SMTC Newsletter Issue #6

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.

AMI Montessori Refresher Course 2021

It was wonderful to reconnect with our colleagues during the recent SMTC AMI Montessori Refresher courses. The feedback and the support received from the Montessori community was amazing and has reinforced our desire to continue to offer quality training to all in our community.

AMI Montessori 3-6 Refresher Course - Where are the Readers? 

Pamela Cusack

I was so thrilled to be able to participate in this refresher and to revisit and hear again the wonderful process of giving "keys" to our children to inspire them to want to learn more. By being a part of this process and being able to be in chat rooms with other trained AMI teachers the conversations were on track with the method we had been trained in and this was a perfect time to realign.

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Jenny Roberts Mendoza

I personally found the recent AMI Refresher course on Language to be inspiring and profoundly educational.  As the title denotes, it refreshed my memory and brought me back to my original training.  Of course, as in any other past Montessori courses, I have been inspired to enhance my practice and I learned something new.

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Get to Know: 
Peter Erskine - participant of the AMI 6-12 Training of Trainers Program

When and with which trainer did you do your original 6-12 training?
I completed my 6-12 teacher training in 2003 with Dr Jean Miller in the first Australian AMI 6-12 course in Sydney. This helped me to build upon my 3-6 teaching experience and gave me the opportunity to pilot a 6-12 Montessori program for aboriginal children at Minimbah State School in Armidale, NSW. This led to an opportunity to co-teach on Thursday Island alongside Michelle Martin, a gifted Torres Strait Islander and Montessori teacher. These have been enormously enriching experiences.

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AMI Montessori Foundation Certificate Course Schedule Update

Block 1 - will now be delivered online via Zoom

We are pleased to announce that we have, in consultation with AMI, adjusted the course schedule for the upcoming AMI Foundation Certificate Course to accommodate the current COVID-19 government and health guidelines regarding lockdowns and border closures. This course will now commence on Tuesday, 26 October and 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.

For more information or to enrol, please visit the website.

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. For students who are unable to attend the first summer block, in person due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, border closures, local area lockdowns or other restrictions imposed by health authorities, we will be streaming the lectures and presentations live via Zoom (in real time AEST) from the STMC training centre in Rozelle, Sydney.

For further information or to enrol, please visit the website.

AMI Montessori 3-6 Diploma Courses

AMI Montessori 3-6 Diploma - SYDNEY - Friday, 1st October 2021.
AMI Montessori 3-6 Diploma - PERTH - Friday, 1st October 2021.

We require applications by this date to ensure that we provide adequate time to process and approve your application and to allow you to prepare for your scheduled meeting with the Director of Training prior to the commencement of each course.


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 1
Wednesday, 13th September 2021 – Rediscovering the outdoors — fun and games the Montessori way and using your outdoor spaces. 

Facilitated by Amy Kirkham
Book here

Session 2
Monday, 11th October 2021 – Food preparation — applying practical life skills meaningfully.
Facilitated by Amy Kirkham
Book here

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

For further information please visit the SMTC website.

Proposed AMI Montessori 12-18 Diploma 2022-2024

SMTC is 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.

Upcoming events: AMI Montessori Diploma Information Sessions

AMI Montessori 3-6 Diploma - Perth Information Session

Are you interested in the Perth AMI Montessori 3-6 Diploma Course? Please join us on Wednesday, 8 September at 7pm (AWST) for this free Zoom information session. At this session you will meet Director of Training, Amy Kirkham and gain an insight into AMI training. 


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, 25th September 12pm (AEST). 

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Podcast Recommendation: The Montessori Education

Within every child, there is a hidden potential waiting to be revealed. We intuitively know this as parents, and yet our hearts ache because raising these precious creatures is so hard.
Link: Child of the Redwoods: Montessori Parenting on Apple Podcasts

“If education is always to be conceived along the same antiquated lines of a mere transmission of knowledge, there is little to be hoped from it in the bettering of man's future. For what is the use of transmitting knowledge if the individual's total development lags behind?”

Maria Montessori
The Absorbent Mind (1949)

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