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TEACHING INTERNSHIPS, Phillip Island Village School, applications close 25 April 2018


Exciting opportunities are available at our sister school, Phillip Island Village School, for final year pre-service teachers passionate about democratic education. Offered for the first time, Phillip Island Village School is looking to train and mentor creative and energetic graduating teachers, with a view to a longer-term relationship with Phillip Island Village School.  There are Internships available for both Early Childhood Teachers (to teach Foundation-Level 1)  and Primary Teachers (to teach Levels 2-6). Successful applicants will be employed on a casual basis for 10-15 hours per week, during Cycles. Days and times will be flexible around study commitments.  To apply, please see the Join the Team page of Phillip Island Village School.



If there are not opportunities currently advertised or the timing isn't quite right for applying for a role, we are always keen to hear from interested educators.  If you would like to arrange a visit or have any questions, please contact Fiona McKenzie during business hours on 0409 172 812.



Koonwarra Village School hosted the Australasian Democratic Education Community (ADEC) Conference in September 2016. We have included a selection of presentations and handouts below.  KVS contract examples and Pathways can be found here and Effective Learner Posters here.  ADEC president Cecelia Bradley shared her report about the conference.   For further information about ADEC, please see their website.


Resources: Executive Skills & Mindset Presentation, Kitchen Garden Curriculum, Herd & Pack Presentation


At the end of each cycle we update our community with the activities and key areas of focus for the previous cycle.  We hope you enjoy reading about life at KVS:

What Others Are Saying

We have been fortunate to host some guests from inter-state and overseas recently and we have included what they have written about KVS or our sister school Phillip Island Village School:


ALEXIS HOLZMAN received a grant from the Plastino Scholar Program at the University of Delaware, where she is studying, to travel to Australia and spend three weeks at KVS to look at our approach to education. Alexis shared her experience on her blog.


Education explorers TOM AND BEX spent an afternoon at PIVS in April 2016 and posted their reflections on their blog.  Their blog covers their journey visiting alternative schools around Australia and overseas to help them decide the type of school they would like to start.  The blog is a rare glimpse into how ‘alternative’ can have as many differences as it does similarities.


ALYS MENDUS is a PhD student studying at the University of Hull in the UK. She visited nine alternative education settings while in Australia to conduct research for her thesis into self-actualisation through schooling. She spent the day at KVS in March 2016 and shared her observations in the following article.




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