Vince Barsolo
Elinor Eppen

Since graduating from Rockingham Montessori School’s Adolescent Program in 2016, I have started a Bachelor of Education in Primary Teaching, having gained entrance to university by completing an alternative pathway course in Year 12. I am now preparing to begin my third year of the degree at Murdoch University, and look forward to all that this next part of the undergraduate course will bring.

Some of the units I have studied so far have included learning how to teach English, the Arts, Science and Maths, how to best utilise technology in education, how language is developed, how to prepare an effective learning environment and how to assess learning at various stages. My insights into the Montessori philosophy have been really valuable as I have explored different approaches to education. In one of my units, when I was tasked with creating a research project about an educator who made a significant contribution to modern education, I delivered an in-depth presentation on Dr Maria Montessori.

So far, I have undertaken two placements at local primary schools. In my first year I was placed in a specialist Drama teacher’s classroom for a week, and in October 2018 I spent a fortnight in a Year 4 classroom. I found that these intense but brief teaching experiences dramatically enriched my theoretical knowledge of teaching.

In addition to my university study, I have been working at a local bookstore since it opened in July of 2017. I love my job for many reasons but especially because I am able to talk to so many different people every day about a lifelong passion of mine. Some of the perks of my job include recommending books, writing book reviews, meeting authors, occasionally attending book fairs and roadshows and even participating in store set ups for the company.

I am hoping that the next few years ahead of me involve creating more memories with my Montessori and university friends, travelling, graduating from uni and reading lots more books.

Vince Barsolo
Lilly Rogers

Since graduating in October Lily has taken a gap vacation in the eastern part of NSW’s Riverina region in the rural town of Tooma where she is nannying for a family with three children.  Lily applied for WA uni’s only and her preferences included; Early Childhood Studies and Teaching, Business in Business Law, Human Resource Management and Forensics. 

Lily states – “Quite a mix I must admit. I’m loving it out here on the farm. The kids love having me too. The children are home schooled, so I plan lessons and teach them in their own schoolroom, which used to be a farm workers house many years ago! The ages of the children are 5, 4 and 2. My boss is due for the 4th child anytime soon. 

I have been perusing horse riding on the farm, my horse here being Lil, a paint palomino, a rare breed. She is estimated to be around 23 years old and was once close to being put down due to illness. She is a star, reminding everyone that you can bounce back from illness and live life; she loves to canter in the mountains! 

Everybody I meet, I tell them about Montessori and how the two week Odyssey inspired me to explore the rest of Australia. Being here in Tooma is like being in another country at times! Accents and IGA’s being things reminding me I am in this wonderful country! I will let you know when I hear from University’s. Missing Montessori’s wonderful teachers!”….

“I’d like to inform you on some very exciting news! I have accepted a place at Murdoch University for a Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Science in Forensic Biology and Toxicology.

I could not have gotten this far if it wasn’t for RMS!”

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Infant & Toddler
Program

1 - 3 Years

Our Infant Toddler Program (Playgroup) is the ideal way for your family to experience the Montessori philosophy and practice, while providing toddlers with a gentle transition to the Children’s House.

Children’s
House

3 - 6 Years

Rockingham Montessori School has
three Children’s House classrooms,
named Dolphins, Penguins and Seahorse, reflecting our seaside location. Each is led by a dedicated and highly-trained Montessori teacher.

Primary
Program

6 - 12 Years

Rockingham Montessori School has three Lower-Primary classrooms: Jelly Fish, Starfish and Sealions, continuing our ocean theme. Teachers are Montessori-trained and work with the help of an education assistant.

Adolescent
Program

12 -18 Years

In Montessori’s third plane of development, from twelve to eighteen years old, the adolescent has a ‘humanistic mind’ eager to understand humanity and the contribution they can make to society.