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Blue Gum or Burgmann
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Posted 12 December 2016 - 10:49 AM
Does anyone has had any experience with Blue Gum Community School in Hackett. Being their school holidays now, I haven't been able to get much info from them yet (we only found in late last week).
And as a polar opposite we are also considering Burgmann.
My son is starting year 1 next year and has ADHD and I am wondering what sort of environment would suit him. I am not happy with the local school he attends now, and he doesn't seem happy their either (but is that just your normal kid).
I see Burgmann as having a lot more structure and routine, which from what I gather, kids with ADHD need. They are very close to where we live.
But then Blue Gum seem to tote a lot about Science Based methods, my son wants to be a scientist (or soldier, depends on the day). They also do a lot of out door exploring. It sounds similar to Montessori, but different. These guys are also a little further out of our way, but not too much, depends on traffic really).
Anyone have any experiences they can share? Or other Gungahlin schools that might be ideal.
Posted 12 December 2016 - 01:30 PM
I highly recommend going to an open day. I loved the Blue Gum website but was quite disappointed by what I saw and heard at an open day. I'm sure there will be some parents here that love Blue Gum, and friends who've sent their kids there love it, but I left the information session pretty sure it wasn't for us.
Posted 12 December 2016 - 06:44 PM
My sisters kids went to Blue Gum for preschool, which was great. She wasn't at all Impressed by the school program though - said it was quite different to the website & rather hit & miss in that aspects of the curriculum were skipped in favour of specific staff interests.
Posted 12 December 2016 - 06:56 PM
Blue Gum doesn't have the best reputation academically later in schooling. You can tend to *tell* kids that went to Blue Gum as they seem to struggle with some of the basic skills that you'd expect.
Posted 13 December 2016 - 08:09 PM
Blue Gum is much more alternative and less focused on specific curriculum outcomes. It has a warm and caring community feel though. My experience is only second hand though.
Burgmann is hard to get into, long wait lists. I have never heard of anyone being unhappy with it, although I dont know what level of additional support they may be able to provide around learning differences.
Another to consider is Good Shephard at Amaroo, I have heard good things. Or St Monica's Kaleen. Or Mother Teresa Harrison. However I think places may be in demand in these schools too.
Posted 14 December 2016 - 09:55 PM
Blue gum is child-lead, and follows the child's interests if they can. they have small class sizes, and in some years it is hard to get in.
They may do a good job with your son by observing him individually, and programming to his needs. But they don't really focus on academics.
There is less structure than most schools, and a lot of outside time and nature. they enjoy nature science, but don't have a science lab for older kids to do any science.
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