At RMS our Principal Vanessa, invites the children/students on a Thursday morning to enjoy morning tea with her in her office. Students from Lower Primary through to the Adolescent Program are welcome and come into reception to book a date to attend.
Each Thursday morning the table is set with a lace table cloth, fine china teacups and side plates. The children take their seats in Vanessa’s office and a silver tea service is brought in complete with teapot, milk, sugar, healthy home baked goodies and flowers. A photograph is taken as a memento and signed by Vanessa who personally delivers it to each student to say thank-you for joining her.
Middle School News
We are now in Week 3 and the Middle School students have been buzzing in the environment working diligently and enthusiastically. In our Advisories we have welcomed new students into the space and our eldest have been contributing and supporting others with their leadership skills. We have appointed our new management roles and classes are off to a fantastic start.
Humanities and Languages have now combined to further support the Montessori methodology by allowing more of a class curricula approach. We have delved into the Ancient Egyptian Civilisation and students are developing their knowledge through a wide range of experiences and resources. The introduction to Seminar has been met with enthusiasm as each Advisory tackles and explores a range of short stories from different genres and authors.
We have welcomed Jade back to the environment as she busily works with Mark to develop our Physical Expression program. Tanya, Beau and Gurmayll continue to lead our Music and Indonesian classes, adding additional layers to an already broad Creative Expression curriculum. In addition to the current Occupations program of Senior School Science, Kitchen and Factory the students are now involved with a Montessori Market looking at small business opportunities within the community. Something to definitely keep an eye out for!
This terms calendar is sure to be busy for the students, as they are involved in incursions, excursions and a wide range of learning. We welcome those interested in seeing the adolescent environment to visit at the Adolescent Program as we journey into what is going to be a thought-provoking term one.
Kirsty Bell, AP Program Coordinator
Children’s House News
The journey that a child takes towards independence is a huge part of Montessori education. Indeed, it is part of each plane of development and is one of the basic tendencies of humans, along with exploration, work, mastery, and perfection. Naturally much of the material in the Montessori classroom calls for independent work; “Never do for a child what he can do for himself.”
It’s helpful to continually ask yourself, “Could my child do this?” If the answer is yes, then let them. You’ll have to plan your day differently to allow more time for different tasks, but the results will be worth it. Another way to foster independent thinking is this: instead of asking your child to do something (“Please put your bag and hat away”), you ask them a question that prompts the action. For instance, “Is there something you forgot to do when you came inside?” Let them be the one to think of the necessary task.
- Allow them to carry their own bags to school instead of you doing it for them.
- Let them help you pack their lunch so that they know what they will be having.
- Assist them in packing their own bag for school so that they can remember to put their hat and belongings inside.
- Do not do things for a child which they can do themselves.
- Allow them to put on their shoes themselves.
“Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed” Maria Montessori
Infant & Toddler
1 - 3 Years
Our Infant Toddler Program (Playgroup) is the ideal way for your family to experience the Montessori philosophy and practice, while providing toddlers with a gentle transition to the Children’s House.
3 - 6 Years
Rockingham Montessori School has
three Children’s House classrooms,
named Dolphins, Penguins and Seahorse, reflecting our seaside location. Each is led by a dedicated and highly-trained Montessori teacher.
6 - 12 Years
Rockingham Montessori School has three Lower-Primary classrooms: Jelly Fish, Starfish and Sealions, continuing our ocean theme. Teachers are Montessori-trained and work with the help of an education assistant.
12 -18 Years
In Montessori’s third plane of development, from twelve to eighteen years old, the adolescent has a ‘humanistic mind’ eager to understand humanity and the contribution they can make to society.