Broadsheet for Parents

Welcome to the Broadsheet providing parents with this week’s news and information from Melbourne Montessori School.

Message from the Principal

Monday 14th August 2017

Book Week

A huge thank you to Hala for organising so many wonderful activities last week at both campuses! The children were treated to wonderful visiting authors, Davina Bell and Ailsa Wild, who spoke inspiringly about writing narrative and how books are produced. The highlight of the week was the launch of the new Little Free Library at Caulfield which is now in pride of place outside our front gate. Many thanks to Jenn Zainuddin, and Peter and Jen Karlich who designed, created and orchestrated the construction of such a beautiful Little Free Library for us to have at MMS. It was a wonderful moment when Ailsa Wild saw the mosaic of her main character Squishy Taylor larger than life on the side of the LFL!

MMS has donated $140 USD (AUS$173 was collected on Friday) to the Little Free Library Team who were very grateful to receive this from our School.


I was very fortunate to hear one of the world’s top neuroscientists speak last Thursday, Dr Steve Miller. He served in the research faculty at the Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience at Rutgers University in New Jersey and then became the co-founder of Scientific Learning who developed Fast ForWord amongst other brain-oriented software. He spoke about the four main factors which determine cognitive development and along with diet, exercise and brain exercising he mentioned how important sleep is for memory. Apparently, the more Stage 4 sleep you can achieve, the more you will remember from the day before!

The fourth factor which Maria Montessori knew so well, has been shown to be stress management. As we all know, Montessori classrooms are inviting, engaging and calming places where we can all manage our stress better and the prepared environment in Cycle 4 is deliberately designed to allay stress in the renovating, adolescent brain.

Parent teacher interviews

Final parent teacher interviews will take place tomorrow at both campuses. Please check the campus of the specialist you are seeing so you do not go somewhere where they are not!

Ski Camp

Fourteen intrepid skiers headed off to Mt. Buller this morning to enjoy a week of skiing in probably the best conditions this winter. We wish them, Dean and Sarah Jane a wonderful and safe ski camp!

Gay Wales

“We especially need imagination in science.  It is not all mathematics, nor all logic, but it is somewhat beauty and poetry.”  Maria Montessori 

Montessori 0-3 Workshop: Supporting Freedom & Self-discipline

The following Workshop may be of interest: Montessori 0-3 Workshop: Supporting Freedom & Self-discipline Saturday, 16 September 2017 2017 9:00am – 4:30pm Melbourne Montessori School, 741 Hawthorn Road, Brighton East VIC 3187 Registration Fees: Subscribers: $180 Non-Subscribers: $240 (includes morning tea & lunch) Please register online at by Friday, 8 September. This workshop, for parents and […]

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Caulfield Campus Parking Reminder

Please drive UP Roselea Street FROM Almond Street.

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Log into the App

The app now has the ability to be logged into using your Parent Portal username and password. Doing this will give you benefits such as prefilling forms and remembering past submissions Please follow the link below for instructions on how to do this    

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Independent Schools Victoria Annual Student Exhibition 2017

Venue : Shell House, 1 Spring St, Melbourne DATE : Now until Thursday 31st August 2017 HOURS : Business hours Monday to Friday Congratulations to Zoe, Meirav, Ronan, Alex, Derin, Max, Frankie, Sacha, Sahara, Ben, Mannix, George, Frank, Konrad, Rioghan, Garet and Charlotte on their wonderful Art Work being chosen for display by ISV Curator Anne […]

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2017 Premier’s Reading Challenge

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you will go.” Dr.Seuss The Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge is open for all MMS students to register and participate. So far, we’ve had: 90 students registered 14 students who have completed the challenge 891 books listed […]

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Term 3 Before and After School Activities

Please contact the organisers directly for enquiries

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Montessori Basketball Team for Year 5 & 6 Students

Do you want to be a part of the new Montessori Basketball Team? Training started in Term 3 with a professional basketball coach and ex-American College student. Callaghan Charge is currently coaching the U12’s McKinnon Victorian championship team, runs his own basketball mentoring business and is an Alumni student of MMS! Cal will train the […]

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LAUGH WITH US! Tuesdays,  6-7pm Melbourne Montessori School (Church Hall) 741 Hawthorn Rd, East Brighton   The club is open to ALL and runs weekly. Primary aged children will need to bring along an adult if coming. Certified Laughter Yoga Leaders will help invoke your inner laughter, without jokes or comedy. No yoga poses, just […]

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2017 | 2018 Entertainment Membership, Order Now!

Melbourne Montessori School has limited memberships available … If you haven’t already purchased your NEW 2017 | 2018 Entertainment Membership this year, this is your chance to support us and be rewarded with over $20,000 of valuable offers! ORDER NOW. TOP 5 reasons to love your Entertainment Membership: 1.      You will be supporting Melbourne Montessori School […]

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Art Junk Required !

Jennie and Stephanie would love to receive the following items from you :

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New Regulatory Requirements for Schools regarding Child Safe Requirements

Melbourne Montessori School (MMS, the School) is committed to ensuring the highest possible standards of care and behaviour for the educational environment that benefits our entire community. We regularly review our practices to ensure we offer an environment that is aligned to our ethos.   Earlier this year there were new regulatory changes, called Child Safe […]

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Get involved in the School Banking program

Melbourne Montessori School is excited to continue to offer the Commonwealth Bank School Banking program to Cycle 1, 2 and 3 students. The current co-ordinator is Chi (Mum of Lily at Brighton and Jaimie at Caulfield). How does it work? The School Banking program provides children with an opportunity to deposit money into their Commonwealth Bank […]

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MMS Board

The MMS Board is a key part of the overall governance structure of the School. It sets the School’s overall strategic direction and provides support to the School’s executive team that undertakes the day-to-day management of the School. If you have an issue that you would like to raise with the Board, please feel free […]

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Montessori Parent Advisory Service

Paulene Richardson has worked in Montessori centres for many years and she has been constantly asked for parenting advice and about how to implement Montessori principles at home.  Due to high demand, Paulene is now offering a new service for parents to help to meet this need. Please feel free to contact Paulene or go onto […]

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Kids Choose Their Own Work in a Montessori Classroom

Every day, in classrooms everywhere, teachers grapple with the age-old challenge of how to capture the attention of young people and engage them with the things we think they should know about. In 1907, in the slums of Rome, Dr Maria Montessori designed an experiment to tackle this challenge. In a room housing about 50 […]

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