A huge thank you goes to our Community Spirit for creating such a wonderful event last Friday afternoon.  We have certainly missed these occasions.  It was fantastic to see so many of our families coming together to have fun on the bouncy castles, enjoying the magician and having the opportunity to display and sell craft items along with just taking the time to reconnect as a school community.  This was a perfect occasion for our new families who have commenced in the school since the beginning of this year, to meet other families and connect across our whole school community.  We certainly look forward to more of these events throughout the second half of this year.

Our next whole school event is our Parent Education evening on this Thursday, 6 August from 6 – 7.30pm at the Adolescent Program on the Murdoch University Dixon Rd, Rockingham campus.   This presentation is for families with children of all ages and we will be running a crèche for your convenience.  Our staff will be presenting on the topic of Protective Behaviours and will be outlining the Keeping Safe curriculum for children from 3 to 18 years of age.  Our key job is keeping our children safe but we want to empower our young children to make safe choices and to listen to their warning signs when we are not there.  Come along and learn how we are teaching your children to make safe choices.

I would also encourage all families to come along to our up-coming information session on Saturday 22 August at 10am at the Adolescent Program on the Murdoch University Dixon Rd, Rockingham campus.  Whether your child is in playgroup, Children’s House, Lower or Upper Primary I am sure you have been thinking about what high school will look like for them.  This is a perfect opportunity for you to take a guided tour through what our Adolescent Program is like for our students.  We will outline the difference between an urban and rural Montessori Adolescent Program and we will be sharing with you future designs for both the Primary and High school sites.  You will hear from our students about what it was like transitioning through from Upper Primary and how an individualised learning plan is developed for your child along with what the role of the advisory is.  Our senior schools students will explain how an internship is developed from interest projects and also hear from our alumni about transition to life/further study/work after compulsory schooling.  This one hour session will provide you with all your answers about why your child should continue with RMS through to 18 years of age.

For our School Development Days at the beginning of this term, our staff were trained in Fire Prevention and all undertook the requalification for their First Aid certificate.  We also had Montessori professional learning tailored to each cycle that was facilitated by the relevant Program Coordinators and piggy backed from workshops that were delivered by the Association Montessori International from the United States. One of the key benefits of the international move to online learning over these recent times, is the access that we now have to quality teacher training particularly from our international Montessori community.

Vanessa Aikins – Principal