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The decision of selecting the correct school for your child is certainly not an easy decision. In an enrolment interview at any school, the enrolment officer or Principal may hear these words: “I want a school that will provide my child experiences to allow their potential to flourish. I want my child to be happy coming to school. I would love to know that the adults in the environment care for my child and highlight their very best qualities”. …And in Montessori schools: “I want my child not to be disadvantaged by the Montessori methodology.”

flower infant 2.5 aged child arranging flowers

One or two years may pass and the parent may consciously realise that what they want for their child has changed slightly, they want more. Their child is now in early primary dealing with many academic tasks and is very interested in the social aspect of school life. The parent may now suggest: “I want my child to be able to achieve with their writing, spelling, and mathematics. I would also like for my child to have positive friendships and experience extra-curricula activities. I would like to understand better what they are doing daily”.

 

A few more years may pass and your child could be about eight or nine and again doubts may arise about the value of education you are providing your precious little person. “I would really love my child to be able to have a canteen in the school, be able to compete with other schools and understand the world ‘out there’; I would love my child to have a lap top as all other children in traditional schools. Is my child missing out on vital education???”

 

These are all valid thoughts and genuine concerns. When a parent enrols their child into a Montessori school, they have to accept and trust, as they themselves have not experienced the benefits of Montessori and comparisons are not possible. How do they know that the content delivered will meet the national requirements? How can they trust that their child is getting the very best for the money the parents pay year after year? How do they know that attending a small school with limited physical attributes will provide their child with an education that can stand up 21st Century requirements? Why would their child need to be educated differently from their own schooling experiences?

breakfast Former student helping with school event

What about the academic achievement of the student? How can we tell their progress without comparisons with other children of the same age? Student achievements are measured in many ways; the various assessments done by class teachers showing the level the child has reached in various subjects, the odd standardised test completed and the results our students attain in their first few years in a secondary context. We continuously see and hear about the amazing achievements of our former students and the high level attained in all academic subjects. Most importantly, what we hear is the type of individual and the attributes they bring to the new environment. Comments from local secondary principals about our students: “Please send more of them to our school. Your children stand out for their beautiful behaviours and willingness to work with the adults. What do you do to produce such high standards?” These are just some of the comments we hear.

Graduation Former student awarded for academic achievement

So, in conclusion, why do you keep your child in a Montessori environment? It is certainly not because we have the greatest facilities or amenities, it is not because we have victory boards in reception or flash buildings; it is because you value true wholistic education, you love our purpose built classrooms and the bush setting so familiar to Australians. You want what you announced many years ago, when your child was only three: “I want my child to be happy and achieve the best they can achieve.” Your loyalty to Montessori will fulfil this aim. Many of the assets gained will not appear as traditional outcomes; each child will possess qualities and values that are relevant to whom they, as individuals, will become.

The true difference between Montessori and traditional education is the way each child is nurtured and encouraged and the method adopted to reach personal outstanding outcomes. Honesty, confidence, independence, creativity and responsibility are what are grown at CMS, through the years.

15 year Our beautiful school


Yvonne Rinaldi

Principal

Caboolture Montessori School

 

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