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Montessori is a style of teaching developed in 1907 by Maria Montessori, an Italian doctor. It’s based on her scientific findings, many of which have now been verified by modern research.


Walk into any Montessori classroom today, and you’ll see happy, relaxed, engaged children, thriving in a space where they’re free to do the things they enjoy. It’s an approach to education that values independence, hands-on learning, real-world application and problem-solving. Montessori teaching is highly personalised to the learning style and pace of each child, rather than being based on the average child.

New Zealand Montessori primary schools are often classes within state primary schools, supported by parent Trusts. This is the case with Mahurangi Montessori Primary, which is part of Matakana School. Our Trust works closely with Matakana School to find a balance between providing a quality Montessori education and accessing the wider cultural, sporting and social opportunities the school has to offer.


The Mahurangi Montessori Primary Trust was set up by a group of parent volunteers who wanted to extend the benefits of their children’s Montessori education from pre-school into primary school. They formed a charitable Trust in September 2007 and opened Mahurangi Montessori Primary at Matakana School in 2009.


Mahurangi Montessori Primary Re-location to Pakiri School

We’re excited to announce that from Term 3, 2019 Pakiri School will offer two learning pathways under a ‘one school’ vision. Mahurangi Montessori Primary, which was established at Matakana School in 2009, will be relocating to Pakiri School to form the base for the new Montessori Pathway.


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About Montessori

Key differences to state primary schools

Planes of development, teachers as guides, self-learning structure, self-correcting hands-on learning materials, mixed age classrooms and...

What does a typical day look like?

The children plan their day in their work journals, and then the three-hour work cycle begins. As a child completes each activity on their plan, they check it off.