Our Place

Our Place is a fully integrated education model which brings together high quality early learning, effective schooling, wrap around health and wellbeing services, adult education training and employment and engagement and enrichment activities for children and families to meet the needs and help fulfil the aspirations of community.

What’s possible when your school is a community hub?

The model was initiated by the Colman Foundation who initially made a 10 year, $5M commitment to Doveton College, VIC and worked with other philanthropy and service providers, to develop an integrated, place-based, family-focused community hub as a core part of the school.

The Our Place model places the local school at the heart of the community and brings together the best quality resources and opportunities so that these children, adults and families have what they need to thrive. While children are engaged in learning their parents can take up opportunities that lead to jobs and for the community.

Doveton College’s success had led to the Our Place model being rolled out in an additional 10 communities across Victoria in partnership with the Victorian Department of Education and Training.

Partnership, Achievements and Resources

 Dusseldorp Forum has partnered with Our Place since 2016 and in 2018 committed t0 a further 10 year partnership for the replication of elements of the Our Place Model in Robinvale, VIC.

  • $100,000 per year for 3 years committed to a partnership between Our Place and Wollongong University Early Start Research Institute to develop a suite of tools to support educators and researchers to assess and support children’s early childhood development and learning

  • $1million committed over 10 years for the replication of elements of the Our Place Model in Robinvale, VIC

Over the past five years the model has shown that:

  • More children are starting school healthy and ready to succeed at school
  • Engagement in learning and academic performance is growing year on year
  • A higher proportion of students performed at or above the national minimum standard on NAPLAN Reading and Numeracy assessments
  • More children and families are participating in engagement and enrichment activities and broader community than ever before
  • More parents are participating, volunteering and supporting their children’s learning, from significant volunteering contributions across the school to involvement in playgroups and family support opportunities

The Colman Foundation has signed a landmark agreement with the Department of Education to establish 10 Our Place sites across Victoria.

In addition to Doveton College, Our Place is now working with the following school communities: Bridgewood Primary School, Carlton Primary School, Robinvale College, Seymour College, Morwell Central Primary School, Northern Bay P-8 in Corio-Norlane and the Frankston North Education Precinct.

The Minister for Education announced the partnership at Morwell Central Primary School on 1 March 2018. Six new Our Place sites have been announced since the partnership agreement was signed, with Our Place now working with the following sites: Bridgewood, Carlton, Doveton, Frankston North, Morwell, Seymour and Robinvale.

Other Doveton families have seen someone from their own community step up and better themselves.And I did better myself, with the support of Doveton College, and in doing so my children’s lives are better.

Lexi, Doveton, VIC