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#1 Fire_fly

Posted 27 December 2012 - 05:29 PM

My husband has been offered a position in Brisbane which is wonderful but now I am confused with schooling. I had everything sorted for where we live now and I am worried that I may if left enrolments to late for prep in 2014.

There is no restrictions in where the school is located as we can live anywhere in Brisbane. I do really like the Montessori style of education and am neither her nor there about public vs private or costs. I am Lutheran and so I would say the only restriction would be catholic schools as I don't know if they take no Catholics.
Size doesn't matter although I would live to find a great small school but I am open for either. All I really want is a good academic school that has a great arts program (daughter not really sporty although she is only young)

My dream school would be http://cottageschool.tas.edu.au/about/philosophy But it is in Tasmania so not really an option

So if anyone wants to recommend me their school for me to check out I would be so greatful!
Sorry for any typos on my iPhone

Edited by Fire_fly, 27 December 2012 - 05:30 PM.


#2 CupcakeMumma

Posted 27 December 2012 - 05:36 PM

There is Montessori public at grovely.  I have friends with children there and they are very happy. I believe there is a charge $500??? To pay for the equipment etc.  prince of peace Lutheran is at Everton hills, I've heard good reports whether they have places or not, I'm not sure.  And we are happy with our school ferny hills, it's small about 400 students.

#3 Cath42

Posted 27 December 2012 - 05:37 PM

I went to St Peter's Lutheran College in Indooroopilly, which is in western Brisbane. It now has a spin-off campus in Springfield. It takes kids from prep up to year 12. It has a wonderful arts programme and a wonderful music programme and a very good university entrance rate. It has a long waiting list, but if you're Lutheran that should get you in. I'm sure there's a website.

Edited by Cath42, 27 December 2012 - 05:38 PM.


#4 Fire_fly

Posted 27 December 2012 - 05:40 PM

thanks Cupcakemumma and Cath42 I will research all of those. There is just so many schools compared to where we are now. So to get some suggestions helps me to know where to start.

#5 FreeRangeMum

Posted 27 December 2012 - 05:42 PM

Sacred Heart School Sandgate is a beautiful Catholic school in Brisbane's northeast bayside. It's Catholic but I know they take non- Catholic kids (as my DD isn't Catholic!) lol! It's a beautiful small school. Early years has sting play-based learning approach. 25 minutes from Brisbane CBD, and Sandgate, Shorncliffe,Brighton all border Moreton Bay original.gif

#6 Cath42

Posted 27 December 2012 - 05:44 PM

St Peter's now has 2100 kids, but that figure includes all kids from prep to year 12. The junior school is completely separate to the middle school and the senior school, and the junior school is not large. The big influx of kids each year is in the first year of high school, and the vast majority of students are middle school and high school students.

Am just looking at the website now (googled St Peter's Lutheran College)! Wow!

#7 somila

Posted 27 December 2012 - 05:50 PM

Bah - just lost a long post.

There are many excellent state, Catholic and Lutheran schools in Brisbane.

For Montessori look at this private school at Fig Tree Pocket
http://www.bms.qld.edu.au/

and Grovely State School
https://grovelyss.eq.edu.au/Pages/default.aspx

for small, alternative schools look at  Brisbane Independent School
http://www.bis.org.au/

and Buranda State School
http://burandass.eq.edu.au/wcms/index.php/our-school

Being Lutheran will not prevent you from enrolling in a Catholic School - depending on the school's policy you may be given preference over non-practising Catholics (friend's experience).



#8 greengoddess

Posted 27 December 2012 - 06:18 PM

QUOTE (Cath42 @ 27/12/2012, 05:37 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I went to St Peter's Lutheran College in Indooroopilly, which is in western Brisbane. It now has a spin-off campus in Springfield. It takes kids from prep up to year 12. It has a wonderful arts programme and a wonderful music programme and a very good university entrance rate. It has a long waiting list, but if you're Lutheran that should get you in. I'm sure there's a website.


I went there too! I was just coming in to recommend it as well.



#9 jessf

Posted 28 December 2012 - 11:04 PM

My DD just finished her first year at school (prep) at Prince of Peace Lutheran primary (in Everton Hills) and my son will start kindy there next year (and prep 2014 also) and we couldn't be happier with the school! Great community, great families and small enough to keep warm nurturing feeling original.gif

#10 kerilyntaryn

Posted 30 December 2012 - 01:19 AM

Northpine Christian College is a great college and a small classes and only 2 or 3 classes per grade

#11 censura carnero

Posted 02 January 2013 - 06:01 PM

THere is a montessori school at Fig Tree Pocket.  Lovely area and the only dedicated montessori school in Brisbane.  Otherwise St Peters Lutheran College.  Many of the state schools are excellent if you are in a good suburb.  Depends on your budget and suburb preferences too.

#12 jimbobmel

Posted 02 January 2013 - 06:11 PM

On the north side of Brisbane there is Grace Lutheran primary school, Living Faith Lutheran primary school and St Paul's Lutheran primary. All are apparently very good. I went to Grace Lutheran and it was a wonderful school which I am am going to enrol my DS into also. Good luck with your choice original.gif

#13 Fire_fly

Posted 04 January 2013 - 11:47 AM

Thanks guys have spent lots of hrs researching and have decide to go check out St Peters, Somerville House, Brisbane Montessori and Good News Lutheran. Hopefully I can get her on a few lists and go from there.

Thanks for all your suggestions. Anyone that knows about any of theses schools I would love to hear your opinion.

#14 censura carnero

Posted 06 January 2013 - 12:19 PM

All very different kinds of schools.  Would be really interested to see what you end up deciding.  Keep us posted.

#15 2bundles

Posted 11 January 2013 - 09:06 PM

My dd is at St. Peter's Junior School if you want any specific questions answered. The prep centre is truly the best start a child could ask for.

Based on The Cottage School, you would probably like Brisbane Independent School.

St Peters, Somerville etc are truly private schools IYKWIM.


#16 babyinabackpack

Posted 11 January 2013 - 09:52 PM

I went to Newmarket Primary and it was small when I was there, however it is tiny now.
The classes are very small and the teaching style is very personal and adapted to each childs individual needs.
If you were looking for something that focuses on personal skills and weeknesses whilst still being a a public school i would fully recommend it.




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