New Parent Education Event! Polli Soholt, AMI consultant, will talk on Friday 13 May 9am-10:30am: ‘How do Montessori principles apply to the home environment?’
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Week 2 Term 2 2016
Message from the Principal

Dear Parents, Carers and School Community,


Our new building is now finished! We currently await the paperwork required to transition into the new facility and this should occur over the next few weeks. Read more ...
The new series of classrooms is not the only building of importance in our school though, building positive relationships within our school community is also important, and education becomes more meaningful and effective when we establish strong links and a sense of community.

As parents, your engagement with our school is vital, and you can help your child succeed.  Read more ...

Anthony Vandermolen

From Director of School Administration

Dear CMS community,

Professional Learning is continuing as always as staff at CMS, like the children, are on a learning journey. Staff take responsibility for their own learning which aligns to individual professional and school goals. There is a very big focus on Professional Learning this Term as staff are comfortable with goals and now seeking ways to find the support required to attain the goals. There are many courses and workshops available hosted by various providers which meet the needs of the learning goals. We are happy to sponsor staff members to attend the Montessori Whole School Refresher in Sydney over the Queen’s Birthday weekend and also provide in-house workshops for those of us not attending.

We are extremely fortunate to welcome Polli Soholt to CMS this week. Polli is an extremely experienced Montessori teacher and Montessori trainer for the new Bay Area MNW Satellite Training Course in San Francisco, California. She is also an AMI-USA consultant, and has contributed to the NAMTA Journal and the AMI-USA newsletter on several occasions. Polli will work with our Cycle 1 staff over the next two weeks to support Professional Learning and consult with staff on classroom practice. 

Polli has also offered parent workshops appropriate for Cycle 1 parents and carers:
  • Please come along on Friday 13th May from 9:00am to 10:30am for a talk on ‘How do Montessori principles apply to the home environment?’
  • You are also welcome to attend on Wednesday 18th May from 9:00am to 10:30am when the theme is: ‘The development of self-discipline.’

I know these workshops will be extremely popular and well worth your taking the time to attend. 

Hope to see you here,

Áine Barker
Director – School Administration
Allegra and Alex from Grevillea (Cycle 2) have been doing some research on Hair-Nosed Wombats. Bring in your donation to the office to help save this rare creature! More info...

From the Board Members

Dear CMS Community,

After electing new members at the AGM in March, Board members have been busy settling into their sub-committees and setting work plans for the year. By creating annual work plans for each sub-committee and one for the Board as a whole, we: 
  • Help to ensure that we meet our regulatory requirements as a School, 
  • Try and spread the Board’s work out over the year so that it’s not overly burdensome for Board members at any one time, and 
  • Ensure that we don’t forget anything!
How are your Board members representing you at CMS? Read more ...

Upcoming Dates


Term 2 2016

10-12 May NAPLAN for years 3 and 5
11 May Scholastic orders (issue 3) due
13 May NEW Parent Education Morning - Friday 9:00am to 10:30am Montessori consultant Polli Soholt talks on ‘How do Montessori principles apply to the home environment?’
15 May Learnscapes Working Bee 1pm-4pm
16 May Camp Quality week
17 May Board meeting 6.45pm
18 May NEW Parent Education Morning - Wednesday 18th May from 9:00am to 10:30am Montessori consultant Polli Soholt talks on  ‘The development of self-discipline.’
20 May Spiky Hair Day
22 May CMS Open Day 10am-1pm
25 May Learnscapes meeting 7pm
30 May National Reconciliation week
1 Jun Parent Education evening
10 Jun Pupil Free Day
13 Jun Queen's Birthday Public Holiday
14 Jun Board meeting 6.45pm
22 Jun Learnscapes meeting 7pm
27 Jun Parent Teacher interviews begin

Trivia Night – Save the Date!

Saturday night 3 September the school grounds will come alive with the sounds, smells and tastes of Bollywood. Oh and there will be some trivia too! Pop the 3rd of September into your calendars. It’ll be a night to remember!

Spiky Hair Day - 20 May

Come to school on Friday 20 May with a gold coin donation and your craziest hair style! Read more ...

Wanted - Sushi Coordinator

The F&S Committee is looking for someone willing to coordinate Sushi on a Tuesday each week. More details ...

Montessori Model United Nations

Some of our Cycle 3 children recently travelled to New York to participate in the Montessori Model UN. Take a look at this youtube clip to get a glimpse of what it was like for them....

Entertainment Books

We're very excited to be fundraising with Entertainment™ this year. Order your NEW 2016 | 2017 Books from us today, and 20% of the proceeds contribute towards our school!  Read more ...

The CMS Spring Fair

is the highlight of our community’s social calendar. 29 October 2016, the grounds will come alive! Read more ...

Full Term Pre-Order for sushi 

is now available for Term 2. Online payments will be accepted until cob Tuesday 10 May. 

Second Hand Clothing Stall – Summer Clothes Collection

Monday 9th May – Friday June 3

The Second-hand clothing stall will be seeking donations to go toward the Spring Fair stall, later in the year. The stall is looking for good quality used clothes that are free from rips, stains, holes or any other damage so they can be sold to raise money for the school.

All donations can be placed inside the plastic containers located near the sign in books of the Dryandra and Accacia classrooms.

Any questions please contact the stall co-ordinator Eddie Wundersitz on or 0422 135 419.

From the Learnscapes Committee

Returning in term two you will see lots of changes in the garden now that autumn has settled in.

Take some time to notice the lovely colours and leaf shapes we have around the school, especially in the Cycle 2/3 playground. Whilst you are out the back have a look the native trees and shrubs on the activity track. Mothers' Day marks exactly one year since we planted these at the autumn working bee and the growth has been remarkable! 

More news from Learnscapes:
  • The School Holiday Program's new garden bed ...
  • Things are humming along in the orchard ...
  • The next working bee...

Read more ...

Have you seen the book  illustration prints available from the office? Take a look here....

Some useful links ...

We are happy to continue supporting  Redgum Book Club which is an Australian owned children’s book club supporting Australian authors, illustrators and publishers.  You can view their on line catalogue here. And for more information follow this link.

Find out what's happening in the Montessori community Australia wide in the latest MAFeBulletin.  
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