Broadsheet for Parents

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

Message from the Principal


Testing at a Montessori School?  

You would all be aware that all schools are mandated to sit the NAPLAN tests which come around each May.  At MMS we believe that this is excellent Practical Life experience for our children and lots of the children enjoy the equivalent of a Sudoku for adults.  Here is the analysis of our results for 2017.

Year 3 

The Year 3 children have maintained their outstanding achievement levels again in Reading, Writing, Spelling and Grammar and Punctuation and Numeracy as these excellent NAPLAN results confirm. In Reading (Comprehension) and Grammar and Punctuation, the average child in Year 3 scored at the National Minimum Standard required for Year 9. This is a remarkable achievement and further, ninety per cent of the entire year level were achieving at or above the National Minimum Standard for Year 5 in Reading, Writing, Numeracy and Grammar and Punctuation.

In Spelling, seventy-five per cent scored at or above the National Minimum Standard for Year 5, and the average child achieved at the National Minimum Standard for Year 7.

Year 5

The Year 5 children achieved equally high results with the average child achieving above the National Minimum Standard for Year 9 in both Reading (Comprehension) and Spelling. The average child achieved at or above the National Minimum Standard for Year 9 in Writing, Numeracy and Grammar and Punctuation. Ninety per cent of children in Reading achieved at or above the National Minimum Standard for Year 7 and ninety per cent achieved at or above the National Minimum Standard for Year 7 in Writing, Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation. In Numeracy, seventy-five per cent of children in Year 5 achieved at or above the National Minimum Standard for Year 7.

Year 7

It is important to understand that the National Minimum Standard for Year 9 is the highest rating anyone can achieve.

Our third group of Year 7 students achieved very highly with the average student achieving above the National Minimum Standard for Year 9 in every subject area. Ninety per cent of the students in Reading (Comprehension) and Numeracy achieved at or above the National Minimum Standard for Year 9 – the highest rating described in NAPLAN. In Writing, Spelling and Grammar and Punctuation seventy-five percent of our students achieved at or above the National Minimum Standard for Year 9.  

Year 9

In our first cohort of Year 9 students, the average student achieved above or well above the National Minimum Standard for Year 9 – the highest rating described in NAPLAN in every subject area. Ninety percent of all students achieved either above or well above the National Minimum Standard for Year 9 in every subject area.


The Australian Council for Educational Research who create and produce all the exam papers in Australia have recently devised a questionnaire which they would like parents to complete. The Measuring Parent Engagement Trial is designed to help them understand how families and schools can best work together to support learning outcomes for our children. If you are interested in taking part, please open the email from us with the subject: ACER Parent Engagement Survey.

Gay Wales 

19th March 2018 

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

NO After School Drama Club Tues (20/3) OR Wed (21/3)

NO After School Drama Club Tuesday 20th March or Wednesday 21st March 2018 Delyse Weisz

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URGENT CYCLE 3 Camp re-scheduled to Term 2

Dear Cycle 3 Parents, Children and Teachers After speaking to the CFA officer for Emerald today, we have cancelled the rest of the camp this week but re-scheduled the Cycle 3 Camp to the first week of Term 2, week commencing Monday 16th April to Friday 20th April 2018. I was told that the fire […]

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Measuring Parent Engagement Trial

Melbourne Montessori School is taking part in a trial and we need you to be involved!   The Measuring Parent Engagement trial will help us understand how families and schools can best work together to support learning outcomes for our children.   We are looking for parents to take part in a quick online survey […]

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The Board of Melbourne Montessori School is an important part of the governance of our School. Each year, under the School’s Constitution, two elected Directors are required to retire and their positions are subject to election.  The election is open to all members of Melbourne Montessori School as defined by the constitution. Nominations must be […]

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ORDER Pizza Now! Trybooking Links OPEN

Hi Everyone ! Orders for Pizze can now be done on the following Trybooking links: Monday 26th March Brighton Campus (Junior School) Tuesday 27th March Caulfield Campus (Junior School) Tuesday 27th March Brighton Campus (Senior School) Please note that bookings will CLOSE 5pm Friday 23rd March 2018 – no late orders accepted Queries can […]

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2018 Premier’s Reading Challenge

The Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge 2018 is now open for all MMS students to register and participate until 7th September 2018

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Entertainment Memberships

The Entertainment™ Memberships are available as a Book (with a gold card and vouchers) or as a Digital Membership that puts all the offers in the Book, on your smartphone to redeem at the touch of a button.  BONUS for the digital books, you get automatic updates when new businesses come out with new offers! You […]

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AMI Montessori Assistants Certificate 6-12 Course

Applications are open for the AMI Montessori Assistants Certificate 6-12 (Primary) course at the Caulfield Campus, Melbourne Montessori School starting on 3 April 2018. This is a unique opportunity for a detailed introduction to Montessori pedagogy and the development of children from six to twelve years, as well as the interdisciplinary Montessori approach known as […]

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Before & After School Activities Term 1

Please contact the organisers directly for further information.   ** After School Sport will start on 14th February 2018

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Caulfield Campus Parking Reminder

Please drive UP Roselea Street FROM Almond Street.

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After School Activity: Primary Music Institute

For more information, please contact PMI direct

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REQUEST FROM THE ART ROOM at the Caulfield Campus:

We are looking forward to working with Cycle 2 and 3 children in Art Class during 2018. Children in Cycle 2 and 3 all need to wear smocks to protect their clothing during Art Class. So as to ensure that the children are taking responsibility for the care of their clothes, please check when their […]

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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 Olivia at Brighton and Lily at Caulfield). How does it work? The School Banking program provides children with an opportunity to deposit money into their Commonwealth […]

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NGV Triennial: worth a visit for all!

This year Cycle 3 will be attending this exciting exhibition (Term 1, Friday 9th March) and because it is such an incredible and enormous show I strongly encourage families to make the trip together to explore and discuss these contemporary works. There are many works accessible to younger audiences located on the ground floor and […]

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Parent Association 2018 – WE NEED YOU!

The PA supports our school in 2 ways: Organising school community activities and events such as Open Day, Fathers’ and Mothers’ Day events, Pizza Day and sushi By providing and co-ordinating volunteers to support curriculum-based activities at the school such as Art class help and PMP But the PA needs you! Help us help MMS […]

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MMSS Robotic team takes another Award @ First LEGO League 2017!

The Melbourne Montessori Senior School Robotics team won the Teamwork award on Sunday 19th November at the First Lego League Victorian regional competition. This was held at the Advanced Technology Centre at Swinburne University in Hawthorn, with the competition running from 8:15am until 4pm. the competition included 35 other teams from around Victoria. Team coach Paul […]

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MMS Community Resource

The MMS Community Resource Facebook group (previously ‘MMS Buy Sell Swap’) is a closed group set up on Facebook and can be found (and joined) at: The Resource is a wonderful place to post products for sale/swap, make recommendations or even share excess garden produce! To make a listing, click on ‘more’ then ‘sell something’ […]

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Boots for All – Donate your used sporting gear

No longer using your sports gear? MMS are currently collecting used sporting equipment on behalf of ‘Boots for All’ to help disadvantaged athletes play! Just pop it in the collection box at Caulfield Reception. We welcome donations of quality new and near-new: Football boots (all codes) Basketball shoes Sneakers/Running shoes Sports balls Sports bags Cricket […]

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Brickvention 2018

Brickvention is Australia’s premier LEGO fan convention. The highly anticipated annual event features a huge collection of LEGO models including trains, castles, pirates, Star Wars™, space ships, planes, buildings, sculptures and much more. Brickvention 2018 Public Expo Tickets are now on sale.  For more information and ticket purchases – follow this link to the Brickventures website: Please […]

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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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2017 | 2018 Entertainment Membership – Order NOW and receive 2 free movie tickets!

Melbourne Montessori School has limited memberships available … If you haven’t already purchased your 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.  FREE DELIVERY is still available and while stocks last,  everyone who purchases an Entertainment Membership will […]

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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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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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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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