What is the symbol of the school?
The golden eagle is the symbol of the school, and our motto is ‘Courage’. These were inspired by historical events at Preshil and by the story, ‘The Wings of Courage’. This relates the story of the child Clopin who discovers personal courage by following his own path in life.
What is a fireside chat?
Fireside chats are an Arlington tradition. They go back to the days of Margaret Lyttle (Mug) and the fire in her living room in Arlington House, around which people gathered to talk together. Primary teachers invite the parents of their class group to come to an evening in the classroom where they explain the curriculum and examine the day’s activities with the parents. It’s a friendly casual affair. Some of the children’s work may be on display or the parents invited to join in an activity. It is an opportunity for you to find out what your child does each day if when you ask them what they did they say, “nothing” or “stuff”.
Is there a tuck shop or canteen at Preshil?
A.There is no canteen at Arlington. Doo Dahs (break-up parties) at the end of each term provide an opportunity for children at Arlington to have a shared, catered lunch. There is a canteen situated at Blackhall/Kalimna. This provides snacks only Monday-Friday for students and staff. It is run by Year 10 students. The students have responsibility for all aspects of the business including ordering stock and serving customers. Students must also manage the monetary side of the business and determine how profits will be used. In the past, students have decided to help fund school events and also donated profits to a range of humanitarian organisations and local groups in need. Preshil provides access to an online facility called Classroom Cuisine. Meals are delivered daily to each campus and must be ordered and paid for online by 8.30am each day.
What is a Doo Dah?
- On a Friday near the end of every term at Arlington, parents provide a feast for morning tea and lunch. A BBQ, fruit, hot chocolate and cake are all served ‘On the Bricks’ (the brick paved area between the Kevin Borland Hall and the 8s and 9s) by chatty parents wearing latex gloves. Vegetarian and dietary restricted children are also catered for. Each child is asked to contribute a one off annual payment per child to the cost of the Doo Dah. Volunteers are always welcome.