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    Default Primary Schools North Brisbane - Advice Please!

    First time poster, so I hope I do this correctly!
    For a combination of reasons I may move my early-primary child to another school next year.
    I would love to hear any good or bad feedback about primary schools (state or private) on the north side of Brisbane. Or advice on how you chose your school - I have started calling to check availability, and have been reading annual reports and school websites.
    My two biggest criteria are: good behaviour management (quiet classroom environment, and issues are addressed effectively), and education targeted to the individual (e.g. extension work when applicable).
    I would prefer a smaller school, and would love somewhere with a great community feel, perhaps a bit alternative, and beautiful grounds would be a bonus (not all concrete).
    I'm not worried about NAPLAN results or location (we are flexible).
    Some of the schools I have been told about are: Oakleigh, Rainworth, Patricks Road, McDowall, Clayfield College, Newmarket, Queen of Apostles, Mater Dei, Prince of Peace, St Anthony's Kedron.
    Any thoughts would be great. Thanks!

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    Ok from what I know of: McDowall is a great school, approx. 950 students there so very very big for a primary and you HAVE to live in the catchment area.
    I had a look at Queen of apostles, but it gave me a cold feeling about it. I don't know why but I just didn't get a nice vibe. Patricks road I liked, but still largeish at 750 odd students, and a bit out to travel to. St Anthony's Kedron & Marter Dei are a bit hard to get into, you need to live in the catchment area AND be a regular of their parish. I ended up choosing Prince of Peace as it has about 550 students in the junior school, also has a high school that the same kids move onto about 1.5km's away, you don't need to be Lutheran for them to accept you, great reviews, very private grounds but still has lots of play area/grass. Pm me if you'd like more info.

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    oh and forgot to add, schools like Prince of Peace, Clayfield College have long waiting lists. Some kids have been on the list from 3m of age. So that's another thing to find out as well. Catholic schools you can only enrol the year before, where as an independent school you can do so after you give birth to your child so you can have many years of being on a waiting list.

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    Thanks Minchi! I will PM you to find out more :-)
    Yes, Montessori is a good idea for alternative! I have looked into Grovely a bit but did hear someone mention behaviour concerns.
    Would still love to hear from any other Brissie people with experience at any north side schools.

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    Also, good advice about the waiting lists (and catchments I guess), but since we are looking at entering a new school after prep / year 1 so far there seems to be availability. I know of someone who moved to one of the big private schools and didn't have to wait long - I guess families are always moving around and spaces open up.

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    I have a friend with her boy in prep at Everton Park State School. They are thrilled with it, especially the lovely sense of community.

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    St Joseph's in Bracken Ridge?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennybaby View Post
    St Joseph's in Bracken Ridge?
    great school personally

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    Thanks again everyone! I agree the behaviour may be different in Grovely Montessori ******, but I still wonder about playground behaviour.
    I will look into Everton Park and St Joseph's, although think ideally I would prefer further South than BR :-)
    So much reading to do!

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    best thing to do is have a tour around each school. go with your gut.

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