Message from the Principal

Monday 12th September 2016


Night of the Notables

From Elon Musk and his Tesla car to Dian Fossey who has worked with mountain gorillas, from George de Mestral who invented velcro to Emily Cummins, the extraordinary young inventor of sustainable products,  we were dazzled by the high standard of research and the wonderful presentations given by the Cycle 3 students last Monday night. The Year 5s from each classroom made speeches to the parents and then all students, who were wonderfully dressed in character, manned their stalls and were able to talk at length about their chosen notable person. Some had quizzes pre-programmed onto iPads or questions typed onto cards for anyone to ask about. It was fabulous for the Cycle 2s to be able to experience the event onTuesday morning.


Pizza and Fruit for our children

Thank you to Annalisa Chapman for writing this bio on PORTOFINO PIZZA:

Phil Andronaco is a current dad at Melbourne Montessori School. His restaurant, Portofino Pizza is around the corner from the Caulfield Campus.  Phil’s business partner Michael has been making pizzas for 40 years (remember Pinocchio’s Pizza, South Yarra).

Portofino’s is an authentic, old style Italian eatery with thin base pizzas. All the dough is made daily on site according to the traditional recipe – flour, water, extra virgin olive oil and a tiny amount of salt and sugar. All sauces are made according to traditional Italian techniques. There are gluten free bases available. Phil even hand makes his own gnocchi.

Portofino’s pizza is currently providing pizzas to MMS, Presentation College, Windsor and Christian Brothers College, St Kilda.

In addition to the pizzas ordered, each classroom receives a fruit and vegetable platter which is kindly donated by one of School dad’s,  Ali Elsamad  in  Elsternwick. The fruit and vegetables are cleaned and cut by Cycle 3 students. The pizzas are collected at 11.30 am on each Pizza Day so that the half day Brighton kids can enjoy them too.

Music Forum

Thank you to all those interested parents who either attended the Music Forum last week or who have sent in their suggestions for the future of our Music program. It was really important for our Music teachers and myself to hear from you all about your hopes and expectations for our classroom Music lessons and other musical opportunities in the school. So far, these include the possibility of a Cycle 2 Choir, opportunities for existing musical students to play their instruments together, soirees out of school time, maintaining a whole school Mid-Year Concert and keeping a link with Drama. There have been others and I am still receiving emailed suggestions. We will put all these together during the holidays and inform you of our plans for next term and continue into the future. All teachers create and submit detailed lesson plans, term by term, which detail the work to be covered in each lesson and which direct and guide the learning outcomes for each year level.

Gay Wales 

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