The school was established in 1976 by Ken Jago and Bruce Wicking, educators who recognised that not all young people were capable of success in a mainstream school environment.
Berengarra is a non-profit co-educational school that provides innovative educational programmes to meet the individual needs of adolescents with social and emotional problems. We aim to break the cycle of failure and skill students for responsible participation within the community.
Berengarra is a non-profit co-educational secondary school that meets the individual needs of students of normal intelligence but with social and emotional problems.
Berengarra’s program is based on a model that incorporates cognitive behaviour, narrative, and solution-focused therapies.
The school is a loop out of the mainstream system and students generally stay for between six months and two years.
We have considerable experience working with:
ADD and ADHD
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
school refusal and conduct disorders
anxiety and depression
other mental health issues.
The Melbourne Guild of Fine Woodworking was founded by Alastair Boell in 2007. After graduating from the world renowned North Bennet Street School, Boston (USA) Alastair felt that there was a great need in Australia for an educational facility that focuses on traditional skills.
The Guild is committed to preserving and advancing craft traditions in furniture making. We are also committed to promoting a greater awareness and appreciation of
craftsmanship. In our classes we emphasize the skillful use of hand tools and power equipment and an informed use of appropriate materials. We are passionate about what we do and want to share information, ideas and skills with all our students young and old, from beginner to advanced.