Education in Harmony with Life

We aim to know your children well and to nurture a love of learning that will last a lifetime.

Southern Montessori School espouses the Montessori philosophy, strives to nurture and develop the unique talents of its students; to value their diversity and support their growth towards becoming independent, considerate, informed, and active young people who will use their talents responsibly and work towards the creation of a better, more peaceful world.

Please take the time to explore our site. We have a broad range of information about the Primary School, the curriculum and the Early Learning Centre. We can arrange tours of the School or personal meetings with the Principal.

We also have some examples of work that our students have completed throughout their studies. By looking at our classrooms you can appreciate the quality of our staff and resources, and how this excels the education of our students.

About Us

Southern Montessori is a non-government, not-for-profit organisation offering programs from Baby Steps through to Year 9.The school is a member of Montessori Australia and the Association of Independent Schools of South Australia and is also affiliated with the Montessori World Educational Institute.

What is Montessori?

Montessori is a philosophy with the fundamental tenet that a child learns best within a social environment which supports each individual's unique development. Montessori is designed to help children with their task of inner construction as they grow from childhood to maturity.

Contact Us

Southern Montessori Education Centre Inc 53 Galloway Road O'Sullivan Beach SA 5166

Ph: (08) 8384 7233 Email:

Classroom News

Italian with Maria

The children have enjoyed learning about Ancient Rome and Rome this term in Italian.

Cycle 1 particularly enjoyed pretending to be Michelangelo painting the Sistine Chapel by sticking part of the masterpiece to the underside of their desks.

The stand …

Student Leadership Groups

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On Monday 19th September we attended the 2nd Youth Environmental Leaders Program (YELP) Forum. It was held at Thiele Primary school at Aberfoyle Park. We joined kids from Thiele, Pilgrim, Nativity, Christies Beach, Victor Harbor and Woodcroft Primary schools. We …

A Montessori Moment

Montessori education aims to support the development of the adult who is able to make a positive contribution to their community. The Montessori classroom prepares the child for an understanding of and sensitivity to the vastness and diversity of human …


Dear Parents,

The last Bulletin for the term and after another great response to the Administrator position that was advertised, we look forward to welcoming Klaire McClorey – yes, she is from Ireland – starting in Administration the first week …


It’s the last week of term and as we prepare for the spring holiday let’s look forward to spring weather, clear skies and warm days.  Despite the very wet and cold weather, the children on the whole have been a …

James and Emma's Class

Term 3 has been full of rich learning programs for the students to be involved in. With a big Science and Humanities focus, we have seen our students working on atomic structure, the periodic table and the particle model theory. …

James and Emma's Class

Thursday 8th September Noel, Abby and I caught the red eye flight to Melbourne to engage in the Montessori Australia Foundation conference, ‘Meeting in the Middle’. It is a unique professional learning opportunity as it is a time where …


Dear Parents,

There have been some concerns around the collection of children after school. It is very important that your children know that they MUST come to the office if they have not been collected as expected, or if have …

A Montessori Moment

What is a scientist? We give the name scientist to a person who has felt experiment to be a means guiding them to search out the deep truth of life, to lift a veil from its fascinating secrets, and who,


Camps are a fabulous opportunity for hands-on learning, working together and building independence and resilience and our recent experience provided this and so much more.

We were blessed with good weather and enthusiastic, well-mannered students and enjoyed engaging in many …


Dear Parents,

The Entertainment Book fundraiser has now closed. Thank you to all families who participated in this major fundraising initiative. We hope you found it much easier this year with the new system, and I am sure that any …



Preschool Matters      

We would like to welcome all the new children and their families who began Preschool this term.

Our Term 3 overview: In the Wednesday/Thursday group we are looking at different occupations. In the first few weeks of …