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    DS not at a selective high school (yet) but this year he changed from a "main****** private" where he was far and above the smartest kid to a specialised g&t primary school.

    It was a rude shock for him to start with lol He is still in the top groups...but not the top student. After about a week we had a chat about it and he was a bit concerned but with some gentle reassurance that I didn't care about best in the class but that he was doing his best...he settled.

    Anyway, now in Term 4 and he is loving it. Great group of friends, no more bullying, great confidence, less arrogance and he is doing fantastically and will be on track for selection for high school in a few years. having genuine peers around him, has been amazing.

    Also, as a parent..it has been awesome. No more catty comments and nastiness about him, not 1 call to the office all year (it was weekly at the old school) and a huge stress reduction. He has gone from a child so anxious that I had to remove him from school for 6 months to a child that LOVES school and looks forward to going each and every day.

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    Op, if your child is geeky and quiet and makes it in send him for sure. It's geeky heaven so many geeky quiet boys to hang out playing computer games... I'm married to one lol. And no bullying for being different!!!! And we are all still the same group of geeky boys and girls from high school hanging out together 12 years later

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daptoamy View Post
    Op, if your child is geeky and quiet and makes it in send him for sure. It's geeky heaven .... no bullying for being different!!!!
    Absolutely, 100% agree. There's much more incentive to open up and talk when people understand you.

    OP, when does he sit the test? Or if he's already done it, when do you find out the results?

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    I did and I hated it. I was alway top of the class academically and was then thrust into a world where children aged 12 had been studying for a couple of years to get into the school I had breezed into. The competition was ridiculous. The pressure was ridiculous. In year 7 we were told that it was expected that we do up to 3 hours of independent study per night, plus homework. It was a nightmare so I did what I generally do in situations I don't like and bucked as hard as I could against it. It was just not a good fit for me. I had plenty of friends and did put effort in to things I liked but barely even bothered with the rest. I see now that I should have begged to change schools. I would have done much better elsewhere, I think. I found the academic pressure stifling. It put me off going to Uni, I felt so discouraged there from the get go. It was great to have clever peers that I could relate to but that is probably the only positive in my experience.

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    We don't have selective high schools here but I studied Maths B and Maths C (Maths 2U and Maths 4U/Maths Extension 1 and Maths Extension 2 or whatever you call it in southern states. Basically the hard maths!!) in year 11/12.

    I went from breezing through maths in junior high school and getting A's with barely any effort to struggling in Maths C and getting my first C ever in Term 1.

    Once I worked out that I actually had to put the work in, I was back on A by the beginning of year 12 and finished 2nd in the class.

    To be honest it prepared me for university, where there are some crazy smart people that the majority of people are never even going to come close to academically. I think you just need to make it a positive thing, not a negative thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daptoamy View Post
    Op, if your child is geeky and quiet and makes it in send him for sure. It's geeky heaven so many geeky quiet boys to hang out playing computer games... I'm married to one lol. And no bullying for being different!!!! And we are all still the same group of geeky boys and girls from high school hanging out together 12 years later
    Sounds wonderful!
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    Absolutely, 100% agree. There's much more incentive to open up and talk when people understand you.

    OP, when does he sit the test? Or if he's already done it, when do you find out the results?
    He doesn't sit the test til March, for year 7 in 2015. Registration to sit the test opened today.

    Quote Originally Posted by Atropos View Post
    I did and I hated it. I was alway top of the class academically and was then thrust into a world where children aged 12 had been studying for a couple of years to get into the school I had breezed into. The competition was ridiculous. The pressure was ridiculous. In year 7 we were told that it was expected that we do up to 3 hours of independent study per night, plus homework.
    See this is one of my concerns. My boy is very bright naturally, but doesn't push himself AT ALL. Many of the kids that sit this test have been studying their whole lives (seriously) to get in, not just to this school, but to other selective schools in the surrounding areas. It's all the same test though. He is bright and is top of the class, his NAPLAN results were fantastic, but he isn't in the OC class (didn't want to apply ) so besides all the out of school tutoring that goes on, he isn't even in the OC where they start getting all that full on work.
    So I just worry that it will all be a rude shock for him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CMF View Post
    So I just worry that it will all be a rude shock for him.
    Could be the best thing for him?

    there was a couple of people in my maths classes who were much much much smarter than I was, but just didn't apply themselves and thought they could slack off.

    guess who got the better grades?

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    I was naturally bright and didn't need to study or try very hard in the early years. But it is something they need to come to terms with sooner rather than later. I don't recall the workload being a shock (and I get the impression ALL high schools are the same with homework anyway). All he can do is sit the test then wait and see. Either way you've done a fantastic job

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    Has he done any of the ICAS testing? The optional competitions?

    Have you mentioned the application to him...has he been to the open days?

    IMO they have to want it...if they don't...it could end in disaster.

    If he didn't want the extra work of the OC, I would sit down and talk to him about why.

    Maybe look into seeing an Educational Pysch and see what they recommend.

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    I loved my smart school! Luckily for me I was still top of the class still without a lot of effort but I definitely fitted in more. There were no cliques so to speak as everyone respected one another and everyone got along.

    My school was also very independent, you were never pushed, you were never reminded of home work dates, you were given it once and if you forgot or just didn't do it, then it was your problem. We sat mock exams before our real exams and if we failed then you weren't put into the real exam. And there were a select few (only 3 people) who were advised to leave and go back to normal school because they didn't push themselves.

    Best school I ever went too!

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