Porirua Montessori Primary School

39 Cleat St, Whitby, Porirua Call – 021 08427 037

Porirua Montessori
Primary School

Making Montessori Accessible For All Tamariki

Kia Ora, Talofa, e te whānau o Porirua!

Tena Koe

Porirua Montessori is a small community kura for years 1-8. Established in 2023, we are nestled in a quiet converted home on the border of Waitangirua and Whitby.  We are a short walk from the Ascot Park 220 and Whitby 230 bus routes.

The ideas that Dr. Maria Montessori came up with in the early 1900s—like freedom, creativity, and a love of learning—are more important than ever in our fast-paced world.

We work together as a community: Ma pango ma whero, ka oti te mahi.

Our primary school children use self-correcting and self-selected work to help them grow.

Find out here about how Montessori is different to other Porirua schools. 


Seeing The Big Picture 

First coined by Maria Montessori, the phrase “Cosmic Education” is the Montessori idea of showing how each part of the world is connected to other parts of the world. Our tamariki look at the Big Bang, the origins of life, the huge range of living forms, the emergence of people, and the progress of different communities.
Our curriculum centres on love and service. By teaching kids that their lives matter just as much as everyone else’s, we help them develop a sense of direction, responsibility and purpose in our community.​


We strongly believe in the importance of community involvement. All families contribute to our school community.

By working together as a community, parents, teachers, and students create a supportive environment where everyone has a role to play in the growth and development of each child.

Maria Montessori

Our creator was a doctor and schoolteacher from Italy who was a feminist. She came up with a way to teach that promotes independence, freedom within boundaries, and letting kids grow at their own pace.

Montessori was one of the first women to graduate from the medical school at the University of Rome La Sapienza.

After working with disabled tamariki she became interested in teaching.

We are delighted to bring Primary School Montessori to Porirua.

The Whole Child

In Montessori education, the whole child is valued, including their mental, social, emotional, and physical growth. The curriculum combines different subjects and encourages the growth of important life skills like teamwork, problem-solving, and critical thought.

With our small school of around 10 students. We get to know our learners really well.

Cultivating a passion for learning in your child is priceless. Having a low teacher to child ratio will allow your primary school aged tamariki to flourish.
Visit the best little Montessori school in Whitby, Porirua and Kapiti!

What Our Parents Say

“My daughter has private tuition with Lisa. In the last 4 months, Lisa has taken her from not knowing how to read and write to writing short sentences and reading her age books fluently. 

Lisa makes it fun for a child to learn. She adapts her teaching style to suit the child. This way the child learns faster.

My daughter looks forward to going to class. When I was in school I never looked forward to school! 

Lisa would be an absolute success in running a school. She is an organized and very efficient person. You can see the thought she puts into her processes.”

Jaco, Porirua Wellington New Zealand

My daughter has been attending Porirua Montessori home learning for the pass 2 school terms and in this time my daughter has much more confidence in herself with her reading and writing through her improvements with Lisa.

We resided in Porirua  we are of Maori  decent; our tribes are Te-whanau-a-apanui and Ngati Porou.


Sandra, Tawa Wellington NZ

Give Your child a love for learning.