Alumni

Our students and families have a strong and ongoing connection with the school.  We often welcome past students back to their classrooms to visit their teachers and current students.  

If you or your children attended Montessori East, please email alumni@montessori.nsw.edu.au if you would like to receive -

  • invitations to alumni events
  • our annual ME Alumni Newsletter
  • information about possible opportunities to be involved, such as mentoring, sharing your skills, speaking to current students, joining a professional network or business directory, or supporting the school financially.  


Join the Montessori East Alumni on Facebook.


Famous Montessorians

Some pretty amazing and creative people in the world attended Montessori schools.  Here's just a few ....

Larry Page, Co-Founder of Google
Sergey Brin, Co-Founder of Google.
Peter Drucker, Management Guru
Prince William and Prince Harry
George Clooney, Academy Award-winning actor
Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon
Anne Frank,  famous diarist from World War II
Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Austrian painter and Architect
Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia
Will Wright, designer of The Sims
Katherine Graham, former owner-editor of the Washington Post.
Sean Combs, Sean 'P.Diddy' (formerly known as Puffy) Combs, RAP mega-star
Julia Child, famous chef, star of many TV cooking shows and author of numerous cookbooks Chef
Helen Hunt, Academy Award-winning actress
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel Prize winner for Literature
Joshua Bell, American violinist, owner of Stradivarius violin
Lea Salonga, multi-awarded Filipino-American singer and Broadway actress
Berry Brazelton, noted paediatrician and author
Melissa and Sarah Gilbert, actors
 

Testimonials

“We chose Montessori East as it offers such a beautiful, nurturing yet challenging environment for our daughter. With a real focus on understanding the whole child, that you don’t often see, M.E. feels very right for us. Not only are all the staff wonderful, there is a true sense of community within the school and all the children we’ve met who’ve gone through the programme are honestly such kind, clever, well rounded people that we are excited to be on this journey as a family.”  James Mathison, 2015

"Taking Daniel along the Montessori path has made me a better parent. I have learnt ways of respecting my children ... outside the merely academic. I have had the chance to experience his learning as a joyful, natural thing. The learning does all come together in an amazing holistic way, sometimes in the final stages of the 9 to 12 cycle. I have now experienced this near miraculous process where it all comes together.  Montessori has meant that Daniel has experienced the joy of discovery and the thrill of learning. He has experienced school as a place where he is respected as a unique person, and where he has learnt to respect others similarly. He has experienced peaceful problem resolution and how a community can operate based on respect and caring. To be allowed to choose and have his choices respected and experiencing himself as a capable, potent individual, with the right to express an opinion and have it be heard, have allowed him to grow and mature in ways that will make a difference for the rest of his life."  -  Steve Curran

"My three daughters began their education at Montessori East in the 1980s. They are now adults with university degrees, and I believe the best education they ever received was at Montessori. They were not motivated by a gold star or other reward.  Their Montessori education made them self-starters who were inspired to do their best always, and this remains with them today. I cannot speak too highly of Montessori education."
- Virginia Carroll

“Greer is really enjoying high school and found the transition from Montessori a very easy one. ... I notice that all the Montessori students handle high school with a much calmer and more mature attitude than many other students from different primary schools. I never have to chase them to do homework or study, they maintain that “Montessori” self motivation. I feel I owe a great debt to the Montessori system and I would encourage all parents to give their children this gift. “
- Cali Anderson

“Montessori East has given my child a true love of learning and she knows to accept responsibility for her learning."

“A true model of respectful relationships between the children, teachers, peers and other.”


Past Student Profiles

Click here to read interviews with past students;

-  Brooke Goldfinch

- Jess Clemans




NEWS & EVENT

2017 ME Foundation & Alumni Event

School of Life director and guest speaker Kaj Lofgren was an inspiration and a confirmation that our goal to be the catalysts for change in education and empowering our children for a better world is timely. Lofgren's talk can be viewed on Vimeo www.vimeo.com/218564358 

Also on the night, we screened our short video about the future vision to expand Montessori East.  Called the Lighthouse Project, the documentary unveiled the school's ambitious goal to create a learning community for children aged 0-18 years and their families. It will include a high school, teacher training facility and community hub. For more information about the Lighthouse Project, visit the website www.lighthouseproject.me where you can also view the video. 18/5/17

Montessori East - School of Life Kaj Lofgren Guest Speaker from Montessori East School Bondi on Vimeo.

2016 ME Foundation & Alumni Event

Our Annual Alumni event drew a crowd of past and present families and friends and we were fortunate to have David Gonski AC as guest speaker.  Read more about this event here.  An except from his speech can be viewed below. 31/3/16


Newsletter - Alumni & ME Foundation

May 2016

Our latest newsletter.  Please enjoy the connection with our wider community of former students and families.

September 2015

The 2015 Alumni newsletter.