Plenty Valley International Montessori School (PVIMS) is a non-denominational Independent School for students from Early Learning to Year 6, set on a picturesque two hectare campus in St. Helena, Victoria.
The PVIMS community celebrates educating the individual; for the student to develop a sense of wonder, to create, innovate, understand and lead in the Montessori tradition.
Students are given infinite opportunities to engage as 21st century learners – they are the leaders of tomorrow.
For this reason, students are encouraged to develop across all subject areas of the curriculum.
Mathematics, Literacy, Geography and Science are important to the academics as is Music and LOTE, Art and Sport to the wider skills and knowledge domains.
We also have a Specialist Learning Support Teacher that caters for students who are gifted or who require extra support.
Students are encouraged to think and understand in a natural garden environment, with a rustic landscape to be envied. The pine forest lining the back of the school grounds provides a perfect retreat for cubby building and further exploration – rather unique in a city school.
In true Montessori tradition, students are free to make choices about their learning with the direct support and mentorship of teachers based on systematic observation.
We value the science behind education and use it to inform our engagement in the learning process.
Our curriculum is recognized as an alternative national curriculum framework and is included on the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority’s (ACARA) Recognition Register.
The learning environments at Plenty Valley International Montessori School are planned and organised to enhance learning in a peaceful and focussed manner, incorporating a three-hour uninterrupted work block.
Everything in each classroom is child-sized and easy to reach, including purpose built kitchen areas to facilitate Practical Life experiences. Care and respect for each other’s needs, work space and the equipment is paramount, students have the opportunity to revisit their learning and continue research projects. The Montessori approach is more than an education method; it is an attitude for life.
Dr Maria Montessori believed that all children go through periods when they are more sensitive to learning different concepts. Our learning environment is carefully planned to take advantage of these developmental stages.
Our teachers are trained to recognise these sensitive periods and extend the child to the next phase of development.
In the Montessori system, activities are presented when a child is ready to absorb each new concept.
Therefore, children can learn at their own pace, developing great self-confidence through their individual achievements. Sharing their learning with others is as important.
At PVIMS, the prepared Montessori environment facilitates the development of self-discipline, independence, self-motivation, concentration, respect and patience leading to a natural love of learning.
We recognise that some students require extra support or extension in their learning. We have a specialist Learning Support Teacher who caters for these students across the learning continua.
Like all Montessori schools, our classes span across three years of age and are called ‘Cycles’. These cycles are an important part of school life and give your child flexibility in developing social and academic skills at their own rate. At the start of each Cycle, your child will experience being one of the younger, nurtured ones in the class. As they get older and more confident, they will reinforce their learning by helping younger children complete their tasks, thus developing leadership and mentoring skills.