Oh and another point to remember with the expensive private schools - the fees are only the beginning. Extra curricular activities can be a requirement- at least 2 a year from Year 3 for example. The uniforms are very expensive. And they have other requirements eg. if you make the interschool team for something you need to buy a different 'uniform', all the bits for the interschool athletics team added up to $200.
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27-11-2013 20:17 #21
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27-11-2013 20:54 #22
Does her school have mixed grade classes? When DD2 was in grade 1(at a public school) she was placed in a 1/2 class, and then in grade 2 was in a 2/3 class, she did really well and was able to work with the children in the grades above her.
This year in grade 4 she has had another girl in her class who also works above grade level and the teacher has been great at providing them with suitable work.
If private school is going to stretch the budget then is there another public school nearby you could look at?
The 2 non-catholic private schools in our area offer scholarships from grade 5 onwards.
27-11-2013 21:36 #23
There is a great Catholic School at Mango Hill, fees are just over $2000. Uniforms are around the same cost as public schools, all books & stationary is provided and there are no additional charges throughout the year for excursions/swimming etc.
Fees can be paid weekly/fortnightly or by term.
27-11-2013 21:54 #24
Sassy I don't know of any that do official scholarships for primary (and I've been looking around a lot lately) but if you talk to them they may offer a hardship reduction in fees if you show them your daughter's reports/achievement level as its good for them have talented kids at the school, especially for NAPLAN years. On the flip side, not all offer extension classes for primary. In that regard you may be better trying for an out of area place with a large state school that has enough students for dedicated extension classes eg Narangba Valley.
27-11-2013 22:47 #25
That price seems fairly reasonable for a private school in a capital city. Regional areas are usually a bit cheaper and can also outperform these schools too, but that's another story. Religious schools (ie Catholic) are cheaper, but always check out the NAPLAN data because some are really no different to a state school.
I work at a private school (currently on maternity leave) and it doesn't have scholarships of primary school age. The youngest is year 7. The year 7 scholarship is for years 7-10. The scholarship test is run by ACER which is a cooperative test meaning that if the schools you are interested are involved, it is just one test your child would sit. However, you would still need to pay the exam fee for each school which is generally around $150. It is an aptitude test. The exam is generally held early in the year (ie start of school) for the following year. As in for year 7, 2014, the kids sat and had scholarships awarded at the start of THIS year. That's for academic scholarships, the school I'm at also offers music bursaries (year 8 entry), boarding (year 8) and general bursaries (all rounder) for years 8-12 at any stage. It's all outlined in detail on the school's website so pick some schools and start looking on their website or give their enrolments person a call.
27-11-2013 22:49 #26
And in response to the payment plan, private (not catholic) schools do, at least the one I'm at does. It just is a matter of asking.
27-11-2013 22:51 #27
What I mean by that to clarify is yes, the religious schools probably do offer a payment plan, but the school I work at which isn't Catholic or religious, does offer that option too.
27-11-2013 23:00 #28
DD1 goes to a catholic school. In our diocese they have a gifted & talented extension program set up that the eligible children attend, they have workshops & different things throughout the year - pretty sure its primary students though not infants.
Our fees are $2000 a year and you can pay them yearly, term, month, fortnight or weekly
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