On Tuesday June 6 our Extended Day children had their Moving-up Ceremony. This has become a lovely school tradition over many years and for most children, marks the completion of a 3 year journey in the 3-6 Montessori programme with their teachers and friends. The ceremony involves the children greeting the audience of parents and extended family, sharing a short story and then crossing a bridge; a symbolic representation of the children moving from one plane of development to the next.
While some people might think having a ‘graduation’ of sorts with this age group is a little unnecessary, it does mark an occasion in a child’s life as they move from the 3 to 6 environment where the child is undergoing a process of self-construction. This environment aims to help the child become independent and grow as an individual, appreciating the larger context of his or her world.
As children move into the Primary School (6 – 9) environment, they have a desire to understand the universe and their place in it. Subjects we more easily recognise such as geography, biology, history, language, mathematics, science, music and art are all part of the curriculum which has an integrated and inclusive approach to education. Children become increasingly connected to their world and develop a strong sense of fairness and justice.
As some of our children prepare to move to other schools, the Moving-up Ceremony also provides an opportunity for parents to farewell each other and their teachers. Thank you to the staff for your wonderful efforts, to the family members who were able to be there and of course to the children who did so well on this special occasion.