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#1 xuka8

Posted 22 April 2012 - 05:08 PM

My son ( and hubby and I ) have a kindy enrollment interview with a private school ( The King's School ) in mid may and we are terribly stressed. Was hoping if anyone could give us any information/tips/suggestions/previous experiences. We don't know what to expect nor what to ask nor how to handle the interview. Any advice would be appreciated!

#2 Luci

Posted 22 April 2012 - 06:22 PM

My children are at private schools - Kambala and Cranbrook. What age is your child - ie I know what sort of things we talked about at our interviews but my two were only 4 when interviewed so I suspect the process is different if your child is older and starting in year 7 for example.

Luci

#3 Lisy-lis

Posted 22 April 2012 - 06:29 PM

Don't worry about the interview - just make a large donation to the building fund...

Seriously though - approach it as though you are interviewing the school  -  do the school values reflect your own?  Do the older children seem to be confident, outgoing and polite?  Are the boys in Year 12 what you want your child to be like?  Are the academic, sporting and art outcomes in line with your hopes for your child?

You are making a serious investment of time, money and emotional energy in the school you choose to send your child to, so make sure it's the one you feel comfortable with.

Good luck

#4 NotBitzerMaloney

Posted 22 April 2012 - 10:31 PM

Make sure your son is worded up - shake hands, eye contact, say nice to meet you, etc. After that, he just needs to be himself - so don't scare him ;-)

Be clear about why Kings is the school for you and your son (no need to be explicit about why not other schools!), and ask questions that will make you sure it is, articulate what you are hoping to get out of the school for your son and how you will contribute to and involve yourselves in the school.

Kings is big on the whole family participation thing.

#5 xuka8

Posted 25 April 2012 - 11:44 PM

QUOTE (Luci @ 22/04/2012, 06:22 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
My children are at private schools - Kambala and Cranbrook. What age is your child - ie I know what sort of things we talked about at our interviews but my two were only 4 when interviewed so I suspect the process is different if your child is older and starting in year 7 for example.

Luci

Hi Luci,
My son is currently 4 and hoping to start kindergarten at King's next year, so he will be the same age as your children when they had their interviews. Can u give me an idea as to what happened at their interviews pls?? :-)


#6 AMPSyd

Posted 26 April 2012 - 06:50 AM

We had an interview at a private school end of last term. It felt like a job interview but went really well.

They principal asked my son (in yr 5 but looking at a yr 7 entry) about his fav subjects, interests, etc and why he wanted to go to that school. That stumped him but we had visited the campus the week before so DS was able to come up with a few ideas. I filled in the rest.

Have you been to an open day? have you toured the school? Go to their website and read about the school so you have background info about the school.

However, I do know from a current parent of Kings that the school is not at capacity. We saw a massive advert for Kings at the movies when we went to the movies at the Christmas holidays. She said Kindy is not full for this year.

They are your dollars paying the school. You need to be happy as well

#7 tres-chic

Posted 26 April 2012 - 07:03 AM

Our school did as PPs have suggested.

Only other stuff they did was they gave DS a piece of paper with some shapes to trace and he had was asked to write his name and draw a picture. This was good as it gave us time to talk to the principal.

They also had toys in there and he had to pack them up, etc.

She said 'tell us about DS...' so maybe have some idea how you will answer that and yes, be clear on why you think your family is a good fit for that school.

My DH really grilled the Principal on the school goals and objectives too and she seemed to like that!

Edited by tres-chic, 26 April 2012 - 07:03 AM.


#8 MnM

Posted 27 April 2012 - 09:15 AM

Oh gosh don't be nervous.. its not that bad.

We had an interview for DS when he started in Jan this year (we also did the interview for DD at the same time.  This is for the Hills Grammar School.

We simply sat with the principal and discussed what we wanted from the school and what we thought they could do for our son and why we chose that school, also why we thought he would fit in there..

They had a basket of toys/books, we made sure he put them away at the end and said hello and goodbye to the principal, which he does anyway.

Just be yourself, if youre not the right fit for them then at least you will know from day 1.

good luck.

#9 eachschoolholidays

Posted 27 April 2012 - 09:26 AM

QUOTE (AMPSyd @ 26/04/2012, 06:50 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
However, I do know from a current parent of Kings that the school is not at capacity. We saw a massive advert for Kings at the movies when we went to the movies at the Christmas holidays. She said Kindy is not full for this year.


That's only partly correct.  Some sections of the school have vacancies.  Others are certainly at capacity.  

That being said, you are much more likely to get in at King's than schools like Shore.

#10 *Rowena*

Posted 27 April 2012 - 09:32 AM

Is the interview process critical to being accepted into the school i.e. can you be rejected at that point even if you've already been advised that you have a place and have paid the non-refundable deposit (several thousand dollars)?

An interview process was never mentioned to me and my son is due to start at his private school's ELC next January...

Rowena

#11 eachschoolholidays

Posted 27 April 2012 - 09:46 AM

QUOTE (*Rowena* @ 27/04/2012, 09:32 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Is the interview process critical to being accepted into the school i.e. can you be rejected at that point even if you've already been advised that you have a place and have paid the non-refundable deposit (several thousand dollars)?

An interview process was never mentioned to me and my son is due to start at his private school's ELC next January...

Rowena


Have you been told (in writing) that you have a place at the school?  If so, then if you have to have an interview, it would probably be more designed to work out which class to place him into etc.

It might be worth double-checking that students from the ELC get automatic entry into the Primary School (and High School)

ETA: Some some-refundable deposits are just to put your name on the waiting list.

Edited by nlman, 27 April 2012 - 09:47 AM.


#12 2bundles

Posted 28 April 2012 - 01:18 PM

DD's Prep interview she was asked a few basic questions, asked to count, draw a picture of her family.  I think that's about it.  They really just wanted to make sure she was ready for school.

Definitely the "why did you choose this school?" question is pretty standard.

They also told us about the religion component of the school and asked us if we were prepared for DD to be taught religious concepts, and be supportive of it.

I would not be worried.  As PP have said, just be yourselves, and use it as an opportunity to ask specific questions ie extension, music, art, drama programs etc.




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