Blue Gum Montessori School
11 Hope Road (cnr Bibra Drive)
Bibra Lake WA6163
Tel: 08 9417 4060
Fax: 08 9417 4758
Religious Affiliation: Non-Denominational
Early Learning: Yes
Learning Extension: Yes
International Students: Yes
About Blue Gum Montessori
The Blue Gum Montessori School philosophy is to acknowledge the uniqueness of each child and support the natural phases of their development. 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.
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
As with all schools in Western Australia blue Gum Montessori Primary School is guided by the WA Curriculum Framework and covers all eight Key Learning Areas: 1. English2. Mathematics including Geometry3. Science including Zoology and Botany4. Health and Physical Education5. Society and Environment including History and Geography. 6. The Arts include Fine Art drama and Music. 7. The second language is French8. Technology includes crafts and later on the use of computers. In addition montessori schools follow their own international syllabus. All the teachers are well trained to utilize the Montessori progressive curriculum to extended talented children. All the classes have the services of a Support Teacher to work with children with learning difficulties or who need extra support.
Primary School Overview
Our school has 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. The Montessori Primary curriculum is a holistic education; it presents a unique ‘big picture’ stimulating the child’s imagination and demonstrating the interconnectedness of different areas of studyBlue Gum 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. In Upper Primary 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 Blue Gum provides them with opportunities to further develop leadership skills and initiatives. Opportunities are also created for interaction with the wider community.
Sport and Culture
All primary children from 3 to 12 are engaged in a variety of physical activities and physical education. Each school day begins with a fitness session held outside. In the Junior Primary years a Perceptual Motor Programme is followed preparing the children in the Primary years for the weekly sports such as cricket basket ball and badminton played at nearby Lakeside Recreation Centre with Sport Masters. Besides these regular programmes the children have incursions from WA Little Athletics. From time to time special events such as Mini Olympics occur when the children learn the skills of throwing discus shot putt and javelin and the technicalities of track events. With two resident artists on the staff we are able to provide a Fine Art Programme. This programme begins with the three year olds with development of skills such as glueing cutting finger painting drawing weaving and dough work. As the child progresses through the school the Art programme develops more formal fine motor skills and includes the appreciation of 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.
The school has a Montessori Play Group for 1-3 years of age.