Educating the Boys

So today I’ve started thinking about what school we’ll be sending Hurricane Boy to. We’ve decided to send him to a catholic school as we feel that the class sizes and discipline are better and there are only 2 in our area.

While I appreciate that he is only 2.5 years old, in a few weeks he’ll be going to pre-school 2 days a week and then in a heart beat he’ll be 3, Mr Giggles will be one, and before we know it, it’ll be time to enrol him somewhere.
The two schools that are options are both as good as each other performance wise, it really comes down to the “feel” of the school and grounds (for me atleast).

I’m just trying to get my head around the fact that I might be having to go to church on a regular basis, in order to get these munchkins into said Catholic school – as we’ll need to prove that we are active parish members. And anyone who knows me, knows I’m not religious at all. All I can say is, I hope the church has good foundations 🙂

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3 thoughts on “Educating the Boys

  1. MsKenny

    Hey Leigh,

    Love the blog. Great work! 🙂

    Re class sizes – check that out closely with the schools you’re interested in. Generally, Catholic systemic sizes are larger that their public school counterparts in lower primary. Public schools actually cap the size of their classes, where Catholic schools often run larger classes to cut costs.

    eg. Data from NSW DEC: http://www.schools.nsw.edu.au/studentsupport/programs/classsize/index.php

    Good luck with the school-shopping and Mass attendance 🙂

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    1. leighleigh22 Post author

      Thanks MsKenny!

      Thanks for the support!

      Will definitely keep that in mind when I go to put Hurricane Boy’s name down.

      I’ve looked at the annual reports for the schools we’re interested in, is there anything else you could suggest we do?

      Nursey Mum 🙂

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      1. MsKenny

        Sounds like you’ve got it well organised. Annual reports are great. 🙂

        The MySchool website is also a helpful starting point (though it’s always going to be a slightly imperfect tool and can hide/misrepresent some real complexity). I’d also visit the school (ideally during the day, so you can see some learning in action); view the classrooms/library to see how well resourced it is; listen to the principal to see what vision the school’s leadership team has etc; and talk to parents of existing students for an insider’s perspective. Personally, I think student welfare/pastoral care is particulary important, so asking some questions which tap into the school’s programs/policies/proactiveness in that area could be worthwhile too. eg. This article also contains a few suggested Qs to ask a school (scroll to the end): http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2002/07/24/1027332400123.html.

        Enjoy & good luck! 🙂

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