VACANCY 2022


EMS and Technology Teacher
(Gr 7 – Gr 9)

Responsibilities:

  • Teach EMS and Technology content
  • Integrate EMS and Technology into outdoor classroom
  • Correspond and interact with parents
  • To work with a dynamic, well established team

Qualifications:

  • Ed or PGCE
  • SACE registered

Clearance certificates:

  • SAPS – criminal clearance
  • of social services – Child Protection register clearance
  • of Justice – Sexual Offenders register clearance

Competitive salary on offer

Submission requirements:

Interested candidates who meet the above requirements are invited to submit a letter of motivation, Curriculum Vitae and two contactable references to admissions@knysnamontessori.co.za

The invitation for an interview and appointment of candidates is at the sole discretion of Knysna Montessori School.  If you have not received a written response within 2 weeks after the closing date, please note that your application has not been successful.

Closing Date: 22 October 2021

Happy 151st birthday, Maria Montessori!


Education isn’t a product.  It’s a collection of daily actions and experiences. So who was Maria Montessori, the woman the education system we have chosen for our children was named after? Maria was born in 1870 to a father who worked as a financial manager and a mother who loved reading. She (ambitiously for a woman at that time) entered the University of Rome to study medicine and was awarded her doctorate in 1896, in the face of significant opposition and hostility because of her gender.

Following her graduation she worked in psychiatry and paediatrics and became an outspoken advocate for the educational rights of ill and disabled children as well as for woman’s rights.  Her only child, Mario Montessori, was born in 1898.  Maria chose not to marry his father in order to continue to practice medicine and to travel on her lecture tours. She spoke passionately about the responsibility of society toward educating mentally disabled children and she proposed dedicated teacher training courses for those women working with disabled children.

In 1902 Maria returned to University in Rome to study towards a degree in philosophy (today this would be called psychology) while she adapted and adjusted her educational principles to best advantage mainstream children. She said of her work at this time “I did not invent a method of education; I simply gave some little children a chance to live”.

She opened her first full day childcare centre ‘The Children’s House’ in January 1907 in a poor neighbourhood of inner city Rome. Observing and working with these children and their families gave her the opportunity to refine and record her educational philosophy and methods. She further developed her learning materials and carefully arranged the environment and as she did the children’s concentration and self-discipline improved. In parallel she developed detailed – and revolutionary for the time – director/ess (teacher) training materials. Her prolific writings gathered many followers and today there are thousands of Montessori schools worldwide.

Maria Montessori was an outspoken in her demands for gender equality and was a lifelong campaigner for peace.  She overcame oppression and re-imagined the world a better place. She died in Amsterdam at 81 but her legacy lives on:  have we ever needed her wise approach more than we do now, given the complexity of the world at present?

The Child who has felt strong love for his surroundings and all living creatures, who has discovered joy and enthusiasm in work, gives us reason to hope that humanity can develop in a new direction.”

Maria Montessori

 

Knysna Methodist Outreach Veggie Drive


The Grade 9 students held a veggie drive in aid of the Knysna Methodist Outreach.

“Knysna Methodist Outreach – KMO is a non-profit organisation registered with the government.  (NPO no: 131-089 NPO)
Feeding and caring for the underprivileged is a mission the Knysna Methodist Outreach is passionate about.
Our flagship project, the Rainbow of Hope early learning centre, is situated in the underprivileged community of Nekkies some 5 kms outside of Knysna. The school was established in 2010 and registered as an independent Grade R school with the Western Cape department of education during 2015 after meeting all the requirements. We accommodate 30 children between the ages of 3 and 5. They are provided with two nutritional meals per day and for many of them this is the only food they get as they are from impoverished families who struggle to give their children even one meal per day.  KMO also have two soup kitchens, one in Hornlee and the other in Concordia. Between these two kitchens, they supply on average 4000 meals per month. During school holidays this increases to about 5000 meals per month. To avoid the monotony of soup every day, we attempt to give at least one meal with rice or samp and whatever we have available such as soy, curry, tinned fish etc.  The above is made possible by the volunteers who manage and run these projects as well as donations received from organisations such as yourselves, Woolworths, St Boniface Catholic Church and many more organisations and individuals.
Our current projects include the establishment of community gardens of which one has been planted and the next will be planted early in July. This is done in partnership with Growing Upwards.  https://www.goodthingsguy.com/lifestyle/garden-knysna-growing-upwards/

Thank you again for your wonderful contribution last week. It made a difference to many needy people.” – Arnaud de Groot

KAWS food drive


The children in the 9 – 12 age group at Knysna Montessori School love our environment and all living creatures. This week we decided to run a food drive in aid of Knysna Animal Welfare Society (KAWS).  The whole school participated in this drive.

SAMA Conference 2021


Aspire, Adapt, Affirm:  Inspirational Montessori Conference held in Knysna

 An education capable of saving humanity is no small undertaking; it involves the preparation of young people … to understand the times in which they live” Maria Montessori

After a Covid-induced year of isolation and reflection, Montessori Educators from all over South Africa re-grouped on 24&25 April to attend the 2021 South African Montessori Association (SAMA) Conference, which was hosted by the Knysna Montessori School, to share their experiences and discoveries. Their Montessori training and wide-ranging experience, together with insights gained during the lockdown, distilled some critical educational principles into a particularly stimulating and absorbing weekend which more than fulfilled the conference theme of ‘Aspire, Adapt, Affirm’.

Films and guest presenters including Shamiemah Jassiem, Nabeelah Armie and Storm Pringle, covered a number of topics chosen to ignite curiosity and encourage robust discussion.  Innovative real-world workshops and demonstrations were staged to impart practical ideas, positively influence respect-filled learning and support progressive classroom space use.

Forward-looking, bold and experienced Montessori educators and attendees also engaged with the difficult areas of special needs education, diversity and transformation.  Educators were encouraged to advance their personal growth in order to better serve the child. Meeting the child’s needs and yet acting in their best interests can set up conflicting choices, so care-filled observation, shrewd perception, deliberate patience and compassionate creativity are required to navigate these dilemmas. Jane Cope’s presentation highlighted how Montessori education nurtures yet challenges, and how Montessori children experience order, develop excellent concentration independence, but these need to be fostered alongside moral and social maturity.

Montessori children live in a global village and Montessori schools, which espouse peace as one of their fundamental principles, consistently instill and promote anti-bias and anti-racism. To this end presenters including Sam Streak promoted self-assessment as a valuable tool to evaluate the realisation of this within both children and schools.

Supporting children in their joy-filled learning adventure means meeting their emotional needs by supporting their brains and coaching them in their responsibilities in and to the universe. Sam Streak and Nicky Rodseth explored the interconnectedness of the mind and body and the body to the world, reminding Montessori educators to practise with purpose in a holistic way to develop whole, empathetic, people. Sue Swain, a biomimicry expert, further encouraged innovative ways of viewing the world which will better equip our thriving on earth.

Mark Collins, expedition racer and passionate conservationist, presented a stunning motivational lecture covering self-belief, setting goals and dealing with the unexpected.  A love of learning is applicable at all ages! After a weekend of stimulating lectures, inspiring workshops and fantastic networking opportunities, the Montessori educators returned to their schools feeling grateful, energized and excited.