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#1 babygirl03

Posted 25 January 2013 - 12:30 PM

Hi Everyone

We're thinking of putting our dd into Loreto for Yr 5 next year. We've booked into their Open Day Tour and also the College Tour for next month but in the meantime, wondering if anyone here has any experience with this particular catholic school? Both positive and negative comments welcome and if prefer, feel free to pm.

Thanks!

#2 babygirl03

Posted 27 January 2013 - 11:45 AM

No one knows about this school at all??

Our dd is keen in the performing arts. She currently does dance (ballet, contemporary, tap) and rhythmic gymnastic and we've been told that they are quite good in supporting children in this department (drama and dance).

Thus, would love to hear from anyone who knows or have involvement in the school. We've had no trouble finding schools who support music but trying to locate one in dance (and/or rhythmic gym, not artistic) is an entirely different story.

#3 eachschoolholidays

Posted 27 January 2013 - 11:51 AM

I actually taught in the high school many years ago but it was too long ago for it to be any use to you - sorry!

#4 Expelliarmus

Posted 27 January 2013 - 11:58 AM

I thought Charles Campbell College did dance? I know they have a performing arts program. Norwood Morialta has a performing arts focus as well. I don't know about private schools though although I would guess the Westminster School would they have a large auditorium/performing space.

I have no direct experience with Loreto apart from someone I went to uni with did their prac experience there in the primary school and enjoyed her experience.

#5 bikingbubs

Posted 27 January 2013 - 12:06 PM

No info on Loreto, but Pembroke & Scotch have fantastic performing arts programs.

#6 babygirl03

Posted 27 January 2013 - 04:46 PM

Thanks for the responses!

Yes, I've been looking at Charles Campbell and am considering it for secondary possibly. My reluctance has been that I've not heard anything positive about it so am very unsure. Does anyone have more info to share about the school?

Was not aware of Norwood Morialta having a performing arts focus. I had not look into that as my understanding was that it's quite tightly zoned. Also, knew of a couple of people (acquaintances) who had moved schools due to bullying issues.

Didn't know about Westminster at all, so had a look at their school site and it sounds perfect if not for the fact that it's located in Marion. We're out east so the daily commute would be really hard for us. In the past year, we would have gone down that way twice!

We've looked into Pembroke too but again focus appears to be more on music and pretty much zilch on dance. We specifically enquired about it during our school tour and there wasn't much info forthcoming except that they do have a small number of students that pursue dance as part of the curriculum which is done outside of the school grounds under private arrangement. So, our understanding is that there are no dance lessons / a dance curriculum offered in house and we, as parents would be responsible for arrangement and transportation of child to attend the lessons externally. bikingbubs - am I misinformed?

Any other suggestions? I'm open to both public and private or independent schools. DD is in public primary at present. It's quite a good school but she's been flying under the radar in the last couple of years as she's a well-behaved child and teachers' attention have been diverted to support needier kids in her class, hence us wanting to look at other options a bit earlier.

#7 bikingbubs

Posted 27 January 2013 - 05:29 PM

I know that pembroke are very accommodating of students who have outside interests/talents but not sure in relation specific to dance.
Scotch have dance as part of their performing arts academy (as well as music/drama) and its not too far away.

#8 librablonde

Posted 27 January 2013 - 05:40 PM

I went to Loreto back in the 1970's! I actually hated that school and was there for 1.5 years (Grade2 and 3). I expect my dislike was due to the fact that I'd come from a very relaxed school in Darwin where hardly anyone wore shoes and large proportions of the student population were on walkabout at any given time. I moved to Loreto and entered a whole new world of summer uniforms, winter uniforms, hats and gloves and thick stockings.... it freaked me out and I was ripping all the clothes off me as Mum was driving me home each afternoon!

So I guess my review isn't a reliable one  wink.gif

#9 babygirl03

Posted 27 January 2013 - 08:52 PM

Yes, I do believe Pembroke is quite accommodating in terms of allowing dance to be taken as an elective. The shortfall for us I guess is that it will have to be done / taken externally. That aside, we do like the vibes and feel of the school.

LOL librablonde, my sister went to Loreto in the 70's (boarded there) as well and she hated it too! However, she concedes that things may well have changed since her time.

#10 bikingbubs

Posted 27 January 2013 - 08:53 PM

It's a fantastic school wink.gif

#11 Lees75

Posted 27 January 2013 - 08:58 PM

I have a friend who used to teach at Loreto. He said it was a fantastic school

#12 Ice Queen

Posted 27 January 2013 - 09:20 PM

Sorry, I only just saw your post.

Excellent school.  Very good reputation, I have never heard a bad word spoken about it.  No idea about details like dance or anything like that.

#13 my3cubs

Posted 29 January 2013 - 01:23 PM

Im also considering Loreto for my two girls in year 5/6, they are currently at Athelstone which im very happy with. Im also seriously considering Norwood as i went there, they have terrific programs including performing arts, IB and languages. I have never heard anything negative about Loreto except that it can be a bit cliquey.

#14 Etienne

Posted 29 January 2013 - 02:15 PM

I had a few friends who went to Loreto who enjoyed and I've never heard a bad word but not sure about its curriculum.  I went to St Peters Girls in Stoneyfell and believe that have a dance/performing arts program... it may be worth looking into.

I loved Saints for the most part.. and most my friends today 15 years on, are still my school mates!

Edited by ~ Lucy's Mum ~, 29 January 2013 - 02:16 PM.


#15 babygirl03

Posted 29 January 2013 - 08:14 PM

It's good to read of all the positive feedback. I'm looking forward to the upcoming school and college tours.

I do have some reservations about it being an all girls school as I don't think it's natural ie. there's not many situations where males and females are kept separated in daily life, plus the 'cliquishness' as someone mentioned and possibly potential 'b**chiness'  ohmy.gif  . However, I'm aware that academically, learning for boys and girls are different hence the single sex school placements. Thus, even though my preference is for co-ed, it's not enough to put me off especially if it turns out to be the best fit for my child.

Had a look at St Peter's but again, it's more music / choir ensemble type focus and the dance component seems to be a bit of an after thought - predominantly targets the primary year levels as basic dance movements.

Anyways, would love to hear more if anyone has more to share!

#16 Dionysus

Posted 29 January 2013 - 08:40 PM

I am not sure that there is much of a focus on dance at Loreto?  Though, I do hear good things about their music.

And, they run the IB middle years, which I LOVE!

I hear Charles Campbell is kicking some goals with the new leadership team.

Edited by **Mel**, 30 January 2013 - 09:23 PM.


#17 my3cubs

Posted 30 January 2013 - 12:32 PM

If its more the dance focus you want then id go for Charles Campbell even though it doesn't have the best reputation, its dance academy/program is the best in adelaide. I think Loreto would give a great all round education and girls are proven to learn better in an all girls setting. Oh and as a FYI Stradbroke Primary also offer middle years IB for a fraction of the cost original.gif

#18 babygirl03

Posted 30 January 2013 - 09:20 PM

Re Charles Campbell, I don't know of anyone who is currently attending or had attended there but I get the 'it's a bit dodgy' impression whenever it's mentioned - a mix of ooh ... lots of rough kids there or the kids there are not keen on learning or teachers don't challenge the students or are a bit jaded, etc, etc. Thus, I'm really hesitant as I'm not sure if any of the comments are true, how dd would react under peer pressure plus the school is not exactly close by for us either. It's a bit more than 10km one way, so to do over 40km daily commute, one would hope for at least a very good school if not fantastic!

DD really enjoys her dance and gymnastics though (and is pretty good at it), so to be able to allow her to have it incorporated as part of daily schooling would just be heaven for her. But, at the same time, the academic component is important to us as well, possibly more. So, I'm not sure, as parents, we would be keen on a terrific dance focus but meh academic type of school either.

We're not asking for much, are we? If only Glenunga International High has a dance focus - that would solve the dilemma and school hunting as it's within walking distance ...

#19 Expelliarmus

Posted 02 February 2013 - 08:34 PM

I do know lots of people who are attending Charles Campbell. Every single family is happy with the school. Rough kids? Er ... no. A particularly pernickety parent I know is beyond pleased with the school. Traffic in the area isn't that heavy tbh. Travelling there would be a minor issue.

#20 Dionysus

Posted 02 February 2013 - 08:37 PM

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I do know lots of people who are attending Charles Campbell. Every single family is happy with the school. Rough kids? Er ... no. A particularly pernickety parent I know is beyond pleased with the school. Traffic in the area isn't that heavy tbh. Travelling there would be a minor issue.
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#21 FeralLIfeHacker

Posted 02 February 2013 - 08:44 PM

Loreto has more of a music focus not so much dance.  The current prinicpal is awesome. I have several good friends whose children attend and a family member, as well as knowing a few of the teachers, you would not be dissapointed with it.

Have you toured Glenunga?  It's a whole lotta school crammed in a small space....



#22 fairymagic

Posted 02 February 2013 - 09:03 PM

Not sure which suburb you are located at but Golden Grove High School has a big dance department. Don't know much about the school itself - have heard good and bad but thought it might give you another option to consider.


#23 Dionysus

Posted 02 February 2013 - 09:04 PM

QUOTE (lifehacker @ 02/02/2013, 09:14 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Loreto has more of a music focus not so much dance.  The current prinicpal is awesome. I have several good friends whose children attend and a family member, as well as knowing a few of the teachers, you would not be dissapointed with it.

Have you toured Glenunga?  It's a whole lotta school crammed in a small space....


no dance though at GIHS

#24 Expelliarmus

Posted 02 February 2013 - 09:05 PM

DD1 still doesn't want to actually go there LOL.

Golden Grove would be even further away than CCC. Traffic gets hairy out there too.

Edited by howdo, 02 February 2013 - 09:07 PM.


#25 babatjie

Posted 02 February 2013 - 09:13 PM

I know Unley High School had dance when we went there. It's also quite a good school. You get a bit of a mix, like anywhere in life, but I would recommend it.




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