Preshil - the Margaret Lyttle Memorial School

Location Kew, Victoria, Australia
Email [email protected]
Phone +613 9817 6135
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Preshil, The Margaret Lyttle Memorial School, is an independent, co-educational, secular, progressive school for students from Kindergarten through to Year 12. An exclusively IB School, Preshil is an authorised World School for the Middle Years and Diploma Programmes, and a candidate school for the Primary Years Programme. Preshil is not only Australia’s oldest progressive school, but was also influential in the development of progressive pedagogy at the local, national and international levels.
At Preshil, children take an active role in their own education, both as individuals and collaboratively. The school motto of “Courage” leads to a culture that can be thought of as “Courage to question, and seek new answers”.  Preshil shares many similarities to the philosophies of influential educational thinkers providing progressive educational models that form the basis of its approach to learning, which emphasise individuality, creativity and academic challenge.
At its heart, Preshil is about the students. Our students are respected as individuals; they are taken seriously, encouraged to be themselves, and are genuinely engaged in their own learning.
Furthering our commitment to the IB, the Assistant Principal of Preshil (Natalie Jensen) is a member of the standing committee of IB Schools Australasia and presents workshops for IB schools in the Asia Pacific region.

Primary Years Programme (PYP)

Preshil is a candidate PYP school.  The programme is instrumental in furthering Preshil’s long tradition of project based, inquiry learning. At the heart of the primary school is our emphasis on strong and trusted relationships between our teachers and students. Collaborative learning frames many of the traditions of our primary school, and the process of learning together is an essential element. The Learner Profile provides opportunities for us to critically appraise how we work and play together to create a community of learners, support one-another and actively question and inquire.

Children are encouraged and supported to be at the helm of their learning journey and are free from teacher imposed comparison or competition. Learning goals and expectations are established through conferencing, and ongoing reflective practices.

Student choice and agency are a key component of our community.  As children grow within the Programme, Transdisciplinary themes and lines of inquiry are co-created with the students, demonstration of understanding can be negotiated, and children are challenged to be creative and take risks with their learning.

Children have the opportunity to explore a broad range of subjects through our electives programme, and enjoy specialist classes in French, Music, Art and Physical Education.

Middle Years Programme (MYP)

Preshil is an authorised MYP school. The programme is instrumental in preparing Preshil students for the Diploma Programme, enabling them to grow into collaborative, creative and critical thinkers who are well able to engage with contemporary global ideas and skills. 


Preshil’s community of learners is challenged to set goals that support them to reach their own academic potential. The Learner Profile in the MYP at Preshil emphasises the development of the whole person, actively cultivating the attributes of our students as inquirers; knowledgeable thinkers and communicators who are principled, open-minded, and courageous. 


Preshil is passionate about developing our students to be balanced and reflective; global citizens with an awareness of their common humanity and the capacity to realise their own ambitions. Students at Preshil explore a broad range of subjects in the MYP including Arts (Art, Drama, Media and Music), Individuals and Societies, Language and Literature, Language Acquisition (French), Science, Mathematics, Physical Education & Health, and Design & Technology. 


Students in Year 9 begin work on the Personal Project which is presented to the school community in Year 10. This serves as a culmination of their learning journey and demonstrates the skills the students have developed over the course of the programme.

Diploma Programme (DP)

The IB Diploma Programme (DP) allows Preshil to create greater coherence between our values and our practice. Like Preshil, the IB Diploma Programme understands that for any education to be truly valuable it must address the needs of the whole person and not simply the academic entity. By cultivating self-reflection, foregrounding interconnectedness through collaborative learning and community engagement, and encouraging students to pursue their passions and interests, the Diploma Programme provides students with a meaningful educational experience, one that is responsive to their needs and will equip them with the tools to become active, contributing members of a global community. 


The Learner Profile and the Core Curriculum are positioned at the centre of the programme, reflecting the priority given to affective dispositions as well as cognitive development, and a concern with developing competent and active citizens as well as subject specialists. The core requirements of Theory of Knowledge (TOK), the Extended Essay (EE) and Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) broaden the educational experience and challenge students to apply their knowledge and understanding in real-life contexts.