Edition 3 | April 2018

Parent Feedback

Staying Connected with Alena

My name is Alena Swinbourne, and I recently joined the team at Forestville Montessori School as the Stakeholder and School Relations Coordinator. My role involves managing the new and current enrolments at the school, taking new families on school tours and responding to any enquiries about the school. In addition, I will also be working on promoting the benefits of FMS to the community with the aim of increasing enrolments over the coming years. I am really excited about joining FMS and I can’t wait to contribute my part to the recent marketing efforts here.

I come to you with more than 14 years experience in marketing, having worked mainly in the Australian horticulture industry. On a personal note, I am currently studying Nutrition which not only aligns with my interest in health and wellness but is also very beneficial given I have a young (hungry!) family, the extra knowledge I am gaining in my course definitely comes in handy!

In this edition of InFocus, I wanted to share the results of the recent parent research with you all. Towards the end of 2017, 50% of families at FMS gave us their thoughts on how the school is currently performing. The results not only provided us with some extremely positive feedback but also highlighted some areas that need improving. We have taken on board your comments and are currently implementing activities which will result in positive change over the coming months.

Following is a snapshot of the feedback we received.

Positive Feedback

Positive Feedback

We set 80% as the level of agreement from those participating as our standard of excellence, therefore, the following have been identified as areas we need to improve.

Opportunities identified

Positive Feedback

Activity currently underway

  • Strategic Plan
  • Designing a new user-friendly website
  • Online application process
  • Rolling tours offered to prospective parents
  • InFocus publication
  • Parent information sessions
  • Implementing enhanced literacy program (3-12 Programs)


New student programs:
  1. UR STRONG (6-12 Programs)
  2. Stepping in Shakespeare’s World
    (9-12 Programs)
  3. Montessori Camp (6-12 Programs)

I am hoping to meet many of you in person as I settle in, if you are dropping or picking up your children and have a spare few minutes, please feel free to come in and say hello – I am very keen to catch up with you all and hear about your experiences at FMS.