A Message from our Principal

Mark Panaia


Welcome to Chrysalis Montessori School.


We are a small independent school providing education for 3 – 12 year olds, as well as a vibrant community encompassing our children. We are inspired by the philosophy of Maria Montessori and employ other educational best practices that fit within the framework of Montessori pedagogy.


Our goal is for students to become independent and responsible learners and to instill in them a life-long love of learning. We also aim to help children find and develop their individual passions and to positively contribute these talents to our future society. We seek to develop real partnerships between parents and teachers in this joint undertaking.


Chrysalis has a range of community events and rituals, which add to the rhythms, routines and social cohesion of life at our school. These include our Winter Solstice Festival, School Concerts, Camps and the Vision Challenge Quest, where each year our graduates walk a section of this hiking track. We also have playgroup sessions 3 mornings a week, for children 18 months and older, and our very own After School Care program.


Chrysalis celebrates its 30th year anniversary during 2020. I trust that we will always be a place where children and adults can become intrinsically motivated and engaged in the challenges of life and learning, and embrace their responsibilities to help create a better, sustainable and more just world.


Please explore this website and contact our office if you would like further information.