This has been quite a dilemna in my household for some time. My DH attended a public school for his education and I attended a private school from prep to year 12. After very lengthy discussions (somewhat heated at times), we've decided to send our DD to a public primary school, simply for the fact that we're not in a position to be able to afford public at this stage. I do believe though, that if she is a very bright student (which wouldn't surprise me because she's my daughter ) during her primary school years that we would seriously look at a private school for her secondary years. Our other debate is to choose a school that mainly focuses on the academic side of things, or a school that mainly focuses on the sporting side. We are still debating this because it's more for high school, and we have many years to make that decision (I guess we will have to watch her throughout primary school and it will depend on what strengths/weaknesses our DD has). What are your thoughts?