Community plays a pivotal role at Southside Montessori School, and we rely on the generous contributions of our families and friends.

The families in our community come from diverse backgrounds and locations. Our children travel from across Sydney, including the areas of South Sydney, Marrickville, Leichhardt, Canterbury, Strathfield, Burwood, Ashfield, Hurstville, Fairfield and Liverpool.

The Southside Montessori School is a tight-knit community of families working towards the common goals of the education and welfare of our children. On any given school day you will find parents and friends working around the school helping with gardening, cooking, maintenance, design, administration, among other things. Many projects have been completed by our dedicated group of parents and friends.

Once a term the parents and friends hold a working bee to help look after the beautiful school grounds. This is a wonderful opportunity for parents to meet and form friendships, with the all-important aim of helping out at the school.

The skills and experience parents and friends share with the school are varied and invaluable. We encourage every family to regularly contribute their time, skills and enthusiasm. There are so many ways to help — you are bound to find something that suits you.


Southside offers an optional parent education curriculum (Parent Academy) through a series of workshops throughout the year. Our workshops provide parents with the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the Montessori philosophy and teaching methods.

Parent Academy events are free and open to the public.

Please see our calendar for future events.


The school has a parents and friends group (P&F) who are involved in organising social events, working bees, building community relationships and fund raising. The executive meet regularly during term time and hold a general meeting once a term to keep the school community up-to-date on their progress and achievements.

All parents are encouraged to participate in the activities of the P&F. Meeting dates and times are published on the school calendar.

A copy of the P&F Constitution can be downloaded here.

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