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Blue Gum Montessori School

About Blue Gum Montessori

Blue Gum Montessori School (BGMS) was established by passionate parents in 1983. It is a private, independent and non-denominational school, and is situated on the edge of the Beeliar Wetlands in Bibra Lake, Perth.

The BGMS philosophy is to acknowledge the uniqueness of each child and support the natural phases of their development. We offer a rigorous curriculum catering to the individual needs of the child.

We are an independent school that values community life and that actively fosters the partnership between children, parents/carers and professional staff.

Our vision is to have confident, independent, community minded children, inspired to a life-long love of learning.

We are an independent school that values community life and that actively fosters the partnership between children, parents/carers and professional staff.

Our vision is to have confident, independent, community minded children, inspired to a life-long love of learning.

Montessori

The Montessori Method aims to develop each child’s:
• Concentration
• Coordination
• Persistence
• Self-discipline
• Orderliness
• Desire to learn through discovery
• Awareness of the natural world
• Independence
• Initiative
• Creative self-expression
• Self esteem

Curriculum

We follow the National Montessori Curriculum approved by the Australian Government, the Western Australian Standards and Benchmarks, Montessori alternative curriculum and the Early Years Learning Framework. The learning encompasses:

1. English
2. Mathematics, including Geometry
3. Science, including Zoology and Botany
4. Health and Physical Education
5. Society and Environment, including History and Geography
6. The Arts includes Performing Arts and Visual Arts and Positive Education
7. The Languages other than English are French and Chinese
8. Aboriginal and Bush School
9. Positive Education
10. Digital Technology.

All the teachers are qualified and trained to utilize the Montessori progressive curriculum to extended talented children.

Learning Support provides additional assistance for children with learning challenges as identified by the classroom teacher.

Primary School Overview

The Montessori curriculum provides a holistic education; it presents a unique ‘big picture’, stimulating the child’s imagination and demonstrating the interconnectedness of different areas of study through Cosmic Education.

BGMS fully prepares the children for external examinations including the NAPLAN assessment and high school selection and entrance examinations. Examination technique is embraced as an essential skill that needs to be presented and mastered in a similar manner to the life skills in other areas in the Montessori classroom.

Our school has a Transition class - Mallee - for young three year olds; four Junior Primary classes - Melaleuca, Jarrah, Wattle and Tuart. Recognising that children are curious, enthusiastic and eager to learn, these classes are equipped with materials to provide stimulation and challenges. The classes have a flexible structure which allows the pre-primary children to develop at their own pace.

In Middle Primary classes, the curriculum builds on the knowledge and skills established in Junior Primary. The children work more in small groups but continue to build their numeracy and literacy skills by working individually, at their own pace, and at their own level. Lessons include whole class, small group and individual lessons, dictated by the children’s need.

In Upper Primary classes, the children spend a lot of time carrying out their own research projects. This is often done in groups with the children collaborating, which enhances the development of communication and intra-personal skills. Research tools such as computers, books and other texts are all fully utilised and the range of research topics widens as the children become interested in moral and social issues.

Upper Primary children seek and enjoy more social responsibility and BGMS provides them with opportunities to further develop leadership skills and initiatives. Opportunities are also created for interaction with the wider community.

Specialist Program

The Specialist program runs on Fridays and provides enriching experiences.

All children are engaged in a variety of physical activities and physical education. In the Junior Primary years, a Perceptual Motor Program is followed, preparing the children in the Primary years for the weekly sports such as cricket, basketball with our qualified Physical Education teacher. Besides these regular programs the children participate in a variety of incursions and excursions.

With a resident artist on the staff we are able to provide a Visual Arts Program. This program begins with the three year olds with development of skills such as gluing, cutting, finger painting, drawing, weaving and dough work. As the child progresses through the school the Visual Arts program develops more formal fine motor skills and includes the appreciation of Visual Art and the History of Art.

In pre-primary years the children are immersed in musical activities to develop listening skills. Exercises such as the Montessori Silence Game, matching and ordering of the Montessori Bells, rhythm and percussion allow the child to listen and respond to musical sounds. The children also enjoy group singing and the learning and performing of melodies. In later years the children’s musicality extends into dance, reading music and playing of musical instruments with our trained Performing Arts teacher.

We also offer LOTE programs in Chinese and French for students from Junior to Upper primary, and in accordance with the ethos of Montessori education. We strongly believe that one of the aims of teaching languages contributes to ‘free the child’s potential’, and that the benefits of learning a language ‘transform him(her) into the world’.

Learning through Play Group

The school has a Montessori Infant and Toddler Community (Playgroup) for ambulant children aged 1-3 years. Three Playgroup sessions are held on Fridays. For enrolment queries or to join a playgroup session, please contact our School Registrar by telephone 9417 4060 or email enrolments@bgms.wa.edu.au.

Blue Gum Montessori School

11 Hope Road
Bibra Lake, WA 6163
Phone: 08 9417 4060
Fax: 08 9417 4758
Email:
enrolments@bgms.wa.edu.au

Website:
www.bluegummontessori.wa.edu.au

  

Key Details:

  • Type: Independent
  • Level: Primary
  • Gender: Coed
  • Religious Affiliation: Non-Denominational
  • Early Learning: Yes
  • Learning Extension: Yes
  • International Students: Yes

Announcements

Where children are encouraged to learn and teachers love to inspire.

We invite you to discover more about Blue Gum Montessori Primary School and hope we can help you in making a decision about the right school for your child.

Classroom Observations
• Join one of our classrooms and gain an insight into how the children spend their time within the prepared environment of a Montessori classroom.
• Observations are held Monday to Thursday mornings at 9.30am.
• Completion of a classroom observation is a requisite of the enrolment process.

Information Evenings and Open Mornings
• Attend an information event to appreciate the philosophy behind a Montessori education.
• Open Mornings and Information evenings are very popular so bookings are essential.

Visit our website at www.bluegummontessori.wa.edu.au or contact our Enrolments Officer on 9417 4060 or email enrolments@bluegummontessori.wa.
edu.au to book a place or to request a Prospectus.

 

 

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