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 Toddlers and Preschool through to Year 7.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


On 20 July, a small group comprising board members, strategic planning committee members and Steven developed three drafts of a new vision and mission statement for the Southern Montessori School. The old version has served the school well for around …

Corey and Michelle's class

We hope you had a wonderful break with your children. We have had a fantastic start to the term for our cycle 3 class. We have welcomed Nicki Dobson from Flinders university into our class. Nicki is a 3rd year …


An especially warm welcome we extend to the families starting with us for the first time. I’m sure it won’t be long before the children have settled into the life of the Preschool and developed some friendships. It’s not uncommon …

Anne-Marie's class

Life education

Visit with the Family Life Education Van

Hello Everyone.

Welcome back to school for what promises to be a very exciting and productive Term 3. A very special welcome to the five new students who joined our class this week: …

Parents & Friends

Welcome back to Term 3 – we hope that you enjoyed your slightly chilly school holidays. Just in time to warm you up, SOUP & PASTA FRIDAYS are back starting immediately in Week 1. At this time of the year …


Hello everyone and welcome back to school. Last term the Board was busy working on two major projects -securing an interim middle school site and finalising the key objectives for the school’s five strategic goals. Jessie Byrne is the Strategic …

Health & Wellbeing

Christies Creek Planting Day

On the 23rd of June Southern Montessori students were selected to take part in The City of Onkaparinga Urban Creek Recovery Program in conjunction with the Nature Conservation Team to replant 440 plants into the …


The children have been really busy this term. We had a visit from Jamie Oliver’s pop up kitchen, the children in our 4 year old program enjoyed the opportunity to work with the older children on this shared activity in …


Our focus over the past couple of weeks has been around the primary and secondary colours. We have also been observing colour experiments, using food colouring, water and various other ingredients. The children were very excited, the enthusiasm and facial …

Corey and Michelle's class

Our class enjoyed a fantastic excursion to the South Australian Museum and the Botanic Gardens in Week 4. We had a great time finding out more information on Ancient Egypt, which we have been studying this term. Kyan really enjoyed …

Toddler Talk

This term, Toddlers have been focusing on Practical Life activities. These assist in the develop of concentration and independence. The activities provide opportunities for the young child to come to an understanding of sequence and order in a task.

Our …


The children have been playing in one area of the playground for some time. During the summer months, a small hole became the digging pit for dinosaur fossils and since the change of season, after a shower of rain it …