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During 21 – 24 March Montessori Schools and Centres Australia held the Head 2 Head conference for school leaders in Western Australia. Forty school leaders from Montessori schools across Australasia visited The Montessori School, Beehive Montessori, Rockingham Montessori and Margaret River Montessori focusing on school settings and school design. I was extremely proud to present a workshop on school innovation and structural leadership. Whilst many Montessori schools across our nation are small by design, I was able to display how our School has established an organisational structure that allows more students to access a Montessori education whilst maintaining small community hubs where families feel connected to the school and to each other.  The group toured our Primary and Adolescent Program sites along with the West Coast Early Learning site and our Karnup farm to see how schools can utilise a range of facilities to deliver a comprehensive Montessori program.  The feedback we received on our School is a credit to our whole school community.

We are delighted to inform the School has recently purchased a second bus for going out experiences with our students. Over the past weeks the following events have taken place; AP Fremantle Prison,  AP State Library, SS Odyssey, AP Point Peron, multiple trips for Sports Day, RAC Bstreetsmart, AP Baldivis Children’s Forrest, AP trips to Bunnings/Spotlight for student projects. The second bus is a 12 seater allowing all staff to now be able to drive without having to have the medium rigid licence, thus allowing even more outings to occur for all classes.

Congratulations to Erin from our senior school who recently entered the KIC Art Awards held at the Gary Holland Centre in Rockingham.  Erin’s piece was a 3D model incorporating her writing and sculpture titled “Flightless Bird”. This exhibition opened on Wednesday 27 March and will run through into the first week of the holidays.

Our renovations at the Rockingham Primary School site in the multipurpose area between Penguins and Jellyfish classrooms will be almost complete when we return to school next term and the Jellyfish class will move back to their classroom from the beginning of term 2.  Painting, carpeting and the final fit-out will take place over the first few weeks of term.  I thank everyone on the Rockingham site for their patience over this past term with the work that has taken place.

I hope all families and staff have a wonderful term break and I look forward to seeing everyone in Term 2.