Choosing a School for Your Child VIC Choosing A School For Your Child Victoria

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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2 min
from the editor

On June 12, 2005, late Apple Computer CEO Steve Jobs famously presented the Commencement address at Stanford University to the graduating class. This speech has always resonated with me; his passion and wisdom is not only inspiring but evokes a deep sense of truth when discussing education and life lessons. Through three stories, Jobs inspires a continuous curiosity for life and learning, to find out what you love and have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. One of the main contentions Jobs discusses is to find your passion and create your own path. In this issue, we explore the great range of subjects available at schools across Victoria. Whilst some focus on technology (pg. 22), others focus more on arts (pg. 26). In order for your child to thrive,…

15 min
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…

1 min
school regions

North-Eastern Victorian Region Email: Benalla office PO Box 403, Benalla, Victoria 3672 150 Bridge Street East, Benalla, Victoria 3672 Tel: 03 8392 9500 Fax: 03 8392 9502 Glen Waverley office Level 3, 295 Springvale Road, Glen Waverley 3150, Victoria Tel: 03 8392 9300 Fax: 03 8392 9333 North-Western Victoria Region Email: Bendigo office PO Box 442, Bendigo, Victoria 3552 7-15 McLaren Street, Bendigo, Victoria 3550 Tel: 03 5440 3111 Fax: 03 5442 5321 Coburg office Locked Bag 2001, Coburg, VIC 3058 Level 2, 189 Urquhart Street, Coburg, Victoria 3058 Tel: 03 9488 9488 Fax: 03 9488 9400 South-Eastern Victoria Region Email: Dandenong PO Box 5, Dandenong 3175 165-169 Thomas Street, Dandenong 3175 Tel: 03 8765 5600 Fax: 03 8765 5748 Moe PO Box 381, Moe, Victoria 3825 Corner Kirk and Haigh Streets, Moe, Victoria 3825 Tel: 03 5127 0400 Fax: 03 5126 1933 South-Western Victoria Region Email: Regional Offices Ballarat 109 Armstrong Street North, Ballarat, 3350 Tel: 03 5337 8444 Fax: 03 5333 2135 West Footscray Level 3, Whitten Oval, 417…

1 min
easy reference checklist

Your child’s profile: • What are your child’s interests and hobbies? • What are your child’s favourite subjects at school? • What is your child’s preferred learning style? A picture of this is often gleaned from parent-teacher interviews and formal reporting (visual, spatial, kinaesthetic) • Does your child need some assistance in particular areas? • What musical instruments do they play? Which band/choir are they a member of? • What are their sporting pursuits? • Have they studied a language other than English? • What are their friends like? (Social aspects of your child’s personality)…

5 min
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 will 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 excitement filled 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,…

8 min
technology in schools

A New Kind of Learning, Next Generation Learning at Camberwell Girls Grammar School From exploring space inside an igloo to a virtual tour of the Great Barrier Reef, Camberwell Girls Grammar School students fully experience their education. Every day they are engaging with learning like never before. The School’s new Next Generation Learning Program underpins everything. A modern style of teaching and learning, it is student-centred, flexible and dynamic. Most importantly, the program is focused on developing the skills needed for its students’ 21st-century futures. Such skills include the ability to use emerging technologies, to be creative in solution finding, to be flexible in work habits, to be discerning in interpretation of information and to collaborate with others locally and globally. These skills are already becoming essential in modern workplaces and will most…