News

Public versus Private: Which is best for your kids?

Tahlia and Jacob Lymbery at students at St Eugene College. Photo Vicki Wood / Caboolture News
Tahlia and Jacob Lymbery at students at St Eugene College. Photo Vicki Wood / Caboolture News Vicki Wood

WITH back-to-school time just around the corner, the public-versus-private school debate is back in the spotlight, and is one that can cause angst for parents.

Price is often a swaying factor in the decision, but there are plenty of other arguments for and against either side.

So where do you stand?

Natasha Christian speaks with parents on how they made their decision.

 

PUBLIC

FOR Marie Dawson, the decision to send her daughter Kaitlyn to Bribie State High School was made easy with the help of her primary school principal.

Ms Dawson was searching for a school that would continue a high-quality music program similar to what her daughter had experienced at Banksia Beach State School.

"Principal Jacqui King mentioned she worked closely with Bribie High School. That's why we decided to send her there. A lot of her friends go there as well," she said.

"Based on what Ms King has said, we are going to stick with Bribie."

While Kaitlyn was yet to start high school, she already had plans for the future to study at university to become a lawyer.

Marie felt sending her to a public school would place her at no disadvantage to achieve this.

"We've met with the counsellor and vice-principal at Bribie and we are very excited."

A bit of an all-rounder, Kaitlyn is also keen on sports. However, Marie felt sport was not a reason to sway decisions on schools.

"We will put her into a club. Sporting is good, but for the future, you need the academic sector," she said.

As for primary schools, Marie was also getting ready to start her son in grade one at Banksia Beach.

"He will be taking part in the music program as well," she said.

 

Pros and cons of public schools

Pro: Money can be saved for future expenses such as university, travelling and first car.

Pro: Some say it's more "real world" experience, with wider socio-economic and ethnic diversity.

Pro/con: Not affiliated with any religion.

Pro/con: Only co-ed.

Con: Generally larger class sizes.

Con: Relies solely on government funding, which can be limited.

 

PRIVATE

THERESA Lymbery knew she had made the right decision in sending her children to St Eugene Catholic College when her daughter Tahlia graduated as vice-captain with an OP 4.

With her son Jacob about to start Year 11, Theresa was confident he would go down a similar path.

"Our major concern with putting the kids into the state system when the time came was that they would be lost in the system," she said.

"The state primary schools in the region are so large, with so many preschoolers/preppies starting on day one, and I hated the thought of them being just another face in the crowd."

She said St Eugene offered a smaller school with a community where she felt welcomed from the first time she walked through the gates.

"We started with the parents' group, where we met families that were already enrolled into the school and had older children attending and had positive feedback from them."

While she said she was concerned about the costs, she said the close-knit community made it worth it for her kids.

"I feel that they have more connection with the community and community issues," she said.

"St Eugene has a buddy system that buddies big kids with little kids, which makes the transition from lower to middle to upper school grades easier.

"It gives the little kids a personal connection with seniors so they don't appear big and scary, and it gives the seniors a sense of responsibility. I feel that this gives the kids more confidence and that certainly would be an advantage in later life."

While Theresa acknowledged that the public system was a better choice for a lot of families, she felt the private system was the right choice for her family.

"We wanted our children to have the best education available and were concerned about falling through the cracks in the public system. However, I think if you have gifted or remedial students, that the public system is a better alternative."

 

Pros and cons of a private school

Pro: Smaller class sizes

Pro: Often private schools span primary and high school, making the school run a lot easier

Pro: Boarding facilities

Pro/con: Single-sex education available

Con: Some have suggested it is a "sheltered environment"

Con: There can be more pressure to achieve to maintain prestige.

 

What do you think? Let us know at cabnewsed@scnews.com.au.


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Man steals motorbike, threatens others with knife

Police calling for witnesses to incident

Loaded gun found after driver allegedly speeds away

A 24-year-old man has been charged after an incident in Maroochydore.

Deception Bay man charged over alleged offences.

Burpengary man charged after defrauding over $1.3million out of investors

Wood and brass judges gavel on a law book

A 43-YEAR-OLD Burpengary man has been charged with fraud.

Latest deals and offers

Aldi ready to threaten Coles and Woolworths stranglehold

Now discount grocery store Aldi has muscled in on the big boys, threatening Coles and Woolworth's stranglehold on shoppers.

Man steals motorbike, threatens others with knife

Police calling for witnesses to incident

Loaded gun found after driver allegedly speeds away

A 24-year-old man has been charged after an incident in Maroochydore.

Deception Bay man charged over alleged offences.

Burpengary man charged after defrauding over $1.3million out of investors

Wood and brass judges gavel on a law book

A 43-YEAR-OLD Burpengary man has been charged with fraud.

‘Too late’ to save backpacker tax damage

Dave Fairweather and mother-in-law Jane Stodhart from Stodhart Family Farms aren't happy about the new backpacker tax.

‘Too late’ to save backpacker tax damage

MBRC to share the load with MBRIT in tourism arrangement

FAMILY FUN: Jasmine Parnham and Chloe Philpott have a spin at the 2014 Caboolture Family Fun Day.

COUNCILLORS voted to partner MBRC and MBRIT for events.

Caitlyn Shadbolt, Sara Storer join Gympie Muster bill

Caitlyn Shadbolt performs at CMC Rocks in March 2016.

AWARD-winning singers star in third line-up announcement.

Bennett, Langer, Thurston and others talk Cam Smith

Broncos and former QLD coach Wayne Bennett.

Broncos and former QLD coach plus past and present players talk about Cameron...

Barnaby Joyce talks Johnny Depp's dogs in Tweed

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce talks about Johnny Depp's dogs Pistol and Boo...

Billy Slater talks Origin Team

Queensland Origin great Billy Slater.

Queensland Origin great Billy Slater talks about this years team and his return to...

Own Sunshine Coast property? You’re about to make money

UP AND UP: Property owners are likely to win from rent and price increases but tenants and first home buyers might not be so happy. Photo: Brett Wortman / Sunshine Coast Daily

Good new for property owners, not so good for buyers and tenants.

Sale nears on last large block of land in Coolum

The 43.37ha property on South Coolum Rd has sold.

South Coolum Rd property to be land banked