A dedicated team of experienced educators
We are committed to continuous learning for our staff
The Farmhouse Montessori School is incredibly proud of its dedicated and experienced teaching staff. Our teachers are not only committed to providing the best environment for your children but are also involved in various Montessori and early childhood organisations. They support Montessori schools and centres throughout the world, as well as workshops and institutions of early childhood.
Each Director/ess has a teaching degree as well as Montessori post graduate training. Other educators have or are training for a Child Care Certificate, Diploma or further. All staff work closely together to ensure children and young people are provided with the highest standards of Montessori education. On our primary campus, we have made a commitment to higher staff-child ratios and have two qualified teachers in each of our primary classes.
As a school, we have an ethos of supporting the sustainability of authentic Montessori teaching. All teaching staff regularly participate in workshops and training to continue to upgrade their understanding of child development and best Montessori practises. We are also currently funding the next generation of Montessori teachers to complete their Montessori training in both pre-primary and primary.
Bruce Rixon | Principal
Bruce has been appointed as Interim Principal of our School. Bruce has 45 years’ education experience from Kindergarten to Year 12, holding the role of Principal in a number of diverse independent schools. He has either led or held leadership roles in Riverview, Shore, Catholic, Anglican and Islamic Schools in NSW and WA. He recently completed a Doctorate of Education at the Australian Catholic University and has developed his career from a background in music and the arts stemming from his formal education at St. Andrew’s Cathedral School.
Bruce has a passion for education and child-centric learning where every child matters as we focus our education on the whole child.
Bruce holds a Bachelor and Masters of Education, B.Ed, M.Ed; a Fellow of Trinity College London (voice); Licentiate of Music (L.Mus.A; L.T.C.T) in both voice, piano; and is a Graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).
Jenny Bensted | Coordinator Preschool
Jenny has worked in early childhood within a number of Montessori and mainstream schools since 1986. She started her teaching career at Forestville Montessori School as an assistant in the 3-6 class. Jenny holds an Associate Diploma in Social Sciences (Early Childhood), a Diploma in Montessori Education through MWEI, a Bachelor of Teaching through the University of New England and a Graduate Diploma in Education (Montessori). She opened the new early childhood centre for SCECGS Redlands on their North Harbour campus, which was a Montessori school at the time.
Jenny joined Farmhouse Montessori in 2012 and was appointed to Head of School in 2015. During her time as Head, she led a dedicated team of educators to build a sustainable, financially secure future for the school. In 2018, Jenny stepped down from this position to return to her passion – teaching a 3-6 classroom as Coordinator of the early childhood campus at North Balgowlah. Jenny is a Northern Beaches local, married with one daughter, and two granddaughters who now both attend the Farmhouse Montessori School.
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