Morning Star came into being to serve the needs of the owner, Jenny Miller’s grandchildren Christopher, Alexandra and Lee. Her grandchildren don’t all attend the school anymore, having moved on to other teachers that could guide them with love and discipline.
Since 2000, when there were only babies in the group, friends and family have asked that their children be cared for at Morning Star and so Morning Star has grown to cater for all children from toddler stage to just before entering formal schooling in grade 1.
Morning Star Montessori forms part of a huge global Montessori educational movement, a family dedicated to the promotion of world peace through children.
The first Montessori school was started by Dr Maria Montessori in 1907 in Italy. There are currently approximately 600 Montessori schools in South Africa alone.
Morning Star follows the traditional Montessori curriculum as well as a movement programme from “Move to Learn, Learn to Move”. Grace and courtesy and cultural subjects are important learning areas that help achieve the aims of solving differences peacefully and promoting respect for all through self discipline.
At Morning Star most of our teachers speak more than one language and every effort will be made to ensure that there is excellent communication between your child and his/her teacher. The main medium of instruction is English and upon completion of the pre-school programme at 6 years of age most of our children are able to speak English fluently, read words and often sentences too and write clearly legible words to a high standard.
Since Morning Star is a place where all children and adults alike show deep respect towards each other, this includes the cultures, beliefs and other differences that each individual displays. Religion is one of these areas.
The festivals of all major religions are discussed and often celebrated when appropriate, for example, Christmas, Diwali, Eid and Easter, and parents are welcome to participate.
"Our aim is not only to make the child understand and still less to force him to memorize, but so to touch his imagination as to enthuse him to his innermost core."