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#1 Blossom73

Posted 11 April 2012 - 03:25 PM

This is probably a silly question, but do I need to start enrolling/waitlisting my 13 month old son for private schools in the inner west of Sydney now?

We are located in Annandale and are seriously considering private (or selective) for high school, but will stay public for primary. Thinking of Newington and Trinity - anything else?

#2 womenindocs

Posted 11 April 2012 - 03:30 PM

Oh yes indeed.Both boys have been on the waiting list for Newington from 4weeks original.gif

#3 Blossom73

Posted 11 April 2012 - 03:34 PM

QUOTE (womenindocs @ 11/04/2012, 03:30 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Oh yes indeed.Both boys have been on the waiting list for Newington from 4weeks original.gif

Bugger! Even for high school? I'm so slack!

#4 Chalkie

Posted 30 April 2012 - 10:51 AM

My son is due to start at one of the schools  mentioned next year.  We applied when he was in early Year 3.  

From discussions with other parents, I think boys schools are tougher in the innerwest than girls as there are fewer options, so you might want to waitlist him "early-ish" but I don't think there is a mad panic.

PS - I have heard rumours of other boys who applied in Year 5 not being able to secure a place for Year 7, but I don't know anyone personally so can't confirm.  So I wouldn't recommend leaving it until the last moment, but I do think you have a couple of years up your sleeve. original.gif

#5 Penguin78

Posted 30 April 2012 - 10:56 AM

Yes you do! I know St Patricks College at Strathfield you have to put them on the list now.

Crazy isn't it??

#6 opethmum

Posted 30 April 2012 - 11:00 AM

Trinity and Newington are incredibly hard to get into so get on to the enrolment process now, without delay.

Check out this website http://www.australianschoolsdirectory.com....ney-schools.php you should get the low down on what schools are in your area and your preferences. I found it useful for my school choices where I am.

I hope you find that school you are looking for.

#7 Bobsygirls

Posted 30 April 2012 - 11:01 AM

If you want pre kinder entry you should be fine for Newington or Trinity if you put your son's name down now.

#8 Luci

Posted 30 April 2012 - 11:03 AM

The boys schools are often very hard to get into. I put DS's name down at 5 weeks. He has been accepted at Cranbrook, I also put him down for Shore and was told his "best chance was year 7!"


#9 Chalkie

Posted 30 April 2012 - 11:08 AM

QUOTE (opethmum @ 30/04/2012, 11:00 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Trinity and Newington are incredibly hard to get into so get on to the enrolment process now, without delay.

Check out this website http://www.australianschoolsdirectory.com....ney-schools.php you should get the low down on what schools are in your area and your preferences. I found it useful for my school choices where I am.

I hope you find that school you are looking for.

Hi, I am curious as this hasn't been my experience with these schools - as I said my son is starting in 2013 (High School).    Certainly within a few years of starting you need to ensure you have applied, but I didn't think there was a need to do so at the toddler age and I haven't heard whispers around his friends etc that this was the case.

Shore has always been difficult as are the Eastern Suburbs schools.  Are the inner-west schools turning out the same for waiting lists at high schools?  Perhaps we just sneaked in - I really don't know. original.gif

To answer the OP - perhaps you shouldn't delay - better to be safe!

#10 Bobsygirls

Posted 30 April 2012 - 11:14 AM

Don't panic, people are totally over reacting, you have plenty of time. Neither Trinity or Newington are "incredibly hard" to get into especially for pre school. Get the ball rolling now if you like the schools and take a tour.

#11 whydoibother

Posted 30 April 2012 - 11:22 AM

there are better schools than St Pats...I'd go Newington over that school any day!

#12 Blossom73

Posted 30 April 2012 - 04:20 PM

Thanks everyone. We are looking for entry for year 7, so 2023 (seems so far away...) so was not sure if I needed his name down now! Seems like there might be some time to spare but perhaps not a lot.

Any other schools you could suggest? We are also looking at St. Andrews Cathedral school and possibly Sydney Grammar, but am at a loss as to others (we also don't want a huge commute for DS).

#13 mummamajeena

Posted 30 April 2012 - 04:38 PM

If you are wanting to start him in High School then it's not so urgent. For Primary then yes put his name down now. For High School you probably can wait a few years.

International Grammar School in Ultimo is also very good. St Andrews I've heard great things about too. These and the two you have already mentioned is about all that there is in terms of Private. There is also Christian Brothers at Lewisham which starts from Yr 5. Considerably cheaper then the other schools, I think as it's Catholic? Not sure...

#14 Bobsygirls

Posted 01 May 2012 - 12:03 PM

Yep IGS is meant to be a great school.

Sydney Grammar is very good but it is selective and very academically focussed obviously but they seem to push the boys very very hard, so it depends what you like I guess.

#15 Gangnam Style

Posted 01 May 2012 - 12:29 PM

QUOTE (Blossom73 @ 11/04/2012, 03:34 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Bugger! Even for high school? I'm so slack!

QUOTE (opethmum @ 30/04/2012, 11:00 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Trinity and Newington are incredibly hard to get into so get on to the enrolment process now, without delay.

No they aren't. You don't have to put their name at such an early age. DS started in year seven at Newington last year, and we only started the enrolment process in 2009. He was never on any "waiting list". Don't believe the hype. Also, I've noticed that Newington, and other schools have ad campaigns in cinemas and buses all over Sydney at the moment. Why would they need to advertise if they were so impossible to get in to?

Although I have heard it suggested that the Catholic schools are more difficult to get a place in because most of them are much less expensive than the private schools.

Edited by Put lipstick on it, 01 May 2012 - 12:30 PM.

#16 belindarama

Posted 01 May 2012 - 01:02 PM

Trinity has heaps of places. We went through the process for FYOS for this year. We knew it was pretty much a given for family reasons but they were open about having a lot of places.

We didn't take up the offer of a place but they have told us if we want to send DS1 there any year there will be a place for him.

Also, most of these schools aren't first in best dressed. They require interviews and don't just offer a place based on you putting your child's name down earlier than anyone else.

#17 capper

Posted 01 May 2012 - 01:12 PM

We put our DS name down for Trinity and Newington when he was in Year 3.  So, in 2010.  He has been offered an interview for both for Year 7, 2014.  So, we were not on the list long for both schools.  

We have decided, after visiting them both again, that we wont be proceeding with the interviews.  he will be staying at his current Preschool to Yr12 school.

#18 Gen71

Posted 01 May 2012 - 02:52 PM

From those I know recently applying to those schools, there does not seem to be huge urgency. BUT, I would put him down now anyway. Things can change in 10 years. There may not be a huge list now, but could well be by 2023, and having been on the list all that time will stand you in good stead, even if they don't say that outright.
We put our daughter down for a whole lot of schools at birth, and are very pleased we did. We now have options. Most of her classmates have no options.
Good luck

#19 Georgie Boy

Posted 02 May 2012 - 01:44 PM

For schools like Christian Bros Lewisham,Rosebank etc I would say end of year 3 when you have your Naplans back.
Schools like St Pats would say earlier. Chritain Bros & St Pats have intakes @ yr 5 so limited spots for yr 7.
In saying that though  you are not guarenteed a spot my son was down for one of the above mentioned schools end of yr 4 but due to the high demand from siblings,kids of exstudents and catholics at catholic school.My son is catholic at a non catholic school so 4th on priority list he did not get a spot and is on the wait list. We may still be offered a place but depends on where we are on the list.
It is a bit disappointing and means going back to the drawing board re schools


#20 qak

Posted 02 May 2012 - 01:48 PM

I heard a very negative report about Christian Bros Lewisham last week (parents & son in Yr 10 want to leave) so would be checking carefully about that one.

#21 mummamajeena

Posted 03 May 2012 - 10:22 AM

QUOTE (qak @ 02/05/2012, 01:48 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I heard a very negative report about Christian Bros Lewisham last week (parents & son in Yr 10 want to leave) so would be checking carefully about that one.

do you mind me asking what you heard? what problems has the family had there?

#22 Blossom73

Posted 03 May 2012 - 02:48 PM

Thanks for the replies everyone!

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