Dear Community Members
Last week was yet another busy week with Viva Carnevale and visits from Sky Lab and consultants from the Montessori Quality Assessment Program visiting our school. National Reconciliation Week was not overlooked as teachers plan a range of activities throughout the year and embed learning about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people within the Cultural Studies curriculum. The Reconciliation website is very impressive and well worth your perusal – https://www.reconciliation.org.au/national-reconciliation-week/
Congratulations to our Italian teacher, Adele, on the success Viva Carnevale on 30th May and to her team of helpers including students, parents and staff. It was a very enjoyable Italian Day. Students wore red, green and white and rotated through activities that reflect Italian culture. Our middle school students were engaged as cooks / servers of meals and also as presenters of some of the activities. I thought the ravioli was excellent and the tiramisu delish!
Did you know that our Graffiti Wall is now live? This is a communication channel where you can offer thoughts and ideas in relation to our 5 year vision and this will feed into our next strategic plan. Simply log onto our main page and look for the tab.
At a recent conference someone mentioned a website called How We Montessori. I’ve had a look and found it very interesting. There are lots of helpful ideas for families.
At the AISSA Governance Conference on 5th May, internationally known authority on innovation and creativity, Charles Leadbeater, was quite inspirational. His messages included:
Take little, leave things very much untouched.
Education has the same questions but different answers are needed.
When we don’t have instruction manuals we have to make it up.
In the future we will need to balance artificial intelligence with being human, especially being empathetic.
It’s not what you know, it’s what you can do with it.
This is only the tip of the iceberg. Each of these messages invite us to ponder and act.
The latest Parenting Ideas article from Dr Michael Grose is about anxiety. Michael offers us 4 reasons why our children might feel anxious. It’s a really good read!
All the best, Heather & Noel