Our History

The Karori Montessori Society was formed in 1976 to organise a learning group for preschool children based on Montessori principles.  It was a parent cooperative and money was contributed by parents to buy equipment.  The learning group met in parents’ homes and went on to organise outings.

When the Preschool was incorporated, the Society’s assets were transferred.  The Preschool operated at St Michael’s Church Hall, Kelburn, from March 1978 until March 1985.  The Preschool then transferred to St Anne’s Church Hall, Woburn Road, Northland.

The Preschool rapidly expanded from one class of 20 children to two classes of 25 and in 1990 an afternoon class was also opened to go some way towards meeting demand for places.  In May 1995 the Preschool moved to classrooms within the Otari School.

Four other Wellington Montessori schools have also been opened because of interest in our Preschool.  In 1987 parents on our waiting list got together to open a second Wellington preschool at Kingston, which is now thriving with 60 pupils each morning and in 1988 parents at our Preschool formed a committee to open a Montessori primary school.  Unfortunately the only site they could find was at Naenae in the Hutt Valley.  However the school went ahead and Wa Ora School now comprises three preschool classes and three primary classes.  In January 1995 new preschools opened in the Ngaio and Miramar areas.  In addition, you will now find preschools in Kilbirnie, Whitby, Berhampore, Johnsonville, and Tawa.  Primary classes have been set up in Berhampore School, and the first Montessori College in New Zealand opened in Willis Street in 2001.  Since 1992 we have been fortunate to have Montessori primary classes as part of the Otari School.  This makes a very easy transition for children who are continuing in the Montessori education system.

The Preschool has remained a parent cooperative with an annually elected parent Council to manage it.  The Preschool is a licensed and chartered early childhood centre and is reviewed by the Ministry of Education’s Review Office (ERO).  A copy of their latest review may be obtained by writing to the Review Office.

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