Montessori education is where students learn in a way that suits them. They create their own learning paths and take the lead in their education.
With the guidance and support of the staff and community, students study toward NCEA qualifications. Montessori education is a highly regarded approach to education and is over 100 years old, it is widely spread around the globe.
The child is the builder of humanity, the creative transforming energy which can act on the hearts of all humans and can offer new elements for the solution of social problems. Future peace depends on building a new society in which the individualities are protected during that original period in which they are constructing themselves. And this is the sort of peace that only the child can provide.
Dr. Montessori's first course in India, 1940
Ground Floor, 18 Pilkington Road, Panmure, Auckland
09 3919200, 02108134482, email@example.com
A metro style school means that we use the facilities and the community around us, so we can be truely part of our neighbourhood. We have the beautiful Mount Wellington Domain, on our back door; we are opposite the Panmure Library, we are close to the Panmure Lagoon, the Leisure centre and swimming Pools, cool cafes, funky shops, and of course Panmure Transport Hub - trains and buses connecting us to all of Auckland.
Students start between 8am and 10am (by arrangement); they can travel independently as we are right by a public transport hub
Students arrive - and refer to their own individual plan of work. Students are supported by staff who nurture their own interests,
Students develop individual work plans, and set goals.
Staff motivate, support, monitor and guide, and have regular conferences with each student and communicate with parents.
Students may negotiate to work off campus
& we close by 5pm
Where is the school located?
Ground Floor, 18 Pilkington Road, (corner of Clifton Court) In the Panmure District in the South of Central Auckland, near trains and buses to service students from the whole city (only 20 mins from Britomart)
Do you accept international students?
There are plans to accept internationals in the future, this will depend on the enrollment applications
What does 'facilities drawn from the community' mean? How will specialist provision be given? e.g. practical science lab experiments?
Most work can be done in the community, specifically Libraries, sports buildings and resources and so on. Speciality subjects rarely need specific equipment for long periods; for example in science when we want to use titration equipment - we can hire, or we can work alongside other schools, universities and industries as required.
Why "peace experiment"?
a. Education for peace is the key feature of Montessori pedagogy
b. WHAT IF? Possibilities of the unknown
c. The Montessori Method – see Chapter 2 ; scientific experiment methodology; controlled study in a prepared environment
d. Experiment is based on Observation; Recognised as key to learning
e. Teenagers are ready to experiment with life – this is a safe place to do so
f. Humility & Gratitude – we do not know what we are approaching in the future
“I long to accomplish great and noble tasks, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble” Helen Keller.
How can I find out more about Montessori Education?
Steven is the Assistant Director at a Programme that offers a Masters Degree in Montessori Integrative Learning(TIES) please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Co-ed - 11-18 years old - NCEA - NZ Curriculum
What do you think a Montessori secondary school might look like? What would work for you?
Montessori education is a type of learning where there is not such a formal structure placed on the students and they are free to learn in a way that suits them. The students negotiate a curriculum with the staff, and individually create their own learning paths. The students’ interests lead the learning. When they are ready, with the guidance and support of the staff and community, students study toward NCEA qualifications, as per the NZ curriculum.
Montessori education is a highly regarded approach to education and is over 100 years old, it is widely spread around the globe.
Through education for peace, Montessori provides a conscious effort to create a more peaceful world.
Our experiment explores what education for peace looks like in our community and environment.
Learning happens as students spontaneously explore each and every opportunity available to them; their curiosity and interest encourages their growth.Education for Peace is the central theme in our community: so - we're a creative learning environment.
“Peace is what every human being is craving for, and it can be brought about by humanity through the child”.
Our experiment explores what education for peace looks like in our community and environment.
What if learning in a student centred, environmentally conscious, individually respectful, and prepared environment nurtures peace?
What if education aims to support global human development?Peace Experiment, has a focus on modern learning, in a context of understanding peace. There is much disruption in the world, and in growing up the students become part of our world.
Peace Experiment is an opportunity to place peace as the centre of the curriculum to ensure that we consider how we interact with each other and the environment in a peaceful way.
The experiment asks what do we need to do to reconsider how we are doing things,
- as in many cases it seems, the current systems are not working.
The Peace Experiment was set up by Steven Arnold in March 2017. A passionate teacher by training - he has dedicated his life to education.
Steven is a Montessori trained teacher 0 - 3 (cert); 3 - 6; 6 - 12, 12 - 15, & 15 - 18yr olds (Diplomas); MEd; Dip Tchng (NZ), BA, BSc, PGDipED, LTCL, LSB, ASB, ANZDA (Accred); SCA (Accred).
He is a teacher trainer, principal, teacher, consultant, guest speaker, parent, board and trustee member. With overseas experience in England, Brunei and Australia, he has taught all levels of education from primary to tertiary.
Steven established New Zealand's first Montessori Secondary School in 2002, then principal at Brisbane Montessori School, and has recently been the Senior Lecturer in Montessori Education at AUT University.
Peace Experiment is the only independent Montessori Secondary Education provider in New Zealand.
Our Kaupapa is our way of doing things, and what we believe in. We have strong values. We are a MANZ (Montessori Aotearoa New Zealand) member
We seek to be at peace with self, other and the environment and explore the values of education for peace- with grace, generosity and gratitude
We contribute to the Montessori education movement through furthering the work and legacy of Maria Montessori,
We position the child / adolescent / adult learner centrally in our curriculum and so consciously challenge conventional approaches to education – What if…?
We respect and implement the dual heritage of the partners of Te Tiriti o Waitangi using Te Reo, and the principals of protection, partnership and participation
We recognize and show gratitude for the diversity of people from different ages, genders, cultures, nationalities, abilities, perspectives, and orientations; and acknowledge their contributions
We recognize our place and our time; here (location in Panmure,Auckland, New Zealand) and now (21st century and beyond)
We recognise and use the strengths of ourselves and each other in our community
We are inspired by each other
We cooperate with others in youth education and adult education;
We maintain the highest standards of respect, dignity, nobility, trust, professionalism and integrity.
Maria Montessori was central to the formation of UNESCO, and contributed ideas and support
"The four pillars of learning"
The four pillars of learning are fundamental principles for reshaping education:
i) Learning to know: to provide the cognitive tools required to better comprehend the world and its complexities, and to provide an appropriate and adequate foundation for future learning.
ii) Learning to do: to provide the skills that would enable individuals to effectively participate in the global economy and society.
iii) Learning to be: to provide self analytical and social skills to enable individuals to develop to their fullest potential psycho-socially, effectively as well as physically, for an all-round ‘complete person.
iv) Learning to live together: to expose individuals to the values implicit within human rights, democratic principles, intercultural understanding and respect and peace at all levels of society and human relationships to enable individuals and societies to live in peace and harmony."
The Peace Experiment Trust is a not-for-profit organisation, with charitable trust status that is non-religious (all religions and belief sets welcome); and independent. The trust governs and owns the school. The purpose of the Trust is to educate people, particularly youth, adults and teachers.
The school is registered with the NZ Ministry of Education, #787.
In particular the Trust will:
1 PROVIDE A SCHOOL
operate a Montessori school, as accessible as possible and open to all students, within the realm of ideas recognized by those who have studied Montessori, and also extending those ideas;
2 TEACHER EDUCATION
provide opportunities for Montessori teacher education
3 PEACE WORK
Engage in peace work, activism and community celebration
4 ADULT EDUCATION
other adult education
provide other support and assistance consistent with this charitable purpose.
1) Peace with self, other and the Earth
This means recycling, reducing, re-using. At Peace Experiment we are proud to re-use materials, given as gifts, donations, second hand items. We are doing our part to reduce waste, packaging, landfill, exploitation of minerals, un-necessary industry, pollution, transport, and toxins. We appreciate your help.
2) Ways you could help:
Peace Experiment is a community initiative, and volunteering and offerings are welcome
3) Items to be donated:
Peace Experiment reuses, recycles and chooses sustainable products where possible; we are proud that where possible all items are second hand
working, fast laptops and desktops
beautiful models, figurines, statues: humans, and other animals (not plastic)
4) Other activity
Our belief is that Education for peace is needed to a) liberate the individual child and b) liberate the human species and c) re-establish harmony with the planet
come to Open days
come to Peace Talks (First Friday of every month, 7:30pm)
encourage friends to visit
offer suggestions (see contact page)
find more staff members
offer scholarships for local students
offer to mentor students in your area of expertise
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