The SilverOaks Montessori Pre-Primary School was established in 2004 on a 324 hectare farm in Heidelberg, Gauteng. A huge farm shed has been renovated, painted blue and changed into a very exciting and well planned environment which blends into the farm atmosphere. It is a very vibrant, colourful and spacious environment where individuality, independence, self discipline, love of nature and the world we live in is respected, understood, loved and nurtured.It is a beautifully fully equipped Montessori school with all the equipment been set out in a unique thoughtful way. Different classrooms within the school house the individual Montessori environments; Practical life, Sensorial, Maths, Language, Geography, History, Library and a Zoology environment. The farm is a working farm, harvesting erogrostic as well as all the usual farm animals; a herd of Inguni cattle, pigs, goats, sheep, horses, ponies, chicken and peacocks. The children are continuously interacting with the animals on the farm, as well as witnessing and handling newborn animals. The children experience sensorial walks which gives them the opportunity to explore the farm collecting and learning about all the different bugs, plants and animals. There is a very spacious and secure adventure playground with lots of playground equipment, including a vegetable garden and outside playing/eating area.The school is registered with Montessori International (London) and has also been issued with a health and safety certificate that allows the school to accommodate up to one hundred children. The premises also provide facilities for children’s parties, holiday camps, art & craft weeks, holiday care and after care. The school also offers extra murals that include horse riding, playball and ballet. The idea behind the setup of the school is to educate children with the Montessori philosophy and exposed, surround and teach them about nature and the world that surrounds us. Including respecting different cultures and not discriminating in colour, circumstances, religion or culture.SilverOaks Montessori is committed to enhancing the development of children in all aspects, regardless of their circumstances, thus producing the foundations for competent, independent and valuable individuals, who will become assets to society as they mature. It is with this in mind that children will be given the freedom necessary for exploration and discovery while promoting an understanding and acceptance of others without prejudice. They will be encouraged to develop their given talents and interests to reach their full potential within this child centred environment that is both stimulating and supportive.
“….to influence society we must turn our attention to childhood, for it is the little ones who are building mankind, and they work only on the materials we give them….”
Maria Montessori, ‘The Absorbent Mind’
Please download the Student Application forms here for potential SilverOaks Montessori pupils.