Preshil provides a progressive and compelling alternative to the outdated conformity of mainstream schooling.
At our core remains an unshakeable commitment to encouraging all children to set and achieve their own goals and to be respected as individuals in their own right. This is 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.
There is a global re-imagining of schooling and education taking place, bringing ‘new’ teaching styles, pedagogical philosophies and child-centric learning into focus. Having embodied these ‘new’ ideals since our inception, we are extraordinarily well positioned to in the contemporary educational landscape to respond this re-imagining, never having been locked into the factory model approach of many other schools.
Preshil evolved out of the Progressive Movement of Europe, England and America at the turn of the twentieth century, emphasising individuality, creative and critical thinking, social inclusion and democratic ideals, and today draw influence from leading contemporary educational thinkers, such as Sir Kenneth Robinson.
We are able to deliver what so many other schools can only claim to, but are prevented from doing by their unyielding adherence to rigid traditions, authoritarian systems of control, discipline, competition and curriculum locked into the outdated delivery of subject-specific content, dominated by preparation for the VCE. Preshil has a genuine commitment to engaging and accommodating every student as an individual.
Our students are openly supported to challenge ideas, question conventional wisdom, form their own opinions and set their own goals. Academic achievement does not come at the expense of health and wellbeing, which along with a confident sense of self-worth are integral to successful personal and academic development.