Choosing a School

The Essington School Darwin bases its philosophy on the Montessori Model of education and has used this philosophy at the primary and secondary levels to develop its own 'Essington' model of education. The school aims to encourage and foster academic excellence, self-esteem, independence and strong habits of self discipline.

The Kindergarten and Preschool years are some of the most important years of a child's learning. The Essington School Darwin provides a program based on the Montessori philosophy of education and focuses on the individual. The focus of these programs is the social, emotional, intellectual and physical development of the children.

All children deserve the best possible start in life, from the early development of vital literacy and numeracy skills in preschool and primary years, to the crucial transition period of middle school.

At The Essington School Darwin, all facets of education are introduced in the early stages of a child's development, including computers and related technology, performing and dramatic arts, languages (Indonesian), art, literacy and numeracy skills, music, and the development of gross and fine motor skills which extend natural abilities and fitness whilst maintaining natural physical vitality.

The Early Learning Unit provides a stimulating environment for children within a Montessori based program based on individual progression. Children are valued as individuals with regard to their emotional, social, and intellectual development, and learning programs have been designed with this in mind. As part of the wider Essington School, the Early Learning Unit is able to offer students the advantage of specialist teachers for subject areas.

The Junior School is a warm, supportive environment where every child will feel welcome and safe. Classrooms are located on the same level and specialist rooms are easily accessible for Information Technology, Music, Art and Indonesian. There is an emphasis on the core subjects Mathematics, English, Science and Humanities linking in the school-wide literacy and numeracy initiatives including the 'First Steps' Literacy Program. Our teachers strive to ensure that each child works at a standard appropriate to their ability, and one that they find challenging and satisfying. A lower student-teacher ratio means greater individual attention for your child during their foundation years of schooling. In the Junior School, students are grouped on a two year multilevel basis.

The Middle School builds on the work of the Junior School and uses variations of multi-level education to develop a strong early secondary education based on a (core) curriculum with, where possible, an integrated approach to learning that incorporates the latest learning technologies. Students complete a course of study to Year 10, providing work and attendance requirements are met.