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 Thursday 3rd of September I made my way up to the sunny Sunshine Coast in Queensland to Montessori International College to be part of the ‘Meeting in the Middle’ conference focussed on Montessori adolescent learning. There are only

Michelle and Lea's class

Book Week in Room 10

This term our school celebrated Book Week in Week 6. All of the primary school classes also enjoyed seeing a Book Week performance on Friday 4th September. We explored the Book Week books with …

A Montessori Moment

The use of digital technologies has become common place in educational settings around the world. However, the debate continues about the value of these technologies and how best they should be used. For a Montessori school, it is important for …

Creative Arts

On Friday 21st August, 59 students travelled to the Adelaide Entertainment Centre to take part in Wakakirri. The students had been rehearsing for months and were all very excited. Everyone involved performed beautifully and represented our school well. Some …

Student Leadership Groups

On Tuesday 1st September the Southern Montessori Environmental Committee attended an NRM workshop at Aberfoyle Park Primary – Thiele Campus. This workshop was also our last Youth Environmental Leaders Program (YELP) meeting for the year. We were joined by …

Wendy's Class

On Friday, 28th August, it was Daffodil Day, a day the Cancer Council raises money for research, prevention and support services.  Our class decided to support this day by collecting donations of money as well as making our own daffodils.  …

A Montessori Moment

Thank you to everyone who attended our recent Parent Information Evening on Building Resilience; we all enjoyed the evening and sharing our action research with families. Towards the end of Term 4 we will provide you with an update and …

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 …