Broadsheet for Parents

Welcome to the Broadsheet providing parents with this week’s news and information from Melbourne Montessori School.

A Message From the Principal

Cycle 4 Camp

It was a wild and woolly week last week, but 41 intrepid Cycle 4 students, Des, Dean and 5 teachers headed off to the Grampians for a very special week. Each year of the three year rolling curriculum the Cycle 4s have a camp in late Term 3 or early Term 4. The first year we explored a Connection to the Land looking at the Gold Rush history, sheep and wheat history of farming; last year we explored the Australian Connection to the Sea as we conducted citizen science on the Great Barrier Reef and explored the Daintree Rainforest, and this year the students studied the Connection to the People. We were lucky enough to engage Indigicate, an indigenous-owned organisation that specialises in camps on Indigenous Australian culture and history. They take school students on the most soul-searching and connective camps and our adolescent students absolutely loved the work they did, the walks they did to see the oldest indigenous rock art on the walls of Gariwerd and the personal, inner development sessions. As the focus for the camp was on respect for self and elders as well as the importance of family and community, we invited the parents to share some activities on Saturday afternoon, to cook dinner on Saturday night and to camp/stay at Halls Gap and have breakfast with us on Sunday morning. 70 parents and siblings came and chatted or played around the four camp fires until well into the night!

Meeting in the Middle

Last weekend saw the connection of all the Adolescent Montessori programs in Australia as we convened at Elonera Montessori School in NSW for a 3 day conference. It was wonderful to have all our Cycle 4 teachers there to learn from and network with other Cycle 4 and Cycle 5 teachers and leaders. It was particularly useful for us to learn more about the organisation of the International Baccalaureate programs already being run in these schools and to share our ideas and resources.

Focus on Policies

As with any professional institution, MMS has many policies and over the rest of the year, I will be explaining more about some of our major policies. All policies can be found on the website under the Parents tab.

The Administration of Medication Policy is another one which is applicable at camps and also during the worst of the winter colds and ‘flu! Nobody is able to give a child medication, including self-administration, unless we have prior written consent and written instruction of the type of medication, the frequency, dose size and time when the medication is to be given to the child. Any medication must be in the original box and any prescription medication can only be given to the person whose name appears on that medication. We check to see that the medication is not out of its use by date too. When the dose is taken, a teacher will record the details and sign off that the correct dose was administered and at which time.

We hope you that you travel safely wherever you go and that you all have wonderfully refreshing September holidays!

 

“Imagination does not become great until human beings, given the courage and the strength, use it to create.”  – Maria Montessori

 

Gay Wales, Principal

Sausage Sizzle Review

  It is easy to say that the Sausage Sizzle was a massive success thanks to the support from the school and individuals that helped us achieve a successful Sausage Sizzle. All the graduates in RM9 pitched in and helped us to make the Sausage Sizzle by doing different jobs, such as sorting out the finances, […]

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Woolworths Earn and Learn Program – ENDS TOMORROW!

Until Tuesday 19th September 2017 (or while their stock lasts) all MMS staff and parents who shop at Woolworths can help us to receive valuable education resources. Collect the Woolworths ‘Earn & Learn’ Stickers from the checkout operator or through an online order and place them on a Woolworths Earn & Learn Sticker Sheet (available […]

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School Holiday Fun! Happy Happy Joy Joy

Our very own Andrew Li (Cycle 2 Assistant) will be storytelling at this school holiday program!

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Caulfield Campus Parking Reminder

Please drive UP Roselea Street FROM Almond Street.

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Log into the App

The app now has the ability to be logged into using your Parent Portal username and password. Doing this will give you benefits such as prefilling forms and remembering past submissions Please follow the link below for instructions on how to do this http://instructions.mms.vic.edu.au/How%20to%20log%20into%20the%20App.htm    

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2017 | 2018 Entertainment Membership – Order NOW and receive 2 free movie tickets!

Melbourne Montessori School has limited memberships available … If you haven’t already purchased your 2017 | 2018 Entertainment Membership this year, this is your chance to support us and be rewarded with over $20,000 of valuable offers! ORDER NOW.  FREE DELIVERY is still available and while stocks last,  everyone who purchases an Entertainment Membership will […]

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2017 Premier’s Reading Challenge

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you will go.” Dr.Seuss The Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge is open for all MMS students to register and participate. So far, we’ve had: 90 students registered 14 students who have completed the challenge 891 books listed […]

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Montessori Basketball Team for Year 5 & 6 Students

Do you want to be a part of the new Montessori Basketball Team? Training started in Term 3 with a professional basketball coach and ex-American College student. Callaghan Charge is currently coaching the U12’s McKinnon Victorian championship team, runs his own basketball mentoring business and is an Alumni student of MMS! Cal will train the […]

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EAST BRIGHTON LAUGHTER CLUB

LAUGH WITH US! Tuesdays,  6-7pm Melbourne Montessori School (Church Hall) 741 Hawthorn Rd, East Brighton   The club is open to ALL and runs weekly. Primary aged children will need to bring along an adult if coming. Certified Laughter Yoga Leaders will help invoke your inner laughter, without jokes or comedy. No yoga poses, just […]

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Art Junk Required !

Jennie and Stephanie would love to receive the following items from you :

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New Regulatory Requirements for Schools regarding Child Safe Requirements

Melbourne Montessori School (MMS, the School) is committed to ensuring the highest possible standards of care and behaviour for the educational environment that benefits our entire community. We regularly review our practices to ensure we offer an environment that is aligned to our ethos.   Earlier this year there were new regulatory changes, called Child Safe […]

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Get involved in the School Banking program

Melbourne Montessori School is excited to continue to offer the Commonwealth Bank School Banking program to Cycle 1, 2 and 3 students. The current co-ordinator is Chi (Mum of Lily at Brighton and Jaimie at Caulfield). How does it work? The School Banking program provides children with an opportunity to deposit money into their Commonwealth Bank […]

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MMS Board

The MMS Board is a key part of the overall governance structure of the School. It sets the School’s overall strategic direction and provides support to the School’s executive team that undertakes the day-to-day management of the School. If you have an issue that you would like to raise with the Board, please feel free […]

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Montessori Parent Advisory Service

Paulene Richardson has worked in Montessori centres for many years and she has been constantly asked for parenting advice and about how to implement Montessori principles at home.  Due to high demand, Paulene is now offering a new service for parents to help to meet this need. Please feel free to contact Paulene or go onto […]

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Kids Choose Their Own Work in a Montessori Classroom

Every day, in classrooms everywhere, teachers grapple with the age-old challenge of how to capture the attention of young people and engage them with the things we think they should know about. In 1907, in the slums of Rome, Dr Maria Montessori designed an experiment to tackle this challenge. In a room housing about 50 […]

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