Mid Life Upgrade for Sydney Public School Map

This is a bit off topic, I am sharing the things that I have learned while doing mapping using Google map.

The default marker is monstrously big and it is fine when you only have a few of them. However if you like me already up to around 600 and will going up more in the future. The map when zoomed became a bit of a mess. The default market is not only just 32 by 32 pixel, the shape of it also make it rather large.

If you export the map into kml and look at the actual file, you will notice that bits look like following

 

<IconStyle>
<color>ff3644DB</color>
<scale>1.1</scale>
<Icon>
<href>http://www.gstatic.com/mapspro/images/stock/503-wht-blank_maps.png</href>
</Icon>
<hotSpot x=’16’ y=’31’ xunits=’pixels’ yunits=’insetPixels’>
</hotSpot>
</IconStyle>

The url is what marker graphic will be used, there are a lot of them available, the default one is 32 by 32 pixel which is in my view really too big for a lot of applications.

Here is a smaller sized red circle marker

https://storage.googleapis.com/support-kms-prod/SNP_2752125_en_v0

I started using the new marker, however the marker does not stay in the same spot on different level of zoom. Same does not seem to apply with the default market. After a bit of research, look like the market need to be “anchored” to fix this issue. Then it is off to more “research” which is really google searches. I finally find the answer, it is the

<hotSpot x=’16’ y=’31’ xunits=’pixels’ yunits=’insetPixels’>

The kml exported by default uses pixels and it is for the 32 by 32 pixels marker, so when you use a smaller marker you will the markers moving when zooming. The easiest solution I find is just change to use fraction in the hotspot tag as following.

<hotSpot x=’0.5′ y=’0.5′ xunits=’fraction’ yunits=’fraction’>

So after a couple hours of work, now I finally got rid of that gigantic default markers. Enjoy the new mid life upgraded Sydney Public School full catchment map by following this link.

Marsden Park, Riverstone and Rouse Hill Public School Catchment Map Added

I finally finished the Southern Sydney and can move onto the other areas after spending the whole month down there. This update is in  the north west growth area again with three more school catchment map added.

This update coincidentally also bring the total public school catchment to 300 as well. It certainly is a major milestone for me.

  • Marsden Park Public School
  • Riverstone Public School
  • Rouse Hill Public School

As usual contact the school in question for the final confirmation and you can also access the full catchment map by following this link.

Engadine, Engadine West, Heathcote, Heathcote East, Loftus, Marton and Yarrawarra Public School Catchment Map Added

The final seven school for shire district added, southern Sydney is finally done. /dance, /sing whatever and I am so excited about this. Now have to decide which region to move back into after this, this has been fun so far and I really appreciate your guys going alone on this trip with me.

  • Engadine Public School
  • Engadine West Public School
  • Heathcote Public School
  • Heathcote East Public School
  • Loftus Public School
  • Marton Public School
  • Yarrawarra Public School

As usual contact the school in question for the final confirmation and you can also access the full catchment map by following this link.

Alfords Point, Bangor, Illawong, Lucas Height Community, Menai and Tharawal Public School Catchment Map Added

A little bit of departure today and did six public school catchment instead of five. I promise this is the last time I will say that Shire district is almost done :), just seven more school left to map.

  • Alfords Point Public School
  • Bangor Public School
  • Illawong Public School
  • Lucas Height Community School
  • Menai Public School
  • Tharawal Public School

As usual contact the school in question for the final confirmation and you can also access the full catchment map by following this link.

 

Bonnet Bay, Como, Como West, Jannali and Woronora Public School Catchment

Now over 70 percent of Shire done and only 12 more schools catchment map to complete, I am going to power ahead and try to finish the Southern Sydney as soon as possible.

  • Bonnet Bay Public School
  • Como Public School
  • Como West Public School
  • Jannali Public School
  • Woronora Public School

As usual contact the school in question for the final confirmation and you can also access the full catchment map by following this link.

Gymea North, Jannali East, Kareela, Oyster Bay and Sutherland North Public School Catchment Added

Getting closer to finishing mapping the shire, once I finish that there is more yummy stuff I am working for your guys. Here are five more Sydney public school catchment map added.

  • Gymea North Public School
  • Jannali East Public School
  • Kareela Public School
  • Oyster Bay Public School
  • Sutherland North Public School

As usual contact the school in question for the final confirmation and you can also access the full catchment map by following this link.

Caringbah, Laguna, Miranda, Sylvania and Sylvania Height Public School Catchment Maps

I am about half way through mapping the shire district, really looking forward to get another area ticked off. There is very much lack of public information on the school catchment maps for the shire and it has been hard going than usual. In the course of mapping the zones, I did notice some crazy shaped islands in Sylvania Waters. I am wondering if they are always like that or only filled out and linked later, or even if the island was man made or formed naturally.

See the Murry and the Cook island.

Murry and Cook Island

Five more school catchment map added as following.

  • Caringbah Public School
  • Laguna Public School
  • Miranda Public School
  • Sylvania Public School
  • Sylvania Height Public School

As usual contact the school in question for the final confirmation and you can also access the full catchment map by following this link.

Bundeena, Burraneer Bay , Cronulla, Cronulla South and Lilli Pilli Public School Catchment Map Added

The public school catchment for the shire district is coming alone nicely, I am probably about 40 percent done and hopefully get rest of it filled out soon. Love the suburbs just by looking at them on the map and may have to pay a visit again soon.

  • Bundeena Public School
  • Burraneer Bay Public School
  • Cronulla Public School
  • Cronulla South Public School
  • Lilli Pilli Public School

As usual contact the school in question for the final confirmation and you can also access the full catchment map by following this link.

Roseville Public School

Roseville Public School was established in 1915 and is situated in the leaf upper north shore suburb of Roseville. It is also one of the older state public school with an excellent reputation. Its motto of “Facta Non Verba” means deeds not words in English. In 2014 there are 620 enrolled in the school which is actually three less than the number enrolled in 2008. This is a very rare thing in north shore suburbs and in fact uncommon in NSW overall. Many north shore public school I know of had 40 per cent more increase in enrolment number during the same time period. I put this down to the enrolment area of Roseville Public School is almost purely consistent of single dwellings and unlike many suburbs alone the north shore line had significant new multi dwellings built during the same time period. Although there are a number of apartments nearing finish on the boundary roads in Roseville so things will likely change as well.

In 2014 students with a language background other than English sits at 24 per cent. Roseville Public School also performs very well academically and consistently rank in the top of the state public schools.

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Its catchment straddles the north shore rail line and covers the majority of the Roseville, parts of Chatswood and Lindfield as well. For final confirmation of the school catchment please contact the school directly.

The most common name used by NSW Department of Education is called “catchment” which refer to that students resides in 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

You can search for a particular school or address in the search box in the top right-hand corner of the embedded map or zoom into an area of interest on the map.

The school situated east of railway alone the Archbold Rd, the part of Roseville past Archbold road is actually very flat at least in terms of Sydney geography anyway. So the school itself is very flat as well much more so than Chatswood Public School in comparison. As with the schools established around the same time, it has the older red double brick buildings and newer ones. It also a three-floor new one build during the 2008 GFC period. Say what you might about the stimulus, just visiting the schools you will realise that how much the schools were neglected and the capital investments were well received in the communities.

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With a fairly stable number of students over the years, Roseville Public School is also one of the few I have visited that got no demountables at all, this is indeed a rare thing in North Shore area in my personal experience. School contain two main building, along with the usual library, school hall and offices etc. As you can see in the following pictures, there are very sizable playgrounds and excellent sports facilities. In this instance, no demountables taking up valuable playground space is beneficial indeed.

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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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Caringbah, Kurnell, Miranda, Taren Point and Woolooware Public School Catchment Added

Shire district gets more love and five more public school catchment added. It is starting to take shape a bit more and hopefully I can get most of shire district done soon.

  • Caringbah Public School
  • Kurnell Public School
  • Miranda Public School
  • Taren Point Public School
  • Woolooware Public School

As usual contact the school in question for the final confirmation and you can also access the full catchment map by following this link.