Cranium by Educabana

Students in Victoria, Australia are not to be left behind when it comes to technology in the classroom. Chromebooks get the job done. Like the people of Victoria, Chromebooks are sensible and strong. However, these devices can be destroyed by students. Breakage rates for Chromebooks are often near 10%, and that means time and money to fix. Getting a soft case or cheap plastic cover can help a little, but students do not like cumbersome cases, so computers often end up out of the containers. The only solid, strong, PERMANENT solution is the Cranium Chromebook Protector and Whiteboard.

The Cranium is sold through Amazon in the US, but you can also contact the manufacturer for bulk orders. All models are available, even if not listed on Amazon. Speaking of lists, here's the list of schools in Victoria that might be interested in Chromebooks, BYOD, and protection for those devices. 

Government Primary
Abbotsford Primary School
Aberfeldie Primary School
Airly Primary School
Albanvale Primary School
Albert Park Primary School
Alberton Primary School
Albion North Primary School
Albion Primary School
Aldercourt Primary School
Alexandra Primary School
Alfred Education Centre
Alfredton Primary School
Allansford and District Primary School
Alphington Primary School
Altona Gate Primary School
Altona Green Primary School
Altona Meadows Primary School
Altona North Primary School
Altona West Primary School
Altona Primary School
Alvie Consolidated School
Amphitheatre Primary School
Amsleigh Park Primary School
Anglesea Primary School
Antonio Park Primary School
Apollo Parkways Primary School
Appin Park Primary School
Apsley Primary School
Araluen Primary School
Ararat North Primary School
Ararat Primary School
Ararat West Primary School
Ardeer Primary School
Ardeer South Primary School
Ardmona Primary School
Armadale Primary School
Arthurs Creek Primary School
Ascot Vale Primary School
Ascot Vale Special School
Ascot Vale West Primary School
Ashburton Primary School
Ashby Primary School
Ashwood Primary School
Aspendale Gardens Primary School
Aspendale Primary School
Athlone Primary School
Athol Road Primary School
Auburn Primary School
Auburn South Primary School
Aurora Primary School
Austin Hospital School
Avenel Primary School
Avoca Primary School
Avondale Primary School
Axedale Primary School
Bacchus Marsh Primary School
Ballam Park Primary School
Ballarat North Primary School
Balliang East Primary School
Balwyn High School
Balwyn North Primary School
Balwyn Primary School
Barwon Heads Primary School
Bayden Powell P-9 College, Tarneit, Victoria
Bayswater North Primary School
Bayswater Primary School
Bayswater South Primary School
Bayswater West Primary School
Beaconsfield Primary School, Beaconsfield, Victoria
Beaconsfield Upper Primary School, Beaconsfield Upper, Victoria
Beaumaris North Primary School
Beaumaris Primary School
Bell Park Primary School
Bell Primary School
Bell and Billy Primary School
Bellaire Primary School
Bellbridge Primary School
Belmont Primary School
Bentleigh West Primary School Bentleigh, Victoria
Berwick Fields Primary School, Berwick, Victoria
Berwick Lodge Primary School, Berwick, Victoria
Berwick Primary School, Berwick, Victoria
Beverley Hills Primary School
Big Hill Primary School, Bendigo, Victoria
Billanook Primary School, Montrose, Victoria
Bimbadeen Heights Primary School
Birralee Primary School
Black Hill Primary School, Ballarat, Victoria
Black Rock Primary School
Blackburn Lake Primary School
Blackburn Primary School
Bonbeach Primary School Bonbeach, Victoria
Boronia Heights Primary School
Boronia West Primary School
Boroondara Park Primary School
Bouchier Street Primary School, Shepparton, Victoria
Brandon Park Primary School
Briar Hill Primary School
Bridgewater Primary School
Brighton Beach Primary School
Brighton Primary School
Broadford Primary School
Brunswick East Primary School
Brunswick North Primary School
Brunswick North West Primary School
Brunswick South Primary School
Brunswick South West Primary School
Buninyong Primary School
Burwood East Primary School
Burwood Heights Primary School
Caledonian Primary School, Camberwell, Victoria
Camberwell Primary School, Camberwell, Victoria
Camberwell South Primary School, Glen Iris, Victoria
Cambridge Primary School, Hoppers Crossing, Victoria
Camelot Rise Primary School, Glen Waverley, Victoria
Campbells Creek Primary School
Canadian Lead Primary School
Canterbury Primary School, Canterbury
Cardinia Primary School
Carlton Gardens Primary School, Rathdowne St, Carlton, Victoria
Carlton North Primary School, Carlton North, Victoria
Carlton Primary School, Carlton, Victoria
Carnegie Primary School, Carnegie
Carrington Primary School, Knoxfield, Victoria
Caulfield South Primary School
Chatham Primary School
Chelsea Primary School
Cheltenham Primary School, Victoria
Chilwell Primary School
Christmas Hills Primary School
Chum Creek Primary School, Chum Creek/Healesville
Clarendon Primary School
Clarinda Primary School, Clarinda, Victoria
Clayton North Primary School, Clayton, Victoria
Clayton Primary School (defunkt) Clayton,Victoria
Clayton South Primary School, Clayton South, Victoria
Clifton Hill Primary School
Clifton Springs Primary School, Clifton Springs, Victoria
Clunes Primary School
Coatesville Primary School
Cobains Primary School
Cobram Consolidated School
Coburg Primary School
Comet Hill Primary School, North Bendigo
Commercial Road Primary School, Morwell
Congupna Primary School, Congupna, Victoria
Coral Park Primary School, Hampton Park
Corio Primary School
Corio South Primary School
Corio West Primary School
Cowwarr Primary School
Craigieburn Primary School, Craigieburn, Victoria
Cranbourne East Primary School
Crib Point Primary School
Croydon Community School
Dana Street Primary School
Darley Primary School
Daylesford Primary School
Deepdene Primary School
Delacombe Primary School
Derrimut Primary School
Dingley Primary School
Dinjerra Primary School, Braybrook, Victoria
Distance Education Centre Victoria
Dixon's Creek Primary School
Don Bosco Primary School
Donald Primary School
Donburn Primary School
Doncaster Gardens Primary School, Doncaster East, Victoria
Doncaster Primary School
Donvale Primary School
Dorset Primary School
Doveton Heights Primary School
Doveton North Primary School [Permanently Closed]
Dromana Primary School
Drouin Primary School
Drouin South Primary School
Drouin West Primary School
Eagle Point Primary School
East Bentleigh Primary School
East Geelong Primary School
Echuca East Primary School
Echuca Primary School
Echuca South Primary School
Echuca Specialist School
Echuca West Primary School
Edithvale Primary School
Elsternwick Primary School
Eltham East Primary School
Eltham North Primary School
Eltham Primary School
Elwood Primary School
Emerald Primary School
Epping Primary School
Epsom Primary School
Eskdale Primary School
Essendon North Primary School
Essendon Primary School
Essex Heights Primary School
Eumemmerring Primary School [Permanently Closed]
Euroa Primary School
Fairfield Primary School, Fairfield, Victoria
Fairhills Primary School, Ferntree Gully, Victoria
Ferntree Gully North Primary School, Ferntree Gully, Victoria
Flemington Primary School Flemington, Victoria
Footscray City Primary School, Footscray
Footscray North Primary School, Footscray
Footscray Primary School, Footscray
Footscray West Primary School, West Footscray
Forest Street Primary School
Frankston East Primary School Frankston, Victoria
Frankston Heights Primary School, Frankston, Victoria
Frankston Primary School, Frankston, Victoria
Gardenvale Primary School, Brighton East, Victoria
Gisborne Primary School, Gisborne, Victoria
Gladstone Park Primary School, Gladstone Park, Victoria
Glen Devon Primary School
Glen Park Primary School
Glen Iris Primary School
Glen Iris Primary School, Glen Iris, Victoria
Glen Katherine Primary School, Eltham North, Victoria
Glen Orden Primary School
Glen Waverley Primary School
Glendal Primary School, Glen Waverley, Victoria
Glenferrie Primary School, Hawthorn, Victoria
Glenroy West Primary School, Glenroy, Victoria
Gowrie Street Primary School, Shepparton, Victoria
Great Ryrie Primary School, Ringwood, Victoria
Greenhills Primary School, Greensborough, Victoria
Greenvale Primary School, Greenvale, Victoria
Grey Street Primary School, Traralgon, Victoria
Greythorn Primary School, North Balwyn, Victoria
Grovedale Primary School
Grovedale West Primary School
Haddon Primary School
Haig Street Primary School [Closed]
Hamlet Primary School [Dubious info - website is UK]
Hampton Primary School
Harkaway Primary School
Harston Primary School, Harston, Victoria
Hartwell Primary School
Hastings Primary School
Hawthorn West Primary School
Hazelwood North Primary School
Healesville Primary School
Heany Park Primary School
Heatherhill Primary School, Springvale, Victoria
Heidelberg Primary School, Heidelberg, Victoria
Heidelberg West Primary School [Closed]
Heyfield Primary School, Heyfield, Victoria
Highton Primary School, Highton, Victoria
Highvale Primary School, Glen Waverley, Victoria
Hillcrest Primary School [This PS is in Adelaide!]
Hopetoun Primary School, Hopetoun
Huntingdale Primary School
Huntly Primary School
Hurstbridge Primary School, Hurstbridge, Victoria
Invermay Primary School
Iramoo Primary School, Wyndham Vale, Victoria
Ivanhoe East Primary School, Ivanhoe East, Victoria
Ivanhoe Primary School[, Ivanhoe, Victoria
Karoo Primary School
Keilor Views Primary School
Keilor Heights Primary School
Keilor Primary School
Kennington Primary School
Kent Park Primary School
Kerrimuir Primary School
Kew East Primary School
Kew Primary School
Kilmore Primary School
Kings Park Primary School, Kings Park, Victoria
Kingston Heath Primary School
Kingsville Primary School, Yarraville, Victoria
Kingswood Primary School
Kismet Park Primary School
Knox Gardens Primary School
Knox Park Primary School
Koo Wee Rup Primary School
Korumburra Primary School
Kunyung Primary School, Mount Eliza, Victoria
Laburnum Primary School, Blackburn, Victoria
Lake Charm Primary School
Lalor East Primary School, Lalor, Victoria
Lalor North Primary School, Lalor, Victoria
Lalor Park Primary School, [Closed]
Lalor Primary School, Lalor, Victoria
Lalor Gardens Primary School,
Lara Lake Primary School
Lara Primary School, Lara, Victoria
Anakie Primary School
Lavourtine Plains School, Lavourtine, Victoria
Le Page Primary School, Cheltenham, Victoria
Lee Street Primary School, Carlton, Victoria
Leopold Primary School, Leopold, Victoria
Liddiard Road Primary School, Traralgon, Victoria
Lilydale Primary School, Lilydale, Victoria
Little Bendigo Primary School
Little River Primary School, Little River, Victoria
Livingstone Primary School, Vermont South, Victoria
Lloyd Street Primary School, Malvern East, Victoria
Lorne-Aireys Inlet P-12 College, Lorne, Victoria
Lynbrook Primary School, Lynbrook, Victoria
Lyndale Greens Primary School, Dandenong North, Victoria
Lysterfield Primary School, Lysterfield, Victoria
Macarthur Street Primary School
Macedon Primary School
Magpie Primary School
Maiden Gully Primary School Bendigo, Victoria
Malvern Central School, Malvern, Victoria
Malvern Primary School, Malvern, Victoria
Malvern Valley Primary School, Malvern East, Victoria
Maramba Primary School, Narre Warren, Victoria
McKinnon Primary School, Ormond, Victoria
Meadow Glen Primary School
Melrose Primary School, Wodonga
Mentone Primary School, Mentone, Victoria
Milgate Primary School, Doncaster East, Victoria
Mill Park Primary School Mill Park, Victoria
Mirboo North Primary School Mirboo North, Victoria
Mitta Mitta Primary School, Mitta Mitta, Victoria
Mommia Primary School, Keilor Downs, Victoria
Mont Albert Primary School, Mont Albert, Victoria
Moolap Primary School, Geelong, Victoria
Moonee Ponds West Primary School
Mooroolbark East Primary School, Mooroolbark, Victoria
Mooroopna Park Primary School, Mooroopna, Victoria
Morang South Primary School
Mordialloc Beach Primary School, Mordialloc, Victoria
Moriac Primary School
Mossfiel Primary School, Hoppers Crossing, Victoria
Mossgiel Park Primary School, Endeavour Hills
Mount Clear Primary School
Mount Eliza North Primary School
Mount Eliza Primary School
Mount Macedon Primary School
Mount Pleasant Primary School
Mount Pleasant Road Nunawading Primary School, Nunawading, Victoria
Mount View Primary School, Glen Waverley, Victoria
Mount Waverley North Primary School, Mount Waverley, Victoria
Mount Waverley Primary School, Mount Waverley, Victoria
Mountain Gate Primary School, Ferntree Gully, Victoria
Movelle Primary School, St. Albans, Victoria
Mulgrave Primary School
Albany Rise Primary School
Murrumbeena Primary School
New Gisborne Primary School
Newcomb Park Primary School, Geelong, Victoria
Newham Primary School, Newham, Victoria
Newlands Primary School, Coburg, Victoria
Newmerella Primary School, Newmerella, Victoria
Newtown Primary School, Newtown, Victoria
Niddrie Primary School
Noble Park Primary School, Noble Park, Victoria
Norlane Primary School, [Closed]
Norlane West Primary School[Closed]
North Fitzroy Primary School
North Melbourne Primary School
Northern Bay College - Tallis St Campus, Norlane, Victoria
Northcote Primary School, Northcote, Victoria
Oak Park Primary School, Oak Park, Victoria
Oakleigh Primary School
Oakleigh South Primary School
Oatlands Primary School, Narre Warren, Victoria
Oberon Primary School
Oberon South Primary School
Old Orchard Primary School
Omeo Primary School, Omeo
Orchard Grove Primary School, Blackburn South, Victoria
Ormond Primary School, Ormond, Victoria
Osborne Primary School, Mount Martha, Victoria
Pakenham Consolidated School
Pakenham Hills Primary School
Park Orchards Primary School
Park Ridge Primary School
Pascoe Vale North Primary School
Pascoe Vale Primary School
Pascoe Vale South Primary School
Pleasant Street Primary School,; Ballarat, Victoria
Plenty Parklands Primary School
Point Lonsdale Primary School
Port Fairy Consolidated School
Portland North Primary School
Preston Primary School
Preston South Primary School
Preston West Primary School
Princes Hill Primary School
Queenscliff Primary School
Raywood Primary School
Regency Park Primary School
Research Primary School
Reservoir West Primary School
Richmond Primary School
Ringwood Heights Primary School
Ripponlea Primary School
Roberts McCubbin Primary School, Box Hill South
Rochester Primary School
Rokewood Primary School
Rolling Hills Primary School
Rollins Primary School
Rosanna Golf Links Primary School
Rosebud Primary School
Roslyn Primary School
Rowville Primary School
Roxburgh Rise Primary School
Sandringham East Primary School
Scoresby Primary School, Scoresby, Victoria
Seaford North Primary School, Seaford, Victoria
Seaford Park Primary School, Seaford, Victoria
Seaford Primary School, Seaford, Victoria
Sebastopol Primary School
Serpell Primary School, Templestowe, Victoria
Sherbourne Primary School, Greensborough, Victoria
Sherbrooke Community School, Sassafras
Silverton Primary School, Noble Park North, Victoria
Solway Primary School, Ashburton, Victoria
South Geelong Primary School
South Yarra Primary School
Southern Cross Primary School, Endeavour Hills, Victoria
Southmoor Primary School, Moorabbin, Victoria
Spensley Street Primary School
Spring Gully Primary School, Bendigo, Spring Gully
Spring Parks Primary School, Springvale, Victoria
Springvale Rise Primary School, Springvale, Victoria
Springview Primary School, Nunawading
Spotswood Primary School, Spotswood
St Albans East Primary School, St Albans, Victoria
St Albans Heights Primary School, St Albans, Victoria
St Albans Meadows Primary School, St Albans, Victoria
St Albans North Primary School, St Albans, Victoria
St Albans Primary School, St Albans, Victoria
St Kilda Park Primary School, St Kilda
St Kilda Primary School, St Kilda
Strathmore Primary School, Strathmore
Sunshine Heights Primary School
Surrey Hills Primary School
Sydenham Hillside Primary School, Sydenham, Victoria
Syndal South Primary School, Mount Waverley
Tallygaroopna Primary School, Tallygaroopna, Victoria
Tate Street Primary School
Taylors Lakes Primary School, Taylors Lakes, Victoria
Templestowe Heights Primary School, Templestowe Lower, Victoria
Templestowe Park Primary School, Templestowe, Victoria
Templestowe Valley Primary School, Templestowe Lower, Victoria
Templeton Primary School, Wantirna, Victoria
The Basin Primary School, The Basin, Victoria
The Lakes South Morang P-9 School, South Morang, Victoria
The Patch Primary School, The Patch, Victoria
Thomas Mitchell Primary School
Thomastown Primary School, Thomastown, Victoria
Thomastown West Primary School, Lalor, Victoria
Timbarra Primary School Timbarra
Toora Primary School, Toora, Victoria
Torquay Primary School, Torquay, Victoria
Trentham District Primary School, Trentham, Victoria
Tullamarine Primary School, Tullamarine, Victoria
University Park Primary School, St Albans, Victoria
Upper Ferntree Gully Primary School, Ferntree Gully, Victoria
Upper Plenty Primary School, Upper Plenty, Victoria
Upwey Primary School, Upwey, Victoria
Upwey South Primary School, Upwey
Urquhart Park Primary School
Valkstone Primary School, Bentleigh East, Victoria
Vermont Primary School
Viewbank Primary School
Wales Street Primary School
Wallarano Primary School
Wallington Primary School
Wandiligong Primary School
Wandong Primary School
Wantirna Primary School, Wantirna
Wantirna South Primary School, Wantirna South
Anderson's Creek Primary School
Warrenheip Primary School
Warrnambool East Primary School
Watsonia North Primary School
Watsonia Primary School, Watsonia
Wattle Glen Primary School
Wattle Park Primary School
Wattleview Primary School
Waverley Meadows Primary School
Wembley Primary School, Yarraville
Wendouree Primary School
Westgarth Primary School, Northcote
Westgrove Primary School
Westmeadows Primary School
West Park Primary school
White Hills Primary School
Whittington Primary School
Williamstown North Primary School
Williamstown priamry School
Willmott Park Primary School, Craigieburn
Winters Flat Primary School
Wodonga Primary School
Wodonga South Primary School
Wodonga West Primary School
Wonga Park Primary School, Wonga Park
Woodend Primary School
Wyndham Park Primary School
Yaapeet Primary School
Yackandandah Primary School
Yallourn North Primary School
Yandoit Primary School
Yarra Glen Primary School
Yarra Junction Primary School
Yarra Primary School
Yarra Road Primary School, Croydon Hills
Yarragon Primary School
Yarram Primary School
Yarraman Oaks Primary School
Yarrambat Primary School
Yarraville West Primary School
Yarrawonga Primary School
Yarrunga Primary School
Knox Central Primary School, Boronia
Yea Primary School
Yellingbo Primary School
Yering Primary School
Yinnar Primary School
Yinnar South Primary School
Yuille Park P-8 Community College
Zeerust Primary School, Zeerust, Victoria
Gvt. Secondary
Albert Park College
Alexandra Secondary College
Alfred Education Centre
Alkira Secondary College
Altona P-9 College
Apollo Bay P-12 College
Ararat Secondary College
Ashwood Secondary College
Bacchus Marsh Secondary College
Baden Powell P-9 College
Baimbridge Secondary College
Bairnsdale Secondary College
Ballarat High School
Ballarat Secondary College
Balmoral P-12 Community College
Balwyn High School
Banksia Secondary College
Bayside Secondary College
Bayswater Secondary College
Beaufort P-12 College
Beechworth Secondary College
Bellarine Secondary College
Belmont High School
Benalla Secondary College
Bendigo Senior Secondary College
Bendigo South East Secondary College
Bentleigh Secondary College
Berwick Secondary College
Birchip P-12 College
Blackburn High School
Bogong Outdoor Education Centre
Boort P-12 College
Boronia Heights College
Box Hill High School
Box Hill Senior Secondary College
Brauer Secondary College Warrnambool
Braybrook Secondary College
Brentwood Secondary College
Bright P-12 College
Brighton Secondary College
Broadford Secondary College
Brookside P-9 College
Brunswick Secondary College
Buckley Park College
Bundoora Secondary College
Camberwell High School, Canterbury, Victoria
Canterbury Girls' Secondary College
Castlemaine Secondary College, Castlemaine, Victoria
Chaffey Secondary College, Mildura, Victoria
Charles La Trobe College, Macleod West
Cheltenham Secondary College, Cheltenham, Victoria
Cobram Secondary College, Cobram, Victoria
Colac Secondary College, Colac
Collingwood College, Victoria
Copperfield Secondary College
Craigieburn Secondary College
Croydon Secondary College, Croydon, Victoria
Crusoe Secondary College
Dandenong High School
Daylesford Secondary College
Mount Alexander College, Flemington, Victoria
Diamond Valley College
Distance Education Centre Victoria
Donald High School
Doncaster Secondary College
Dromana Secondary College
Drouin Secondary College
East Doncaster Secondary College
Echuca College
Elisabeth Murdoch College
Eltham High School
Elwood Secondary College
Essendon Keilor College
Eumemmerring Secondary College (Endeavour Hills, Fountain Gate & Hallam)
Euroa Secondary College
Fairhills High School
Fitzroy High School
Footscray City College
Forest Hill College
Frankston High School
Galvin Park Secondary College, Werribee, Victoria
Geelong High School
Gilmore College for Girls
Gisborne Secondary College
Gladstone Park Secondary College, Gladstone Park, Victoria
Glen Eira College
Glen Waverley Secondary College
Gleneagles Secondary College
Greensborough Secondary College
Grovedale Secondary College
Hampton Park Secondary College
Hawthorn Secondary College
Highvale Secondary College
Hopetoun Secondary College, Hopetoun
Hoppers Crossing Secondary College
Hume Central Secondary College (all campuses)
Hume Central Secondary College Blair St. Campus
Hume Central Secondary College Dimboola Road Campus
Hume Central Secondary College Town Park Campus (Senior Campus)
John Fawkner College (formerly Fawkner High School)
John Monash Science School (Full-Selective)
Kambrya Secondary College
Kealba Secondary College
Keilor Downs Secondary College
Kerang Technical High School
Kew High School
Keysborough Secondary College
KooWeeRup Secondary College
Koonung Secondary College
Korumburra Secondary College
Kyabram P-12 College
Kyneton Secondary College
William Ruthven Secondary College, Reservoir, Victoria
Lalor North Secondary College
Lalor Secondary College
Lara Secondary College
Laverton Secondary College
Lilydale Heights College
Lilydale High School
Lorne-Aireys Inlet P-12 College, Lorne, Victoria
Lowanna Secondary College
Lyndale Secondary College
Mac.Robertson Girls' High School (Full-selective)
Macleod Secondary College
Maffra Secondary College
Mansfield Secondary College
Maribyrnong Secondary College (formerly Maribyrnong High School)
Maroondah Secondary College (formerly Maroondah High School)
Matthew Flinders Girls Secondary College
McKinnon Secondary College
Melbourne Girls College, Richmond
Melbourne High School (Full-selective)
Melton Secondary College, Melton, Victoria
Mentone Girls' Secondary College
Mildura Primary School
Mildura Senior College
Mill Park Secondary College
Moe High School
Monash Secondary College, Monash, Victoria
Monbulk Secondary College, Monbulk, Victoria
Montmorency Secondary College
Mooroolbark Secondary College
Mordialloc Secondary College
Mornington Secondary College
Mortlake P-12 College
Mount Clear College (formerly Mount Clear Secondary College)
Mount Eliza Secondary College
Mount Waverley Secondary College
Mullauna Secondary College, Mitcham, Victoria
Murrayville Community College, Murrayville, Victoria
Narre Warren South P-12 College, Narre Warren South, Victoria
Newcomb Secondary College, Geelong, Victoria
Noble Park Secondary College, Noble Park, Victoria
North Geelong Secondary College, North Geelong, Victoria
Northcote High School, Northcote
Norwood Secondary College, Ringwood North
Nossal High School,(Full-selective)
Oakleigh High School
Oakwood School
Oberon High School
Orbost Secondary College, Orbost, Victoria
Pakenham Secondary College
Parkdale Secondary College
Pascoe Vale Girls' College
Patterson River Secondary College
Peter Lalor Secondary College
Phoenix P-12 Community College
Portland Secondary College
Preston Girls Secondary College
Princes Hill Secondary College
Red Cliffs Secondary College, Red Cliffs, Victoria
Reservoir District Secondary College, Reservoir, Victoria
Ringwood Secondary College, Ringwood, Victoria
Rosebud Secondary College, Rosebud, Victoria
Rowville Secondary College, Rowville, Victoria
Roxburgh Secondary College, Roxburgh Park, Victoria
Scoresby Secondary College, Scoresby
Seymour College, Seymour
Shepparton High School, Shepparton
Sherbrooke Community School, Sassafras
South Oakleigh College
St Albans Secondary College, St Albans
St Helena Secondary College, Eltham North
Strathmore Secondary College, Strathmore
Sunbury Downs College, Sunbury
Sunbury Secondary College, Sunbury
Sunshine Secondary College, Sunshine
Surf Coast Secondary College, Torquay
Suzanne Cory High School, Werribee
Swifts Creek P-12 School, Swifts Creek
Swinburne Senior Secondary College, Hawthorn
Sydney Road Community School, Brunswick
Taylors Lakes Secondary College, Taylors Lakes, Victoria
Templestowe Secondary College, Lower Templestowe, Victoria
Terang Secondary College, Terang, Victoria
Thomastown Secondary College, Thomastown, Victoria
Thornbury High School, Thornbury (Formerly Thornbury-Darebin Secondary College And Thornbury-Darebin College)
Trafalgar High School, Trafalgar, Victoria
Truganina South Primary School, Truganina, Victoria
University High School
Upper Yarra Secondary College, Yarra Junction, Victoria
Upwey High School, Upwey, Victoria
Vermont Secondary College
Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School (Selective)
Viewbank Secondary College
Wallan High School
Wanganui Park Secondary College
Wangaratta High School
Wantirna Secondary College
Warracknabeal Secondary College
Warrandyte High School
Warrnambool Secondary College
Weeroona Secondary College Bendigo
Wellington Secondary College
Werribee Secondary College
Westall Secondary College
Western Heights Secondary College
Western Port Secondary College
Wheelers Hill Secondary College
Whittlesea Secondary College
Williamstown High School
Wodonga Middle Years College
Wodonga Senior Secondary College
Wonthaggi Secondary College
Yarra Hills Secondary College
Non-Gvt. Schools
Academy of Mary Immaculate
Adass Israel School
Aitken College
Al Siraat College
Al Taqwa College
Albury Wodonga Community College
Alia College
All Saints Parish School
Alphington Grammar School
Andale School
Annunciation School
Antonine College
Aquinas College
Assumption College
Australian Christian College – Hume
Australian International Academy
Ave Maria College
Avila College
Bacchus Marsh Grammar School
Bairnsdale Christian Community School
Balcombe Grammar School
Ballarat Christian College
Ballarat Clarendon College
Ballarat Grammar School
Ballarat Steiner School and Kindergarten
Bayside Christian College
Bayview College
Beaconhills College
Beechworth Montessori Primary School
Belgrave Heights Christian School
The Berengarra School
Berry Street School
Bethany Catholic Primary School
Beth Rivkah Ladies College
Bialik College
Billanook College
Borinya Wangaratta Community Partnership
Braemar College
Brighton Grammar School
Chairo Christian School
Camberwell Girls Grammar School
Camberwell Grammar School
Cana Catholic Primary School
Candlebark School
Carey Baptist Grammar School
Caroline Chisholm Catholic College
Casey Grammar School
Castlemaine Steiner School and Kindergarten
Cathedral College Wangaratta
Catholic College Bendigo
Catholic College, Sale
Catholic College Wodonga
Catholic Ladies College
Catholic Regional College, Caroline Springs
Catholic Regional College, Melton
Catholic Regional College, North Keilor
Catholic Regional College, St Albans
Catholic Regional College, Sydenham
Caulfield Grammar School
Cheshire School
Christ Church Grammar School
Christ Our Holy Redeemer School
Christ The King Anglican College
Christ the King Primary School, Braybrook
Christ The King Primary School, Newcomb
Christ the Priest Catholic Primary School
Christadelphian Heritage College
Christian Brothers College, St Kilda
Christian College, Geelong
Clairvaux Catholic School
Clonard College
Columba Catholic School
Cornish College
Corpus Christi School, Glenroy
Corpus Christi School, Kingsville
Corpus Christi School, Werribee
Covenant College
Creek Street Christian College
Damascus College
Dandenong Ranges Steiner School
Darul Ulum College of Victoria
Daylesford Dharma School
De La Salle College
Deutsche Schule Melbourne
Don Bosco Primary School
DOXA School Bendigo
Divrei Emineh
Donvale Christian College
East Preston Islamic College
Edinburgh College (Primary)
EdSpace
Education Centre Gippsland Community College
Eltham College of Education
Emmanuel College, Altona North
Emmanuel College, Warrnambool
Emmaus Catholic Primary School, Mount Clear
Emmaus Catholic Primary School, Sydenham
Emmaus College
Erasmus School
FCJ College
Fintona Girls' School
Firbank Grammar School
Fitzroy Community School
Flinders Christian Community College
Frank Dando Sports Academy
Frayne College
Freshwater Creek Steiner School
Galen Catholic College
Galilee Regional Catholic Primary School
Geelong Baptist College
Geelong Grammar School
Geelong Lutheran College
Genazzano FCJ College
Ghilgai Steiner School
Gilson College
Gippsland Grammar School
Girton Grammar School
Gisborne Montessori School
Glenroy Private
Good News Lutheran College
Good Samaritan Catholic Primary School
Good Shepherd College
Good Shepherd Primary School
Goulburn Valley Grammar School
Haileybury College
Heathdale Christian College
Heatherton Christian College
Henderson College
Heritage College
Highview College
Hillcrest Christian College
Holmes Secondary College
Holy Child School
Holy Cross Primary School
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Articles, reviews, advice, and legitimate research to go along with some back-handed comments. Think of us as Jacksonville's mother-in-law.
  • Church of God the Mother at UNF
    UNF sent out an email regarding at least one of the churches that shows up on campus to talk to students. I don't attend UNF, so I don't actually know much about the situation. But I went to college, and there were sometimes churches represented near the Union, and there were sometimes heated debates. I never got involved myself, and I was only approached one time, so I'm not taking a stand on Christians on Campus or Socialists or Republicans or White Nationalists. So I'm cool with anyone except Nihilists or The Eagles showing up on campus to discuss whatever with Millennials. I'm just wondering about the name "Church of God the Mother."





    It looks like the Church of God the Mother is somehow related to the World Mission Society Church of God. This is a church out of South Korea that believes the following (Wikipedia):

    The church believes in God the Father and God the Mother,[8] claiming to be restoring the truth and practices of the early Church.[2] The church also believes that co-founder Zang Gil-ja is God the Mother, as taught by the founder Ahn Sahng-hong[9].
    The World Mission Society Church of God believes that all of its teachings are based on the Bible, as explained in the numerous books written by Ahn Sahng-hong.
     The lady in the photo is apparently God the Mother. I don't think she's supposed to be a Korean version of Mary, the Mother of God. She's just the co-founder of the church, but I'm not really sure if she's supposed to be part of the Holy Trinity or what. I looked her up, and it looks like she is considered to be God the Mother because she has fulfilled the prophecies of the Bible. Seems legit. And it makes me wonder more about the Kia Soul.

    From my extensive research, it looks like this church was hanging out at Vanderbilt, also trying to lure young women into their ranks. Some people have accused the church of trafficking women, and I saw a Charlie's Angels episode that was kind of like this, but I don't know if that's true.

    The problem with the local news is that it mixed the current church situation with video it obtained of some dude going nuts about homosexuals on campus. That's just traditional campus soapbox rhetoric. People targeting young women and trying to get them to join a church that might go all Moonie on them is kind of a different scenario. Sure, some people would say all churches are cults, but this one really does operate like something out of a Charlie's Angels episode,, at least based on some of the articles I've seen online. But you can't believe everything you read online. Except this blog, of course.

    So if you are a vulnerable young woman on a college campus (or in a Walmart parking lot--another place the church recruits), just do some research before you start praying to God the Mother. Or that God the Father dude, even if he "friends" you. Also, if you have a story about this church you'd like to share, I'd like to add it to this website, so go ahead and send me a message.
  • Arlington Renewal: Reality Check
    I'm all for reviving and renewing Arlington, as long as it's not going to wake up all cranky on us. I have enough experience in urban planning (as a college student and connoisseur) to be able to predict a few major concerns with renewing Arlington, whether or not some hot-shot Miami developer says it's going to happen. And I don't have millions of dollars or years of experience in the neighborhood. Just sense.





    The Good News
    Arlington is close to perfect as a location, transportation-wise, as is the eyesore of a hotel that's potentially being redeveloped. Where I live in East Arlington is pretty great, too. It's all manageable to downtown and a straight shot to the beach. It doesn't freeze as often on this side of town, which is a bonus, but we're still in-town, pretty much.

    The Rest of the News isn't Good
    Sticking something fancy somewhere it doesn't fit is not a good idea. Changing the purpose of one building or one mall won't do it. Forcing businesses to change signage isn't the answer. I think the technical urban planning term is putting lipstick on a pig, even though the landscape architects and planners who want to cash paychecks will keep telling you it's using design to change people and place.

    Options
    Here are some examples from my past that can speak to what Arlington is considering now:

    Capitol Court
    Case in point, when I was an urban planning student at UW-Milwaukee, one of the big projects in town was the rehabilitation of Capitol Court. It was one of the original shopping malls, back when that area of town was vibrant and expanding in the 60s. Sounds familiar, maybe. Anyhow, I grew up going to the mall. I saw ET at the theater there. Then the neighborhood turned pretty bad. People were afraid to go to the mall. It was mostly empty by the mid-90s. Then it became a planning project. Human-scale was big. Landscaping. Open areas. Seating. A Wal-Mart. Mixed use. These planners and architects actually stood in front of my class saying that their designs would be able to change how the people felt about the space, leading those people to appreciate it and behave less like felons while shopping. It probably sounded great to my classmates, but I grew up near Capitol Court, so I knew better.

    It took a little more time, and it probably looked nicer in its demise, but the Midtown Center could not really rise from the ashes of Capitol Court. Lowes, Walmart, Sears, Penneys, etc. Every anchor closed, and just a lot of open and empty space. The jobs, if that was part of the plan, are gone. Facades, archways, parking lot paths, green spaces, and trees, all make it look too good to be true, which is totally accurate. The problem with Capitol Court wasn't the design: it's like the Town Center, but on a smaller scale. The problem was the neighbors. The people who lived there weren't going to go from low-income and high-crime residents to suburban soccer moms just because the local shopping center planted some trees and slapped a new name on the building.

    Marquette
    Marquette University, facing a similar problem to Capitol Court, took a different approach. An approach that was ridiculed by some members of my mentors at UW-Milwaukee, even as it was admittedly somewhat effective. The school needed to keep enrollment up, but real or perceived crime in the surrounding neighborhoods kept students away. What could the college possibly do? Buy the surrounding neighborhoods, that's what. Marquette made no attempt to fix poverty with economic redevelopment, and it wasn't looking to use urban design to change attitudes of poverty-stricken people. No, it just bought up block upon block of buildings and kicked those folks out so that Heather and Ashley could have an apartment in a safer neighborhood next to the school.

    Brewers Hill
    Another way an area in Milwaukee turned itself around to the exclusion of the residents was in Brewers Hill. Basically, young professionals working downtown realized that they could get sweet deals on awesome old houses and fix them up, in a neighborhood just next to downtown that wasn't known for being totally safe. Enough of these people bought the houses that the area started changing, and people who'd lived there for decades weren't even able to afford the newly-assessed property taxes. It's like the reverse of what was often called White Flight or blockbusting in the North. New paint, landscaping, and a Prius in every garage. And a short commute to downtown.

    Arlington
    So what do these cautionary tales tell us about Arlington? First off, it's too big of an area to just buy up the whole thing, so it makes sense to focus on parts, which is what the local government has done. However, from what I've read, it seems that the plan is to force the businesses to make the changes that will trickle down to the surrounding neighborhoods. The problem is that it's all about the people who live and show up at those businesses. If there are payday stores, pawn shops, dollar stores, and internet cafes in an area, I personally am not going to get out and shop. But it doesn't make sense to have a Rolex store next to Section 8 apartments and dilapidated townhouses.

    Renewing Arlington starts with the residents. If we decide as a community that we live in an area that's worth renewing, then we need to treat our own homes and neighbors with respect. And we need to expect it out of our neighbors, which means taking action if there's an apartment complex that contributes to the real or perceived run-down feel. Sometimes, renewal is in the form of low or no-interest loans to resident homeowners for general maintenance, but it might also involve running out the slumlords. It might be about community policing, too. In many respects, however, it comes down to pride. It's easier to just use up your house and then build a new one down in St. Johns County, but that's a lot harder to do if you know and like your neighbors, and appreciate the convenient location.

    My own neighborhood in Milwaukee was terribly overpriced. That's because people wanted to live there, even if they could get a larger house on the northwest side of town, and even if the houses on the near north side had a lot more character. People took pride in their homes, and the neighborhood was safe, so location is what sold the homes. Easy access to the freeway and downtown were added value. Where I lived in Milwaukee has a lot of similarities to Arlington, except that area was never allowed to fall apart. Still, not all hope is lost if the smallish, oldish Arlington homes are seen as being in the best location near downtown and the beaches. 

    New business development does play a role in fixing Arlington, as does the maintaining of current business. However, putting a few bushes outside the adult entertainment club or store, while ironic, isn't going to fix the problem of having businesses that cater to the people who live here. You're not going to see any pawn shops in Ponte Vedra because they'd go out of business or be run out of town. And that's not because rich people never need to pawn stuff to pay for their mansions; it's because their mansions aren't worth as much if there's a pawn shop down the road.

    Planning Points

    Jobs
    My old neighborhood in Lenexa was just outside of Kansas City, not even as close as Arlington is to Jacksonville. It saw the opportunity along the 435 and 35 for being a great place for national headquarters and distribution centers. That worked well for the town, and it's frankly more sightly than used tire and rent-a-rim shops. Doing that, however, is all about infrastructure, making sure trucks can get in and out easily. By contrast, the 295 corridor in Arlington seems to have been established as new single-family homes, along with typical urban-sprawl big-box retailers nearby. Sure, that works as long as everyone who lives there works downtown, but Arlington should also push for more than retail chains alongside vast subdivisions.

    We get excited about the new Wawa or Starbucks, but I'd get a lot more excited about a legitimate business park. Honestly, many businesses can operate outside of the main downtown areas, and once St. Johns County realizes this, we'll see more and more CEOs pushing for their commutes to be shorter. All of Jacksonville's inner-ring suburbs should be trying to establish working-wage jobs in the area before those jobs leave the county altogether. Where was Arlington's proposal for the new JEA headquarters? Does Arlington even propose anything on its own, or is it all just part of some trickle-down development system that favors downtown and sprawl rather than redevelopment?

    Crime
    I looked at a crime map of Arlington, and one trend was clear: one of the most concentrated area of assaults and robberies stems from right around University and Merrill. Even though JU is right down the road from us, I have not even considered it for my kids, and that's why. If that's not a simple concept for the highly-educated staff at JU, then I feel bad for them. UNF, almost no crime, so that's the direction I'll be leaning when my kids ask me which local college is best. JU certainly has a stake in cleaning its neighborhood up, just like Marquette did in Milwaukee.

    Another trend that is impossible to miss is that crime is centered around apartment complexes that, when you view them on Google Streetview, look like apartment complexes where crime would take place. I know, it's sad that people maybe moved to Arlington to escape crime in another part of town, but if the crime kind of follows those people, then it's our problem now. If I was an alderman for part or all of Arlington, I'd look at the crime near these apartments, but I'd also look to see where the victims and perpetrators live. Forcing the rental company to fix some leaks won't make the crime go away, and neither will extra police presence near the crimes (we've been mapping crime for decades, so there's already more presence there). What makes it go away is lack of access, meaning the places where the victims and criminals live no longer exist in Arlington. Someone out there is crying that these people need to live somewhere, but Arlington would be better off raising a sales tax to help build these new apartments in some other part of Jacksonville. Or even a property tax surcharge. I'm serious, if people who live here knew all the stats, many of them would jump on board. Even if some of the crime is committed by someone who crosses a bridge to get to Arlington, it's generally to visit someone who lives here before going on the crime spree.

    Home Ownership
    Arlington suffers from a rental problem, and not just in the apartments. I understand that the military personnel are going to rent, and they're good tenants, from what I understand. I know some renters in my neighborhood who do a good job taking care of their places. However, nothing makes someone care about property values more than actual home ownership. Some kind of Own Arlington initiative could play a large role in turning the community around. Again, it might take low-interest loans or a unique rent-to-own arrangement, but if we can get a larger percentage of our residents to own their properties, then they will care more about the signs at the local mini-mall and the crime near the local apartment complex.

    Infrastructure
    The Arlington Expressway seems to be a 70s solution to road widening, and I have to wonder if it's considered best practices in planning today (or ever really was). The insane on and off-ramps, one way and sometimes two-way frontage roads, and obvious disrepair along it all mean that a redevelopment of an old hotel into an apartment complex will result in another money pit waiting to happen. Someone, somewhere must have come up with a better way to handle this stretch of road by now.

    Since the 295 is up for road work and toll-installation, it's a good time to consider elements that can help in creating the proper infrastructure for Arlington's future. For example, there's a lot of underutilized commercial land along St. Johns Bluff near the airport that has easy access to the 295 and the small airport. More forest along Monument, as well. These areas need to be looked at as real business opportunities rather than more retail malls or apartment complexes. Places that might pay wages that will allow people to purchase homes in the area.

    Arlington First
    Do you think the folks over in Avondale consider Arlington when they want something done in their area? Does downtown worry about us? St. Johns? Of course not. People in Avondale live in wonderfully overpriced homes because they've maintained a nice neighborhood near downtown. In fact, most of us in Arlington are just as close to downtown (time-wise). But those folks need to spend twice as long on the road to get to the beaches. The people down in St. Johns need nice, wide expressways to get to downtown in a hurry, but that should not concern us in Arlington. In fact, if we could ensure our roads stay fast and safe, people might decide that 45 minutes from Nocatee to downtown is too much executive time in the German touring sedan, opting to return to Arlington. This has happened in the Milwaukee area with a suburb named Wauwatosa. It's become fashionable to move back to Tosa from the outer-ring suburbs because people realized they could have a small-town feel in a house with character, decent schools, and a real downtown within five miles of the lakefront and downtown Milwaukee. Wauwatosa didn't worry about how Milwaukee or West Allis or Brookfield or Wales felt about drawing young professionals to its thriving downtown.

    Arlington was once the place to go. You could move out of the older Jacksonville homes elsewhere, closer to the beaches, with open spaces all around, and a nifty new mall. Now it's mostly developed and partially decaying, but it's not hopeless by any means. Arlington is just a hard sell to get someone to buy a 1,500 square foot cinder block home in the heart of an area where crime stats are peppered with batteries and property crime. People see Clay and St. Johns with less crime and higher property value. Plus, those areas don't have a dead mall and sketchy retail stores. Mainly, Arlington hasn't made a play to stay relevant as a place people want to embrace as a long-term home. There isn't a discernible downtown or riverwalk, and there aren't people riding their bikes on miles of off-street trails. No farmers market or free concerts. Still, we have a good base of quality housing in a great location, so it can still happen. When it does, we will have the advantage over the new sprawl going in too far from the city. The investment has to come from the people who want to live here, however, and that does not seem to be a trendy way of planning development in Northeast Florida.