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#1 Appleaday

Posted 19 April 2019 - 06:22 AM

DD has just started midway through grade 2 at Cornish College and so far we like the school, it's a small co-educational school set on a lovely acerage with a focus on sustainability, learning about Indigenous culture along with a focus on religion moving to ethics in later years.
DS will start in prep in 2021.
The school is building a special VCE building and it has a large focus on VET which is more practical for kids that want to go to Tafe, not just university.
https://www.cornishcollege.vic.edu.au/

We are thinking of moving DD and later DS to Haileybury down the road in year 7. Haileybury is a very different school with a strong focus on academics and achieves excellent results. The school has excellent facilities in a much more urban setting. One of the big attractions is the Olympic sized swimming pool and DD is an excellent swimmer and wants to join a squad.
https://www.haileybu...sborough_campus

The dilemma is which school to choose for high school, I definitely like the VET focus at Cornish for non academic kids and the fees would nearly be half those at Haileybury which is a significant saving. Both schools are affordable for us but. So which school do you think I should choose?

#2 Abernathy

Posted 19 April 2019 - 01:20 PM

Looks like each school has a completely different focus. I guess you’ll choose the school best suited to your kids’ needs. If they are academic kids (or you’d like them to have a chance to develop those strengths) then Hailebury is the obvious choice.

#3 JRA

Posted 19 April 2019 - 02:05 PM

Chalk and cheese.

Haileybury although incredibly sports focussed are also very academic. Generally they say they teach their kids one year ahead of the curriculum - ie doing year 8 work for all in year 7.

Haileybury is also not full co-ed it is parallel which has lots of benefits, but may not be what you want.

Haileybury also is APS, so Saturday morning sport.

#4 Appleaday

Posted 19 April 2019 - 07:17 PM

Thanks for the replies, something to think about :)

#5 *bucket*

Posted 19 April 2019 - 09:20 PM

I haven't heard good things about the VCE program at Cornish. Haileybury has far better facilities and reputation, although grounds at Cornish are gorgeous. We just declined a secondary place at Cornish as their pastoral care record is terrible and we don't believe they could cater to our son's academic needs (he's gifted).

Personally I wouldn't choose either of these schools, but it depends on what your child/ren are like, and what other options you have.

#6 Prancer is coming

Posted 19 April 2019 - 09:57 PM

I don’t know these schools, but just wanted to comment on the pool.  My kids have done swim lessons at a private school.  The squad and swim program is open to all and I was surprised that children that go to the school only get a small discount on the cost of the swim program to the general public.  And the students only have a few weeks of swim lessons a year, same as all public schools.  So just check out what the pool program actually offers, as other than saving 10-20% off the price of squad (which never started straight after school to allow students from other schools to attend), the pool did not really offer that much extra.

#7 Elizabethandfriend

Posted 22 April 2019 - 02:15 PM

Although we are at a different APS school, I agree with the comments above re the benefits of a swimming pool.  

Swimming is a Term 1 sport and often only involves 6 weeks of competition.  

I don't know much about Cornish College but I know Hailebury has a very competitive culture - that suits some students but not others.




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