Monday 15 October was the RMS Annual General Meeting (AGM) where Shea O’Neil was elected as Board Chair, Barry Down as Vice Chair and Kath Sugars as a General Member.   I would like to thank both Matthew Watt our past Vice Chair and Nigel Denny our past General Member for their amazing work and support over their four years on our School Board.   The AGM minutes and the presentation from the meeting are now available on our website. I would like to particularly thank the Board on the decision not to increase school fees this year in recognition of the continuing economic climate in WA which has effected many of our families.

At the AGM one of the items raised by parents was to formalise the process of Parent Education.   Parent Education is vital in ensuring children are fully supported through the Montessori methods both at school and home.  Given our staff dedicate large amounts of their time to develop workshops that are engaging and informative the suggestion was to look at how participation rates in Parent Education can be improved.  I welcome your feedback on what you would like included in our Montessori Parent Education Programs and encourage you to come along to the Primary School Staff Room on Wednesday 31 October at 2pm to discuss with other parents and myself what you feel should be included in the information we provide to parents in the School.  If you are unable to attend please forward your suggestions to reception@rms.wa.edu.au.

With the end of the year come changes and we will be farewelling three of our staff members.  As previously shared Asti will be heading to Riverlands Montessori as the Principal, Kym Murphy will be heading to Blue Gum Montessori as Program Coordinator and we congratulate these ladies on their appointments.  With a restructure in our Administration team we also farewell John Bird.  Whilst I would love to keep all of our staff, I feel so proud that so many of our staff leave our school for promotional positions.  This is a credit to our leadership program across the school and demonstrates the ability for our staff to work autonomously to gain the skills required to be so successful in school leadership positions.  The development of future leaders strengthens all aspects of RMS and plays a key role in developing a wonderful Montessori Community locally, nationally and internationally.  RMS is committed to developing amazing teachers and leaders for the future.

Rest easy as all of our staff have now completed their annual update of their first aid training thanks to Dawn Walker.  Please enjoy our photos from the recent School Development Day training.

Unfortunately on Friday afternoon we had two scooters stolen from the bike racks at the front of the Primary School site.  This was a very opportunistic act by some young members of the non RMS public who were coming back from the skate park (rather than being in school themselves).  I would encourage families who use the bike racks to lock their equipment to these racks to prevent the loss of loved possessions.

I would like to congratulate Steph from the Adolescent Program for her Herd 2 Home fundraiser that commenced last week.  This was a great initiative and the Dugongs children enjoyed seeing their classmates pets and hearing all about why they are such a loved pet.  Each week this term one class will be scheduled to have the opportunity to bring their pet to school from 8.30-9.30am.  Your child will bring home a permission note closer to their classes scheduled date.  An adult helper from the family is required to also attend this event to ensure the pet can be taken home after 9.30am.  If you would like to donate to this cause, there is a box in reception for blankets, bowls, toys or any other items that dogs require.