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If you're not happy with the school, definitely move to another. Boggles the mind this idea of 'let them be kids' and 'they'll be right'. Do what you think is appropriate for your kids, and if they're bored and not being stretched, or other kids aren't being managed by the teachers, then the schooling isn't working, simple as that. It's beguiling to think that the Aussie system is well designed, ramps up as kids get older and is it's all part of a well organised plan, but from what I've seen the education system here is simply very inconsistent; when it's good it can be very good, but when it's bad it's dreadful.
What school are your kids in?
I have to admit that I am with adelaide_bound on this altthough my kids were in great school in uk the education is different here (not better or worse just different) my daughter has gained confidence here althought she is about average (both here and uk) for her age I feel there is more for her here longer term she is into rowing at school and loves it, my youngest is the top of everything and has just moved schools so will be assessed for ship he does conplain that the work is too easy but then I encourage him to improve his presentation ect wih excess time and reads ect at a far higher level at home I am considering things like kumon, music lessons and a chess club to push him a bit but at his age (7) I'm happy he is settled and making new friends
returning to the Uk because the school your kids are in is not idea is a bit reactive It would be cheaper to educate them privately or move to a better school if your kids bright then consider ship or a private (part schol) if they get into ship then getting into a state school that offers it (if your school doesn't) won't be a problem as an out of area application
The scholarship applications are open for the private schools now I think. The scholarship exams occur in February ish of next year for the following year. Also some of the Christian and catholic schools have very affordable fees. St Aloysius College in the city is becoming well thought of... again.... and don't forget things like the Maths and science school at Flinders for yr 10s-12s and Adelaide University College and Eyensbury, both private but provide uni entrance style education and the fees are not as high as for the mainstream privates. AUC does yrs 11 and 12, Eyensbury is yr 10-12. Also Annesley will be opening its girls only yr 10- 12 uni entrance prep college in 2013.
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Last edited by Guest5035; 21-10-2011 at 06:35 AM.
I've never been educated in Aus but our son will be. My hubby is an Aussie and we've talked about how the schooling system varies and how the approach between the countries will probably jar for me till I adjust to it. But that in the final few years the work really does get harder and the kids do knuckle down is how it works it seems. But I have no concerns in my son being educated over there and we plan to do our utmost to ensure that he goes to decent schools and if need be, we'll move into a specific area if it means we get our son into the right senior school. There are some great ones about, its worth doing your homework and looking round. Honestly, my husband, his brother, his cousins, friends, none of them are morons without an education. All of them are smart, well adjust adults, most with degrees and for many of them, great well paying jobs (earning far more in Aus than the UK is paying currently also). Even his other brother, still at highschool is working really hard atm, doing great with his music and was in Canberra taking part in a musical event recently with the school. He is being pushed in a good way by his school and is thriving and rising to the challenge.
Also consider if your children are actually a bit ahead because of the timescale of the school year. I know for our son, although he is much younger, the time we plan to move, he'll end up doing 6 terms of his school year in total as he'll do an entire year of it in the UK, then because of the age cut off point he'll have to do 2 more terms of the same before the summer hols. So he may be a bit bored or doing the same thing for a while but I figure its not a bad thing as it gives us time to assess if the school we place him in is the right one for him, how he is doing and if need be we can then look to placing him elsewhere.
I personally find the education system in the UK almost too easy these days. Its set up so kids almost can't fail, at least that is how it seems to me.
Last edited by snifter; 21-10-2011 at 07:13 AM.
the school my son goes to picked up that he was suffering from auditory processing syndrome...and have been fantastic.....the uk school never noticed. they school here have supported him 100% and have been fantastic....also the high school he is going to offer support for kids who suffer from this...so they are really good in some ways. xx
The right school is where your child feels happy and settled and is progressing well Yes it is worth moving to better area ect and visiting seveal schools just to get a taste of what is there and looking at the other kids watching them interact with teachers gives an idea on how your child will fit in
I have toured 6 primarys and 4 high schools in the hope of giving my kids a good education at a school where they feel happy and valued after all we moved here to kids the best life possible and it was time well spent as happy kids make family life so much easier and more enjoyable
if you local school suits your childs needs then lucky you a train ride sounds an easy fix I cycled with my kids 6km (each way for me!) there and back and on the days I worked they went to OSHC till their Dad could get them in the car my kids would have loved a train ride!!! but little one got nippy on his bike in a very short space of time and was the scurge of many a walker, jogger and other cyclist though linear park for almost 2 years now we have moved to a better area and the local school is good so now just a 10 min walk and oldest gets bus of a train to high school