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Great journeys that began as Preshil.


Senior Lecturer Monash Law and Senior Legal Advisor to the UN.

Dr Gideon Boas worked for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia for nine years and was the Court’s principal lawyer on the Milosevic case. Among his many achievements, he has published six books and many articles on International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. Preshil instilled in Gideon the confidence to do what he felt was right. Your child can make a real difference too.


Taekwondo Olympic Gold Medallist, Naturapath Nutritionist (BHSc).

Lauren Burns created sporting history when she won the first Olympic medal for Taekwondo at the Sydney Games. Lauren is a Naturopath, a highly sought-after speaker and runs her own business – ‘Love Your Planet’ – an eco-friendly Zip Bag business. Preshil helped Lauren develop the focus and determination necessary to become an Olympic champion. What heights could your child reach?


Architect and Young Business Woman of the Year.

While still in her final year studying Architecture at RMIT and just 24 years old, Zahava Elenberg co-established architecture firm, Elenberg Fraser. Her first project was the 26 level Liberty Tower. She later created two successful new businesses and balances a busy career with motherhood. Preshil gave Zahava the determination, initiative and belief in herself to aim high. What dreams will your child have?

Steph Tout

Awarded Prix de la Photographic.

Photographer Steph Tout has won various national and international awards for her unique art. She is best known for her pinhole work – panoramic montages taken with a camera made from a biscuit tin – and has exhibited in Parliament House and New York. Preshil provided the support and environment for Steph to nurture her talents. What gifts will your child bestow upon the world?

Zoe datTner

Independent Publisher.

Co-founder and Creative Director of Melbourne’s Sleepers Publishing, Zoe Dattner has enjoyed a distinguished career. She passionately believes in the capabilities of the small press sector to give a voice to new writers and storytellers. At Preshil, Zoe developed the skills and was given confidence to turn her passion into a vocation. Imagine your child making a career out of something they love.

Lisa gorton

Premier’s Literary Award for Poetry.

A gift that was nurtured at Preshil has taken Lisa Gorton on a spectacular path. Studies in literature led her to a Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford where she completed a Doctorate in Literature. Her first poetry collection won the Victorian Premier’s Prize for Poetry. She is also the author of Cloudland and published in three countries. Where will your child’s journey take them?

Ben Cleveland

PHD Student and education researcher.

With a love of learning that was fostered at Preshil, Ben Cleveland found his passion for education. An experienced primary and secondary school teacher, Ben’s research focuses on the design of learning environments that support contemporary educational philosophies – such as those found at Preshil. Ben creates innovative ways to educate young minds. What will your child create?


Furniture Designer.

Designer and maker of highly original fine furniture, Anton Gerner blurs the line between art and function. He is also a regular contributor for Australian Wood Review. Anton’s love of creation began at Preshil where he discovered a passion and unquestionable skill for woodworking. Preshil allowed him to uncover his potential. What will your child discover?

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