I am delighted to share the news that our fantastic Education Assistant in the Penguins class, Natalie Wright is pregnant and thus will be on maternity leave for semester one 2019. We are currently in the process of backfilling Nat’s position as is Amy from Our Place OSHC. We congratulate both Nat and Scott for this wonderful news and look forward to their new edition having lots of new aunts and uncles from staff.

From Thursday 6 to Sunday 9 September RMS hosted the sixth annual Meeting in the Middle Forum for Montessori Adolescent practitioners across Australasia. Our audience consisted of teachers from Brisbane Montessori, New Zealand’s WaOra Montessori, Melbourne Montessori, New South Wales’ Templestow Montessori, Jakarta Montessori, The Hills Montessori and Southern Montessori both from South Australia along with the five Western Australian Montessori Adolescent Programs. Our academic journey commenced on Thursday night at Beehive Montessori then Friday morning saw us visit The Montessori School in Kingsley and Treetops Montessori in Darlington in the afternoon. RMS proudly hosted the Saturday program and Sunday we visited Perth Individual which is a Montessori inspired school in Burswood.

I would like to thank our Adolescent Program and Upper Primary staff who attended and most importantly our wonderful Adolescent Program administrator Deb Bird for assisting with coordinating registrations, accommodation, travel arrangements, catering, liaison with presenters and overall program coordination along with ensuring with the help of Stella Onderwater, our Adolescent Program Education Assistant, that our Adolescent Program environment shone – literally. Thanks also goes to Tony Gillespie our Adolescent Program Deputy Principal for his presentation on the recent Senior School Odyssey and to Zac for presenting with me on his recent student exchange to Germany. A big thank you also to Deb Dwyer for assisting with catering, and for Jenny Short and Asti Jorgensen covering the relief for Friday. The twenty various workshops over the five days were exceptional and our staff have not only absorbed as much knowledge as humanly possible but have been inspired with new ideas and have formed strong networks which will further enhance opportunities for our adolescents now and into the future. I will certainly be putting our hand up again in the future to host this and many other events as we received such positive feedback about the quality of our school and particularly our Adolescent Program which made us all so proud.

Part of our wonderful school community that I love is how our families work together to support each other in carpooling. That being said our teachers are not always aware of who has been arranged to collect children and this is essential. Please advise your child’s class teacher of any arrangements you have in place for people other than yourself to collect your child from class. In the event that you have younger children asleep in your car on arrival to pick up and you ask another parent to bring your child to you, please phone or email reception@rms.wa.edu.au to advise this is occurring thus ensuring the teachers are providing their duty of care requirements.

I would like to thank all parents and students for completing the online MYP survey over the past two weeks. Your feedback is greatly appreciated and will help to shape the schools future directions. Please take a look at our new School website rms.wa.edu.au, whilst this has been a significant undertaking for both the administration staff and the School Board we welcome any feedback and we particularly thank Dee Dance for her commitment to this task.

I look forward to seeing all families at our Graduation Ceremony for our year 12 students on Friday and I hope families have a wonderful break over this extended holiday period.