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1 Apr 2016

2016 Annual Alumni Celebration with Mr David Gonski AC

2016 Annual Alumni Celebration with Mr David Gonski AC

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image:  Nick Tobias, David Gonski AC, Bill Conway

Annual ME Event draws many supports


Montessori East drew together a crowd from our community of past and present families demonstrating the amazing support and love they all share for our school. The aim of the Annual ME Alumni Celebration, held on 31st March, is to nurture the connection between old and new friends of the school. It was a great night.

David Gonski, AC, guest speaker


It was a privilege to hear Mr David Gonski AC speak; to witness his passion for education and for supporting independent schools with strong community commitment such as Montessori East. A video excerpt of his speech can be viewed below.


ME Foundation News


Mr Nick Tobias has taken over the role of Chairman from founding chair Jackie Vidor who remains a board member. Jackie had three children attend Montessori East and we are deeply grateful for her vision and enthusiasm.

Lighthouse Project – New home for Montessori East


The evening had another objective and that was to update the community on our plan to establish a new location for the school by 2023. That vision features the current primary and pre school and could include a high school and a teacher training facility.

Documentary


This visionary project will require significant resources. We will be making a documentary to have an effective, contemporary communication tool that will transform the possibilities of raising awareness and seeking support, well beyond our immediate school community. The documentary will enable us to communicate the uniqueness of Montessori East and our vision, with a clarity and accessibility previously unavailable.

The evening was a success in raising funds to allow us to proceed with making the documentary. We are extremely grateful to those who contributed.

If you missed the opportunity and would like to contribute to this project, please contact us alumni@montessori.nsw.edu.au or you may donate online.

Most of all the evening was a community reconnecting, and showed the strength of bonds created in some cases decades ago. It was affirming to sense the value people still attribute to their time and child's education at Montessori East, with the benefit of hindsight and other experiences. This community is unique and worthwhile.

If you would like to discuss any aspect of giving or the work of the ME Foundation please contact either

Bill Conway, Principal
or 
Nick Tobias, Chairman ME Foundation

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