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What school should my child go to?

Choosing the right school for your child is a very personal decision. There are many questions to ask yourself, your co-parent and your child. Public or private? Sports, arts or academic focus? Close to home or further afield? The list goes on. And it can feel overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be.

When you choose to live in a community like Heron Park, the list of education options are endless. You’re centrally located to many of Perth’s best private and public schools while being within walking distance of your local Harrisdale Primary School and Harrisdale Secondary School.

As parents, we want the best for our children and choosing the right educational pathway is a big responsibility. The internet, friends and family all provide an opinion of what’s right, but ultimately, with the help of research and data, it's your decision to make the right choice for your child. 

So how can a parent make the right decision and one that could impact their child for years to come? We find it’s best to look at the pros and cons of each option to weigh up the best course for your little one. 

Private School or Public School?

Public schools have been educating children for years, providing a sound education, a community atmosphere and a relatively simple intake process, thanks to catchment areas. Public schools tend to be larger, meaning your child has more chance to make friends and to experience peers from all walks of life, which can be beneficial for life outside of school.

The catchment area conundrum, however, can mean that your first choice school isn’t where your child is accepted and a second choice alternative is your only option. With a larger school comes less one on one time, and if your child needs a little extra help a larger classroom environment can make this difficult. Similarly, if your child is particularly gifted in an area; academics, arts, sport or music, public schools that have facilities that cater to these talents can be more popular and harder to gain access to.

Private schools may seem like a great option; small class numbers, great facilities and higher funding are only some of the reasons you may choose this option for your child. However, some skeptics doubt private education meets the hype. Perhaps the biggest negative of private education is the cost. Could this money be better spent on your family? Or could this expense result in financial hardship for your family? Private schools can vary in cost and the expense can be considerable. Take this into consideration when choosing the best place for your child. 

Private schools can often be religious offering classes and ethos around their beliefs. Ensure these align with your family's views during your research phase too. 

Which school will educate your child best?

As with every child, every school is different. Different teachers, beliefs, ethos, facilities and focus are all variants at every school; no matter if they are public or private. While on paper a private school may seem like the best option, more and more studies are being released stating that there is no different academic output from students privately educated or publicly educated. 

What can, however, be most important for your child is choosing a school that shares your child’s interest. It could be argued that a good education is less about the school itself and more about the school experience. 

With Harrisdale Primary and Secondary school on your front doorstep, you have two fantastic education options close by within walking distance of your home at Heron Park. Below we share your nearby local public schools and private schools in Perth. 

Primary Schools

Harrisdale Primary School

Bletchley Park Primary School

Piara Waters Primary School

Campbell Primary School

Secondary Schools

Harrisdale Senior High School

Canning Vale College

Southern River College

Thornlie Senior High School

Private Schools

Carey Baptist College

Pioneer Village School

Perth Waldorf School

St. Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls

Australian Christian College

Good Schools Guide 2019 believes that education costs will vary from $4,455 to $30,000 per year per child. "Parents in metropolitan areas can expect to pay approximately $4,455 per year for their child’s secondary schooling in a government school, around $12,599 in a Catholic school up to $22,450 if they choose the independent school route. Costs can rise significantly depending on school choice — some independent schools charge as much as $30,000 per year for tuition fees alone." Your child is going to school for more than a year, multiplied by the number of children in your family. Financial planning in this matter is as important as the benefits your children may realise at the end of their studies in the school of your choice. 

Here are some tips when it comes to the process:

  1. Attend school open days or if a private school, ask for a tour to get a real feel for the establishment itself. 
  2. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Find out about the students, opportunities and beliefs the school has about education and activities.
  3. Don’t be afraid to move schools if you’ve made the wrong decision (and factor in the travel time for drop off and pick up)
  4. Talk about the decision as a family. Ask your child where they would like to go and make sure they feel included.

We’d love to hear about your educational experiences in and around Heron Park, Harrisdale. Have we missed a school you think we should check out? Let us know! 

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