The Montessori class within Tawa School offers families within the northern suburbs of Wellington a Montessori education for 6 - 12 year olds. The class started in January 2004.
The Montessori children currently occupy one classroom within the school.
This class follows the NZ national curriculum using a Montessori approach, with children also taking part in school-wide arts, cultural and sporting activities.
Part of the School
The children from the Montessori class take part in assembly and any whole school activities such as the Friday Arts programme. They are able to participate in sports events and other school wide activities. They also take part in-school camps.
The class teacher is part of the school teaching team, ensuring the unit is well integrated into the school, whilst still preserving the Montessori character and method of education.
Commitment from Parents
The class have a wonderful community of very supportive parents and whanau. The Manaaki Montessori Education Trust (MMET) were responsible for setting up the class and continue to work hard to raise funds for materials, contribute towards staffing and to keep the class running smoothly.
The MMET and Board of Trustees at Tawa School are committed to offering a high standard of Montessori education within the class. Jaja Reyes is both state trained and Montessori trained and offers a rich Montessori based programme that also meets national curriculum requirements.
Benefits of the Montessori Primary Programme
Learning is self-paced, based on the child’s own needs. Some six year olds may be working with reading and writing materials nominally intended for eight year olds; equally, a nine year old may need to review maths lessons designed for a seven year old. Each successful step in the learning process builds the child’s confidence to take further risks and make wider explorations.
Children are able to follow their interests and lessons are provided that are based around their learning needs. Students have the opportunity to revisit materials and activities that support their learning until they have mastered concepts. Montessori education allows each child to reach his or her full potential and to encourage a lifetime love of learning.
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The two main goals for a primary school child are to gain confidence and to build their love of learning. The Montessori philosophy provides a child with extended time in which to develop their emerging intellectual abilities in all areas of the curriculum. They can take each step as they become ready, without feeling threatened by being pushed ahead too fast, or stifled by being made to wait for others to catch up.