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New South Wales
|Program Established: May, 2006
|# of Children: 20
||Ages Served: 6-9
- 1. Funding for training and mentoring staff.
- Donations to purchase Montessori Materials.
- Funds to expand the library.
|Contact Person: Megan Tyne, Executive
|Contact Information: firstname.lastname@example.org
|Minimbah is an independent
Indigenous school in Armidale, New South Wales
that began as a pre-school in 1961. In May 2006,
Peter Erskine, a Montessori teacher, worked closely
with the school community to establish a Montessori
elementary classroom. The purpose of Minimbah (which
means a place of learning) is to give young students
the opportunity to learn in a safe and stimulating
The children come from disadvantaged backgrounds,
so many of the children entered the classroom
unable to read, write or count up to 20. A year
later children are avidly reading age appropriate
books and the older children happily read to
the younger ones. Through use of the Montessori
math materials, they are more confident in their
numeracy skills. These elementary students are
also becoming familiar with computers.
approach meets the children’s
needs. It focuses on individualized learning,
community contribution and affirms the indigenous
culture and the multiple languages of the children
and their families. Educational focus is placed
on cultural understanding and contributing to
society. Overall attendance is now regular and
the children are happy to be at school.
Trained Montessorians are encouraged to volunteer.