Broadsheet for Parents

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

A Message from the Principal

Grandparents’, Parents’ and Special Friends’ Day

Last week, at both campuses, beaming children proudly showed their work to Grandparents, Parents or Special Friends. I saw Grandparents, Parents and some Special Friends playing Italian Bingo with shapes in Maria’s class and dancing in another class to Italian songs. Some Grandparents and Parents joined in with PMP but most enjoyed seeing the jobs which their children were engaged in during the 3 hour work cycle in the classrooms. It is lovely for our children to have the interest and attention of a close relative or friend as they always love to demonstrate what they have learnt or are in the process of learning. I saw some Parents actually being given a presentation on the mat on the floor! I know that the adults love coming to see the children too, and I received many compliments on the work the children absorb and how wonderfully capable they are at so young an age.

Thank you for making our special day so successful!



It is with real sadness that we farewell a number of special staff at the end of this week.

Maria Holt will teach her last Italian lessons ever this week and I know that some of you will want to thank her for the years of wonderful Italian lessons she has given our children. We wish her well as she enjoys the prospect of many, busy years of retirement together with her husband.

Steve Heart has been with us just one year, but he has created a special place in the hearts of our Cycle 2 children and their families and the staff. We wish him well as he begins his new journey to work with children and families at risk and continues his practice in this field.

Nicole Alexander, our Performing Arts Teacher for Cycle 1, has decided to change course in her career and explore the wonderful world of languages. She has done some wonderful work with Cycle 1s over the years in the Performing Arts space.

Ray, our Maintenance Man, is also retiring in the holidays and is looking forward to an energetic time with his many grandchildren and partner.

Viv Watson, who has been part of our Montessori family for many years, is moving to Canberra to accompany her husband who has taken up a job at Canberra Montessori School.

Evie Lockett has now retired after giving many of our Cycle 1 children the best start in life.

We wish them all the very best in their future endeavours and thank them for their years of support, care and dedication to Melbourne Montessori School!


“An education capable of saving humanity is no small undertaking; it involves the spiritual development of man, the enhancement of his value as an individual, and the preparation of young people to understand the times in which they live.” Maria Montessori


– Gay Wales, Principal

Reports are now on the Parent Portal

Hello Parents   The 2017 Semester 1 reports are now available on the MMS Parent portal. If you require a hard copy you can print one yourself or request your teacher to do this for you. For instructions how to access your reports once inside the Portal please follow this link.     How to Access […]

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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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Van Gogh and the Seasons Art Excursion – Reminder to sign permission notes

Reminder to CYCLE 2 and CYCLE 3 parents to sign the permission note in the APP for the upcoming Van Gogh and the Seasons art excursion. Cycle 3 – Friday 16th June Cycle 2 – Tuesday 20th June Thank you, Jennie and Stephanie

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Reaction Theatre: Les Mystères du Louvre

        Hi everyone, My name is Louise Howlett. I am Amelie’s mum (Room 3C) and also the Artistic Director of ReAction Theatre. Over the past year, ReAction Theatre has been developing a new work for children called ‘Les Mystères du Louvre’ which brings paintings ‘alive’ using 3D projection mapping. In July 2016, the MMS Cycle […]

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The Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge

The Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge is now open and Melbourne Montessori School is excited to be participating. The Challenge is open to all Victorian children from birth to Year 10 in recognition of the importance of reading for literacy development. It is not a competition; but a personal challenge for children to read a set […]

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Montessori Basketball Team

Do you want to be a part of the new Montessori Basketball Team? Training begins weekly from Sunday July 16th, 10am-11am (Grade 5) and 11am-12pm (Grade 6) at Elsternwick Primary School, 44 Murphy St, Brighton. Contact: Cal Charge on 0434 191 279 or via email at 

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Caulfield Campus Parking Reminder

Please drive UP Roselea Street FROM Almond Street.

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Art Junk Required !

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

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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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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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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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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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