Knysna Montessori School comprises a Pre-School, Primary School and High School. The High School offers an IEB Matric, as well as boarding for both weekly and termly boarders.
Knysna Montessori School was formed in 1997 under the auspices of the BMS Trust when founder, Taddy Beyleveld, extended Montessori Methodology and Philosophy from a Pre-School into a 6-9 year old Primary School Group. The Trust operates as a Non-Profit Organisation (NPO 005/940). Today KMS offers a comprehensive Montessori education, where a child can begin at age 2 in the Pre-school, and emerge at 18 from the High School with an IEB Matric.
Knysna Montessori School is registered as an Independent School with the Western Cape Education Department (WCED). The KMS Curriculum covers the requirements of the National Curriculum Statements, using an integrated approach to attain the outcomes and assessment standards set by the Department of Education.
As a leader in the South African Montessori community, the Knysna Montessori School and teachers are registered both with the South African council for Educators (SACE).
Knysna Montessori School (KMS) is a close-knit, vibrant and passionate school. We observe, guide and encourage each child towards independent learning, through balancing freedom of choice with responsibility, within a prepared environment. The result is empowered individuals realising their full potential. The school lies on the outskirts of Knysna, nestled between forests and natural vegetation in the picturesque village of Narnia.
Knysna Montessori offers an inclusive and holistic education to all children based on Montessori Philosophy and Teaching Methods.
Knysna Montessori aims to develop the whole child, so that he/she may strive to achieve independence, self-discipline, self-knowledge, decision-making and problem-solving abilities, and as a South African and Global Citizen, to learn respect and tolerance for others and their cultures.
- Our commitment as teachers and parents is to endeavour to be life-long learners, consistently challenging ourselves, adapting and changing to fulfil the needs of the child and the school environment.
- Our commitment as teachers and parents is to instil and uphold the values of respect encouraging good manners, courtesy, and grace.
What are our Montessori Educational Goals and how do they benefit our children and prepare them for life?
- Our commitment is to inspire the love of learning where the emphasis is placed on the process of learning. When the child masters this process, the full potential of the child is reached.
- Our emphasis is on emotional and academic development. It is essential through guidance, inspiration and mentorship to develop the will of the child fostering concentration and self-discipline.
- Our goal is to encourage respect for self, others and the environment.
- Our goal is to develop innate self discipline through choice and freedom with clear boundaries.
- Our goal is to encourage decision making, problem solving and critical thinking.
Our teachers (called “Directresses” and “Directors”) are all fully qualified to teach in the environments in which they have been placed and are all registered with SACE (South African Council for Educators). Our staff are aware that learning never ends and are always refreshing and updating their knowledge through on-going courses. In-house Montessori Training does take place, but traditionally qualified teachers are encouraged to complete training and practical experience in Montessori Methodology through accredited training institutions.
KMS ACADEMIC STAFF – 2017
Head Directress (Principal): Sonia Heaton – Montessori Dip (London Montessori Centre) & NPDE & ACE (NWU)
Management Team: Head Directress – Sonia Heaton, Business Manager – Leighann Campbell, Educational Consultant and Founder – Taddy Beyleveld
High School Staff (15-18)
Academic Head: John Vahey Geography (Part Time)
Mr G Claassen Mathematics and Physical Science
Mr P Vieyra CAT (Part Time)
Mrs D Ross Miles Life Science & Life Orientation (Gr 10,11)
Mr R Mazodze Maths Literacy
Mrs N. Ballan English HL
Mrs M. Nigrini Afrikaans FAL
Mrs B Botha Life Orientation Gr 12
Ms A, Knox Visual Art, Design, History (Gr 10)
Mr J Stead BA Creative Arts Gr 7 & 8 (Part Time)
Middle School (12-15)
Mrs D Dearmer Mathematics, Culture, Occupations
Mrs Claire Mc Carthy English HL, Culture, Occupations (term 2)
Mrs M. Nigrini Afrikaans FAL
Ms A. Knox Creative Arts Gr 9
Mrs G Beyleveld Occupations
Mr A Campbell Occupations, Life Orientation
Mrs D. Ross Miles Culture
Junior School Staff
Mrs B Botha
Mr L Mhlakaza
Mrs J Diedericks
Mrs L. Bergstrom
Mrs AJ Lategan
Reading Support: Mrs C. Heaton
Classroom assistants: Johanna Phillips , Lindiwe Leve
Pre School Staff
Head: Mrs B Brownsen
Ms T Smurfit
Ms J Keyser
Classroom assistants: Marlene Jantjies, Modie Mbonde, Hilda Jantjies