Rest of Term 1 2020 update

Dear CMS Community,

There have been several updates today, without a much greater degree of clarity. But, in an attempt to clarify…

As communicated yesterday, the remainder of this term (until Thurs 9 April) will be pupil free, with this time spent planning and training for home learning. The advice is that schools are to use this time in preparing for home learning in Term 2. Additionally, we have seen that Essential Workers will be notified today of arrangements should they be required to work. If this affects you, can you please advise by email asap; we will liaise and support.

This presents an unprecedented challenge for the Montessori Community, but one that we’re all grasping with both hands. For our younger children, clearly, we’re sending material home for parents to support them in their learning. As children move through the Cycles, they will be expected to take a greater level of personal responsibility in their learning. We also acknowledge and understand that families have variable capacity to spend large amounts time working with their children in this way, when many are also working from home, and that’s OK.

In the coming week, you will receive detailed information to support you in logging in to a Google Drive, or Classroom, for your child’s home learning. To support this, during term time from Monday of Week 10 onwards, classroom Directors and Snowgum Educators will arrange to video conference with you and/or your child to guide learning. We will be available daily; you can organise a communication plan and routine that will work for all. In conjunction with this, we will have resources available to support our wellbeing and mental health in this difficult time. By commencing in Week 10 this term, we get a head start, but we should be able to problem solve any issues that may arise, and will be able to hit the ground running in Term 2.

In the meantime, attached to his message, is an interim Learning at Home document to tide you over until Week 10. We are here to help and support, and available should you have any questions at all. This document includes some general advice and a myriad of activities that you can enjoy with your children. This situation is changing rapidly, and we are all learning as we go. Whilst it will be important to ensure that our children continue to grow and learn over the coming weeks and months, also take a breath and enjoy spending time with them. This will be every bit as important as learning, and will contribute greatly to positive mental health as we help each other through.

It will be vital to continue our sense of community through these days. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you need anything and if we can help in any way at all, we are here and available. Don’t forget too, our awesome Parents and Friends Association…join them on Facebook to stay in touch with other families in our community. Search Facebook for Canberra Montessori School Parents and Friends Association

As always, should you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to let me know as soon as you can; I will reply as soon as is possible.

Kindest regards,



Rael Matthews

Acting Principal