Independent schools are non-government schools. They are set up and governed independently. Some Independent schools are affiliated with a particular values-based system or religious group. Not Tambellini! We are a private, non-denominational school, run and administered by an Executive Parent Committee and our Principal. The school is an incorporated association.
All parents/guardians are encouraged to become members of the association. Members of the association elect the school committee at the annual general meetingAGA.G.M.). The school committee legally holds the responsibility for administering the school; however, all members of the association (the parent body) are valued participants in the school's running. Tambellini Independent School is a member of The Association of Independent SchoolsAIA.I.S.WSN.S.WThAISSA.I.S.n umbrella association from which the school takes industrial, legal, and managerial advice.
The philosophy of the school is for children to be happy in the learning environment. Crucial to this is that each child is regarded as an individual. A low student to staff ratio and limited class numbers provides the opportunity for focus on the individual. Children are encouraged to develop at their own pace and realize their full potential in a non-competitive atmosphere. In this way, it is possible to extend gifted children and reduce pressure on the less able. Tambellini is modeled in a small country school where children of different ages interact and learn within two classroom groups. The two groups are Years K-2 and Years 3-6.
Tambellini was established at the end of 1978 by lecturers from the former Goulburn Teachers College, local families, and friends. Tambellini occupied our current Fenwick Crescent site in 1979 that had been recently vacated by The Crescent School. Tambellini then purchased the property. Since then, the school committee has self-funded and successfully applied for available grants, which have allowed for many improvements and additions to the school's resources. Before 1979, the Tambelin land was occupied by The Crescent School, before it relocated to Fitzroy St, Goulburn. Tambellini is not affiliated with The Crescent School (NSWSW SN.S.W.e School), which provides for students' learning needs from K-12 with intellectual/physical disabilities, behavior difficulties, and Autism.