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#1 beachgurl


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Posted 22 May 2011 - 08:18 PM

I went to Catholic Schools for all of my school life but am considering sending Z to a state school as there is one in our suburb that has an OC class for higher primary school and has a really good name.

Are you told what school you put your child into, based on where you live? Or can you make the choice of where you'd like to enrol them? We are thinking of building a house in the next few years and if schools accept only those who live in the direct area we'll choose our house/land based on that.


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Posted 22 May 2011 - 08:42 PM

From what I understand it depends on how popular the school is.
The one my two will go to is a small school that is happy to take enrolments from an extended area (ie about 5 surrounding suburbs as well as ours) as they are small and are looking for numbers, plus our suburb is very small.
However a friend is trying to get her son into a primary school a couple of suburbs away from where she lives and she has been told that she has virtually no hope of getting him in.
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Posted 22 May 2011 - 10:25 PM

If a school is at/near capacity then they will usually enforce the zoning but if not schools are able to enrol out of area students. This usually involves an interview with the school to discuss the reasons involved.

Things may have changed in recent years but I thought OC classes were 'zone' classes for a number of schools in the area, ie you may have a child attending their local primary school who gets invited into the OC class and if it's not at their school they can enrol in the new one.

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Posted 22 May 2011 - 10:56 PM

Schools will have boundaries. If you live inside that boundary then the school has to accomodate you. If you live outside then it is at the principals discretion. Going to the school will make no difference in your child accessing the OC class, in that no preference is given.

If you have your heart set on a particular school then you would be best to ensure you are inside their boundaries
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Posted 23 May 2011 - 07:54 AM

Thanks girls. I like that the school has a reputation for academic achievement outside of the OC classes too. I hear there is competition to get in, so might have to ask for a map of the school so we live in the right street. Thanks again.

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 01:40 PM

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 01:45 PM

An OC class is an opportunity class - gifted and talented, where kids need to sit a test and meet academic requirements to get in. Any child can sit it, if they're in a select number of feeder schools.

Like Chelley said, it's best to try and be in area, but there is no preference when it comes to the OC class. Sounds like the whole school is good though smile.gif

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