoom
  • Students have taken home their book boxes

Year 6

  • Seesaw – daily check in, video calls with explicit lessons
  • Essential Numeracy / Literacy
  • Set up Padlet for Q & A
  • Zoom for touching base

Specialists
Each of the specialist areas will be setting tasks on Seesaw at the beginning of each week.

Leanne Sheean
Principal

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