Dear Parents and Caregivers
Not long to go now! I hope the days leading into the festive season have a sense of calmness for your family. Not that you will experience calmness in the carpark of the shopping centre when you are looking for a park! What I mean is – plan to look after yourselves and take some time to rejuvenate.
What a joy it was last Friday to take my guitar to do some singing with the Reception and Friday Program students. Our focus song was Peter Combe’s Mr Clickety Cane – you know, the one about washing your face with orange juice and cleaning your teeth with bubblegum? Apologies to families for any strange behaviours brought home by children as a result of this encounter!
Our very best wishes to all families who are leaving our community at the end of this year. Whether your journey here has been long or relatively short, thank you for sharing your gifts with us and for supporting our community. May your journey ahead be full of good health and happiness!
As our current 2014-2018 Statement of Strategic Direction comes into its final year, the School Board is looking at Strategic Planning for 2019 and beyond. This will be a very collaborative process where ideas from our students, our parent community and our staff are warmly welcomed. What might our future look like? Envision Southern Montessori School some years into the future. What do you see? How can we make this a reality? Stay tuned for more!
I am looking forward to the Volunteers’ Morning Tea on Wednesday and wish to thank all community members for your contributions. Volunteers are huge contributors to the culture of our school and you certainly have a positive impact on the outcomes for our students. We hope to see you again next year!
Apart from the coming holiday break, excitement fills the air at the moment in relation to graduation ceremonies, the Cycle 3 Showcase from 7pm on 11 December and the end of year excursion to Belair National Park on 12 December. Your children should be full of exciting stories to share.
This Bulletin includes a final Parenting Ideas article for 2017 on the topic of screen time. Speaker, counsellor and educator, Martine Oglethorpe, shares some very worthwhile ideas with us. They may come in handy over summer!