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Primary schools near Bruce?

By groovymumma 11 July 2012 23

Hi rioters. We are moving to Canberra shortly for work. I will be working in Bruce and my hubby will be in the Parliamentary Triangle.

We are planning to live near my work – somewhere like Bruce, Kaleen or Aranda. My main concern is to find a school for my eldest (starts Kindergarten next year) and childcare for my youngest (2 years old). I have read lots of old posts on this topic on the RiotAct (very useful, thanks everyone) and I am also aware of the Priority Placement Areas. My plan is to try to find a school that suits us and then rent accordingly.

Schools that I have heard of are Kaleen PS, Maribrynong PS, Aranda PS and Macquarie PS. I have toured one, will tour two more, and one won’t let me have a look until we are already living in the area (??). Does anyone have any personal experience with any of these schools? My kids are more likely to be academic than sporty, if you know what I mean. Or are there other schools you would recommend (private could be okay but we are not on any waiting lists)? Also, any personal experiences with childcare centres near Bruce or near Parliament would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance for helping out a newbie.


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Joyful10 4:07 pm 03 Aug 15

Hi Groovymumma! Three years on I’m trying to make the same decision you posted about here! What did you decide? Any tips or wisdom to share given you’re a few years along the journey now? Thanks 🙂

Ate 10:14 am 19 Aug 12

In regards to child care in the Parliamentary Triangle if you or your partner work for Department of Finance and Deregulation or The Department of Treasury you can apply for priority childcare at Abacus Child Care and Education Centre. http://child-care.commsatwork.org/abacus-child-care-and-education-centre

swig 8:29 am 19 Aug 12

Welcome to Canberra. We live in Kaleen, two of my children attended Totom House Multicultural Childcare Centre and all three now attend Kaleen Primary. The youngest will be in kindergarten next year as well. Firstly if you are looking for a great suburb to live in Kaleen is right up there, it is close to Belconnen Mall and the swimming pools and other sports and social facilities that Belconnen offers, it is also close to Dickson and China Town and still only a short drive from the growing centre of Gungahlin. Within Kaleen there are 3 excellent primary schools, two childcare centres, one high school, two shopping areas and a 24 hour service station. We have been very happy here Kaleen and it is full of bike paths, playgrounds and parks.

It has been a couple of years since we left Totom but we were happy with our time there. They do have a waiting list like all centres. They are a not-for-profit centre so were slightly cheaper than some other centres (or used to be). The other centre is Kaleen Cubby House which is not long day care but it might work for you. We never used it but I know plenty that have with no bad reports.

Kaleen Primary has been an excellent school for my children will feel extremely lucky that such an outstanding school is on our doorstep. They do have a Gifted & Talent program and one class, of three, in each year group is the extension class. That being said the mainstream classes are full of bright children too and the schools oozes academic achievement. For my children there has never been any teasing they have the attitude that it is cool to be smart. The school also competes very well in many sports, have a great robotics program, excels at Chess and have both in school and extracurricular theater programs. There is an instrumental music program which starts in year 5. The principal, Grace Dunlop has just celebrated 20 years as principal and was ACT Principal of the year 2 years ago. The other senior staff are excellent, supportive and experienced. We have a great P&C which meets monthly and is well attended and involved. Only downside I can say is that great results have brought an influx in enrollments and most of the classes are oversubscribed and there is a waiting list to get in. When we started all the class had 18 to 21 children per class, now they all have 25 plus. The most recent newsletter (which can be read on line at the website) says we are already oversubscribed with enrollments for 2013.

Maribynong and St Michael are also good schools that offer different things but are also achieving great results. As I understand Bruce will be included in Maribyrnongs PET as off 2013. Kaleen and Aranda work closely together and I understand it is a lovely school.

You can’t really go wrong with any of the school you are looking at

Hope that is helpful.

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