Preshil – The Margaret Lyttle Memorial School, Primary (Arlington)

Preshil is a coeducational, secular and entirely independent school. It is the oldest Progressive School in Australia, focusing on the education of each individual child and the social relationships which support their development as critical and creative thinkers.
School Founded
Student Numbers
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ELC to YEAR 12
$16,400 - $26,800

395 Barkers Road

The Preshil approach to schooling does not use the fear of failure or the threat of punishment to motivate children. We do not demand conformity or unthinking obedience to arbitrary rules. The rapport with students is respectful and focused on achieving outstanding learning outcomes, trust and a genuine regard for the individual. At our core remains an unshakeable commitment to encouraging all children to progress at their own pace towards their own goals and to be respected as individuals in their own right. A commitment to 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.

The Arlington (Kindergarten and Primary) Campus is set in the rambling gardens of the original Lyttle home. From the earliest years, children are encouraged to develop higher order thinking through inquiry-based, interdisciplinary learning with focus on Philosophy, play, building, problem-solving and exercising choice. Kindness, respect and courage are key, underpinning a rich programme which nurtures and delights young minds. Specialist French, Music, Physical Development and Art are equal partners in a curriculum combining meticulous teacher planning with individual and collaborative projects whilst challenging academically.

The Preshil Secondary School (Blackhall Kalimna) offers the IB Middle Years Programme for students in Years 7-10, an intellectually vibrant curriculum and the perfect preparation for all our students to progress to the Diploma Programme in their final two years of school. Preshil supports an outstanding programme of Arts, Language, Drama, Film and Music, with multi-age Electives focusing on extending students’ interests, building career knowledge, and innovative STEAM choices.

The IB programmes perfectly align with Preshil’s focus on intellectual challenge, inquiry and research-based learning. The school continues to produce graduates who have developed the “courage to question”, to find their own voice and to become responsible and active global citizens.

Preshil is an authorised World School for the International Baccalaureate’s Middle Years Programme (Years 7-10) and Diploma Programme (Years 11 and 12). The school also holds candidacy for authorisation to teach the IB Primary Years Programme (ELC – Year 6. In addition to the rich curriculum afforded by the IB, there is also a focus at school on philosophy, STEAM and multi-age electives.

Our Arlington Kindergarten and Primary campus features unique, child-centred learning spaces nestled among beautiful gardens. The respectful relationships between teachers and their students is respectful and focused on outstanding outcomes for our students. The curriculum features Philosophy, Languages, Arts and Electives.

The Secondary School (Blackhall Kalimna) thrives on the engaging and meaningful relationships formed between all staff and students. With the International Baccalaureate providing the framework for the curriculum from Years 7-12, students are challenged and nurtured through both the Middle Years and Diploma Programmes in an environment that celebrates inclusion, innovation and creativity.

For further enquiries contact:


International Baccalaureate
Tradition / Culture
Performing Arts
Creative Arts
Student Health and Wellbeing
Gifted and Talented
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths)
Outdoor MultiPurpose Sporting Courts
Performing Arts Centre

We encourage students seeking an opportunity to further their imaginative and independent thinking in any avenue of learning to submit a portfolio of work displaying evidence of creativity, innovation, imagination and their ability to contribute to the Preshil community.

Scholarships are for entry into Year 7 or Year 11, and applications close 31 May, 2019. More information is available at


2019 Open Mornings:

Arlington Kindergarten and Primary School Open Mornings commence at 9:30am
Wednesday, March 6
Thursday, May 9
Friday, August 2

Blackhall Kalimna Secondary School Open Mornings commence at 9:00am
Wednesday, March 13
Friday, August 9

2019 Tour Dates Prep (Fives) Tours commence at 9:30am
Thursday, February 21

Year 7 Tours commence at 9:30am
Tuesday, February 26

Secondary School 2019/2020 Commencement (Any Year Level) Tour commences at 9:30am
Thursday, March 28