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  1. 1. Prospectus and Application Criteria 2013PO Box 6135BrookfieldTauranga 3146Email: Bellevue School 07 576 5916 Thursdays and Fridays Page 1 of 8 Nov 2012
  2. 2. PRIMARY SCHOOL EDUCATIONOverviewMontessori@Bellevue (M@B) was established in 2002 to provide Montessori Primary education for childrenaged from 6 to 12 years. Our teachers ensure that children receive the benefits of the Montessori philosophyand curriculum delivered within the framework of Bellevue School, the New Zealand Curriculum and NationalStandards for Primary Schools.M@B is fully integrated within Bellevue School, giving the children access to the wider school programmes,facilities, social and sporting activities.M@B is governed and administered by a registered Charitable Trust, Tauranga Montessori Education Trust(TMET). TMET was established to ensure a quality Montessori primary school would be available to children inTauranga. The Trustees are a group of dedicated parents who work alongside Bellevue School’s Board ofTrustees and the Montessori teaching team. TMET is responsible for governance of M@B whilst management iscarried out by Bellevue School and its Board of Trustees. TMET funds Montessori teaching staff salaries whichare not funded by the Ministry of Education; Montessori materials; Montessori specific training andstaff development. TMET relies on parent donations and fundraising to meet its financial obligations.The CurriculumM@B offers an enriching and challenging Montessori curriculum. Teachers facilitate creativity, independentthinking and responsibility through a specially prepared environment. Within this prepared environment thechild is able to work at their own pace with a logical sequence of activities and materials. Teachers makecareful observations and record each child’s progress.The environment and class culture excites the imagination and entices the primary-age child into a quest forknowledge. Historical timelines, pictorial charts, mathematical materials, collections of specimens, stimulatingdiscussions, a teacher to facilitate and support learning stimulates independent thinking and drives individualprogress and learning at the child’s pace.Maria Montessori (1870 – 1952)Maria Montessori was, in many ways, ahead of her time. She was born in 1870, and graduated in 1896 as thefirst woman doctor in Italy. In her medical practice, her clinical observations led her to analyse how childrenlearn, and she concluded that they built themselves from what they found in their environment. Childrenteach themselves. This simple but profound truth inspired Montessori’s lifelong pursuit of educationalreform and teacher training. Her legacy is a philosophy of life, a unique method of education, materials withwhich to educate, and a system of training that produces teachers who can give children the best possiblefoundation for life. Page 2 of 8 Nov 2012
  3. 3. Montessori’s Influence on Mainstream EducationThe Montessori materials and lessons developed by Dr Montessori have withstood the test of time. Theskills developed and the progression from simplex to complex, and concrete to abstract, meet the needsof children today just as they did in Rome at the beginning of last century.Traditional schools are beginning to embrace aspects of Montessori education such as concrete learningmaterials, multi-age level classes, involvement of the child setting their own learning goals, a move toteaching to meet individual needs and strengths, move to process focused assessment, development of anintegrated curriculum across subject areas and a focus on the whole child. The latest NZ school curriculumnow embraces personalized and inquiry based learning.Children’s WorkMontessori primary children learn to structure their own individual work schedules. The children are used tolong periods of work (the three hour work cycle) and they themselves determine the duration of time theywork on a particular project. The key is to help the child establish a balanced work day. The class and itsactivities flow naturally throughout the day. Children move between friends and their work, helping andjoining group lessons when asked. Despite the individualism of the class there is still a strong feeling ofcohesion as the class meets at least once every day to hear other children’s projects and stories, enjoy music,discuss difficulties and play group games.Multi Age GroupingsA cornerstone of the Montessori Primary class is the multi age groupings of 6 – 9 and 9 – 12 year olds.Children stay in one group for up to three years and will usually have the same teachers for that time. Thisage grouping allows for peer learning (younger children learn from the older ones, while the process ofteaching the younger ones reinforces the older child’s knowledge and learning), enhanced teacher childrelationship, broad social development and opportunities for leadership and friendships resulting in a co-operative social community based on respect of self and others. Younger children are naturally interested inthe work of the older children, so the older children serve as tutors and role models instilling a sense of pride.The wide range of age and ability also builds in each child a tolerance and appreciation for difference. Theemphasis in a Montessori classroom is on cooperation rather than competition.Age groupings are aligned with those of Bellevue School. Children will eventually complete Year 6 withinM@B and move on to Intermediate between the ages of 10 ½ and 11 ½. The primary years are calculated by achild’s birthday rather than the date the child starts school; your child is not being held back as a result ofentering the primary school system at age 6 rather than age 5. “We must support as much as possible the childs desires for activity; not wait on him, but educate him to be independent” -Maria Montessori Page 3 of 8 Nov 2012
  4. 4. APPLICATION CRITERIAApplications must be made on the appropriate form. A non-refundable application fee of $50.00 includingGST is payable at the time of application and needs to accompany the completed Application Form.Pre-requisite Montessori Pre-school EducationWhen selecting children for places within M@B, TMET must, in the interests of the wellbeing of M@B as awhole, enrol those children best prepared for the Montessori Primary classroom environment. TMET hasdetermined that a child requires minimum levels of preschool education as below. The child must have attended at least two full years at a suitable Montessori pre-school prior to entry to Montessori@Bellevue in the term in which they turn 6. TMET reserves the right to determine the suitability of any Montessori pre-school. From or before their 4th birthday, the child should attend a minimum of 3 days per week at a suitable Montessori pre-school. From age 5, the child should attend at least 4 days per week. Attendance at these sessions should continue until entry to M@B. The child must remain enrolled in a suitable Montessori pre-school and attend the required number of days until entry to M@B.Montessori@Bellevue Parent Information MeetingsParents are required to attend a Montessori@Bellevue Parent Information Evening. These informationevenings are held bi-annually and will be advertised through your child’s Montessori pre-school. ParentInformation Evenings offer parents the opportunity to expand their knowledge of Montessori at a primaryschool level and direct any questions they may have to the teachers, as well as to students both present andpast, of Montessori@Bellevue.Classroom ObservationParents are also required to book and attend a Classroom Observation at M@B before submitting anapplication. Observing a M@B Primary school class in action illustrates the connection to Montessori pre-school education and offers further clarity and understanding of daily activities and structure.Note: Parents are welcome to request a meeting with the Principal and Lead Teacher at any stage during theenrolment process.Learning Disabilities, Special or High Needs:Bellevue School has an open and inclusive enrolment policy; the placement of children within Bellevue Schooland Montessori@Bellevue is the responsibility of the Principal, in consultation with the parents.Parents/caregivers with children who have learning and/or physical disabilities are invited to contact us at theearliest opportunity (ideally around the age of 4). This will allow time to build mutual understanding and toensure that any classroom or environmental preparations are facilitated as required to support the child’stransition to, and journey through their education at Montessori@Bellevue. Page 4 of 8 Nov 2012
  5. 5. Close of ApplicationsFormal applications should be received by the time the child is 4 ½. Applications received after this date may begiven lower priority but will be assessed on a case by case basis and places allocated as and when available.Allocation of PlacesSelection for entry to the M@B will be based on the total application presented by each family, together withany other relevant information. TMET reserves the right to make all enquiries it deems necessary to obtaininformation which may assist it to reach a decision in any particular case.Factors taken into account include the number of days attendance at Montessori pre-school; the quality of theirpre-school education; the child’s history of learning in the Montessori environment; the level of enthusiasm ofthe family for involvement in and contributing to, the Montessori and wider school community; the need toensure available places for siblings.N.B. Places are not guaranteed until notified in writing.The final decision on placement of children within the Montessori Unit or Bellevue School lies with thePrincipal in consultation with the child’s parents.PriorityChildren who meet the criteria will be prioritized as follows: 1 Accommodation of siblings of children already attending M@B who meet the Application Criteria. 2 Children with the appropriate pre-school history 3 Children of staff employed by M@B 4 Children transferring from Montessori Primary schools elsewhere 5 Other applicationsTMET welcomes all applications. Each will be considered on a case by case basis, and places allocated as andwhen available.Places at Bellevue SchoolEach child accepted into M@B is part of the roll at Bellevue School. Therefore, a separate application formmust be filled out and submitted to Bellevue School prior to their first day. Children cannot begin theireducation at M@B until this application has been submitted.Pre-school VisitM@B teachers visit our feeder Montessori pre-schools from time to time to co-ordinate and developrelationships with pre-school staff. During the visit our teachers may identify your child and take theopportunity to introduce themselves and/or observe your child at work. This will familiarize your child withour teachers and begin relationship building prior to transition.TransitionEarly in the term prior to the child starting at M@B, parents/caregivers will be contacted by the Lead Teacherto arrange transition visits. The process of transition involves an Orientation for the whole family, at theschool, followed by class visits for each child. These will take place towards the end of the term. The initialOrientation will involve meeting the Principal, teachers and administration staff, followed by a tour of theschool and grounds. Further details of this process will be provided close to the time of transition. Page 5 of 8 Nov 2012
  6. 6. DonationsM@B is not a private school; it is the vehicle by which Tauranga Montessori Education Trust delivers theNew Zealand curriculum via the Montessori philosophy in separate classes within Bellevue School.Monies received as donations to TMET are applied entirely to providing Montessori education to the students.By its nature and because of the method of teaching, the alternative educational opportunity provided by M@Bincurs extra costs. This includes classrooms, furniture, administration, educational materials and ‘aboveentitlement’ staffing.Bellevue School receives ‘per head’ funding from the Ministry of Education for every child enrolled in theschool, which includes all Montessori students. These funds provide for all school facilities: fields,playgrounds, staffing etc. which are not Montessori-specific.Donations are set at an amount deemed necessary by TMET to maintain the integrity of the offering of M@B.TMET reserves the right to increase the level of donations as necessary to continue to provide high-qualityMontessori education.M.A.N.Z Membership FeeM.A.N.Z is an incorporated organisation which operates independently of any Montessori School or localMontessori Association and undertakes a number of important functions and duties on behalf of all itsmembers. A quarterly newsletter is published which each member family receives. Each family with a childattending a MANZ member school or preschool pays an annual fee to support their work.Visit for further information.Family Commitment and Parental InvolvementParents must show an understanding of the Montessori philosophy of teaching and fully support its methods.Parents must agree to support M@B, the Montessori teachers and their relationship with TaurangaMontessori Education Trust, Bellevue School BOT, management and community.Parents must sign the required ‘Terms of Acceptance’ at the time of acceptance and abide by its terms at alltimes. In particular, parents agree to make all donations referred to in that document including any increasesdeemed necessary by TMET during the child’s attendance at M@B. Parental involvement is a vital element increating a thriving Montessori community. All parents and caregivers are encouraged to take an active part inschool life. There are many ways in which parents skills can make a difference e.g. assisting with reading, artprojects, and baking, building or decorating projects.Attendance at Parent Information Evenings (held twice yearly) is strongly recommended. Your family willbenefit greatly from the enhanced understanding these evenings offer. Page 6 of 8 Nov 2012
  7. 7. DONATIONS/FEESApplication fee $50.00 Covers administration cost. Payable at time of applicationInitial Donation $1000.00 One off payment, non-refundable. 50% payable when child turns Secures the child’s place within M@B. 4 ½ . 50% payable term prior to child starting.Term Donation $410.00 Covers teaching salaries and Payable first week of each term professional developmentMANZ membership $11 Per family Once per termPractical Life fee $24 Covers materials for practical life Payable first week of each term activitiesStationery fee $30 Stationery Payable once yearly Term 1 TMET bank account number for all donations/fees: TSB 15-3973-0009806-00NotesIf a child leaves prior to the end of term, the term donation is not refundable.Students of M@B are expected to pay the Bellevue School donation of $65 per child per year.All donations are (currently) fully tax deductible.Leave of absence: Students who are absent from school for a period exceeding 15 consecutive weeks in aschool year are automatically removed from the school roll and will be required to re-enrol upon their return.Both Bellevue School and TMET will require documentation that students are intending to return to school.Places cannot be guaranteed for absences of more than one yearDeparture: TMET requires one full term’s notice of a child’s intended departure from M@B. If notice is notgiven, one term’s donations will be payable.Recommended Reading (Parent Lending Library Available – Recommended WebsitesContact Kristy Cambourn as per detail listed below) How To Raise An Amazing Child The Montessori Way by Tim Seldin Association Montessori Internationale est. 1929 Montessori Madness! - Trevor Eissler (A Parent to Parent Argument for Montessori Education) For Montessori Community Montessori Today by Paula Polk Lillard Montessori Centre International est 1946 The Essential Montessori by Elizabeth Hainstock (An introduction to the woman, the writings, the method, and Montessori Association of New Zealand est 1984 the movement) Please see the flowchart overleaf for details and timeline of the full enrollment process. For all enrolment and general enquiries, please contact Kristy Cambourn at Bellevue School on 07 576 5916 Thursdays and Fridays or email Page 7 of 8 May 2012
  8. 8. M@B Enrolment ProcessSiblings First Child Parent Information Evening Attend Parent Information Evening (held T2 and T4) Parents are welcome to request a meeting with the Principal and Lead Teacher Classroom Observation Book and attend Classroom Observation at Montessori@Bellevue Child Aged 4 Submit Application Submit Application Form with non-refundable admin fee of $50 TMET Acknowledge receipt of application Acceptance Letter of Acceptance, terms of Acceptance Form, Bellevue School/state required paperwork and invoice for 50% of enrolment fee sent by TMET Paperwork acknowledged Child added to waitlist Family added to email list Final Steps Family invited to Orientation Term Prior to Starting Childs begins Transition Invoice final 50% of enrolment fee. Pay Fee Child starts Term in which child turns 6 Page 8 of 8 May 2012