Payne Road hours are 8:50am to 2:50pm (first bell at 8:40am). The schools all seem to have different lunchtimes, assemblies, etc so I'm not sure if shorter school hours necessarily translates to less classroom time.
Other school hours are: 8:25 to 2:45, 8:50 to 3:00, 8:35 to 3:00, 8:45 to 3:00 (2 of those are state schools and 2 are private).
I would say average school hours for a state school are 8:45 to 3:00.
Hope that helps!
Just wrapping this up as we have finally made our decision! In case it helps people who are looking around later, when I visited the schools I took along a list of questions and asked the principals about a heap of things. They were all really great about spending time with me answering my questions, so I have included some ideas here in case it is of use to anyone else. I found looking through the annual reports and learning audits for state schools was also useful.
Thanks so much to everyone for your advice and for contributing to the conversation!
Questions: School hours, music, number of classes in each year, extension and remedial work, behaviour management, community and events, sports, Naplan approach, catering for individual needs, gender balance, class size, excursions and camps, LOTE, arts program, parent communication, tuckshop, use of technology.
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