07 Feb 2020

Welcome Back

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Welcome to Term 1!

Wishing all of our children and families a very happy and healthy 2020.

The new year has got off to a great start. We were thrilled to welcome back the children who have, as always, embraced the new term with overflowing enthusiasm and excitement for all that the year may bring. We were also overwhelmed by the fantastic turn out we had for our 2020 School Year Parent Information and Welcome Evening –  it was a wonderful event of information sharing and socialising. Many thanks to everyone who attended and to our ISMS team for making it such a welcoming evening.

The ISMS team and I look forward to another year working together with our families.

Kindest regards,





Immunisation and School Information Updates

For all School families – we require your current Immunisation Record
We are currently updating our Immunisation Records to ensure compliance with NSW Government requirements. Everyone provides a copy of their AIR Immunisation History Statement at enrolment. We subsequently receive a number of updated records once the 4 year vaccinations are complete, however, some are outstanding. Unless you’re certain you have provided this recently, can you please email a copy of your child’s current AIR Immunisation History Statement to amanda.reynolds@isms.nsw.edu.au by Friday 21st February.
Parents can request a copy of their child’s AIR Immunisation History Statement at any time (up to their child being 14 years of age):
 using their Medicare online account through myGov https://my.gov.au/
 using the Medicare Express Plus App www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/subjects/express-plus-mobile-apps
 calling the AIR General Enquiries Line on 1800 653 809
We would also ask that you let us know of any changes to your contact details, or if you would like to update your:
Photography Consent form
Stage 3 Unaccompanied Departure forms
Nominated Pick – up form
Breakfast Club/After Care Bookings
If there are no changes you wish to make, we will assume the current information we hold is correct. Please email admin@isms.nsw.edu.au to make any changes.

Thank you to ISMS from The Smith Family

Thank you
Inner Sydney Montessori School

For your generous donation of
161 Toys & 83 Books
for The Smith Family’s Toy & Books Appeal 2019


During the Appeal, we received 75,958 toys and 33,194 books from collectors like yourself. With 3,503 volunteers, we then sorted, packed and delivered these packs far and wide across Australia to 26,934 children.

None of this could have happened without you.

Our families were incredibly appreciative of the support provided to them which helped bring smiles to disadvantaged  children. This is one of many letters we received from our families this year.


“This is the first time I have ever received or put my name down for this type of help from you guys. I was reluctant to as in some way I felt like a failure, being the Christmas in 16 years without the kids dad I wanted to make it extra special. I wanted it to be amazing for them not just in regards to presents but just having one Christmas without yelling and things being broken. Unfortunately this year went quick and as the days crept up on me, I realised there was no way I could give them a Christmas they deserved, they have suffered so much trauma and I started to stress out hoe to even put a meal on the table that was more special than their normal dinners.

Sitting down budgeting my money until Christmas, my door bell rang and it was two of your volunteers with a bag full of presents. I had completely forgotten about receiving this. i hope I didn’t come across rude to the volunteers or ungrateful but my mind was racing, it’s like my prayers had been answered within 10 minutes of sitting in my room crying. So please apologise for me as I am more than grateful for this amazing opportunity.

You guys are amazing, you have given my family a chance to have an amazing Christmas. no words can ever explain how appreciative I am and how much this helps out.

So from my family to all of you at The Smith Family, I was to wish you all a merry Christmas. Thanks to you all the stress of Christmas has become easier and I am one happy mum, knowing I can now have a “normal Christmas” and put food on the table Christmas day.”
Learning for Life Parent, WA

An update from OSHC

Sadly, Marie Chahine has made the decision to leave our OSHC community but will remain a fond member of the extended ISMS family. We are excited to announce that Liam Pavich will be stepping into the role as OSHC Leader. He looks forward to working with the Elouera and Nangkita families, and teams, to grow our community!



Join us in Elouera to participate in our exciting Physio Play and Multi Sport programs!

Every Tuesday, children will join with specialist Carla Shannon, developing physical and cognitive skills essential for school and everyday life. On Thursdays, children will work with ISMS’ own Sports Director, Scott, to gain a better understanding of fitness and physical activity.

Together, these programs will enhance your child’s everyday wellbeing and develop the skills necessary for a healthy future.

Please note that your child must be booked into the Elouera program to attend.


Breakfast Club:

We know how busy our parent community are and wish to extend to our parents further support. Everyday from 7:30 to 8:30, our doors open for those wishing to join our Breakfast Club. Run by Alex Pettigrew and our wonderful Directors, this is an opportunity for children to learn new breakfast skills as well as joining their friends in some fun before the day starts.

Spaces are limited, book in now!

Email admin@isms.nsw.edu.au or bookings@isms.nsw.edu.au for more information. 



Personal Development & Health 

During weeks 2 – 5 in Term 1, we will be building on a growth mindset, where we will look at trying new things, challenging oneself and having an open-mind to others’ ideas. On Monday all children will be given a handout to bring home, looking at ways to help develop a growth-mindset. In weeks 6 – 9 we will move on to resilience and for the last 3 weeks, inclusion (races, creed, ability, capacity, etc.).
Physical Education –
All stages completed a Fitness Challenge which included 1 minute of squats, push-ups, sit-ups, a flexed-arm hang and standing long jump. Stage 2 and 3 also had a trunk lift, trunk-flexion (sit and reach), and shoulder stretch (left and right).
Stage 1 will get a bit of both soccer and quick stix (lacrosse) throughout the term. Stage 2 will start with soccer (football) from weeks 2-6 and end the term with quick stix in weeks 7-11. Stage 3 will start with quick stix in week 2- 6 and end with soccer.
As we only have use of the park for one full day per week, we have split the term into two parts with Stage 3 at the park in the first part of the term and Stage 2 in the latter part of the term.
Proper shoes are a consideration for the Stage 2 and 3 children. 
Kid’s Kafe (Stage 2/3 students)
We are starting with toasties this week and going to burgers, pizza, stir fry, spaghetti bolognese, lasagne, zucchini slice, rice paper rolls and casserole. Bookings are open to place orders if you want to get it done ahead of time. Orders need to be placed by 12:00pm on Monday as Scott downloads this information and prepares a list for ordering. The order is placed on Tuesday morning so the food can be delivered on Wednesday for preparation that afternoon.

Schedule of Parent Education and Events Term 1, 2020

ISMS Parking Manifesto

ISMS Parking Manifesto


As with most schools in the inner suburbs, parking is a challenge for our staff and families, particularly in Smith Street. Whilst the school takes measures to ease these pressures and are currently considering further initiatives, we have to accept that our Balmain Campus is in a busy residential area and this is not going to change. We are all responsible for our own actions and must ensure that our driving and parking does not compromise the safety of our children or cause difficulties for our neighbours. Please follow our ISMS Parking Manifesto and share with any grandparents, nannies and friends who may also drop off and pick up.


Grace and Courtesy Parking Manifesto

Use the ‘Drop Off’ and ‘Pick Up’ bays correctly and do not leave cars unattended;

Adhere to the ‘5 Minute Parking’ bay time limit;

Do not ‘double park’ for any reason;

If your circumstances allow it, avoid parking in Smith Street altogether and use spaces by the park or neighbouring streets. Even better, consider walking, cycling or car sharing;

Do not turn your car around in the street at drop off or pick up times;

Drive at a safe speed and never above 40 kms/hour;

Park as close as you can to the car in front/behind to leave space for others;

Be courteous to our neighbours, including not parking in or over driveways



Lets work together to make our community safe, calm and peaceful

Freedom and Discipline the Montessori Way