Monday 1st August 2016
A stunning opening scene met our eyes as we were treated to the wonderful sights and sounds of the terrible cyclone Oola. It was an intriguing and yet inspiring theme for our Mid-Year Concert and last term our children became fascinated by the power of a force majeure. The Orff songs were transformed through the work of our Cycle 2s and Cycle 3s who created mesmerizing, and sometimes beautiful, pieces which told the tale of Oola’s rise and fall. It was fabulous to hear the String Ensemble playing for the first time on stage and to see so many of our students playing instruments they learn outside school. The Graduates played a very strong role this year in the complex logistics both on and off stage – as stagehands, Front of House, assisting with the younger classes and with costume and prop organisation. It was a fabulous showcasing of all that our students are doing in Music and Drama in Cycle 2 and 3.
Student Teachers and amazing volunteers
Behind the scenes, we at MMS continue to run a program of training, mentoring and assisting new student teachers. We assist the Australian universities with their student teacher placements from as far away as Curtin, Charles Sturt University as well as RMIT, Deakin, Swinburne and Monash Universities. These new, up and coming student teachers also come to MMS from as far away as America, Canada, England, Ireland, China and Laos. We are also heavily involved with assisting the MWEI Montessori course training which is undertaken at both Brighton and Caulfield campuses during weekends and school holidays and will be facilitating the AMI Cycle 1 course training in April, 2017. So in your travels you may well bump into one of our student teachers who are in training as our future teachers.
Finally, at the end of August, we will be saying farewell to Josia Nusser who has been here at MMS as a volunteer from the Internationaler Bund, Freier Trager d. Jugend-Sozial- und Bildungsarbelt a.V. This is a German Volunteer’s Abroad Program. For the past three years with the super, kind assistance of the Yates and Powell families we have been able to facilitate four placements. If anyone in our community would like to assist as a host family, we are now looking for another family who would like a student volunteer for approximately 6 to 12 months.
“Respect all the reasonable forms of activity in which the child engages and try to understand them.” Maria Montessori