Our Approach And Philosophy

At Casa Mia, we recognise that the children are influenced by things around them and interact with everything socially, emotionally, with language, creatively, physically and mentally. For ease of communication we name this process educating the whole child. Educating the whole child is necessary to give them the opportunity to reach their full potential. The children, staff and parents work collaboratively to create a dynamic learning environment underpinned by the values of:

Our School – What Makes Us Different?

 

At Casa Mia we know that children learn despite us; we know the quality of the learning is dependent on the quality and intensity of our children’s relationships with their environments; we know the children need to be active, need numerous experiences of the same things; need consistent modelling from others around them and repeated opportunities to apply and practice.

We know when real learning takes place, the children will want to be independent; will be truthful; be fair and just; strive to be open and accountable; be consistent and reliable; will want to keep learning and always pursue their personal best whilst being cooperative; will be accepting of everyone’s talents and differences and care for the environment in which they live.

Key School Policies

Casa Mia has a number of policies and procedures that provide for the safety of our children, staff and parents as well as sound management and organisation of the School.

The Policies and Procedures are approved by the Casa Mia Montessori School Board. Parents or guardians may request a copy of  these documents from the School Office.

Our Board Of Governance

Vision

A school where the children are supported to learn and encouraged to think independently and responsibly.

Mission

To provide a sustainable, safe and caring school

Casa Mia Montessori Community School is a private, independent school operated by Casa Mia Montessori Community School Inc. (the association) and is registered with both the Department of Education and the Department of Commerce.

The Association is a non-profit association, incorporated in Western Australia. All parents and legal guardians who have signed their child’s enrolment form and are up to date with fee payments, are members. The School is governed in accordance with the Rules of Association by the Governing Board who are elected from among the members at the Annual General Meeting.

The Rules of Association are available from the School Office or alternatively you may wish to download a PDF version from PUBLICATIONS.

The role of the Board is to oversee the medium- and long-term strategic direction of the School. It meets monthly during the academic year to discuss strategic issues and to monitor financial and other governance matters. Board members are also assigned to one or more of the working committees according to their particular skills.

Principal's Welcome

Dear Prospective Parents,

Imagine a school that helps children to become creative innovators, communicators and leaders without the use of tests and competition. It exists and it is called Casa Mia.

At Casa Mia, the education programme fosters hands on, self-paced, collaborative and enjoyable learning experiences. We pride ourselves in creating learning environments for our children to interact with and on. They start in our Children’s House, with small simple steps increasing in difficulty, experiment, problem solve and with a sense of control and independence are impelled to find out and learn more. Our children thrive in the structured, relaxed and stimulating environment, and this, together with our extensive curriculum and well qualified, passionate teaching staff, is the key to the successes of the Casa Mia children.

Success is subjective but for those who are interested, the school’s NAPLAN results exceed the national standards and around 50% of our graduates attain positions in specialist programmes at various high schools.

What is of more importance to us is the growth of the whole child and while emphasis is firmly placed on high academic standards, the need for social abilities and emotional strength is considered more important. We cannot confidently predict the skills our children will need in the future. Our world is in its fourth revolution; agricultural, industrial, computer and now digital. We do know that rapid change is inevitable, particularly socially. These changes make it harder to understand and creatively adapt to our environment. The single most important thing to teach our children is how to remain open to change, be constantly ready and willing to learn new things and master new technologies. We encourage our children to participate in all school activities and challenge themselves endlessly. Parents are invited to lend their support in all areas of our children’s education.

To fully appreciate Casa Mia and all it has to offer your child, we invite you to visit us and experience its unique ambience for yourself.

We look forward to sharing our lovely school with you.

Janet Laing
Principal

Janet

School Facilities

Casa Mia is ideally located and well appointed. Discover the unique facilities on offer to your child at Casa Mia.

This curriculum allows the children to progress at their own pace and provides hands on learning materials to deepen the children’s concrete knowledge and learn to self-correct and learn from their mistakes. The cosmic programme gives the children knowledge and understanding that helps them become citizens of the world.

Uniquely located in the heart of Bassendean, tucked into a curve of the Swan River, Casa Mia has access to several public libraries, parks, galleries and the Swan River foreshore. With the Bassendean train station within easy walking distance, excursions into the city and Guildford are easily organised.

All the children eat together in a pleasant family style manner, encouraging good manners and conversation. Healthy eating guidelines help parents to inspire their children to make healthy food choices.

Casa Mia has a magnificent climbing tree with sandpits, lawns, flower beds, huge shade trees, climbing frames and much more for the children to explore and run about in.

The primary students have access to a bank of iPads and laptops for supervised and monitored research; group presentations and learning ICT skills. The Upper Primary children are also members of the Hale Distance Education Programme delivered on line.

Open from 8am daily during school terms, Casa Mia offers preschool care. The children gather in the playground to play and it is an enjoyable way to mix will all age groups.

With fortnightly visits to the Bassendean library and individual class libraries and a structure reading programme there is plenty of material and experiences to encourage the love of books.

Casa Mia offers three specialist programmes all running for the children from 3year to 12 years old. French is taught by a Native French speaker. The sports programme begins with a focus on fundamental movements skills and moves on to teaching the basic skills needed for all sports. The Music programme introduces the children to the fundamental skills and knowledge of music and to performing skills at the end of term assemblies.

The team at Casa Mia Montessori School is committed to a loose part programme in the outdoor environment. Loose parts are materials that can be moved, carried, combined, redesigned, lined up; taken apart and put back together in multiple ways giving the children open ended opportunities for creativity.

The Mindfulness programme is set up in the organisation and curriculum of Casa Mia in the mixed aged classes; the Grace and Courtesy lessons; the self-regulation activities and games; the naming of emotions; naming of sensory experiences; the absence of introduced competition; to the development of the ability to concentrate and focus. This leads to the children noticing what is happening  to them and around them leading to calmness; the ability to deal with emotions and feeling happy and good.