Authentic Montessori primary school
We are an intimate private school that nurtures children from the inside out, empowering them to unlock their unlimited potential.
We have grown from the first Montessori Toddler Group in the Fourways area, started in a garden cottage in 2008 with three little toddlers, to two authentic Montessori pre-schools and an authentic Montessori primary school. Our pre-schools are known as Singing Forest Montessori and our primary school is known as Chartwell House Montessori Eco School. Click here
to find our preschool.
We are a school with a great dream. A dream of weaving together the fabric of a harmonious, integrated, productive society that will value the environment, each other and progress.
Having lived through the destruction ravaged by two world wars, Dr Maria Montessori was determined to develop children with a global perspective who had the initiative, faith and drive to take hold of the world around them and make it a better place. She was determined to foster a new generation of ‘movers and shakers’ filled with ambition and grit, who would make the world around them a better place.
Her dream aligns with that of our former President Nelson Mandela, which he so eloquently described:
“I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons will live together in harmony with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for, and to see realised. (Defence statement during the Rivonia Trial, 1964).
What we value
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” NELSON MANDELA
With a philosophy that focuses on the complete development of the child, from the inside out, we hold a strong set of values which include:
• Character development
• Authentic learning
• A love of work
• Independence and adaptability
• Eco focus
• A multi-cultural family with a global perspective and a sense of international understanding
We strive to instill these qualities in our children in order to prepare them for a future we cannot predict, a life of integrity and positive contribution to the world.
What makes us different
We believe in every child and are committed to helping them fly. We do this by recognizing their individual strengths, nurturing who they are and helping them unlock their unique potential.
Due to the rapidly changing and increasingly dynamic career landscape our children will face, they need to be firmly grounded in ingenuity, creativity and adaptability. Therefore our focus, besides education, is on developing the characteristics that will enable them to take initiative, be proactive, , organize themselves, set goals and achieve them, manage their own time and experience the internal satisfaction that comes from being self-motivated, diligent and applying oneself. It is with this in mind that we particularly focus on building the inner skills that are required to become self-sufficient.