Term 1 Newsletter 2016

Classroom Update:

Welcome to our new lead teacher, Claudine Noronha

Photo of Claudine NoronhaClaudine has over 25 years worth of experience with teaching and learning, and holds two Bachelors degrees, a Masters in early childcare and education, as well as a Diploma and Postgraduate Diploma in Montessori education and early childhood education. Claudine has worked as a Principal, a Montessori Directress and an Educational consultant for many years, and has attended and presented at many international conferences. Claudine has a husband, two children, as well as two grandchildren. In her spare time she loves to go for long drives, cook and spend time with family and friends. Claudine has over 25 years worth of experience with teaching, and frequently updates the class blog.

Classroom Update:

Welcome to our new assistant teacher and successful AMI scholarship candidate, Karen Robertson

Photo of Karen RobertsonKaren completed a Bachelor of Education majoring in Montessori two years ago. Her introduction to Montessori at University changed the way she views teaching and learning, the natural environment and world events. Karen has been selected by WAMT to receive a scholarship to complete an intensive AMI training course in late 2016. In the mean time, Karen will be joining us in the classroom as an assistant teacher in the second week of term 2. Please join the trust in making Karen feel welcome.

Our best ever Helensville show

For many years the parents of room 17 students have graciously given a few hours of their time to participate as parking attendants at the Helensville A & P Show. In return we receive a percentage of the total gate takings. This year was our best ever, so thank you everyone for your support on the day.

Children in playground

Classroom Update: What’s next in 2016

  • Room 17 will be going on a class trip to the Kumeu Art Centre in May
  • Students support Trees for Survival project, see below.
  • Open day: May 21st, see flyer at the bottom of this email.

Trees for survival logo

The children of room 17 have recently began helping with the Trees for Survival project on Fridays, run by Auckland Council.

Trees for Survival is an environmental education programme which involves young people growing and planting native trees to restore natural habitats by helping landowners revegetate erosion-prone land, improve stream flow and water quality and increase biodiversity.

The Trees for Survival programme creates community partnerships by engaging schools, their community, local businesses and Councils all working together to restore our natural heritage. Find out more here.

Montessori philosophy:

Freedom within limits

by Nynke de Vries

As parents of children following an alternative philosophy of education there comes a time (or many) when you’re asked to explain Montessori…. and then…the misconceptions that exist. Such as “Montessori children can do what they like”, or the opposite – Montessori is very “structured”. So how to answer? Montessori follows the principle of freedom within limits. Children are free to choose and work on activities at their own pace within the structure of the classroom or home environment.

Maria Montessori wrote “Let us leave the life free to develop within limits of the good, and let us observe this inner life developing. This is the whole of our mission (Dr. Montessori’s own handbook). She also said that “to let the child do as he likes when he has not yet developed any powers of control is to betray the idea of freedom (The Absorbent Mind).

Our children, both at home and in class, have freedom when they can handle the responsibility that goes along with it. This might mean choosing where to sit in class and not disrupting other students, or riding their bike round the block, being street safe and coming home at an agreed time. By increasing their skills and ability to handle responsibility children gain a higher level of freedom.

To read more have a look at the following links: Maren Schmidt, Living Montessori, and Montessori Training.

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A word from WAMT…

Thank you for reading the first of our new termly newsletters. This year we are putting considerable focus on marketing and communication, and we hope that everyone will start seeing the benefits. The last few years have been tumultuous (with teacher changes, roll shrinkage etc.) but we are well positioned to grow with a strong, community-minded teacher, highly supportive parent community, projected population growth in the Huapai area, and trust resources to help drive this growth. We are working hard towards this and ensuring the teachers have the support they need to achieve these goals.

We are also undergoing a transformation, redesigning our brand, supported by a strong marketing campaign and a revival of our old webpage. This marketing campaign is aimed at growing our roll and building stronger links within the wider community. Thank you to our parent community for your continued support, and particularly to Francis Joung, one of our Room 17 parents, for driving our marketing campaign.

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