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Non-religious private schools in Canberra?

By Listers_Cat - 27 November 2009 46

Howdy folks,

Can anyone tell me if there are non-religious private schools anywhere in Canberra? I’m a bit worried about poor resourcing in Canberra public schools, but don’t want to send my child to a school that has a religious bent.

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Non-religious private schools in Canberra?
sloppery 1:29 pm 27 Nov 09

aidan said :

The Anglican Church needs to take a bloody hard look at itself. Running elite private schools so the aspirational middle class who don’t give a monkeys about religion can feel better about themselves.

Agreed.

midlife 1:24 pm 27 Nov 09

I took my children out of a public school and sent them to Brindabella Christian College (K to yr10). I am very impressed with the quality of teaching and morals. The religion bit is a side issue. It is used to teach the children a standard of behaviour and understanding of other people. I am not religous in any way and I have not had religous beliefs pushed onto my children. Private schools generally provide a better standard of education.

grunge_hippy 12:35 pm 27 Nov 09

another ignorant post by someone who knows nothing about the public system, just it perception which is sullied by a the minority and blown up by the media and stupid parents who think that school is there to do the parenting as well as the teaching.

don’t get me started.

there are plenty of excellent public schools in the ACT, just as there are a few dodgy ones. Do your homework and stop blanketing ALL public schools with the same misguided notion. I know plenty of independent/private schools that I wouldn’t send my children to in a blue fit… why pay megabucks when its there for free? just so you can say “my child goes to ______”

aidan 11:52 am 27 Nov 09

RandomGit said :

I have similar concerns to you and send my kids to Radford. It’s Anglican, but the religion is a sidebar. It isn’t weaved into every aspect of what they do.

THANK HEAVENS! I mean .. you wouldn’t want a school that is run by a church to talk too much about God.

The Anglican Church needs to take a bloody hard look at itself. Running elite private schools so the aspirational middle class who don’t give a monkeys about religion can feel better about themselves.

Up The Duffy 11:32 am 27 Nov 09

My son goes to Montessori school in Holder, I can,t speak more highly of the school. Its everything I wish I had experienced as a child.

Cantily 11:04 am 27 Nov 09

Have you had a close look at your local public school? – mine has just had brand new computers delivered, interactive whiteboards in every classroom and the P&C has just approved brand new literacy readers and new equipment for the playground. Plus a brand new hall is being built. The old hall has been converted into a brand new library that has also recieved funding for a great deal of new books. In 2007 all the classrooms were refurbished and are still in great condition with new furniture being bought in over the last two years as well. All of this has been achieved without a religious program. Also I’m very happy with the teaching and learning that is going on that has been supported by all of that resourcing. The school is an open, accepting and friendly environment for my children.

emd 10:46 am 27 Nov 09

Primary or secondary school?
There’s Blue Gums school (early childhood in Dickson, primary and middle school in Hackett). It’s a science-based curriculum, small independent non-religious school. Has a good reputation.
Canberra Montessori School in Holder has toddler playgroups, then the kids start school (a few hours a week) from age 3. Goes to end of primary school years.
There’s also the Orana Steiner school in Holder.
All the others are linked to a religious group, but some of them have more religion in school than others.

Grail 10:29 am 27 Nov 09

Hawker College has always had a good reputation, though it’s a public school.

The best thing you can do to help overcome the perceived problems of poor resourcing at public schools is (a) write to your local member and (b) take a interest in your child’s education and not treat school as a babysitting service.

RandomGit 10:19 am 27 Nov 09

Umm, I think you are stuffed. I have similar concerns to you and send my kids to Radford. It’s Anglican, but the religion is a sidebar. It isn’t weaved into every aspect of what they do.

astrojax 9:45 am 27 Nov 09

what’s your worry with resourcing in public schools, lister?

and i understand that there are many children in the god-driven schools who don’t believe and get on fine. they charge like wounded bulls, but. there is, or was, a steiner school in weston, beside the police training facility, that doesn’t subscribe to such philosophies; and i think they also go to year 12, but it may only be year ten and i am making stuff up.

from my [limited] understanding, public schooling in the act is far and away better than its state counterparts – and if i am not wrong, excellence in a child’s results is attributed to a great extent to be driven by the engagement of the parent, not solely the education provided by the schools…

Skidbladnir 9:39 am 27 Nov 09

It would help if you defined religious, for the purposes of your argument.
Its one of those words that everyone has a slightly different interpretation of, but expects their definition to be the norm…

Orana at Weston is a Steiner school and so about as non-denominatory as you’re likely to find in a private school locally, but still hails from a ‘spirituality in the context of the prevailing culture’ perspective (ie: there’s Christianity there, but its not force-fed dogmata as fair as I know).
Orana School website
What is Steiner

Rosencrantz 9:06 am 27 Nov 09

Interesting question – if Government funded public schools are “underresourced”, imagine how underresourced a private school without church funding is going to be…unless you’re happy to fork out $megabucks?

Raging Tempest 8:54 am 27 Nov 09

The ACT Govt has a list of non-govt schools here http://www.det.act.gov.au/school_education/directory_of_schools/non-government_schools but it includes all the religious ones.
Orana is a Rudolph Steiner school in Weston and there is a Montessori school in Holder

Kath 8:08 am 27 Nov 09

Orana in Weston is a Steiner school and not overtly religious, though a bit Christian. An atheist couple I know send their daughters there and are pleased with the range of material they cover under the banner of religion – although they teach stuff about the Christian festivals, etc, they’ve also learned about various other mythologies in the same sort of detail. http://www.oranaschool.com/about

2600 7:53 am 27 Nov 09

I could be rude and say Canberra Grammar, but I wont.

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