Collingwood College

14 February 2020
Issue One
Dates To Remember
Farewell from Dale
Principal's Report
Primary School News
Secondary School News
Wider School News
Kitchen Garden News
Community News
Collingwood College
Corner Cromwell St and McCutcheon Way
Collingwood, Victoria, 3066

Dates To Remember

Important Dates 2020

Term Dates 2020

Term 1: Tuesday, 28 January - Friday, 27 March

Term 2: Tuesday, 14 April - Friday, 26 June

Term 3: Monday, 13 July - Friday, 18 September

Term 4: Monday, 5 October - Friday, 18 December


Public Holidays 2020

Monday, 9 March Labour Day

Monday, 8 June Queen's Birthday

Tuesday, 3 November Melbourne Cup Day


2020 KEY DATES (updated 10 February)

Click on the attachment below to see current 2020 Calendar of Events


February 2020

Monday, 24 February

Prep Photos


Tuesday, 25 February

Swimming Carnival

(2 March back-up day)


Thursday, 27 February

Community Forum - 4pm




Tuesday, 3 March

Community Fundraising Meeting

(Library 3:30pm)


Wednesday, 18 March

3-Way Conferences Prep – Year 10


Student-free day for Prep-10


Tuesday, 24 March

VCE/VCAL 3-Way Conferences Years 11-12

(Fitzroy HS 11:00am-7:30pm)

No senior classes


Friday, 27 March

Term 1 Ends (12:00pm finish)


Tuesday, 14 March

Term 2 Starts

Farewell from Dale

Farewell from Dale

Time to Say Farewell……

One of the hardest things for me to do is to walk away from a school community that I have been a part of for the last 15 years. Collingwood College has been a pivotal part of my life for such a long time, that the thought of not being there is one that fills me with sadness and wonder. Sadness, at knowing that I will no longer be a part of this daily routine that has become an integral part of my life, both professionally and personally. Wonder, at how I can possibly leave this place that has been the central focus of my life over so long a period of time. And yet, the time has finally arrived when I am doing just that. The time has come for me to leave the school and begin the next chapter of my life. Before I retire I want to take the opportunity to express my feelings to this school community and share some thoughts with a community that I have loved and been proud to be a part of over such a long period of time.


For the past fifteen years I have started my day with an outline and plan of what my undertakings will be at school and I have always ended that day with a reflection of what has been achieved or what needs to be continued the following day. The role of the Principal is certainly a demanding one, as there are so many areas that need to be focused on and many decisions that need to be made on a daily basis. With the support of my conscientious Assistant Principals, dedicated Leadership, committed teaching and Education Support (ES) staff, efficient office personnel, hardworking maintenance people, diligent School Councillors and devoted parents, I have never felt alone or a solitary entity  in the role of a Principal. It is so important to be able to share decisions, hear different viewpoints and above all to be able to be as discerning, thoughtful and equitable as you can possibly be.


Every decision I have ever made, small or large, will have impacted the school in some particular way, so as a Principal, it has always been with the positive intention that every decision will hopefully be the right one and beneficial to the school. At the core of these decisions there has always been the hope and ultimate intention of serving our students well. We must never forget that a school is there for the purpose and responsibility of educating these young, growing minds and preparing them for the brightest and most rewarding futures that we can. Our core purpose and intention is not just the acquisition of knowledge, but also to provide them with a safe, nurturing environment and help our students attain the relevant skills to become happy, rounded, resilient and worthwhile members of the community when they finally leave the ‘nest’.   As educators we feel privileged to be a part of our students’ educational journey and an enormous amount of responsibility in guiding them in the right direction.

I have had the good fortune of being in education for the last 40 years, 12 of those in the capacity of Principal and a further three years as the Assistant Principal. In particular the new Sports Stadium, the Science Wing on the third floor, The English Language Centre, the Reggio-Emilia Inspired Classrooms, the School Library, the Art Precinct and the Kitchen Garden Learning Spaces. I am also very proud to have been able to position the school to secure the $80 million dollar grant for the new school at the Gasworks site, which celebrates over ten years of consistent effort which is a great recognition for both Collingwood College and Fitzroy High School’s close collaboration over the years.


It has been a privilege to be a part of Collingwood College in this role as I have always loved the school and tried my best to serve it well. I cannot express how much I have enjoyed working in this environment. There is, and always has been, something special about the people I have worked with, no matter what role they have been in within this school environment. I have constantly been surrounded with love, dedication and positivity, day in and day out. Whenever students called out a greeting, it always humbled me that they would feel comfortable enough to call out and warmly express themselves in this way. I have always felt that this is the Collingwood way and how lucky I was to be a part of this.


And now after many years of hopefully serving my community well, I will take my leave and finally spend a bit more time with my young family as I embark on a new path in life. I look back over some of the projects that have been an integral part of my time at the school and am happy that there have been so many plans completed and areas improved over the years. It is now time for someone else to step in and continue to steer this wonderful school for the next few years. Collingwood College will always be a part of my life. A valuable and integral part of my life.

I want to thank everyone for the love, loyalty and support that they have always shown me as Principal of this great school. Know that my mantra has always been and always will be

“Good Old Collingwood Forever!” I will never forget Collingwood College. I love this school and have always been proud to be a part of the journey of this iconic school and its wonderful community.

Dale Perichon

Retiring Collingwood College Principal


Principal's Report



Dear Collingwood College Community,


We are now well into the 2020 year.  I have been wandering the corridors this week and can honestly say it is a fantastic feeling to see both staff and students so settled.  In many ways I am looking forward to a great year ahead of us.

Last week we welcomed new Prep families to Collingwood College as we celebrated their first day of school. It was with great excitement that Prep students transitioned into their classrooms to learn with new friends, get to know teachers and spend time in our wonderful yard with peers. Parents were welcomed with a morning tea in the canteen. A huge thank you to our parent volunteers who were involved in setting up and providing for the occasion.  It made our new families feel so very welcome.

As you are aware all families of Collingwood College are invited to attend our 2020 Welcome Picnic this Friday.  We will be setting up a BBQ under the mezzanine and asking families to mingle after school.  We are hoping to utilise our back oval and area between the gym and mezzanine.  Should the weather turn nasty (it’s a possibility!), we will continue under the space under the mezzanine.  Either way the BBQ will be running!

This week we have also had some special media attention in relation to the Stephanie Alexander Foundation.   Collingwood College hosted their media launch in our kitchen and garden.  Quite an event with Stephanie herself and Curtis Stone attending for the day.  Keep an eye out at your local supermarket for a glimpse of CC in the background!

I mentioned in my welcome message earlier in the year that I would like to run a forum for parents about future projects and works around the school. 

We are doing this to acknowledge the role parents play in creating community benefits such as information flow, school morale and culture, and student happiness.

Along with the Building, Environment and Sustainability Committee, I'd like to have an open conversation about how we best use the resources we have, including those within our parent community, to create an environment that puts our students needs first.  

We have some school works proposed for the coming year that are not of an operational nature, meaning that parents/students/community can and should play a huge role in the process.  

If you are a parent who would like to collaborate with myself along with other parents and the School Council, and would like the opportunity to attend this open forum, please register at . 

The first forum will be held on Thursday, 27th February at 4pm and we'd love to see you there. 
Finally, The communications committee has started the process to redesign/evaluate our website.  We are seeking your feedback.  If you have a few mins it would be great to voice your opinion via the following link.  Please see



Kind regards,

Sam Luck

Acting Collingwood College Principal



Primary School News

Primary School News

Today marks 2 weeks back for all Year 1-6 students. Admittedly I have seen some tired little people in the Prep corridor this week. I’m sure all students are looking forward to a restful weekend. Congrats to all of our students on what seems to be across the board, the most settled start to the school year I have experienced.

Teachers worked tirelessly at the beginning of last week and actually most through the holiday period to ensure that the start of the year went smoothly.

Thank you to all of those teachers and support staff who put in hours of work getting the place looking orderly and ready for students. I’d like to thank the Steiner families who came in to support their class teachers in cleaning and preparing the move to new classrooms. This is a big job for Steiner classes as they move to their new abode each year. Thank you!


I’d like to formally welcome back Sormeh into the role of Learning Specialist in the Early Years P-2 area. It’s fantastic to have her back. Sormeh is currently working on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Sormeh will be working to support the teaching and learning in the P-2 classrooms. You will see a lot of her in and around those classrooms. Please don’t hesitate to contact her about any curriculum, student welfare and classroom related questions.

Campbell will continue as Learning Specialist and his focus will be on the Upper Primary school in classes 3-6. Over the course of this term Campbell will be relocating to an office space on the second floor so that he can be accessible to the cohorts of students and teachers that he will be supporting. Campbell is the Upper Primary Learning Specialist Monday through to Thursday. He is continuing his dedicated role as Junior School AP on Friday.

In 2019 Campbell and I worked on creating positive changes around the school wide values and behaviour management framework. Teachers, students and leadership worked together to formulate expectations around positive behaviour management practice.

This brought about some changes in the way certain classrooms would be structured for 2020. In particular we have seen a change in the 3/4 Reggio classrooms. The classroom is no longer an open plan room but rather two separate classrooms with one teacher in each with the option to utilise the space for open plan learning from time to time. This has had such a positive effect on the teaching and learning. In 1 week I have had such enthusiastic responses from students. I have also had great feedback from parents around how settled they feel the cohort is this year.

Our specialist programs have started this week with students attending a Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Eurythmy, Craft and Kitchen/Garden. Chinese will begin in a few weeks. The Kitchen Garden Program has undergone a refresh with the appointment of our gardener extraordinaire Tully. I’d like to welcome Tully to the program. He will be here during Ben’s absence for Semester 1 this year.

Tully will be working closely with Desley. The formula for the KGP in 2020 looks like this:

  • Years 5 and 6 will work in the kitchen and garden for 2 periods in BLUE week.
  • Year 3 and 4 will work in the kitchen and the garden for 2 periods in GOLD week.


The canteen will be open to students at recess and lunchtime. During the shared lunchtime slot for both Primary and Secondary students, the canteen has formulated two lines for service for a sense of ease, particularly for primary students. The school and canteen staff have advised that students in Prep to Year 4 should only be ordering via lunch order from the canteen in the morning. A basket will be filled and sent to classrooms in P-4 at the beginning of eating time in the classrooms.


The sports facilities around the school are being utilised to their optimum. Both Primary and Secondary students are taking full advantage of new surfaces and spaces. It’s fabulous to see children being active during their breaks and the sense of community between the students is very evident.




Such a wonderful start to 2020! There is a great sense of positivity in the school. I’m looking forward to a busy term ahead. I am looking forward to seeing you all at the Welcome Picnic on Friday, February 14th from 3pm onwards.


Margaret Doucas

Acting Primary Principal






Secondary School News

Secondary School News

Welcome to 2019 in the secondary campus at Collingwood College.

Welcome to our new staff members, Peter Rathjen, Steiner Maths and Science and our new Laboratory Technician, Vasilios Theodoropoulos.

A particular welcome to all our new Year 7 students and the many new students within all the other year levels.

At this stage the beginning of the year has run fairly smoothly with just a few hiccups with Compass and therefore some timetables. However these minor issues will be resolved in the next week or so and I am excited to see that all our students are engaged and already working well in their new subjects for 2020.

The change to our timetable for a 4 session day has been received very positively by staff and most students. Of course there will be some adjustments to be made and staff are aware of the changes in demands for students.

We have moved to this system because of the wealth of research that indicates many positive benefits to learning and relationships.

We look forward to more feedback on this as the year progresses but already students are saying that they achieve more and are finding the reduction in disruptions across the school day to be of more benefit to their learning.

There are a number of important events already planned for Term 1, 2020 so please keep an eye on the calendars and the announcements in this newsletter and Compass. The Year 7 camp is coming up and the Year 10 Steiner Farm camp is in preparation. Already the Year 8 Steiner camps are underway and are being enjoyed by all involved.


Please remember to contact your child’s advisor or Homegroup teacher if you have any concerns about your child and their learning and/or wellbeing.

There are also Year Level Co-ordinators and Learning Community leaders you can contact if you are unable to reach the homegroup teacher or advisor.

The Learning Community leaders are:

Middle School: Liria Stratus

Senior School: Jennifer Campbell


The year level co-ordinators are:

Year 7: Liria Stratus

Year 8: Lisa Bianchi

Year 9: Stephanie Moussi

Year 10/11/12: Melanie Singleton


Our new VET co-ordinator is Robert Redfern and our VCAL leader is Rachel Wood. The Careers advisor this year is Sam Horstman


I look forward to catching up with many more members of our community in the next few weeks


Judith Clelland

Secondary School Principal




A Warm Welcome Back to the Middle School.             

I would really like to warmly welcome all the incoming Year 7 students who have started with us this year and to the returning students of last year, welcome back to your new year level. We have had a lovely start to the year, with students all happily settling in and hopefully enjoying their new learning. Although holidays are much loved and students (and staff) might be a little wistful when they end, returning students have been quite happy to catch up with friends and acquaintances they didn’t catch up with during the holiday period.

Students have their timetables, have met most of their teachers and even though this is a short term, they have immersed themselves completely into the school routine…. quickly and effectively. This is a school that prides itself on the strength of the relationships and personal connection that is forged between students and teachers. We have a calm and comfortable environment and try to encourage all students to apply themselves to their schoolwork as well as they can and to also live harmoniously with each other.

Our students love this school and we as teachers try to enhance their learning by providing an engaging curriculum and encouraging our students to strive to do their best. This is a very short term, a busy one and definitely one that will hopefully be fun, enjoyable and successful in student application and completion.


I hope that 2020 is a great year for all our new and returning students, and term one is an exciting and positive start to the year.


Liria Stratus

Middle School Learning Community Leader.


Wider School News

Wider School News




Dear Collingwood College community,

As we come to the end of the year, we would appreciate it if families with students with medicines stored at school please:

  • Check that the medicine/s will be in date for the start of 2020. If not, we request new medicines bought to school on the first day back of 2020. Please keep a list of the expiry date of the medicine for your own records and their timely replacement.  
  • Please check your child's medical plans are also current for their medical needs. If you are updating plans with your medical practitioner, please also ensure a colour signed copy is handed into our office staff to update your child's files asap.
  • Utilise our Compass portal to alert all your child's teachers with any medical issues or relevant information that may occur over the Christmas break.
  • Please sign and send back any Individual Risk Assessments for processing in the office.

Thank-you in anticipation of your support

Sam Luck

Acting School Principal




From the School Council President


Welcome to the 2020 school year here at Collingwood College.  


School Council Elections

You will have seen the call for nominations for three parent representatives to School Council, which are due on Tuesday, 18th February by 4:00PM. DET employees (staff) are also represented on Council and the Principal is the Executive Officer. Members are usually elected for a two year term, so not all spots come up at the same time.  As well as Council itself, the various sub-committees do not require formal nomination or election and you are also warmly invited to consider joining one of these. The committees are: Buildings and Environmental Sustainability (BES); Finance; Communications; Community & Fundraising; Education Policy (EdPol) and there is also a Canteen working group. If you are interested, please let the office know and the sub-committee convenor will get back to you regarding the schedule for meetings.


School Agenda for 2020

With a wide array of projects and improvements now complete, including the Stadium and Theatre refurbishments, and major timetabling changes, there are plenty of big ticket items on the School’s agenda for the year ahead. If you are interested in getting a sense of the forward agenda and possibly interested in taking part, note the invitation in this newsletter from Sam Luck to register and attend a community forum on 27 February at 4pm here at school.  School Council is keen to ensure that families know about big priorities in advance and are able to feed into decisions as they are made.


Principal Selection

You may have heard that Dale Perichon, our long-serving College Principal retired over the summer. Sam Luck will continue as acting Principal until at least the end of term one.  The process for appointing a permanent Principal is now underway. In line with government requirements, the interview panel will include representatives from the department, School Council and staff. It is intended that a permanent appointment will be made by Easter.  You will understand that confidentiality is required to ensure merit-based recruitment of the best person for the role. All School Council members will be required to sign confidentiality agreements during the selection process, so please be aware that we won’t be able give you much information until the process is complete.


Looking forward to seeing you at school during the year.

Cath Smith

School Council President







Tuning in to Teens is a six-session group program that teaches parents how to help their children develop emotional intelligence. This key skill can help them better cope with emotions, better engage in learning, have fewer mental health difficulties, and have more stable and satisfying relationships not only as children, but also as adults.
When: 6-8pm on Wednesdays in Term 1, 2020. • February 19, 26; March 4, 11, 18, 25. All six sessions must be attended.
Where: Collingwood College Corner Cromwell Street and McCutcheon Way, Collingwood.
Bookings and more information: Bookings are essential as the program is limited to 10 people. To reserve your place, please visit and enter the password tint.

  Tuning In To Teens Flyer - 2020-T1 Collingwood College




Dear Collingwood Community,


Below are the San Francisco Youth Eurythmy Troupe's presentation times for Steiner Classes:

Classes 2 - 6   Thursday, 20 February - 10-11am (To be seated 15 min before the performance)

Classes7 - 10  Thursday, 20 February12-1pm (To be seated 15 min before the performance)

As Collingwood is hosting this presentation, this is a free entry for the Collingwood children. 


A public performance will be held on Wednesday, 19th February from 7:00-8:30pm

Warm regards

Rie Rossy

Eurythmist (




Across all the classes within the Primary School, teachers and students are involved in a Values Project. Each class is starting the year by building a positive classroom community. This includes looking at our Collingwood College school values, building class routines and guidelines as well as developing learning opportunities that strengthen a strong sense of belonging for students in each class and across the school communities. 

Below are some photos from Year 3-4A.

Katie McLachlan

3-6 Learning Community Leader

Classroom Teacher Reggio 3/4 class




Please click on the attachment below to see a recently updated list of Stringed instruments for sale. If you have an instrument for sale please email Naomi at:




Collingwood College is online! Feel free to follow us on: 

Instagram and like us on our Facebook page to keep up to date with everything that our school has to offer our students and the community.





Language Centre

This year we welcome 20 new students to our international student cohort and school community. Already, these students have settled in well and are positively embracing the opportunities of studying in a different country.  International students can face many challenges, especially in this initial transition period, such as homesickness, language barriers and adapting to new ways of life. Our international students and their families are actively provided with assistance by an International Students’ Support Team, and all students undertake a comprehensive Orientation Program as part of the enrolment process.  This support is ongoing and parents/guardians and homestay families are encouraged to make contact immediately should they have any questions or concerns. 

In addition to a number of international students starting classes across primary and secondary, a new class of students has started the Intensive English Language Program in our on-campus English Language Centre. All students are doing well and have even survived a recent vegemite-challenge class activity!

Our International school captain and vice-captain were elected this week by the international student cohort and it is with great excitement that I welcome Cassandra Shen Mei Leong (captain) and Davidin Ath (vice-captain) to these roles.

Nominations for Year 7-10 leadership positions for the Well-being Committee also took place with the following successful appointments:

Year 7: Zhetao Zhang (Cen) and Jiayue Wu (Emily)

Year 8: Yen Co and Thanh Tra

Year 9: Zhixuan Liao (Shirley) and Taffah Rainthong (Rocky)

Year 10: Phuc Tran (Kevin) and  Vu Khanh Linh Nguyen (Linda)


The International Students’ Support Team would like to congratulate all of our international students for making an excellent start to their learning at Collingwood College.


Upcoming Events:

Gumbuya World – Year 7-10 well-being excursion – Friday 28 February

International Students Information Night for all families/homestay families – Wednesday 11 March @ 3.15


Lori Michael
Learning Specialist - EAL


Collingwood College

International Students’ Team

Lori Michael – EAL Learning Specialist

Lucy Wang - International Students’ Coordinator

Angie Pantelidis – International Students’ Support & Well-being







Tuning in to Teens is a six-session group program that teaches parents how to help their children develop emotional intelligence. This key skill can help them better cope with emotions, better engage in learning, have fewer mental health difficulties, and have more stable and satisfying relationships not only as children, but also as adults.
When: 6-8pm on Wednesdays in Term 1, 2020. • February 19, 26; March 4, 11, 18, 25. All six sessions must be attended.
Where: Collingwood College Corner Cromwell Street and McCutcheon Way, Collingwood.
Bookings and more information: Bookings are essential as the program is limited to 10 people. To reserve your place, please visit and enter the password tint.

  Tuning In To Teens Flyer - 2020-T1 Collingwood College




Not sure what this is? Here is some information from the governments e-safety site





On Monday lunch times, students in Years 5 to 12 are welcome to join Collingwood College's Pride Club. The group discuss and share current events and activities relevant to young LGBTIQ+ people. The group plan for IDAHOBIT day each year and have plans to paint a mural for the school in 2019! All students are welcome. 



The Community Asthma Program provides free asthma education and support for children (under 18) with asthma and their families. In Melbourne’s inner North and Western suburbs

An asthma educator works with children and their families to:

  • understand asthma, its signs and severity
  • identify triggers and learn how to control them
  • understand their medications and administer them correctly
  • develop a written asthma action plan
  • learn asthma first aid

The program is tailored to the individual child and family The Community Asthma educators are able to see children and parents/ carers at one of the many Cohealth sites or at home. The CAP educators are also able to visit schools, kindergartens and child care centres to educate staff to support the child.

To refer, fill out the attached referral or please contacts:

9448 6825 or





Australian Multicultural Foundation (AMF) product called CyberParent which is an interactive learning tool that aims to teach parents and families about how to use the internet safely. The app was launched in 17 different languages and AMF has received overwhelmingly positive responses from the community. Since then, AMF has developed a downloadable version of CyberParent, which has just been released on the Apple App Store.


CyberParent is available in 17 different languages, which can be found in different language packs on the App Store. This includes: 

Central Asia: 
- Dari | دری
- Farsi | فارسی 
- Pashto | افغانی
- Urdu | اُردُو


CyberParent is available to download from the App Store today! Click below to download now:




As Australia’s largest national education-oriented charity, we support disadvantaged Australian children to participate fully in their education, giving them the best chance at breaking the cycle of disadvantage. Our learning support and mentoring programs help children in need to fit in at school, keep up with their peers, and build aspirations for a better future for them. The smith Family can provide financial support for families and children in need to assist them through school and education.

To get in touch with the Smith Family go to:

Or call them on; 1300 326 459


Headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation providing early intervention mental health services to 12-25 year olds, along with assistance in promoting young peoples’ wellbeing. This covers four core areas: mental health, physical health, work and study support and alcohol and other drug services.  

Information and services for young people, their families and friends as well as health professionals can be accessed through this website; , headspace centres, online counselling service eheadspace, and postvention suicide support program headspace School Support. 

Ph: 1800 650 890.


Since 1877, Berry Street has chosen to work with children, young people and families, with the most challenging and complex needs, including those for whom we are often the last resort. Last year, we helped over 18,000 of the most disadvantaged children, young people and families across our community.

We believe all children should have a good childhood, growing up feeling safe, nurtured and with hope for the future.

Services include; Family services (ChildFirst), Education and training, Family violence, Foster and Kinship care, residential care and youth services.

To contact Berry Street go to their website or call them on; 9429 9266


3 million Australians are living with depression or anxiety

Beyondblue provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live.

Beyondblue has a 24hour helpline 1300 22 4636 and their website is



The Centre for Multicultural Youth is a Victorian not-for-profit organisation supporting young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds to build better lives in Australia.

Their purpose is to ensure that young people have every opportunity to succeed in Australia. Through a combination of specialist support services, training and consultancy, knowledge sharing and advocacy, we are working to remove the barriers young people face as they make Australia their home


Kitchen Garden News

Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program

Welcome to 2020 Collingwood students and families.



A HUGE Thank- you to our fabulous students pictured, who were excellent ambassadors today for our Kitchen Garden program, as they confidently displayed their skills and knowledge to a huge amount of guests: Stephanie Alexander, Curtis Stone, visiting media outlets, invited children and their parents.

Well done and thank you for your efforts,

Desley Insall

Kitchen Garden Teacher




Garden News


Our kitchen. Garden - Students have started the school year exploring, documenting their plant knowledge on a birds eye view map of our garden. A lot has changed in the kitchen garden since early December 2019! Each class worked in small groups, completing tasks: seed saving, weeding, pruning, raking and harvesting late summer seasonal food from our beautiful garden





About the Kitchen Garden Program


Collingwood College students participate in our Kitchen Garden Program as part of their school curriculum in Grades 3-6. Garden classroom occur outside in all weather conditions, with students learning, exploring and practising the skills and knowledge to grow a diverse range of vegetables, fruit and herbs using organic growing methods. Students then harvest our seasonal produce for cooking a range of (95% vegetarian) delicious dishes in their kitchen classroom. The student’s learn and practise kitchen skills, techniques and terminology and also importantly, their communication skills, creativity and teamwork while dishes are being prepared.


Students, staff and volunteers sit at beautifully set tables sharing the dishes created. Voicing opinions respectfully, as all students can benefit from sharing their individual learning efforts. Knowledge is documented in Kitchen garden books and shared to our school community via email, E/news, display boards and importantly by our students.


For our students, an integral part of the enjoyment and richness of the classroom experience is the depth and loyalty of volunteering we have for our school program. These exceptional people of all ages, interests, backgrounds and skills ensure our curriculum goals are supported for our students.  Potential volunteers do not need garden or cooking experience! Attributes we seek are a personal interest to support our K.G program philosophy, assisting students in their learning around food diversity, seasonality, sustainability, garden and cooking skills. The K.G learning importantly supports and explores student’s emotional connection and enjoyment in regards to growing and cooking seasonal food. Good humour and the excitement of learning new skills and knowledge in a shared environment, the ability to commit to a day/time are also attributes we seek in our volunteers.


We welcome applications from persons in our school community, or friends/family who wish to apply to be a Kitchen garden volunteer. Please send an email to me at


Please look at our school website (K.G page), if you are new to our school community for more information. Classes run in Monday-Wednesday. 

For those who may want to support our students and teachers in another way-we are always thank-full for people to garden outside class times or on other days. Please feel free to email me with any questions. Tours for potential volunteers will usually occur after school hours with arrangement.



With thanks,


Desley Insall

Kitchen Garden Specialist Teacher & Volunteer Coordinator



Volunteer Information Kit


Permission Forms, Media & Allergy for Volunteers


Community News


1. Do you grow food in the City of Yarra? We're on the hunt for great gardens to host guided tours - we'd love to hear about your balcony oasis, urban orchard or rambling veggie patch.

Get in touch at



2. Do you live in the City of Yarra and have a passion for composting? If you have a garden or courtyard and want to upscale your composting and meet your neighbours, 3000acres and the City of Yarra will provide the training and equipment you need, free. Contact for details


Are you a parent who is concerned about the rapid progression of climate breakdown? Are you motivated to help communicate and bring the issue to the core of school life? Want to improve local networks and action? 


We’d love to hear from you and work together. 

Get in touch with Lauren 0422133655 or Michelle ‭0402 247 158‬






Hi folks,

There's a FREE family show on at the BIG BANG STUDIOS in Northcote. We are previewing a show called "ATTACK OF THE PLASTIC TIME MONSTERS," created by Paul Bourke and Cam Venn performed by Dave Houston & Richie Hallal.


Friday, 21 February 

7pm for a 7:30pm start. BYO drinks, nibbles and kids. 

Big Bang Studios

Unit 1, 177 Beavers Road, Northcote. 


Two best friends have been sent back through time to save the world from total annihilation. The dreaded plastic time monsters are hot on their trail. Can they deliver a message to the people of earth that will change the course of history and save their oceans? 


Best wishes,
Dave Houston
Full-On Theatre 
70 Regent St, Preston 3072

0411 710 081





Click HERE to read what's on in FEBRUARY.





Join the mailing list for the Yarra Youth Arts E-News for young people and parents. You can subscribe through the City of Yarra website at the bottom of the page: 




Collingwood College
Instruments for sale - Updated 10 Dec.pdf
Instruments for sale - UPDATED 4th Feb 2020.pdf
CAP self and family referral.pdf
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