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 16th October 2017

Montessori out of school!

Montessori methods are being used to fight dementia and to teach elite sport.

Some of you might have heard Dr Cameron Camp on ABC Radio 774 yesterday speaking about the current role of Montessori teaching and learning in nursing homes and aged care facilities. Dr Camp has been invited to come to Melbourne to be part of the 17th Alzheimer’s Australia Biennial National Dementia Conference and is also running workshops for carers helping those with dementia.

Dr. Camp is the Director of Research, Center for Applied Research in Dementia, Ohio USA. He is an internationally-known research scientist in the field of ageing who has been conducting applied and translational research in gerontology, dementia intervention, and cognitive intervention for over 30 years. He says that people with dementia can learn again using Montessori methods. In 2013, Dr Camp gave a lecture tour to help promote Alzheimer Australia’s Dementia Care resource Relate, Motivate, Appreciate: Restoring meaningful engagement with a person with dementia in care.

Further afield, Dutch soccer enthusiasts at Cruyff Football, where top soccer coaches and elite soccer players are born, have been working hard to adopt Montessori methods of teaching. Cruyff Football realised that there was a great deal of synergy between the ideas of Johan Cruyff and the philosophy of Maria Montessori. This is not surprising as both were leaders in fields of child development and both are thought to have re-examined paradigms on the basis of those principles and, they both lived in Amsterdam. Today, the result of Maria Montessori’s thinking is visible in the tens of thousands of schools worldwide and the results of Johan Cruyff’s thinking is evident in the acclaimed football academies of Ajax and Barcelona where he was instrumental in creating a youth player focussed environment.

Cruyff Football have decided to create a model school devoted to the complete development of the child, where sport skills are developed as an integral part of the Montessori curriculum. They have already run a very successful pilot coaching course in Beijing, China last July 2017 and we at Melbourne Montessori School, with the expertise of Dean Stafrace, are currently working with MAF to introduce a pilot scheme at MMS together with Cruyff Football to connect Montessori and soccer in Australia.

Welcome back to Term 4! We hope that all families had a restful and restorative break and are ready for the final term of the year! There is always lots happening at MMS so hopefully you have your copy your child will have brought home of What’s On in Term 4 to help keep you abreast of all the events taking place this term. If you have lost your copy you can always print one off from the Broadsheet page on the website.

Congratulations again to our chess students coming first place in the Victorian Interschool Chess Championships last week!  10 players have made it into the semi finals which will take place on Friday 27th October 2017!

Gay Wales 

“The goal of early childhood education should be to activate the child’s own natural desire to learn.”  Maria Montessori 

Term 4 Before and After School Activities

Please contact the organisers directly for enquiries

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Sausage Sizzle Review

  It is easy to say that the Sausage Sizzle was a massive success thanks to the support from the school and individuals that helped us achieve a successful Sausage Sizzle. All the graduates in RM9 pitched in and helped us to make the Sausage Sizzle by doing different jobs, such as sorting out the finances, […]

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Woolworths Earn and Learn Program – ENDS TOMORROW!

Until Tuesday 19th September 2017 (or while their stock lasts) all MMS staff and parents who shop at Woolworths can help us to receive valuable education resources. Collect the Woolworths ‘Earn & Learn’ Stickers from the checkout operator or through an online order and place them on a Woolworths Earn & Learn Sticker Sheet (available […]

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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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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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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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