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