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    the top private grammer schools where i live are 20k a year min the top catholic schools are 12k, im getting my kids baptised and attending church, i already attend a baptist church group that i love learning about despite the fact i am not babtist, i think i will enjoy learning about the catholic religion and passing those ethos on to my children

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    I think baptising for access to schools is gross and disrespectful to those who cherish those covenants as sacred.

    Christening,
    not so much. A Christening could be as simple as a naming ceremony I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SassyMummy View Post
    I think it's hypocritical if you have no intention of bringing them up in that faith. Perhaps not even hypocritical, just stupid and pointless.
    Agree with this. I'm also an atheist and would never christen/baptise any child of mine. If they want to do so as an adult then that's their choice.

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    I remain gob-smacked that if Australians want to pay for a private, main****** education they're almost always limited to religious schools.

    There's obviously a market for secular private schools, otherwise disingenuous baptisms wouldn't be an issue. So why aren't there more of these?

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    Yep LJ. You don't deserve good quality main****** education unless you're willing to have your kid indoctrinated along the way...

    I have no idea why they feel the need to involve religion. Does involving god mean some kind of tax cuts? I have no idea... it's a genuine question...

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    Because the churches funded the schools, its how alot of them started, by their local parish. I'm pretty sure the church still owns the land? Now they're still private and with school fees and government funding can afford the things some public schools can't.
    I guess for a private non religious school to start you need someone with a crap load of money

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    I think only the Catholic churches fund their schools, my Church of England private school received nothing from that church, we didnt even have a church on the school premises , I think also most of these big private schools ( or our ones here in Sydney) are over 100 years old so back in the day religion was looked upon as more "moral" so to speak so it's really just more of a tradition than religious thing now

    It would cost a fortune to start a new independent school today plus parents would not spend the same kind of fees on a new, unknown, un tested school when the big ones around here have such good reputations, most of the private schools here are sitting on , in some areas, tens or even hundreds of millions of dollars of real estate with tens of millions of dollars of facilities

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    Steiner and Montessori schools have managed it. Why not main******?

    My children's private Anglican school is neither old and established nor subsidised by the church.

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    My DS Montessori barely stays afloat and relies heavily on parent contribution and involvement , I think mainly as its only a small school and not as well known as main****** private schools

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    Quote Originally Posted by lambjam View Post
    Steiner and Montessori schools have managed it. Why not main******?

    My children's private Anglican school is neither old and established nor subsidised by the church.
    Why did you send your kids to an Anglican school? Because its Anglican or because it's private?


 

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