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Preshil - The Margaret Lyttle Memorial School, Kew VIC
Primary Campus
395 Barkers Road
Kew
Victoria
3101
Melbourne Metro
03 9817 6135
Kindergarten and Primary Campus: 395 Barkers Road, Kew
Secondary Campus: 12-26 Sackville Street, Kew

 An International Baccalaureate World School

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Marilyn Smith
Independent, Non-denominational
Secular
Kindergarten - Year 12 (Primary & Secondary School)
$7000 to $23500
No
Co-educational
No
  • Academic Achievement
  • Co-curricular Activities
  • Community
  • Creative Arts
  • Music
  • Numeracy / Literacy
  • Performing Arts
  • Personal Values

WHY PRESHIL?

At Preshil, a confident sense of self-worth is integral to our vision of success for every student. Academic excellence is also very important, yet never at the expense of health and wellbeing. The School has long been celebrated as a centre for creativity and for its successful tradition in the visual and performing arts. Preshil students are supported to challenge ideas, think critically, make ethical judgements and set their own goals; the qualities of a growth mindset and collaborative problem solving, essential for our future.

Preshil is a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate's (IB) Primary Years Programme and an authorised school for the IB Middle Years Programme (IBMYP). The school is also a candidate for the IB's Diploma Programme*, which the IBMYP puts our students in great stead to take in their senior years of schooling.

To learn more about Preshil we highly recommend that you attend one of our advertised Tours or Open Days, and ask us about:

• Our unique environment
• Conceptual development through play in the Kindergarten
• Philosophy in the Primary School
• Transition to the IB programs* across the school
• Years 7 and 11 Creativity and Innovation Scholarships
• Our STEAM approach and electives.

For further information about tours and open days, please call 9817 6135 or register your details.

* See website for more details.

Australia's oldest progressive school with an emphasis on developing children to become capable, inquisitive, global citizens.

Preshil is a coeducational, secular and entirely independent school. It is the oldest Progressive School in Australia, focusing on the education of each individual child and the social relationships, which support their development as critical and creative thinkers. It remains a deliberately small school, welcoming children from three years of age into the Kindergarten through to the completion of their secondary schooling at Year 12.

The Preshil approach to schooling does not use the fear of failure or the threat of punishment to motivate children. We do not demand conformity or unthinking obedience to arbitrary rules. The rapport between students is respectful, relaxed. and focused on achieving outstanding learning outcomes, trust and a genuine regard for each individual.

Preshil offers a truly contemporary, globally-minded alternative to conventional schooling.

About Us

Primary School
The Arlington (Kindergarten and Primary) Campus is set in the rambling gardens of the original Lyttle home. From the earliest years, children are encouraged to develop higher order thinking through inquiry-based, interdisciplinary learning with focus on Philosophy, play, building, problem-solving and exercising choice. Kindness, respect and courage are key learnings, underpinning a creative, rich programme which nurtures and delights young minds. Specialist French, Music, Physical Development and Art are equal partners in a curriculum that combines meticulous teacher planning with individual and collaborative projects whilst challenging academically.


Secondary School
The Preshil Secondary School (Blackhall Kalimna) offers the IBMYP, an intellectually vibrant curriculum which is the perfect preparation for all our students to progress to an IBDP in their final two years of school. Preshil continues to support an outstanding programme of Arts, Language, Drama, Film and Music, with multi-age Electives focusing on extending students’ interests, building career knowledge, and innovate STEAM choices.

Years 7 to 10 Electives
The Electives Programme is designed to broaden the students' experience beyond the curriculum and offer opportunities to extend or deepen their knowledge in a particular area of study (or ignite a passion for a particular general interest). Staff, parents, past students and people outside the immediate school community are invited to share their expertise on activities about which they are passionate and able to offer specialist knowledge.
The Electives Programme deliberately fosters Preshil's enduring commitment ot making, choosing, building, playmaking and performing. Options vary from term to term depending on availability and student requests, and more information can be viewed on the school's website.

International Baccalaureate Candidacy
Preshil is a candidate school for the IB’s Primary Years Programme (IBPYP) and an authorised school for the IB’s Middle Years Programme (IBMYP). The school is also a candidate for the IB’s Diploma Programme (IBDP), which the IBMYP puts our students in great stead to take on in their senior years of schooling.

These IB programmes perfectly align with Preshil’s focus on intellectual challenge, inquiry and research-based learning, which accommodate individual choice and independent learning. The school continues to produce graduates who have developed the “courage to question”, to find their own voice and to become responsible and active global citizens.
At our core remains an unshakeable commitment to encouraging all children to progress at their own pace towards their own goals and to be respected as individuals in their own right. A commitment to our children to be nurtured and challenged in an atmosphere that inspires creativity and independent thinking in all areas of life and does not, overtly or subtly, use competition or punishment to motivate through the fear of failure.
As global citizens we encourage an awareness of world issues and encourage effort to make a positive difference. We believe that education should prepare students to be thoughtful, peace loving and active citizens of the world. Preshil will remain a school that puts kindness, compassion and social relationships at the centre of its operations.

Scholarships

Innovation and Creativity Scholarships - Years 7 and 11 Entry 2019

Preshil is seeking applications from girls and boys who do not currently attend Preshil and who believe that Preshil can offer them an opportunity to further their creativity and independent thinking in any area of learning.

Scholarship admission is dependent on the quality of the applications, the suitability of applicants for the Middle Years and Diploma courses of the International Baccalaureate, their demonstration of the qualities of the IB Learner Profile, and on the number of places available.

The applicant’s understanding of, and capacity to contribute to, the Preshil school community will also be taken into account.
Scholarships are awarded at the discretion of the Principal.


Registration - Applications Close Friday, 25th May 2018

Applicants are not required to sit a scholarship examination, rather they are asked to submit a portfolio of material that shows evidence of creative, innovative and imaginative endeavour in any field of learning and of their capacity to contribute to the Preshil community.

Selected applicants will be invited to an interview with the Principal where they will also be required to complete a short written task associated with demonstrating some element of the IB Learner Profile.

Scholarships are usually for either 50% or 25% remission of tuition fees from Years 7 to 12. Extra costs such as the Enrolment Agreement Fee, camps, music lessons and books are not covered by the Scholarship.

Scholarships are awarded with the expectation that successful applicants will continue through to the end of Year 12, and are subject to annual review by the Principal, who reserves the right to withdraw the scholarship with reasonable notice should the scholarship holder’s progress or commitment to the school prove to be unsatisfactory.

Application Process

For each applicant, parents are required to provide all information requested in the Application for Scholarship form and the usual Application for Enrolment form. A single non-refundable application fee of $110 is charged and must be paid at the time the application is made.

Please download the Application for Scholarship along with the Application for Enrolment. Alternatively if you wish to obtain a school brochure, register for a tour or require further information about enrolment at Preshil, please Enquire Here or contact the school registrar, Nerel Ezra on on +61 3 9817 6135.

Transport Options

Rail
Preshil is in Zone 1. Auburn Railway Station is within walking distance to either Campus. It is situated on the Belgrave and Lilydale train lines however there are some express trains that do not stop at Auburn Station.

Tram
There are 3 tram lines all within short walking distance, Route 72 travels along Burke Rd, Route 16 travels along Glenferrie Rd and Route 109 travels along Cotham/Whitehorse Rd.

Bus
A bus service (624) stops outside Carey Grammar School, which is a short walk from either Campus, and runs between Kew & Oakleigh. The 548 bus leaves Latrobe Uni through Ivanhoe & stops nearby on Cotham Rd.

Further info about public transport including detailed ticket, route & timetable information can be found on the PTV website here.

Principal's Message

The New STEAM Age

I’m sure parents are aware of all the talk about STEM, referring to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. There has been much discussion amongst economists and politicians about the importance these subjects have for Australia’s future in the global context and therefore the need for schools to promote what have traditionally been seen as “hard” subjects; the ‘natural’ domain of boys and subjects requiring a particular style of learning.

However, STEM, with the addition of A, Art, becomes fused with so many more possibilities. STEAM suddenly captures the potential of education in the post-internet age. It represents a genuinely transformative approach to learning and speaks the language our kids have already learned as digital natives. A STEAM approach is intrinsically multi-disciplinary; it requires collaboration, invention and lateral thinking.

STEAM also represents a very effective style of learning by drawing on a similar, and often ignored, capacity of the human brain to cement learning through Mnemonics, encoding information in the memory using visual imagery. By integrating Art with Mathematics, or any of the STEM subjects with Design, for example, the possibilities become endless – and accessible for all learners.

Also, the inter-disciplinary connections suggested by a STEAM approach are the basis of most real-life learning. Finding solutions, inventing new products and making art all rely on the awe-inspiring capacity of the human brain to make unexpected connections and see relationships; the strict boundaries between disciplines actually inhibit creative formulations and innovation.

In recent times the insistence on strict discipline-based learning has endured as a function of an education system where teachers are the repositories of key knowledge, which they are required to teach to the next generation. This view of education provides a very effective means of comparing how well students have learned and retained specific subject knowledge and is supported by the style of examination you do with a pen and paper, in silence and for a strictly monitored period of time. This system of educating young people is increasingly recognised as anachronistic in today’s world.

At our secondary school, Blackhall Kalimna, our teachers are doing wonderful STEAM-inspired things, and as the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program demands interdisciplinary learning, individual research and both creative and critical thinking are rewarded. STEAM is a logical way to implement all of these elements.  The school has developed a strong Design program across Years 7 – 10 which, together with Technology in all its forms, provides an automatic link between disciplines. Preshil's Electives Program offers further examples of these multi-disciplinary approaches.

Your Invitation

To understand the difference Preshil can make, please register to attend a School Tour.

Locations

Kindergarten Early Learning & Primary School: 395 Barkers Road, Kew 3101
Secondary School: 12-26 Sackville Street, Kew 3101

Bookings

For all bookings and enquiries please contact:
Nerel Ezra
Registrar
Phone: 9817 6135
Email: registrar@preshil.vic.edu.au

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