End of Semester update
In recent weeks I have visited the crossing / drop-off / pick-up area on some mornings and afternoons. I am pleased to see that drivers of vehicles are abiding by road rules and being attentive to child safety. Thank you to everyone for their awareness of and response to this concern.
Following a process of application, interview and referee check, we are pleased to announce the appointment of Ben Noble to Abby Schultz’s replacement teaching position in our middle school. While Ben will formally commence at the start of Term 4, he will be a regular visitor next term as we implement a smooth transition process. Ben has spent the whole of Term 2 at our sister school, Hills Montessori, in their middle school and comes with very positive accolades. We congratulate Ben on his appointment.
The Board of Governors have called an extraordinary meeting for 4 July and will provide our community with a middle school update shortly thereafter.
When we meet with a family who are thinking about enrolling at our school, we often ask them how they heard about us. The responses are a pretty even split between, ‘I have a family friend / neighbour / cousin whose child goes to your school ……’ and ‘I googled Montessori School and found your website.’ We are extremely grateful to our community members for your positive word of mouth. This is by far our most important marketing tool and you clearly do it well. We currently have several places available in our Cycle 3 classes (Years 4-6) so please continue to spruik our inclusive education, vibrant culture and authentic Montessori practice, especially to families who have children around this year level.
This has been a very active term and we have much to celebrate. Last week, the Cycle 1 team held two family breakfasts for the Preschool and Reception children and their families. Before the big day, the children squeezed oranges and practised making toast. Asher liked eating the scrambled eggs and apples. Blake and Nanna liked the apples and pears, and Lachlan liked the pancakes with maple syrup.
On Monday this week 19 of our students visited Moana Sands Conservation Park to learn about the area and engage in some planting. The group comprised members of our Environmental Committee and some of their friends. We had a great morning and planted around 240 native plants. Thanks to Sue Taite for coordinating our visit. We look forward to continuing our relationship with our friends at Moana Sands.
On Tuesday the Reception children presented their play to the whole school and then to their families. Both audiences enjoyed watching these talented children storytelling, singing and dancing. Mia liked the dancing and Progga like singing the songs. Leo’s favourite song was the Tree Song and he enjoyed seeing his mum and his buddy watching him perform.
And so we come to the mid-year break of three weeks. We would like to say thank you to all our educators for their hard work and for making this term such a success. Safe travels to all who are venturing away from home. We hope you have some quality family time and a great balance of excitement and peaceful moments.
Kind regards, Heather and Noel
We all have holidays to look forward to as we come to the mid-year break so we hope you have some happy and relaxing days planned, as some of the staff do. Before we can depart there is some information we need to advise families about before the financial year end.
Each year our school must provide the Federal Government with a “School Performance Report” for the previous year and make this available to all school members. The report for 2016 can currently be found on our website at About and Reports. If you cannot access the website and would like a copy, please let us know and one will be provided for you.
Early in the next term we have to provide a lot of information to the Federal Government for the census. There will be no individual identify data in these requirement but if you have any concerns please see the following information provided by the government.
The Department of Education & Training (the Department) is required to comply with the Privacy Act 1988.
- how individuals can access and seek correction of the personal information held by the Department;
- how complaints about breaches of the Privacy Act 1988 can be made; and
- how the Department will deal with these complaints.
If you wish to contact the Department about a privacy related matter please email the Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to.
Privacy Contact Officer
People, Communications and Legal Group
Department of Education & Training
GPO Box 9980
Canberra ACT 2601
It just remains to wish you all a safe, warm and happy holiday!
Julie and Danielle