Our School

Every parent wants the best for their child, especially when choosing a school. We all want our children to be content in their learning environment, developing friendships and progressing academically.

We believe the key difference between our school and other educational institutions is the nurturing environment in which our children learn and grow. It is geared towards the child’s specific needs, their natural desire to learn and most importantly allowing them to enjoy the process!

The Sydney Montessori School is a co-educational, non-denominational school for children ages 0 – 16. Children learn through the Montessori curriculum while attaining the educational outcomes prescribed by the NSW Board of Studies Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) syllabuses. The school has been registered and accredited by BOSTES.

Our School

Every parent wants the best for their child, especially when choosing a school. We all want our children to be content in their learning environment, developing friendships and progressing academically.

We believe the key difference between our school and other educational institutions is the nurturing environment in which our children learn and grow. It is geared towards the child’s specific needs, their natural desire to learn and most importantly allowing them to enjoy the process!

The Sydney Montessori School is a co-educational, non-denominational school for children ages 0 – 16. Children learn through the Montessori curriculum while attaining the educational outcomes prescribed by the NSW Board of Studies Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) syllabuses. The school has been registered and accredited by BOSTES.

The School grounds at Gymea

The School grounds at Gymea

The Montessori curriculum has been scientifically researched and developed over many years. It continues to evolve and adapt to meet the changing needs of society. We utilise tactile, hands-on learning thus engaging both the mind and the body. Specialised equipment unique to the Montessori approach of “ help me to do it for myself” facilitates the child to learn while also encouraging and challenging them to continue learning. The Montessori curriculum goes into great detail so students are able to study subject areas to the depth to which they are interested and able. This allows for us to cater to children of all levels of ability.

Each child belongs to a multi-age group spanning 2 – 3 years. This is similar to the ‘stages’ set out by BOSTES. The younger ones have the older children in their group as role models, while the older children learn through sharing their knowledge. This benefits both groups intellectually and socially. It allows them to make friends of different ages. Importantly, it also fosters a strong sense of caring and community.

Dr Maria Montessori’s first school was in a slum area in Rome. It’s name translates to ‘The Children’s House’. Education and classroom design was geared to the child’s needs, not the teacher’s convenience. Similarly, so too are the Sydney Montessori School’s classrooms. Children may choose to sit at appropriately sized tables and chairs – but many also choose to sit on the carpet! They lay equipment on the floor and work either individually or with friends. They may move about the room freely, yet they are working and learning.

Children learn at their own pace. They progress to the next stage when they have mastered the area they are currently learning. This ensures that they are thoroughly prepared for that next level of their learning.

The Montessori approach is child-centred learning. It is important to realise that while the child may choose what to learn, a lot of guidance and therefore preparation, goes into these decisions so that each child covers all areas. The teacher closely monitors each child’s progress. They work one-on-one or with a small group, asking questions, checking comprehension, challenging ideas and assumptions.

 Critical to our children’s learning is their relationship with staff. As they are in multi-age groups, changing teachers usually occurs when students move to the next stage, after a three year period. So each teacher knows the personality and developmental needs of each child thoroughly. A strong, trusting relationship develops between them. Thus a happier, more content child.

Teachers are degree-qualified as per the requirements of BOSTES, with additional specialised Montessori training. They are committed to each child, watching their journey with dedication and care.

A comparatively small school, the Sydney Montessori School is a place where children develop intellectually, socially, physically and emotionally. We actively foster grace, courtesy and mutual respect toward each other. Using proven Montessori principles, we work together to build a strong community where families feel they belong. Parents are warmly encouraged to contribute to the school on a regular basis through various activities.

We invite you and your child to explore our Montessori world of learning and discovery. Please make an appointment to observe our classrooms and ask whatever questions you may have.