The Caboolture Montessori School opened in 1998, operating out of the Caboolture Historical Village with just 18 students. We moved to our current school site a year later with 23 students, and have grown to 150 students in 2013.
In 2013 we saw the introduction of our Early Learning program which has allowed us to include children from 3 years old in our Cycle 1 classes in a full education program for kindy (and pre-kindy) aged students.
Parents often share their appreciation and give us the permission to share these with others:
Just a note to say that we are super pleased with Merit's progress, her class and the school. My husband and I have noted some wonderful growth just in the first term and Merit seems to be coming home from school much calmer and at peace with everything. So changing her class has been a real silver lining for us. We are glad to see some emotional and social growth catch up with her intellect and she has been making some positive contributions around the home and within our family and we hope that this extends to school as well.
So many thanks and thanks to Natasha and Leah as well. Teaching can be an un-thanked profession, so we wanted to note this to you and your staff as you head into the Easter holidays. We often think what a great place to learn especially when I personally look back to the bleak and sometimes literally frozen classrooms we got to "enjoy" as children. What a lucky bunch!
All the best for a refreshing school holidays.
Nancy & Peter"
"Today, I realised, will be my last 3rd Term as Ainslee's mum. Next term will be my last at CMS as Ainslee's Mum. Then I will become Drew's Mum. Things have changed. The school no longer go on 'Whole School Camp', Restaurant night is split into two classes, Concert combines classes, and I can no longer joke about ESMT (Eastern Standard Montessori Time). Yes, there are some things that I miss about all these things (and there are probably others that I have missed) (Oh, I don't miss ESMT!) but I see growth, direction and goals as being a positive reason as to why they are no longer there.
I know I have shared with you that at times I have struggled with my decision to 'keep the faith' with the Montessori schooling and I feel that the reasons for this struggle were that I couldn't see the growth, direction and goals that are now apparent at CMS.
I have seen the school purchase it's own land, giving it stability and options to control its own destiny.
I have seen the changes in the classrooms with the true Montessori philosophy being first and foremost inside the walls and in the playground.
Most of all, I have seen the changes in my own child. She is happy (yes, she is far from perfect - as we all are - and has had her ups and downs with both children and staff) responsible, confident and has an acute understanding and love of learning.
I could not answer some of the survey questions as I have the benefit of 7 years of CMS primary school and I have no idea what 'perfect' is. I just know that it has worked for us.
I hope that CMS continues to be awesome for the next 7 years as Drew's mum :) Glad I kept the faith and thanks for helping with that along the way.
As the Principal of the Caboolture Montessori School, may I start by asking the following questions.
These are just some of the questions we have been asking ourselves at Caboolture Montessori School.
Doctor Montessori has worked to establish a curriculum that will provide opportunities for children to work at their own level, using abilities they own and experiences they can utilise to enhance their learning. With this in mind, and with what we believe families would expect, the staff at Caboolture Montessori school work continuously in preparing an appropriate environment.
We endeavour to prepare an environment that will address each child's developmental stage with an insight to procure activities to meet developmental needs and future possibilities whilst having fun. Our school is in a wonderfully natural setting, away from the hussle and bustle of stressful city life; however, we plan events that bring new experiences to our school, so that children can explore the world around them.
The adults in our environment are passionate about Montessori and learning and are themselves continuous learners as are your children. We hold great responsibility in educating your child; this is done with safety, care and excitement. The children's learning journey takes on specific meaning for the staff and other students in the school.
The Caboolture Montessori School and I invite you personally to come and visit us, so that we can show you around our lovely environment and share with you what we can offer your child at this very important stage of their learning.
I look forward in meeting you personally and to begin a unique relationship between your family and our community.
In conclusion, may I adopt Doctor Montessori's own words:
"Our methods take into consideration the spontaneous mental development of children, and assist it with means derived from observation and experience."
Maria Montessori - The Discovery of the Child
Caboolture Montessori School