Independence Matters blog

Welcome to ISA’s blog Independence Matters, providing accurate information, news and views with a national focus on school funding and other education issues relating to Independent schools.

Re-engaging at-risk students with hope, pride and a sense of purpose

Port School near Fremantle WA, is an Independent school engaging at-risk students in years 8 -12 who have not been able to achieve success in mainstream school settings for a variety of reasons and circumstances.

From modest beginnings and near closure, to a thriving community focused school

Belgrave Heights Christian School is a K- 12 co-educational school in the Dandenong Ranges near Melbourne. Set in bush surroundings, it was founded 1983 by two local mothers looking for a school alternative. Despite some setbacks along the way, today it is a thriving school of 740 students.

Australia’s third Shia Independent school thriving from day one

Playford College in Adelaide is a new Islamic Independent school that opened in February 2017. It has a focus on Shia Muslim Australians but is welcoming to all.

Supporting the education and development of children and young people with primary language disorder

Glenleighden School in Brisbane is a specialist Independent school supporting children and young people with disability for whom language is their primary disorder. It is the only school of its kind in Australia.

Providing quality education to remote NT communities

Indigenous Independent school Nyangatjatjara College in the NT is one of Australia’s most remote schools. Principal Chris Harvey discusses the transition of its Docker River School from government to Independent school.

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