About Us - History
Morning Star came into being in 2000 to serve the needs of the owner, Jenny Miller’s grandchildren Christopher, Alexandra and Lee and later Adam and Sadie albeit remotely.
Since 2000 it’s founding years 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 the school has grown to cater for all children from toddler stage to just before entering formal schooling in grade 1 the end of their primary years and beyond.
In 2014 at the request of preschool parents the Junior Primary campus was bought and set up for the 13 number of children who under the guidance of Kara Broli, Head of Department Primary School, continued their Montessori Elementary (6-9) education until 2020 when the Senior Primary ((9-12) children completed their phase.
In 2020 the Covid-19 epidemic changed schooling as we know it and online learning became a reality. In 2021 four of the previous Senior Primary phase children, having completed their Elementary Montessori education continued in Morning Star using the online Cambridge curriculum but within the Morning Star and Montessori ethos. With growing numbers, growing bodies and different modes of education including the introduction of exams in preparation for the high school education to come, the Senior Primary moved to the new campus, the newly acquired 3rd building in Nevada Crescent, Faerie Glen, Pretoria. By 2021 Morning Star now has:
- Toddlers (18 months to 3 years)
- Preschool (3 years to 6 years)
- Junior Primary (6 years to 9 years)
- Senior Primary (9 years to 12 years)
- Middle School ( 12+ and beyond)
An internationally recognized, quality standard curriculum such as Cambridge, delivered online, combined with Morning Star tutor support and ethos of “good” seems to be the future of education in South Africa offering a great combination of a quality, nurturing educational environment ensuring that the aims and objectives of the school are achieved.
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.
To read more about the Montessori Schools click here http://www.samontessori.org.za/