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Choosing The Right Primary School

by Liz Vos (follow)
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Many parents wonder if they should send their child to a public or private school. Choosing the right primary school for your child comes down to personal preference.

The question should not be in regards to public versus private schools but what school’s values are aligned with your family’s core values and what school best suits my child’s needs and interests? Each family has different values, beliefs and children.


What might be considered a ‘good’ school for one child may not be the right choice for another. The best way to decide on what school to send your child to is to book a tour.

First, you must consider what is essential for your child to thrive.

Will they need extra support in confidence or social skills?
Will they feel lost if it was too big?
Would a big school offer them more choices?
Do they need a big playground?
Will they benefit from a school that has a strong emphasis on extra curricular activities like sport, drama or chess?
Will they need support or extension with their schooling?


When you are on the tour have a look at their facilities.
Does the school have a lot of room for outside play and explorations?
What are the class sizes?
What are the sporting facilities like?
What does the library offer?

Look at the children in the classrooms and see how they are interacting with their peers, teachers and principal.
Are the children happy?
Are they enjoying their learning?
What is the teaching style?
Are the lessons hands on interactive lessons?
Individual activities or group activities?

Most schools will have a list of values and it is a good idea to ask about them to see if they align with your own.
Ask what type of communication the school has with the parents.
Is there a school newsletter?
Is it sent via email?
Do they have an open door policy where parents can come and talk with teachers freely before and after school or is it by appointment only?
Do parents get sent weekly newsletters or blog updates from the classroom teacher?

Think about how the school will accommodate your family life. The choice of the right school for your child could be the one that they can walk to, the one that offers before and after school care so you can work, the school that’s on the way to work or the one that their friends are going to. These are all really valid reasons to be sending your child to that school.

To find a comprehensive list of:
Education support centres
Community kindergartens
Community colleges
Aboriginal colleges
Parent-directed schools

Go to www.det.wa.gov.au

For a list of independent schools in Western Australia go to privateschoolsguide.com

The Department of Education have also opened a new scheme for connecting playgroups and schools to assist in the transition to school. To find out more go to www.education.wa.edu.au

If you are looking for a quality school readiness program, go to www.beginbright.com.au

Don’t forget to enjoy the process. Your baby is going to school and they are going to have a ball, making friends and learning. Good luck!

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