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

Toddler Talk

At Toddler sessions we are exploring and investigating summertime fun.  Beach, shells, rocks and water to mention a few.  We have been having fun at circle time with turn taking games.  It is wonderful to see the growing confidence in …

Creative Arts

This week I have confirmed the numbers of children that are participating in Wakakirri and we have 60 children between Year 2 and 6 that are involved. We are very excited to begin our rehearsals from next week. I would …


Dear Parents, Thank you to all those who participated in the recent voting for Board representatives and the Annual General  Meeting.  It’s great that everyone can be involved in their child’s education with the chance to help shape the direction …


As our first cohort of Year 9 students are looking to graduate from the Karawatha campus at the end of the year, their families are considering ‘Where to?’ for their senior secondary years. One good option is with the Australian

Karen and Maria's class

Well, it has been a super busy Term1 and no week more so as I type this during Tennis week! The children are really settling now and have the routines of the class humming along smoothly. We have enjoyed the …

School Sports

From time to time we have students from Southern Montessori recording wonderful personal achievements in a variety of areas outside of school life. One such recent example is from the Junior Life Saving State Titles held last weekend.  Angus Mackay

A Montessori Moment

Last weekend the ELC staff, Linda, Cheryl, Lesley, Stephanie and myself attended the National Montessori Early Childhood Education and Care Conference. The theme of the conference was Sense and Sensitivities. The conference incorporated an exploration of the importance of the …


IMG_4086In 2015 the P&F organised a Spring Fair and Market Day. It was a wonderful community event and the children enjoyed organising, preparing for, and running their class stalls.

With the money raised from the class stalls we were able …


Thank you to all the students and staff who participated in ‘Green Day’. It was so lovely to see all the children arriving at school in different shades of green. Well done to everyone for remembering your gold coin donations; …

Italian with Maria

The children have been making masks in preparation for our Italian Carnevale celebration.

They have drawn inspiration from the beautiful masks of Venice.

The children are excited to wear them at our Italian Day Assembly.

Hope to see you all …

Health & Wellbeing

IMG_4089 IMG_4088 IMG_4087On Friday 13th March, the Southern Montessori School community participated in National Ride 2 School Day.  We were one of 2000 participating schools and in all, over 300,000 Australian students ditched the car for some energetic fun along the …

Alison's class

As Term 1 draws to an end it is time to reflect on how the children have settled into routines and cooperated with a new mix of class mates. It has taken a while but we have got there as …