The Board of Trustees

A volunteer group of parents, keen to extend the benefits of a Montessori education into their children’s primary years, first met in April 2007 and formed the Mahurangi Montessori Primary Trust (a charitable trust) in September of that same year.  Its aim was to establish a Montessori class in a State Primary school which would allow access to the school facilities and to be part of the wider community. 

Our Trustees

Jasmijn de Graaf - Enrolments 

Our Montessori journey began when our oldest daughter was 2 years and started a Montessori pre-school in Auckland. She was followed by her twin sisters. Then we moved to the Netherlands where we landed in a small village of 500 people with a Montessori primary school. We were blown away by the caring environment where each child could be him- or herself, how confident they became and the love of learning they developed. 

Coming back to New Zealand, we were very passionate to continue their Montessori education and we feel very lucky to have found Room 15 within Matakana Primary School! Our son is attending Totara Hill and will be joining his sisters in Room 15 when he will turn 6.

Jacqui Settle - Treasurer

My family and I fell into Montessori Education while living in Hong Kong - we're grateful that we can continue with Montessori learning in Matakana. I have a background in Health Sciences and Occupation, and value that my children can choose to work on what is interesting them. 

Christine Sheehy - Trustee


Our family discovered Montessori education when we first moved to the Matakana area in 2009. All three of our children flourished at their Montessori preschool and the older two are now thriving as confident independent learners in the Montessori class at Matakana School. They both enjoy the mixed age learning environment and I believe the shared learning experiences have strengthened their sibling bond.