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  • The Cottage School


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    The Cottage School

    Founding year: 1975
    Website: Visit Website
    Number of students: 0
    Genders Accepted: Mixed (Co-education)
    Leadership: Annette Wilson (Principal)
    Number of staff: 0

    The Cottage School is a community based co-educational primary school, providing education from Kindergarten through to Grade six. This small school of 80 students is situated at Bellerive on Hobart's eastern shore. It provides a holistic education in a nurturing environment. The school's philosophy is to provide a broad range of learning experiences catering to the whole child: intellectually, socially, emotionally, aesthetically, and physically.
    The Cottage School began in 1975. Sally Sorell had successfully run a kindergarten in her home in Petchey Street, Bellerive. A group of parents decided that it would be good to extend the family-based school for more than just the kindergarten year. Fathers felt that they were excluded from taking part in their children's education, so an Innovation Grant was applied to enable school sessions to be run during evenings and weekends.
    In 1978 a further grant was given to the school to help integrate children with special needs. Yabbo Thompson was the Coordinator and joined the school to work from Sally's home and the cottage at 4 Queen Street.
    The Cottage School was established to respond to a recognized need in the community for a school that focused on educating the individual child in a nurturing environment. The caring environment supports children's curiosity and desire to learn. The learning is meaningful, and children acquire the necessary skills to become competent and confident learners. Children are supported emotionally and, through guidance, develop good social skills. All areas of the Arts provide avenues for self-expression. Regular excursions provide experiences that expand children's horizons. Participation in games, camps, and outdoor pursuits provide challenges and develop independence.
    This underlying philosophy of education has helped shape several principles and values that help guide the Committee, the staff, and the school community in running the school.

    Address: The Cottage School, 4-10 Queen St Bellerive, Tasmania, TAS 7018, Australia

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