Message from our Principal
Dear Parents & Carers,
Earlier in the year, the school engaged with Dr Stewart Riddle, Senior Lecturer in the School of Teacher Education and Early Childhood at the University of Southern Queensland. Staff collaborated with Dr Riddle to enable a case study to take place, requiring some insight into curriculum, pedagogy, and the change process our school has embarked upon. Dr Riddle commented heartily on the warmth and generosity of time contributed to this end by our staff and has provided the school a report, which will inform future research publications. Identified below are some of the comments from this report :
- “…there appears to be a clear commitment of staff to the philosophical and pedagogical traditions of Montessori Education.”
- “…there is a recognition of the need to adapt to the changing educational landscape and its focus on accountability measures and reporting of learners’ progress to parents and educational authorities”
- “…it appears there is a ‘buy in’ to the process (of change), as it is hoped the outcomes will include a more cohesive school community, focussed curriculum and collaborative planning, alongside increased student enrolments and parental engagement”
A number of ‘de-identified’ staff comments were also included as a dimension of this report, including:
- “When you are working in cahoots with the parent and you have this great communication, the boundary between home and school blurs”
- “Most of the decision-making processes and things that occur as a school we talk about as a collegial team. So we make collegial decisions. Anything from children transitioning from class to a different class, to where we’re going to put playground equipment, what classroom we’re putting in what building, what resources we need to buy; all of those things we discuss as a team so that there’s collegial support for the decisions that are made as a school.”
- “I’m really pleased to be working in a Montessori environment because I feel that it is so beneficial to a child’s understanding, and the sense of community, and just the holistic approach benefits the child all round.”
- “Montessori education is encouraging a love of learning, encouraging the child to want to come to school. The children who come to Montessori schools are at a young age encouraged to be investigative and curious.”
- “I think that Montessori teaching has taught me to take a step back. It’s not always in the child’s best interest if you control everything for them.”
I was profoundly interested in a comment from a fellow Principal who suggested “No school can rise above its common (staff) room”. Thinking about this statement over a few days highlighted the importance of the work we have been undertaking as a school team, to build our collegiality and a shared responsibility for our school as a community of enthusiastic and highly engaged learners. On a weekly basis, our staff are engaged in deep learning conversations, mapped against key understandings of Montessori philosophy and pedagogy. It is envisaged this important work, will soon translate into enhanced communication with our school community to enliven and build understanding of Montessori and our collective practice as a professional school community.
A Brick for Posterity
Many of you will have noted the bricks to the side of the main pathway. These are the result of a fundraising effort from the Spring Fair last year unfortunately, the original supplier went out of business and we had to look for an alternative, thus the delay. There remain a few outstanding bricks to put down, but our bricklaying team ran out of materials and hope to finish off the job this weekend. Should you be interested in purchasing a brick for posterity, and to contribute to our fundraising efforts, please see Ms Tonia in the front office or email, and a form can be sent to you.
As always, thank you for your ongoing support as we continue on our journey to make our Montessori…’simply the best for each child’.