How is Mahurangi Montessori Primary run?

Mahurangi Montessori Primary Trust

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.


The Trust is independent of Matakana School and is responsible for the governance of Mahurangi Montessori Primary, including staff recruitment, training and professional development.


Additionally, the Trust works closely with the Matakana School Principal and the Matakana School Board of Trustees, as well as other key stakeholders such as Totara Hill (the local Montessori pre-school), parents, other Montessori primary schools, donor organisations and suppliers.


Three to eight parents sit on the Trust at any one time and cover the roles of Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer, Enrolments, Communications and Fundraising.

Matakana School and Board of Trustees

Mahurangi Montessori Primary runs under the policies of Matakana School’s Board of Trustees, and the Guides are employed by Matakana School. They have the same weekly responsibilities as every other teacher at Matakana School, which includes staff meetings, playground duties and presenting to the Board of Trustees.


We have two qualified Montessori Guides. The Head Guide manages the day-to-day operation of the classroom, including regular meetings with the Principal of Matakana School and the Chairperson of the Trust.

Evidence of learning


Evidence of learning is process-focused, not outcome-based. Evidence includes observations of both academic learning and developing dispositions, progression through, and mastery of the Montessori learning materials and the students own voice through Conferencing. Observations are recorded daily by the Guides in students’ individual work plans.


Reporting to parents is done through parent/Guide meetings in line with the wider school.



In addition, our Guides host a number of sessions throughout the year that give parents a greater opportunity to share in their child’s learning:

  • Term 1: Parent orientation session.
  • Term 1 & 4: Goal-setting interviews.
  • Term 1, 2 & 3: Open afternoons (last week of term).
  • Once a term: Parent evening.


We rely on parents being active members of our Montessori community. Parents can contribute through volunteering for The Trust, helping with fundraising and working bees, contributing to our curriculum by sharing skills (e.g., coding) and coming to regular meetings and group celebrations.