Message from the Principal

Dear School Community,

Closing in on the last weeks of Term 4 and there’s a mixture of exhaustion for the year that’s been, and anticipatory excitement for the holiday break to come. This is a fairly busy time for our staff who are finalising their Reports and Student Documentation over the next few weeks, so I’m sure a kind word or a pat on the back to acknowledge a dimension of their great work would probably be received with a very thankful smile and a momentary reprieve from the busy-ness of a full calendar of end of year events.

I wanted to take the opportunity to say a huge ‘thank you’ to all the staff and volunteers for the tremendous efforts going into delivering yet another massive ‘Spring Fair’ event. The community spirit was rife, with an array of happy faces and positive comments about our school, our grounds, the staff and of course our amazing community. The end of this major day in our school calendar saw some tired and perspiring faces but a community nevertheless content with a job well done. All I am sure, appreciate how this hard work and the profit from the day will translate into upgraded library resources for our students.

Our volunteers don’t enter into the mayhem of these events for ‘thank you’s’ and it’s always hard to identify the amazing support of a few in the contribution of many, so to all who have contributed to support the school for this event and through the Fundraising Committee, please accept on behalf of the school my sincerest gratitude for your positivity and generous support. There are still a couple of positive surprises in store for our school community, so look to future school events with some excited anticipation as we continue to transform and create some sustainable traditions.

We do have some transitioning staff and a communication to update our previous ‘Faith to Facts’ to the school community will reflect these changes. Our staff are fundamental to the culture of our school and there are some very exciting improvements to our engagement with you, our community, planned.

A recent article has highlighted research, suggesting how the provision of educational access to 3-year olds can positively mitigate the impact of ‘poor school readiness’ and subsequent developmental vulnerability. Whilst our school does not focus on examinations and results, we are always focussed on the best outcomes for each child. Philosophically, I am supportive of the option for our 3 year olds to stay with their class in the afternoon from next year, in order to build on their social relationships and capacity to concentrate in their learning environment. Our staff have indicated their support for this initiative, and I am sure the approach for 2017 will have positive long term results for our children. The recent article written by Ms Pamela Nunn (AMI Trainer) asserts the importance of providing consistent expectations and limits in the ‘pre-school’ environment. These include, consideration of others, social awareness, self restraint and self discipline, which, if established in the period of the ‘Absorbent Mind’ from birth to six, are cumulatively developed as skills for life.

I look forward to seeing you, our school community, at upcoming events (Family Breakfast, End of Year Extravaganza, Disco) as we continue to demonstrate our collegial commitment to your children, school improvement and enhancing our traditions and cultures, on our journey to ensure our Montessori… ‘is simply the best for each child’.


Anthony Vandermolen