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#1 *little-rach*

Posted 09 January 2013 - 08:42 AM

HI all,

My DH and I are planning to relocate from WA to Adelaide in the near future to be closer to family.

We are wanting to live on the eastern side (as this is where my fam is) areas such as Oakden, Northgate, Dernancourt, Rostrevor etc.

What I'm most concerned about is schooling for our DD's. DD1 starts pre-primary this year and is going to a private catholic school. She has already been at the school last year for kindy and we really like it, lots of family involvement and a great sense of community.

That's what I'm looking for in Adelaide too. It doesnt have to be catholic but we would prefer it.

Can anyone please give me some info on schools in these areas and also just good family suburbs to live in on the eastern side.

Also my girls are big into dancing so any tips on good dancing schools would be great too.

TIA

#2 schoolmum

Posted 09 January 2013 - 10:43 AM

Hi, and welcome to Adelaide!

I would love to be able to answer some of your questions, but unfortunately I am "down south" the opposite of town that your will be.

One of the good things about Adelaide is that nothing is too far away, and the city is quite easy to get around too.

All the best with the move, and I hope that someone is able to help you with your questions.


#3 *little-rach*

Posted 09 January 2013 - 12:11 PM

thank you! Im sure we are going to really like living there, especially as we will be close to family! (which we are not now).



#4 Dionysus

Posted 09 January 2013 - 12:46 PM

Not sure on the catholic schools but for state ones, you would have some fantastic choices in the dernancourt/rostrevor area rather than the northgate/oakden area

#5 FeralLIfeHacker

Posted 09 January 2013 - 12:56 PM

Rostrevor College is a catholic school, a friends son went there but I 'think' it may be all boys?
Someone here may know for sure original.gif


#6 my3cubs

Posted 10 January 2013 - 03:19 PM

Hi there

I live in Oakden but my kids go to school at Athelstone so i know a lot about the area...while i love oakden to live it doesn't have any decent public schools, however it does have St Martin's Catholic school R-7. However i think the Athelstone/Rostrevor/Newton area is nicer and thats where we will be moving too in the next year or so. You have a choice of Athelstone Primary or Stradbroke Primary (both excellent public schools) or catholic schools St Francis of Assisi (Co-ed R-7) or Rostrevor College (boys R-12).

My girls do dancing at Lisa Innis which is based at Athelstone, very happy with it and my girls loved performing in the end of year concert. It is $90 per term for the tinies (3-5) and slightly higher for older girls.

#7 my3cubs

Posted 10 January 2013 - 03:21 PM

double post


Edited by my3cubs, 10 January 2013 - 03:21 PM.


#8 Ice Queen

Posted 10 January 2013 - 03:25 PM

If you end up in the catchment for Trinity Gardens PS then you are onto a good thing.  Excellent primary school in eastern suburbs.

Welcome to Adelaide.  I kind of hang out near to the areas you are talking about!

#9 Expelliarmus

Posted 10 January 2013 - 03:38 PM

QUOTE (my3cubs @ 10/01/2013, 04:19 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hi there

I live in Oakden but my kids go to school at Athelstone so i know a lot about the area...while i love oakden to live it doesn't have any decent public schools, however it does have St Martin's Catholic school R-7. However i think the Athelstone/Rostrevor/Newton area is nicer and thats where we will be moving too in the next year or so. You have a choice of Athelstone Primary or Stradbroke Primary (both excellent public schools) or catholic schools St Francis of Assisi (Co-ed R-7) or Rostrevor College (boys R-12).

My girls do dancing at Lisa Innis which is based at Athelstone, very happy with it and my girls loved performing in the end of year concert. It is $90 per term for the tinies (3-5) and slightly higher for older girls.

St Joseph's Tranmere is a popular Catholic school in the area.

The best public primary schools near Rostrevor are Stradbroke and Athelstone, as PP says. However it is an expensive area to buy in. A significant number of people live in the surrounding suburbs such as Dernancourt and Windsor Gardens and bypass a number of public schools to get to Athelstone School. (like PP LOL) East Marden is apparently also very good with a family/community feel. I hear rumours that Charles Campbell College - an R-12 school is back on track. Ctholic High Schools are prevalent in the area, or a short bus ride.

There are a lot of dance schools in the area, Destenos (sp?) is another and Northern Eastern Academy of Dance. Innis is actually $95 per term for Tinies, $100 for U6 and $110 for U8 and above. Lisa also does CSTD exams in Tap, Jazz and Ballet.

#10 Lees75

Posted 10 January 2013 - 10:04 PM

8 mins from Northgate (yes, I have timed it as my best friend lives in Northgate) is my favorite family suburb- Nailsworth.  The public primary school is absolutely fantastic and has a great reputation. It is an expensive area to buy in, but not too bad to rent in (coming from WA it probably seems cheap!). The school is strictly zoned, so XH and I rented close by to get the kids in. I then bought 5 mins away in a cheaper suburb.

#11 Jessie_T

Posted 10 January 2013 - 10:11 PM

I am in golden grove and love the area. Good private school as well original.gif

#12 Heather11

Posted 11 January 2013 - 01:28 PM

Another Catholic School in the area is St Pius X at Windsor Gardens.  A friend has children that go there and she is more than happy with it.

#13 *little-rach*

Posted 11 January 2013 - 04:21 PM

Thanks so much for all the replys!!

I have looked into Athelstone Primary and Stradbroke and they both look good. Im also interested in Dernancourt Primary which has a good score on "myschool" website. Does anyone have info on this school?

I think we will be coming over for a visit to have a look into schools and areas to live so that will give us a better idea.

My top pick is Athelstone right now and coming from WA, the rent seems very low compared to here! which is great for us as we plan to sell our house here, then rent for a year to see where we want to be etc.

#14 Expelliarmus

Posted 11 January 2013 - 07:35 PM

Choose Athelstone over Dernancourt.

Athelstone has a higher attendance rate, their NAPLAN results are better, it has a tighter community, extensive music and sporting programs and feeds to a better high school. It's also slightly larger while still being a 'small school'. They have also upgraded a lot of their outdoor spaces in addition to the refurbishment of the interiors during the BER and have resurfaced playing courts, additional junior play structures, oval drainage and a kitchen garden and orchard.

It also has a positive relationship with the local preschool which is also a lovely school. The School Band recently went there to give a concert to the preschoolers for example.

Edited by howdo, 11 January 2013 - 07:37 PM.


#15 Loz07

Posted 11 January 2013 - 09:11 PM

Hi and welcome (shortly) to Adelaide!

In the inner north east (northgate etc area) for public schools you are probably better off going inner north - propect, nailsworth, walkerville etc. For catholic, there is St Martin's at greenacres, our lady of the rosary at prospect (?) and st monica's at walkerville - a work friend had her daughters there and waas happy. They now go to St Dominic's in north adelaide for HS (girls only).

In the outer north east (tea tree gully council area) there are loads of public primary schools, mostly good and fairly small. I *believe* TTG PS is probably the best ranked of these. There are also a couple of parish catholic primary schools - St David's at TTG, Our Lady of Hope and St Francis Xavier in golden grove area. They tend to feed to Gleeson College for HS (co-ed) - it's a nice, good school without being too elitist (loads of friends who went there). There are also a few other private schools in the area. I live in this general area, and you will find it is VERY reasonable to live in (esp if renting for a year), and probably 25-30 mins tops to the magill area if that's where your family are.

Further east in the campbelltown council area I would expect most of the public schools to be pretty good - pp's have recommended athelstone. Further east in Magill PS which I believe is also pretty good. For catholic, there is St Francis of Assisi PS or St Ignatius (PS at Norwood, HS at Athelstone - also more expensive).

Good luck and enjoy!!! original.gif

#16 happywith4

Posted 12 January 2013 - 09:14 PM


There are a number of Catholic primary (and secondary) schools in the Eastern suburbs.
There are the R -year 12 colleges like Rostrevor (boys), Loreto (girls) and St Ignatius (co-Ed).
Then the Parish Primary schools such as St Joseph's in Tranmere, Hectorville and Payneham and
St Francis of Assisi in Newton.  These schools all differ in size, I know that St Francis of Assisi has lovely
Grounds and facilities.

Good luck with your move.

#17 macklette

Posted 14 January 2013 - 09:10 AM

Hi, we previously lived in Northgate, and there are no good public schools in that area. We have been in Canberra for 2 years (where there are great public schools) and moving back to Adelaide at the end of January. Our decision on where to live was largely based on school options, and family. My family is in Magill, but that is too expensive to get a decent family home. We ended up buying in Rostrevor as it is better value and Stradbroke looks like a great school. However if you are looking at Catholic schools, it doesn't matter as much as they are not zoned. Northgate and Oakden are lovely suburbs themselves, but surrounded by not so good suburbs. Also fairly small land size in Northgate.


#18 bikingbubs

Posted 14 January 2013 - 01:32 PM

If you lived in Northgate you could go to Vale Park which isnt zoned.  Have friends who send their kids to the kindy and school and are really happy with it.

My DH went there back in the day and we will more than likely send our kids there(we are zoned to nailsworth primary which is also meant to be great!)

Its high school where you run into a problem as most of that area is zoned to the new superschool thing - which to me is very unappealing.

#19 Lees75

Posted 14 January 2013 - 06:30 PM

QUOTE (bikingbubs @ 14/01/2013, 02:02 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
If you lived in Northgate you could go to Vale Park which isnt zoned.  Have friends who send their kids to the kindy and school and are really happy with it.

My DH went there back in the day and we will more than likely send our kids there(we are zoned to nailsworth primary which is also meant to be great!)

Its high school where you run into a problem as most of that area is zoned to the new superschool thing - which to me is very unappealing.

Hi Neighbour!
If you are zoned for Nailsworth Primary, go there! It is an amazing school. People are taking their kids out of the local catholic schools to send them there:) The principal is one in a million.
I have heard mixed reviews about Vale Park

#20 my3cubs

Posted 15 January 2013 - 10:02 AM

I agree completely with howdo re dernancourt versus athelstone...my kids are at athelstone i can tell you the school community is wonderful, our results weren't quite as good last year as the year before but that doesn't always give you an accurate appraisal of a school. Stradbroke is also great but a lot bigger so i opted for Athelstone. I also agree with the others re no decent public schools in oakden/northgate which is why we take the kids to athelstone which isn't zoned.

Re St Francis of Assisi i know a lot of people who send their kids there, however their class sizes are very large (30-32) compared to 20-25 at athelstone and stradbroke.

#21 bikingbubs

Posted 15 January 2013 - 11:55 AM

QUOTE (Lees75 @ 14/01/2013, 07:00 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hi Neighbour!
If you are zoned for Nailsworth Primary, go there! It is an amazing school. People are taking their kids out of the local catholic schools to send them there:) The principal is one in a million.
I have heard mixed reviews about Vale Park


I have been thinking about it because i have heard great things about nailsworth too.  
We must live very close, if you ever see a crazy lady with a red double pram walking say hi Tounge1.gif

#22 happywith4

Posted 16 January 2013 - 09:24 PM

[quote

Re St Francis of Assisi i know a lot of people who send their kids there, however their class sizes are very large (30-32) compared to 20-25 at athelstone and stradbroke.
[/quote]

Actually the class sizes in Junior Primary are quite low, about 20 students in Reception and Year 1 classes.

#23 my3cubs

Posted 17 January 2013 - 11:21 AM

Oh really? Just going on what others have said...maybe class sizes are larger in higher year levels. Either way we are fortunate with plenty of good schools in the area.




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