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#1 Jellybean 3

Posted 23 October 2019 - 11:34 AM

My DD is currently year 5, academically 12 months + ahead but has poor organisational skills, very sensitive,  overly empathic  and prone to anxiety. A bit of a free spirit, quirky and often misunderstood by peers. Trying to decide on high school probably single sex but wouldn’t rule out co-Ed if ticks other boxes. Could only go private with academic scholarship. Have looked at Ivanhoe girls, Genazzano and Academy of Mary Immaculate. Any feedback or suggestions appreciated.

#2 kerilyntaryn

Posted 23 October 2019 - 03:33 PM

Just wondering if your daughter has a diagnosis, asd, ADHD, gifted. I would choose a school with good support, maybe smaller class sizes too. Also look at subject choices and extras re chess, sports, music, drama, public speaking etc

#3 Fossy

Posted 23 October 2019 - 03:38 PM

Have you done tours? Take your daughter on some and see what she thinks.
Also a lot of private schools have already done their offers for 2021 so that might be worth looking into, unless you’ve received offers for Gen and Ivanhoe already? Then disregard my comment.

#4 Burro

Posted 23 October 2019 - 03:43 PM

Have you been offered a scholarship?

I would sit the test and see what they offer you. Full scholarships are rare and there’s a big difference In fees between those schools.

I know teachers or parents at all of three and I’ve heard good things about all three. Class sizes will be bigger at academy if that’s an issue.

#5 Elizabethandfriend

Posted 23 October 2019 - 04:17 PM

If you are going private, I would look at Strathcona - very caring and good with sensitive children.  Very strong academically.  

I would also think about Carey as it seems to cater well for a broad range of children.  Girls' only schools can be rather intense and sometimes co-ed works better for slightly quirky girls.  

You might be able to get entry to Melbourne Girls College (public) by sitting the out of zone entrance test.

#6 Babetty

Posted 23 October 2019 - 04:50 PM

I can't offer advice about the schools you're considering but just something to consider with an academic scholarship - if it comes with requirements to maintain certain grades etc the pressure might be damaging for a sensitive, anxious child.

#7 Meepy

Posted 23 October 2019 - 06:16 PM

If she is free spirited, quirky and a bit misunderstood you may want to look at co-ed as she may fit into a both sex friendship group. A larger cohort would also help as there are more options for friends.

#8 PhillipaCrawford

Posted 23 October 2019 - 08:22 PM

Agree Strathcona has great pastoral care.
MGC is big enough to have a really diverse range of girls and is very inclusive.
For something really supportive of the quirky kid, can't go past Alia College and the principal is very approachable regarding fees.

#9 ~strawberry~

Posted 23 October 2019 - 08:30 PM

We really liked the look of Carey for our 2e (gifted with SN) son who is currently grade 5, came across as very inclusive and supportive. We've ultimately decided it's too far for us though, unfortunately. I would really recommend checking it out and it's not too late to apply for a scholarship there.

#10 amdirel

Posted 23 October 2019 - 09:03 PM

I wouldn't put a quirky girl in a single sex school, she'd get eaten alive. In my experience.

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