Mission/Philosophy

MISSION STATEMENT

Our mission is to promote the joy of independence while working in a family oriented environment which facilitates tamariki's sense of trust.

We thrive to provide a caring, child friendly environment which empower children to become confident, competent learners and communicators.

Guided by the Montessori Philosphy and incorporating the principles of Te Whāriki, we aim to foster the social, cultural, spiritual, intellectual and physical development of tamariki by delivering a child centred, holistic curriculum.   

Our Goals

  • To nurture happy, well-rounded children who develop a love of learning.
  • An environment dedicated to creating a community of caring individuals.
  • To help children to acquire social skills that brings harmony to self and others.
  • Foster children’s wisdom through experiences and knowledge.


PHILOSOPHY

We strive to help children become self-confident and reach their full potential by:

  • Embracing the bi-cultural values unique to New Zealand thus  upholding the aspirations of Treaty of Waitangi
  • Encouraging/Involving whanau’s contribution in meeting their aspirations for their tamariki
  • Creating opportunities for children to exercise tino rangatiratanga (self-determination) through Maori learning concepts such as ako, and tuakana-teina
  • Providing a rich environment to help children develop awareness and appreciation of  te reo through reciprocal approach to oral language  and tikanga  Maori  while conserving  the children’s  individual cultural identity

At Tipu Montessori we are committed to building an atmosphere of respect for one another, respect for the environment and a passion for learning.

We provide a thoughtfully planned programme and stimulating environment that encourage children to develop habits, skills, and attitudes essential to become lifelong learners and effective communicators.

We aim to develop in children:

  • Initiative and persistence
  • A high self esteem
  • Inner discipline and a sense of order
  • Abiding curiosity
  • Positive attitude towards self, others and learning


LIFE SKILLS GAINED THROUGH MONTESSORI EDUCATION

Integrity Respect, responsibility and reverence for life
Imagination Freedom to express ideas, solve problems & resolve conflicts
Interpersonal Skills Communication, friendships & teamwork
Individuality Discover & develop one’s own unique abilities and reach one’s potential
Independence Develop self-confidence, self-reliance & to be self-motivated
Intellectual Readiness for school, life and to become a critical thinker
Involvement Sense of community
Integration Holistic development

COMPARISONS

TRADITIONAL MONTESSORI
Group Instruction Individual interaction
Adult determines time to grasp concepts Communication, friendships & teamwork
Paper & pencil learning Sensorial learning
Concepts verbalised Concepts materialized
Learn to achieve the ‘right' answer Learn for knowledge
Concentration interrupted Concentration developed
Product orientated testing Process orientated understanding
Learn how to be tested Learn to assess own learning