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    Quote Originally Posted by delirium View Post
    That's pretty stupid. You would essentially be trapped living in the same suburb until all your kids were at school! There are 8 years between my middle and youngest, that's a long wait.
    They give you priority but according to the department if they reach their intake they don't have to extend it to take out of boundary including siblings. They did take DD2 so in the end it wasn't a problem and I don't know of anyone whose actually had a sibling knocked back but it's the risk you run with public schools here.

    I made sure I was very active volunteering at the school so I felt I contributed and could put up a fight if it came to that.

    ETA there's also 8 years between my oldest and youngest. By the time my youngest starts school my oldest will be in high school though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AngelicHobgoblin View Post
    That's how it is at out school in WA. Maybe it's the schools choice. As long as you have 1 child in that school your others get priority even if you move out of the area.
    We got priority over new out of boundary kids but not siblings or new students already in the boundary.

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    What school is this house zoned for is usually the first question all families with kids buying a house ask me first !
    I've had many buy in specific streets just to get into a good school zone, a lot have signed leases in the school zone they want for 6 months just to get in ( They just left the houses empty for 6 months) and as pp said in NSW once your in they can't ask you to move if you do

    DS school is a 25 min drive and it's a great time for us to chat and talk , he knows a lot of local kids but most all go to different schools anyway and to be honest he prefers to hang out with his new school friends, most live not too far away so it's not a problem - at 5 he couldn't go anywhere by himself anyway and like I did when I was at school he can always get a bus or train to their place when he's older so thats not really an issue for us

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elijahs Mum View Post
    What school is this house zoned for is usually the first question all families with kids buying a house ask me first !
    I've had many buy in specific streets just to get into a good school zone, a lot have signed leases in the school zone they want for 6 months just to get in ( They just left the houses empty for 6 months) and as pp said in NSW once your in they can't ask you to move if you do

    DS school is a 25 min drive and it's a great time for us to chat and talk , he knows a lot of local kids but most all go to different schools anyway and to be honest he prefers to hang out with his new school friends, most live not too far away so it's not a problem - at 5 he couldn't go anywhere by himself anyway and like I did when I was at school he can always get a bus or train to their place when he's older so thats not really an issue for us
    Wow! So it's not really demand that is pushing up rents in Sydney

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    I just want to add that some schools will make you move if you move. Some schools also require at least 1 year proof living in the area

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    Just to clarify further on the incidental socialisation that myself and others have talked about...scheduled playdates are fine...you are willing to drive for a party or a scheduled play date....
    The incidental stuff that you miss out on (if the school zone is small), is way more than I ever imagined it to be. We moved in to zone, and the difference blew our minds...after being only 5 minutes away. When your school friends are your neighbours you see them everywhere...you head to the park and knock on some friends houses on the way and have an impromptu play date. Or half your friends are just at the local park anyway. The neighbours across the road are having a movie night, and last minute they decide to invite some extras, impromptu sleep overs that require no planning, when kids get a bit older they head out on their skateboards/bikes/scooters and before you know it there's a group of ten kids in your house waiting for your child to swap their skateboard for their bike. Playdates last all the way until dinner time because running around the corner to home means that parents don't need to cut play dates short to get home to organise dinner.It's also easier to say yes to a play date when no one has to schedule the drive in to their afternoon, and if the kids get stroppy you just send the friends home by telling them to go home.
    There's also friendships that form amongst the adults that doesn't otherwise, too...especially if you're not there for drop off and pick up.
    I never thought being out of zone would be an issue...but there was a definite dynamic shift for us, and other parents have mentioned the same. Maybe that doesn't sound appealing to have so many impromptu play dates, but it's hard when your child listens to the stories every day and might be lucky to have one scheduled play date in the week.
    ETA - I just thought of something else...sports are often close to home. I know my kids swim with two other families from our school, and us parents head off for a walk for the hour of swimming. I don't enjoy driving enough to drive in to all the various events. One of my children's friends lives 15-20 minutes away, and the mum is always trying to find things to do to fill in an hour or so before some kind of after school activity that her child is involved in close to the school because it's with some friends from school. It means being super organised for her as she has to have afternoon tea and dinner organised because there's no home time. She always says she's lucky she only has one child in that regards. She comes to our school because her local school did not suit her child...so I guess it's worth it for her. However, if the option is between two good schools it is worth considering all aspects of what being out of zone might mean for you.
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    We travel 30mins to school each way &it's not a problem for us at all. We do completely love the school though, & my local zoned school...there is no way I would send my child there. It is just not the right school for my kids. Big, loud, and chaotic. Lots of issues with bullying. My kids need calm and order, & they need to feel safe For me, travelling is 100% worth it, but I know it's not right for everyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheeeeesecake View Post
    We travel 30mins to school each way &it's not a problem for us at all. We do completely love the school though, & my local zoned school...there is no way I would send my child there. It is just not the right school for my kids. Big, loud, and chaotic. Lots of issues with bullying. My kids need calm and order, & they need to feel safe For me, travelling is 100% worth it, but I know it's not right for everyone.
    I travel to get to my sons school. It's just if everything is largely equal bet the schools i'd choose local.

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    @ExcuseMyFrench - Tell me you're moving into the Camberwell Primary zone! I wish we were still in it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lileitak View Post
    @ExcuseMyFrench - Tell me you're moving into the Camberwell Primary zone! I wish we were still in it.
    I would if I could buy in the zone!! Then I'd def send the kids to the local school

    The more I think of it, the less I want to buy that house. The zoned school is really not an option. I don't want my kids to go to a school that is that close to such a huge flow of cars.

    And I'm not sure I want to miss on all that social interaction...

    Will show DH this thread and see what he thinks.

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