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 enable children the opportunity to continue Montessori style education already established in the two local Montessori preschools.
Almost two years on, that vision was realised with the opening of “Room 15” (as the class is known) at Matakana Primary School.
Matakana Primary School with a current role of around 340 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 a school garden, orchard, all weather fitness track and adventure playground.
The success of our Montessori unit is based on four strands - teacher Jane Watson; 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 in the morning 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.
Our teacher is an internationally qualified Montessori teacher with a wealth of experience who facilitates a supportive, respectful environment whereby children can learn at their own pace. They children are encouraged to develop independence and initiative whilst being responsible for themselves and their surroundings.
Parent information evenings or social events are held each term. 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 further information please visit our website www.montessori-matakana.co.nz
For a child to be considered for the class a completed enrolment form must be received. At around age 41/2 an interview between the parents/caregivers, the child and the enrolment committee will take place for both parties to explore expectations and suitability.
If a place is offered by the trust and accepted by the parent then a second interview six months prior to entry will occur to review the progress of the child.
Upon acceptance of a place, parents will be asked for a development donation of $1100.
Please refer to our website for further information, application criteria and enrolment schedules. Enrolment packs are also available to download.