PRESS RELEASE Wednesday, 7 December 2016
New Montessori kindergarten and OSHC in Burbank will give local parents peace of mind
BRISBANE: Families working or living in and around Burbank in Brisbane will finally have a local option of a real Montessori education for their children in 2017 with the launch of Sinai Montessori in Burbank in January.
The inclusive kindergarten located in the beautiful grounds and using the extensive facilities of Sinai College, will initially welcome 20 children from ages three to 5 years old for its foundation year.
The level of early interest has even taken the Principal, Megan Moore, by surprise and several families have already enrolled at Sinai Montessori, which will also provide a high quality before and after school care for all students.
“The spacious preschool classrooms and garden are being completely renovated over summer to provide an incredibly rich and nurturing early learning environment,” said Principal Moore, who returned to Brisbane in 2016 to head both Sinai College and the Montessori after many years leading a prestigious Montessori and inquiry-based independent school in Jakarta, Indonesia.
“As a genuine Montessori we’ll create a tailored and integrated, sensorial Montessori method indoor and outdoor experience for each child,” Ms Moore said.
Ms Moore was excited to be able to bring her international experience with inquiry-based, child-centred learning to Brisbane and said a boutique school like Sinai College was the perfect community to introduce these very effective education methodologies.
“We all understand that the world is changing rapidly and in ways that we probably cannot imagine today. So our role as educators is to prepare our children to be great problem solvers and be able to handle all of life’s future challenges with confidence and joy,” she said when discussing why a Montessori Kindergarten that transitioned to an inquiry-based primary-age model provided a balance of structure, security and flexibility for every student.
Sinai Montessori will offer an authentic Montessori curriculum approved by Education Queensland and incorporating: Practical Life (everyday living skills), Sensorial (learning through the senses), Language and Mathematics. The fifth curriculum area is Culture. Students will also have specialist sports and music education and swimming lessons and tennis on-site.
Sinai parent and Board chair, Ms Monica Rabotnicoff, said the School Board had spent some time researching the best curriculum and teaching methods for the kindergarten. Sinai College is the only Jewish day school in Queensland and she said that since both Montessori and Judaism focus on respect, responsibility, self-sufficiency and allowing each child to learn in their own way, the values and ethos fit perfectly together.
The Jewish Cultural and Hebrew Language program is optional for non-Jewish students and all cultures and traditions will be embraced and honoured as part of Sinai Montessori. All children will be prepared to confidently transition to prep.
Montessori is growing in popularity in Brisbane and Australia, as well as internationally with many kindergartens and schools in USA, India, South East Asia, China and Europe.
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The office will be open up to and including 21 December 2016 and will re-open 5 January 2017.
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