Daylesford Dharma, Daylesford, Victoria

Daylesford Dharma is the only school in Australia that operates according to the respectable morals and ethics of the Tibetan buddhist principles. The children have infused in their day the five precepts, based on the five things that any lay or practicing buddhists in the tradition must at first agree to. These precepts are listed…

Phillip Island village School, Phillip Island, Victoria

With great inspiration and unable to find a school that matched her vision, Fiona Mckenzie was motivated to start her own school. The Phillip Island Village School (PIVS) opened its doors earlier this year (2016) as a sister school to Koonwarra Village School, which Fiona established back in 2012. We had been told about Fiona during our…

Fitzroy Community School, Fitzroy, Melbourne

Fitzroy Community School is founded on a very simple principle: that children should come out of primary school as viable members of the community. With such a simple, and to most parents, desirable motivation, its no wonder this school has survived so well. The method by which FCS aims to achieve this outcome is through…

Hurstbridge Learning Co-op, Hurstbridge, Melbourne

Apart from a few new buildings and some beautiful new landscaping, it felt as though The Hurstbridge Learning Co-op that we saw this morning, stood as it was back in 1973, when it was established. So far, the schools we’ve visited have all come from similar places, having started 30-40 years ago as radical learning…

The spirit of Tasmania

We are now 3 weeks into our journey. The nomadic blood that exists in both Tom and I is pumping and circulating and thriving. We are loving our tent home and drawing on each others body heat to stay warm. We’ve made it through the initial challenges of the uproot and are now mostly sailing…

The Cottage School, Bellerive, Tasmania

Situated on the eastern shore of Hobart, the Cottage School is a small community based school of about 80 students. The school was founded 41 years ago by Sally Sorell, a local home based kindergarten teacher and a group of parents. The lack of homestyle options beyond Sally’s kindergarten, being the primary motivator to build one….

Peregrine, Nicholls Rivulet, Tasmania

It had been a somewhat frantic morning gathering ourselves from our second night in Tasmania and our friend’s back garden camp spot. We finally hit the road with not much time to spare for our 9am appointment at Peregrine School about 45 minutes south of Hobart. The rolling hills and windy roads to the school’s…

Currambena, Lane Cove

Today we visited the Currambena School in Lane Cove, Sydney. Tom had contacted the school and asked if they would be willing to let us come and volunteer in the classroom or observe for a day but this was not welcomed and instead we were invited to attend the open morning. I had been unsure…

Byron Community School, Byron Bay

The local word on the Byron Community public school had been mixed. Those who rated it did so confidently and those who didn’t were harsh in their criticisms. The school stands exclusively as the middle ground between Steiner and Public schools in the Byron shire. I was therefore very interested to see what they had…

Pine Community School, Brisbane

The hot sun shone as I grabbed my hat and snacks out of the van and strolled down the hill to the entrance of Pine. We first visited The Pine School several months earlier as a family adding a slight sense of ease to my visit, I knew a little of what to expect. That…