I teach in SA and I'm trying to imagine what schools you're talking about! As a teacher at a state school, one of the biggest frustrations for me is this concept of reputation. People who are unhappy with a school tend to speak the loudest. Have you paid the school a visit? I would try this first. Do the kids there seem happy? Are the classes settled? Then I'd ask lots of questions - what social programs do they do? What facilities do they have?what is their computer lab like? Tell me about the teachers? What is the homework/behaviour management policy? Etc. etc. And please do not put too much stock on NAPLAN results/data alone.
If you visit and the junior primary teachers seem experienced and good, perhaps you could enrol them and put them on the waiting list for the private school as well? At least this way you can feel a little comfortable about the early years. That is a good early years ratio, by the way, and I would not consider that an unmanageably big class.
My sons are in prep this year in a school that structures grades the same way. It works really well and I have to say a huge benefit is that if one teacher is away, a CRT comes in but the other teacher basically is able to keep the day as normal and smooth as possible. It's magnificent.
well even that school is capped and will not accept enrollments. up to a 2 year waiting time.
i have contacted the department of education and we may get a taxi pass to go to the next closest school with enrollments open which is a 40 minute trip from where we will be living. It looks like i may have to quit work and homeschool. :/
I would drive the 40 mins to school. I went to a school that far from home simply because that was the one my parents wanted me to go to. Even though there were plenty close to home.
Maybe it's a Brisbane thing, but I think a lot of people here drive that sort of distance to go to school.
oh sorry I must have misread? I read it as 40mins to school, so a 1hr 20min round trip? I wouldn't drive 2.5 hours, that would be crazy.
Maxwell's Silver Hammer (09-09-2014)
i have spent about 15+ hrs so far on the phone to all the schools.
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