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 11th December 2017

Best Art Show ever!

How delightful was the opening of the Art Show this year? Susie May from the NGV gave an illuminating talk to adults and children alike about Vincent van Gogh which she accompanied with hundreds of images. Due to our largest number of Cycle 2 and 3 children ever, the Art Show now takes up all the Caulfield Hall and all the Art Room! Myriads of stunningly delicate, observant drawings were displayed, fantastic groups of glazed pottery vegetables and highly creative chairs which symbolised the characteristics of the artist or their friend. Thank you to Jennie and Stephanie for an incredible year of Art and to the many, dedicated parent helpers who spent hours putting up the works of art and taking them down again!

A character analysis by Arya

Auggie Pullman was a shy, but intelligent boy that struggled to get the confidence to go to school because of his disfigured face. He doesn’t like displaying his face in public so he wears an astronaut helmet anytime, anywhere. When his headpiece gets lost (thrown out by his dad) he is forced to show his foul face. He was petrified to find out that his mum has enrolled into a school (Beacher Prep).

The Cycle 3 students felt “the movie ‘Wonder’ was great, but a few things could still be changed to make it more like the book.” Garet

Immigration Museum by Eva  

On Tuesday last week, Cycle 3 went on an excursion to the Immigration Museum on Flinders Street to learn about the history of immigration to Australia. We caught the tram to the city and walked to the Immigration Museum where we had snack in the courtyard, and then we sat in a room with a container or suitcase on each table.

Everyone had to sit down at a table and fill out a worksheet about the artefacts. They all told stories of people from different countries who immigrated to Australia to have a better life from the 1800s to the 2000s. Some of us dressed up in the clothes from that culture and time and presented what we had learnt to the other Cycle 3s.

We all got a passport with activities to do on every page to fill out as we went around the different exhibitions.

There were also lots of things to do that were not interactive, like listening to videos, reading the information on the posters, and looking at the objects and pictures. All in all, we had an amazing time at the Immigration Museum and learnt a lot about the immigration history of Australia.


I can’t believe we have almost arrived at the end of the year once again. We all wish parents and children a joyful holiday break and a safe and peaceful start to 2018!

Gay Wales 

“The education of even a small child, therefore, does not aim at preparing him for school, but for life.”  Maria Montessori


2017 MMS Art Show

“Imagine a gallery of colours; clay, poems and much much more…Well now you don’t have to imagine because…” (Zac) Last week the much anticipated Melbourne Montessori School Art Show dazzled audiences. The opening night was well attended by the wonderful families and students of the Caulfield campus. Susie May’s (Education Officer at The National Gallery […]

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The Salvation Army Christmas Appeal

Melbourne Montessori School is participating in our Annual Christmas Giving for the Salvation Army.  We would love you to donate NEW TOYS  (unwrapped) and any non-perishable food. There are boxes at both our Brighton and Caulfield campuses in the Reception areas. For any further enquiries, please see Sarah Jane. Thank you !

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NGV Trienniel 15 December 2017 – 15 April 2018

Next year Cycle 3 students will be attending the NGV Trienniel – this is a seminal exhibition and all MMS staff and families are encouraged to attend. Finally Melbourne has its own recurring festival of contemporary art! FREE ENTRY!  NGV INTERNATIONAL:15 DEC 17 – 15 APR 18 The inaugural NGV Triennial will feature more than 100 […]

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SAVE THE DATE! 2018 Bunnings Sausage Sizzle

Saturday 11th February 2018 Moorabbin Bunnings Store, cnr Fairchild Street & Warrigal Road, Moorabbin VIC 3189 Volunteers required for morning (8.30am-12.30pm) and afternoon (12.30pm – 4.30pm)  shifts Setting up the stall Food handling tasks Cooking sausages Selling sausages Cleaning up Packing up the stall Having LOTS of fun !! Please contact Sandra Ilias for further information: 0438 […]

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SAVE THE DATE! 2018 MMS Open Day

Saturday 3rd March 2018, 10am-2pm Details to be announced early in 2018!

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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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Woolworths Earn and Learn

Dear Parents, MMS would like to thank all the participants for their collection of their Woolworths vouchers and donation to our school.  We collected a total of 3120 points and as a result and have placed our order which will benefit Cycle 1, Cycle 2 and Cycle 3 students. Many thanks, SARAH JANE

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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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Term 4 Before and After School Activities

Please contact the organisers directly for enquiries

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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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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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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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