SMTC Newsletter Issue #7

At SMTC our aim is to further Montessori education by developing the full potential of educators and their communities through quality training.  

Montessori is an innovative, child centred approach to education which was developed by Dr. Maria Montessori over 100 years ago. If you are considering a career as a Montessori educator or wish to explore the Montessori philosophy further, SMTC is here to advise, guide and help you on your journey.

SMTC launches its first Bursary Fund

We are excited to announce the launch of our first bursary fund – the Victorian Teachers Bursary Fund.

The Fund offers bursaries of $3,000-$5,000 to assist current and future Victorian teachers with SMTC course fees for its 3-6 and 6-12 AMI Diplomas. The Fund was established following a generous seed donation from Peninsula Montessori Parents Association. The Fund aims to make AMI Diploma Training more accessible to current and future Victorian primary teachers (3-6 and 6-12 age levels).

Closing dates for bursary applications:
AMI 6-12 Diploma - 29 October 2021
AMI 3-6 Diploma - 12 November 2021


Learn more about the bursary fund

Remote education and moving forward - a reflection from Mika Shojima, Sydney Montessori School

As we all know, Greater Sydney has been experiencing an unprecedented lockdown from 26 June and schools were forced to conduct remote education for the whole period of Term 3 (12 July-17 September). This was a great challenge for Montessori teachers because we work with a range of multiple age children and use specifically made materials for the children’s learning.

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Celebrate World Teachers' Day on 29 October


Get ready to celebrate teachers across the country on 29 October for World Teacher's Day. We are proud to do our part in producing quality Montessori teachers who can continue doing the work Maria Montessori began 151 years ago. In 2021 SMTC joins the teaching community in celebrating the #BrightFuture of teaching.

Thank a teacher on World Teachers' Day

Leading by example: Montessori training for principals

My name is Paola Kupfersin, I am the principal at Montessori Early Education Centre (also known as Donvale Montessori) and I have recently commenced studying the 3-6 Diploma course with AMI.
After more than 20 years in education, with eight years in early education as a teacher and manager, I became Principal of MEEC in January this year.

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AMI Montessori School Administrators Certificate course

We are excited to announce the first ever AMI Montessori School Administrators Certificate course to be delivered in Australia. From March 2022, Bill Conway and Karen Bennetts will be presenting the course, which is a comprehensive administrators’ training designed to support and deepen your understanding of school leadership within a Montessori context. This course is ideal for aspiring school leaders, those new to the role or experienced principals.

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AMI Montessori Foundation Certificate Course

We look forward to the commencement of this course on Tuesday, 26 October. We are still taking enrolments In line with the NSW COVID-19 restrictions, it will be delivered in a blended format in two blocks.

Block 1 will be delivered part time online via Zoom.

Block 2 will be delivered face to face in the training centre in Rozelle in September 2022.

This course is also the pre-requisite for the AMI 6-12 Diploma.

We are still taking enrolments so it's not too late to sign up.

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AMI Montessori 6-12 Diploma - Sydney Update 

Block 1 - lectures and presentations will now be lived streamed via zoom for all students unable to attend in person.

We are pleased to advise that the AMI Montessori 6-12 Diploma will go ahead as scheduled commencing on Monday, 29 November, 2021. We will be streaming the lectures and presentations live via Zoom (in real time AEST) from the SMTC in Rozelle, Sydney.

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AMI Montessori 3-6 Diploma Sydney - Update

Due to COVID-19 restrictions and border closures, Block 1 of this course will be delivered online via Zoom. Commencing on on 5 January, it is scheduled in block mode and delivered in a blended format of online and face-to-face.
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Are you looking for some practical tips to help you in your day-to-day work? Were there some topics you wished you could have explored further during your training?

Theory into Practice Series (TiPS) is a new professional development series facilitated by SMTC’s AMI trainers. Come along to our 1 hour online sessions for extra support on how you can turn theory into practice. 

Session 3
Monday, 29th November 2021 – Independence in the under 3s.
Facilitated by Sara Brady. 

Book here

Proposed AMI Montessori 12-18 Diploma 2022-2024

We are planning to deliver a blended AMI Montessori 12-18 Diploma for the first time in Australia.

It is proposed to commence online in the second half of 2022 with the first face to face block being delivered in the summer of 2022/2023. 

The second face to face block will be offered the summer of 2023/2024. The course will conclude approximately February 2024. 

Please contact our office on +61 451 309 620 or if you would like to be kept updated when further details on this course are released.

To discover more about The Characteristics of the Third Plane, an article by Karen Bennetts  (SMTC Board member) can be found in the latest edition of MSCA’s newsletter, Collaborations.

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Last opportunity to register your interest to enter the AMI Training of Trainers program (ToT) with support from SMTC. 

SMTC is Australia’s only AMI Affiliated Training Centre and all of our AMI courses are run by highly experienced AMI trainers who have completed the rigorous and transformational ToT program. The immense Montessori experience, understanding and skill of our trainers is a vital component of our high quality AMI Montessori courses.

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Upcoming events: AMI Montessori Diploma Information Sessions

AMI Montessori Diploma Information Session

Each month STMC hosts AMI Diploma information sessions via zoom. These free sessions give you the opportunity to meet the trainers, hear from past students and get an insight into what an AMI Diploma involves. Our next information session is: Saturday, 23 October 12pm (AEDT). 

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Podcast Recommendation: Montessori Babies

In this Montessori Podcast, Bianca Solorzano helps parents, educators, and caregivers optimise Baby and Toddler Development through a Montessori lens.

“The child's development follows a path of successive stages of independence, and our knowledge of this must guide us in our behaviour towards him. We have to help the child to act, will and think for himself. This is the art of serving the spirit, an art which can be practised to perfection only when working among children.”

Dr. Maria Montessori | The Absorbent Mind, p. 257

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