Eastern Suburbs Montessori Primary School


About Eastern Suburbs Montessori Primary School

We strive to provide our students with the highest quality Montessori primary education delivered within the framework of the New Zealand National Curriculum and the International Baccalaureate Programme, which is offered by Glendowie Primary School.

Our Montessori classes have been fully integrated into Glendowie Primary School since 1996, providing our students with the opportunity to participate in school-wide cultural, sporting and arts programmes.  Students utilise all school facilities which include a swimming pool, playgrounds, hall, extensive library, IT suite and art room.

Our Montessori teachers encourage self-directed learning through the use of specialised, interactive materials.  Children learn at their own pace and interact in multi-age classrooms over periods of three years (ages 6-9 and 9-12), enabling teachers to identify and understand each child’s unique learning style.

Our classrooms are beautifully presented and are well equipped with quality Montessori materials.  They overlook the school fields and the picturesque Tamaki Estuary.
We are run by a parent led Charitable Trust. Our main point of difference is that the trust owns the Montessori classrooms. 

Parents have the opportunity to attend informative education evenings, join the PTA and support occasional school fundraising activities.  In addition we encourage participation in our school ‘outings’ and annual cultural fair day.

As we are integrated into Glendowie Primary School we foster the school-wide policy of “I care” as well as the values and principles of the Montessori philosophy to instill a lifelong love of learning.

To receive a prospectus or visit our school please contact e: info@montessoriprimary.school

Enrolment criteria is available on www.montessoriprimary.school.nz

Enrolment Procedure

A child’s name may be placed on the wait list at any time and we strongly encourage early registration of your interest, however, children must complete their 3-6 year cycle at a Montessori  preschool. 

Parents are then invited to attend a class observation.  Applications are posted to parents of children on our waitlist in February.  Applications need to be completed and returned by 20th March.  A non-refundable application donation of $100.00 is payable at the time of application.

Childs D.O.B.                        Closing Date
1 June 2009-31 May 2010    20th March 2014
1 June 2010-31 May 2011    20th March 2015
1 June 2011-31 May 2012    20th March 2016
1 June 2012-31 May 2013    20th March 2017

The parents and child will be asked to attend an interview with our Enrolments Officer and the Head Teacher.  The Trust will then determine who is to be offered places in the ESMPS Unit according to criteria being met. 

Applicants will be advised of their success or otherwise of their application by letter.  If successful, a Contract for Services will be sent, which must be signed and returned to the Trust, together with the non-refundable initial donation of $1380.00 within three weeks of the date of the letter.  Unsuccessful applicants are advised to stay on our waitlist and continue with their Montessori preschool 3-6 year cycle.

Glendowie Primary School
217 Riddell Road

p: 09 575 7434
e: info@montessoriprimary.school.nz

Year Started: 1996
Age Children Start: The beginning of the term in which the child turns 6 years
Age Range: 6 – 12 years
Number of Classes: Two junior classes (6-9 yrs)  and one senior  class (9-12 yrs).
Donations: $4000.00 per year plus $100 PTA donation
Holiday Programme: Available at Glendowie Primary School
After School Care: Available at Glendowie Primary School

Staff Qualifications
Rose Phillips, Montessori Senior Teacher
Toronto Montessori Institute Diploma
Diploma of Teaching
Bachelor of Education (Teaching)
MEd (Literacy) University of Auckland

Elena Ciobanu, 9-12 Teacher
Bachelor of Education (with a Montessori specialty) from Auckland University of Technology
Has attended the Toronto Montessori Institute - training for 6-9 portion of her Montessori Diploma in July 2015 and will complete the 9-12 portion in July 2016.

Olliver Bellett, 9-12 Teacher
Bachelor of Education (with a Montessori speciality) from Auckland University of Technology.

Hiranthi Jayasingha, 6-9 teacher
Association Montessori Internationale Diploma AMI 3-6
American Montessori Society Diploma 6-9
Bachelor of Education (Teaching)
Diploma in Primary Education (New Zealand)
Diploma in Child Art Education

Anita Gokal, 6-9 Teacher
Association Montessori Internationale Diploma AMI 6-12
Master in Education and Bachelor of Education in Teaching (USA)
Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Commerce

Saskia Schaudra, 6-9 Teacher
Bachelor of Arts in Education Studies at the University of Berlin
Bachelor of Arts A in European Languages, Culture and Society at Goldsmiths College, University of London
Montessori Certificate in 3-6 years