Our NIDO, Parent Toddler, Toddler, Pre-School, Lower Primary (6-9 Years) and Upper Primary (9-12 Years) are all operating on site at FMS.


Forestville Montessori School is committed to ensuring the safety and health of everyone in our community. We are constantly monitoring the current situation.

We are open and excited to see our students enjoying school again.

Above is the letter schools received this week from the Chief Health Officer. We follow the guidelines of authorities at all times. These guidelines are for Term 3 at this stage. We expect a further update for Term 4 2020.

What’s changing?
• Increased vigilance to ensure staff and students do not attend school if they are unwell.
• If your child is absent or sent home due to flu like symptoms they need to be tested.
• Staff and students must not return to school until they return a negative COVID-19 result and are symptom free.
• Schools must sight the negative COVID-19 test result prior to allowing students and staff to return to school.
• Schools are to limit activities to existing year groups whenever possible.
• No singing in groups. Sadly this means the choirs planned for this term cannot commence. Instead James Madsen will begin with percussion groups in the lower and upper primary. Valerie’s class for 3-6 students will move online.
• No excursions outside immediate geographical area.

Continued vigilance:
• Physical distancing requirements remain for ALL adults – 1.5meters apart for adults at all times.
• No hand shaking or hugs to greet.
• Our drop off and pick-up arrangements must adhere to physical distancing.
• No congregating of adults during drop-off and pick-up. Please do not be offended if staff ask you to move on.
• Parents and carers are not allowed on the school site at any other time unless absolutely essential. This includes Reception. Please call or email staff for assistance. We will set up an alternative process to collect late slips.
• Enhanced cleaning continues to be delivered as part of our daily routines.
• Wash hands regularly and thoroughly.
• Maintain respiratory hygiene.
Thank you for working with us to keep our community safe and well.

Learning from home handbook

It is likely that Australian schools will close at some point and we are preparing for that time when we will transition into our ‘learning from home’ phase.  We are being proactive and have started preparing a Learning from Home Handbook for Parents.

Replicating what happens in our classrooms is not something we can achieve during this period. Our goal is to work in collaboration with families to maintain the culture of learning that is unique to Montessori. Below you will find our Learning from Home Handbook. This document outlines specifics for each level, and we will do our best to help you during these unprecedented times.

Top 5 ideas to get you started – learning from home starter packs

In our FMS Learning from Home Starter Packs you will find the top 5 ideas to help your child set up their learning from home environment. We have prepared a different pack for all of our programs, we hope that these ideas along with the Learning from Home Handbook are helpful.

Decimal work 1 in a Montessori classroom

Thank you to the FMS staff who have worked tirelessly to compile our handbooks.

“I just wanted to take a moment to thank you and all the staff for working so hard, and in such good faith with us, the families of all the children at FMS, during these extraordinary times. I see the anxiety on most adult faces that I pass in the course of a day, and I’m sure that is shared by you all. But there is simply no hint of it in my children beyond what I would expect with so many small but necessary changes being made to school protocols. I take my hat off to you all for your courage and calmness.”

FMS parent

Talking with your Children

As you begin on the new daily routine to support social distancing, here are some resources
for guiding your children through these unprecedented times:

Forestville Montessori School Blog


Other useful Montessori resources: (permission granted by authors)

Aid to life

Montessori groups for parents:

The following parent groups are facilitated by Montessori teachers and Montessori teacher trainers.

Science regrowing fruit and vegetables

Growing your own food has always been a fun activity.
But RE-growing your food? Did you know that you can do that? It’s possible! Celery, potatoes, onions, and more can replenish themselves in your kitchen!

Prospective families – meet our Principal

As Montessorians, we believe in the power of human connection and adaptation. In moments that feel unfamiliar, we thrive.

Forestville Montessori School committed to our students and families. To ensure the safety of our community, we may have to temporarily close our doors.

However, if we do, our community remains open in new, exciting ways.

For families who are interested in learning more about our school, please fill in our contact us form and we will be in touch to arrange a one-on-one discussion with our Principal, Denice Scala. During this conversation, we’ll learn more about you and your child(ren), and give you the full introduction to our school.

Topics we will cover include:

  • What our classrooms look like (including class sizes and materials)
  • Who makes up our wonderful, dedicated staff and how they build collaborative, long lasting meaningful relationships with your child (ren)
  • A ‘day-in-the-life’ of our students – across all programs
  • Our nurturing, child-centred community based on mutual respect
  • How we support co-operation over competition
  • Our focus on your child(ren), their inner drive, their desire to be independent
  • Our very special parent community

You’ll have questions; we’ll have answers 

After your conversation with Denice, you’ll have plenty of time to ask questions! No matter the circumstance, we want you to be as informed as possible before making a decision on your child’s future.

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Under 3

Birth – 3 Years


3 – 6 Years

Lower Primary

6 – 9 Years

Upper Primary

9 – 12 Years