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#51 my3cubs

Posted 15 April 2019 - 03:29 PM

So DD has been shortlisted for an academic scholarship at an elite all girls grammar school. She has the interview in 2 weeks, then if she gets an offer big decision time. She’s currently at a low-mid Anglican coed school.

#52 RuntotheRiver

Posted 15 April 2019 - 07:18 PM

Pushing selective is just setting some kids up to fail (if they are not naturally that way inclined.) Pressure those poor kids face.

#53 tassiekiwi

Posted 17 April 2019 - 10:47 AM

We just received an email from the high school, enrolments are now open. Things just got real!
They also have a taster day in a couple of weeks. DD already has it marked on her calendar.

#54 Manicmum

Posted 15 May 2019 - 11:54 AM

Holy Moly... this is soon!! My girls are at a mid tier Catholic school and are happy there so will stay.

It just dawned on me this morning that they’ll be in high school!

#55 seayork2002

Posted 15 May 2019 - 11:58 AM

A couple of weeks ago I took the enrollment form, ID, proof of address etc. to the school as I was leaving I thought 'how the heck am I old (and mature enough :smile:) to have a high school child soon"

I still feel I am young enough to be in high school myself!

Then I came down to earth when I remembered how much more pricey and complicated the HS uniform is! far out!

#56 Octopodes

Posted 15 May 2019 - 12:47 PM

My friends my age are only just having babies. I have a 12yo. All the parents at DS's school who also have 12 year olds are a minimum 15 years older than me. I am in no-man's land, I feel both too old and too young.

Offers for the G&T class at our zoned school (DS sat the test back in March) come out next week. Over 100 kids sat the test for 30 spots, will be interesting to see if DS gets in. Selective high school results come out at the end of term 2, so still a while to wait for those.

#57 seayork2002

Posted 15 May 2019 - 12:49 PM

View PostOctopodes, on 15 May 2019 - 12:47 PM, said:

My friends my age are only just having babies. I have a 12yo. All the parents at DS's school who also have 12 year olds are a minimum 15 years older than me. I am in no-man's land, I feel both too old and too young.

Offers for the G&T class at our zoned school (DS sat the test back in March) come out next week. Over 100 kids sat the test for 30 spots, will be interesting to see if DS gets in. Selective high school results come out at the end of term 2, so still a while to wait for those.

DH and I are both in our early 40's but we feel young at DS's school.

Not sure how we will feel at the high school

#58 dadwasathome

Posted 15 May 2019 - 12:56 PM

I'm starting to feel old at DS11s school, given that he's almost five years younger than his brother who went through the same school. This is our 11th year with a child at the school.

I don't know whether it's just me getting older, but the average age of new parents in our area appears to getting lower. The parent's at DS16's high school mostly look old like me (ie. either side of 50).

But mostly age is a wombat.

Edited by dadwasathome, 15 May 2019 - 12:57 PM.


#59 my3cubs

Posted 15 May 2019 - 10:04 PM

So DD did well at her interview & has been offered a partial scholarship. She really wants to go & we can do it financially so will dive in. Fingers crossed it’s the right decision.

#60 tassiekiwi

Posted 16 May 2019 - 06:07 PM

that's great my3cubs!
DD had her interview today. we find out in a month if she has a place. She really enjoyed the taster day, though I'm not surprised about that she did cooking and science experiments all day.
If she gets in we will have to find a laptop and start saving for uniform.
I agree, I am too young to have a child about to start high school.

#61 Octopodes

Posted 23 May 2019 - 02:24 PM

DS got a place in the gifted and talented programs of both local schools we applied to. One is our zoned school, the other is close to his primary school (a few suburbs over). He had to sit a special test to get into both programs. The final decision will be left up to DS.

Whichever school he chooses, that will be our final 'back up' if he doesn't get a selective high school spot in July. The long wait between testing and results is driving me a bit nutty, I'd just like to know one way or the other so solid plans can be made. I hate limbo.

Edited by Octopodes, 23 May 2019 - 02:26 PM.


#62 amdirel

Posted 23 May 2019 - 07:05 PM

Octopodes- my DS1 got into the extension class for our out of area application. We ended up accepting and enrolling, then pulled out when he got into the selective. They didn’t mind that we had to pull out, they said it happens fairly often.

I'm still waiting for DS2's offers! Hopefully we hear soon, but he's pretty much decided he doesn't want to go to the selective. Too much pressure for my anxious perfectionist!

#63 Octopodes

Posted 23 May 2019 - 07:52 PM

I know it doesn't bother the schools so much, I am just not very good at this whole being patient thing. I feel like we've been stuck in place since March.

I have an anxious perfectionist also. I have been flipping back and forth about where DS best fits for months. Balancing his conflicting needs (ASD, anxiety + gifted) has not been easy.

Will your son get the final say or just an opinion for where he'd prefer to go? Is it too much pressure to let them completely choose for themselves?

#64 Kreme

Posted 23 May 2019 - 08:05 PM

It’s a stressful decision, I’m doing it for the second year in a row!

Last year DD had to choose between 2 G&T classes and a selective offer. We consulted her but ultimately we made the decision. And I am so glad we did. I think she would have opted for the safe choice of the extension class in a nearby school where she knew lots of people and was confident she would do well. We guided her to the selective school where she knew no one. She was utterly terrified about it and many tears were shed. And she absolutely loves it! By week 2 she had thanked us for sending her there. She’s doing brilliantly academically, engaged in lots of extra curriculars and has made a big group of friends.

DS has an offer for the G&T class at the local school. If he gets into either of our top 2 selective choices I think we will take it and see how he goes. Otherwise it will be the local school. I tend to lean towards giving it a go at the “harder” school and if it doesn’t work out you can leave.

#65 amdirel

Posted 23 May 2019 - 08:43 PM

View PostOctopodes, on 23 May 2019 - 07:52 PM, said:

I know it doesn't bother the schools so much, I am just not very good at this whole being patient thing. I feel like we've been stuck in place since March.

I have an anxious perfectionist also. I have been flipping back and forth about where DS best fits for months. Balancing his conflicting needs (ASD, anxiety + gifted) has not been easy.

Will your son get the final say or just an opinion for where he'd prefer to go? Is it too much pressure to let them completely choose for themselves?

It's just an opinion really, I will encourage him into what I think is best for him. However, all the things he's pointed out for both schools are very valid and realistic, and all the things I've been quietly thinking anyway. If he does get into the selective though (not sure if he will tbh), it'll be a big decision. I (and he) wouldn't want the opportunity to pass us by without a really good reason.

#66 dadwasathome

Posted 23 May 2019 - 08:51 PM

DS11 was offered a G&T place at our local high school yesterday. He doesn’t overly want to go there (but is not totally opposed). Nice to have options.

#67 Kreme

Posted 30 May 2019 - 12:20 PM

I had a call from our local HS saying that they had a place for DS in the G&T class but couldn’t find him in the system. It turns out that his primary school (where he attends as an out of area student) had logged him into the system under THEIR local high school as opposed to OUR local school.

Thank goodness we applied for the G&T class or the high school would have no idea he was coming and we wouldn’t have received any orientation information etc.

So it will either be this class or a selective offer if he gets one.

#68 dadwasathome

Posted 30 May 2019 - 12:57 PM

View PostKreme, on 30 May 2019 - 12:20 PM, said:

So it will either be this class or a selective offer if he gets one.

Great news!

DS11 has received a G&T offer at his local school too. We need to confirm (pending selective results) by Monday, but are trying to clarifying whether confirming this place would exclude another, out of area school, offer.

#69 Manicmum

Posted 30 May 2019 - 01:19 PM

There are a lot of clever kids in this group, good luck to them all.

#70 RuntotheRiver

Posted 31 May 2019 - 10:23 PM

There certainly is,  it’s turned into a G & T thread.

#71 seayork2002

Posted 31 May 2019 - 10:30 PM

View PostRuntotheRiver, on 31 May 2019 - 10:23 PM, said:

There certainly is,  it’s turned into a G & T thread.

Not for my kid!

:smile:

#72 Kreme

Posted 01 June 2019 - 10:48 AM

View Postdadwasathome, on 30 May 2019 - 12:57 PM, said:



Great news!

DS11 has received a G&T offer at his local school too. We need to confirm (pending selective results) by Monday, but are trying to clarifying whether confirming this place would exclude another, out of area school, offer.

It’s a bit tricky isn’t it? We were juggling an out of area application plus the G&T class at the local school. The problem with out of area applications is you often don’t find out til quite late in the year, so we decided to abandon that and take the local place.

#73 Octopodes

Posted 01 June 2019 - 11:55 AM

View Postseayork2002, on 31 May 2019 - 10:30 PM, said:

Not for my kid!

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I spent the last week wishing for a 'normal' kid. I am so over every decision needing to be considered through the lens of autism and giftedness. I wish I could just send him to the local school without much thought!

G&T offers had to be accepted by yesterday. We landed on sending him to the out of area school. Next step is teaching him how to get there by himself on public transport. That could be interesting.

#74 Jersey Caramel

Posted 01 June 2019 - 02:07 PM

We're waiting for selective school offers to come out at the end of the term too. We don't mind either way,  really,  as our local high school is good,  but it is hard having to sit on the fence while talking about it with DS1. He is the kind of kid who needs a bit of time to get used to the idea of things, so I'd like to be able to talk about all the great opportunities at the selective school, but that would set him up for being really disappointed if he doesn't get in. And vice versa! So we're just trying to avoid the subject for another month or so.

#75 dadwasathome

Posted 01 June 2019 - 02:50 PM

View PostKreme, on 01 June 2019 - 10:48 AM, said:



It’s a bit tricky isn’t it? We were juggling an out of area application plus the G&T class at the local school. The problem with out of area applications is you often don’t find out til quite late in the year, so we decided to abandon that and take the local place.

I rang the out of area school (which most boys in our street attend/have attended) yesterday, and it seems that the letter seeking confirmation of ID was an offer letter, even though it didn’t say so.

A couple of his mates also have had the same “offer” letter, so I reckon he’ll accept it, pending any selective offer.

Where we are are it can really be a crisis of choice. The local school is only 1km away, but there are several more a doable bus or light rail ride away. Then there’s a the selective and specialist schools.

Edited by dadwasathome, 01 June 2019 - 02:53 PM.





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