Message from Rael Week 2 Term 1 2020

Dear school community,

Welcome to the first of our Newsletters for the year. You’ll receive these every even week Friday, as a comprehensive update of what’s been going on and what’s coming up across the school. We’ve had a thoroughly enjoyable first two weeks of the year, it’s been great to get back into the rhythm of school.

A focus and priority for us is on making learning urgent and in knowing that our children are making progress over time. In our next newsletter you’ll be able to read about some of the plans and measures we’re putting in place to ensure this happens. With our Montessori philosophy and pedagogy fundamentally underpinning all we do, there is still scope to know more as educators, and to be more informed in guiding our children in reaching for their potential; that’s all a part of striving for continual improvement.

I am really excited to let you know that we’ve teamed up with Royal Life Saving Australia to provide children from K-6 with the week-long Swim and Survive program. Taking place during Week 7 this term, children will travel by bus to CISAC in Bruce for a lesson each afternoon. Swim and Survive is a comprehensive swimming and water safety initiative of Royal Life Saving that seeks to increase the swimming and water safety skills of all Australian children in order to prevent drowning and increase participation in safe aquatic activity. In the Australian climate, these skills, knowledge and understanding are essential for young people. Information will be sent home very soon regarding this, including a unique code for each child so that parents can register them for the program.

We have an exciting addition to our staffing team. I’m delighted to be able to welcome Tomomi Evans back to CMS. Tomomi will be in Snowgum and brings a wealth of Montessori experience and qualifications. Some of you may remember, Tomomi worked here previously from 2007 to 2016, before moving to the UK. We’re all very happy that she’s here again. Welcome Tomomi 😊

Isn’t it often the way…after a summer of awful air quality, and then a week of forecast rain, it seemed the absolute logical thing to postpone the welcome back picnic…how typical that the weather was perfect at 6pm last Friday! Once the weather has settled down, we’ll look at the calendar and organise something; I know that our newly formed Parents and Friends Association have some exciting plans too!

On Saturday 29 February from 8am to 11am we are holding a garden beautification working bee. If you can spare some time, please come along and bring a trowel. Coordinated by Viv Watson, we’ll spend the morning digging weeds across the school. Then, at 11am, tools down and we’ll provide a sausage sizzle for all volunteer helpers.

We have a huge day planned for Thursday 9 April, don’t forget to mark it in your diaries. It’s the last day of term, and we’ve got the Colour Run and disco, and then BBQ and Movie Night. These are all P&F organised and run this year…I’m sure they’ll be on the lookout for helpers…more information to come soon.

Almost finally, our Annual General Meeting is on the evening Tuesday 17 March. More information to come soon, but mark the date.

Absolutely finally, as always, we’re here to chat about any queries, concerns, thoughts or ideas you might have. Please don’t hesitate to drop in.

Have a great weekend!

Kindest regards,


Rael Matthews
Acting Principal

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