Today I had the privilege of visiting the Montessori International College at the Sunshine Coast, Australia. The College is in a purpose built facility and caters for students from three to eighteen years. They also run a Parent-Toddler class. Yes, you read that right, they offer a full high school program! This school has so many unique features it was a delight to visit. I hope you enjoy this little tour.
This is a part of the playground for 3-6 year students. There is a sand pit in this covered area. This yarn bombing looks fabulous.
The main building has been designed in a circular form. The 3-6 year classrooms are on the ground level and the 6-9 year classrooms, with administration offices are on the second level. I love the concept of this 'green' wall, the fencing on which plants are growing (currently in winter). It will look fabulous when these plants are fully grown.
The circular form of this building makes it feel very inclusive.
A peek inside the Parent-Toddler classroom. The windows are at toddler height! In all of the classrooms the windows are at the children's height which is possible when the building is purpose built.
The 9-12 year class is located nearby in detached buildings. Above is a section of the 9-12 year class garden.
Above and all pictures below are from the Adolescent Community. I found this the most interesting as I haven't visited a Montessori Adolescent Community before. I have seen a few pictures online and I have heard lots of good things, however it was such a good experience to see it in person. The whole school is on 22 hectares backing onto rainforest. The children have a lot of space for their farm and other pursuits.
This area of the school has a relaxed vibe.
The school has many innovative features. These buildings have been recognised for sustainable architecture, you can see more images at the Australian Institute of Architects.
A multi-purpose room.
Classrooms in the Adolescent Community.
So much open space.
Computer and meeting area.
Anatomy or physiology shelves.
Above is part of the area for the farm where the children can work on or make repairs on their equipment.
You can see more of the Montessori International College Adolescent Community below.
Thank you to Rebecca from I Am Montessori for accompanying me on this tour and to the staff at Montessori International College; Mark, Marina, and Rebecca who all took time out of their day to talk to us. If you are located near the Sunshine Coast I highly recommend having a look at this authentic and innovative Montessori school.