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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.

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.

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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