Choosing a School for Your Child VIC VIC Issue#29 2016

When it comes to education, we all want what’s best for our kids. Decisions about where your child goes to school are very personal and can be daunting. In Choosing a School for Your Child we aim to make this process as simple as possible. These days, choosing the right school is more than simply choosing between co-educational or single-sex, government or independent. Other factors to consider include educational options, the school’s philosophies, religious affiliation, the co-curricular programs and much more. Some schools are noted for their sporting and musical programs, while others have a strong vocational emphasis. Some make involvement in community service compulsory, while others offer an extensive range of languages and international exchange programs. Our regular features detail everything that a parent needs to know about the NSW education system and the HSC, RoSA and the IB. In order to keep you informed and up-to-date, we have compiled a series of articles that address important issues. Our comprehensive listings highlight information about government and independent schools in Victoria, divided by location for easy reference.

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from the editor

Could there be a more important decision to make concerning your child than what school they should attend? Since becoming a parent myself, editing this magazine has taken on a whole new meaning, and suddenly this question about education is one I ask myself regularly. Even though my son is not even two years old, I’m already thinking about what type of education he should have. Will the public school system be a good match for him? Or perhaps an independent school would be a better option? Or a religious school? Maybe he will be accepted into a selective school? Or will where we live impact this decision? It’s difficult to predict the right answer, especially as we’re just getting through the early days of daycare and school uniforms and subject…

which school is right for your child?

Schools vary greatly in their philosophies, subject range, staff and, of course, cost. Choosing a school is no longer dependent on a preference for private versus public education. These days, many other factors must be considered, such as a school’s specialisations, location and extra-curricular opportunities. Here in Australia, we are fortunate that our education offerings are of a high quality and we have a large range of options from which to choose. There are, however, so many variables, made even more complex by “league” tables, which are sometimes published in the media, listing the top-performing schools. Some parents may find themselves being influenced by a table that ranks the state’s best schools according to VCE results, or by the rankings on the government’s My School website, which allows parents to compare…

from primary to secondary

The transition from primary to secondary school is never easy. Everyone has endured it, or will eventually, at some point. This is why it is vital to prepare your child for the inevitable but in doing so, it is important to encourage eagerness and a willingness to learn so that your child will not only have a successful transition, but also a successful time in secondary school. When you compare the excitementfilled last days of Grade 6 to the nervous first days of Year 7, it can be terrifying for any 12 or 13 year old, especially when they go from pure comfort within their friendship groups to anxiously trying to find new ones. Added to this is the pressure of new modes of transport, figuring out their new timetable, knowing…

an expanding demographic and educational base

Back in 2009, when I was appointed as principal of Yarra Valley Grammar, one of my friends rather naively asked: “Where’s that? Out Healesville way?” The name may be a little misleading in that when the school opened in 1966 we were very much located in the rolling hills of the Yarra Valley. Since that time, the city has grown and crept past us so that now in Ringwood we are well and truly in the heart of Melbourne’s east. Yarra Valley Grammar has always served the surrounding communities well but in recent years there has been significant interest from families “further in”, such as Doncaster, Templestowe, Blackburn, Box Hill and Balwyn. Interest in the school is excited for a variety of reasons. For some, the academic program is the primary…

a shared experience

Schools throughout Australia conduct International Students programs, where students are invited from overseas to complete their secondary education and often university here. Indeed, Yarra Valley Grammar is a proud member of the Melbourne Schools’ Partnership International (MPSI) with The University of Melbourne. However, the international programs may become a lost opportunity for school communities, students and their families if we are not careful. International students ought not be here merely to bolster enrolment numbers or the school’s academic achievement. This should be an opportunity for young people from overseas to truly experience the Australian lifestyle and culture. At Yarra Valley Grammar, our international students, like their local counterparts, are keen to do well in their studies, but it is the involvement in the broader life of the school that brings the…

boundless opportunities for learning

From a building that still features bluestone from the 19th century, Assumption College Kilmore’s newest learning space, the Fourvière Centre, has been born and was officially opened on Sunday, April 17. Staff, past and present students, parents, Marist Brothers, Paul Herrick from Marist Schools Australia, Nationals MP for Euroa Steph Ryan and those who contributed to the project gathered for the opening of the centre, home of the new library, hub for teaching English and boarders’ study area. Until 2014, this building was the boarders’ home away from home and, being heritage listed, its exterior has hardly been touched, except for the grand new entrance and prominent wide arches that have been glassed in. The interior has been totally transformed. Speaking before the opening and blessing by alumnus Bishop Peter Connors, principal Kate…