The Village School farm animals play an important role in teaching. Lessons in respect for all living creatures, reliance and responsibility are taught in very real ways. Respect for and commitment to the environment is also encouraged through the wet lands project that is run on the school property. Adults and children address each other on a first name basis as a way of showing mutual respect and reinforcing that everyone is valued as a worthwhile individual. You’ll find our children are more forthright, expressive, honest and well spoken because we do give them a real voice in the Village School community.


Problem solving, creative thinking and initiative are commonly named as the tools for jobs of the future. Village School children are taught to look for answers and solutions rather than be given them. The school gives children time and ready access to computers, the library, telephone, other staff members and any other resources in their pursuit of answers and solutions.


An important aspect of our philosophy is growing responsibilities as the child grows. This includes: becoming more responsible for one’s own learning, becoming more responsible for one’s behaviours and actions. The aim is for children to develop internal discipline. Through this a real sense of self-respect is gained.


Interdependence is striking the right balance of co-operation and independence. It involves people relying on each other to do their individual parts. The whole school performance is just one important event at the Village School that fosters reliability and real community spirit.


Resilience is all about picking oneself up after a negative experience or a mistake and knowing that you can go on. Village School’s discipline statement recognises that mistakes are valuable learning experiences and encourages children to see their own and other’s in this light.

Village School values

The Village School Board

The business affairs of the Village School are ultimately the responsibility of the Village School’s Board. However to ensure practicality, the day to day operations have been delegated to the Principal and Business Manager while the strategic decisions are retained by the Board.

The Board comprises of the following:

  • Four (4) ordinary members - 1 * Staff Representative, 1* Parent Representative, 1* Vice Chair and 1* Risk Officer (who are electable at an annual general meeting).
  • One (1)  Chairperson, who will be appointed by the Village School Board,
  • One (1) Treasurer, who is electable,
  • One (1) Secretary, who is also the Public Officer pursuant to Part V of the Act, will be the School’s Business Manager and will be appointed by the Village School Board; and
  • One (1) School Principal, who will be appointed by the Village School Board.

The Board is scheduled to meet each month.

Current membership of the board is as follows:-

  1. Chairperson: Kay Newton
  2. Vice Chairperson:  Andrew Guthrie
  3. Principal:  Tanya Heine
  4. Secretary/Business Manager:  Vanessa Yates
  5. Treasurer:  David Cron
  6. Staff Rep:  Sally Boyd
  7. Parent Rep:  Adua Cipolato
  8. Risk Officer




"There are two lasting bequests we can grant our children. One of these is roots, the other, wings."

Hodding Carter