Maharishi School, Reservoir: Newsletter #12

Principal’s Report
Dear Parents and Students,
At this week’s Assembly, the students, staff and I spoke about many of the initiatives, activities and events that have
involved our students in recent weeks but also those that will be happening at the school over the next six weeks of Term 3.
It is an exciting time for our school in fulfilling our aim of an inclusive, active and welcoming environment for our entire school community.

These activities include:
– National Tree Planting Day activity with Bunnings staff establishing a new garden on 28th August
– Parent/Teacher Interviews on Wednesday 3rd August
– Our school choir’s performance at the Melbourne Town Hall last Wednesday 3rd August
– Student Lunchtime Downball Tournament – Weeks 4&5
– Lunchtime Chess Club each day and off-site Chess Tournament next week – 16th August
– Library open for students on Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday lunchtimes from 12.30-1.00pm
– Play Project incursion this Wednesday offering practical information and activities in relation to healthy living for children
– Sporting Schools Program after school from 3.30-4.30pm each Thursday – Term 3 Activity: Basketball
– Science Week next week with a Student Science Expo on Tuesday 16th August from 2.30-3.30
– CERES Excursion for Diamonds and Emeralds classes on Wednesday 17th August
– IMAX and Fitzroy Gardens Excursion for our Pearls class on Wednesday 17th August
– Book Week beginning Monday 22nd August offering a Scholastic Book Fair during the week, Story time for Kindergarten children on Tuesday afternoon and Character Dress Up Day and Parade on Wednesday 24th August
– Family Life – Parent Information Session on Monday 22nd August at 7pm followed by student classes on 30/8, 1/9 & 6/9.
– More off-site Chess Tournaments – various dates early September
– HOOP Time Basketball Day for Emeralds on Monday 5th September
– School Production on Wednesday 14th September
– School Disco on Thursday 15th September
– Term 3 ends on Thursday 15th September

So as you can see, I got well over half way through the alphabet!! Wow – all this in a period of 7 weeks!!!
Wait until you hear what’s coming in Term 4 (We’re aiming for the entire alphabet!!)

Parent Teacher Interviews
On behalf of the staff, may I thank you all for taking up our invitation to attend Parent/Teacher Interviews last Wednesday. I understand that it was an informative and valuable day for all who attended. I’m also pleased to see the arrangements made between teachers and parents to identify an alternative time for the few who could not make it on the day.

Sporting Schools Program
This term we will offer Basketball as an after-school activity each Thursday between 3.30 – 4.30pm.
This week you will receive a ‘Request to Register Your Child’ letter from me. Please complete and return your expression of interest to the school as soon as you can as we can only accept the first 20 students who are able to commit to this program on a weekly basis for the remainder of Term 3. The program is expected to begin Thursday 18th August.

Frances Clarke Farewell
Frances Clarke, as the Foundation Principal of Maharishi School, has led this school through some significant achievements over the past 19 years. Our school’s philosophy, incorporating Consciousness-Based Education and
Transcendental Medita-tion, has been built on her knowledge and expertise in the field. Together with her passion and commitment for this school and the people that have been a big part of it over the past 19 years, she has overseen the development of a wonderful school that has a special place in the education sector in Melbourne.

Mrs. Clarke has been mentoring me over the past 6 months in CBE and TM and helped me understand and respect even more what such programs can do for the well-rounded and broad development of a child. She has also continued to work with students, staff and parents this year to offer guidance and knowledge in these areas.
An opportunity has just arisen for Mrs. Clarke to work on a project overseas and so we will be farewelling Mrs. Clarke this week.

We will formulate plans this week for the Enhancement Mathematics Group that Mrs. Clarke has continued to enjoy teach-ing and will communicate this to parents and students. I will also be making arrangements to ensure the opportunity Mrs. Clarke has given to parents to attend Meditation classes each Tuesday afternoon will continue.

On behalf of the school community, I would like to wish Mrs. Clarke well in her new personal and professional venture. I know there are many people in the school community who will miss her, however, we will ensure that the knowledge and practices that she has overseen with me this year will continue in the hands of others.
Mrs. Clarke’s final day will be this Thursday 11th August. I’m sure she will appreciate seeing you prior to her departure. The school has organised a special Afternoon Tea that will begin at 3.00pm on Thursday in the Multi-Purpose Hall. We look for-ward to seeing you there to help farewell her.

Chess Club & Tournament(s)
The Chess Club is attracting students to the Multi-Purpose Hall each day. We have a mix of students who confidently play chess while others are happy to learn. This week I will be making the final selection of students who feel confident to attend and play in next week’s tournament.

An excursion notice will be sent out later this week to parents of those students selected.
Venue: Kingswood College – 355 Station St, Box Hill
Date: Tuesday 16th August, 2016
Time: 9:30 am – 2:30 pm

Science Splurge!!
In celebration of Science Week, the students will demonstrate various Science activities to the school community next Tuesday 16th August from 2:30pm in the Multi-Purpose Hall. An opportunity to play (i.e. participate in Science experiments) will be given to all – parents are especially invited to share this time with the children. Each class will showcase different aspects of science.
Steve Charisis

Exciting things are happening in the Library! The Pearls will now be having a library session every Tuesday morning:
Grade 1/2 – 9am-9.50am
Foundation – 9.50am-10.40am
Please ensure that your child’s Reading Book Bag is packed on Tuesdays so that the children can borrow books.
The library is now open at lunchtimes on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and it seems to be a popular choice for many of the children.

Book Week Activities
Tuesday 23rd – Thursday 25th – The Scholastic Book Fair will be in the Library. Parents, Grandparents all welcome to
purchase books or donate a book to the school library.

Book Week Costume Parade – Wednesday 24th August. Come dressed as your favourite book character. We are asking all children to bring a gold coin donation to be donated to the Make a Wish Foundation.
Book Week Colouring in Competition – Come up to the library to grab a colouring sheet with this year’s theme Australia: Story Country.

Calling all Writers!!
Andy Griffiths Writing Competition 2016! Calling on all Andy Griffiths fans to write an imaginative short story. The theme is “Living in a Treehouse”.

Please see Mrs Burnham if you are interested. Writing assistance will be available during Lunchtime Library Sessions. All welcome to give it a go!

City of Darebin Library Donation
We have initiated links with the City of Darebin Libraries. This has immediately led to their support of our school by giving us three boxes of deleted Junior Non Fiction Books and three boxes of deleted Picture Books from the Reservoir Library. The staff there have also offered us a Book Week session for our mini-Pearls. They will visit our school on the Monday of Book Week and spend about half an hour discussing Book Week 2016 and reading some of the new books.

Choir Performance
Congratulations to all students who took part in this year’s choir and performance. On the evening of Wednesday 3rd Au-gust, seventeen Maharishi Primary School students joined forces with the four students from the Reservoir Children’s choir to represent Reservoir alongside 300 students from across the state in a concert title Windrush. After 10 weeks of rehears-als during Thursday lunchtimes, the choir learned nine songs from the Caribbean, original songs written for the concert, and songs from the Reggae and Ska traditions. All music has roots in the traditional music of the Caribbean and is super funky. Music was in English and Islands languages. The concert took its name from the boat, The Windrush, which trans-ported many people from the Caribbean to London following the war. Folks brought with them the sounds of the islands which would influence pop culture for years to come.

Students performed alongside an all-star band under the direction of Choir Director Stella Savy and Artistic Director Geoffrey Williams. The event, called the Boite Schools Chorus is an annual event for schools and community groups and was non-competitive. It provides high quality music resources, and opportunities for students to participate in high-profile events with acclaimed artists. Their gorgeous voices filled the Melbourne Town Hall, jam-packed with an adoring audience. They all came off stage in a state of great excitement. All students were still singing the songs the next day. I am told that the rehearsal CDs were a hit with the parents as well as the kids.

What were some of the highlights according to the kids? This is some of the feedback I got the next day:
“Being on such a big stage, meeting a new best friend from another school, dancing on stage, meeting Stella and Geoffrey, meeting Mila the young soloist, hot chips before the concert, a pizza party at school the next day, staying up past bed time, singing Rankin Full Stop, and Di Solda La, and Three Little Birds and Si Si Maria and all the other songs and …… and….”  The list goes on.
Many thanks to parents who supported their children in the event. Let’s hope we can make it happen again in future.