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 19th February 2018 

The Farm

Last week, the inaugural group of Cycle 4 students headed off to Collingwood Children’s Farm on the first of many curriculum days there. Melbourne Montessori School have made a connection with The Farm which means that half of our Cycle 4 students will attend, with their teachers, every week on Wednesdays. Maria Montessori would be thrilled with this extension to our Cycle 4 program where so many life skills, leadership skills, indigenous connections, science and technology, Mathematics and English curriculum not to mention art and cooking skills will be taught in an authentic setting. We envisage that our Cycle 5 students will also be able to carry out some valuable curriculum work commencing with water testing in the immediate future.

This is an exciting development for our Senior School and it is fabulous to be associated with a farm which has been operating in Melbourne for over 175 years!

 

Child in Cycle 3? Want to know more about our Senior School?

Next week on Monday night please come along to hear an information session designed to explain how and why Montessori Cycle 4 is so very different from main stream schools. You will hear that we still deliver all the standard Australian curriculum, but we just treat our adolescents in a very different way to help them engage in practical, real-world, stimulating learning which gives them responsibility and shows them how to use their skills to connect with their community and the wider world.

Brighton Campus 7pm All Cycle 3 parents are welcome.

 

Information Sessions at both campuses

Last week every cycle in the school were treated to a tailor-made opportunity to meet the specialists and to hear in depth about the program which has been planned for their children. Classroom teachers explained to parents how to maximise the opportunities for each child and Room Representatives explained how to make the most of connecting with our community.

Please just ask your classroom teacher or Room Rep if you were unable to come or have any other questions.

 

Brighton Working Bee

Thank you to the wonderful parents who helped in the Brighton Working Bee on Saturday!

They helped load more sand into the sandpits, trimmed the big hedges, stained some fences and helped with cleaning windows and with the pressure hose around Cycle 1.  They also prepared the vegetable gardens ready for the Cycle 1 children to plant now that we are approaching autumn.

If you want to help our community more and earn some hours for the PIL, there is a Working Bee at Caulfield this Saturday! See you there!

Many thanks

Gay 

“Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.”  Maria Montessori 

 

2018 MMS Open Day – A Grand Family Day Out! SATURDAY 3rd MARCH

MMS Open Day – A Grand Family Day Out! Saturday 3rd March, 10am-2pm MMS Open Day is a celebration of our whole school community.  For parents it’s also a great chance to check out both campuses, speak to teachers and meet with other parents and prospective parents.  For our children it’s a chance to showcase some […]

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2018 MMS Open Day – All Welcome to Attend !!

Saturday 3rd March 2018, 10am-2pm – No need to RSVP!    

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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: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1914356128786691/?source_id=247054255419318. 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: http://www.brickventures.com. 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 http://instructions.mms.vic.edu.au/How%20to%20log%20into%20the%20App.htm    

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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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EAST BRIGHTON LAUGHTER CLUB

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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