History

August 2007

Lachman family moves from Italy to Australia to enrol daughter Francesca into the former RVIB (school for the blind).

October 2008

Announcement of closure of the RVIB.

Oct. – Dec. 2008

Parents attempt to fight closure; 15,000 signatures on petition, press/TV media exposure. No withdrawal of closure.

October 2008

First meeting with Martin Dixon and Wendy Lovell (State Coalition – Shadow Education Ministers).

November 2008

Hon. Greg Hunt MP first briefed on the need – lends his considerable ongoing support.

November 30, 2008

Lachman family commits to founding a school for the blind and vision impaired, and a Centre of Excellence that will promote and deliver education services and other programs across Victoria.

December 2008

A small group of parents commits to the foundation of what will become known as Insight Education Centre for the Blind and Vision Impaired. Almost all the core foundation parents continue to be involved today.

December 2008

Alan Lachman engages with professionals to support the establishment process. Major ongoing pro bono legal support offered by Arnold Bloch Leibler allows Insight to develop, overcome obstacles and grow soundly.

Jan. – June 2009

Alan and Maria Franca Lachman representation to Vic State Govt., all Federal Vic. Senators, Federal MHR MPs on both sides of the house. Representation to all organisations in the blind / vision impaired sector.

March 2009

Insight Education Centre for the Blind and Vision Impaired is founded.

June 2009

Meeting with Brumby Govt.: Education Minister Maxine Morand. No outcome.

June 2009 – January 2010

First attempt at physical site and VRQA registration. Site construction stops and registration fails. Essential lessons learnt.

February – May 2010

Insight reduces to one, with Alan Lachman as founder, Director and GM-Business. Insight changes and adopts business principles: organisation, governance, sound financial, policy and political supports, experienced leadership team.

May 2010

Key strategic meeting on political / funding support for Insight.

May 2010

The Insight Strategic Model finalised. Engagement with independent, catholic and government school systems and support for Model from Australian, US and UK sector organisations.

June 2010 – ongoing

Insight engages successfully with Trusts, Foundations and donors to support the creation and first 5+ years of Insight.

July 2010

Senator Mitch Fifield lends his substantial public support.

November 2010

Alan Lachman begins process of engaging with Monash and Melbourne universities.

November 2010

Andrea Bocelli publically supports Insight and produces a video.

November 2010

Victorian Coalition commits to supporting Insight in election pledge.

December 2010

Incoming State Coalition Govt. (Educ. Minister Martin Dixon) commits to supporting the foundation of Insight with a $2.14m grant.

December 2010

Maurice Gleeson OAM, President of Blind Sports Victoria, joins Insight Board.

March 1, 2011

Insight gets temporary offices at Collingwood.

April –July 2011

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Insight and Monash Univ. agree on hosting of Insight building complex at Monash Univ. Berwick Campus, and enter discussions on a range of projects, research, placements, etc.

June 2011

Kay Berry-Smith, Australia’s foremost educator of the blind and vision impaired (Principal of SASVI), agrees to become Principal of Insight Specialist Primary School, and to drive the Centre of Excellence programs. Starts in Berwick in January 2012.

August 2011

Insight applies to VRQA for registration of Specialist Primary School to start in January 2012.

September 2011

Insight on Tour begins: ongoing wide-ranging community awareness program. First mainstream enrolments for the Hugh Williamson Foundation Life Management Program in 2012.

December 2011

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Insight achieves agreement with DEECD for Insight to be hosted at Nossal High School on the Monash University Berwick site for 2012.

January 2012

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Insight moves from Collingwood to Nossal.

VRQA rejects registration application. A few key tasks yet to be done.

Feb. – June 2012

Insight leadership team works to prepare Insight for VRQA registration.

March 2012

Hugh Williamson Foundation Life Management Program begins at Nossal with the Insight Support Skills Program bringing mainstream enrolled students to Insight 3 days a week all year.

April 2012

Andrew Neal, Principal of Bacchus Marsh Grammar, joins Insight Board as Chairman.

June 2012

Application submitted to VRQA for registration of Insight Specialist Primary School.

July 23, 2012

Monash University and Insight sign a long-term lease agreement for Insight to build on the Monash Univ. Berwick Campus.

September 2012

Richard Gill OAM becomes Insight’s first Patron.

September 28, 2012

VRQA approves registration of Insight Specialist Primary School for start of year 2013.

October 2012

Insight Specialist Primary School (Stage 1) building construction project starts at Monash Univ. Berwick Campus.

November 2012

Beaconhills College agrees to host the Insight Specialist Primary School for Term 1, 2013.

December 4, 2012

Launch of Insight at the site of the Insight Specialist Primary School: Guest of Honour, The Hon. Martin Dixon MP, Minister of Education (Vic).

February 4, 2013

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Insight Specialist Primary School opens, hosted by Beaconhills College.

February 18, 2013

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Earthworks begin for Insight Specialist Primary School (Stage 1) at Monash Univ. Berwick Campus.

August 14, 2013

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Delivery of Insight-designed purpose-built Mobile Classroom (MC1), an Australian first.

August 2013

Insight extends Specialist Primary School stay at Beaconhills for all of 2013 and pauses school construction.

September 4, 2013

Federal Liberal Party pre-election pledge of $1.5m to Insight.

October 12, 2013

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Turi Trust Gala Ball.

October 2013

The Insight Board welcomes two distinguished new members:

Prof. Leon Piterman AM, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Berwick and Peninsula), Monash University, and

Dr Harry Unger, Ophthalmologist & Chief Executive Officer, Eyescan.

November 13, 2013

Insight Founder (Alan Lachman) visits Parliament House, Canberra.

December 13, 2013

Insight Specialist Primary School moves out of Beaconhills.

December 2013

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Federal Coalition honours its $1.5m pledge to Insight, and Specialist Primary School Stage 1 construction recommences.

January 2014

VRQA approves registration of Insight Specialist Primary School for start of year 2014.

January 2014

Foundation Principal Kay Berry-Smith retires and joins the Insight Board.

Maree Matthews is new Principal.

February 3, 2014

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Insight Specialist Primary School re-starts for 2014, hosted by Monash University, Berwick Campus.

April 4, 2014

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Insight takes possession of its first building: the Insight Specialist Primary School and moves in.

July 2014

The first of Insight’s unique Mobile Classrooms (MC1) begins classes at mainstream schools with blind and vision impaired students of all ages.

September 19, 2014

Insight SPS Official Opening by Monash University Chancellor Dr Alan Finkel supported by 130 guests, including Ms Judith Graley MP, Minister for Education the Hon. Martin Dixon MP, Senator the Hon. Mitch Fifield, The Hon. Greg Hunt MP, Mr Jason

November 2014

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Australian Labor Party (VIC.) commits to supporting Insight in election pledge for $2.4M.

December 2014

James Merlino, Victorian Minister for Education and Deputy Leader, confirms pledge of $2.4M for Insight’s Centre of Excellence building and to support operations.

January 2015

Insight welcomes the new Principal, Timothy Hemphill who comes with a wealth of experience both professionally and personally in both mainstream government education and special needs education.

January 2015… onwards

Start of the 2015 year. Please follow the development and the stories from this great year for Insight’s children in the next pages of this website.