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"Learning for life"

The Cotswold Country Montessori School

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The Cotswold Montessori School

The Cotswold Country Montessori School is situated in Benoni, near the source of the Limpopo River on grounds that are steeped in history.

Created in sandstone from a neighbouring quarry, the thatch-roofed classrooms blend into the tranquil country grounds that were part of a large hunting lodge used by the Earl of Craven in the late 1890’s.

The Cotswold Montessori School offers education for children from 2½ – 13 years of age.  A child’s education is divided into three year phases which are spread across the preschool (3-6 years), the lower and then the upper primary (6-9 and 9-12 years).  The school provides a unique and loving environment in which children are educated and the skills of “Learning for Life” are developed using the Montessori Method.

Under the careful guidance of the founding principal, May Selkirk and the highly qualified staff, urban children are exposed to nature and an enthusiastic love of learning as a fundamental part of schooling.  It is amidst these surroundings that children who attend The Cotswold Country Montessori School are nurtured and encouraged to learn.

“A child should live in an environment of beauty”.

Maria Montessori


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The Cotswold Country Montessori School’s vision is to:

  • establish a country environment using natural materials and colours
  • provide learning in a quality, country environment
  • integrate classroom activity with outdoor practice
  • implement lifelong learning strategies
  • produce happy students

We aim to teach using Montessori Methods basing our programme on:

  • Christian values
  • English medium education
  • understanding differing culture and religion
  • a holistic education

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Pricipals Welcome

What is education and what does it mean to educate a child?

At The Cotswold Country Montessori School our goal is to educate our pupils, not just academically, but in every aspect of their existence. We aim to educate each of our pupils to enable them to be the best version of themselves. Using the Montessori philosophy, we teach children to believe in themselves. We attempt to teach our pupils to deal with social and behavioural issues that allow them to grow in independence and confidence.

In educating our children we value:

· respect of the child

· recognising each child as an individual

· getting the child interested and involved in their own education

These characteristics are the backbone of Montessori Education, making it a leading system of education for children all over the world. The other central component of Montessori Education is the importance placed on observation of the child, allowing our teachers to understand each student intrinsically – one cannot help children to learn for themselves until they are understood and feel valued.

As Maria Montessori once stated – “The greatest sign of success for a teacher… is to be able to say, ‘The children are now working as if I did not exist.’

At The Cotswold School we believe that through the use of Montessori Philosophy and the observation and care of our pupils, we allow each of them to reach his or her full potential. We acknowledge, and celebrate the uniqueness of each of our pupils and recognise that they have their own strengths and weaknesses. Our aim is to help them to harness their strengths and to learn to overcome their challenges. Above all, we believe that through respect and gentleness we can help each pupil to feel fulfilled and valued as a contributing member of society.

Beverly Hilder

B.A. HDip.Ed (University of Witwatersrand); Cert. Montessori Cosmic Education; Montessori Elementary Diploma 6-12 (Headstart).


Mays Message

As the founder of The Cotswold Country Montessori School, I have always had a passion for working with children in a positive and loving environment.  The facilities you see are my interpretation of the wonderful opportunities we can give each child.  To me children are all special and unique and it is so rewarding to watch their personal developments.  I hope that each child who enters our grounds carries with them an enhanced experience of learning that will guide them throughout their path to adulthood.

If you would like to share your views and comments regarding The Cotswold School, you can email me at may@cotswoldmontessori.co.za and I will gladly respond to you directly.

Yours for our children

May Selkirk

B.A. HDip.Ed (University of Witw.) F.D.E. (Ed.Gui.) 3-6 Montessori Diploma, 6-9 Montessori Teachers Diploma (Mercy Montessori Africa), Diploma of Children Services-Early Childcare (TAFE-Australia).



Vacancy as at 15 April 2024

3 to 6 Montessori Directress

We are currently seeking a Montessori trained or nearing completion of their 3 to 6 Montessori qualification, person to apply for this vacancy.

The ideal candidate will be able to lead a class, be passionate, reliable, and enthusiastic to deliver an authentic Montessori education.  Demonstarting kindness, grace and courtesy will be highly valued. 

Candidates should be able to communicate well with others and build positive relationships with staff and parents.

Interested persons may email their applications to the principal – Bev Hilder on:   principal@cotswoldmontessori.co.za   or alternatively feel free to submit your CV below and we will contact you if any positions become available.



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51 Dickinson Road
Benoni North Agricultural Holding


Tel: 079 366 7772
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Airfield, Alphen Park, Benoni, North Agricultural Holdings, Brentwood Park, Crystal Park, Cloverdene, Fairleads, Farrarmere, Goedeburg, Jatniel, Lakefield, Lakeside, Mackenzie Park, Morehill, Norton Estates, Northmead, Northvilla, Rynfield, The Stewards, Westdene, Western Extension, Cresslawn, Birchleigh, Kempton Park West, Edleen, Van Riebeeck Park, Glen Marais, Norkem Park, Allen Grove, Nimrod Park, Rhodesfield, Bonaero Park, Terenure, Esther Park, Aston Manor, Spartan, Croydon, Bredell, Pomona, Birch Acres, Birchleigh North, Atlasville, Bardene, Bartletts, Berton Park, Beyerspark, Boksburg, Boksburg Central, Boksburg East, Boksburg North, Boksburg South, Clearwater Estate, Dunswart, East Rand, Eveleigh, Farrar Park, Freeway Park, Groeneweide, Impala Park, Jansenpark, Jet Park, La Como Lifestyle Estate, Libradene, Parkdene, Parkhaven, Parkrand, Ravensklip, Ravenswood, Sunward Park

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