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Alternative Primary School in Hurstbridge / Cottles Bridge

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Teachers at the Learning Co-operative in Hurstbridge, Victoria

Welcome Note

The Learning Co-operative is a small, independent, progressive primary school situated on 17 acres of beautiful bush land close to the township of Hurstbridge, Victoria. Our school has an experienced Co-ordinator, a team of trained generalist and specialist teachers as well as support staff who work closely with parents to provide a more holistic, individual education than is possible at larger schools. Our school focuses on flexible, child-centred, play based, outdoor learning to enable our children to develop the creative critical thinking skills and resilience they need for a happy, healthy future.


Community and wellbeing are key values. The Learning Co-op is unique because of the important role parents play in all aspects of running the school. The Learning Co-operative was established in 1973 and is one of the oldest progressive schools in Australia. 

TERM 3 - 2024

Tuesday 23rd July 

10am - 12pm


Playgroup 2024

Join our friendly playgroup at our beautiful bush school for fun activities.


When: Fridays 9 - 11am

Cost: $20 per term

BYO snacks or a small plate of something to share

For more information please email us at:

HundrED, Victoria Spotlight

In 2018, we were recognised by as 1 in 10 innovations in education chosen from Victoria.

We are a Child Safe School

The Learning Co-operative is committed to promoting child safety, children's wellbeing and protecting children from abuse. This is achieved by implementing the 11 child safety standards outlined in Ministerial Order 1359. The Learning Co-operative is committed to accommodating the needs of all children (including but not limited to, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, children with disabilities, and children who are vulnerable) when creating a child safe environment. All staff, parents, volunteers, visitors and contractors must comply with the Learning Co-operative child safety code of conduct, child safety and wellbeing policy and related policies and procedures, uphold the overarching principles and values set out, and take all reasonable steps to promote the safety of children. 

We are a Culturally Safe School

At the Learning Co-operative, we welcome children from a diversity of backgrounds. We are committed to providing a safe, nurturing and positive space where children from all cultures, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, and their families can comfortably express their culture, spirituality and belief systems, and feel supported by a community who respect their culture and encourage expressions of cultural identity. Racism is not tolerated at the Learning Co-operative, and we have policies and procedures to ensure racism is identified, confronted and addressed immediately.  

Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we come together to learn, and we pay our respects to their Elders both past, present and emerging. We acknowledge that this land was never ceded and that Australia’s colonial history has caused significant trauma and hurt that individuals, families and communities still feel today. We respect the deep resilience of Victorian Aboriginal communities and are committed to helping to educate our community to acknowledge and appreciate the strengths of Aboriginal culture and understand its importance to the wellbeing and safety of Aboriginal children and students.

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