you for sharing with us a Montessori education and environment in
the truest sense of the word. Three years of exposure to this
wonderful method, and the nurturing quality of facilitation has laid
the solid foundation stones for the success that our child is
today. The beautiful equipment was a great stimulus for the mind,
and the encouragement of creative freedom allowed our child to
work at Montessori schools, and studies of Montessori over many
years, in the context of music, has enlightened and enabled me to
see how valuable it is to expose ones child to this beautiful method
of education. Over and above that, I can really appreciate how
correctly this method is presented and executed at High Hopes
Andy and Rose Graham
daughter was just over the age of three when my husband and I
realised the need for her to enter a school that would help
stimulate her socially and intellectually. High Hopes was
recommended by a friend who had studied early childhood development
and we were introduced to the Montessori Method of education.
Besides the beautiful, secure environment in which the school is
situated my daughter had the privilege of learning music, pottery
and practical life skills. I can only say that with such an
environment children will strive for the better.
this was 15 years ago the school still remains as efficient and
welcoming as ever and I would recommend it to any parent who is
seeking to present their child with a gift that is the basis for a
solid future. Thank you to High Hopes.
you, Louise and the team from High Hopes Montessori for providing
our two girls with a solid foundation for their education, the full
value of which we only realised when our elder daughter constantly
excelled academically throughout primary school.
you also for equipping them with good moral values,
self-discipline and respect for other beings and their surroundings.
you for keeping our children safely and for always bearing their
best interest at heart.
remember our 10 year long association with High Hopes fondly: there
are enough happy memories to last a life time!
wish you only the best for the future.
Quintin, Carin, Lara (14) and Ivana (5) Krahtz
Hopes Montessori has given our daughter a solid foundation that has
allowed her to grow into a very confident well balanced child that
excels academically, culturally and in sports.
Ashley and Ancella Ramjas
the years (1994 through 1997) the boys spent at High Hopes, they
were encouraged to develop their own personalities within a
friendly and supportive environment. They were able to develop into
well-adjusted individuals and both of them have already made their
mark in life.
the calm and loving guidance of Louise we were able to manage
difficulties and are now looking back with a smile! Louise also
taught me to believe in the boys and to let go. . . never easy, but
I will forever be grateful for that lesson learned!
been involved with High Hopes Montessori for over 12 years, and
still look forward to each day I spend there. I have taught at
numerous schools, but High Hopes remains a firm favourite. The
children are truly wonderful. They are full of joy and enthusiasm
for learning, yet have beautiful manners and respect for all.
teachers are always composed, calm and quick to give each child an
encouraging smile. Louise is patient and kind with all the
children, but is direct with parents when it comes to the child’s
educational needs. I often regret not having had the opportunity to
send my own children there when they were younger.
recommend this school to everyone. It is genuinely a place offering
that “something extra” that parents so desperately seek for their
Jean Varges. Little
Hopes my three children know they are valued as individuals. As a
mum this is very important to me. It is not only the work they
produce that is valued, but my children also understand the
importance of acts of kindness to their friends and they are taught
to respect and tend to the environment they work in. And so they
should ! The environment at High Hopes is beautiful.
qualities of caring and co-operation are reinforced every day at
High Hopes. My children bring these attributes home into our family
life. They are attributes I hope they carry through life with them.
who has special educational needs and attends on a few days per week
with a facilitator, is truly a valued and integrated member of the
school. The fact that the other children are so accepting and
embracing of his many physical, intellectual and emotional
differences is testament to the school’s nurturing environment.
Sarah and Rashid Ismail
were visiting a few crèches and schools for our little girl Britin
aged two and a half and ended up at High Hopes Montessori we had no
doubt in our minds that we had found the right place. We liked the
school’s facilities with all the different work areas. Hearing
about Maria Montessori and allowing the children their own space
with many lessons to learn in a unique way became very fulfilling to
us as Montessori parents.
girls Britin and Trice have happily completed a loving four years at
High Hopes Montessori and I would recommend this school to parents
wanting to raise calm independent and confident children.
owner, Louise our deepest appreciation for all the support you have
given us as a family. Thank you for being so transparent. Your
strong vision and mission gave our girls the best foundation. We
are yet to meet another person with the same amount of love that you
have to give.
The Drotos Family
been our family’s privilege to be part of the High Hopes community
for the last three years. We have high expectations for the people
in our children’s lives and the staff at High Hopes Montessori have
not only met our expectations, but have greatly exceeded them. The
teachers are wonderful and take the time to give every child the
individual attention they require. They make every child feel
special which in turn makes them feel more self-confident and
secure. It is such a nurturing, safe and clean environment.
most impressed with the way our daughter has learned to speak
English. We only speak Afrikaans at home and were very concerned
when we joined the school that she (then only two and a half years
old) would not fit in. Within the first four months she was
comfortably adapted and could translate a lot of English words. Now
she is able to have a meaningful conversation in English without any
also gained a lot of insight and good advice from the organised
lectures every term. The school material is always very organized
and it is always a pleasure to receive communication. We look
forward to our remaining time at High Hopes Montessori.
Therese and Andre Visser, Montessori Parents
Louise. Firstly, thank you for the valuable lessons you have taught
me as a mother of children in a Montessori school. These lessons are
life changing and applicable anywhere and everywhere. They become a
part of you and leave you a better person. Secondly, thank you for
the solid foundation you have selflessly given to my boys. You have
taught them independence and fundamental academic basics in all the
spheres that I envy. I wish I had gone through the same as a
child. The boys always stand out wherever we go. Here I am not
referring to intelligence. I am referring to love, confidence,
gratitude, respect and consideration to other children, people and
things in general. What I love most is that my children are
equipped to go out there and be themselves!
embedded critical life values in them that I could never have done
on my own. I look at them, smile and marvel with pride at the
beautiful and amazing beings they have become.
I can never begin to thank you for the most critical value that you
enforced for me and always reiterated: that in the Montessori
environment and your space the CHILD COMES FIRST ! For you it was
never about the money and for that I will always admire you. You
selflessly gave love to the children and guidance to the parents.
In the process you taught us to forever cherish, SPEND TIME and love
our children. Your passion for teaching our children and most
importantly teaching them life skills seems to me a calling for
you! It is priceless!
you so very much.
Mehluko, Phuti and Bandile Letsoalo
have referred all of my friends, nieces, nephews and loved ones to
Montessori and those in the surrounds to High Hopes!
we visited High Hopes Montessori for the first time in 2008, we
realised that we had reached our destination. What we saw was a
neat, clean and focussed environment. The kind of support structure
we wanted. Our son, Rynhardt, was enrolled and we were pleasantly
surprised at how quickly he embraced the High Hopes culture of love
and respect: for others, for himself and, above all, a love and
respect for learning.
Furthermore, although he came from an Afrikaans background, he was
fully bilingual in no time at all. Being an educator myself, I saw
in High Hopes an extension of our values and goals as parents. In
the four years he was in the school he became adept at analysing and
solving problems; he loves puzzles and Lego; he loves reading and
thinking. Overall, High Hopes gave him the best start in life I
could ever have wished for. Thank you! May the school go from
strength to strength.
Isolde and Kobus
three our children, Eleanor, Alex and Karla have had the great
privilege of attending High Hopes. Louise, through her enthusiastic
but calm classroom manner laid the foundation for our children to
become the responsible and self- disciplined young adults they are
today. The Montessori way is one of the great teaching methods to
develop a child to his or her full potential, at their own
individual pace, and Louise is an outstanding Montessori teacher.
We can thus without any reservation enthusiastically recommend High
Ivan and Cheryl Muller
started our journey at High hopes Montessori School about 7 years
ago with our eldest child Thashmika and then later on with our
younger daughter Dharini. High Hopes Montessori School has provided
, and continues to provide a loving and secure environment for the
development of young children. We have been very pleased by the
progress our children have made under the guidance of the school.
Thashmika transitioned extremely well into Primary School after
leaving High Hopes and we believe that the values gained at High
Hopes helped her in this transition. We are greatly indebted to
Louise and her staff for their dedication in helping to mould our
children with a sense of responsibility, confidence and discipline.
you for playing such an important role in our children’s lives.
Danny and Pasha NaiCker
like to thank Louise and her staff at High Hopes for their
incredible teaching methods. Our daughter, Neha was a pupil at High
Hopes for four years. During the four years we noticed that our
child became extremely motivated and confident. We believe the
school is brilliant because it has definitely given our child a
wonderful balance and foundation for the future, making her
responsible and independent. Thank you.
Shamalin and Natasha Singh
Louise. High Hopes Montessori under your guidance and tutelage has
provided the fundamental building blocks for the education of our
children, Alisha and Shaylin. (Alisha attended High Hopes from 2004
to 2007 and Shaylin from 2008 to 2011)
school provides a safe and secure haven, cocooning the children,
allowing them to thrive in an environment that is ideal for
learning. There is a variety of activities and tasks that the
children can choose to do individually or in groups, providing a
well- rounded holistic approach for children to learn at their
pace. They still fondly remember the various activities such as
mathematics, language, social skills and the practice of household
chores (ironing, folding and washing up). There are also various
extra activities such as music, pottery, “Little Champs” for
exercise and yoga that the children could do. We still use the
pottery spoon rest and candle holders!
children are treated with respect and dignity. Discipline is in the
form of a firm voice and no loud shouting. Our children learned to
interact with children of different ages and as they got older they
also learnt to take care of and assist the younger children.
outdoor sports events and year end functions and music mornings were
surprisingly, our children, most times, looked forward to going to
importantly, is the excellent support and continuous feedback you
provide to parents. (If only more parents will listen to you!)
Thanks for the continuous feed-back, every term, on the progress of
our children’s education. Such feedback was invaluable to assist us
to focus and improve on vital areas of our children’s education.
talks were arranged on various topics for parents to also learn
about providing and extending the Montessori environment at home.
Larne’ Neuland’s talk about how we think has made a lasting impact
on all of us. We remember this special talk and continue to use the
message of this talk to assist others about the way we think and the
positive impact it can have in our lives.
and the rest of the teachers at High hopes will always be fondly
remembered by the Parboo family! Thank you.
Jayshree, Mahesh, Alisha and Shaylin