Southbank Montessori seeks to enable students to realize their full potential, as life-long scholars and as responsible citizens of their community by introducing dynamic learning experiences according to Montessori principles.
Education at Southbank Montessori is based on the principles developed by Maria Montessori. At the heart of this approach is the belief that children will reach their potential by having the freedom to learn in a classroom specially prepared for exploration under the careful guidance of a trained teaching staff.
Montessori believes that play is the work of the child. It is through working / playing with the materials as often and for as long as the child needs that true knowledge is obtained. In the outdoor environment the children have access to a variety of toys and equipment to play with. This enables them to engage in social play with a group of children. Play helps build relationships and is relaxing and fun.
Southbank Montessori values diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of national or ethnic origin, race, gender, or religion. Our goal is to help our students to become healthy, self-confident, aware individuals who are excited by learning and have a great thirst for knowledge.
Our aim is for the child to achieve
· Independence and ability to problem solve.
· The enjoyment of learning.
· The development of order, concentration, and coordination.
· Skills in oral communication.
· Respect for oneself, other people, and the planet.
· Responsible group membership.
Our service aims: We emphasize a mixed age group, from 2 - 5 yrs, with low student-staff ratios. We employ Montessori-trained educators who take a personal interest in seeing that each child succeeds as a learner, and we have a classroom designed for children to use and enjoy.
Each child is allowed supervised free choice of classroom activities and freedom of movement based on his or her interests, so long as these activities do not disrupt the wellbeing of the class. This promotes initiative and self-confidence.
The children can work on their own or in small groups as they choose. New material is presented to a child individually or in small groups of children at the same level of development. Materials are structured and presented to enable self-teaching and independent activity, which develops self-reliance.
This emphasises learning through the use of tangible sensory objects, which reinforces memory and understanding. We provide a supportive, carefully prepared environment scaled to the needs of the child and designed to teach a sense of responsibility and self-discipline.