Monday 4th December 2017
Standing on the stage at the Glen Eira Town Hall last week, 22 Graduates embraced one of our major Melbourne Montessori events when they each spoke to a huge group of parents, grandparents, staff and students. This was a fabulous evening and the Graduation Speech Night of 2017 will be remembered for a program entirely created and crafted by the Graduates themselves, generously enabled by Steve Heart.
Each Graduate made a speech, virtually all of them entirely memorised, they controlled the remote to change their slides and they articulated many and varied aspects of their personal musings and their philosophical outlook on their school journey so far.
This paradoxical ceremony reflected all that Montessori represents: It was magnificent but simple, sophisticated but straight forward, complex but clear, intellectual but full of sheer joyful, cheerful exuberance, individual but supportive of the team, passionately different and yet collaborative. If you were there, I think you would agree, if you have not experienced a Grad Speech Night, then I encourage you to do so! They are inspirational young people and to see a young, twelve year old so confidently stand proudly on the stage mostly alone, although two pairs chose to work together this year which was innovative and delightful. They share their innermost thoughts, dreams, aspirations, failures and hopes for the future with clarity, directness and honesty. Some sang, one had entirely written his speech as a witty poem, one spoke of politics and another about philosophy. I fought back tears on a number of occasions but overall the strength of these young people who head off into secondary school is powerful and we all believe that they will be able to make a huge difference in their lives ahead. We wish them every success in their future lives!
On Wednesday, these same Graduates will be meeting some of our Alumni who are currently finishing Year 11. It is an occasion for them to be further inspired to see what they might be able to do in the future.
Inaugural Cycle 4 Graduation
On Friday, we have another first as our Founding Families get together to celebrate the Graduation of our first ever Cycle 4 Graduates. They will begin the journey in Cycle 5 next year and head off to the exciting realms of senior secondary with the start of our last cycle at Melbourne Montessori School!
Reminder that the opening of our wonderful annual Art Show is tonight. The opening address will take place in Ned’s classroom and please be advised that all children who attend the evening are expected to listen to the speeches too! It is a family Art Show, not just for adults!
“The child seeks for independence by means of work; an independence of body and mind.” Maria Montessori