Montessori Academy Opens in Historic Engadine Boys’ Town Hospital

Montessori Academy Opens in Historic Engadine Boys’ Town Hospital

Engadine Grand Opening

On Saturday 22nd July, Engadine Montessori Academy opened its doors for a Grand Opening celebration with more than 300 local families.

The event commenced with formal ceremonies hosted by Montessori Academy’s Management Team, Councillor Carmelo Pesce, Mayor of the Sutherland Shire, and Father Peter Carroll, Chaplain of St John Bosco College and Dunlea Centre Australia’s Original Boys’ Town.

We feel deeply privileged, and excited, to have the opportunity to open a new Montessori Academy early learning centre here in Engadine, said Director of Montessori Academy, Colette Assaf.

“This historic location is a wonderful place for children to gain an introduction to Montessori education, which embraces each child’s individual learning style, developmental needs, and interests,” she said.

To celebrate Engadine’s Grand Opening, Montessori Academy hosted a Family Fun Day, which included Montessori information sessions, campus tours, a visit from Kindifarm, Connect Kids Yoga classes, face painting, balloon twisting, and a BBQ lunch.

Engadine Montessori Academy is located in the left wing of the historic Engadine Boys’ Town Hospital, an architectural and cultural icon that was established in 1939.

The building has been beautifully refurbished to breathe life into five new Montessori classrooms, two unique project based learning spaces, and two fantastic outdoor play areas for infants, toddlers and preschoolers.

The outdoor play area features life-sized train equipment, a mud kitchen, activity tables, a veggie patch, outdoor reading area, and plenty of gross motor activities.

“What’s so unique about Montessori, is that it is scientifically based on how children learn; they learn experientially. It’s effective because it allows children to learn through self-directed, hands-on educational experiences, using specifically designed Montessori learning materials.

“The goal of Montessori education is not simply to teach children the basics of reading, writing and maths. Instead, our goal is to provide each child with a holistic education, that prepares them with the tools and skills they need to thrive as contributing members of society,” said Ms Assaf.

The opening of Engadine Montessori Academy will provide local families with the ability to cater to their children’s complete education needs from birth to 18 years of age on one street.

Engadine Montessori Academy joins St John Bosco Primary School (K – 6), St John Bosco College (7 – 12) and Dunlea Centre Australia’s Original Boys’ Town on Waratah Road, Engadine.

The Engadine campus is the second Montessori Academy to open in the Sutherland Shire, joining Gymea Montessori Academy on Gymea Bay Road. It is the 28th Montessori Academy early learning centre to open internationally.

Engadine Montessori Academy is a 75-place Montessori early learning centre catering to the needs of families with children aged six weeks to six years old. The centre will provide all meals, and will be open from 7:30am – 6:00pm on Monday to Friday.

Engadine Montessori Academy is currently taking preliminary waitlists and enrolments, and is expected to open in late July 2017, pending Service Approval by the Department of Education.

To register your interest please contact: (P) 1300 000 162 (W) https://montessoriacademy.com.au/locations/engadine-child-care-nsw-2233/ or (E) engadine@montessoriacademy.com.au