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What are your thoughts on...

Mon Jul 15, 2013 3:03 pm

The idea of 'the more you pay, the better the education'.

I just saw a FB rant about someone who is sick of feeling like she needs to explain or defend her choices in regards to the school she has chosen.

So what are your thoughts, why did you choose the school you did and have you had any negative comments about your choice?

For us, we live in a village and have a fab school here. My nephews both went straight into the seal program in high school when they left and we're really happy with the school. For us to have them go elsewhere would be crazy interms of logistics, so we never even considered another school.
When it come time for high school though, we will be choosing between 2 towns and about 6 schools! I've got NFI how we will decide...

Oh and FWIW, I think the attitude about the more you pay blah blah, is rubbish. It's the principal / teachers/ parents and kids that make a school great or terrible IMO, not how exy your fees are.
 
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What are your thoughts on...

Mon Jul 15, 2013 3:05 pm

R is at public school and when we bought our block of land, we made sure it was in the zone for the school. It has an excellent reputation.

High school may be a different story but we will see what it is like when she is a little older.
 
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Mon Jul 15, 2013 3:46 pm

. We only have one school to choose from without sending them away for boarding.

High school will be different for us though as there is currently only 7 kids in grades 8-10 so subject choices are very poor. We are planning on moving again before ds is in high school.
 
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Mon Jul 15, 2013 5:23 pm

We've got two choices of school, state and catholic. This town has its fair share of riff raff, mostly drug related. So we'll pay to send our kids to the private school. It might not be better, but its unlikely the people I don't want my family around will send their kids to the private school.

I've been to a school assembly at the state school and it was appalling.

I think if you're talking about an expensive private school in the city, I've heard drug use, body image issues and bullying can be rife. I'd be wary of paying exorbitant fees to send my kids to some Perth schools.
 
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Mon Jul 15, 2013 8:52 pm

I think the answer is yes and no. As a general, I would say it is a combination of good leadership, motivated teachers, a supportive community and good financial resources (and management of those resources) that make a good school.

But there comes some types of specialist learning, where I do think the private school system is better equipped to provide the best education. I visited one of the most expensive schools in Melbourne and was completely blown away by their music technology lab. The amount of equipment in there - synthesizers, a recording studio, it is astounding and I struggle to think how a public school could equip itself like that. So - if my child was really into music in this way, then yes - I do think in this circumstance - some schools are better resourced than others and most of these schools do tend to be private schools. That said, good financial resources is only one aspect of schooling, right?

We have made a choice to send A to a local primary school where it ticks all the boxes for us in terms of a strong link to community, a focus on sustainable living, etc. I was really impressed by the principal in the 2-3 times I have met her. Friends who send their kids to the school have nothing bu praise for the principal and I can already see why. And really - to be honest - it is really no one else's business re what schools we choose to send our children to. I have never really paid much attention, to be honest about where other people choose to send their kids, not enough to want to judge them on their choices anyway!
 
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Mon Jul 15, 2013 9:01 pm

I should add - I am with Zoo. My thoughts on the whole schooling thing is from the perspective of secondary schooling.
 
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What are your thoughts on...

Mon Jul 15, 2013 10:46 pm

I also think private v public only comes into play with high school. P goes to our local public school whereas my niece who lives next door goes to a private primary school.
We are very lucky where we are as we are in the catchment for Brisbane State High which is a very highly regarded school so the boys will be going there, my niece will be going to a Private High School. I think if we weren't in the catchment for State High we would consider Private.
 
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Tue Jul 16, 2013 1:19 pm

DS will be going public for primary, we'll see when it comes to secondary. "the more you pay, the better the school" is rubbish IMO.
 
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Tue Jul 16, 2013 1:21 pm

I just replied in the other thread about my reasonings!! Can't copy as I'm on my phone but its there if anyone wants to look!!!
 
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Tue Jul 16, 2013 3:02 pm

Ali goes to a government run special school. There is absolutely no way he would get the specialised attention if at a mainstream school. If he was at a private, he would probably be given more opportunities than mainstream but in the end it would be out of our pocket.
Everywhere its different, there are some awesome public schools and I was lucky to got to 2 lovely country primary schools myself. My first local school had only 12 students in the whole school, we had amazing opportunities and learn't heaps, I then had to go to a bigger school (45 students) and same thing, had great teachers and opportunities.
i have seen some absolutely amazing private junior schools, of course you pay an arm and leg for it.
Ali will probably attend the secondary school to his special school, xavier meanwhile :shrug:


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