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Village School is situated on 10 acres of bushland nestled in suburban Croydon and is a primary school committed to its 'small school' policy. Years Prep to Year 6
9-11 Holloway Rd
Melbourne East
03 9726 4766
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  • Early Learning
  • Primary School
  • Non-denominational
Prep to Year 6
available on application
maximum 80

Village School is situated on 10 acres of bushland nestled in suburban Croydon, encompassing a small farm, market garden and natural bush wetlands. This is the backdrop for individual education programs with emphasis on real life learning. We foster each child's special talents and discover his or her own pathways to achieving these positive outcomes.

Committed to its ‘small school’ policy, every teacher knows every child at Village School. This level of involvement, and the relationship between staff and students, allows both philosophical and educational aims to be fully realised.

At Village School, every child is a worthwhile person, respected and valued for who they are. A positive self-concept is considered essential and sometimes the most effective strategies for building self-esteem are not linked to academic performance. Students of every age and stage develop learning in different ways and at different rates. Teachers at Village School match the teaching to your child’s learning style – not the other way around. Information is presented and skills developed in a variety of ways. Individual differences are celebrated and children are encouraged to have an awareness of their place in Australian society and the global community.

Learning for your child is therefore a mixture of individual lessons, small group lessons based on ability and wholegroup discussions and activities that promote cooperative learning experiences as well as social and emotional growth. Independent thinking and problem-solving skills are fostered as a way of preparing students for adult life. Predicting, checking, monitoring and 'mind mapping' are successful and relevant ways of dealing with information and technology in today's society.

Animals play a big part in the program at Village School and the children take responsibility for goats, chickens, geese and ponies, with 'real life' work experiences forming an integral part of the daily curriculum.  An annual school performance provides another vehicle for building feelings of self confidence and worth.

Non-sectarian and non-denominational, Village School fills an alternative niche in the educational market place. Visitors are welcome and school tours are scheduled on a regular basis or by request.

Come and experience our unique learning environment for yourself.


Regular Tours are available or also by appointment phone 03 9726 4766

We do:
* Have individual goals for each child
* Spend at least half of our teaching time working with individuals
* Encourage each child's special talents so that he/she experiences success
* Prepare and present different tasks for different children
* Choose open-ended tasks relating to themes so that children can work alongside each other and yet achieve at their own academic levels
* Apply different teaching styles and strategies according to children's needs and preferred learning styles
* Discuss with children how they learn best so that they can 'own' their leaning
* Have an expectation that at the end of a teaching term or year, the children will have developed in different ways and achieved at different academic levels
* Measure a child's progress by how far he/she has come, not how they compare with their peers
* Ensure the children are grouped according to where they are socially at ease.
We aim to delight and inspire children to be resourceful, independent learners. We celebrate individual differences, but encourage children to develop an awareness of their place in Australian society and the global community. We want them to have an understanding of their role in supporting and caring for each other, all living creatures and the natural environment.

debbieDebbie Leslie

I began my schooling at Village school in 1992 as a prep student and graduated in 1998.

Leaving Village School and starting high school at Billanook College was a fairly daunting experience due to the size variations between the schools; however the actual transition was quite easy.

During my time at Billanook College I developed both academically and socially. Throughout my time I was involved in numerous extra circular activities such as the Rock Eisteddfod Challenge, National Young Leaders Day, Reconciliation Day, volunteering at the local soup Kitchen, and a wide variety of sporting events. In 2004 (year 12) I was selected by my peers to be a House Sports Captain where I helped organise and co-ordinate sporting events and took on other leadership roles such as helping to organise celebration day (traditionally known as Muck Up Day) and taking school tours.

At the completion of year 12 I obtained an ENTER score higher than the one needed to get into my first preference which was a Batchelor of Health Sciences at Deakin University in Burwood. I was also awarded a Certificate of Achievement in Health and Human Development.

I completed my Bachelor degree with distinction in 2007 and based on my academic record I was offered Honours in the School of Exercise Science and Nutrition. I accepted the offer and obtained my first preference of research projects. After an intense honours year I graduated with a distinction for my honours project.

I am currently employed as a Research Assistant in the Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition at Deakin University. I am working full-time on a large nutrition and physical activity research project which is being run in conjunction with Deakin University and the Royal Children’s Hospital.

Now that my schooling years have come to an end, my memories of Village School are faint, but looking back I can appreciate that the ethos surrounding individual learning and self monitoring has been beneficial in teaching me how to learn independently and how to manage time efficiently.

Studying behavioural sciences and psychology, I understand the importance of involving parents in the child’s education and I think Village School incorporates this ‘whole of community’ approach to education effectively. I also feel that their small class sizes and beliefs regarding self motivation have helped me to learn independently and manage my time and tasks effectively.

Come and experience our unique learning environment for yourself.

Tour Dates: 17th March 2011 12th May 2011 16th June 2011 4th August 2011 8th September 2011 20th October 2011 10th November 2011 1st December 2011 or by appointment

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