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Preshil Weekly – Term 2 Week 6

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Hello Preshil community,

Welcome to the first edition of Preshil Weekly. This will serve as our platform for communicating upcoming events and reflecting on the week ahead. Each week brings new experiences, offering us opportunities to celebrate and plan. We hope this platform provides a beneficial overview of our ongoing learning journey here in the life of Preshil.

From a personal standpoint, it has been an incredible experience embracing my role as Principal at Preshil this week. This has involved classroom visits, meetings with staff, ‘Markers up’, Bush School and engaging with parents. I’ve particularly enjoyed being present at Arlington for pick-up at the end of the day, immersing myself fully in our Preshil community. Thank you all for the warm welcome!

As we discussed during our recent Community Forum and Board letter to the community, we are entering a period of transition and change as a school. Understandably, uncertainty often accompanies change. It is my intention to utilise this space to provide brief updates on our progress in relation to our different priorities. While I aim to avoid overwhelming communication, I believe a general overview will be helpful during this transitional phase. To this end, I’d invite everyone to attend our follow-up Community Forum event on Tuesday evening from 5:00pm-6:00pm:  Preshil Community Forum – Strategic Plan (ONLINE ONLY) –  via

In that spirit, I’d like to comment on two developments within our change process this week:

Firstly, an update on The Pines: it is now on the market, and we will be hosting our first open inspection this Saturday. During a recent whole school assembly, our students collaborated with teachers, brainstorming proactive ideas for transitioning beloved items from The Pines to new locations around the Arlington campus. We witnessed remarkable student agency in exploring creative solutions during what is a period marked with emotional connection.

Secondly, our curriculum review commenced with the initial meeting with the Educational Committee last night. During this, we were able to frame the scope of the review with the terms of reference in the final stages of drafting. Next week, we will begin the initial consultation phases with our students, families, and staff. More details will follow once these arrangements have been confirmed.

Thank you for your continued support and participation in our school community. Together, we navigate these changes with resilience and adaptability.

Warm regards,

Aaron Mackinnon


This week was National Careers Week. To celebrate 2024 National Careers Week, please see below a bumper new Issue 3 of the Preshil Careers Hub Newsletter full of helpful information, new work experiences, competitions & challenges, microcredentials, new course information, career resources, open days and informations sessions, important need to know dates and much more! Our amazing Professional Careers Practitioner (and Electives & CAS Coordinator), Bronte Howell, does so much exceptional work for our students in the Careers space and we are very thankful to have her leading the way for Preshil.

Preshil Careers Hub Newsletter - Issue 3

Preshil was privileged to host the MYP Collaborative Connections meeting; an opportunity to share best practices, resources and engage in candid conversations with like minded colleagues in the MYP space from Woodleigh School and Collingwood College. Thanks to our own Jason Shulman for organising this valuable event.

Preshil had a successful International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT Day) to celebrate our LGBQTIA+ community with staff and students creating a rainbow wall, offering temporary tattoos, face painting, bake sale (with donations going to Minus 18) and much more! A very special thank you to our Student Wellbeing Leader, Natalie Kisilevich, for all of her hard work to make today a special day of celebration at Preshil.


Monday 20 May

  • 1:30pm-2:30pm:  Arlington – Bali Children Foundation Australia Fundraiser Bake Sale – Chi Chi and Steph from the Sunroom are running a Bake Sale to raise funds for BCF. The bake sale will run at Lunch outside the Kevin Borland Hall. Please bring your gold coins to help raise funds for this charity chosen by the children.
  • 3:20pm-4:20pm:  BK – Homework Club – Gallery Classroom (upstairs in Kalimna)
  • 4:30pm-6:00pm:  BK – DP Works in Progress Exhibition – Preshil’s Work In Progress Exhibition and Music Performances featuring the work of Yr 10, 11 and 12 Visual Arts students will be presented in the Senior Arts studio and Yr 10, 11 & 12 Music students will perform. This exhibition represents the work currently being produced and created by the students as well as work previously completed as part of the IBDP and MYP program. We welcome all friends and families of Preshil to attend. If you are unable to make it at this time the exhibition will remain hanging for the next few weeks.
Tuesday 21 May
  • 3:00pm-3:30pm:  Arlington – Wellbeing Peppercorns Visit – As part of our program of transition to secondary school, Natalie Kisilevich, Wellbeing Coordinator, will be joining the Peppercorns from 3:00pm to talk through Wellbeing at our secondary school and transition strategies, and introducing her puppy, Lola. Natalie will stay on at Pick-up to meet with families too.
  • 3:20pm-4:20pm:  BK – Homework Club – Gallery Classroom (upstairs in Kalimna)
  • 5:00pm-6:00pm:  Preshil Community Forum – Strategic Plan (All welcome) – ONLINE ONLY event via Video Link
Wednesday 22 May
  • 10:30am-11:00am:  Arlington – Whole School Meeting – Further discussion will be shared with students and staff regarding the Pines, and moving our precious Bush School to a new location.
  • 3:30pm-4:30pm:  After School Sport (Years 5 & 12) – The Cage at BK
  • 6:00pm-7:00pm:  Preshil Autumn Soiree – The Autumn Soiree brings students from both Arlington and Blackhall Kalimna into the same space to share their love of music and performance. The concert is one of the more formal performances in the calendar and students have been preparing for this performance for many months. Music from the classics of Chopin and Elgar to contemporary artists such as Billie Eilish and Amy Winehouse, this program has it all. The invitation is extended to everyone and we encourage you to come and experience the wonderful talents of our Preshil musicians.
Thursday 23 May
  • 9:45am-10:45am:  BK – Presentation: Let’s Talk Relationships with Eating & Exercise – This presentation will be facilitated by The Butterfly Foundation and is designed to help Year 9 and 10 students to understand what a healthy relationship with their bodies, eating and exercise feels like. It explores the various influences on our understanding of health and fitness, including the diet industry and harms associated with fad diets. It explores healthier, more productive ways to support health and wellbeing, including listening to our bodies and adopting behaviours that can be maintained long term. The topic is brought to life through real-life experiences shared by our trained facilitators and is aligned with and complements both our Health and Wellbeing Programs.
  • 2:00pm-3:20pm:  BK – Unpacking Judgement – The REACH Foundation is returning to continue the scope of work initiated around respectful relationships in Term 1 with the Year 8 cohort. Term 2 will address the social and emotional importance of healthy relationships within the cohort through exploring themes of judgement origin, bias and empathy building when connecting with difference amongst our peers. The REACH philosophy is to connect with young people through youth facilitators, uncover what’s holding them back, and equip them with the tools to set goals, deal with conflict and stand up for what they believe in. We are incredibly excited to welcome REACH back into Preshil.
  • 3:30pm-4:00pm:  Arlington – Bali Children Foundation Australia Fundraiser Toy Sale – Chi Chi and Steph from the Sunroom are running a toy sale to raise funds for BCF. The toy sale will run after school outside the Kevin Borland Hall. Please bring your gold coins to help raise funds for this charity chosen by the children.
  • 3:30pm-4:30pm:  After School Sport (Years 5 & 12) – The Cage at BK

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