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Jyles _3

Wondering if, with the baby boom, this is becoming more common? Any one else got a lot of classes? I know it's the number in the class which makes a difference, but I can't help thinking that having anything over 100 kids in one year will make them less "special" and to the school, and more just a number and part of a system...? What do you think?

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vintage.blue

Our school has 2 kindy classes, but there are 4 primary schools in our suburb. The total of kindy classes in our suburb are 8, but that's split between 4 schools.

 

The local school 2 suburbs away has 6 Kindy classes and another school 3 suburbs away has 7 kindy classes! So many kids!

 

One of the reasons we chose our school was because it is small. I don't know how the schools with 7 kindy classes will cope with that amount of children all through primary school?

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tres-chic

One public school near us in Sydney has 10 or 11 Kindergarten classes. So yes, I think it's increasingly so, especially in areas where housing is more affordable.

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noname2

There are five prep classes at my daughter's new school. It doesn't worry me. I have actually picked this school over one that is closer to home, but smaller. There are more opportunities at the bigger school (eg. extra curricular, camps, specialist teachers). I also felt that the smaller school I looked at was less well organised and if anything kids would be more likely to 'slip through the cracks' there.

 

Having said that, she doesn't actually start school until Monday - so we'll see how we go!

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Ianthe

My kids attend a school that has four classes in all of the first three years of school. I haven't noticed the teachers or other parents being less involved than when my eldest started and there was less than 100 kids in the whole school.

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adnama

Last year my DD did kindergarten with 4 classes (with approx 20/class) this year Yr 1, they have 4 plus a combined class they are hoping they have just enough to get another teacher and have 5 yr 1 classes.

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noname2
One public school near us in Sydney has 10 or 11 Kindergarten classes. So yes, I think it's increasingly so, especially in areas where housing is more affordable.

Despite my earlier post, I agree - that's probably too big! With five prep classes the VP and Principal both still seem to know everybody - I don't see how they could do that with 10 classes per grade.

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froggy1

I also chose a larger school - ours had 5 classes last year and it was great! I don't think it's about the number of classes, or total number of students - it's the class size and what they do with resources that counts. Our school has a teacher librarian, 2 language teachers, dedicated science teacher, fantastic ASC, reading recovery specialists, etc. Way more opportunities than smaller schools and i love it.

 

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Fifteenyears

My son's school has over 100 kids in his year. I'm really happy with it. Five or six classes for each year level gives the school wonderful scope to balance the academic, social and behavioural needs of each classroom, and means that instead of just one kid who may need a little extra (either to catch up or to be extended), they can form small groups and arrange teacher time to work with them. It also gives each child more of an opportunity to find a kindred spirit within their age cohort.

 

I went to a primary school with a total enrollment of less than 100 so I was wary, but so far I've been really happy with the positives of a large school.

 

I haven't found it impersonal, but they've structured the school so that as well as functioning as a whole school community, there are also more 'personal' stage based communities managed by assistant principals who really do get to know the kids.

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roses7

My daughter just started kindergarten at our local public school and there are 6 kindy classes. It doesn't worry me at all. There are only 19 kids in her class, contrasted with the local Catholic school where there are 30 kids in the kindy classes.

 

I went to a small school and I think it is overrated. You get stuck with the same kids in your class for 7 years. No chance of shuffling classes around if there are bullying issues or disruptive kids. There are not enough kids, parents or resources to run a lot of extra curricular activities. My daughter's school has a full-time canteen, on-site uniform shop, music classes, orchestras and bands, after school sports tuition in several different sports. The advantages far outweigh the disadvantages as far as I am concerned.

 

In our suburb the primary schools tend to be bottom heavy. They start out with lots of kinder kids and then the numbers get smaller as kids start to move to private schools in yr 3 & yr 5. There are 6 kindy classes, 5 classes in yr 1 & 2, 4 classes in yrs 3 & 4 and 3 classes in yrs 5 & 6.

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red_squirrel

DSs school has 5 kindy classes this year. I do think it is partly baby boom.

 

As others have said a larger school allows more opportunities. It also allows for more diversity and more chance of your child finding friends if they are at all quirky. Likewise you will find likeminded parents.

 

DSs school has quite a few specialist teachers because of the numbers.

 

Edited to add:

 

Funnily I chose this school because I thought it was small! It's all relative I guess. The other options we had (shared catchment area) have 7 or 8 kindy classes AND a smaller playground. So to me the current school seems small.

Edited by red_squirrel

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Monket

I am worried now....we chose a small school that has one prep class and goes all the way to Y12. Last year there were 11 graduating students in Y12. Will my child be sick to death of these people by the time he graduates? Is it possible to do extra curricula activities to make up for those not available at school? Thanks ladies, I have been questioning this decision since he started last week and now I am even more unsure.

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GoneWithTheWhinge
school wonderful scope to balance the academic, social and behavioural needs of each classroom, and means that instead of just one kid who may need a little extra (either to catch up or to be extended), they can form small groups and arrange teacher time to work with them. It also gives each child more of an opportunity to find a kindred spirit within their age cohort.

 

I agree with this, my daughters school has 4 kindy classes and 4 yr 1 classes (she was kindy last year). I went to a really small school, there were two classes - infants and juniors with the total number usually hovering around 12-15 kids in total. I'm not sure but I think not having the ability to interact with other kids the same age as me ( I was the only one in 'my' year group) didn't help me with social skills, I never learnt to make friends and how to deal with the inevitable fall outs and reshuffling of friends that naturally occur. Okay so I had a fantastic relationship with my teacher with huge amounts of one-on-one time but there was never the group work that I think kids need to broaden their minds and appreciate others and how their minds work.

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Freckles

It's quite common in western Sydney, where I am. My DS (in Yr 4 this year) has 89 kids in his year, so 4 classes when he was in kindy. My DD is starting kindy on Monday and there are 115 in her year, meaning 5 classes plus a composite K/1 class. Part of the reason that the school is so big is it's excellent reputation, with people deliberately moving into the catchment area so their kids can go there. It's a big selling point for the houses in the region too. So it is partly baby boom (more classes than 2008 when DS started) but partly desirability. I've been very happy with the school so far, going into our 5th year there, no complaints at all. Lots of opportunity to extend the bright kids (of which my DS is one) as well as offering extra assistance to the kids who need it. Also, lots of extra-curricular opportunities are available including school band, school choir, school dance group and all the sporting groups.

 

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mumto3princesses

Wow, there are some big schools!

 

Our school has 3 Kindy classes this year. When DD2 & DD3 were in Kindy there was two and a half. (2 straight Kindy's and a K/1) They are in year 3 this year and there is only 3 classes. (All 3/4 composites) There is 14 classes in the whole school.

 

DD1 is in High School and I there is almost 200 in her year (was 198 I think last year) and they are spread out into 7-8 classes depending on the subject.

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Polly Esther

Kindy is FYOS, right, rather than the pre-school type thing you go to BEFORE school?

 

If that's the case, then there was more than 5 at our school, about 25 kids per class. There was also a Prep/1 class.

 

Though I think this year, there's only 4 Year 1 classes...

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AnotherFeral
Kindy is FYOS, right, rather than the pre-school type thing you go to BEFORE school?
Yes, must be NSW people replying!

 

I think it depends how the school manages it. DD1 has just started at our local public school which normally has two kindy classes, but numbers have increased this year and they might be able to form a third class (enrolments not finalised yet). Other schools around our area have five or six kindy classes. So it does seem that the baby boom wave is hitting.

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ACO

There have been 5 kindy classes in my DS's school since last year. The public school in the next suburb over has 9 kindy classes!

 

Interestingly though, there are only 2 year 4 and 5 classes and only 1 year 6. Lots of kids leave in the later years to attend private schools.

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Veritas Vinum Arte

Local Public schools have 6-8 Prep classes.

 

I chose the Catholic with has 2 Prep classes. Both the local Catholic schools have grown from about 80 students in 2003 to 230-250 students in 2012. For me that is big enough. Then again I went to a local school of 100-120 students and then to a high school with 600-700 students.

 

The local Public schools have 800+ students

 

 

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Freckles

Kindy is FYOS, right, rather than the pre-school type thing you go to BEFORE school?

Yes, that's right. I'm in NSW where FYOS is commonly referred to as kindy.

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peachpie

My DD has just started at the local public school and they have 10 kindy classes this year. This school has an excelllent reputation so i have high hopes. As they have so many classes the Kindy children have their own playground, toilets etc. So far her teacher seems really good and i think that is probably more important than class size. As others have pointed out this school has an amazing amountand variety of extra activities so that everyone is catered for.

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follies

I think also the recommended class sizes are a lot smaller then they used to be, I remember 30-40 kids in my kindergarten class.

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--binda--

We have 2.5 kindy classes this year - one is a K/1 class with about 6 year 1's in it.

 

Last year (when DD was in kindy), they had 3.

 

 

Its meant to be a large school, but I don't think it is.

 

We have the option of a smaller school, but I quite like the bigger school.

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mummygirl

There are 12 kindy classes at my kids school this year, up from 9 last year.

 

There is also now 1200 kids, up from 900 last year.

 

ETA - Kindy is FYOS here too.

Edited by mummygirl

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MummaDiva

It's a sign of the times -parents are sending their kids to public schools rather than to private schools (from what I've heard near us, private school enrollments are down everywhere except at the three Islamic schools). I think it's a great thing - less cars on the road ferrying kids back and forth, less impact on the enviroment, fostering of a greater sense of community and with more teachers with a wider range of skills, more choice for kids in the public system.

 

That said, my DD goes to a school with less than 130 kids. That's less than the number of kids in the K grade of some these schools.

 

 

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