Message from the Principal

Monday 14th August 2017

Book Week

A huge thank you to Hala for organising so many wonderful activities last week at both campuses! The children were treated to wonderful visiting authors, Davina Bell and Ailsa Wild, who spoke inspiringly about writing narrative and how books are produced. The highlight of the week was the launch of the new Little Free Library at Caulfield which is now in pride of place outside our front gate. Many thanks to Jenn Zainuddin, and Peter and Jen Karlich who designed, created and orchestrated the construction of such a beautiful Little Free Library for us to have at MMS. It was a wonderful moment when Ailsa Wild saw the mosaic of her main character Squishy Taylor larger than life on the side of the LFL!

MMS has donated $140 USD (AUS$173 was collected on Friday) to the Little Free Library Team who were very grateful to receive this from our School.

Neuroscience

I was very fortunate to hear one of the world’s top neuroscientists speak last Thursday, Dr Steve Miller. He served in the research faculty at the Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience at Rutgers University in New Jersey and then became the co-founder of Scientific Learning who developed Fast ForWord amongst other brain-oriented software. He spoke about the four main factors which determine cognitive development and along with diet, exercise and brain exercising he mentioned how important sleep is for memory. Apparently, the more Stage 4 sleep you can achieve, the more you will remember from the day before!

The fourth factor which Maria Montessori knew so well, has been shown to be stress management. As we all know, Montessori classrooms are inviting, engaging and calming places where we can all manage our stress better and the prepared environment in Cycle 4 is deliberately designed to allay stress in the renovating, adolescent brain.

Parent teacher interviews

Final parent teacher interviews will take place tomorrow at both campuses. Please check the campus of the specialist you are seeing so you do not go somewhere where they are not!

Ski Camp

Fourteen intrepid skiers headed off to Mt. Buller this morning to enjoy a week of skiing in probably the best conditions this winter. We wish them, Dean and Sarah Jane a wonderful and safe ski camp!

Gay Wales

“We especially need imagination in science.  It is not all mathematics, nor all logic, but it is somewhat beauty and poetry.”  Maria Montessori