Infobox Aust school private
name = Preshil. The Margaret Lyttle Memorial School

motto = "Courage"
established = 1931cite web|url =|title = Preshil The Margaret Lyttle Memorial School|accessdate = 2007-10-09|year = 2007|work = Victoria|publisher = School Choice]
type = Independent, Co-educational, Alternative, Day school
denomination = Non-denominational
slogan =
key_people = Ms. Vivien Millane (Principal)
Margaret J. R. Lyttle (Founder)
fees = AU$7,248–15,160 p.acite web |url=|title=Preshil|accessdate=2008-03-16|year=2008 |work=Directory |publisher=Melbourne's Child]
city = Kew
state = Victoria
country = Australia flagicon|Australia
enrolment = ~350 (P–12)
num_employ = ~52cite web|url =|title = Annual Report to Parents|accessdate = 2007-10-09|last = Millane|first = Vivien |year = 2007|format = PDF|work = About|publisher = Preshil School]
revenue =
colours = Green and Gold color box|#008000color box|#FFD700
homepage = []

Preshil, or The Margaret Lyttle Memorial School, is an independent, co-educational, non-denominational, alternative day school, located in Kew, an eastern suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Founded in the early 1930s by Margaret J. R. Lyttle, Preshil is based upon alternative education principles similar to Summerhill School in England, although, unlike Summerhill, classes are now compulsory and held at fixed times. Preshil states that it "aims to fit itself to the needs of the child rather than forcing the child to fit into the needs of the school". At Preshil, students work at their level of cognitive and emotional development. Preshil caters for students from Pre-School to Year 12 (Victorian Certificate of Education).

Notable alumni

*Polly Borland, photographer. []
*Clare Bowditch, musician, winner of Best Female Artist award at 2006 ARIAS. []
*Dylan Brady, architect.
*Lauren Burns, Olympic Taekwondo Gold Medallist, 2000.Fact|date=February 2007
*Dougal Davis, physicist.
*Zahava Elenberg, architect.Fact|date=February 2007
*Anton Gerner, furniture designer. []
*Sean Greenway and Matthew Whittle, musicians, members of the band GOD.
*Alexander Knox, sculptor. [ National Sculpture Award 2006]
*John Potter, Scientology author.Fact|date=February 2007
*Susan Richardson, Professor of Labour Economics and Director of the National Institute of Labour Studies at Flinders University; commissioner, Essential Services Commission of South Australia; author (also attended St Catherine's School, Toorak).cite encyclopedia| editor = Suzannah Pearce| encyclopedia = Who's Who in Australia Live!| title = RICHARDSON (Sue) Susan| accessdate = 2007-10-09| date = 2006-11-17| year = 2007| publisher = Crown Content Pty Ltd| location = North Melbourne, Vic]
*Gina Riley, comedian.Fact|date=February 2007
*Daniel Ross, philosopher and filmmaker.
*Peter Singer, philosopher. []


ee also

*List of schools in Victoria
*List of schools in Victoria, Australia according to 2006 VCE results


*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).

External links

* [ Preshil website] .
* [,5478,17394511%255E5000114,00.html "Preshil vision is still splendid"] by Matthew Pinkney, "Herald Sun", November 29, 2005.
* [ Preshil and progressive education in Australia] ABC Radio National.

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