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  • The Montessori School


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    The Montessori School

    Founding year: 1981
    Website: Visit Website
    Number of students: 0
    Genders Accepted: Mixed (Co-education)
    Leadership: UNKNOWN
    Number of staff: 0

    Our school aims to provide a safe and harmonious learning environment for the spontaneous development of children between 3 and 18 years in all human spheres. Montessori has social and educational aims, so Montessori educators seek to promote peace, international harmony, and all children's well-being throughout the world. The Montessori School was founded by Mrs. W. M. Duyker-de-Vries in 1962 and is the oldest Montessori School in Australia.
    It is the first Montessori school in Western Australia to include a Secondary school for students from 12 to 18 years and the first Montessori School in the world to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma course, an internationally recognized university entrance qualification. Our school is located in Kingsley, in Perth's northern suburbs. It enjoys a scenic bushland setting on top of a hill, overlooking Lake Goollelal. Initially, the school catered for pre-primary children only, with a primary section added in 1965 and secondary in 1972. The Montessori School became an International Baccalaureate (IB) school in 1993.
    Our school has a strong commitment to ensuring that Montessori education is available to as many families as possible, and therefore fees are kept as low as is practical. School fees cover all materials and equipment, as well as excursions for students in the primary classes. Some additional charges will apply for secondary students.
    The Montessori classroom is a prepared environment, a lively and natural place for children to develop individually and gradually, with neither failure nor competition. The purpose of the Montessori prepared environment's specially designed equipment is to guide the children towards independence in all spheres of development - physical, intellectual, moral, spiritual, and social.
    Montessori classrooms place children in three-year age groups, i.e., 3 - 6-year-olds, 7 - 9-year-olds, 10 - 12-year-olds, 13 - 15-year-olds, and 16 - 17/18-year-olds. This arrangement provides an atmosphere of community in which everyone learns from one another, and everyone contributes. As children get older, they assume a more significant role within the class groups.  Along with becoming an inspiration and role model, they also spontaneously share their knowledge with the class's younger children. Their considerate, respectful, and caring attitude, developed from the earliest age, turns outwards with increasing age to include worldwide.
    The structured Montessori classroom provides freedom within precise limits. It gives children a great deal of flexibility to make their own choices about the kind of work to engage in and whether to do it collaboratively or individually. Freedom does not mean that children can do whatever they like. Instead, children are encouraged to think independently and act as a member of a social group. This is achieved, within clearly defined boundaries, through freedom. The children have freedom of movement, interaction and association, and the freedom to choose their work and learn at their own pace.

    Address: The Montessori School, 18 Montessori Place, Kingsley, Western Australia, WA 6065, Australia

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