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


National Families Week is a time to celebrate with your family, make contact with your extended family and friends, and share in the enjoyment of family activities within the wider community. It is a time to celebrate the meaning of …

Michelle and Lea's class

Our main topic for this term stems from Montesssori’s third great story, ‘The coming of man’.  We have listened to several versions of this story and studied the timeline of human development.  Later in the term we will investigate how …


Dear Parents,

Already the term is whizzing past.

The Entertainment Book is available for collection if you would like one for this year – still at $65, it is a bargain for those who enjoy the delights of eating out.…

A Montessori Moment

“We do not have the right to assume the responsibilities of our children, nor do we have the right to take the consequences of their acts. These belong to them.”  Rudolf Dreikurs, MD

Montessori parents and educators believe in natural …


Dear Parents,

A wintery start to the new term but a fairly smooth one. Hopefully you all had a good holiday. There were a few parents who spent some of their time on warm days here at school in the …


Every year Montessori Australia Foundation holds a Montessori Early Childhood Australia Conference and this year it was held in Brisbane in late March. Two representatives from our school, Cheryl McGaffin and Lesley Mills travelled to Brisbane to participate. Two hundred …

Kristy's Class

On Thursday the 14th of April our class walked to the Middle School to listen to stories the Cycle 4 children had written, illustrated and published. The morning began with a walk up Galloway Road to the Middle School …

Creative Arts

Term 1- Drama

Cycle 1

We began working on a play called ‘The Gruffalo’. The students eagerly practised their lines all term and developed some characterisation skills. We performed the play during Week 8 of this term.

Cycle 2

Students …

A Montessori Moment

Dear Families,

In 2008, The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) commenced in Australian schools. Annually, students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 are assessed using national tests in Reading, Writing, Language Conventions and Numeracy. NAPLAN is …


Dear families,

On Thursday 8th April, 2016 our Preschool children participated in Amanda Rishworth’s Kindy Art Show at the Port Noarlunga Community Art Centre.

Over a two week period, our children had explored the work of Pablo Picasso and …


Dear Parents,

Nearly to the end of a long term and it is a little less frazzled in the Admin department with the AGM for the year completed. Thank you to those of you who came. Please note, there will …

Michelle and Lea's class

Our Cultural Studies for the term began with Montessori’s 2nd great story, ‘The Coming of Life’, and has branched into experiments and research into many facets of this story.  Class work has been focussed around Botany work with experiments into …