Respect

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.

Resourcefulness

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.

Responsibility

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.

Reliability

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

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

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Village School Incorporated
ABN 96 724 007 864

9 Holloway Road, Croydon North VIC 3136 AUSTRALIA
Postal: PO Box 5101, Wonga Park VIC 3115

Phone: 03 9726 4766

Fax: +61 3 9727 1752

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Our location

The Village School moved to its present site in 1985. It sits on 8 acres near Brushy Creek in Croydon North (a North Eastern suburb of Melbourne, Australia). Between 55 and 80 children attend the school each year, guided by 5 permanent teachers, a part-time language teacher, an equestrian instructor and various coaches, mentors and parents sharing their specialist skills with the students.

The grounds include buildings for the four class groups as well as a drama room, library, kitchen and offices; enclosing a central courtyard area. Outdoor performances can utilise the paved amphitheatre as well as our new gazebo. Several shaded outdoor play areas allow for a diversity of play experiences. The farm enclosure and paddocks provide a home for the school's animals.

New buildings were built in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010. Improvements on the grounds are continuing throughout 2011.

Village School Wetlands Project

The Village School Wetlands Project consists of two ponds created by the school and one billabong created as a result of a Yarra Water creek diversion. The wetlands spans the school and Yarra Water land and includes a walking path for community use. It was developed by the school with community involvement in the early to mid 1990's to encourage wildlife back into the urban fringe area and is used for regular student activities.

Management committee

Village School Committee of Management

The Village School Committee of Management (CoM) is an elected representative group of parents and teachers. The CoM's main function is to advise on school policies about whole school matters and to be involved in the management of school finances, facilities andfuture directions for the school. It is an advisory body for the school community.

The Principal is responsible to the CoM and together with the teaching staff is responsible for setting and implementing the curriculum, writing educational policies, implementing the policies set by Village School COM and managing the school on a daily basis. The council meets monthly and all parents are most welcome to attend and participate. If you have an item you wish to present or have discussed at the CoM meeting, please send an email to Village School Office seven days prior to the meeting for inclusion in the agenda.

The school's Annual General Meeting (AGM) is held in the middle of the year. This is the time when elections are held to fill vacancies on the CoM and the previous year's activities are reviewed. All parents are encouraged to attend the AGM, to understand the school's future plans and vote on their preferred representative group. Parents are also encouraged to consider whether they have the skills to participate as a Member of the CoM and to nominate to be part of the CoM.

Please contact the office if you are interested in further information.

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

Hodding Carter