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    Extra programs are usually put into the curriculum about pastoral care/student wellbeing etc. From talking to teacher friends in the state system, they do one off things where as private schools usually have weekly/fortnightly programs.

    These types of programs can really help student build their identity/develop good values etc. I teach at an all boys school and we do a lot of work on being "a great man". As a female, I find this inspiring.

    It's hard to type all of the differences, and everyone's experiences are different at school, but its the holistic approach to the whole child that I like at private schools.

    Good luck with your son's school journey

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    What age level is it that these schools start doing sleep away camps?

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    Every school will be different with their camp programs. My school has their own camp site/outdoor ed facility so the camp program is big. Yr 5 (10 year olds) go for one night, Yr 6 for two nights, Yr 7 three nights and Yr 8 upwards for four nights.

    Most schools that I know of start camps in Yr 7.

    From a teacher's point of view, the students who don't cope on camp/sleeping away from home are the ones who have never slept at someone else's house - like friends or family. I've taught 12 year olds who have never been away from their parents...unfortunately this doesn't help develop resilience/independence. I know everyone parents differently but just sharing my observations.

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    Year 3 and 4 go to camp at most nsw public schools for 1 night and year 5 and 6 go for anywhere from 2-4 nights as the year 5/6 go to Canberra and some other camp like the great Aussie bush camp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mason98 View Post
    What age level is it that these schools start doing sleep away camps?
    At our school it's 1 night year 3, 2 nights year 5 , 3 nights year 6 and a few nights in high school but the big one is 3 1/2 weeks in year 9, the boys spend nearly a month away at the campus down the south coast where they cook, clean, wash their own clothes plus do normal school work!

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    Our school (private)

    Year 3 - one night sleepover at school
    Year 4 - 2 night camp
    Year 5 - 2 night camp
    Year 6 - Canberra trip - 4 or 5 nights (can't remember)

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    Year 3 for 2 nights down to northern NSW

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    Year 3 and 4 go to camp at most nsw public schools for 1 night and year 5 and 6 go for anywhere from 2-4 nights as the year 5/6 go to Canberra and some other camp like the great Aussie bush camp.
    To your knowledge in private schools there even like the local catholic school do they have a similar schedule?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mason98 View Post
    To your knowledge in private schools there even like the local catholic school do they have a similar schedule?
    No idea. I have no clue about private schools but I don't recall my friend's children who go to catholic school going on camp last year in year 3.

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