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Introduction on NSW/Sydney Public School K-6 (Part 2)

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Most of public schools in NSW are comprehensive which goes from Kindergarten to year 6. However there are eighteen infants school which only go from Kindergarten to year 2, once the students in those school finish year 2, they will need to move on to a comprehensive public school in their local catchment.

Enrolment is fairly complex subject depending on the school you are trying to enrol your children into, some are very easy and some are very competitive and require a ton of documents. I will cover that in more detail in a different post later.

There are also a number of special needs public school sprinkled throughout the state; they are generally smaller in size compare to the other schools. Normal public schools can also have special needs children attending, I know situation where there are dedicated resource for those children. However I do not know how common that is and what the standard procedure for those types of situations in the public schools.

From year 5 to 6 there is also something called opportunity class. Quoting directly from department of education of NSW, they supposed to achieve the following purpose.

Opportunity classes cater for highly achieving Year 5 and 6 academically gifted students who may otherwise be without classmates at their own academic and social level. These classes help gifted and talented students to learn by grouping them with other gifted and talented students, teaching them in specialised ways and providing educational materials at the appropriate level.

It is a two year placement and application happens in year 4, there are 75 schools in NSW with opportunity classes. Depending on which part of Sydney, the application and test process for this can get very competitive.

The application and placement test for year 7 selective high schools happens in year 6. This again can be very competitive in parts of Sydney and NSW.

Again according to the department of education the curriculum for K-6 looks like following.

Learning in Kindergarten to Year 6 focuses on six key learning areas (KLAs):

  • English 
  • Mathematics
  • Science and Technology
  • Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
  • Human Society and Its Environment
  • Creative Arts

 

Each syllabus has a set of aims, objectives and outcomes, organised as knowledge and understanding, skills, values and attitudes.

More information about Sydney/NSW public school and curriculum can be found at http://www.schools.nsw.edu.au/.

 

Introduction on NSW/Sydney Public School K-6 (Part 1)

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NSW/Sydney public schools are from K-12, K-6 is generally referred as primary schools or commonly just public schools. Years 7 to 12 are also public schools but they are generally called as high school, it maybe girls, boys or just high school in which case is comprehensive.

For the purpose of this article, I am just going to talk about primary level of public school from K-6. K in this case means from Kindergarten, year 1, year 2, year 3, year 4, year 5 and year 6.  The cut off birthday for enrol into kindergarten in your local public school is 30th of July from between age of 4 to 6. This means if your children are four years old at 30th of July in 2015, then you can enrol them in your local public school for year 2016. So the children in kindergarten are generally between age of four and half to five and half. It is however not uncommon for some parents in delaying sending their children to start school until the year after, so some children maybe close to six year old when they start in the kindergarten. This practice is very common in north shore area in Sydney from personal observation, particularly with boys as a lot of parents want their kids to be more mature and fit in better sports wise, so don’t be surprised at a lot of parents delaying the starting of the school for their children for one year. However it is not legal to delay it further after this point.

Public school is basically free; however there will be some cost like excursion, special activities, earphone for the computers etc. You can reasonably expect a few hundred dollars per children per year at minimum to cover the basic costs. Then there are things like summer and winter uniforms, school bag etc.

There are four terms in a year, first term start around beginning of February ends before Easter, second term start after Easter and ends before July, third term start at mid to late July and ends mid to late September, fourth and last term starts at early to mid-October and last until just before Christmas. The summer holiday is around six week in length and other three breaks are all roughly two week each.

School run from Monday to Friday during the terms and normally start at 9:10 and finish around 3:10. There are two recesses, one in the morning and another in the afternoon. There is also a lunchtime which is around 45 minutes in duration. School yards are supervised by teachers about half hour before the morning starting time.

Travelling to primary school are generally done by walking, car or public transport, there are also normally school buses as well which are run before and after school. Everyone is eligible for school buses between Kindergarten to year 2. From year 3 onwards the eligibility is dependent on the distance between student’s home to the school.

Schools will have a general assembly at least once a week, normally this happens on Friday. Awards etc. are given out during the assembly; parents are often welcome to visit.

Public schools in Sydney are generally very good in quality in my personal experience. Ranking has more to do with social economical background and how involved are the parents rather than anything else. This is why when you looking at area such as lower and upper north shore area, there is really no bad public schools. This is not because the teachers in those schools are better than the others or they receive more resource, it is really due to the similar minded and actively involved parents.

One interesting things about public school at primary level is that there are very few male teachers, there is maybe less than a handful at my children’s school and from what I know of other parents, this is pretty much the case throughout the entire Sydney.

 

 

 

 

233 Sydney public school catchment in one map

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I have completed mapping 233 Sydney public school catchment and on one map. Probably 60 percent are directly gathered from individual school’s website and rest are created using various of sources and some what I liked to think are educated guess work.

The map can be accessed via clicking this link.

The full list of Sydney public school mapped already can be found in the following table

School NameSchool NameSchool NameSchool Name
Abbotsford Public SchoolDundas Public SchoolMatraville Public SchoolStanmore Public School
Alexandria Park Community SchoolEarlwood Public SchoolMatthew Pearce Public SchoolStrathfield North Public School
Alfords Point Public SchoolEast Hills Public SchoolMccallums Hill Public SchoolStrathfield South Public School
Allambie Heights Public SchoolEastlakes Public SchoolMeadowbank Public SchoolSummer Hill Public School
Annandale Public SchoolEastwood height Public SchoolMelrose Park Public SchoolSutherland Public School
Arncliffe Public SchoolEastwood Public SchoolMenai Public SchoolTaren Point Public School
Artarmon Public SchoolElanora Heights Public SchoolMetalla Road Public SchoolTelopea Public School
Ashbury Public SchoolEnfield Public SchoolMiddle Harbour Public SchoolTempe Public School
Ashfield Public SchoolEngadine Public SchoolMilperra Public SchoolTerry Hills Public School
Asquith Public SchoolEngadine West Public SchoolMimosa Public SchoolThe Meadows Public School
Athelstane Public SchoolEpping Heights Public SchoolMiranda Public SchoolTharawal Public School
Auburn North Public SchoolEpping North Public SchoolMona Vale Public SchoolThornleigh West Public School
Auburn Public SchoolEpping Public SchoolMortdale Public SchoolToongabbie East Public School
Auburn West Public SchoolEpping West Public SchoolMortlake Public SchoolToongabbie Public School
Bald Face Public SchoolErmington Public SchoolMosman Public SchoolToongabbie West Public School
Balgowlah Height Public SchoolErmington West Public SchoolMowbray Public SchoolTower Street Public School
Balgowlah North Public SchoolErskineville Public SchoolMurray Farm Public SchoolTruscott Street Public School
Balmain Public SchoolExcelsior Public SchoolNarrabeen Lakes Public SchoolTurramurra Public School
Bangor Public SchoolFerncourt Public SchoolNarrabeen North Public SchoolTurramurra North Public School
BankMeadow Public SchoolFive Dock Public SchoolNarraweena Public SchoolUltimo Public School
Banksia Road Public SchoolForest Lodge Public SchoolNarwee Public SchoolUndercliffe Public School
Bankstown North Public SchoolForestville Public SchoolNeutral Bay Public SchoolVardys Public School
Bankstown Public SchoolFort Street Public SchoolNewington Public SchoolVaucluse Public School
Bankstown West Public SchoolFrench Forest Public SchoolNewtown North Public SchoolVictoria Avenue Public School
Barnier Public SchoolGardeners Road Public SchoolNewtown Public SchoolWahroonga Public School
Baulkham Hills North Public SchoolGirraween Public SchoolNicholson Street Public SchoolWaitara Public School
Beacon Hill Public SchoolGladesville Public SchoolNormanhurst Public SchoolWakehurst Public School
Beaumont Hills Public SchoolGlebe Public SchoolNormanhurst West Public SchoolWarrawee Public School
Beaumont Road Public SchoolGlenmore Road Public SchoolNorth Rocks Public SchoolWattawa Heights Public School
Beauty Point Public SchoolGordon East Public SchoolNorth Ryde Public SchoolWaverley Public School
Beecroft Public SchoolGordn West Public SchoolNorth Sydney Public SchoolWentworthville Public School
Bellevue Hill Public SchoolGrays Point Public SchoolNorthbridge Public SchoolWest Pennant Hills Public School
Belmore North Public SchoolGreenacre Public SchoolNorthmead Public SchoolWest Pymble Public School
Belmore South Public SchoolGreenwich Public SchoolOakhill Drive Public SchoolWest Ryde Public School
Belrose Public SchoolGymea Bay Public SchoolOatlands Public SchoolWestmead Public School
Berela Public SchoolGymea North Public SchoolOatley Public SchoolWheeler Heights Public School
Beverly Hills Public SchoolHaberfield Public SchoolOrange Grove Public SchoolWiley Park Public School
Beresford Road Public SchoolHarbord Public SchoolOyster Bay Public SchoolWilkins Public School
Beverly Hills Public SchoolHambledon Public SchoolPaddington Public SchoolWilloughby Public School
Bexley North Public SchoolHampden Park Public SchoolPadstow Heights Public SchoolWinston Heights Public School
Bexley Public SchoolHannans Road Public SchoolPadstow Park Public SchoolWinston Hills Public School
Birchgrove Public SchoolHarcourt Public SchoolPadstow South Public SchoolWoollahra Public School
Blakehurst Public SchoolHeathcote East Public SchoolPagewood Public SchoolWoolooware Public School
Bondi Public SchoolHeathcote Public SchoolPanania North Public SchoolWoronora Public School
Bonnet Bay Public SchoolHilltop Road Public SchoolPanania Public SchoolYagoona Public School
Boronia Park Public SchoolHomebush Public SchoolParklea Public SchoolYarrawarra Public School
Botany Public SchoolHomebush West Public SchoolParramatta East Public SchoolYates Avenue Public School
Bourke Street Public SchoolHornsby Heights Public SchoolParramatta North Public SchoolYowie Bay Public School
Brighton-Le-Sands Public SchoolHornsby North Public SchoolParramatta Public School
Bronte Public SchoolHornsby South Public SchoolParramatta West Public School
Brookvale Public SchoolHunters Hill Public SchoolPeakhurst Public School
Bundeena Public SchoolHurstville Public SchoolPeakhurst South Public School
Burnside Public SchoolHurstville South Public SchoolPeakhurst West Public School
Burraneer Bay Public SchoolIllawong Public SchoolPeakhurst West Public School
Burwood Public SchoolIronbark Ridge Public SchoolPendle Hills Public School
Caddies Creek Public SchoolJannali Public SchoolPennant Hills Public School
Camdenville Public SchoolJannali East Public SchoolPennant Hills Public School
Cammeray Public SchoolJapser Road Public SchoolPenshurst Public School
Campsie Public SchoolJohn Palmer Public SchoolPetersham Public School
Canterbury South Public SchoolJohn Purchase Public SchoolPicnic Point Public School
Canterbury Public SchoolKambora Public SchoolPlunkett Street Public School
Caringbah Public SchoolKareela Public SchoolPunchbowl Public School
Carlingford Public SchoolKegworth Public SchoolPutney Public School
Carlingford West Public SchoolKellyville Public SchoolQuakers Hill East Public School
Carlton Public SchoolKellyville Ridge Public SchoolPymble Public School
Carlton South Public SchoolKensington Public SchoolRainbow Street Public School
Castle Cover Public SchoolKent Road Public SchoolRamsgate Public School
Castle Hill Public SchoolKillarney Heights Public SchoolRandwick Public School
Chatswood Public SchoolKingsgrove Public SchoolReversby Public School
Cherrybrook Public SchoolKings Langley Public SchoolReversby South Public School
Chifley Public SchoolKirrawee Public SchoolRingrose Public School
Chullora Public SchoolKurnell Public SchoolRiverbank Public School
Clemton Park Public SchoolKogarah Public SchoolRiverstone Public School
Clovelly Public SchoolLa Perouse Public SchoolRiverwood Public School
Collaroy Plateau Public SchoolLakemba Public SchoolRockdale Public School
Como Public SchoolLalor Park Public SchoolRose Bay Public School
Como West Public SchoolLane Cove Public SchoolRosehill Public School
Concord Public SchoolLane Cove West Public SchoolRoselea Public School
Concord West Public SchoolLeichhardt Public SchoolRoseville Public School
Condell Park Public SchoolLewisham Public SchoolRouse Hill Public School
Connells Point Public SchoolLidcombe Public SchoolRozelle Public School
Coogee Public SchooolLilli Pilli Public SchoolRydalmere East Public School
Cromer Public SchoolLindfield Public SchoolRydalmere Public School
Cronulla Public SchoolLindfield East Public SchoolRyde East Public School
Cronulla South Public SchoolLoftus Public SchoolRyde Public School
Crestwood Public SchoolLucas Height Community SchoolSamule Gilbert Public School
Crown Street Public SchoolLugarno Public SchoolSans Souci Public School
Croydon Park Public SchoolLynwood Park Public SchoolSchofields Public School
Croydon Public SchoolMalabar Public SchoolSeaforth Public School
Curl Curl North Public SchoolManly West Public SchoolSeven Hills North Public School
Daceyville Public SchoolManly Village Public SchoolSeven Hills Public School
Darcy Road Public SchoolManly Vale Public SchoolSeven Hills West Public School
Darlinghurst Public SchoolMarie Bashir Public SchoolSherwood Ridge Public School
Darlington Public SchoolMaroubra Bay Public SchoolSolders' Settlement Public School
Dee Why Public SchoolMaroubra Junction Public SchoolSouth Coogee Public School
Denistone East Public SchoolMarrickville Public SchoolSutherland North Public School
Dobroyd Point Public SchoolMarrickville West Public SchoolSt Ives North Public School
Double Bay Public SchoolMarsden Park Public SchoolSt Ives Park Public School
Drummoyne Public SchoolMarton Public SchoolSt Ives Public School
Dulwich Hill Public SchoolMascot Public SchoolSt Peters Public School

 

Note: The map are created to the best information I could find and for the final confirmation I still recommend you call the school in question to find out.

The Best Sydney Public School Catchment Map You Can Find

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Anybody who considered about sending their children to a Sydney Public School probably went through the question of which school catchment am I zoned in? Schools may or may not have the information listed on their website and it maybe located for one school under one section and another school in another. It is an exercise in frustration when you trying to find and verifying the school catchments for multiple schools.

Heaven forbid that if you are looking for properties and trying to work out which school it is zoned for, you just landed yourself a massive headache. Some of the real estate site will have certain information available, however they are often missing or contain incorrect information.

So if you have no further interest in reading my mumble jumble here goes the fruit my labour for last two month. I am rather proud of the Sydney Public School Catchment that created by me. This is very much a work in progress still and more schools will be added when I get to them.

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Preview of Sydney Public School Catchment Map

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I have been working on a comprehensive Sydney public school catchment map for the last six weeks. One thing I’ll say is that I severally underestimate the time and dedication required to accomplish a project like this while holding down a full time job. I have got all the public school at primary level pinned on the map and substantial percentage of with catchment map finished as well.

Following is a preview of what has been done so far.

Hopefully in the next article I will be able to present the map with what I have done already for your guys to use and enjoy.