Chrysalis Montessori School
Chrysalis Montessori School was founded in 1990 and has been at its present Glendalough site at Parkland Road since 1991. The School has a student population of about 150 pupils, ranging in age from 3 to 12 years old. Being located adjacent to Herdsman Lake Regional Park affords the School the opportunity to utilise the vast open public space to augment our existing school grounds.
Chrysalis aims to help each child develop holistically; that is, intellectually, physically, socially, emotionally and spiritually.
The school applies the key principles of Maria Montessori's philosophy and method of education. These include:
- fostering a love of learning;
- encouraging initiative, independent work habits, self-motivation and concentration;
- helping each child to develop self-respect, respect for others, orderliness, sociability and respect for their environment; and
- providing freedom for each child to follow their individual interests.
The school caters for children from 3 years of age in the pre-primary classes right through to the completion of their primary education.
Our Vision: Chrysalis Montessori School is a child-centred community that celebrates diversity, individual growth and a lifelong love of learning.
Working as individuals and as a community we:
- Provide a nurturing educational environment where we develop self-esteem, life skills and respect for others.
- Embrace our roles in the Chrysalis community, participate in the life of the school and contribute according to our skills and passions.
- Nurture and pursue our passions, strive to fulfill our potential and make a difference in the world.
Our Motto: We are learning together and growing together.
WHAT MAKES US UNIQUE
Chrysalis is a Montessori school. We follow the principles of Maria Montessori but believe that as a progressive educator, Maria would have evolved and adopted new methods as they surfaced. As such our staff have the freedom to draw on a range of educational models, delivering a curriculum that develops a love of learning with the child at the centre of the school. An example would be the ChrySolaris project, where an interest in solar power by two students led to a series of school projects on sustainability.
Chrysalis is a parent and staff run school. Our motto, “we are learning together and growing together” comes alive with close relationship between parents and staff and children. The school provides opportunities for parents follow their own passions and contribute to community in a way that is meaningful to them. Parents work on partnership with our teachers and administrative staff. With the teacher as the educational specialists, parents contribute to the strategic management of the school, coordinating community events, assisting in class rooms, maintaining the physical environment and our educational philosophy … after all “it takes a village to raise a child”.
In this environment, individual growth thrives. Not just for our children but for staff and parents as well. By adults living their own learning journey children see that learning is for life and not just a one-way transfer from adult to child. Working through the issues, making mistakes and taking risks increases our understanding of ourselves and makes Chrysalis a place where lifelong friendships are formed.
Rituals, celebration, art and music form part of the unique life at Chrysalis. The community gathers to celebrate events both large and small. Key examples are:
- The ‘rite of passage’ where graduating students acknowledge their transition to high school by trekking the Bibbulmum Track;
- The Winter Solstice which brings the whole community together, through creativity and community participation, to celebrate the wisdom and learning in nature and to stir ourselves from our winter hibernation preparing for the beauty of spring.
- The Year End Concert at which our children ‘fly’ from Chrysalis on to high school and we celebrate year end with songs, plays and dance.
Maria Montessori said in Education for a New World, "A child has their own laws of growth, and if we want to help them grow, we must follow them instead of imposing ourselves on them." For this reason we encourage diversity of opinion over an abundance of rules. We believe that every child is an individual and the environment at Chrysalis respects that. This promotes self-reliance and an intrinsic respect for others, rather than compliance. We encourage children and adults to be responsible for their words and deeds and to be bold enough to follow their passions. We recognise that there are many paradoxes in life and, rather than simplify them, we encourage children and adults to live joyfully with them.