What is an Independent School?
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 Tambelin! 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 meeting (AGM). 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 running of the school.
Tambelin Independent School is a member of The Association of Independent Schools (A.I.S) NSW. The A.I.S. is an umbrella association from which the school takes industrial, legal and managerial advice.
Tambelin Independent School as an incorporated association is run according to its Model Rules and the Constitution. These are available in the foyer and library. All members of the association agree to abide by these when they pay the membership fee and sign the membership form.
Tambelin was established at the end of 1978 by lecturers from the former Goulburn Teachers College, local families and friends.
Tambelin occupied our current Fenwick Crescent site in 1979, that had been recently vacated by The Crescent School. Tambelin then purchased the property. Since then, the school committee has self funded as well as successfully applying for available grants which have allowed for many improvements and additions to the schools resources.
Prior to 1979, the Tambelin land was occupied by The Crescent School, before it relocated to Fitzroy St, Goulburn. Tambelin is not affiliated with The Crescent School (a NSW State School), which provides for the learning needs of students from K-12 with intellectual/physical disabilities, behavior difficulties and Autism.
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 to realise their full potential in a non-competitive atmosphere. In this way, it is possible to extend gifted children and to reduce pressure on the less able. Tambelin is modelled on 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.
You can read more about Independent Schools on both the Association of Independent Schools of New South Wales and Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA) websites.