School History

Julia Gorham completed one of the first full time Montessori courses in 1987 offered by Strilli 0ppenheimer at the Montessori Training Centre.

Julia then went on to gain experience at the Hout Bay Montessori and returned to Gauteng to open and run the Alta Montessori Preschools. She continued to teach whilst starting her family and opened the Rivonia Montessori Preschool from her home in 1992.

After running a successful school for 8 years the school relocated its premises in 2000 to a tranquil country setting in the Field and Study Park.

Many past parents and pupils remain in contact with Julia and keep her updated about what they are doing and thank her for the good start she gave them in life and reminisce about fond memories they have of the school.

Julia Gorham is highly regarded by her fellow Montessorians and educators for her high standards and commitment to educating children.

Julia Gorham’s daughter attended her Montessori Pre- School 18 years ago which provided her daughter with an amazing sense of self confidence/independence, constant drive to achieve, an never ending road of discovery and learning, giving only the best at all times, self-discipline, accepting challenges, being driven, academic excellence, a sense of responsibility and reality, setting of goals, a love of life, a sense of value towards others and her family and so much more!

Julia Gorham’s elder daughter is presently completing an Actuarial Degree, obtaining no less than first grade marks for each subject, this is due to her daughter’s Montessori education which provided her with the best start in life!

Julia Gorham’s youngest daughter has inherited her mother’s love and passion for young children and over the years during her school holidays, has assisted Julia with the teaching of young children as well as charity work at children’s orphanages. Julia’s youngest daughter is well loved by all the children for her caring and loving nature. She has pursued a career in education and is presently studying a Teaching degree.