qprdan123

John Curtin School

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    Hi all,

     

    We are due to arrive in August and my son has been offered a place at this school onto the Football excellence programme, academically he is pretty good too but isnt exceptional. Looking soleley at the ratings for the school it pretty impressive but doesn't tell the whole story im sure.

     

    Does anyone have any experience with this school as he will have a bit of a journey to get there in the morning but we dont mind if he is getting a good education etc.

     

    Thanks in advance

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    I have a few friends who have had kids go through the school but in the performing arts stream so can't comment on the soccer program.  They have been happy with the school. 

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    Thanks Arwen, I'm not too concerned about the soccer programme, its more the academic side of things and whether its worth the effort to get him there.

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    Why this school and where are you going to be living.  High schools are very strict on catchment areas in Perth.

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    Heard nothing but good things about this school.   They run many scholarship programs and students attend from far and wide.  

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    Thanks for that, its so difficult trying to get things done from here as I'm sure most people still remember....I really like the idea of him going to a school where they take the education seriously. The school he is in here has a fairly lax approach to learning and he needs a kick up the backside to get him going, im hopeful that with the football side of things and good reputataion will benefit him, even though it looks like he will have a bit of travel to get there in the morning.

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    2 hours ago, qprdan123 said:

    as he has been accepted on the fotball excellence programme, the catchment area isnt relevant.

     

    Ah OK. My friends have been happy with the school and as rossmoyne says they kids come from a long way due the specialist nature of the school.

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    Thanks to everyone that has replied, we have struggled to find anything bad about the school so it looks like it could be the one....

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    Just remember though that if he has to travel every day to get there for a while, he might get a bit cheesed off with the travel.... so if you are fixed on him going to this school, perhaps it would be a good idea to live within in a short commute distance for him.   Just saying this as I have friends whose daughter decided after a year of commuting over an hour each way, that she didn't want to do the journey any more.  Won't go into what happened after that as it got very messy.......

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    Yes I agree, we have discussed it at length, he has an hour commute over here already to a really quite crap school so hopefully it will all weigh up.

     

    He is at the age where he needs to be pushed academically and he hates losing so he should step up!!

     

    Like anything, we will have to monitor it and be flexible if necessary.

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    Hi, 

    My son went to John Curtin as it is our local high school. He really enjoyed it and found school far more enjoyable than the UK. It doesn't support students who need a more vocational stream very well as it is very focused on ATAR and university acceptance. Lots of my son's friends left for years 11 and 12 to go to a school local to them as they found the pressure of their program too much alongside their ATAR workload. Unfortunately they cannot stay at the school if they don't remain in their excellence program. The other downside is that my son made virtually no friends that lived locally. He travelled far and wide to meet up with his friends at the weekends. He has school friends from as far away as Mandurah to the hills and that did make it harder for him to make friends when we first arrived compared to my daughter who is in primary school and lives within walking distance of all her school friends. Overall we were really pleased with the school. The facilities are good and I found the teachers really approachable. I hope this helps and good luck with your move. 

    Deb

     

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    Thanks for the reply Deb,

    Was your son in an excellence programme and is he still there?, yes being far from home will make it more difficult to make school friends, we have that here already and he has just about managed to have a decent balance and has friends locally.

     

     

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    We're in the catchment area so he wasn't although all his male friends were. He was really keen on rugby when we first came and it's taken him a while to get back into playing soccer. He's left now and with the exception of one boy who has gone to work in the family business all his school friends are at university which is an indication of how academic the focus of the school is.

    I have a couple of friends with children at JC in years 8 and 9 in the music and drama programs and they're happy and both doing very well. I know they put a lot of effort into settling in new starters and possibly because of the focus on the arts it has a very gentle tolerant atmosphere. My son commented often on how he never saw the sort of bullying and conflict he saw in the UK. 

    As for making friends, if he joins a local football team he will make more friends near to where you live which is what my son has done. 

    How old is your son? Is he quite streetwise? The traffic around the school in the mornings can be horrendous. 

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    He is 12 and has to negotiate a fairly difficult journey already over here, his Grandmother lives round the corner from the school too so at least he will have someone nearby if needed.

     

    He will be playing football more locally outside of school yes, so hopefully he will be ok...

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