Welcome to Barrenjoey Montessori School

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Barrenjoey Montessori School is a well established Montessori school located just behind the sand dunes of Avalon on the beautiful Northern Beaches of Sydney.

The vibrant school community consists of educators, students and families united by the core values that are embedded in a Montessori education.

The school provides an education for children from the age of 3 months to 12 years of age in learning environments that are designed to meet the academic, social and emotional needs of the child.

Barrenjoey Montessori School provides every child with the opportunity:

  • To Learn through exploration and discovery, with concrete, hands-on materials.
  • To be respected as an individual with recognition of individual learning styles and paces.
  • To balance freedom and responsibility in the classroom (freedom within limits).
  • To be respected as a competent learner trusting in the basic desire to learn.
  • To work independently and cooperatively without the need for comparison but rather with an emphasis on self improvement
  • To experience a social and learning environments designed to help each child feel good about who they are and what they have the power to accomplish.

Click here to see reflections of Barrenjoey Montessori community after 30 years of education on the Northern Beaches of Sydney.

 The annual report for 2016 is available here.


Term 1 2018

Term 1 2018 starts on Tuesday 30th of January 2018 and runs to Thursday April 12th.

Note that Easter (30th March to 2nd April) falls within Term 1 this year and not in the holidays.



Cinema by the Sea 2018

Come along to Des Creagh Reserve at North Avalon on Saturday the 7th of April and enjoy the classic movie Babe under the stars.

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BYO rug, blankets,chairs, picnic etc. We will have a sausage sizzle and popcorn. Gates open at 5pm film starts at 6.30pm

Tickets on sale at school, on the evening or online at Eventbrite (booking fee applies online)

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Parent Information Evenings

Our next parent information night is the Introduction to Montessori evening.

Introduction to Montessori - Tuesday 10th April.

A must for any prospective under 3 parents or new starters in the 3-6 program.

7pm for tea coffee and a chat. 7.30 to 9pm for presentation in one of our 3-6 classrooms. Ample time for questions and answers.





The Under 3s program is attended by the child with their carer or parents for one morning each week during the term time. Sessions are run on Monday, Tuesday or Thursday from 9.30 – 11.30 with a Nido session for children from birth to 15 months being held at varying times during the year.


3-6 Program


Dr. Montessori referred to this stage as the period of the Absorbent Mind. She observed that children under the age of six absorb information without effort, through their everyday interactions with those around them and their environment. This important time of development provides the critical foundation of a child's character, learning, and growth.


6-9 Program


Dr. Montessori referred to this stage as the Intellectual Period. She saw this time as a critical time for expansive education, giving the children lessons and questions to guide their explorations of culture, science, mathematics, language and social rules and morals.