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.

Our Staff

We have seven classroom teachers;


  • Sarah Maclean is our Principal and works across the school in a range of Village Curriculum areas.


  • Kelly Hunter works in the Sun Room with children in Foundation-Grade 1 as well as across Literacy for our Grade 2s.


  • Lizzie Price works with our Foundation children


  • Angus Henderson is a specialist teacher, working across the school for Kitchen Garden and Literacy for our older students


  • John Clark is a specialist teacher focused across the whole school on Passion Projects.


  • Scott Egan is a specialist teacher, working with the Triskel students in Humanities, Specialist Maths and Science.


Shannon Letcher, Jacqui Haysom, Lisa Piercy, Lauren Macri and Hafis Matthews work in support roles across the school. Sarah Maclean is also responsible for administration activities and facilities and is assisted by Jenelle Coote, Philippa Lloyd, and Donna Clark.


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.  

Our Board

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), Rebecca Cooke, Rachel Carruthers & Jamie Sutherland. The Board currently meets eight times each year.


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