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.

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Peter is a visionary leader with over 30 years of educational leadership expertise and is known for his transformational insights and commitment to innovative, student-empowered learning. Peter’s strength is in transformational insights and providing the detail on "HOW” to implement change in schools.  


When Peter was the Principal of Templestowe College in 2009, the school became one of Australia’s most innovative schools, with TC’s “Yes is the default” policy included in the top 100 most innovative educational concepts in the world by Finland’s hundrED organisation. He also introduced a Montessori secondary stream that included extensive animal programs, permaculture, entrepreneurship, and individualised learning plans for each student. 


Peter is also a Co-Founder and Director of Future Schools. This membership organisation supports over 100 future-focused schools across Australia and around the world to collaborate and innovate together.  


Message from Peter 


At the heart of every great school are fully engaged and empowered students, parents, teachers, and community members who rally behind a common vision to contribute to life giving education.  


Each day I wake up with a sense of hope and clarity around what is possible when we truly empower students to be active participants in their learning and co-learners with teachers.  


As a local resident and community member, I look forward to developing our school into a beacon of possibilities as we build upon our mission of Montessori-inspired, student-empowered, and future-focused schooling. 


Board Chairperson

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.



"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."


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.