As one of the oldest Montessori schools in Perth, Beehive started in 1977 with less than 20 children. Today, The Beehive Montessori School is situated in modern, purpose-designed premises beside the sea in Mosman Park with nearly 200 students from age 3 years to 15 years, plus a well-established playgroup.
The design of the school is very much like a village, with a central community piazza surrounded by classrooms. Each class is fully equipped with Montessori materials which are specially designed and beautifully made from predominantly natural materials.
All teachers are registered with the Teacher Registration Board of WA, and have additional Montessori qualifications and/or training. The remainder of staff at the school comprise part-time specialists, maintenance, assistants and administrative staff.
What is a MONTESSORI EDUCATION?
Maria Montessori was Italy’s first female doctor and a dedicated educator. In the late 1800s, she created a method of education based on a child’s own innate desire for learning. She tested her theories over several decades and established the principles upon which Montessori schools all over the world now operate.
A MONTESSORI EDUCATION is based on the belief that:
§ Education is an aid to life and a preparation for it.
§ The potential for each individual’s development should be respected and nurtured.
§ A complete education involves the integration of intellectual, emotional, spiritual, physical and social aspects of life.
§ The experiences in school should be linked with “the outside world”.
§ Learning occurs in a variety of ways and should be suited to each child’s individual needs.
§ Learning is largely active, often self-correcting, individually paced and unlimited in scope.
§ There should be a diversity of social groupings.
§ The adult’s role is one of a guide and observer.
§ The environment “reaches” the child through richness, order, scale and attractiveness.
§ Balancing freedom and discipline results in a larger capacity for self-direction.
How are the MONTESSORI PRINCIPLES applied?
The routines in a Montessori classroom allow for greater choice and concentration, and mixed-age classrooms allow each child to develop socially, intellectually and emotionally. Lessons are usually given to individuals or small groups, and the children also teach each other. There is an emphasis on independence and freedom within limits, and the provision of uninterrupted blocks of work time (the three-hour work-cycle) where students choose activities that are specially designed to meet their developmental needs. Classes are grouped according to different stages of development based on Dr Montessori’s Planes of Development:
Our playgroup caters for toddlers aged 18 months to three years, who attend with a parent and engage in a wide range of developmentally appropriate activities with a facilitator providing guidance and support as needed.
Junior Primary 3-6 years
The children in our Junior Primary classes range in age between 3 and 6 years of age. At this level the children work to develop themselves as independent people, to grasp reality and to acquire a fund of facts and impressions. They are primarily interested in the what and where. The prepared environment and broad curriculum aid this development.
Primary 6-12 years
This level has been called “Cosmic Education” to denote the breadth of its scope. It aims to expose children to the structure of understanding in most subject areas and it is divided into two stages – 6 to 9 years and 9 to 12 years. Typically, the Primary child can be characterised by his or her social orientation, questioning mind and unlimited energy for research and exploration, both within and outside the school environment. They will fulfil their needs provided they have the necessary skills and confidence to accomplish these tasks.
Adolescent 12-15 years
Adolescence marks the beginning of the transition from childhood to adulthood, and this is a challenging process of physical and mental maturation. Physically, this is a time of rapid change and intellectually this is an age of great social development, when the adolescent seeks to find their place in their society, and understand what their contribution to this might be. It is also a time of critical thinking and re-evaluation, and a period of self-reflection. The Beehive Montessori Adolescent Program recognises these special characteristics of adolescence, and is designed to assist children in their progression into the exciting adventure of finding their unique place in the world as adults.
How is the school STRUCTURED?
The school is an incorporated body governed by a Board. The executive is made up of the chair, the secretary of the Board and its treasurer.
Parental involvement and participation in the school is encouraged through parental assistance with the ongoing life of the school with maintenance tasks, helping with such activities as craft, cooking, science activities, making equipment, accompanying children on excursions, and so on.
Opportunities to improve your understanding of Montessori education and child development are provided at parent evenings, through the use of the parent library, the publication of the school year book and by regularly observing in the classroom, followed by discussions with your child’s teacher.
What are the SCHOOL’S HOURS?
8.30am – 1.00pm (Mon-Thur) & 8.30am – 12.30pm (Fri) (3 year olds)
8.30am – 3.00pm (Mon-Fri) (4-6 year olds)
Three year olds begin by attending mornings only, from 8.30-1.00pm. When they are ready, they stay until 3.00pm, initially on one day per week and gradually increasing to the five full days per week by the age of four years.
We offer an extended care session 1.00pm-3.00pm for those parents who are unable to pick up their three year old at 1.00pm.
8.30am – 3.00pm (Mon-Fri)
8.30am-3.30pm (Mon, Wed, Thurs and Fri) & 8.30am-3.00pm (Tues)
What should we DO NOW?
If you would like to know more about enrolling your child, simply call in, telephone our School Secretary on 93831283, or complete the Enrolment Enquiry Form so we can follow up with you.
Fees are set by the school Board and are determined by budgeting needs according to the availability of subsidies from State and Federal Governments. A non-refundable application fee of $110 per child is paid on submission of an application form. For further fee structures, including information on the Enrolment Deposit and Capital Contribution payment, a current Fee Schedule is available from the office.