Southern Montessori School provides a safe and happy learning environment in which children are able to flourish and build positive, caring and respectful relationships with their friends and teachers. Pastoral care is managed in the classroom as teachers take a holistic approach to education and are interested in the social and emotional wellbeing of all the children in their care, as well as their academic development.

Our positive guidance approach to behaviour fosters well-adjusted and considerate children who are self-disciplined and able to self-regulate. Children learn and build social and emotional skills through modelling and explicit teaching, with group work and class discussions proving opportunities for further development. Children are also taught strategies to help them learn to positively manage any social difficulties they encounter.

Multi-age classrooms allow classmates to know one another well, moving from being supported by peers as a younger child in the class to having increased responsibilities and leadership opportunities when they are older. In our three year Cycles, children also build close and supportive relationships with their teachers. And by involving children in decision making, a sense of ownership and responsibility for the learning environment is fostered. This generates a strong sense of community.

The Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum is taught at all year levels. This program has two main themes:

  • we all have the right to be safe
  • we can help ourselves to be safe by talking to people we trust

The Australian Curriculum Personal and Social Capabilities, encompassing Self Awareness, Self Management, Social Awareness and Social Management guide our approach to enhancing student wellbeing. The Better Buddies Program leads to the development of strong, supportive relationships between our Reception and Cycle 3 children, and our Year 6 Leadership Program encourages our Primary School leaders to see themselves as valued role models for the younger students. In addition, the What’s the Buzz program offers greater support to students in social and emotional learning.