History Of School
The school started in 1995, in the home of Mrs Clark in Kenridge, Durbanville. At the end of the first year there were 10 pupils from the ages of 3 − 6 years. The school was moved to larger premises, a Church building in Eversdal, to accommodate the growing numbers of pupils. The school had 12 pupils and an assistant was employed. Eventually, we employed more teachers and started an aftercare and Toddlers class catering for children from the ages of 18 months − 3 years.
At the beginning of 2000, we started a Bridging Class intending to continue extending the primary school year by year. The number of pupils was growing rapidly so we moved the school, to a school site at ´The Crest´ Durbanville, where we are presently. At present, we have 141 children from the ages of 18 months − 12 years and hope to include grade 7 and 8 shortly.
Mrs Clark is the sole owner of the school. Mrs Clark runs the school with the help and assistance of the Parent Teacher Council. The school and the staff are registered with SAMA ( Southern African Montessori Association). All teaching staff are members of SACE (South African Council of Educators). The school has provisional accreditation with Umalusi.
Rainbow Montessori emphasises hands on, discovery based learning. Although the program promises to strive for a good standard of excellence, the children are challenged to compete against themselves, rather than each other. At Rainbow Montessori, we also aim for a close partnership between the home and school environment, academic accountability and an innovative program that leads children to develop high levels of personal responsibility, independence and self-confidence.
Maria Montessori always advocated that world peace should be obtained through our children and this we, as a school can start to do with our children by teaching them respect for every other person, religion, colour, nationality or social standing as well as respect for the environment.