ESMPS provides Montessori education for primary school years 1-8 (ages 6-12) delivered within the framework of the New Zealand National Curriculum and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme.

Comprised of two classes, ESMPS is fully integrated into Glendowie School, providing access to school-wide programmes and facilities including cultural and sporting activities, the arts, an extensive library and IT suite.

Our history

Our school was started in 1996 by a group of parents with a common interest at heart. They saw their children thrive both socially and intellectually in the Montessori preschool environment which prompted them to explore the possibility of continuing Montessori education for their children through their primary years. Their proposal was accepted by the Principal, Board of Trustees and community of Glendowie School. At this stage funds were required to provide a classroom and equipment. Thanks to the generosity of local charitable foundations, businesses and continuous fundraising ventures by parents, the first class opened in July 1996 with a small group of eight 6 year olds and one teacher. Our roll has grown steadily since then to more than 70 students between the ages of 6-13, taught by six qualified teachers with Montessori training.

Our location

ESMPS is integrated within Glendowie School, situated in the beautiful Eastern Suburbs, about 15 minutes from the centre of Auckland. Our school is surrounded by parks, reserves and overlooks the Tamaki Estuary. It is close to the Eastern Bay beaches and the neighbouring suburb of St Heliers. The school is surrounded by quality high schools and early childhood centres.

Our classrooms

Our classrooms provide specialised Montessori learning resources and equipment in an atmosphere that is pleasant and attractive. Children learn at their own pace and interact in multi-age classrooms over periods of three years (ages 6-9 and 9-12), enabling teachers to identify and understand each child’s unique learning style.
Complementing academic independence, children become masters of their environment and are responsible for managing their classrooms. The curriculum fosters the Montessori idea of an education for the development of the whole child.

Integration with Glendowie School

Montessori classes are fully integrated into Glendowie School, providing access to school-wide programmes and facilities including cultural and sporting activities, the arts, an extensive library and IT suite.
Our Montessori learning environment is enriched by our participation in programmes and events within Glendowie School. In 2006 Glendowie became the first state primary school in NZ to be authorized to implement the Primary Years Programme (PYP) of the International Baccalaureate (IB).
The Montessori curriculum sits comfortably under the school-wide framework of the PYP, which complements the Montessori philosophy, resources, content and method of teaching.

Term dates

Term 1:   3 February – 15 April
Term 2:   2 May – 8 July
Term 3:   25 July – 23 September
Term 4:   10 October – 16 December

Waitangi Day Observed  –  Monday 8 February
Good Friday  –  Friday 25 March
Easter Monday  –  Monday 28 March
Day after Easter Monday  –  Tuesday 29 March
Anzac Day  –  Monday 25 April
Queen’s Birthday  –  Monday 6 June
Labour Day  –  Monday 24 October

Job vacancies

We are seeking to fill two teaching positions commencing January 2018.

The positions are for two fixed-term 12-month contracts. One position for juniors (6 – 9 yrs), one for seniors (9 – 12 yrs). A 6-12 trained Montessori teacher with NZ Registration is preferred.

Our Montessori classrooms are integrated within Glendowie School.

A condition of employment will be that the applicant has NZ teacher registration before commencing the position and have a relevant valid work visa or NZ residency.

Applications close 24 August 2017. Letters of application with CV and the names of 2 referees should be sent to:

Michelle O’Connor, Eastern Suburbs Montessori Primary School, PO Box 25503, St Heliers, Auckland 1071

or emailed to

A job description / specific duties are available from:

You will be part of a team of enthusiastic and dedicated Montessori teachers within an International Baccalaureate (IB) state school. You will assist our team in delivering the curriculum in a Montessori environment within a state school setting. This includes fostering a strong sense of community and celebrating our individuality within the wider community.


Our requirements include:

  • A NZ recognised teaching qualification
  • NZ Teachers Registration
  • Montessori 6-12 training (preferred)
  • Passion for Montessori education
  • Enthusiasm, passion and exceptional people skills
  • Work well as part of a teaching team
  • Enjoy a dynamic, challenging role where flexibility is a necessity

The Environment

Our school comprises of one 6-9 space and one 9-12 space accommodating up to 50 students each. We are integrated into a state primary school, conveniently located on the shores of Auckland’s Eastern Suburbs. This is a unique opportunity to work surrounded by sea views and lush green nature reserves. In this setting you can take advantage of new state-of-the-art resources including an I Space centre and beautifully managed outdoor and sports spaces.

Living in Auckland

If you are looking for a lifestyle change, this is your chance to live in one of the top 10 rated cities in the world. Auckland has all the conveniences of modern life whilst providing easy access to all that New Zealand has to offer. You will be only an hour or two away from a variety of popular destinations, whether flying or driving. You will have the chance to enjoy a wonderfully harmonious multi-cultural city with an exciting mix of art, food, wine, outdoor sports and activities for the whole family.