The cen­tre of learn­ing

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While many peo­ple have heard of Anne Frank, best known for her poignant di­aries pub­lished as “The Di­ary of Anne Frank”, few peo­ple know that she was a stu­dent of the first Montes­sori high school in Am­s­ter­dam.

More re­cent Montes­sori pupils., Larry Page and Sergei Brin, the founders of Google,, de­signed their fa­mous Google offices us­ing Montes­sori prin­ci­ples.

The Montes­sori Col­lege of Auck­land (MCA) is the first Auck­land secondary school based on Montes­sori prin­ci­ples. Teach­ers are guides, en­cour­ag­ing stu­dents to think in­de­pen­dently and crit­i­cally.

Stu­dents are ac­tively en­gaged in the learn­ing process. Stu­dents are en­cour­aged to be self-starters and are not bound by rigid plans based on age alone. Stu­dents take on ad­di­tional work in ar­eas they have a par­tic­u­lar in­ter­est or pas­sion.

So what is Montes­sori phi­los­o­phy? It is a phi­los­o­phy that ad­dresses all as­pects of hu­man growth – cog­ni­tive, phys­i­cal, so­cial, emo­tional and spir­i­tual. Stu­dents in Montes­sori schools de­velop habits and skills of life­long learn­ing, says MCA founder Char­lene Chan.

Montes­sori phi­los­o­phy is based on three time No­bel Peace prize nom­i­nee Dr Maria Montes­sori’s work with chil­dren. Her in­di­vid­u­alised learn­ing ap­proach has stood the test of time for over a cen­tury.

The Montes­sori Col­lege of Auck­land mid­dle school and secondary pro­gramme uses the in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary, the­matic and dis­cov­ery ap­proaches to learn­ing.

Montes­sori Col­lege: Stu­dents work both in small groups and in­de­pen­dently and are en­cour­aged to be self-starters.

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