2020 NSW Year 7 Selective High School Key Dates

Following is the table for the key dates of 2020 NSW Year 7 Selective High School entrance.


Date
Activity
mid-January 2020Authority to attend letter sent to applicants enrolling at the school in Year 7 in 2020
27 February 2020Test authority letter is sent to candidates for entry in 2021
12 March 2020Selective High School Placement Test for entry in 2021
26 March 2020Requests for consideration of illness/misadventure submitted by applicants
26 April 2020Last day to change selective high school choices for entry in 2021
4 July 2020Placement outcomes sent overnight for entry in 2021
22 July 2020Parents send appeals to primary principals
29 July 2020Principals submit appeals to the Team
early August 2020Reserve list progress is updated on the website

This information is obtained from the NSW Department of Education’s website.

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NSW Selective High Schools Works as Intended

There had been a lot of controversy with the NSW Selective High Schools and with a large number of articles plus opinions attack its existence, also whether it serves the intended purpose.

The main point of the attack is that Selective High Schools students are mainly from the high social-economical background rather than serving the general population as intend.

First, the main criteria published in the Myschool website is called ICSEA which is called Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage, the main items in this index are parent’s education background and geographic location of the school. Whether the family is rich or poor has no direct bearing in this index. I have done a number of previous blog entries on this topic already, so I will not go into this in more detail.

Now, we got all these out of the way, you can view the articles on SMH which is called The Sydney suburbs sending the most students to selective schools.

NSW Department of Education’s own research that only 10 per cent of students in selective schools had parents who did not have post-school education.

There were also few students from the city’s richest suburbs such as Bellevue Hill, Double Bay or Milsons Point, suggesting families in those areas are still opting for private schools.

While selective schools have high rates of socio-educational advantage – which means students’ parents are educated, a key factor in schooling success – the figures show that does not necessarily equate to wealth.

Please note, what shown above is pretty much what anybody who had experience with selective high schools will tell you as well. This shows the students that study and apply themselves will get in rather than determine by how much money their parents have. We should be encouraging health and fair competitions, rather than create artificial access restriction that disadvantages one group or another.

For all the bad raps that standardized tests are getting these days, they are still the fairest and best way, for now, to provide opportunities to people that deserve them. That could be Selective High School tests and HSC or other similar tests.

We do not need to destroy what has up to now an avenue for children of middle-class parents to advance with their aspirations by crashing the existing selective high school systems. The reason why some parents are pushing their kids into selective high schools is that they themselves are a big beneficiary of education and understand what a good education can do for you.

As a society, we need to emphasise the benefit of education and continuingly promote it and never let up. Particularly with more automation entering Australia and the world, we will need more highly skilled people, a good and quality education is the only way to achieve that.

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NSW School Enrolment Surge

It is well known that NSW is experiencing a very significant enrolment surge in the last few years. This is well known in the communities as well with overcrowding in the local schools and many also filled with demountable classrooms.

There is a new article today on Another enrolment record as students head back to school on SMH.

Enrolments in public schools are continuing to grow to record levels. This year, there are expected to be 815,000 students in the sector, an increase of about 5000 on last year and almost 73,000 more than 10 years ago.

While the student census across the three sectors will not be held until schools open, the independent sector also expects further growth in enrolments. Between 2017 and 2018, enrolments grew by about 4500 students.

The public sector in Australia has recently reversed decades of shrinking enrolment percentage and starting to gain a larger share of student enrolment population. Also, most of the increases are happening at the younger end of the school population. Given the level of population growth due to both natural birth and immigration, this phenomenon is pretty much expected.

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Vandalism in Australian Schools

This came across on the news today, Lane Cove North Public School’s hall was burnt down, at this stage we do not know what triggered it. However, it is unfortunate that we have too many cases of people setting fires to the schools. Personally, if you ask me, this is one of my most hated crime. My high school’s hall was burnt down a few years before I attended it and it had to be almost completely rebuilt. The toilet block was firebombed just before I started there and everybody had to use demountable toilets and they are pretty horrible.

Schools also get often vandalised as well and which in turn forced many of them erect high fences and locked down outside of school hour. This, in turn, deprives local communities valuable green and activity area. I love taking my kids to the local school riding bicycles and playing balls on the weekend. It is a real shame that you are not able to do so in many of the NSW schools.

Schools getting vandalised and damaged not force valuable funds to be used in rebuilt, clean and replace everything, it also often can stop students from able to attend a school or carry out the full range of normal activities.

We as a society need to treat these as a serious crime and treat them accordingly. Schools are the beating hearts of the local communities and similar respect need to be given to them as well.

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2020 Tasmania Primary School Intake Area

This is a new entry for me and all Tasmania primary school Intake area map is available now. Tasmania has a specific intake area for all primary schools, however secondary schools do not. Secondary schools in Tasmania has what you call feeder primary schools instead. So, in reality, it does have an intake zone of a sort. I have not investigated in detail regarding Tasmania’s enrolment policy, so not 100 per cent sure about other enrolment criteria.

The most common name used by the Tasmania Department of Education is called “Intake Area” which refer to that students resides in a particular area are guaranteed position in specific schools. When discussed from the perspective of a particular school is often referred to as one of the following terms.

  • School Zone
  • School catchment

As usual contact the school in question or Department of Education for the final confirmation and you can also access the full Tasmania School Intake Area by following this link.

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Inner Sydney High School

This is the school catchment map for Inner Sydney High School in Sydney, NSW.

The most common name used by the NSW Department of Education is called “catchment” which refer to that students resides in a particular area are guaranteed position in specific schools. When discussed from the perspective of a particular school is often referred to as one of the following terms.

  • School Zone
  • School intake area
  • School catchment

As usual contact the school in question or Department of Education for the final confirmation and you can also access the full High School Catchment Map by following this link.

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2020 NSW, Sydney High School Year 11 Catchment Map Update

The High school zone map has been updated for the entire state of NSW for 2020.

Sydney High School Catchment Map for Year 11

NSW/Sydney High School Catchment Map for Year 7 to 10

The most common name used by the NSW Department of Education is called “catchment” which refer to that students resides in a particular area is guaranteed a position in specific schools. When discussed from the perspective of a particular school is often referred to as one of the following terms.

  • School Zone
  • School intake area
  • School catchment

As usual contact the school in question or Department of Education for the final confirmation and you can also access the full NSW and Sydney High School Catchment Map by following this link.

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2020 NSW, Sydney High School Year 7 Catchment Map Update

The High school zone map has been updated for the entire state of NSW for 2020.

Sydney High School Catchment Map for Year 7

NSW/Sydney High School Catchment Map for Year 7 to 10

The most common name used by the NSW Department of Education is called “catchment” which refer to that students resides in a particular area is guaranteed a position in specific schools. When discussed from the perspective of a particular school is often referred to as one of the following terms.

  • School Zone
  • School intake area
  • School catchment

As usual contact the school in question or Department of Education for the final confirmation and you can also access the full NSW and Sydney High School Catchment Map by following this link.

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2020 NSW, Sydney Public School Catchment Map Update

The primary school zone map has been updated for the entire state of NSW for 2020. I will be updating the secondary school zone map in the next day or two as well.

NSW, Sydney Public School Zone Map

The most common name used by the NSW Department of Education is called “catchment” which refer to that students resides in a particular area is guaranteed a position in specific schools. When discussed from the perspective of a particular school is often referred to as one of the following terms.

  • School Zone
  • School intake area
  • School catchment

As usual contact the school in question or Department of Education for the final confirmation and you can also access the full NSW and Sydney Public School Catchment Map by following this link.

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2020 Queensland, Brisbane Senior Secondary School Catchment Map

The senior secondary school catchment map has been updated for the entire state of Queensland for 2020.

Queensland, Brisbane Senior Secondary School Catchment Map

For the final confirmation please contact the school in question.

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