Frequently Asked Questions

Here you will find answers to many frequently asked questions.

Please feel free to contact us if you don't find what you are looking for or have any additional questions.

For an Information and Enrolment Pack please see the Download Forms page.


How does Montessori work within a primary school?

The Montessori Primary programme reflects the special needs of the six to twelve year old child.  This is a period of stability after the rapid developments of the first . . . click here

How will my child mix with the rest of the school?

We strive towards as much integration as possible, whilst preserving the key elements of Montessori.  The class achieves the three-hour work cycle in the morning and . . . click here

How is the Montessori Unit run?

On a day-to-day basis, the class runs under the policies of Matakana School's Board of Trustees and the teachers are answerable to the School Principal. However, the Trust . . . click here

Who is eligible?

The school prefers to take children who have had a good grounding in Montessori methods through attending sufficient sessions and . . . click here

Can my child enter the Unit when he/she is five?

Children tend not to be ready for a Montessori Class at five. The final year at a Montessori preschool is a very important year in the life . . . click here

Can we send our child to mainstream school at five and then transfer him/her over into the Montessori Unit when he/she is six?

Unfortunately, this does not work as the final year at a Montessori preschool is a very important year in the life . . . click here

Is the Montessori Unit for gifted children?

No, children of all abilities can be found in the Unit. Montessori is designed to help all children reach their fullest potential at their own unique . . . click here

How much does it cost?

For a detailed answer to this question please see the Donation section of the Enrolment and Information Pack.

Does my child need to leave the Unit when he/she turns nine?

No. The Unit caters for children from the age of six until the . . . click here

Can I come and observe the class?

We welcome class observations. It is important that visitors respect the children's space and we ask that you read the Observation Guidelines before visiting . . . click here

How will my child fit into mainstream education at the end of his/her Montessori primary education?

The transfer from Montessori is generally smooth. There can be, of course, an initial adjustment period, just as in any transfer between schools. In our . . . click here


What if my child doesn't feel like working?

It is true that Montessori students are given significant freedom to explore topics that interest them. However, this freedom is not . . . click here