From the Principal

Dear Parents, Carers and School Community,

Friday 1st of April provided a fabulous evening of warmth, collegiality and community, with the formal acknowledgement of our 35th Anniversary, the delivery of our Strategic Plan, and the unveiling of our new School Logo. 

Aine Barker was our MC for the evening

Aine Barker was our MC for the evening

The evening highlighted that for me, employment at CMS is a privilege, as I work with colleagues who are committed to their responsibility for ensuring everyday is a positive day in a prepared environment for our children, who consistently have a focus on continuous improvement, and relentlessly strive to ensure what we deliver here at CMS is ‘simply the best for each child’.
I listened carefully to the historical perspective of Ms Marion who identified the journey our school has undertaken, to bring Montessori education to children and families in the ACT and readily acknowledge those hardworking families and staff who have been the catalyst for 35 years of what was… to what is today.

Marion McEwin talks about how CMS got started.

Marion McEwin talks about how CMS got started

Our School Board, through Ms Catherine (Board Chair) demonstrated a clear path of development through the revised Strategic Plan. Again, I am lucky to have begun my involvement with CMS at a time of review in regards to strategic direction and have been involved in supporting this direction our school community will take. I am excited by this journey with the school community and continue look forward to the future here at CMS.

Board Chair speaks about new Strategic Plan

Board Chair speaks about new Strategic Plan

I am also blessed to have had the privilege of working with Mr. Ben Jennings of Quantum Building, and Mr. Bruce Fisher (Architect) who between them have worked diligently to create a structure for our school which sensitively fits into our beautiful environment. Further thanks to Ms. Rose from Westpac, who along with our Ms. Amy (Business Manager) has assisted us to create a building within significant financial parameters. Over the course of the next couple of weeks, this structure will be finalised and will become another feature of our wonderful school and an asset to the education of our children.

Further to our growth as a school, I was able to present to our community the evolution of a new school logo, representing our ‘branding’ in the wider community and with the direct intent to differentiate us from competitors, such as the many available childcare services, whilst building awareness of our school as a strong provider of education. A great deal of work went into the development of this logo, which included staff, and parent consultation. With development of our logo, I quickly realised any decision around change would potentially be contentious, and with this precept in mind, there was a lot of to and fro between a variety of stakeholders. I hope you will agree, our new logo sets us apart from our competitors in the education market and is representative of the scientific philosophy Montessori advocates. I do ardently anticipate our school community can embrace the new logo as a reflection of the high importance we place on our children, their education, their environment, their creativity and their enjoyment for engaging with learning….

Our Principal shows off our new logo

Our principal shows off the new logo

2016 Graduates show off new logo

2016 graduates in their new logo t-shirts

Mr Shane Rattenbury (ACT Education Minister) made a much valued guest appearance to officially open our new series of classrooms and commented freely on the collegiality of our staff, our fantastic environment and the happiness evident in the children present on the evening. Mr Rattenbury suggested he may well be back in the near future to undertake some observations and develop a clearer perspective of what we provide as an independent school. I am also grateful to the support provided by Ms Anne Ellis (CEO, Teacher Quality Institute) and Ms Lynda Tooth (ACT Education Directorate) who have provided ongoing assistance and consultation as we move our school forward and strengthen our position in the current education market.

The Minister and Principal cut our birthday cake.

The Minister and Principal cut our birthday cake.

The new plaque is unveiled.

The new plaque is unveiled.

A heartfelt thank you to everyone who was able to attend the evening, and for those who supported quietly in the background with various forms of organisational assistance, our school wouldn’t be what it is without you and this ongoing partnership. We have a wonderful school and an amazing opportunity together to ensure our Montessori is….. ‘simply the best for each child’.

Regards,

Anthony Vandermolen
Principal