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Edition 2 - June 2015


Welcome to the second edition of the Melbourne Montessori School Foundation and Master Plan newsletter. 

This edition provides a MMS Master Plan update and showcases a few of the exciting changes at both campuses this year.  The MMS Foundation continues to focus on capacity building and includes an important SAVE THE DATE announcement.

Happy Reading...


LJ Ryan
Chair, Melbourne Montessori School Foundation
make a gift today
It’s worth remembering as the end of the financial year draws closer, donations to the Melbourne Montessori School Foundation are tax deductible.  Click on the MAKE A GIFT TODAY button to link directly to our GIVE NOW fundraising page.  Donations over $2 are tax deductible.
foundation update
The Melbourne Montessori Foundation continues to develop its’ fundraising capabilities whilst awaiting further details of the next phase of the MMS Master Plan development. 

We have applied for several grants on behalf of the school to fund our kitchen gardens at the Brighton and Caulfield Campus and are always on the look out for grant opportunities.  If your workplace is committed to supporting Schools or local community groups, please consider Melbourne Montessori School as a worthy recipient.  Please contact
foundation@mms.vic.edu.au - we are happy to assist with the application process.
 
Often parents ask, “What does the tax deductible Voluntary Building Fund Levy support?”  It is very important as this Levy is the minimum contribution asked of families when the school purchased the Brighton Campus, the adjoining property and buildings in 2014. The Levy contributes to the loan repayments on the Brighton campus.
 
Our School is forever grateful to the 51% of families that have supported the tax-deductible Building Fund Levy this year and also the past families, who through 40 years of generosity, created the facilities our students and staff enjoy today.  Our goal is to achieve 80% of families supporting this Levy.
 
  SAVE THE DATE:  Tuesday 28 July, 7pm at the Brighton Campus, to attend an information evening launching an investment opportunity in our School.  A formal invitation from MMS Chair, Dean Yates, to follow.
Cycle 1 students enjoying the new classroom space.
master plan update
Melbourne Montessori School has been buzzing since the start of the year as students and staff enjoy the new facilities and playground spaces at both Campuses.  These transitional works form part of the MMS Master Plan, with the intention of supporting the growth of the School over the next three years by:
  • Utilising the existing facilities and land space at both Campuses for Cycles 1 to 4
  • Providing classrooms for the growing Senior School and an additional Cycle 3 class in 2017
  • Providing time to develop the 10-year MMS Master Plan for planning endorsement, design, fundraising and construction.
In March the MMS Board appointed educational building specialists Gallagher Jeffs to Project Manage the planning endorsement of the MMS Master Plan with Glen Eira and Bayside City Councils and the construction of first stage at Brighton Campus.
 
Gallagher Jeffs are currently working with St. Michael’s Grammar School, Caulfield Grammar, Haileybury, Loreto Mandeville Hall and several other Independent and Public Schools.  Tim d’Antoine, a parent at the Brighton Campus and a Director at Gallagher Jeffs, is generously providing his services pro-bono. 
 
Preparations for the planning endorsement are underway and being managed by the MMS Buildings and Grounds Committee, chaired by MMS Board member Diana Tremigliozzi. 

 
Caulfield Campus new facilities...
Top row: Cycle 3 classroom relocated into the previous Art room, Library and Staff room space.  Bottom row: Art room relocated to Cycle 1 Room 7 and Library upstairs.
Brighton Campus new facilities...
Top row: Inside the new Cycle 1 classroom and the Cycle 1 classroom building.  Bottom row: Cycle 1 playground space looking towards the Cycle 4 Science and Art room. Cycle 4 classroom ready for the morning meeting.
Be Involved
There are many ways to be involved…

Volunteer
If you would like to join a dynamic group of parents the MMS Foundation or MMS Master Plan Project Teams are always looking for new members.  A specific skill set or an enthusiasm to be involved is truly valued. For more information please contact foundation@mms.vic.edu.au

Make a Gift
Support the Melbourne Montessori School Foundation with a donation to assist with the financing of the Brighton Campus purchase. Donations over $2 are tax deductible and can be made right now!

Alternatively if you are interested in supporting the Melbourne Montessori School Scholarship Fund or Library Fund please contact foundation@mms.vic.edu.au

All contributions large and small make a difference.
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