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 Baby Steps through to Year 9.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

Wendy's Class

Over the past few weeks the children have been enjoying many activities relating to our “Botany” topic.  We had a ‘Nature Day’ in which we took a walk in and around the creek, and used our senses to interact with …

Student Leadership Groups

We would like to congratulate our Semester 2 Children’s Council Representatives:

  • Millie and Lewis from Rachel and Anne-Marie’s class
  • Delilah and Erics from Karen and Maria’s class
  • Jade and Archie from Wendy’s class
  • Alyssa and Liam from Judy and Mikko’s


Dear Parents,

Just a reminder for when your children are not attending school.

The phone/absent line is available to leave a message and seems to work well for those who use it. Please note if your child is ‘ill’ or …

Anne-Marie's class

A big hello to the children, parents, family and friends of Rachel and Anne-Marie’s Cycle 1 Reception class. We are so excited to be working together and are already very pleased with how the term has begun. It was so …

A Montessori Moment

Many people share the misconception that Montessori Schools are opposed to competition. While we generally de-emphasize competition and instead focus on cooperation, competition is allowed to evolve naturally among children, without adult interference unless the children begin to show poor …

Toddler Talk

Every so often it is wise to reflect on how we interact with the children in our care. As parents and carers the way we respond and react to our children has a huge impact on their growth and development. …

Leadership Team

The leadership team, educators and children at the Primary School would like to thank James, Shane and the Middle School Students who recently spent a couple of afternoons building a retaining wall to support the sandpit and prevent erosion along …


Dear Parents,

It was great to have such a long break of holidays and to see that many families took the opportunity to go away. Please remember that for periods away from school for more than 2 days, it is …

A Montessori Moment

The Montessori pedagogical approach values the development of the whole child -physical, social, emotional, moral and cognitive. Our method is based on ‘following the child’ and has, at its foundation, a deep respect for children as unique individuals and profound …


Dear Parents,

Thank you to those members who attended the Extraordinary Board Meeting on Tuesday to ratify new auditors for the Centre. Your interest was much appreciated by the Board of Governors.

We have had the Sports Vouchers issued by …


On Friday 10th June Cycle 2 went to the Adelaide Zoo to start learning about the Animalia kingdom.

We travelled to the zoo by bus. When we arrived at the zoo we had our snack and while we were …

A Montessori Moment

“The land is where our roots are. The children must be taught to feel and live in harmony with the Earth.” Dr Montessori

Sustainability is central to Montessori philosophy. Dr Maria Montessori knew the importance of teaching the child an …