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Kindergarten High Tea
On Thursday 20th February, Kindergarten held their annual High Tea for their parents. They were involved in the whole process from baking the scones and muffins to inviting their parent in and serving them. There is a great deal of social grace and courtesy lessons that they learn from inviting someone in, showing them to their seat, ensuring they have a drink and something to eat and then asking if they would like anymore. The afternoon was enjoyed by all, ending with the children showing their parent around the classroom.  
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Introducing Baby Oliver!
Hello Everyone! The time has come to happily announce the arrival of our little bundle. Baby Oliver arrived 2 weeks early on 2 July, weighing 3.69 kg and 52 cms long. It was a very quick delivery (2.5 hrs!) and we are both doing really well.  My whole family would like to thank all of the Hills parent community for the support and well wishes they have given us. An extra thank you to Narelle for the surprise shower she planned and also coming to the rescue when I went into labour to look after the kids until my hubby...
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Welcome back to Term 3 – Dinosaurs
We hope all our families enjoyed their holiday breaks. Our theme for our first week in Home Environment this term was very popular with both the boys and the girls – dinosaurs. The children worked beautifully together creating a dinosaur diorama or ‘Dinosaur World’ as the children like to refer to it. They created trees from paper bags and crepe paper, made a river from cellophane and made a variety of grasses for the dinosaurs to eat from green paper and paint. The children love to paint and it was extra fun this week as they mixed the colours themselves....
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making Christmas cards to sell for the Extended Day Stall
Making Christmas Cards The children in both the Brolgas and Rosella classroom excitedly made Christmas cards to sell. The children were involved in tracing the shapes, cutting them out, and folding the cards. Don't forget to bring your money on the 27th November to buy lots of the Christmas wares.  
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Thank You Linda
Blog Training A great big thank you to Linda who generously gave up her time this afternoon to help train the staff in IT. Hopefully we will be able to post our own blogs and do updates when needed. 
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Christmas in Home Environment
End of year activities As the school year draws to a close the children in Home Environment have been decorating the hall for Christmas. Each of the decorations on our Christmas Tree have been created by the Home Environment children. The tree looks fantastic with paper chains, baubles, beads, lanterns and an angel on top.             We also created Santa flying in his sleigh being pulled by the eight reindeer plus Rudolph.                                           We would like to wish all the families at Hills Montessori a Merry Christmas and a safe and happy holiday break. Lynelle and Narelle  
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Home Environment Supports Extended Day Stall
Home Environment Bakes and Creates We were very pleased to support the Extended Day's Christmas Stall. Home Environment was a hive of activity leading up to the stall. The children helped to bake and decorate Reindeer Cupcakes, they constructed and decorated the boxes for the Reindeer Cupcakes, they had a fantastic time creating Reindeer Food and they also measured and poured the ingredients for the Christmas Cookies in a Jar. Many of the Home Environment children will be Extended Day next year and they are really looking forward to their turn selling at next year's stall. Thank you for your...
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K Mart Wishing Tree
K Mart Wishing Tree Shopping On Wednesday 4th December the Extended Day children hopped on a bus and went shopping at K Mart to put presents under the wishing tree. We managed to purchase 18 gifts for boys and girls of different ages. We then wrote on the card and put them in a basket behind the Christmas tree. After that we enjoyed and ice cream before catching the bus back to school. You should all be very proud of your children, they made some wonderful gift choices and many onlookers were very impressed by their generosity.
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christmas stall
Extended Day Christmas Stall Starting on Wednesday 27th November and until sold out the Extended Day children will be selling Christmas products that have been made by all of the children of Hills Montessori. There will be hand made paper and tags, cards and edible gifts for sale. The Extended Day children will be rostered on at 8.30,11.30,12.30 and 2.30. All of the proceeds will be used to purchase gifts to place under the Wishing tree at Kmart. The Extended Day children will catch the bus with Kylee and Carol, choose the gifts and then place under the tree.  ...
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Kookaburra Class
News from Kookaburra Class Wow we are already half way through term 4 and this term we have welcomed Sarah Joung and her family back to Hills. Sarah has settled in very well to the program and has had some big extended day people willing to help her out.   We are also enjoying many outdoor activities due to the lovely weather. Bird feeding has become a favourite as the birds are now tame enough to eat out of the children's hands. It is lovely to watch.   At group time we are exploring poetry. The children really enjoy all...
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Thank You!!
World Teacher's Day A huge thank you to all of the parents who provided a wonderfully delicious lunch for all of the teachers last Friday. It was fabulous to try some new exotic dishes such as lamb and lentil rissoles, korean rolls as well as some favourites (sushi, samosas, cheese platters)....not to mention ALL of the sweets!  Thank you for a wonderful day!! Love from all of the teachers (who are now on diets!!!)
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Chubby Little Snowman
Group time: Our favourite song in the Kookaburra class at the moment is called “Chubby Little Snowman” here are the words so you can sing along with your children. “Chubby Little Snowman” Chubby little snowman, had a carrot nose Along came a bunny and what do you suppose That hungry little bunny, looking for his lunch Ate the snowman’s carrot nose, nibble, nibble, crunch.
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Paintings
Last week, some of the Home Environment children told Narelle and I that painting is their favourite activity. So this week, we brought out the paints, paper, smocks, brushes and other painting mediums and watched as the children stretched their imaginations and creativity to produce some amazing artworks. We began the week with brushes with unusual textures. Some of the children dabbed the paper with the brushes looking at the different patterns and textures the various brushes created while other children painted with purpose to create identifiable objects. On Tuesday, we used spray bottles. The children shared 3 bottles, each...
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Making sorbet
Making Sorbet At the beginning of the year Zach Ngyuen's family kindly donated a new ice creamer maker to the school. Last Friday the Rosella class made orange sorbet for an afternoon treat. The children enjoyed the whole process of juicing, measuring and mixing all of the ingredients together.    
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More Dinosaurs
Programming of activities in Home Environment is based on the children’s interests. As last week’s dinosaurs were so popular, we continued the dinosaur theme for another week. Creating dinosaurs from play dough continued to extend the children’s imagination and the dinosaur jigsaw puzzles and books were as popular as ever. ‘Dinosaur land’ which the children created last week was a focal point for group play with the dinosaurs. Pterosaurs flew, Stegosaurus’s plodded, T-Rex snarled and the children laughed with delight as they manipulated the dinosaurs through their world.  This week we added some new dinosaur activities, while retaining last week’s...
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Rosellas Treasure Hunt
To farewell the children who are moving onto 'big school' next year the Rosellas had a special afternoon get together after school the children had a treasure hunt. The children and parents had a fun time trying to find all of the sweets scattered around the grounds.  
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Rosellas Christmas Card Making
Making Christmas cards The Rosellas enjoyed an afternoon putting the finishing touches to their hand-made Christmas cards. Each card is indiviually crafted by the children and have individual touches on all of them. Please support the extended day children by purchasing these cards next week. Don't forget that all money raised goes towards buying gifts for the K-Mart wishing tree.          
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Becoming scientists…
When Dr. Maria Montessori designed the children’s environment she wanted to offer the children the “keys to the world”… offering them a key to the greater world outside the walls of our classrooms as well as the ‘keys’ to the cultural world enabling the children to sensorially explore essential and fundamental elements of the natural and man-made worlds. In helping children to explore their world they have the opportunity to become careful observers of their surroundings. The activity of exploring and observing helps them to create a more intimate connection between their outer and inner worlds. They become more curious,...
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Home Environment Science Experiments
Home Environment Science Experiments In weeks 2 and 3 of Term 4, the children in Home Environment observed and participated in a range of science experiments. The experiments included tea bag rockets, blowing up balloons with carbon dioxide and creating 'Elephant Toothpaste.' The tea bag rocket demonstrated that hot air rises. When the tea bag was burning it rose high up towards the roof and then it floated gently back down to the floor as it cooled. This was great fun and the children watched it many times with wonder and excitement.      Another great experiment was blowing up...
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Brolgas term 4
Term 4 Welcome back everyone and especially to our new children and families starting this term. The new children- Elodyn, Alisha and Katrina have settled beautifully into the program and quickly learning the routines of the program.                      Simple Science: Several months ago the children had a challenge to see if they could make a ball of plasticine float. This strong interest lead us to extend this experiment further by challenging the children to make a boat that will hold ‘passengers’ i.e. some animals.              
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Melbourne Cup in Home Environment
Melbourne Cup in Home Environment             It was a busy afternoon in Home Environment on Melbourne Cup Day. We began the festivities by baking horseshoe cookies. The children measured and mixed the ingredients then formed the dough into horseshoe shaped cookies and decorated them with sultanas. While the cookies were baking we made fascinators, ties and bow ties to rival the fashion at Flemington. The children looked fantastic in their finery. The main event was the running of the 5th Annual Home Environment Cup. All the children made their own hobby horse to ride in the race and they had...
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Kookaburra’s Week 7
Wrapping Paper and Cards The Kookaburra and Extended Day classes have been hard at work making the wrapping paper and cards to sell at next weeks Christmas Stall. The whole experience provides an opportunity for children to see the process of production, selling and then using the profits to buy things for people less fortunate. We hope to see you all at the stall buying some of the lovely products your children have been so proud to make.                    
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extended day christmas stall
Extended Day Christmas Stall Last week the Extended Day children sold the wonderful handmade Christmas goods that all of the Hills children had participated in making. The Extended Days all had a turn of 'selling' and in the end made $250!! Thank you to all of the families that supported in such an important cause. The Extended Days will be catching the bus with Carol and Kylee to Castle Towers to purchase the presents to place under the Wishing tree.                                      
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Farewell
Goodbye and Goodluck Our final school days of 2013 are upon us and it is a time of reflecting all of the wonderful times we have had at the school...from the disco, movie night, our many cooking and tasting experiences and all of the learning that has taken part both inside and outside the classroom. It is an exciting time for all of the children moving onto 'big school' next year. To those children we wish you luck and wonderful times in your new journey of learning. Goodbye to Zoe, Alyxia, Zachary, Celeste, Cristian, Rehan, Hassan and Christian. Merry Christmas and have safe relaxing holiday break to...
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Goodbye and Good Luck
Farewell As we come to the end of yet another year, it is time for us to bid a sad farewell to the children who will be leaving  us and heading off to big school next year. We have had a wonderful time teaching your children over the years and you should be very proud in what they have achieved. They are all so ready to take the next step in their educational journey. We wish you all the best and know that you will all settle into your new schools with ease, confidence and an abundance of independence. So...
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Home Environment Photo Gallery Term 1 2014
Photos from Home Environment Term 1 2014
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Thank You
Thank You We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all the parents at Hills Montessori school for the kind words and generous gifts that were given at the end of the year. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year. Love and Best Wishes Hills Montessori Staff
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Welcome Back
Welcome Back A very warm welcome back to all our families from last year. We hope you all had a nice relaxing holiday break and are recharged and ready to start the new school year. The children have settled back into work like they were just away for a weekend and our Extended Day group have taken on the new changes and longer hours well. We have even had a visit from 2 of last years Extended Day children, we are very excited to see that they still enjoy coming back. Our new 3 year olds begin from next week...
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Extended Day Term 1 Week 2
Extended Day Term 1 Week 2 The children have settled in really well and are finding their feet within the classroom. This week we are talking about 2D and 3D shapes and are concentrating hard on writing our names with only a capital letter at the beginning and the rest lower case. If you could also reinforce this at home that would be great. Many of the children spoke about seeing a 3D movie and how it was different to a 2D one. We are also learning about book conventions such as front cover, title page. blurb etc. News presentations...
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Brolga and Rosella news
Welcome Back I can't believe we are already in week 4 next week. The term is certainly flying past us. The new extended day in the Brolgas are settling into their new roles very well being the leaders of the classroom. They have all been eager to be good role models and assisting the younger children when necessary.   The children working together to                                 complete a puzzle map:                                                                Food preparation In the classroom we have added some new work in the Practical Life Area involving food preparation. We have a melon baller where the children have...
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welcome back Rosellas and Brolgas
Welcome Back I can't believe we are already in week 4 next week. The term is certainly flying past us. The new extended day in the Brolgas are settling into their new roles very well being the leaders of the classroom. They have all been eager to be good role models and assisting the younger children when necessary. The children working together to complete a puzzle map: Food preparation In the classroom we have added some new work in the Practical Life Area involving food preparation. We have a melon baller where the children have the opportunity to prepare watermelons,...
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Our New Starters
                                                                  Welcome  to our new children that have started this term. A warm welcome to Michael and his family, Lauren and family and Helia and family. Your beautiful children are sttling well into the routines of the classroom. All of the children have assisted in helping the children settle in quickly.          Lauren enjoys the sewing cards. This work assists with eye-hand co-ordination as well as refining the fine motor skills:                       Thank you. Vicki and Dale
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Kookaburra News
Kookaburra News As we begin week 4 and I look around at the children working in the classroom it is so nice to see how independent they are. When they offer help to others or say the words "I can do it myself", I can't help but smile. This needs to extend from the classroom setting into their everyday lives with the children carrying their own bags, dressing themselves, feeding themselves and being responsible for their own belongings. We welcome Michelle, Hailey and Cleo to our class this term and their families to the school. We hope your time at...
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tasting jars
  The Tasting Jars: The tasting jars is part of the sensorial work of the classroom and focusing on the gustatory sense which is also known as the sense of taste. The children have 3 jars filled with sweet, sour and salty liquid that they need to match to a control. Through this work the children have to taste, identify and then match the liquids to the controls. Montessori wanted children to experience the world in a concrete way and one of these methods was to bring the world into the classroom for the children to experience. She called it 'giving the...
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Home Environment Police Visit and Community Week
The Rosella class joined Home Environment recently for a visit from Trevor the policeman. Trevor engaged the children, talking in simple terms about keeping safe. This including talking about stranger danger, the importance of wearing a helmet when riding a bike or scooter and choosing safe places to ride. Trevor also entertained the children with a fun story about a robber breaking into the hall and stealing the clock!  At the beginning of Trevor's visit some children were nervous being near a policeman but by the end of the visit Trevor had achieved his aim of reassuring the children that the...
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Lego Week in Home Environment
The hall was a hive of activity during Week 5 as the children became engineers, architects, town planners and builders as they designed and created amazing objects using a huge variety of Lego.  We choose to host Lego Week as several children had mentioned they love to create and play with Lego. While providing an activity they love, Lego also provided the children with creative play opportunities; unlimited, open ended possibilities; fine motor development; patterning and sorting skills; problem solving and team work.                          
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Term Two – Extended Day
What's Happening This Term in Extended Day? Well I am so glad you asked. We have such a fun filled busy term ahead of us. I hope you have all noticed our new scarecrow in the garden that was built by our extended days. He is still yet to be named but we hope soon we will be able to post what the children have decided on.                                                       So far this term we have talked about hygiene and nutrition with the children making posters of food they should eat sometimes and food they should eat all the times. I found...
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Welcome to Term Two
Welcome Back to Term Two in the Kookaburra Class Well we have been truly blessed with the amazing weather we have been having over the past weeks, and the children really enjoy doing outside work. I'm sure it will hit all to soon and we will be wrapped up in our winter woollies remembering those lovely warm Autumn days. This term we have welcomed 4 new students into our class and they are all settling in well. We welcome Noelle Nguyen and her parents Megan and Ky-Anh, Grace Wu and her parents Iris and Roc, Dante Philipp and his parents Stacey and Michael...
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News from Extended Day
Extended Day News It has been a while since my last blog about what has been happening in Extended Day, so get ready because so much has happened. On Wednesday 26th February we held our Extended Day High Tea for our mums. We made orange muffins and got to serve our mums for the afternoon. We set the table and made everything look beautiful. A lovely time was had by all.                                            We also went on our first excursion to the local park. This excursion incorporated our road safety unit of work. We stopped at the kerb, looked both...
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Lemon mint drink
This week the Brolga children were involved in making a deliciously refreshing drink using the mint that we have been growing in the garden. A group of children harvested the mint, washed it and then chopped it up before placing into ice trays to make "mint ice blocks." Another group of children were responsible for slicing and then juicing the lemons.                   We then added a sugar syrup and mineral water to the lemon juice for a nice twist on a lemonade drink. If you would like to try this drink at home the recipe follows. Most of the...
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Disco preparations
All week the children have been buzzing about the annual school disco. During group time we have dusted off our dance shoes and practised our dance moves in preparation for the disco.                            As part of the  preparations many of the children helped clean the playground and the 'disco' floor to make it look shiny for all of the disco dancers! "Happy Dancing!"    
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Wecome to Home Environment 2014
It's lovely to see our returning children again. They look so much bigger and older after the break. A special welcome is extended to our new children in Home Environment. We look forward to sharing lots of fun times together. The biggest news in Home Environment since moving to the hall is that Home Environment is now available in the morning. In response to the needs of the families at Hills Montessori School, Home Environment is now offering morning care. Morning Home Environment is available from 7:30am to 8:30am for the children in the Brolga and Kookaburra classes and from 7:30am to...
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Extended day Term 1 Week 3
Extended Day Term 1 Week 3 This week we have enjoyed our shared reading with the book "We're going on a bear hunt". We talked about predicting a story by looking at the cover and discussing what the story might be about. We then followed this theme into our creative arts and drama and acted out the story and illustrated our own books using a variety of different media. Wednesday is our experiment day, and this week we talk about whether something as soft as rain can dissolve something as strong as rock. The children really enjoy watching what happens...
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Extended Day and their culinary skills
Extended Day and their Culinary Skills Boy have we been doing some cooking in Extended Day over the past few weeks. For our topic on "food from different countries" we made pizzas and sushi in class. We made the pizza dough from scratch and then rolled out the dough and put on our favourite toppings. We then got to eat the pizzas for lunch. Yummy!!!!!!. We also made sushi and enjoyed that as an afternoon snack.     We also made some delicious cookies for Father's Day that we hope you enjoy. Kylee
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Songs for Nido & Under 3’s (Term 4)
Hello Everyone! It is lovely to be back and sharing group time stories and songs. Please find below some of the songs that I will be sharing this term for you to enjoy at home with your child. Remember that music is developed like language and we have an unique sensitive period for this development including acquisition of sound, tone and timbre. Children also pick up rhythm and enjoy clapping, bouncing or swaying to the beat. Our birth to three children love listening to their parents sing (even if you don't like hearing yourself!), so do so with confidence and...
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Kookaburras – Welcome Back
We welcome back our families from last year and trust you had a relaxed holiday. Our new 3 year old students are settling into the 3-6 programmes. We welcome Kayla Khoo (parents Suzanne & Alex), Joseph Mezher (parents Amanda & Anthony), Jacob Brownlee (parents Laura & Troy), Elio Haigh (parents Maria & Ian), Neil Warren (parents Way & Rory) to the Kookaburra class.  We trust your time at Hills Montessori will be an enjoyable one. Many of the new children coming from Under 3’s are familiar with and are enjoying the practical life activities. We have introduced cheese grating and...
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Lorikeets – Group and Individual Work Time
The children are enjoying a balance between working alone and in small groups. When a child has chosen a task to work on alone, they require time to concentrate, process information and practice.  The other children are reminded to respect each other’s right to work uninterrupted. The children also enjoy times working together, sharing the learning experience, contributing ideas to the group, co-operating, sharing and negotiating.  There are plenty of opportunities for group learning in the afternoons. We have two lovely new carpets which arrived rolled around long tubes. These tubes became great tunnels for the cars but also great...
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Learning About The World – Globe
In the classroom it is very hands-on and children need to touch the ‘concrete materials’ before they understand many concepts in our world. One of the initial presentations in the cultural area of the classroom is the sandpaper globe. The purpose of this is to introduce the idea that the world is made of large land masses and stretches of water. So the child can feel the land which is made from sandpaper (the rough) and then feel the water (the smooth).    We can then explore large and small pieces of land and ocean. We then show the child...
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Hills Montessori Movie Night – Friday, 2 September 2016
We would like to invite you and your child(ren) to another social event at HMS! We will be having a school movie night on Friday 2nd September in the school hall at 6:00 pm The details are on the attached flyer (a copy is in your pocket) but we do hope that you will be able to join us for a fun night. To assist us with our preparations, please do RSVP by return email by COB Friday, 26th August. The teachers and board members look forward to seeing as many of your children enjoying the evening as possible! Rest...
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Montessori Australia Foundation eBulletin – June 2016
Keep up to date with the latest Montessori Australia Foundation news and events. IN THIS ISSUE: Congratulations to Galina Zenin AISNSW Governance Workshop for Montessori Schools Education Nation Surprise! The future of education looks a lot like Montessori Sara Brady Workshops Mentoring Workshops Montessori in the News Montessori Australia Office   Sincere Gratitude to Nienhuis Montessori        Forthcoming ACMS Courses   AMI Montessori Assistants Certifi cate Course (3-6) in Melbourne       Association Montessori Internationale AGM 2015       Montessori Model United Nations       2016 Montessori Independent Schools National Summit       Alfie Kohn Australian Tour (November)    Fifth...
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