How Doveton College began

In 2009 the philanthropic organisation The Colman Foundation committed to becoming directly involved in the education of children in an area with a high migrant and refugee population. It approached the Victorian government.

At that time, the government was implementing a state wide reform program to revitalise schooling in disadvantaged areas of Victoria. As part of the regeneration program, 5 schools were closed and one school Doveton College was created. It was to become more than a stand alone school through the vision and financial backing of the Colman Foundation.

Why our College is a pioneer

The state government, the Colman Foundation and the federal government agreed to establish a unique partnership to plan, build and operate the new facility, Doveton College. It is the first government school partnership of its kind in Australia.

The Colman Foundation donated $1.8 million to the construction of the school and Early Learning Centre, on top of the state and federal governments’ $36 million contribution.

The Foundation also pledged a 10 year annual funding support for programs and community facilities at the College.

More than a school

The College has an Early Learning Centre and Prep-Year 9 school at its centre, with wrap-around health, family and children’s services on site.  It is Australia’s first fully integrated education service, offering child and family services.

Advantages of an integrated service model

  • Creates strong links between early years services and school

  • Better collaboration and co-ordination between service agencies

  • Families have quicker, more efficient access to services

  • Clearer referral pathways for families and service agencies

  • Enables on-going intensive support for vulnerable families

  • Early intervention improves child and family health

  • Builds neighbourhood capacity through volunteerism, community hub structure and programs

  • Increased adult presence at the College encourages parental involvement in school