Monday 7th November 2016
Nature Deficit Disorder
In Richard Louv’s book, “The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age,” he explored this key question: “What could our lives and our children’s lives be like if our days and nights were as immersed in nature as they are in technology?”
“Although human beings have been urbanizing, and then moving indoors, since the introduction of agriculture, social and technological changes in the past three decades have accelerated that change.
Among the reasons: the proliferation of electronic communications; poor urban planning and disappearing open space; increased street traffic; diminished importance of the natural world in public and private education; and parental fear magnified by news and entertainment media. An expanding body of scientific evidence suggests that nature-deficit disorder contributes to a diminished use of the senses, attention difficulties, conditions of obesity, and higher rates of emotional and physical illnesses. Research also suggests that the nature-deficit weakens ecological literacy and stewardship of the natural world. These problems are linked more broadly to what health care experts call the “epidemic of inactivity,” and to a devaluing of independent play. Nonetheless, we believe that society’s nature-deficit disorder can be reversed.”
How lucky we are that even though our school is in the suburbs of a big city, our Montessori children are encouraged to go out and find worms, look at caterpillars, climb over rocks and logs and water vegetables!
Duldig Art Studio
Some of our Cycle 4 students had their work selected for an exhibition which opened yesterday at the Duldig Studio. Cr John McMorrow of the Stonnington Council opened the exhibition and presented the awards. Our students have been working with some of the artists from the Duldig Studio and their clay works were on display. They are currently studying the art of realistic drawing from life. Congratulations to Stefani G from Cycle 4 who won the Award for Excellence for ‘Pegasus’. You are welcome to visit this exhibition which will be open for the next two weeks.
Farewell to Lisa Birchall
Last week we farewelled our Librarian, Lisa Birchall. Lisa has been with us since the start of 2015 and has made a huge impact on our libraries at the Caulfield and Brighton campuses, reinvigorating our collections with new resources based on student interests and cataloguing these with care. Her hard work and passion has been invaluable and her kindness and knowledge will certainly be missed by both staff and students alike. We wish her all the very best in her future endeavours.
“Wait while observing.” That is the motto of the educator. Maria Montessori