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

A Montessori Moment

Dear Families,

This week’s Montessori Moment comes from Kathy Carey, a Montessori trainer and editor of Montessori Life published by the American Montessori Society. I think Kathy has some really interesting ideas that complement our focus on building resiliency.

The …


This term we are discovering the cultural origins of our families at the centre. This began after one of our families returned from a trip to India. We began by asking parents to place a photograph of their child on …

Karen and Maria's class

As usual, we have been busy bees in our room! We have welcomed Olisha full time into our class, as well as Jade and Delilah who are enjoying our Friday program with Maria as a lead-up to Reception next year.…

Italian with Maria

This term in Italian Cycles 1 and 2 are working with the big book ‘L’universo.’

They have recently made their own mini book to take home.

Please encourage them to practise reading in Italian by reading to you or a …

A Montessori Moment MISC

The most important period of life is not the age of university studies but the period from birth to the age of six… for that is the time when intelligence itself,… is being formed” – Dr Maria Montessori

From time …


Dear Parents,

This will be my last contribution to the Bulletin for a while so I hope I can remember to cover any forthcoming items.

As the end of Term 3 approaches it is important that you please let the …


Dear Parents,

Welcome already to Term 3!

Just a reminder that the ‘School Performance Information Report for 2014′ is on the website for your interest. If you would like a hard copy of this report, please let me know and …

A Montessori Moment

“We often forget that the imagination is a force for the discovery of truth.” Dr Montessori The Absorbent Mind

Last term we considered the role of fantasy and reality in the first plane of development (0-6 year olds). It is …

Student Leadership Groups

YELP Forum

On Tuesday 9th June our school hosted the second youth forum of the ‘Youth Environmental Leaders Program’ (YELP). On the day, we were joined by students from Christies Beach High School, Woodcroft Primary School, Thiele, Pilgrim and …


Guten morgen and welcome to the Preschool. We trust you and your family have had, hopefully, a warm, dry break.

This term brings about a number of changes to our environment. During the holiday our classroom has been transformed – …

Creative Arts

image2 image3 image4On Thursday the 18th of June, the South Australian Police Band visited our school. They played fun songs including the the Dumb Ways to Die theme song, Happy by Pharrell Williams, You’ve got a Friend in Me from Toy …


Dear Parents,

The term is flying by and there don’t seem to be any issues to report which is wonderful!

In the next week there will be added to the website the ‘School Performance Information Report for 2014′. This is …