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The MSA are delighted to announce that the title of Montessorian of the Year 2008 has been awarded to Wendy Compson of Cherry Trees Montessori School in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. read more...
Montessori Schools Association - providing guidance... Published on: 11/1/2008
Martin then presented the ‘Montessorian of the Year' Award to Wendy Compson of Cherry Trees Montessori in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. The MSA are delighted to announce that the title of Montessorian of the Year 2008 has been awarded to Wendy Compson of Cherry Trees Montessori School in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.
Wendy founded Cherry Trees in 1982 her home with just two children.
Wendy is committed to maintaining the Montessori ethos and is a highly active member of the wider Montessori community. She has forged links in Austria and France and has a long standing exchange programme with a school in Normandy, France.
Having recently taken a post graduate degree in Environmental Studies, Wendy has developed this commitment to the outdoor environment at the school and often gives up weekends to travel to other schools and nurseries to present workshops on this issue.
Wendy was presented with her award by the MSA's National Chairman, Dr Martin Bradley, at the MSA's National Conference in Oxford on 11th October 2008.
I answered ‘Getting my degree seven years ago and my wedding day' but today this runs them both very close' said Wendy as she accepted her award.
Paula Woodman and her team from Woodentots Montessori hosted the event and Wendy Compson Head Teacher of Cherry Trees School in Bury St Edmunds helped facilitate the event. Wendy gave a talk on the importance of sharing the outdoor environment with the child and then set attendees a number of outdoor activities that they could do with the children back at their settings. Wendy Compson, a life-long committed Montessorian and environmentalist, has recently achieved an honours degree in Natural History Conservation and Ecology and uses her knowledge and experience to help her school, Cherry Trees become an eco-school, by encouraging pupils and staff alike to reduce waste, reuse and recycle.
Wendy gave everyone a great handout bursting with further ideas gleaned over a lifetime of experience.
Montessorians from across London and the East of England gathered for a fantastic Montessori Environmental Training day combined with an MSA regional meeting hosted by Wendy Compson and her team at Cherry Trees School, near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.