Background

One of the oldest Montessori schools in Perth, the Beehive started in 1977, with less than 20 children, under the guidance of Mrs Renee Taylor. The building in which they operated was a fairly non-descript hall, but this start represented the culmination of a dream for Mrs Taylor and the first group of enthusiastic parents.

Today the Beehive Montessori School is situated in a purpose-built premises beside the sea in Mosman Park and has more than 220 children. Separate areas cater for groups of 3 to 6 year olds, 6 to 9 year olds, 9 to 12 year olds and 12-15 year olds.

The design of the school is very much open plan, with each area fully equipped with Montessori material. This especially designed equipment is beautifully made from predominantly natural material and is mostly purchased, with some being made by the teachers themselves.

With a Montessori education, the people directing the children in their learning are often referred to as “Directors or Directresses”. All┬áteachers are registered with TRBWA, (Teacher Registration Board of WA), and all have gained, or are studying for, additional Montessori qualifications.

The remainder of the staff at the school comprise of part-time specialist instructors, assistants and administrative staff.

“The Child should love everything that he learns, for his mental and emotional growth are linked. Whatever is presented to him must be made beautiful and clear.”
– Maria Montessori