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The Margaret Lyttle Memorial School
Kew, Victoria
Australia Australia
Coordinates 37°48′48″S 145°2′58″E / 37.81333°S 145.04944°E / -37.81333; 145.04944Coordinates: 37°48′48″S 145°2′58″E / 37.81333°S 145.04944°E / -37.81333; 145.04944
Type Independent, Co-educational, Progressive school, Day school
Motto Courage
Denomination Non-denominational
Established 1931[1]
Founder Margaret J. R. Lyttle
Principal Marilyn Smith
Staff ~52[2]
Enrolment ~350 (P–12)[1]
Colour(s) Green and Gold         

Preshil, The Margaret Lyttle Memorial School, is an independent, co-educational, non-denominational, Progressive, school located in Kew, an eastern suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. There are two campuses at Preshil, Arlington (Kindergarten and Primary Campus) and Blackhall Kalimna (Secondary Campus).

Preshil shares many similarities to the philosophies of influential educational thinkers including Rudolf Steiner, Maria Montessori, John Dewey, Friedrich Froebel and the school's founding Principal, Greta Lyttle in the early 1930s, providing progressive educational models that form the basis of its approach to learning.

Preshil is not only Australia’s oldest progressive school, but was also influential in the development of progressive pedagogy at the local, national and international levels. Seminal educationalists such as Alexander Neill, Dorothy Howard, Jean Stirrat, Oscar Oesor, June Factor, Dorothy Ross, Henry Schoenheimer and Elizabeth Hanby were influenced by Preshil, and the school's child-centred and play-based learning is today recognised in mainstream pedagogy.

Preshil offers classes for students from Kindergarten to Year 12 (Victorian Certificate of Education).

Notable alumni[edit]

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  1. ^ a b "Preshil The Margaret Lyttle Memorial School". Victoria. School Choice. 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-09. 
  2. ^ Millane, Vivien (2007). "Annual Report to Parents" (PDF). About. Preshil School. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-08-30. Retrieved 2007-10-09. 
  3. ^ [1], Featured Alumni, accessed 18 July 2010.
  4. ^ [2]


  • Burns, L. Fighting Spirit (Penguin Books, 2003). ISBN 0-670-04037-1
  • Lyttle, Dermot. Preshil Uniquely Different (Kew: Preshil, 2002).
  • White, Naomi Rosh. School Matters: The Preshil Alternative in Education (Port Melbourne: Mandarin, 1995).

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