Montmorency Primary School is a thriving school set near the heart of Montmorency Shopping Village. We have a long tradition of educational excellence in teaching and learning. Our aim is “To provide a safe, supportive and positive environment embodying quality learning opportunities in order to maximise academic, social and community potential.” We provide a child-centred curriculum that ensures our students develop individual, independent, collaborative and cooperative learning. Our core values are "Learning, Friendship, Safety and Respect". These underpin our goal of “Preparation for Life”.
Our state of the art, modern facilities have been designed to allow flexibility in all teaching and learning programs, facilitating collaboration between teachers and students. Operable walls allow the classrooms to open to a central area for co-operative work, which allows for quality interchange between staff and children.
A highly sought-after school, Montmorency Primary has an enrolment of 322 students in 2019. MPS continues to grow in popularity which is reflected in enrolments numbers. MPS employs one Principal, one Assistant Principal, 15 Generalist Teachers, 4 Specialist Teachers and 8 Education Support Staff members. MPS has earned a reputation for connectedness, caring for others, developing individuals and linking learning to hands-on, engaging experiences. Students are inspired to be curious, resilient and persistent.
In 2019 we have 14 grades and have maintained our commitment to small class sizes and excellent adult to student ratios. Teachers are experienced and enthusiastic and are supported by the Montmorency community. Students receive individual learning plans that reflect high-expectations and quality-driven practice from our teachers. MPS has a reputation for high standards in literacy and numeracy, with student achievement data continuing to compare favourably against state and like school group benchmarks. The school has specialist programs in Visual Arts, Performing Arts and Physical Education and offers Japanese lessons in junior years. Our well-established Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program (SAKG) complements our hands-on learning approach. We provide Kitchen and Garden classes across the school. STEM activities (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) relating to the Victorian curriculum promotes real-life, active learning experiences. In 2017, we employed a Science specialist who oversees our exciting new STEM curriculum.
In 2016 we successfully implemented our “Flying Start” program for preschool-aged children. This allows for our future Foundation students to have a smooth transition to school. This commences towards the end of Term 1, each year and continued in 2018.
Student voice is important to us. We have School Captains, Sports Captains, Environment Captains and ICT Captains as well as Junior School Councillors. Captains and students elected to JSC run assemblies and bring class issues to the fore. Our Grade 5/6 children attend Leadership training in order to promote the concept of everyone as a learner and leader. Students set personal learning goals each semester promoting independence and self-directed learning. Our “buddy” program ensures that strong relationships between students of all ages are forged at the start of each year.
In addition to Interschool Sport, our extra-curricular activities include: Choir, Percussion groups, Mandarin lessons, Kelly Sports, Chess Club, Code Club, visiting keyboard, percussion, wind instrumental and guitar tuition - during class time and/or after hours. We offer GATEWAYS and join in Premier’s Reading Challenge, Mathletics and Reading Eggs. Cybersafety and Digital Technology programs are also offered as we embed both online activities (using laptops and iPads) and offline activities into our classroom learning. Each year we celebrate Book Week, Education Week and Montmorency Primary School Science Week. Camps are offered from Grades 3 to 6. Our fully accredited before and after school program is run by CAMP Australia. Our environmentally conscious school is working closely with Banyule Council to accredit as a five-star sustainable school.
Parents and carers play an active part in our school life. We promote parent involvement through our Parents and Friends Group, SAKG volunteering, library or classroom assistance. Social functions such as trivia nights, fashion parades and barbeques, engage our parent body and builds community spirit.
In 2017, we were fortunate to secure a grant of $20000 which enabled us to be a lead school in the Department’s “Respectful Relationships” program. This provides a vehicle for collaboration with the Department as well as other schools as we build and sustain a culture of respect and gender equality.
Our school grounds are open and inviting, highlighting the natural beauty of our local environment with plenty of varied play spaces. The indigenous nature corridor created by our students with the support of Banyule Council continues to flourish along our Alban Street border, facilitating an understanding of the land and sustainability. We welcome community use of our facilities and remain open to forging links with local government and environmental groups in order to expand our welcoming, inclusive and educational environment.