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#101 Meepy

Posted 03 October 2019 - 05:18 PM

Having attended 7 schools, taught at 3 and kids at 2 schools we've always known classes at the end of the year for the next year.  Not having classes organised is a disconcerting way to do things, particularly when trying to organise teaching staff.

Edited by Meepy, 03 October 2019 - 05:19 PM.


#102 Heather11

Posted 07 October 2019 - 03:41 PM

I wonder if the schools know what the classes will be?  They just don't let the students know.  

From about week 4, Term 4 school staff all work towards organising classes for the following year.

I'm another from SA and never not know what class my children will be in.

Actually in HS they don't get told.  It goes up on the student portal about a week before school goes back and then there is a mad messaging of friends when it does.

#103 Crombek

Posted 07 October 2019 - 05:43 PM

I have seen it happen once in my career, and only because they were waiting to see whether a couple of suspected FYOS enrolments would happen which would mean instead of a combined prep/1 class they could split & employ another teacher. They did. They also dropped the next year again & poor teachers contract was not renewed.

#104 Lucrezia Borgia

Posted 07 October 2019 - 07:22 PM

we don’t know classes until the first day back from January holidays (NSW public school) - i’d say the school and teachers have nutted it all out well before day 1 of term 1 but they don’t notify parents over the break...maybe fending off complaints?! present us with a fair accompli? i don’t know - can’t say i blame them if that is the case. so kids go to old classes for morning line up on day 1 and by the afternoon they have their new class. it isn’t really chaotic, i don’t think...but i’ve never known any different, nor have my kids...


#105 Jenflea

Posted 07 October 2019 - 07:48 PM

Our school(public primary) only tells students on the first day back and those classes aren't set in stone either.

We seem to get a fair few kids start on the first or second day and then classes get shuffled a bit.

I think it's partly so they don't have to field a ton of calls from parents demanding changes.

While I'd LIKE them to tell us before the term starts it's not essential.

My SiL's kids go to a rather expensive private Christian school here and they not only get told which class they'll be in, the teachers come to their house to meet them.
My idea of hell, being an introvert who does NOT like strangers in her house!

#106 JoanJett

Posted 07 October 2019 - 08:23 PM

View PostLucrezia Borgia, on 07 October 2019 - 07:22 PM, said:

we don’t know classes until the first day back from January holidays (NSW public school) - i’d say the school and teachers have nutted it all out well before day 1 of term 1 but they don’t notify parents over the break...maybe fending off complaints?! present us with a fair accompli? i don’t know - can’t say i blame them if that is the case. so kids go to old classes for morning line up on day 1 and by the afternoon they have their new class. it isn’t really chaotic, i don’t think...but i’ve never known any different, nor have my kids...

We were at a public school that released "unchangeable" lists on the last afternoon of the school year - the ultimate power play!

The private school - class lists and teacher allocation mid-November, and a whole school "orientation" day so that everyone has one day in their new classroom, with their new classmates, and their new teacher.  There is an occasional extra in the new year, but everyone has the chance to find their new place.

Personally, I know how much effort goes into class placements from a teachers'/school admin point of view, but random allocation by lottery would have the same effect from a statistical point of view.  I think the "get what you get" approach is useful, and I have one kid with additional needs...




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