Message from the Principal December 2020

Dear CMS Community,

As this very unusual school year draws to a close, I would just like to take a quick moment to share a few thoughts and sentiments.

None of us would ever have imagined a school year such as this one. We now find ourselves reflecting on the unprecedented year that is ending whilst preparing for 2021.   I hope we can continue as 2020 has been able to end, with us all in school together and with our experiences uninterrupted or adjusted. I feel very thankful and humbled to be a part of a school, Canberran, and Australian community that has worked so hard to look after one another.

On that note, I want to thank you all for your kindness, grace, and cooperation as our quite simply amazing staff team (who deserve so much credit, and whom I cannot thank enough), has risen above every challenge that 2020 has presented; they have worked tirelessly to provide quality learning experiences and safety and peace of mind for our children.

As we navigated this year’s journey, we have all learned about flexibility, tenacity and creativity; in ourselves and in our children (and also in parents 😊). We are resilient, and we know that we will all come through this time having learned important lessons about ourselves, just as our children will be able to reflect on in the future.

Finally, a note also about our P&F team. They have invested so much time, effort and positive energy for our school community, and it is so much appreciated. I look forward very much to the future and the great work these wonderful people do to bring us together and to support school improvement.

There is much to look forward to and be excited about through next year, but that can be in a different message. For now, I wish everyone a wonderful summer and holiday period. If this afternoon is your last day walking out of Canberra Montessori School and on to a new adventure and chapter in your life, I wish you well and thank you for having been a part of our school community.

Stay safe, stay well, take care.

Kindest regards,

Rael Matthews
Acting Principal