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Week 3 Term 4 2017
Just a week until our Spring Fair ... all hands on deck!

Message from the Principal


Dear Parents and Caregivers,

In this message, I share with you a video and some practical options to help us focus on the behavioural work occuring at CMS, and the roles we can each play in a child’s journey towards independence and responsibility.

Children invest significant energy into exploring social norms and boundaries. They test how they feel when they push limits, when they breach boundaries, and they seek from their guides(peers, family and teachers) the constructive feedback necessary to form good behavioural choices and make corrections where necessary....
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From Director of School Administration

Dear CMS Community,

Lovely to be back at school after the break for a term of consolidation of all the learning both children and adults have embarked upon in 2017.

With a grand number of 110 children attending Cycle 1 in the afternoons, we have placed more adults on playground duty. I have stationed myself on ‘duty’ in the Cycle 2/3 playground. While it has been fun to be on duty in the Cycle 1 playground all year, it is very interesting to view the Cycle 2 and 3 children just as the year draws to a close. As you are aware, our Directors discuss ‘Student Welfare’ during our weekly meetings. By all accounts, there have been ‘moments’ on the playground. The use of sticks and twigs drew a fine line between all that is learnt in Cycle 2 (fundamental needs of man for shelter); potential weapons, and territories (peer group acceptance) have had to be dealt with and negotiations made....

Hello from the CMS KidsMatter Action Team,

We know that mental health and wellbeing is very important for children’s learning and development. Children who are mentally healthy learn better, benefit from life experiences and have stronger relationships with their families, friends and school staff. 

At CMS we have a team of staff and parents working together to implement KidsMatter across our whole school to support children’s mental health and wellbeing by bringing together the important people in a child’s life: their family, their school and the wider school community. Our initiative is to make mental health and wellbeing a priority and provide a place where families can connect with each other and seek support for their children’s mental health and wellbeing. We look forward to keeping you up to date with helpful wellbeing information and the KidsMatter journey at CMS. 

During the holidays staff engaged with Component 2 of KidsMatter focusing on social and emotional learning for students....
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Upcoming Dates


Term 4

Thu 19 Oct Class Parents Meeting 9am
Thu 19 Oct Fundraising Meeting 7.30pm
Sun 22 Oct Learnscapes Working Bee 8.30am-11.30am
Wed 25 Oct Learnscapes Meeting 7pm
Fri 27 Oct Scholastic book orders due
Sat 28 Oct Spring Fair 9am-2pm
Mon 30 Oct Parent Education: The Six Cs at CMS, 7pm Overture Hall, Orana
Sat/Sun 4/5 Nov Narooma Family Weekend
Tue 7 Nov Parent Education evening - Life after Montessori - past students
Tue 7 Nov Redgum book orders due
Fri 17 Nov End of Year Extravaganza
Wed 22 Nov Parent Interviews begin
Thu 23 Nov Fundraising Meeting 7.30pm
Wed 29 Nov Learnscapes Meeting 7pm
Fri 1 Dec Graduation Evening
Sat 2 Dec Learnscapes Working Bee 1-4pm
Fri 8 Dec Disco 5pm
Fri 8 Dec Last Day of Term 4
Tue 12 Dec Board Meeting 6.45pm

School Calendar 2018

Carpark accidents

It's challenging when we're in a hurry but for the safety of our children and yourselves, please remember the following:
  • Drive slowly and follow the one way system!
  • Park only in designated spaces - the car park has been designed with safety in mind, if you park in an undesignated place, e.g. where you would need to reverse out over the crossing, there's an increased risk of accidents.
  • Take care when opening doors - the spaces are narrow.
  • Do not park in the drop off zone - i.e. don't leave your car - it's for drop off and pick up only.

Acacia gives flowers to the class directors

Maria Montessori’s work shows us that children nurtured in body, mind and spirit, would guide humanity toward a more peaceful world. Also, a supportive environment undoubtedly makes for a better working atmosphere. It helps to create a sense of community and team spirit, which work as a reminder that everyone is striving towards one unified goal. This is a concept that can get lost over time when people are focusing solely on their own respective workloads. Keeping this in mind Acacia decided to go around and give a bunch of flowers to all the hard working and great teachers to appreciate them.

Cycle 3 visits Acacia to work

One afternoon we invited a few children from Cycle 3 to work with Acacia children. Engaging older children in the class helps them to take a leadership role and it is a joy to observe them  as they help the young ones. One of them commented after doing some work with them that “oh, they are even smarter than me!“  Cycle 3 also gave advanced lessons to children and showed them how we can extend work with the same materials. Young Wyatt said “Lemma, I want to go with Jeffa to Cycle 4”. Maybe he meant High School! All I can say is that I witness the benefits these visits bring to the children in my classroom. Here are some words and phrases that immediately pop into mind when I think of this multi aged group work.: leadership, self-esteem, reinforcement of knowledge, observation, absorbent mind and synthesis.
Monday 30 October at 7pm—Overture Hall, Orana School, Weston
Please feel free to bring along other parents you think may be interested!

RSVP by Wednesday 25 October
(Please note this event is for adults only)

Map to Overture Hall, Orana
The Spring has sprung ...
here's a selection of flowers blossoming around the CMS grounds at the moment...

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