tina&steve

Primary school north east?

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    What are they really like?

     

    We moved here 5 months ago and enrolled our then 5 year old in Keithcot farm school wynn vale and think we have made a mistake:unsure:. He has fallen behind in school and has turned into the kid from hell!!! He was a bright happy friendly boy in UK so this is something we aren't use to. I've helped out at the school and find they are behind in the teaching (I worked with children in UK) and kids do seem to wonder around the school. The final straw has now come as my son was given a spelling (just 1 of 3) of a word that isn't a word (brang) when I asked the teacher to put this in a sentance she said " I brang my books to school" when I said it should be 'brought' she wasn't happy and said I was wrong. So how can I trust them with my son's education, and I'm no brain box lol.

     

    So are now looking at another school and today we visited Golden Grove primary which does seem a nice school but dont want to move him to find this school is the same. :skeptical: kings and perdare are full.

     

    can anyone tell us the good bad and ugly on primary schools?

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    Guest caoimhe
    she said " I brang my books to school"

     

    :biglaugh::biglaugh:I'm sorry but this did make me laugh, as it sounds like somthing a 5 year old would come out with, not a teacher...get him out of there fast.

     

    My kids go to Salisbury Heights at the botton of the Target Hill Road and although they are only there from end of January I have no complaints. They have all settled very well and are very happy there.

    After 2 weeks at the school the head mistress reckoned my twins were not were they should be with reading and asked if it was ok to take them alone each day for a half hour, of course I agreed and in just 6 weeks since they have surpassed their class mates having that one on one tutoring. I was upset that their teacher felt they were behind but pleased that it was spotted quickly and acted upon.

    Good luck with your choice it's a hard one to make:wubclub:

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    Guest Django
    " I brang my books to school"

     

    Nuffin rOng wifF dat. LOx lyke Me ol teTChor I ad haz moothed ere. ;)

     

    Pete

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    :biglaugh::biglaugh:I'm sorry but this did make me laugh, as it sounds like somthing a 5 year old would come out with, not a teacher...get him out of there fast.

     

    My kids go to Salisbury Heights at the botton of the Target Hill Road and although they are only there from end of January I have no complaints. They have all settled very well and are very happy there.

    After 2 weeks at the school the head mistress reckoned my twins were not were they should be with reading and asked if it was ok to take them alone each day for a half hour, of course I agreed and in just 6 weeks since they have surpassed their class mates having that one on one tutoring. I was upset that their teacher felt they were behind but pleased that it was spotted quickly and acted upon.

    Good luck with your choice it's a hard one to make:wubclub:

     

    I know if it wasn't my son's teacher I would have found it funny too ;). The thing is the teacher is going to check with her husband that she is right lol.

     

    Is good that the school picked it up and are bring them up to speed or should I say brang them up to speed lol.

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    Guest Trakki

    I definitely think you have a rogue teacher there, have you mentioned this to the head? Ours go to Woodcroft Primary and are doing great. Our 8 year olds behaviour has improved and he has gained in confidence. Theschooling system definitely suits him better here.

     

    Don't forget also that when children get to the age of 5-6 they turn into little so and so's for a few years :wacko:. At work we dread looking after that age groupas they are such hard work!!!! Our oldest is 8 is just growing out of that and our 6 year old has started, so as well as the school not helping he is probably just at the age too and hopefully with a change of school will improve.

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    Guest 3 go mad in adelaide

    Well you know where NOT to send him, don't ya hun?!?!

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    Try sending a PM to Jo (Salisbury Massive I think) - she lives around your way and has done a lot of research into schools. I know St Davids near to Banksia Park has a good reputation and know of several kids that have gone there - that's private if you wanted to go that way - and I have heard good things about Fairview Park which is a state school, but think that might be a bit too far to the east. Jo's the one, she's a mine of info.

     

    Diane

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    Hi my daughters go to Golden Grove Primary and to be honest I really like the school there technique's of teaching are better than in the Uk for my daughters and they are thriving, They are really nice and friendly there including mums it is a large school, but if you want an mums perspective on the school PM me and we will have a chat.

     

    Anyway good luck with looking around, also it might be worht looking around Wynn Vale School it also seems to be popular.

     

    Julie

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    Hi Tina,

    I can highly recomend Redwood Park, www.redwoodparkprimary.com.au Bailey and Hannah both go there and Frankie goes to the play group there also. It is not a very large school and has a great community spirit to it. So far I have been very pleased with the progress made by Bay and Han.

     

    Wendy

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    I have a few friends whos kids go to Keithcot and they think its great there! Sounds like you got a dodgy teacher to me!!

     

    Mine go to Greenwith and they both love it there, they were both at a Private School in Wynn VAle and had nothing but issue after issue now we have moved them to Greenwith Primary they are like different kids!! They love going to school everyday!

     

    Every child as we know is different what suits one wont suit another, I said to my kids when I moved them to Greenwith (having had many sleepless nights and stress attacks that I was doing the right thing), that if we didnt like this school we would just keep moving until we found one where we were happy!

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    Guest salisbury massive

    Hi.

     

    It seems to me you may have hit a rough teacher, education in Australia is very different to the Uk. I guess its much more relaxed here in the early years, no stress on performance or OFSTED results to worry about. My daughter just started year 8 and things have really moved up a gear for her. Anyway I digress. My youngest daughter is starting Keithcott next term. I think it works well as a school though it is quite large now.

     

    You don't say where you live so I'm guessing Wynn Vale and I'm assuming he's in Reception in so I'll just give you a general overview around the area. Really Reception here is still like Kindy. Things don't progress very fast in the early days of school and its so very much more informal compared to the UK.

     

    If you like Kings I would keep checking with them for a place, my eldest daughter goes there and I think its great, she loves it and the religious side is not overpowering. I find that kids move in and out of there all the time, so just because they are full now does not mean they will be full after Easter. Do be aware it costs heaps, my daughters uniform cost $660 and all the camps and excursions are loaded into the next terms fees. Reception cost around $380 per term. I'm paying $1140 a term for year 10. Plus the books cost me $330 this year. Reception books are around $180. They take in Year 6 so it would be worthwhile applying for a place now as competition is fierce. I think Pedare High School is mediocre and that the High School part didn't have great facilities generally. However my friends kid goes there and she thinks its great. You may want to consider Our Lady of Hope next to Greenwith Primary School. Its catholic and private http://www.oloh.adl.catholic.edu.au/ The feeder High School is Gleeson which has good results and a nice campus.

     

    I would recommend Greenwith Primary http://www.greenwith.sa.edu.au/ I would have used it myself but with one at Kings and another at Golden Grove high School it made sense to use Keithcott Primary as they are all close together. As Fancy a Beer said, its a good school, nice facilities and I have not heard anyone say anything bad about it.

     

    Wynn Vale Primary http://www.wynnvaler7.sa.edu.au/ Not sure I would recommend it, its average & my friends kids went there and she found it a bit like you are finding Keithcott, unhelpful teachers etc. Do check out Golden Grove Lutheran School http://www.wynnvaler7.sa.edu.au/ which is on the same site, private school but not too expensive, I think Endeavour at Mawson Lakes is the feeder High School which is very expensive.

     

    The dark horse of the bunch has to be Gulfview Heights Primary School http://www.ghps.sa.edu.au/ very small with excellent teacher child ratio. It has great grounds and a fabulous community spirit. The school has about 250 kids from Reception to year 7 though it may be more now. My friend took her daughter out of Keithcott to Gulfview and has never looked back, she raves about the place. I think Keithcott has taken quite a few kids from there, mainly because its newer and seems better.

     

    I don't think I would recommend anywhere else purely based on travelling times, Redwood is excellent, http://www.redwoodparkprimary.com.au/?js=1

    Surrey Downs is average, Fairview Park is good http://www.fairviewc7.sa.edu.au/ though it may be a touch to far out for you as is Banksia Park http://www.banksiapark.wa.edu.au/ and I don't think I would really want to recommend anywhere is Salisbury East, Para Hills etc. You may want to consider The Heights, its had a reputation in the past but definately improved recently and the good side is its all on one site Reception to Year 12 based on 3 seperate campus, so once you start you don't leave until year 12, http://www.theheightsschool.com.au/index.shtml

     

     

    So anything else, give me a shout.

     

    Jo

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    Hi Tina,

    I can highly recomend Redwood Park, www.redwoodparkprimary.com.au Bailey and Hannah both go there and Frankie goes to the play group there also. It is not a very large school and has a great community spirit to it. So far I have been very pleased with the progress made by Bay and Han.

     

    Wendy

     

    Hello Wendy never knew that was you xxx:notworthy:

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    Hi.

     

    It seems to me you may have hit a rough teacher, education in Australia is very different to the Uk. I guess its much more relaxed here in the early years, no stress on performance or OFSTED results to worry about. My daughter just started year 8 and things have really moved up a gear for her. Anyway I digress. My youngest daughter is starting Keithcott next term. I think it works well as a school though it is quite large now.

     

    You don't say where you live so I'm guessing Wynn Vale and I'm assuming he's in Reception in so I'll just give you a general overview around the area. Really Reception here is still like Kindy. Things don't progress very fast in the early days of school and its so very much more informal compared to the UK.

     

    If you like Kings I would keep checking with them for a place, my eldest daughter goes there and I think its great, she loves it and the religious side is not overpowering. I find that kids move in and out of there all the time, so just because they are full now does not mean they will be full after Easter. Do be aware it costs heaps, my daughters uniform cost $660 and all the camps and excursions are loaded into the next terms fees. Reception cost around $380 per term. I'm paying $1140 a term for year 10. Plus the books cost me $330 this year. Reception books are around $180. They take in Year 6 so it would be worthwhile applying for a place now as competition is fierce. I think Pedare High School is mediocre and that the High School part didn't have great facilities generally. However my friends kid goes there and she thinks its great. You may want to consider Our Lady of Hope next to Greenwith Primary School. Its catholic and private http://www.oloh.adl.catholic.edu.au/ The feeder High School is Gleeson which has good results and a nice campus.

     

    I would recommend Greenwith Primary http://www.greenwith.sa.edu.au/ I would have used it myself but with one at Kings and another at Golden Grove high School it made sense to use Keithcott Primary as they are all close together. As Fancy a Beer said, its a good school, nice facilities and I have not heard anyone say anything bad about it.

     

    Wynn Vale Primary http://www.wynnvaler7.sa.edu.au/ Not sure I would recommend it, its average & my friends kids went there and she found it a bit like you are finding Keithcott, unhelpful teachers etc. Do check out Golden Grove Lutheran School http://www.wynnvaler7.sa.edu.au/ which is on the same site, private school but not too expensive, I think Endeavour at Mawson Lakes is the feeder High School which is very expensive.

     

    The dark horse of the bunch has to be Gulfview Heights Primary School http://www.ghps.sa.edu.au/ very small with excellent teacher child ratio. It has great grounds and a fabulous community spirit. The school has about 250 kids from Reception to year 7 though it may be more now. My friend took her daughter out of Keithcott to Gulfview and has never looked back, she raves about the place. I think Keithcott has taken quite a few kids from there, mainly because its newer and seems better.

     

    I don't think I would recommend anywhere else purely based on travelling times, Redwood is excellent, http://www.redwoodparkprimary.com.au/?js=1

    Surrey Downs is average, Fairview Park is good http://www.fairviewc7.sa.edu.au/ though it may be a touch to far out for you as is Banksia Park http://www.banksiapark.wa.edu.au/ and I don't think I would really want to recommend anywhere is Salisbury East, Para Hills etc. You may want to consider The Heights, its had a reputation in the past but definately improved recently and the good side is its all on one site Reception to Year 12 based on 3 seperate campus, so once you start you don't leave until year 12, http://www.theheightsschool.com.au/index.shtml

     

     

    So anything else, give me a shout.

     

    Jo

     

     

    Blimey Jo they are not wrong when they say you been around a bit!! ;)

     

    It is totally personal choice at the end of the day and to a certain extent luck of the draw!!

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    Guest salisbury massive

    its about time I came to your house for a bit of cake & a cuppa.:) You can't come to mine I've only got 1/2 a kitchen

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    Guest salisbury massive
    I think this is a brilliant thread, I never even new that Gulfview had a primary.

     

    Julie

     

    Yes its at the bottom of Wynn Vale Drive off one of the roundabouts. The road is called Keitchbursh Road or something like that. Thank you for appreciating my brilliance, it took ages.

     

    Jo

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    Thank you everyone for your replys xxx

     

    My son is in year 1 at Keithcot. It got so bad I went to the head this week and he is looking into it He didn't seem to think it was the teacher but his going to talk to her. He was very shock though as My son was on the gifted programme but because that class is mixed with all ages the older children laughed at him when he didn't know something:mad: so he didn't go back and his teacher told him he didn't need to!!!:err: she seems to do anything for a quite life. So lets hope the head can sort things out for us.

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    Thank you everyone for your replys xxx

     

    My son is in year 1 at Keithcot. It got so bad I went to the head this week and he is looking into it He didn't seem to think it was the teacher but his going to talk to her. He was very shock though as My son was on the gifted programme but because that class is mixed with all ages the older children laughed at him when he didn't know something:mad: so he didn't go back and his teacher told him he didn't need to!!!:err: she seems to do anything for a quite life. So lets hope the head can sort things out for us.

     

    Wow what a nightmare for you I hope he settles and get what he needs.

     

    Julie

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