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#1 =Araminta=

Posted 22 January 2009 - 08:05 PM

Anyone have kids at Candlebark in Romsey?  It is run by popular teen author John Marsden, interested in feedback.

#2 treefalls

Posted 21 February 2013 - 05:13 PM

Me too. Strangely quiet here.......

#3 cheerilee

Posted 23 February 2013 - 08:13 AM

It looks awesome on the website. We may be moving over that way and would be very interested in looking at the school. It does say they have a waiting list for most grades and can only have 100 students, but that was in 2010.

#4 mintjoolips

Posted 23 February 2013 - 08:21 AM

My kids have been there for five years, it works incredibly well for them they just love it.  It also is very much aligned with my parenting beliefs and values.

Apart from prep wait list is really not as long as you would think.

I also love that the fees include EVERYTHING, even lunch (super fab for a working mum).

Macedon Ranges is a great place to live as well. Lots of great value property.

#5 mintjoolips

Posted 23 February 2013 - 08:24 AM

Oh how funny I just realized that original post back in 2009 was by me!!!! Well we went we looked and kids have been very happy since.  

Freaky like writing a letter to your future self!

#6 cheerilee

Posted 23 February 2013 - 08:55 AM

I didn't even notice the 2009 in the OP.
Thanks for your feedback, I will be talking to my partner about it if we do move over that way.

Where do the students come from to attend?

#7 mintjoolips

Posted 23 February 2013 - 11:32 AM

Macedon ranges area, sunbury, few from Melbourne and castlemaine/bendigo.

#8 Indi

Posted 02 March 2013 - 09:25 PM

I have a number of friends who have pulled their children out of the school for various reasons - ironically the reading program being sub standard is one of them.  From my experience (albeit not personal but close friends with kids same age as mine) the practice does not live up to the theory.

#9 mintjoolips

Posted 03 March 2013 - 09:55 AM

I guess you cannot please everyone all the time and finding the right school for the individual child can be tricky.   However dd1 has been there since prep and scored well above average on her Naplans, her classmates the majority who have been there since prep their parents also feel similarly.

The reading program used is the same at fitzroy community school which was one of the top three schools in Victoria last year.  

The school has so much to offer and it is such a rich and diverse education it is a shame sometimes people do not see the bigger picture.

In my PERSONAL experience over five years now the school exceeds all they could put into practice and more.

#10 Indi

Posted 06 March 2013 - 08:05 PM

Of course with children at the school you have a different perspective to someone who is simply comparing what my children do at their school compared to my friends' children (at the same year level as mine) at Candlebark.

I was truly surprised as I think the school offers (on paper anyway) an excellent educational philosophy.  Interestingly I have a fiend with kids at the Fitzroy Community School and her boys (a few years older than my girls so hard to compare directly) have had a vastly different educational experience than the children I knew at Candlebark (go figure when the program is the same).  I am also bemused that a school that prides itself on an emphasis on literacy has such poor Naplan results - all the local primary achieve higher results and the Fitzroy Community School is streets ahead.  There appears to be a huge difference in what is actually happening compared to what the school's publicity would like people to believe.

Education aside, I would be furious at a school that does see an issue with a 6 year old boy coming in after lunch without his shoes.  6 pairs of shoes lost in a term??

#11 mintjoolips

Posted 06 March 2013 - 08:27 PM

I do not see why you are publicly attacking the school when you have no personal experience and all your information is hearsay.   I have spent time at fitzroy community school (again direct personal experience here) and I did not see massive differences.  

If you are the kind of parent who is going to be upset about a child not wearing shoes, yes it's definately not the right school for you as a parent.  If you are not prepared to teach your child to take responsibility for their belongings (instead just running out replacing them) its not he right place either.

#12 mintjoolips

Posted 06 March 2013 - 09:09 PM

As with all decisions it's best that parents go and take a look themselves so as to gain first hand experience, consider if it fits with themselves and their children then reach their own decision.  If I had just read comments on an Internet forum and taken on someone else's second hand negative comments my children would have missed out on an exceptional experience which has benefitted them enormously.

As with all schools it will not be the right fit for either some children or parents.  However it does not negate the fact that their certainly are many happy parents and children.

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