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    Alia College

    Founding year: 1999
    Website: Visit Website
    Number of students: 65
    Genders Accepted: Mixed (Co-education)
    Leadership: Robert Morgan (Principal)
    Number of staff: 0

    Alia College is the dream child of Bob Morgan, an educator with over 40 years of teaching experience. For several years, he has also given addresses at mathematics and science teachers' conferences on teaching methods, discipline, and school atmosphere. Bob had a growing frustration with problems in the traditional schools he had always taught, and as his children came to secondary school age, he began to think about making a difference.
    He met up with like-minded educators and began gathering teachers and students around a school vision here today. The school is built around values of tolerance, creativity, self-expression, respect, and responsibility. Of course, the problem is that every school can say that, and people are so used to hearing spin that nothing can be believed until it is observed. Bob found that giving students a real voice in school matters that affected them had a remarkable effect on their stress levels and academic performance. However, he also found severe resistance to this approach among most teachers.
    Even most parents feel that allowing greater freedom of expression disadvantages the quieter and more sensitive students. However, if the cultural settings are developed carefully from the start, students naturally develop into co-operative and caring school members. Once students see that the other students are already happy, cheerful, and co-operative, they can relax their natural level of defensiveness and engage in the study with interest and much greater productivity.
    Alia College offers a varied curriculum aimed at success in Year 12. It goes beyond the requirements of the state and federal government curricula. It includes Mathematics, Science, English, Philosophy, Humanities, Health, Drama, Media, Cooking, languages such as Latin, Japanese and French, PE, Art, Music, work experience, and outdoor education. Alia also offers many opportunities for individualized study. Students can expect academic challenges (at their level) in various forms, including traditional instruction, projects, open-ended explorations, experimental learning, and direct testing.
    Our excellent results come from the quality of education here. There is no entrance examination. Students are not expected to be high achievers to enroll here. However, scholarship entry is available to exceptional students.
    Our approach strongly supports students who wish to be proactive in their education and encourages students who have been discouraged. Being a small school, we can readily accommodate students' differing learning styles and academic strengths. And because class sizes are small, students can be accommodated and listened to. Students have almost one to one tuition. We hire teachers who show love for their subjects and who can present their discipline without the support of a formal, rigid punishment system. Students can expect teachers who relate to them as real people. When teachers enjoy their subjects, enthusiasm is contagious. We believe in knowing our students well so that they can achieve their best.

    Address: Alia College, 405 Tooronga Road, Hawthorn East, Victoria, VIC 3123, Australia




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