Ocean View Montessori School

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Ocean View Montessori School

Ocean View was one of the first Montessori Schools to be established in Durban.  We are situated in the quiet suburb of Durban North.

It is our aim to prepare the children fully for their future steps in education and life; to enable them to live happily and positively; and to feel empowered to strive for excellence in the fields of their choice.

Toddler & Pre-Primary

Parents of prospective pupils are invited to make an appointment to view during school hours.  This gives us the opportunity to explain the Montessori approach; give an outline of the daily routine; and to take you on a tour of the school. You will be asked to complete a registration form and pay a non-refundable application fee of R500 within 7 days of viewing the school.  This will secure a place for your child.

DAILY ROUTINE

The daily routine is flexible as we follow the needs of the children.  Children may be dropped anytime from 7.30 am and must be at school by 8 am.
7.30 – 9.00 a.m.
Arrive and begin work with educational games, puzzles,
‘activities of everyday living’ and the Montessori equipment
9.00 a.m.
Circle time with songs, rhymes and stories Snack
Nappy changing and toilet routine
9.30 a.m.
Free outdoor play
Heuristic play
10.30 a.m.
Project work and art
11.15 am – 11.45 am
Clean up time, nappy changing and toilet routine,
Story and home time.

PRE-PRIMARY

Montessori named this phase of development ‘The Social Embryonic Phase’ and this is when the child enters the pre-school.  The child is now ready for a wider range of friendships and is much more comfortable being away from home.  Learning is more structured, language develops rapidly and every experience counts towards learning.  This is the stage of development that Montessori named, the ‘Absorbent Mind’, when the child’s brain absorbs information like a sponge.   The Montessori method gives full attention to the importance of early education and this is achieved through a dynamic relationship between the child, the teacher and the learning environment.

DAILY ROUTINE

The daily routine is flexible according to the needs of the children. Given below is an example of a typical day, running from 7.30 – 12.45.  The children may be dropped off between 7.30 am and 8 am.

7.30 – 8.00 a.m: Arrive, meet and greet, join friends in play area.
8.00 – 8.15 a.m: Circle time with songs, news, project information and outline of the day
8.15 – 11.15 a.m: The ‘work cycle’ incorporating individual choice of work, work with teacher, small group activities and individual snack
11.15 – 12.00 noon: Snack, outdoor play, gardening and games
(On different days of the week, this period includes music, drama, P.E. art and psychomotor lessons)
12.00 – 12.15: Clean up and story
12.15 – 12.45: Home time
12.45 onwards: Extra mural activities

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Junior Primary

According to Montessori the period from 6 – 9 years old is the ‘tranquil phase of childhood’, sandwiched peacefully between the pre-primary and adolescent years. Having being nurtured in the pre-primary school, the primary aged child is more physically and emotionally independent.  They are ready for their next stage of learning and this was our main reason for establishing the Junior Primary.  We want to see the children build on their insatiable curiosity.  Full stimulation at this stage lays solid academic foundations and the development of divergent thinking. The children are developing a group identity and they show a much greater interest in friendships, discussions and group work at school, all of which is fully facilitated in the Montessori learning environment. The foundation phase child also starts to develop a moral awareness; shows a desire to become involved in community projects; and to learn about cultures and social graces.  This is fully encouraged through our diverse learning environment and through our involvement with environmental and outreach projects.

DAILY ROUTINE

The daily routine is flexible according to the needs of the children.  Given below is an example of a typical day, running from 7.30 – 2 pm, children may be dropped off from 7.15 am and must be at school by 7.55 am at the latest.

7.30 – 8.00 a.m: Arrive and meet and greet, join friends in classroom.
8.00 – 8.15 a.m: Circle time, news, project information and outline of the day.
8.15 – 11.00 a.m: The Work Cycle incorporating set work for the day, individual choice time, individual work and small group activities.
11.00 -11.45 a.m: Lunchtime, Outdoor play, gardening and games.
11.45 – 1.00 p.m: Individual work/group lessons
1.00 – 2.00 p.m: On different days of the week this period incorporates the group lessons of Music, Drama, Chess, Enviro Club, Swimming and Ball skills
2 pm onwards: Extra Mural Activities (Ballet,Music,Breakdance)
(School closes at 12.30 on Fridays)

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 APPLYING FOR ADMISSION

Toddler & Pre-Primary

Parents of prospective pupils are invited to make an appointment to view during school hours.  This gives us the opportunity to explain the Montessori approach; give an outline of the daily routine; and to take you on a tour of the school. You will be asked to complete a registration form and pay a non-refundable application fee of R500 within 7 days of viewing the school.  This will secure a place for your child.

Junior Primary

Parents of prospective pupils are invited to make an appointment to view the school and complete an application form.  A date will then be given for your child to visit and complete a short entrance test. Once successful, you will be required to pay a non-refundable enrolment fee of R1 500,00 which will secure a place for your child.

Orientation

An orientation tea for the new January intake of pupils is held in the October prior to their admission. Parents and children are invited to spend an hour at the school to meet teachers, other parents and children before commencing school the following year.  Children are accepted into the school during the course of the year if a vacancy becomes available.  At the orientation tea you will be given an Enrolment Pack which will contain forms for completion and return within 14 days. You will also be required to provide a copy of your child’s birth certificate and immunisation card, as well as a copy of their latest school report and specialist reports if relevant.

CONTACT:

031 564 4609
info@oceanviewmontessorischool.co.za
32 Oxford Drive, Durban North, 4051
P O Box 201975, Durban North, 4016
Rose Lowry
082 802 7765
rose@oceanviewmontessorischool.co.za
Lucy Cronje
083 286 0318
lucy@oceanviewmontessorischool.co.za

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