Message from Acting Principal May 2018

Dear CMS Community,

One of the things that I most missed, both as a Montessori teacher and a Montessori parent, when I left Canberra Montessori almost ten years ago was the sense of belonging to a vibrant community.  So far, since I have been back, I have enjoyed getting to know the Cycle 2 children and their parents.  Becoming acting Principal has given me the opportunity to begin to get to know the wider Montessori community again.

Last weekend was the working bee.  It was lovely to see our Canberra Montessori community at work.  A big thank you to all those parents, staff and children who pitched in and under the guidance of the Orana guys spread cubic metres of eucalyptus chips in the Casuarina Grove, shovelled stone for the central path, softfall mulch in the Cycle 1 playground and worked on tidying some of our gardens.

It was suggested by a parent that some of the Cycle 2 and 3 children could perhaps finish off the spreading of the eucalyptus chips as part of their work i.e. as part of their Montessori practical life activities.  Next thing you know the Orana men had offered to bring a number of wheelbarrows and shovels for the children to use on Monday.  The class teachers then began to work out the logistics of this activity. In this way a positive sense of the community working together has been modelled for the children.

Parents, staff and children worked really well together with the moving of the Cycle 2 room during the last days of Term 1 and the beginning of the holidays.  Your time and extra effort are very much appreciated.  Leharne had the room ready to go by last Monday and the children have settled in well and are enjoying the new environment.

I look forward to seeing you at one of the community events that are coming up:

Louise is repeating her talk on Bounce Back!  If you missed the first, please make sure you attend this one as it will help you understand how social and emotional learning is taking place at Canberra Montessori.  It will be held at school at 7pm on Wednesday, 23 May.

Our next working bee will be held from 8-12 on Sunday, 29 July.  See you there!!

I’d also like to take this opportunity to say thank you to Velinka Vecchi who has been working as Acting Business Manager for the last year whilst Amy Duan has been on maternity leave. Velinka has provided wonderful support to the school over this time and will be much missed.  On the bright side, we get to welcome Amy back to the school again and look forward to her settling back into her role this week.



Glen Watson
Acting Principal