Located in leafy surrounds, with abundant areas for sport and recreation, Montmorency South provides the perfect setting for our children’s primary education. Student enrolment in 2021 is 680. We have 58 equivalent full time staff with two principal class. All classes are straight grades and teachers work in teams to plan the programs for the children. Our French program covers all classes from prep to 6 and the school also runs the highly successful Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden (SAKG) program in years 3-6. Students also have access to iPads and laptops.
Many opportunities are provided for students to develop leadership skills and they can also participate in extra-curricular activities during and outside of school hours. These activities include many different sporting events, choir, chess (Monday) Kelly Sports, (Friday) ICT – game-making, Lego Club, keyboard, guitar and instrumental music programs. The overall learning program is supported by the Tribes framework.
The purpose of the Tribes process is to assure the healthy development of every child so that each one has the knowledge, skills and resiliency to be successful in a rapidly changing world. As part of Tribes, five agreements are honoured; attentive listening, appreciations/no put downs, mutual respect, the right to think and to do your personal best. We continue to have a strong reputation for the programs offered to our special needs students and are proud of the consistent achievements of our students on the PSD programs. The school also provides an Out of School Hours Care program.
Community involvement in the school is high and is vital to the running of our school. We have a very proactive School Council and Parents and Friends group, who organise and run a number of fundraising events throughout the school year. Both of these groups play a pivotal role in furthering the strong sense of community that is a trademark of Montmorency South Primary School.
Together we learn, lead and achieve
Montmorency South Primary School is a school where staff, students, and parents all enjoy the mutual respect and caring essential for growth and learning.
We aim to create the best possible environment to enable children to explore their potential and to cater for children’s individual needs.
Our vision is the healthy development of every child so that each has the knowledge, skills, and resiliency to be successful in a rapidly changing world.
Our objective is to provide a positive and varied academic program for the students which includes:
Quality educational programs.
- Focus on achieving good Literacy and Numeracy results for ALL children.
- Promote and nurture a close relationship between home and school.
- Highly trained and motivated staff with a commitment to their own learning.
- Regular staff training and Professional Development to ensure teachers’ skills are updated
Inquiry units involving Language, Technology, Science, Health and Humanities, develop children’s thinking and inquiry skills and focus on real life and relevant experiences.
Group work and co-operative learning are a feature
Environmental education is focussed on within the school through our Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden program, our Reconciliation Action Plan and the use and study of our bush block.
Our values are based on a learning program known as Tribes. The Tribes mission is to ensure the healthy development of every child so that each has the knowledge, skills and resilience to be successful in our rapidly changing world.
Tribes is a cultural process that enhances the capacity of a whole school community to build an inclusive, emotionally safe, brain compatible learning environment, a process that engages all students as active lifelong learners.
Students achieve because they:
- 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.
The Tribes process 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 to achieve specific learning goals. Five agreements are honoured in our school:
- Attentive listening
- Appreciations / No put downs
- Mutual respect
- Right to think
- Personal best
- Students learn a set of collaborative skills so they can work well together in long-term groups (Tribes).
The focus is on how to:
- help each other work on tasks
- set goals and solve problems
- monitor and assess progress
- celebrate achievements.
The Tribes process is recognised as a very successful cooperative learning model because it teaches and gives daily practice to important individual and team building skills