Monday 6th June 2016
Parents’, Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day
It was lovely visiting both campuses last week on these special days for each cycle. Parents and grandparents alike were seen perched on those tiny, Cycle 1 chairs or enthusiastically admiring work by their children or grandchildren in every classroom. Many parents and grandparents also visited the specialist classes and some even attended my computer lessons at Caulfield. The children love sharing their learning with someone special.
National Reconciliation Week
We found that we already had a link with the wonderful Kadul who came to perform with our Cycle 2 and 3 children last week as part our activities to mark Reconciliation Week. MMS helps an indigenous Montessori school, in the Torres Strait on Thursday Island, by sending materials, books and resources. When we discovered that Kadul’s cousin attends that school, everyone was thrilled and amazed to find this link between opposite ends of Australia. The children were totally absorbed as they listened to Kadul speak and play and as they saw the range of indigenous instruments and artefacts which he was able to bring. Many of the indigenous words Kadul used are currently being made into Montessori materials so that children can continue to better understand the culture of the indigenous people. This was a really inspiring day!
Gymnastics this term
As part of the Sporting Schools government initiative, we have been delighted to expand our sporting lessons at Melbourne Montessori School to include some fantastic gymnastics lessons from Gymnastics Australia for our Cycle 2 and Cycle 3 children. It has been fabulous to see the children practising their new found skills at lunchtime on the green. In addition to that, Dominic and I have also been happy to promote the fast and technically advanced passing and dribbling skills of Basketball and we have been delighted to see Pascal and Josia, our German volunteer students, get involved in some challenging basketball games at lunchtime too. It has been great to see some budding, new basketballers!
“Establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war.” Maria Montessori