When Do You Guys Think Sydney Students Will Be Back To Face To Face Teaching

The current Sydney lockdown is currently scheduled to end on the 30th of July. In reality, I do not think even in the most optimistic scenario we will be out of the current lockdown before September.

NSW school term 3 is supposed to end on the 17th of September. So given the current situation, I think there is more than an even chance that we will not see face-to-face learning in school until term 4.

Given what is happening around Australia, many other states are going through similar things as well, let’s hope they will get out of lockdown faster than Sydney will.

Personally, after only six days of online learning for the children, I am already looking forward to the day for them to go back to school.


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Online Learning For Sydney Students For The Next Two Weeks

Victoria is entering a new round of lockdown and students will have to do the online learning again. NSW school holiday had ended earlier this week and will have to spend at least the first three weeks of term 3 this year with online learning.

With what happened previously I think this particular lockdown in Sydney and associated online learning will not likely end towards mid of term 3 at the least.

I just want to do a quick review of online learning with my own children. My elder one is in high school this year in the local government high school. The school in question is very well organized and drilled the students previously on the procedures and what needs to be done in case of a lockdown. All high school students got their own laptop and use it extensively already in their day-to-day schooling, the school is also well organised and required information went out to all students in their email and Google classrooms before the term starts. The schedule pretty much mirrors the in-school one and they perform roll call in the morning and stay in zoom all day.

My younger one is still in primary school and the school in question is also fairly well organized. We picked up a laptop from school on Tuesday morning and relevant information was also emailed to us and the student’s Google classroom as well. The scheduling is a lot less tightly organized reflecting the student’s corresponding abilities at different ages as well.

Both of my children went through online learning last year, so they all got exposure to this routine and are enduring it fairly well. I personally felt a lot easier this time around where last year was very much like herding cats most of the time.


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Speculation Of Primary Catchment For The New High School At St Leonards Education Precinct

First let me say, the new site for the high school located in the new St Leonards Education Precinct is not definitive yet. I went over the information available and what I marked on the image below is what I think is the most likely site.

The new high school once established will most likely result in the shrinking of the catchment for Hunters Hill, Chatswood, and Cammeraygal High School. There will also be a likely ripple effect to the high schools further out as well. Willoughby Girls High School will not likely be impacted as its catchment is currently overlayed on top of existing schools.

The school is currently in the planning stage and we are not likely to see its establishment for another three to four years at the least.


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Speculation Of Primary Catchment For The New Primary School At St Leonards Education Precinct

The site of the new proposed St Leonards Education Precinct from all the information I went through will most likely be where currently TAFE located next to the Royal North Shore Hospital. I marked the spot on the image below, so your guys can have a better understanding of its location and relation to the nearby schools.

There are a large number of residential towers already went up and in the process of doing so around the St Leonards Station. It makes sense to situate a new school near where the population growth will be happening in the near future.

Looking at the location, the catchment of primary school sited at St Lenoards Education Precinct will likely be at the expanse of Greenwich, Artarmon, and Anzac Park Public School. However, when a new school is established, usually schools on the outer ring of it will also be impacted. So Lane Cove, North Sydney, and Cammeray Public School will also likely be impacted to a lesser degree. Chatswood and Mowbray Public School will not likely be impacted by this new school as a different new primary school will be established in Chatswood.

We still at the planning stage, so many things can and will change over the next few years.


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Speculation Of High School Catchment For The New High School At Macquarie Park Education Precinct

The high school catchments around the newly proposed Macquarie Park Education Precinct are a bit of a mess. As you can see from the image below.

Again with the NSW Department of Education’s tendency to use major geographic features of using rivers, parks, and major roads to divide the school catchments, we can make some speculation on how the catchment will look like.

The new high school’s catchment will be at expense of Ryde Secondary College and Hunters Hill High School most likely. Epping Boys and Riverside Girls High School will also possibly be impacted, particularly given the recent moves by the NSW Department of Education that shift schools towards coed.

The majority of new apartments are between Epping Road and M2 Motorway, however, I would expect the new high school catchment will extend south past the Epping road as well. The catchment to the further west and south outside what is mentioned can also be impacted but if so will be to a lesser degree.


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Speculation Of Primary Catchment For The New Primary School At Macquarie Park Education Precinct

Looking at the proposed location of the new Macquarie Park Education Precinct and the catchment of existing nearby primary schools, we can start to speculate the possible catchment for the new primary school.

Given that the NSW Department of Education likes to conform to the major separating features like rivers, parks, and major roads, this means it most likely will be the area bounded by Lane Cove river and Epping Road.

The most likely impacted schools are North Ryde and Truscott Street Public School. Kent Road Public School is also likely affected as well. Changes to catchment of these existing catchment will also likely resulting in changes to the other neighbouring public schools to the south as well.

There is a massive amount of newly build large apartment buildings around the Macquarie shopping center, so a new school is sorely needed.


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St Leonards Health And Education Precinct

A new combined primary and high school will be established in the new St Leonards Health and Education Precinct to accommodate the planned increasing population in St Leonards.

This project is still in the planning stage, so probably should not expect it to complete for another three to four years.

There is no confirmed location of the school, so did some research and guessed the most likely site for it.

I will update again when there are more concrete information available relating to this topic.


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Macquarie Park Education Precinct

With the massive amount of residential towers already went up and still going up around North Ryde and Macquarie Park area, it is not a surprise that new schools need to be estabilished in the vincinity.

Macquarie Park Education Precinct will have both primary and high schools on the same site. It is still in the planning stage and originally to be funded in the 2018 to 2019 financial year. However, the most recent NSW 2021 to the 2022 year budget had allocated $16 million to this project, so the project is likely significantly delayed compare to the originally planned schedule.

Macquarie Park Education Precinct will be built on the previous site of Peter Board High School or what was previously called North Ryde High School. The school was closed in 1998 and the site sold off in 2006 by the NSW government for $52 million and school buildings demolished in 2008. It is not known how much the NSW government spend to purchase the site back, but it is safe to assume it is significantly more than what it had received selling the site.

A fun trivia, the current NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian attended North Ryde High School was a former school captain.

The large empty patch of land was the demolished site of old Peter Board High School and proposed the site of the new Macquarie Park Education Precinct. The Ryde Hunters Hill District Hockey Club was built on the former school oval.


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Newly Proposed Public School In Chatswood

Given the recent large scale development in Chatswood, it is not a surprise that a new public school will be build in the area. One important thing to note is that in 2022 significant part of existing Chatswood Public School’s catchment will be handed to Lindfield Learning Village and Roseville Public School.

Currently, it is speculated that the new public school will be sited at dive site for Sydney Metro located at the corner of Pacific high way and Mowbray road. You can look at the 2021 catchment map and see the proposed site marked by X.

Looking at the site, this likely means further reduction of the catchment of the existing Chatswood Public School catchment, possibly extend to Mowbray, Artarmon, and nearby Willoughby Public School as well. These three schools all received recent upgrades, so they are probably not under immediate heavy enrolment pressure. I would guess most of the catchment of this new school will come from the existing Chatswood Public School’s catchment.

However, this will imply very significant changes to the catchment when the new school is established. Given the current timeline, it will be a few more years at least.


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Top 50 Victoria, Melbourne Primary Schools In Map

First I want to clarify, this set of maps is also based on 2019 data released in 2020 which is the most recent one. NAPLAN was canceled in 2020, so there is no data release in 2021, we will have to wait until 2022 for the next set of data releases.

48 out of 50 top Victorian primary schools are concentrated in Melbourne, with only two exceptions that are in or near Geelong.

Following is where all the top 50 Victoria, Melbourne primary schools, as you can see they are mainly concentrated in Melbourne’s central, eastern and southeastern areas with a splash in the northern suburbs. This is to be expected as traditionally in Australia the top public/government schools are concentrated in the affluent and well-established suburbs. In Melbourne’s case, these types of suburbs tend to be near the city center, also to the east and southeastern side. This matches the locations of the top primary schools extremely well.

Melbourne metro area

Chilwell Primary School ranked 34 and Inverleigh Primary School ranked 45 in 2019. I will not further illustrate these two in the image and maps anymore.

The top 10 for 2019 are all in Melbourne’s northeast to south-eastern suburbs with the exception of Preston West Primary School which is located in the northern suburbs of Melbourne. Please note the top 10 are highlighted in red.

  • Beverley Hills Primary School
  • Serpell Primary School
  • Oakleigh South Primary School
  • Glendal Primary School
  • Pinewood Primary School
  • Canterbury Primary School
  • Balwyn Primary School
  • Birralee Primary School
  • Preston West Primary School
  • Brandon Park Primary School

The top 11 to 20 for 2019 are also all in Melbourne’s northeast to south-eastern suburbs. Please note the top 11 to 20 are highlighted in blue.

  • Mount View Primary School
  • Donburn Primary School
  • Doncaster Gardens Primary School
  • Camberwell Primary School
  • Hampton Primary School
  • Wheelers Hill Primary School
  • Laburnum Primary School
  • Clifton Hill Primary School
  • Merri Creek Primary School
  • Burwood East Primary School

The top 21 to 30 for 2019 are all in near central Melbourne, then fan out to northeast to south-eastern suburbs with the exception of Doreen Primary School which is located on the edge of northern Melbourne. Please note the top 21 to 30 are highlighted in green.

Kew East Primary School
Malvern Primary School
Mont Albert Primary School
Doreen Primary School
South Yarra Primary School
Templeton Primary School
Spensley Street Primary School
Camelot Rise Primary School
Kerrimuir Primary School
North Melbourne Primary School

Doreen Public School

The top 31 to 40 for 2019 are all in near central Melbourne, then fan out to northeast to south-eastern suburbs with the exception of Chiwell Primary School which is located in Geelong. Please note the top 31 to 40 are highlighted in purple.

Gardenvale Primary School
Orchard Grove Primary School
Blackburn Lake Primary School
Chilwell Primary School
Glen Waverley Primary School
Mount Waverley Primary School
Mountain Gate Primary School
Hartwell Primary School
Deepdene Primary School
Westgarth Primary School

The top 41 to 50 for 2019 are more evenly distributed around Melbourne suburbs with the exception of Inverleigh Primary School which is located west of Geelong. Please note the top 41 to 50 are highlighted in black.

Strathmore North Primary School
Eltham East Primary School
Glenferrie Primary School
Vermont Primary School
Inverleigh Primary School
Thomastown East Primary School
Hawthorn West Primary School
Auburn South Primary School
Burwood Heights Primary School
Bentleigh West Primary School

In conclusion, as illustrated the top Victorian primary schools are concentrated in central Melbourne and northeastern, eastern, and southeastern part of Melbourne. There is a splatter of top primary schools in the northern suburbs of Melbourne and two near Geelong. The western suburbs got none in 2019.


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