How good a class is very dependent on the teacher. And yes, I was going to say the same about every class being a composite.
My DD2 has been in a 1/2, 2, 3/4 class. Honestly, there has been no difference whatsoever.
The only negative experience was when DD1 was in a 2/3 class, because we are in NSW, working with a "stage" curriculum, and this was a cross stage class, as well as going across the infants/primary divide. So there were some issues there with the class being split a lot, teacher priorities etc. But it was really a matter of how the school ran the class - they have needed to have a 2/3 class again this year, but had two of them, with a lot of teacher sharing, and I haven't seen or heard of any of the problems we had a couple of years ago.
On the positive side, I have found that DD2 thrives in the lower half of a composite, as she does well having a bit of friendly competition, and there is a bit more of that when she is in a class with kids a grade ahead. Haven't seen how seen she goes being in the top half of the class yet!
I've also had DD1 in the top half of the class and she did fine as well.
It can widen friendship opportunities, especially in a small school. Allows them to split the kids in one grade up between more classes which can be helpful.
Gives the kids friends in the grade above and below - looking towards highschool, it's nice that my girls will get to highschool in yr 7 and will have friends in yr 8
This post has been edited by Julie3Girls: 07/12/2012, 06:24 AM