Aug 31

As always it was a joy to see so many grandparents on Friday 31st August for the Book Parade and Grandparents Day. We very much appreciated their company, particularly on such a cold and cloudy day. The Infants looked great in their costumes and the ukes and choirs performed their Eisteddfod pieces beautifully. Thank you to all the grandparents, parents and teachers for making the day so enjoyable for the children. 

A big thank you to all the grandparents and parents who came to Montgrove to celebrate Book Week and Grandparents Day. It was great to see lots of happy grandparents and students!!

Aug 28

Thank you to everyone for your generosity in contributing to Farm Aid Day on Tuesday. 

The Lions Club were overwhelmed by the school’s response to the appeal. They were also impressed by everyone’s thoughtfulness with what they included in their hampers and the fact that everyone included boxes or bags so that they were easy to transport. 

All together we raised $2,744.55 and filled a good part of a garage with the hamper items and hay bales. As you can see from the pictures in the newsletter, the children also enjoyed coming in their farmers gear and joining in some games and dancing. 

Thank you the staff, particularly Mrs Wheeler, Mrs Galea, Miss Attard and Miss Hernandez for organising the day.

Aug 27

A BIG "Thank you!" to all the parents who coordinated with other parents, who came as speakers and food servers, parents who prepared and brought in the delicious meals, those who lent their resources, and to all who came to show support and just to enjoy the day! You made Harmony Day another BIG HIT.  

We are blessed to have you as part of the Montgrove Family. We look forward to the bigger one in 2020!   

Here are some highlights from yesterday’s event!

Aug 23
Today, Montgrove participated in the City of Penrith Eisteddfod – Choral Section. Congratulations to all the students who participated in the various Choirs. They all sang beautifully as the results below show!  Thank you to Mrs Wheeler, Mrs Claridge and Mrs Sampath-Sawtell for preparing our singers. 
  • Infants Choir (Years 1 & 2) – First Place
  • Junior Primary Choir (Years 3 & 4) – First Place
  • Senior Primary Choir (Years 5 & 6) – First Place 
  • Combined Primary Choir (Years 3-6) – Second Place
  • Secondary Choir – Third Place
It was a pleasure to listen to our choirs perform at the Penrith Eisteddfod today. Over the years I have noticed the level and variety of the performances improve, our own choirs included. A big congratulations to our dedicated teachers, Mrs Sampath-Sawtell, Mrs Claridge, and Mrs Wheeler, who did an excellent job with preparing the girls and boys this year. 

There was a record number of students involved and they all presented with plenty of enthusiasm. In fact, the lead adjudicator commented on how ‘joyful’ they were during their performances. All the choirs placed in their division, with the Infants choir, Junior Primary Choir, and Senior Primary Choir coming 1st, the Combined Primary Choir coming 2nd and the Secondary Choir coming 3rd. The Monty Ukes will be performing at next week’s Eisteddfod and we wish them the best of luck!

Jun 28
During the last week of Term 2, 19 students and 4 teachers braved the cold to participate in the Winter Sleep Out to raise money for the homeless in the local community. 

Excerpt of the experience written by Eva L (Yr9):
‘Homeless’ is a term that we had defined as not only without a place to stay, but without support of family and friends or lacking basic needs. We were ‘houseless’ not ‘homeless’ since we didn’t skip any meals, we had our showers and all our hygiene products, and the simple fact that we were amongst friends, people who kept us laughing, people who understood what we were going through since they were experiencing it themselves, made it more bearable. We knew we were safe. Homeless people simply don’t have that security. We learnt a lot in this experience and we thank Mrs Carrington and Miss Patino for organising it for us. With this new knowledge and the money from sponsors, we hope to help the homeless people in Sydney. Since we have realised just how hard it must be and how much they actually need help. 

Excerpt of the experience written by Illaria S (Yr9):

I feel like I can really empathise with the homeless after this experience in a way that I couldn’t before, and even though what I went through was nothing compared to the reality of their situation, I feel a new sense of obligation to do whatever I can to help homeless people, even if it’s just talking to them or just a few coins and a smile. Each kind interaction impacts and helps them, and they need more of it. This whole experience has really helped deepen my love and respect for the homeless and has called me to do more to help them, and I’m very grateful I was given this opportunity.

Jun 21

On Thursday 21st June, Montgrove College held its annual Athletics Carnival for students in Years 3-12.  It was excellent to see the large number of girls participating in multiple track and field events. The House Spirit and enthusiasm throughout the day added to the already fantastic atmosphere. We ended the carnival with a new event – a Teacher v Year 12 Tug-of-War, of which the teachers were victorious! 

All the houses tried their very best and participated in as many events as possible! Congratulations to Brindabella for winning the House Championship and to Tanami for winning the House Spirit trophy

Throughout the day we had 28 track and field records broken!  Congratulations to all the students who created a new record. 
Thank you to all the Parents and Teachers who assisted throughout the day. Your assistance, support and enthusiasm led the very successful and exciting carnival for all the students. 

May 23
Last night, our Primary School Leaders, Linda Cai, Johanna Mackenzie, Liezl Reyes and Chiara Penna, attended the Primary Leaders Civic Reception.   
At this event all Primary School leaders in the Penrith region are awarded a Certificate of Recognition for their efforts. 

Apr 10

On Tuesday 10th April, Kindy to Year 6 participated in a “Healthy Lunch Day” party held in each classroom at lunchtime.

It was a great success with a large array of healthy foods brought in. We had some very creative displays again! The students had a wonderful time. 

Thank you to all the parents (and students) for making Healthy Lunch Day a success once again. 

Apr 05

Today the Kindergarten and Year 1 students attended a Responsible Pet Education program at school.  A guest speaker came with her trained labrador dog to talk to the students about the care of pets and animals in general. 

The students had lots of fun and learnt lots about how to behave when near animals and to care for them.

Feb 16

On Thursday 15th and Friday 16th February Year 6 went on their annual excursion to Canberra. During their time there, they visited both Old and New Parliament Houses to explore the way our government is run, cast votes during their own preferential election at the Electoral Commission Office and went back in time to visit the ANZAC soldiers at the War Memorial. 

The Australian Government recognises the importance of all young Australians being able to visit the national capital as part of their Civic and Citizenship education. To assist families in meeting the cost of the excursion the Australian Government contributes funding of $20 per student under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate program towards these costs.  

“Canberra was so much fun and I learned a lot.  My favourite part of the Canberra excursion was when we went to the War Memorial.  We sat and listened to our guide while we looked at all the beautiful poppies placed next to the names of more than two thousand soldiers.  We also went to the Unknown Soldier’s grave and threw a poppy on the tomb.  It was an honour to do this with Heidi.  The rest of the museum was amazing and we listened to many inspiring stories” - Kara

"We drove all the way to Canberra by bus, which took four hours. But it was worth it! We visited the famous Parliament House, where we were lucky enough to see the Prime Minister in action!  We also went to the War Memorial.  I finally go to see the mind-blowing Roll of Honour. We went to other places, but if I wrote all about them it would fill up this whole page!” - Linda