13 May 2010

Multicultural school for a 10 yr old somewhere in Chisholm? :)

| Boshka
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I’m moving to Canberra soon with my daughter and as we are not native speakers of English, I’m thinking of enrolling her for a school with a chance of ‘catching up’ with her English skills.

I’m actually a teacher of English so I can help her, still a nice school with warm welcome would be great 🙂 Anything you can recommend?

[ED – Isn’t the right-on phrase CALD (Culturally And Linguistically Diverse) these days?]

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If you’re happy to travel a little further then Hughes Primary School is worth considering.
It’s an IEC (Introductory English Centre) school so has a strong multicultural focus and is also small and friendly.
Sounds like your daughter won’t need to attend IEC but the mainstream part of the school has graduates of this program plus children from the nearby embassies.
With half of the mainstream students born overseas there are likely to be some from your culture or at least know your native language.
In view of this it could offer a good way for your daughter enter the local education system while keeping in touch with her native culture/language.

For the record before attending Hughes PS our children attended another school in the inner north.
We only changed schools because of moving house but are very happy with Hughes and feel it’s better in many areas (e.g. the multicultural focus, better teaching standards) compared to the previous school.

A nice, small, warm and friendly school? You can’t go past Fadden Primary School; which is only a few minutes out of your area. I am very biased, but we moved our kids there a few years ago (from another local school) and they are thriving. Only 280 kids altogether, so much friendlier than a large school. Highly recommended. We have quite a lot of kids from Chisholm at the school too.

Which language?

Telopea Park School in Kingston is French-Australian.

haroldbeagle12:09 pm 13 May 10

Have a look at the following page from the Dept of Education site:


This lists the Introductory English Centres and ESL (English as a Second Language) schools. Interestingly, the page still lists Village Creek Primary school as the Introductory English Centre school for Tuggeranong, but this closed 2 years ago.

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