School Philosophy

At Gisborne Montessori School we actively empower your children by encouraging, facilitating and guiding their development to allow each child to reach their own potential. We encourage in children the skills to enable them to look within themselves for self approval and wisdom. Respect for self, each other, the community and the environment are core values of Gisborne Montessori School.

School Community

Families in our school community are drawn from many towns in the region. Some families have relocated to the area to be closer to the School. The sense of community is built through a strong and active Alumni and Parents & Friends Committee, who facilitate social events, working bees and fundraising efforts. 

Our Community

Information Sessions are offered regularly throughout the year.


Respectful Relationships

Gisborne Montessori School has been chosen as a Lead School to further develop our work in promoting respectful relationships. This work is aimed at preventing family violence through education, building community awareness and the delivery of targeted programs.

We are committed in this school to create an environment of gender equity, a place where everyone feels safe and feels heard, a place where we can all interact in a respectful, peaceful manner.  It is our aim to make the world a better place for all children and families in our community.

Our Logo

Our emblem symbolises the primary colours and shapes important to sensory education via Montessori materials.  The triangles represent individual potential – reaching up from strong base and the three points also pay our respect to the three families who founded GMS.  The encompassing ellipse references cosmic education, our place in the universe and our resolve for peace and sustainability.


Creating a peaceful, sustainable future through the empowerment of individual potential.

PDF Versions of
  • Child Safety Policy

  • Enrolment Policy

  • Gender Inclusions Policy

  • Protection of Children and Managing the Risk of Child Abuse

  • Learning Diversity and Individual Needs Policy

  • Privacy Policy

  • Code of Conduct

  • Whistleblower Policy

  • Respectful Relationships Policy.pdf

  • Kitchen and Dining Policy

  • 2019 Annual Report to the Community

Elizabeth Lonergan - Principal

Montessori learning is all about the child and one where the child is at the center of all learning. The school and in essence, the teachers and leadership, are here to facilitate child-initiated learning which is structured, purposeful and meaningful. My role as the principal is to support and guide the students to be independent and critical thinkers in today's world, through the fostering and empowerment of leadership and empathy. 



"I love the Montessori philosophy and am excited to bring experience around Financial Management, Marketing, and Communication in the Not-For-Profit sector."



"I am motivated to contribute to this wonderful school environment. I bring project management experience in corporate and not-for-profit organisations."



"I believe the best way to make the world a softer and calmer place to live, is to have every child educated in the Montessori method."


The school is located on the outskirts of Gisborne, a picturesque country town graced with tree-lined streets, nestled at the foot of Mt Macedon. We occupy a 10-acre site on Barringo Road, within walking distance of Gisborne station and about forty-five minutes drive on the Calder Fwy from Melbourne. Once a paddock, grazed by horses and devoid of trees, it now encourages biodiversity, links wildlife corridors and creates habitats for native species of plants and animals.

Despite being a major urban centre, Gisborne still retains its village character. The town combines old and new, rural and suburban. It brims with modern cafés and boutiques against a setting of mature oaks, heritage buildings and country homesteads. To find out more about Gisborne, check out visitmacedonranges.com/village/gisborne

Before & After School Care

School hours at Gisborne Montessori School for Primary students is 9am to 3.30pm. Primary Students can be dropped off at school from 8.45 am and must be collected by 3.45 pm.


Before & After School Care is available from 6.30 am until 6.30 pm.

Train Services

Gisborne Montessori School is a 5 minute safe walk from Gisborne Train Station on the Bendigo line.  

Gisborne Montessori School & Code Red Days.

Gisborne Montessori School is on the Bushfire At-Risk Register. This means that on Code RED Days Gisborne Montessori School will be closed. this means that on these days:

  • Staff will not be in attendance.

  • Students are to remain at home.

Where possible there will be 3 days’ notice of a Code Red Day, however it may also be confirmed at 12 noon the day prior. Once a decision has been made, it will not change regardless of changes in the weather.


We strongly advise families to have contingency plans for bushfires in their area and this includes planning for the safe supervision of their children on these days.

Do not rely on an official warning to leave. Bushfires can start quickly and threaten homes and lives within minutes.

Creating a peaceful, sustainable future through empowerment of individual potential.

Gisborne Montessori School is a Child Safe School.