Hoping to be able to ask for some assistance in picking a primary school for DD next year.
She’s currently at the ELC at IGGS and LOVES it. I think it’s been fantastic for her but do cringe and some of the attitudes of the “clone mums” (don’t work, put down the decision of other mum’s to work, birthday parties that are just beyond believing etc).
I’m torn as to what to do for prep next year….whether to keep her at IGGS, or to send her to Ivanhoe PS for prep – yr4 and then back to IGGS at yr 5. Both schools are really close to home so distance doesn’t factor in.
My pro/con list is currently:
•she’s already in and settled and would be going to school with kids she knows
•smaller class sizes
•Not subject to teacher industrial action
•Very narrow exposure to the “real” world (ie. Don’t particularly want DD thinking that the privilege associated with the girls at IGGS is “normal”)
•Fees – while affordable if we chose Ivanhoe PS that would be an additional $26k per year (taking into account DD2) to spend on “life experiences” like travel etc
•Local, give her a “grounding” in the local community (and she’d be going with two other kids in our street)
•Large class sizes (a neighbour’s DD is in a yr one class with 27 students)
•Subject to the teacher industrial action (ie. No comments on reports, supposedly no outside of 38hr week activities like camps, excursions etc).
Would love to hear your thoughts and opinions of anyone with children at either primary school.