Message from the Principal

Monday 27th November 2017

Solar telescopes in Cycle 1 


What a great day the Cycle 1s and some of the Cycle 4s had ten days ago with Tara and Mark Iscaro looking through the solar telescopes with Chris and Russell from the Astronomical Society of Victoria!  No-one actually managed to see any sunspots unfortunately but they did see some brilliant solar prominences that amazed the children and teachers! Chris and Russ fielded some great questions from our inquisitive children!

Tara also made sundials with the children in Room 1B and was mindful to point out that you need to download the southern hemisphere template and remember that it is daylight saving at the moment if you are thinking of making one with your child.

If you are interested in getting involved with the Astronomical Society of Victoria, they have an event coming up in December that is open to the public and all MMS families are welcome to come along.

For anyone interested in doing more with the Astronomical Society of Victoria their annual STAR-Be-Cue is on Sat 16th December at its dark sky site; this event is open to members, non members and the general public.  The site is located about 90 minutes’ drive north of Melbourne CBD, and will be an afternoon of solar observations, talks, site tours, wine tasting, BBQ from Lions Club and a door prize of an 8-inch telescope.  The evening will see a tour of the Universe by an expert, and observing through some 50 telescopes including the huge ASV 25-inch.   Members can just turn up, however non members need to make a booking by emailing

And if any families are interested in joining the ASV or finding out more, they can visit: or speak to any of our astronomical enthusiasts: Mark or Tara Iscaro or John Kinsella.

The ASV also run a Juniors section that meet on the second Friday of each month and members can attend this (or any other section) for no additional charge. (It’s not clear on the website, but a ‘full membership’ can include a family (2 adults, 2 children) and is $75 per year, plus a $20 once off joining fee – absolute bargain!) Thank you to Mark and Tara and Maria who made this possible for our young star gazers!

Gay Wales 

“One test of the correctness of educational procedure is the happiness of the child.”  Maria Montessori