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#1 Rumply

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.

#2 Speckles

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.

#3 Psiren

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.

#4 FeralRebelWClaws

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.

#5 blimkybill

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.

#6 seepi

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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