Dear Community Members
In the last school Bulletin I gave a brief summary of part of a Montessori Summit held in Sydney during the last holidays. I also posted this link https://montessori.org.au/blog/montessori-digital-age on our Facebook page (have a look if you haven’t seen it). Where technology fits in with Montessori philosophy and practice is a very interesting topic and the conference didn’t actually provide a clear answer. Montessori is inclusive and so we heard from many presenters with varying perspectives. Perhaps the key point for both parents and educators lies in these questions: What is the technology / screen to be used for? Will the new technology bring about the learning outcome in a more efficient/effective way? Is it superior to other methods and materials? Which method caters best for the individual child? How does it contribute to children becoming better global citizens? The Montessori concept of a Prepared Environment brings on new meaning when considering use of technologies. Lots of deep thought is required before bringing any new material / resource in the classroom.
Maria Montessori was ahead of her time in so many ways and I am sure that if she was in our midst now, she would be utilising whatever tools are available. But don’t forget the provocations above. I remind you that earlier this year, Michelle introduced staff to the Digital Technologies Curriculum. In 2019 she will be leading more professional development in this curriculum area. On ‘Show Day’ (7/9/2018), a consultant from the Independent Schools Association built upon Michelle’s work and immersed staff more deeply in the Digital Technologies Curriculum. We are covering all bases to ensure we are giving our students the full range of experiences. We are very open to change and providing new opportunities that fully prepare our students for the future.
2019 classes and staffing have just about been finalised. I hope to be able to give you details of 2019 class teachers shortly.
In the interests of child safety may I remind all parents not to drive beyond the main gates of the school for dropping off or picking up children. The driveway and parking areas are for staff and occasional delivery vehicles or tradespersons. We really do s eek to minimise traffic flow in areas frequented by children. Thank you for your cooperation.
We wish to remind all parents and caregivers that supervision of students (yard duty) commences in the mornings at 8:30am. Students arriving before this time are unsupervised and therefore compromise our Duty of Care obligations. Students arriving well before 8:30am may be taken to Before School Care at O’Sullivan Beach Primary School and costs incurred by families.
Supervision can also be an issue at after school. When the teacher finishes duty at 3:40pm, parents assume the supervision and care of children.
All the best, Heather & Noel