Mahurangi Montessori at Matakana Primary School
About Mahurangi Montessori at Matakana Primary School
In early 2007, a group of motivated parents in Matakana, North Auckland, formed the Mahurangi Montessori Primary Trust (MMPT) with the aim and vision of establishing a Montessori class within one of the local state schools. This would give children the opportunity to continue Montessori education already established in the two local Montessori preschools.
That vision was realised with the opening of “Room 15” (as the class is known) at Matakana Primary School in 2009. Since then the class has continued to grow and we are now proud to support two fully-equipped adjoining classrooms.
Matakana Primary School with a current role of around 320 children is a rural school that benefits from a tremendous community spirit. Parents actively support the schools programme. Much enthusiasm and many fundraising endeavours have enabled the school to develop additional facilities such as an IT information centre, all weather fitness track and adventure playground.
The success of our Montessori unit is based on four strands - teachers Jane Watson and Dominque Vikstrand; Matakana Primary School; the school's Board of Trustees and the Mahurangi Montessori Primary Trust. Room 15 is fully integrated into the school whilst preserving the key elements of Montessori education. The class achieves the three hour work cycle most mornings and joins in with school wide activities where appropriate in the afternoon. The students have access to the schools facilities and resources and participate in cultural, sporting or field trip activities.
The class itself is well equipped with specialised learning resources and provides an atmosphere of calm and harmony for Year 1 to Year 6 children. This facilitates a supportive, respectful enviornment where children can learn at their own pace. The children are encouraged to develop independence and initiative whilst being responsible for themselves and their surroundings.
We have two AMI (Associated Montessori Internationale) qualified teachers, Jane Watson and Jackie Kirk. Both teachers are very experienced having spent many years as mainstream primary teachers prior to undertaking the Montessori training.
Parent information evenings or social events are held most terms. We actively welcome and rely on parental support and input from our Montessori community.
We welcome your call or enquiry and invite you to contact us.
For a child to be considered for the class a completed enrolment form must be received. At around age 4 ½ an interview between the parents/caregivers, the child and the enrolment committee will take place for both parties to explore expectations and suitability.
Upon acceptance of a place, parents will be asked for a bond payment of $800 to secure the child's place in the unit.
Please refer to our website for further information, application criteria and enrolment schedules. Enrolment packs are also available to download.