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#1 FearsomeFeralFreak

Posted 03 April 2020 - 04:36 PM

One thing the last few weeks of homeschooling has taught me is that DS2 is really only interested in art.

Anyone have any experience with Dulwich hill high school of visual art and design?

#2 Lucrezia Bauble

Posted 03 April 2020 - 06:08 PM

not direct experience - but two of my colleagues had kids who graduated from there over the last couple of years. they loved it. really engaged teachers, relaxed learning style (eg no real rigorous requirements with uniform) - one of them i know has gone on to do robotics at UTS.


#3 lizzzard

Posted 03 April 2020 - 09:42 PM

Similar to LB - only second hand info but I’ve heard good things.

#4 dadwasathome

Posted 04 April 2020 - 09:59 AM

It's our local HS. Great things for kids with a fine arts focus, and an enthusiastic, younger staff.

At least with a DS you won't need to confront the skirt length thing (seriously the reason why several women I know ddn't want to send theirdaughters there....)

#5 Lucrezia Bauble

Posted 04 April 2020 - 10:22 AM

ooh what’s the skirt length thing? are they strict on that? the people i know had sons....one was at IGS before and found the uniform requirements there too strict (which surprised me, as they seem relatively relaxed on that to me) and so he loved Dulwich for this reason ...


#6 Bam1

Posted 04 April 2020 - 10:33 AM

Of all the high schools in the area - I think DHH is the only one where you see the majority of skirts significantly above the knee - I need my smelling salts every time I see a young DHH lass (only joking).

I am glad to see DHH has other priorities than ensuring pristine uniforms.  Friends who have children at the school, are pleased with it and my own limited interactions with children who go to DHH (even the one in the short skirt) have been impressive.

One thing I do know is that the periods are 75mins long, which would rule it out for my DS who can barely concentrate for 40m but could be a positive for other children

#7 dadwasathome

Posted 04 April 2020 - 12:25 PM

View PostLucrezia Bauble, on 04 April 2020 - 10:22 AM, said:

ooh what’s the skirt length thing? are they strict on that? the people i know had sons....one was at IGS before and found the uniform requirements there too strict (which surprised me, as they seem relatively relaxed on that to me) and so he loved Dulwich for this reason ...

I used to regularly have coffee with mothers of girls for whom DH (not DHH for whatever reason - it is just Dulwich  High) was an option after primary school. The number of otherwise sensible inner west mums who saw very short skirts as an indicator of a “bad” school shocked me.

Let’s just say, even now, there is a difference between DH and Canterbury Girls in uniform length.

#8 DirtyStreetPie

Posted 04 April 2020 - 12:34 PM

The sample skirt shown on the school's website (here) looks pretty short. Maybe they're just made that way?

Check out the model student's shoes, though. So cool!

#9 dadwasathome

Posted 04 April 2020 - 12:37 PM

View PostDirtyStreetPie, on 04 April 2020 - 12:34 PM, said:

The sample skirt shown on the school's website (here) looks pretty short. Maybe they're just made that way?

Check out the model student's shoes, though. So cool!

As you’d expect from an inner-west school with a fine arts focus there is a big degree of cool.

I’d expect the mums I was with would consider that model’s skirt length quite reasonable.

Just commenting - we decided it wasn’t the right school for DS12 as he was offers a selective place elsewhere, not any other reason.

#10 FearsomeFeralFreak

Posted 04 April 2020 - 03:26 PM

Thanks all.

I will never get the angst about skirt lengths.
I find it such a bizarre concern. I think if people are considering whether or not to send their daughter to a school partially based on the length of the school skirt they seriously need their heads read.
That is one of the most stupid stupid things I have ever heard.

#11 Bethlehem Babe

Posted 04 April 2020 - 03:51 PM

Some of these skirts and shorts at Canterbury seem shortish
https://web3.canterb...ol Uniform.html

#12 dadwasathome

Posted 04 April 2020 - 06:32 PM

I'll just say that some of the DH students do appear to hitch their skirts aup far more that the Catherbury ones.

But it does strike e as a little bit crazy, hence he mention.

For kids of both sexes with a fine arts bent it's a perfectly good school.




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