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#1 peeps000

Posted 11 September 2019 - 11:03 PM

New to Brisbane and wanting to understand feeder schools a little more please.

I am trying to decide whether to send my children to either Wilston State or St Columba's. Does anyone know where the majority of Wilston State students go to high school?

I have 2 girls and wondering if any chance of getting into somewhere like All Hallows from state primary school?

Thanks In advance

#2 Paddlepop

Posted 11 September 2019 - 11:49 PM

For state schools it will depend on if you're in the catchment zone for it. Almost all Brisbane state schools are catchment managed meaning that if you don't live in the catchment zone then you can't go to that school. Sometimes there are rare exceptions. Don't count on it though.

Here's the catchment map for all state primary and high schools. Looks like Wilston State School catchment splits into three different public high school catchments.
http://www.qgso.qld.gov.au/maps/edmap/

Can't help you with private schools. I don't have anything to do with them. You'd need to speak to the schools directly to find out their enrolment requirements and waiting list for enrolments.

#3 *Melstar*

Posted 12 September 2019 - 06:32 AM

Feeder schools are not really a thing, in that going to a specific primary school guarantees your high school entry. This applies to both state and private.

In state schools, like PP said, it's all about living in the catchment of the school.

For private schools, you apply to them directly and go through their application process.

Often there might be a huge clump of kids from one primary school going to the same high school, but that's more location based than anything.

#4 JuicyLife

Posted 12 September 2019 - 07:55 AM

Your chances of getting into All Hallows’ are greater coming from a Catholic primary. And the earlier you apply, the better.

#5 Future-self

Posted 12 September 2019 - 01:22 PM

View PostJuicyLife, on 12 September 2019 - 07:55 AM, said:

Your chances of getting into All Hallows’ are greater coming from a Catholic primary. And the earlier you apply, the better.
That's obviously an unofficial, "urban chat" opinion though rather than based on 'feeder schools' process which is actually an official school allocation process overseas and I believe in other states. No where in All Hallows enrolments does it state that it preferences Catholic primary schools - or in fact non-catholic students form Catholic schools either. And in fact Wilston State School is full of kids waitlisted since birth for Grammar and Terrace due to the Socioeconomic status of the catchment.

OP to answer your question there is no official feeder school allocated to most private high schools in Brisbane. It's based on either where your child appears on the wait list regardless of religion, OR where there on the list they are plus  if they are baptised for example. You don;t say if you are practicing Catholics and have a parish? That matters a lot more for some Catholic High schools than where you went to primary school.

#6 Babetty

Posted 12 September 2019 - 02:24 PM

I'm not completely sure how All Hallows prioritises its enrolment, however some anecdotal evidence - I know 2 girls from state school baptised but non practicing Catholics who got in, and a Catholic school, baptised and practicing Catholic who is missing out (unless she gets a last minute offer). So the primary school won't necessarily make any difference.

#7 purplekitty

Posted 12 September 2019 - 04:42 PM

View PostFuture-self, on 12 September 2019 - 01:22 PM, said:

You don;t say if you are practicing Catholics and have a parish? That matters a lot more for some Catholic High schools than where you went to primary school.
This.

All Hallow's has become difficult to get in to.
You probably need as many brownie points as you can.

#8 peeps000

Posted 12 September 2019 - 10:43 PM

Thanks for the replies everyone. @purplekitty no, we are not practicing Catholics however our girls are baptised. We don't want to choose a state primary school if it greatly reduces the likelihood of getting a place in schools like All Hallows. The enrolment policy would lead me to think not, but from what I hear, there's a very small percentage of students in All Hallows that get accepted from State schools.

#9 JuicyLife

Posted 13 September 2019 - 07:44 AM

 Future-self, on 12 September 2019 - 01:22 PM, said:


That's obviously an unofficial, "urban chat" opinion though rather than based on 'feeder schools' process which is actually an official school allocation process overseas and I believe in other states. No where in All Hallows enrolments does it state that it preferences Catholic primary schools - or in fact non-catholic students form Catholic schools either.

Not really. According to All Hallow’s enrolment policy, preference is given according to ...3. Catholic students, and they go on to explain how the degree of involvement in the Catholic school, faith community etc will be considered.

So, I’d say that the primary school your child comes from, along with whether or not you, and they, are Catholic and your involvement in the church etc, are factors, that may assist in their acceptance to the school.

Here is a link to the school’s enrolment policy:

https://s3-ap-southe...=20170124151059

Edited for clarity.

Edited by JuicyLife, 13 September 2019 - 08:16 AM.





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