Montessori@Howick Primary

About Montessori @ Howick Primary

Montessori @ Howick Primary opened in 2003 with a vision that continues to hold strong in our community:

“Our Montessori community wants our children to reach for their full potential, by encouraging a lifelong love of learning, through respect for others and our environment and by enabling them to grow in confidence and independence”.

Montessori @ Howick Primary is situated within Howick Primary School. The school has very good facilities, is well resourced and has one of the largest playing grounds in Auckland. Howick Primary School is forward thinking in its leadership, is child-focused, and values the Montessori Unit.

We provide Montessori education within the framework of the New Zealand Curriculum. We are exceptionally well-resourced with Montessori materials and offer a safe and friendly learning environment for all children. The Unit is fully integrated into Howick Primary School so students also participate in school wide activities, sports, cultural and arts programmes.

Through the Montessori philosophy, our teachers nurture the development of the whole child. The children work, learn and progress at their own pace and benefit from individualised learning plans. Our teachers work with the children, responding to individual learning needs, fostering responsibility and initiative. There is a strong emphasis on providing a peaceful and orderly environment which enhances the children’s ability to learn. The children look after their classroom, vegetable gardens, class pets, and have opportunities for learning outside the classroom.

Our main (Monday-Thursday) teacher has a Bachelor of Education with a Montessori specialty along with numerous years immersed in Montessori philosophy and practice.  Both our teachers are experienced NZ registered teachers, and they each continue to develop their professional skills each year. Our school was fortunate to be selected for the Montessori Journey to Excellence Pilot Programme in 2013-14 facilitated by Montessori Aotearoa New Zealand and Massey University.

The Montessori children at Howick Primary freely mix with other students throughout the school. They are actively involved and well represented in all wider school activities, including sports, cultural groups and leadership opportunities.

The wider school and the principal are incredibly supportive of Montessori @ Howick Primary and Montessori philosophy.  There is a strong and successful collaboration between the teachers, the principal, the Howick Primary School Board of Trustees, Howick Pakuranga Montessori Academy Charitable Trust (HPMA Trust) and the wider Montessori parent community.

Parents are actively involved, and enjoy the family atmosphere of the school. There are lots of opportunities for your family to take part in school activities. Many parents are involved (e.g. joining the PTA, HPMA Trust, etc.)

Enrolments

Contact the Howick Primary School Office regarding enrolments.  Email enrolments@montessorihowickprimary.school.nz

Other information

Year Started: 2003

Number of Classes: One

Donation: $500 per child per term plus a separate annual donation to Howick Primary School

Holiday Programme: Available through Howick Primary School

After School Care: Available through Howick Primary School

Staff Qualifications: Bachelor of Education degree at AUT with a Montessori specialty and NZ state registered teachers

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