Koonwarra Village School (KVS) opened in 2012. The school is an independent primary school offering enrolment for children in Foundation to Grade 6.
Founded from a shared vision of Fiona McKenzie, Sarah Maclean and Hadassah Wanstall, KVS aims to provide a human-scale, democratic school life that inspires a life-long love of learning for students and staff alike.
Our philosophy and guiding principles inform how we go about our teaching and learning:
KVS receives government funding, like other Australian independent schools, in addition to tuition fees from parents. The maximum number of students to be enrolled at KVS is sixty-five.
We have five classroom teachers;
Dinah Brownfield coordinates our Social and Emotional Learning program, teaches Handwriting and Art in the Sun Room, and holds a range of other support roles across the school. Scott Egan and Belinda Gray also work in support roles across the school. Fiona McKenzie is the School Coordinator and is responsible for administration activities and facilities and is assisted by Philippa Lloyd, Jacqui Haysom, Belinda Gray, Shannon Letcher and Sarah Forrest.
Our teachers are known as Mentors as it reflects the role they perform and the approach we have to teaching and learning at KVS. Relationships are integral to the learning journey and students have the opportunity to work with a number of Mentors during the week as this allows the children to connect with a range of adults in different ways and form a wide variety of relationships. The Triskel students have also been able to select a Personal Mentor; a mentor who the students feel comfortable communicating with about any aspect of their school life. The Personal Mentor is the Mentor that predominantly helps the student manage their learning strategies, sets goals to develop their executive skills and supports them in any social ‘bumps’.
The KVS Board is guided by a Board Governance Charter and informed by the KVS Constitution. The Board’s main function is to provide guidance for the successful operation of the school via the Schools’ Strategic Plan, budgets and policies.
Our current Board members are: Fiona McKenzie (founding member and board secretary); Alyson Skinner (chair), George Dimitropoulos, Rebecca Cooke, Rachel Carruthers & Jamie Sutherland. The Board currently meets eight times each year.