28 OCTOBER 2023
AUSTRALIA’S FIRST AND ONLY RECOGNITION AWARDS FOR MONTESSORI EDUCATORS
Details and Nominations
NOMINATIONS OPEN 1 JUNE 2023
NOMINATIONS CLOSE 31 JULY 2023
The Montessori Australia Recognition Awards are Australia’s first and only awards to promote, recognise and celebrate Montessori educators.
Montessori Australia will present annual recognition awards to acknowledge extraordinary accomplishments in areas relevant to the Montessori Movement. These inaugural awards will be presented at the Gala Dinner at the Transforming the Adult national conference in Sydney 28 & 29 October 2023.
Montessori Living Legend
Each year, the Montessori Australia Living Legend Award will honour an individual for their lifetime of dedication and service to the Montessori Movement.
It honors individuals working to advance Montessori education in public schools, intergenerational communities, eldercare, and service delivery to under-resourced areas. Also includes research and advocacy efforts.
Equity & Social Justice Award
This award recognises those who have dedicated their career to promoting social justice, contributed to marginalised communities, eliminated barriers to education, and advanced Montessori education in various settings.
Community Service Award
The Willemien Duyker-de Vries Community Service Award acknowledges Montessorians who make substantial contributions to communities through education, advocacy, and promoting authentic Montessori practice.
Quiet Achiever Award
The Barbara Stephen "Quiet Achiever" Award acknowledges devoted Montessori educators or support staff who have wholeheartedly dedicated themselves to nurturing and shaping the lives of children, making a lasting impact through their selfless service.
The Gala includes a sumptuous 3 course dinner and beverages, the award ceremony and live entertainment from the incredible HOT POTATO BAND.
Dress: Cocktail attire
Hot Potato Band - It's more than just music, it's an experience.
Hot Potato Band
Hot Potato Band is a brass band like no other. This street performing off-shoot of the 10 piece festival band from Sydney Australia are passionate about re-igniting organic performance as well as breaking down the barriers between stage and audience, leaving lasting impressions and smiles on people’s faces.
HPB is un-bound by genres, stages and audiences. They reinvent the traditional New Orleans brass band as a modern day dance machine and visual spectacle for all demographics with a strong sense of pride for their fun-loving, energetic, and quirky musical nature.
Montessori Australia 2023 Recognition Awards
“An ordinary teacher cannot be transformed into a Montessori teacher, but must be created anew, having rid herself of pedagogical prejudices.” (Maria Montessori, Education for a New World)
Montessori Australia will present annual recognition awards to acknowledge extraordinary accomplishments in areas relevant to the Montessori Movement. Prospective honourees are nominated by the Montessori community and then considered and chosen by a designated committee, using articulated rubrics.
How does it work?
Do you know a Montessorian whose tireless dedication and leadership over many years have made an impact on the Australian Montessori community?
Have you been personally affected by a respected or beloved mentor who embodies Montessori values in Australia?
Here’s your opportunity to help recognise the contributions of respected role models of Montessori values in Australia.
The tributes are to honour the often invisible work of the many Australian Montessorians who work tirelessly for children, often without recognition and sometimes with only minimal compensation.