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.


Statement of Philisophy.pdf

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.


Delivering an exceptional Montessori program which guides and inspires our students to become empathetic leaders and life long learners.

Top View of Kids Playing

Elizabeth Lonergan was appointed Principal at GMS in August 2020. She came to GMS with over 20 years of leadership in both Independent and Catholic settings. Elizabeth is currently studying for her Doctorate in Gender Equity in Education. She holds a Masters of Education, Administration and Leadership. Post Graduate studies in Governance, Funding, Finance, Law & Education and a Bachelor of Business, majoring in Law, Management & Economics.

Message from Elizabeth Lonergan

"Montessori learning is all about the child and one where the child is at the centre 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."


Board Chairperson

I am passionate about Montessori education and bring 28 years of business knowledge combined with 14 years of Montessori experience that has given me the time to see the great results a Montessori Education can achieve.



"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."



I am a parent at GMS, I have extensive program and project management experience in corporate and not for profit organisations. I have seen first hand the transformational impact a Montessori Education can have in my own children and am committed to ensuring others  have the same opportunity.


Board Secretary

Education Consultant with a demonstrated history of working in schools education management. Skilled in K-12 Education, Coaching, Educational Leadership, Learning and Teaching, School Improvement, Change Management and Instructional Design.

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Having experience in business analysis, compliance, governance and training development, I am excited to contribute to the schools journey in inspiring our children towards a lifelong love of learning.


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.