Parents and teachers at the failed Kilmore school help 12th graders complete their International A-levels

Jane Lamb, whose daughter was in 12th grade at Colmont, said teachers have put off taking on more permanent jobs at other schools so as not to abandon their students.

“The teachers there are great people,” she said. “It’s been very stressful, but we’re just so grateful that these kids have been given the opportunity to complete their IB.” She said Ivanhoe Grammar’s support has been vital.

Funds from the GoFundMe appeal will also be used for incidental expenses like photocopying and paying tutors in subjects for which a teacher isn’t available, Lamb said.

Parents have not received a refund of fees for the remainder of the 2022 school year.

The parents were instrumental in a creditors’ vote to replace former volunteer administrators Vince and Associates with new administrators appointed by the school’s landlords. The landlords have claimed they are in contact with unidentified investors willing to provide funds to revitalize the school.


But former administrator Paul Langdon, who was originally appointed by Colmont’s former board in July, said the landlord had given families “false hopes” by failing to come up with a real proposal to save the school.

“There was no suggestion,” he said.

The school’s creditors, Cor Cordis, said last week they were “continuing to work with interested parties to see if there is a longer-term position for the company,” but gave no further details.

On Monday, a spokesman said: “The management process involves the submission of proposals, but at this stage it is too early to determine concrete results”.

“We are aware that the current school registration requirements are no longer met,” said the spokeswoman.

“Our initial priority was to ensure the students’ education was a priority. Now that they’re switched, we’re focused on beginning our investigation.”

The school, which relied heavily on international student income and leased its buildings and facilities, posted a deficit of $4.38 million last year and a loss of $620,000 in 2020.

The school’s landlords received $2.12 million a year in marketing and licensing fees between 2017 and 2020. These charges for using the Kilmore International School name were instrumental in the school’s name change to Colmont School in July.

Landlord Chien-long Tai released a statement late last week, which said, “The future of the school now lies in talks between potential funders and the administration.”

“If successful, the school could return to full operation in 2023,” Tai wrote.

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