Cycle 4 Camp
It was a wild and woolly week last week, but 41 intrepid Cycle 4 students, Des, Dean and 5 teachers headed off to the Grampians for a very special week. Each year of the three year rolling curriculum the Cycle 4s have a camp in late Term 3 or early Term 4. The first year we explored a Connection to the Land looking at the Gold Rush history, sheep and wheat history of farming; last year we explored the Australian Connection to the Sea as we conducted citizen science on the Great Barrier Reef and explored the Daintree Rainforest, and this year the students studied the Connection to the People. We were lucky enough to engage Indigicate, an indigenous-owned organisation that specialises in camps on Indigenous Australian culture and history. They take school students on the most soul-searching and connective camps and our adolescent students absolutely loved the work they did, the walks they did to see the oldest indigenous rock art on the walls of Gariwerd and the personal, inner development sessions. As the focus for the camp was on respect for self and elders as well as the importance of family and community, we invited the parents to share some activities on Saturday afternoon, to cook dinner on Saturday night and to camp/stay at Halls Gap and have breakfast with us on Sunday morning. 70 parents and siblings came and chatted or played around the four camp fires until well into the night!
Meeting in the Middle
Last weekend saw the connection of all the Adolescent Montessori programs in Australia as we convened at Elonera Montessori School in NSW for a 3 day conference. It was wonderful to have all our Cycle 4 teachers there to learn from and network with other Cycle 4 and Cycle 5 teachers and leaders. It was particularly useful for us to learn more about the organisation of the International Baccalaureate programs already being run in these schools and to share our ideas and resources.
Focus on Policies
As with any professional institution, MMS has many policies and over the rest of the year, I will be explaining more about some of our major policies. All policies can be found on the website under the Parents tab.
The Administration of Medication Policy is another one which is applicable at camps and also during the worst of the winter colds and ‘flu! Nobody is able to give a child medication, including self-administration, unless we have prior written consent and written instruction of the type of medication, the frequency, dose size and time when the medication is to be given to the child. Any medication must be in the original box and any prescription medication can only be given to the person whose name appears on that medication. We check to see that the medication is not out of its use by date too. When the dose is taken, a teacher will record the details and sign off that the correct dose was administered and at which time.
We hope you that you travel safely wherever you go and that you all have wonderfully refreshing September holidays!
“Imagination does not become great until human beings, given the courage and the strength, use it to create.” – Maria Montessori
Gay Wales, Principal