SOE: The new Montessori school is born in Lohmen


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Pirna

03/31/2022

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SOE: The new Montessori school is born in Lohmen

At first, the Lebenshilfe rents rooms in the former middle school. It starts in the next school year with 24 children in a study group.

The new Montessori director Madeleine Kranz: no frontal teaching, no grades, no individual lessons.

The new Montessori director Madeleine Kranz: no frontal teaching, no grades, no individual lessons.
© Thomas Moeckel

When things are about to begin, the most important documents are missing. Lohmen Mayor Jörg Mildner (CDU) is in the former middle school on Stolpener Straße and browses his folder, but cannot find the documents. Apparently I’m still in the town hall. “We want to sign a contract ceremoniously”, he jokes, “and of all things there is no contract”.

But a mobile to mobile data transfer later, the contract can be printed in the after-school service center. For the last act, Mildner and Ralf Thiele, head of the Lebenshilfe Pirna-Sebnitz-Freital association, briefly return to school. With their seals, the two seal another important step for a very special project: Lebenshilfe wants to start a new Montessori school this year, and the concept for this has been developed over the past two years on the initiative of the parents.

The free educational institution aims to enrich the school landscape, especially in the old district of Saxon Switzerland, and to be another alternative for parents who do not want to send their children to a state school. For starters, Lebenshilfe rents rooms in the former Lohmen Middle School, which is also a win for the community. The start is scheduled for the beginning of the school year 2022/23, Sächsische.de presents the details.

How did the idea of ​​the school come about?

Lebenshilfe has long considered the idea of ​​having a school in his portfolio. The association already runs a Montessori nursery in Pirna-Copitz. The project was ultimately initiated by Annette Littau and Norbert Bochynek. The entrepreneurial couple from Brandenburg had moved to Pirna in 2020 and were looking for an alternative educational institution for their younger offspring.

The two first asked other parents at the Montessori daycare if they were interested in such a school. The response was overwhelming. An initiative of the parents was set up, which carried the project forward. And since such a school needs a big sponsor, the parents turned to Lebenshilfe, who seemed to be the ideal partner for them.

Lebenshilfe has supported the project from the beginning, now it can start soon. A school is a completely new area of ​​activity for the association. “However, the school is one of the most important and ambitious future projects”, says Thiele, “that Lebenshilfe has faced in its more than 30 years of existence”.

Promoters for the Montessori school: Norbert Bochynek and Annette Littau, here in 2020 with Ralf Thiele, head of the Lebenshilfe association (from left).

Promoters for the Montessori school: Norbert Bochynek and Annette Littau, here in 2020 with Ralf Thiele, head of the Lebenshilfe association (from left).
© Archive: Karl-Ludwig Oberthuer

How advanced is the project?

From the initial idea, a concept matured in two years, which is now ready to go. In 2021, the Parent Initiative and Lebenshilfe worked together with educators, mainly on the pedagogical concept. In November 2021, the association will submit an application for primary school approval to the State Office for School and Education. The final decision is still pending, but according to Lebenshilfe, the authorities are generally positive about the pedagogical concept. Now the room concept has yet to be convincing.

In the meantime, the search for a domicile was underway, which proved to be one of the biggest challenges. The association weighed between new construction and existing property, several properties were under discussion, including in Heidenau and Pirna. In the meantime, you have found it.

Where did the Montessori school come from?

Your accommodation suggests that the educational institution starts in the former Lohmen Middle School. The Lebenshilfe presented the project to the community two years ago and had a positive response. “The Montessori school is an important addition to the school landscape in the Pirna area, as interest in free school forms is on the rise,” says Mildner.

The association is now renting three rooms upstairs: the former geography classroom, the former auditorium and a small adjoining room that serves as the teachers’ classroom. The new school is also an asset to Lohmen, as part of the building has been empty for years. The school building on Stolpener Straße was built in 1906, has been an educational institution all its life, the large annex next to the primary school last served as a middle school, but closed in 2006.

Mayor Jörg Mildner (left), head of the Lebenshilfe association Ralf Thiele: rented rooms in the former Lohmen middle school to begin with.

Mayor Jörg Mildner (left), head of the Lebenshilfe association Ralf Thiele: rented rooms in the former Lohmen middle school to begin with.
© Thomas Moeckel

When does the new school start?

Once all permits have been obtained, the Montessori school should initially start with a learning group of 24 children at the beginning of the 2022/23 school year. Madeleine Kranz will manage the school and will also teach the children. She comes from the public school service, she is currently on parental leave and after a two-year course she has a Montessori diploma in her pocket. At first she is joined by another teacher and a sports teacher. The first learning group is considered safe. “There is a huge interest in the Montessori school and already a lot of enrollments,” says Madeleine Kranz.

How is school taught?

The school basically teaches according to the Saxon curriculum, but with a different methodology. The learning group is of mixed ages and is initially made up of first and second grade children, with third grade children joining them later. Classes four to six will also be taught together – later – according to the special Montessori pedagogy, after which two classes will always be taught together.

German, mathematics and general studies are combined in a common learning time and taught together. Students can decide for themselves on a daily basis what to focus on. Furthermore, there is no classic frontal teaching, students always sit in small groups of two to four children. The teacher then gives so-called performances, during which she explains certain learning contents. Subsequently, the children work independently. According to Madeleine Kranz, one of the Montessori mottos is: “Help me think for myself.” The school also renounces the classic classification system. Teachers regularly evaluate students’ respective performance in discussions with parents and children.

Further information can be found at www.montessorischule-pirna.de.

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