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    I agree that there are some big advantages to being at a local school for playdates, socialising, being part of the community etc.

    I work in a Vic school where we cannot take out of zone enrolments (already at 1000+ kids) however once you're in, you're in even if you move. Also, as PP mentioned (both in Vic and WA) if you move into zone they must make a place available. I can't see how any school in Australia can refuse this, as it goes against the child's right to education.

    The main negative you list is the main road. What are your concerns with this? Perhaps chat to the school about your worries and see what they have in place to counter any potential issues.

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    @Stretched it's an issue for me due to pollution (noise, air) so not much the school can do

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    If I was moving to an area where the school zone was limited to one suburb, I'd send my child to that school. If the school zone was large and over a few suburbs, then I'd send my child to my more desired school. There's a lot to be said for incidental socialisation, however when the school zone is spread out over a few suburbs that socialisation doesn't really occur IME.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Full House View Post
    If I was moving to an area where the school zone was limited to one suburb, I'd send my child to that school. If the school zone was large and over a few suburbs, then I'd send my child to my more desired school. There's a lot to be said for incidental socialisation, however when the school zone is spread out over a few suburbs that socialisation doesn't really occur IME.
    That's a good point. I'll check but I think the school zone for both schools is only one suburb.

    You all gave me lots to think about.

    I'll talk to DH. The solution might be to suck it up and keep renting forever next to the nice school

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    Can you buy in zone at all? Even if it means compromising and buying a unit/townhouse instead of a house?

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    We have just moved house 6 mths ago to be in our desired primary and high school. I personally dont think a 20 min drive is doable long term. Especially as activities and friendships develop. Also, your second child would be out of area at the time you start and there is no guarantee sibblings would be accepted although one would hope they would be.

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    Unsure of Vic, but in NSW once your first child starts at the school it doesn't matter whether you move out of zone, any more kids go to that school, no questions asked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by delirium View Post
    Unsure of Vic, but in NSW once your first child starts at the school it doesn't matter whether you move out of zone, any more kids go to that school, no questions asked.
    WA doesn't work like that sadly. When we were out of zone and I enrolled DD2 they put her on a wait list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonja View Post
    WA doesn't work like that sadly. When we were out of zone and I enrolled DD2 they put her on a wait list.
    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonja View Post
    WA doesn't work like that sadly. When we were out of zone and I enrolled DD2 they put her on a wait list.
    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.


 

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