Dd starts formal schooling next year (kindy in nsw). We are currently applying for a few schools. I am feeling quite nervous. Not sure what questions I should be asking and what information I can find out before dd starts.
Today we had an interview with a school. I like it because it's a small school 204 students (kindy to year 6). dd is quite shy and doesn't do well with big groups. However there is only 1 kindy class of 34. This sounds like a lot of students for 1 teacher to manage although there is a teachers aid.
Any tips/advice or personal experience would be appreciated
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22-05-2014 17:20 #1
Starting school - what do I need to know?
22-05-2014 17:38 #2
I'm guessing it's a private school as public schools in nsw cap their kindy classes at 20.
I don't know what private schools will ask. At public schools, there's no expectation on what a child can do when they start, except maybe being able to wipe bum, open lunch box etc.
They do an assessment at the beginning called best start. This helps the teachers know where each child is at.
I'm not sure if private schools have an annual school report, but it's a good place to start when finding out information about a school. Every nsw public school should have their annual school report on their website.
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22-05-2014 18:23 #3
It's a Catholic School. Dh is Catholic and i am non religious. I didn't know public schools capped numbers at 20. 34 sounds pretty large.
Dd is at childcare and they have a school preparation program where they practice opening lunch box etc.
Is there anything i should ask or expect regarding parent participation?
22-05-2014 18:36 #4
Starting school - what do I need to know?
34 for kindy with one teacher and a teacher aide? I'm pretty sure that is way over the legal student:adult ratio. Even if it's not, I would definitely think twice about having my child in such a large class.
ETA: sorry, I realised I didn't really answer your question, OP. Have you definitely chosen this school?
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22-05-2014 18:39 #5
We aren't definite. Have applied for another Catholic School but haven't heard back yet. The 3rd choice is the local public school. Have only had interviews with the one I mentioned.
The other criteria is that we need before and after school care.
22-05-2014 18:41 #6Senior Member
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I teach in South Australia, but I know our class limits are based on an average - 26 for junior classes and 30 for older, but in reality our school has no classes bigger than around 25. Legally if the older classes have less students, they could still be within an average norm. However, 34 is a huge class, especially of brand new Foundation-level students...
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22-05-2014 18:41 #7
Subbing, my Ds starts kindy next year too and interested in responses
22-05-2014 18:51 #8
Subbing just because I have no idea about any of this stuff
22-05-2014 18:55 #9
Subbing, my DS starts Kindy in NSW next year
22-05-2014 19:19 #10
My DD1 is in year 1 at a catholic school her class is of 31 with a teacher & teachers aid.
It works really well & yes its more then the public school ratio's but thats a ratio for 1 teacher with no full time teachers aid.
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