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Canberra Private/public debate on seconday schools

By hjam 8 October 2010 21


I am in the processes of considering a move to Canberra from Melbourne with my husband that is from Canberra, but out of touch with schools (as of course they change over the years). I have a daughter and a son that are to enter high school (one in high school when we plan to move) and I would love some feedback as to what public schools are good, and the process to getting them in and what private schools are worth the money. We would like to facilitate the public school option, but we have little knowledge in this area.

Any help would be fantastic!

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2604 12:54 am 09 Oct 10

Hjam, Radford has over 7000 children on its waiting list. Many have been on the list since birth. So, your chances of getting your kids in there are pretty slim at this stage.

For public high schools, if you are thinking of living in or near Woden, Alfred Deakin High is close and is highly rated. Melrose High also has quite a good name. Lyneham High and Telopea are the other most highly thought of public high schools, tho you’d be out of area for them. Unfortunately, ACT public high schools generally seem to be blighted by poor leadership and low levels of community and parental involvement, as well as a current teacher shortage. I really do feel for the classroom teachers in these schools, some of them are teaching huge classes of needy kids with zero parental help and no leadership from their principals and vice principals.

As for private, Marist is in Woden and is supposed to be okay. St Edmunds was a known bogan haven when I was at high school, but may have improved. Girls Grammar has sky-high fees but gets good academic results. Sorry, but don’t know enough about St Clare’s or Merici to help you with them.

Good luck and welcome to Canberra.

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