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.

Grays Point, Gymea Bay, Kirrawee, Sutherland and Yowie Bay Public School Catchment Map Added

First foray into the shire territories and five more public school catchment added.

  • Grays Point Public School
  • Gymea Bay Public School
  • Kirrawee Public School
  • Sutherland Public School
  • Yowie Bay 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.

Seven Hills North, The Meadows, Toongabbie and Vardys Public School Catchment Added

Moving alone the western line and north west Sydney as well and continue to fill out catchment maps for more public schools.

  • Seven Hills North Public School
  • The Meadows Public School
  • Toongabbie Public School
  • Vardys Public School

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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Wentworthville, Pendle Hill, Beresford Road, Toongabbie East and Toongabbie West Public School Catchment Added

It is getting harder to plot the school catchment now as the most of low hanging fruits have been picked already. However that being said, here is some more love for the western Sydney again, five more public school catchment added to the map.

  • Beresford Road Public School
  • Pendle Hill Public School
  • Toongabbie East Public School
  • Toongabbie West Public School
  • Wentworthville Public School

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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Choosing a school for your child (Part 3)

This the last article in choosing a school for your child series.

  • School’s size, the number and composition of the students enrolled

Class size wise public schools that I know off all have it well managed. The main issue with this is that Sydney and in some areas like north shore, northern beaches etc, a lot of schools experienced increase in enrollment of 40 percent or more in less than ten years time. What this means is that a lot of schools in the old more established suburbs all became very crowded and forced to settle with a lot of demountables. The 2008 GFC actually provided a much needed capital construction for the public schools in Sydney. Going to the public schools in north shore area, just about the only new buildings they had in I do not know how many years are all constructed during that period.

The issue with the composition in the public school it is a lot more tricky. Some school’s catchment contain large amount of public housing which can have a direct impact. If you intend to send your children to the local public school, it certainly pays to do research first on the local intake area so you do not get yourself into a situation you do not want to be in.

  • How well the particular school is managed

Generally in personal experience the public schools in Sydney are well managed. However to find out more details, you will need to do the research yourself online and if possible get into contact with parents who have children going to the school. This will differ from school to school and even principle to principle.

  • The non academic programs in the school such as sport, music, arts etc.

This is the part where private schools have an edge over the public ones. That being said in the more affluent areas just about every children going to the public school all had private non academic programs happening outside of school hours.

  • Will your child have friend in the school they are going to and do you think they will fit in

Public school wise, I think there is no great difference between the different ones in the state. If your child had been going to the local childcare or preschool previously, then it is very likely he or she will have people they know going to the same school.

  • The availability of the after school care

This is actually more important than many people think. In the modern age, a lot of families got two working parents, without after school care it is almost impossible to manage the pick up and drop off. Depending on the area, some may have very tight competition on the spots for the after school care. You may even need to book as soon as possible even before they actually started in the school to secure a position.

Not all after school cares are made to be equal as well, some are well organized and have good programs, food etc. So definitely pays to do research on this.

  • Family involvement with the school life

My child goes to one of the public school in the north shore area and people I know had children going to the public school school in the north shore generally had very positive experience in this aspect.

There are a lot of opportunities for volunteer work and very good family involvement in the schools as well. Again this is very much a case by case situation, so if this is something important for you, then it pays to do the  research ahead.

Choosing a school for your child (Part 2)

This is the continuation of choosing a school for your child article part 2. Three point I am going to discuss over this part

  • Private or public school

To many this maybe a personal preference on whether to send your children to private or public school. There are however many factors that also determine this, such as cost. Many private schools also have religious affiliation, another point for the parents to consider. The top private school will easily set you back 30k plus a year while even on the lower end you probably looking at at least a few thousand per year at a minimum. This may not seem a lot for some, but consider if you have two children going to the private school at same time, it is going cost a bundle. I know a couple who are on very good income level and sending three sons to a top Sydney private school, even they are struggling fair bit with the cost.

Public school in generally probably will set you back between one to two thousand per year. There are of course some additional cost like uniform etc. However in general the cost of sending multiple kids to public school is not a problem for average families. Generally the public school is excellent, however school in some area need to be avoided. I am personally is a support of the public school system, however if I live in certain area such as Phillip Bay, I would send my children to the private school.

If cost and religious affiliation is not an issue, just pick whatever is your personal preference. If academic performance is your major concern, top public school do just as well as the private ones. So in this particular case pick the one that suit your economic circumstance and personal preference.

  • Distance of the school to your home

Distance and travelling is a also a big concern, particular in the primary school years where they require supervised drop off and pick up. Spending two hour doing so would be a major problem for some parents. Two working parents in the modern age is fairly standard for many families and unless you have someone to help out full time, this is certainly something many will have to take into consideration when choosing a school. Personally most ideal is within walking distance to the school, obviously with the skyrocketing Sydney property prices, this is simply not possible all the time.

  • The academic performance of the school in question

The top private school has good academic performance and abundance of non academic programs which is a major draw point for many parents. The top public school also have excellent academic performance. The top public schools also have very strict catchment/intake area, so unless you live in the school catchment, it can be very difficult to get into them. In general a public school at the primary school is good because most of the parents are “Tiger Mothers”. If you shift the same set of parents to another school, it pretty much guarantee to make that into a top school as well.

Choosing a school for your child (Part 1)

This is something every parents will go through at some stage and there are a lot of things to consider as well. This is a very personal decision for each parent and can be a very difficult to make for some. Some of us maybe content to send their children to whichever state public school they are zoned for, while others may consider private or out of area state public schools.

Some and certainly not all the things to consider as following

  • Private or public school
  • Distance of the school to your home
  • The academic performance of the school in question
  • School’s facilities
  • School’s size, the number and composition of the students enrolled
  • How well the particular school is managed
  • The non academic programs in the school such as sport, music, arts etc.
  • Will your child have friend in the school they are going to and do you think they will fit in
  • The availability of the after school care
  • Family involvement with the school life

I will go in further and discuss all of the above in more detail in following articles.

Five more catchment added to the map in Western Sydney, Girraween, Metalla Road, Ringrose, Parramatta West and Hilltop Road Public School

Some love for the western Sydney, five more catchment added to the map.

  • Girraween Public School
  • Metalla Road Public School
  • Ringrose Public School
  • Parramatta West Public School
  • Hilltop Road Public School

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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