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Head of Primary Campus Update – Term 1 2024

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Dear Preshil Families,

I am thrilled to be writing to the whole school community in this new iteration of our newsletter. By way of introduction, I have been Head of Arlington campus since 2020, (I know, what a year to take that on!) and I love sharing my days with the staff and the children on our beautiful campus.

My family and I have a long history with Preshil. My father attended when Preshil was just a junior school, and was even looked after as a boarder during the war years as an 18 month old. My brother and I attended, going right the way through from the Kindergarten to Year 12. My children are also Preshil Alumni. So, to say that I’m dyed in the wool Preshil, might be something of an understatement.

I’m passionate about progressive, child centred, wholistic education, and about the important place that a school like Preshil has on the broader educational landscape. I get to know many families for whom joining the Preshil community has been a game changer, for their child, and the family.

I’m passionate about supporting and encouraging the best in the children who call Arlington home. Our approach can be summed up as education delivered with the three Ls, Love, Liberation and Limits. With sensible limits and boundaries, children feel not only safe but liberated to be themselves, and each child is recognised and celebrated for who they are. Unconditional positive regard for each child in our care is our shared goal.

We strive to maintain a community which actively seeks ways to support the children in our care, and we are galvanised as a team with this shared purpose. But we don’t work alone; parent involvement and communication between home and school is crucial to maintaining these supports. As I write this, we are celebrating the end of term with Doo Dah; a BBQ lunch prepared and served to the community by parent volunteers. And as if that isn’t enough, we are capping off the day with our Big Day In; a concert put on by our children, who self-select to perform, and are cheered on by peers and families alike.

Earlier in the term we had our Fireside Chats, School Camps for our Sunroomers and Peppercorns, and we all had a splashingly good time at the swimming program. It has been such a busy term, but nothing that a decent dose of chocolate (secular or Easter in flavour) can’t restore.

I want to wish you all a wonderful break, and we’ll look forward to hearing about the holiday escapades when we see you all again in Term Two.

Warm regards

Cressida Batterham-Wilson
Head of Arlington Campus

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