Nestled on the hill in leafy Kingsley, surrounded by native bushland and overlooking Lake Goollelal, our school is Australia’s longest-running Montessori school. What’s more, we were the first in the world to offer the International Baccalaureate.
Today, we remain true to the Montessori philosophy, focusing on the holistic development – physical, intellectual, social – of every child.
We carefully prepare our learning environment to promote curiosity, resilience, independence, and connectedness, to self, to others, and to the natural environment. Montessori materials are designed so that the child receives instant feedback about their progress as they work, allowing them to recognise, correct, and learn from an error without adult assistance. Putting control of the activity in the child’s hands strengthens their self-esteem and self-motivation as well as their learning.
We cater to children aged 3 to 18 in mixed-age classrooms; from pre-primary education to the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (a globally recognised tertiary entrance qualification).
It is an education designed with and for your child, providing the structure, freedom, and guidance they need to learn at their pace, in a way that fosters respect – for self, for others, and for learning.
An IB education is the perfect conclusion to a Montessori education as it has so many parallels; focusing on the learner, developing inquiry-based approaches, and exploring global contexts.
Our IB students have their own dedicated building, the Shamai Building. It is named as such in honour of our very first two IB students, Adam Shaman and Mai Shimizu.
Lauded for nurturing principled, knowledgeable, and open-minded young adults, the IB equips and encourages students to become active, responsible global citizens. As such, the IBO has developed a set of attributes that constitute the ideal learner profile, which includes being:
Our IB teachers incorporate these attributes in each lesson and foster them in each of our students.
With a written curriculum or framework and age-appropriate student assessments, the IB Programme comprises three core elements and six subject groups.
Through inquiry-based learning, students learn six subject groups, which include: Studies in Language and Literature, Language Acquisition, Individuals and Societies, Sciences, Mathematics, and Arts.