From the Director of School Administration

Dear CMS Community,

There is a lot happening at CMS as the children get involved in the various clubs on offer this term. We are reaching a point where we have a constant juggle of rooms to accommodate so much extra-curricular activity about the school, which is a nice problem to have! The children had and continue to have so much fun engaged in ‘Pokemon’ with Kerrie; Soccer with Tom; Robotics with Brianna; Korean drumming with Won Hea and external providers offering drama, Mandarin and music lessons. Darcy is working on setting up the extension of PTP while also allowing the area to continue as a multipurpose space. She is doing a beautiful job with thoughtful Montessori planning for the prepared environment. The room will be ready and open by week 7 so please drop by for a look at one of the many environments we take great pride in preparing for your children every day.

Next week we will farewell Amy Duan our Business Manager for a spell as she goes on maternity leave. In Amy’s place we welcome Velinka Vecchi who is an accomplished Certified Practising Accountant and former CMS parent. Again please pop in to say hello to Velinka to put a name to a face. Velinka will also be there to greet you on the path for the usual Monday morning greeting you receive from Anthony on a weekly basis.

Some may have noticed how the library is shaping up. Led by Catherine Holmes from Casuarina classroom, the staff has done an amazing job of culling the old books. With the peace and order, we are ready to sort a system and buy resources (funded by CMS Fundraising) for the space. All the books that are out of date are going to Lifeline for its fabulous book fairs. Tom Ransom, our Karri Director, also plays a role in the new look to the library as the space will continue to be managed by the Cycle 3 children under his guidance.

Report writing started this week as Directors set to task on the lovely job they do of sharing where the children are with their learning. Though the report writing in any school is a busy time, it is very satisfying for teaching staff to stop and reflect deeply on each child in their care. The office is also all systems go as reporting is through digital platforms and systems need to be in line to provide ease for Directors to do their job. If ever there was a time for an apple for the teacher it is now.

Farewell Autumn and welcome Winter.


Áine Barker
Director School Administration