Extending the program for 3 year olds, Spring Fair and 'Riding the Korean Wave,' further information about our Student & Family Counselling service, Music in Cycle 1.
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Week 5 Term 4 2016

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 ... Read more ...

We do have some transitioning staff and a communication to update our previous ‘Faith to Facts’ ...Read more ...
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’... Read more ...


Anthony Vandermolen

From Director of School Administration


Dear CMS Community,

What a happy time of year it is as we ramp up activity with the wrap up of events. Tom Ransom is organising the End of Year Extravaganza, keeping the Directors on track with practise of the child led performances. It will be a lovely event as always and for the first time not subject to weather constraints as Saint Judes’ Primary School next door are generous in permitting use of their hall.
We are not quite in reflective mode (but getting there!) as present thinking centres around what we need to do ‘here and now’.  Read more ...

Áine Barker
Director School Administration

The CMS Spring Fair provided a great day out for everyone with perfect weather...

We were recently treated to a stunning afternoon of entertainment and activities by the Korean Cultural Centre

Upcoming Dates


Term 4

Thu 10 Nov Fundraising Meeting 7.30pm
Fri 11 Nov Family Breakfast 8am-8.45am
Tue 15 Nov Board Meeting 6.45pm
Fri 18 Nov Last day for Scholastic Book Orders issue 8
Sat 19 Nov Learnscapes Working Bee 8am-11am
Thu 24 Nov End of Year Extravaganza 6.30pm
Wed 30 Nov Learnscapes Meeting 7pm
Thu 1 Dec Parent Interviews begin
Fri 2 Dec Graduation Evening
Fri 9 Dec Disco
Fri 9 Dec Last day of term 4

Holiday Program Dates

12,13,15,16 December 2016 (closed Wed 14 Dec - Staff Event)
3-27 January 2017 (closed Thu 26 Jan - Australia Day)
Schedule and booking forms available soon.

School Calendar 2017

Can you offer accommodation to our AMI trainers next year?

As you will know, AMI training is taking place at CMS in a number of blocks next year. It would be wonderful if someone was able to offer them a room during their time here.They most likely won’t have their own transport so will be looking for somewhere close to school. Dates of the course can be found here.  

If you can help please contact
Interested in learning woodwind and guitar at CMS?
Our new program for three year olds starting in 2017
What it means in practical terms:
  • Gumnut will still be available for both before school care (7:30am – 8:30am) and after school care (3:00pm – 6:00pm).
  • We encourage you to have your 3 and 4-year-old children to attend class from 8:45am – 3:00pm every day Monday to Friday. Alternatively you may choose to leave everyday at midday.
  • If you decide to take up the option for your 3 and 4 year olds to continue in the classroom from midday to 3:00pm, they will attend five days a week with a term-long commitment.
  • Should you wish for your 3 year old to go home at midday one of the five days initially, that will be worked out with individual directors until such time the child is ready to stay.
  • Sleeping mats will be provided by the School and the children will bring a healthy lunch from home. The program will be charged for a consistent five-day week for the Term. If your child is absent the fee will still be charged, as is the case for all other tuition fees.
  • The fees for 3 and 4 year olds to continue in the classroom between 12pm – 3pm are charged separately to tuition fees as they attract the child care rebate. The fee can be found on the Fee Schedule at This fee is charged for 3 and 4 year olds in the afternoon because the 5 year olds attract government funding for the School, which covers staffing costs for their afternoon attendance.
  • From the term when a child turns five years old, five full days of school attendance is required and incurs no extra fees beyond standard tuition fees.

If you have any concerns about your child attending during the afternoon, please don't hesitate to talk to your director about it. 

If you have any concerns of an administrative nature about this program, please don't hesitate to contact Aine Barker, our Director School Administration either by email - - or by arranging a time to meet (contact the office 6287 1962).

Student and Family Counselling at CMS

Some CMS parents have asked for a little more information regarding the counselling service that is now available here for students, parents and staff every Friday morning.

Is being a Catholic a pre-requisite for working for Catholiccare?
  • Staff are not required to be Catholic in order to work for the organisation.
Can you elaborate on the ‘set of ethics’ that staff subscribe to and where they originate?
Do you have ‘code of conduct’ or FAQ information you can point us to?
  • All CatholicCare staff adhere to our Behaviour and Code of Conduct Staff Guidelines. Psychologists employed with the organisation will additionally follow their own professional Code of Ethics. Social Workers will also follow their own Code of Ethics outlined by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)

Are there some external standards that CatholicCare counsellors must meet?
  • As an organisation CatholicCare have QIC Accreditation - Health and Community Service Standards
We hope this provides a better understanding of their service. If there are any more questions, Lauren will be more than happy to answer them. If you would like to contact Lauren or access this confidential service please email - she will respond during her time here on Fridays.

Music in Cycle 1

Extended Day students have had a busy second Semester in Music. 

  • SONGS included peace, action, cumulative, weather, greetings, kindness, African traditional echo and horse themes.
  • MOVEMENT themes covered:  animals, circus, rain, drumming, ocean and relaxation. 
  • Musical GAMES were played with balls, an ‘elastic’, bean bags, a crafted horse and a parachute. We focused on insects, our names and traditional rhymes. 
  • DRAMA highlighted dynamics, role play of snow events and a bear hunt. 
  • Students played PERCUSSION on their body and with untuned instruments.  Creating a percussion storm was a highlight! 
  • DANCES taught were Hokey Pokey, Statue, Jiggles, Shoemaker, Face, an African tribal and 'Sakura' – a Japanese Spring scarf dance.  Dances of the world were viewed.
  • COMPOSITIONS introduced were Rossini’s ‘William Tell Overture’ and Vivaldi’s Spring movement. 
  • MUSICA VIVA work covered John Addison’s brass quartet 'Gallop', and Aaron Copland’s wind quartet 'I Bought Me A Cat'.
An exciting semester for everyone!

Alison Waddell
Director C1 Music

Useful links

Montessori Australia now offers an online Montessori materials store for the home with a 10% discount for CMS families.

Are you interested in studying for a Montessori qualification? Find 3-6 Diploma information here and 6-12 Certificate here.

Maren Schmidt, a certified AMI Montessori teacher who holds a Masters in Education from Loyola College in Maryland, founded a Montessori school, and has over thirty years experience working with children, has some interesting articles here.

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