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January 29, 2020, 02:16:59 pm

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I attend a:

Government School
Selective School
Catholic School
Private School
Distance Education
Home Schooled
Language School
Specialist School (schools that specialise in a subject, e.g:Science and maths: John Monash Science OR School Performing arts: Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School)

Voting closes: February 16, 2020, 09:59:18 pm

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What Type of School do you Go to?
« on: December 08, 2019, 09:59:18 pm »
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Hey AN,

I was quite curious as to the diversity of students on AN and what type of school they go to.
If I've missed any other type of school please let me know and I'll add it.

P.S: I've allowed everyone to list 2 different schools as part of their vote in case they go to a Government School but also study another subject by distance ed etc.
« Last Edit: December 08, 2019, 10:01:28 pm by Snow Leopard »

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Re: What Type of School do you Go to?
« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2019, 10:35:16 pm »
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I went to a government school. Interesting thread idea!

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Re: What Type of School do you Go to?
« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2019, 10:43:13 pm »
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For high school, I have experience studying at a private catholic school, distance education, government school, and homeschool. It's a bit of a mess lmfao. Right now I am at a government school but doing 2 subjects through distance.
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Re: What Type of School do you Go to?
« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2019, 11:00:27 pm »
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For high school, I have experience studying at a private catholic school, distance education, government school, and homeschool. It's a bit of a mess lmfao. Right now I am at a government school but doing 2 subjects through distance.
Wow! Which do you reckon was/is the best?

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Re: What Type of School do you Go to?
« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2019, 11:03:39 pm »
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Went to a government school as a student, now teach in a government school.
I've been tempted to switch to independent but have managed to resist so far purely because my intention to teach was to deliver high quality teaching to all regardless of socioeconomics but being on the other side, you see a lot of things and understand why the public system is in the shit. I grew up in a single parent household and with not much at all so I truly value the idea of public education.

Maybe i'll switch one day once I decide it's time for a change. Who knows.
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Re: What Type of School do you Go to?
« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2019, 11:20:51 pm »
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Wow! Which do you reckon was/is the best?

Kind of hard to say as it's so subjective not to mention there's still giant differences between different private schools and public schools. But if I were to remain as objective as I possibly can...

Private (Catholic) School: Really not that "glorified" as many people make it out to be. Most students are not posh or stuck-up, they do not flaunt their wealth, and some facilities are far from expensively top tier. The one I went to isn't that great academically but there was heavy focus on sport and creative/performing arts. Also despite being a Catholic school it was really inclusive of other religions. We had compulsory religious education but the Chaplain and religion teachers were all very understanding even if you outright challenge their beliefs.

Public/Govt school: In terms of extracurriculars it cannot compare with private schools. We don't have compulsory sport, art or music programs and most students don't seem interested in that anyway. I think they tried implementing one years back but it didn't work. Academic wise, it's average at best. But the school I go to is in the outer suburbs so it's no way representative of other public schools.

Distance education: urghhhhh I really hate distance ed. This year I did 1/2 specialist maths and 1/2 physics through DECV (as my school offers neither) and did not have the best experience. Everything is badly disorganised and you rarely get the opportunity to receive feedback. So when you study through DECV you must be really responsible for your own studies because there's nobody chasing you down.

Homeschool: This was an interesting experience! I was homeschooled for 2 years (2017-18) and went into it not knowing what to expect. I didn't want to be homeschooled but I was falling behind A LOT and failed most of my subjects in year 10. Contrary to popular belief you're not cut off from all social life just because you're homeschooled, and there's still expectations and a curriculum you have to follow. But it's slightly more relaxed than school and I used those two years to explore a lot of other options.

Overall I would rank it private>homeschool>public>distance.
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Re: What Type of School do you Go to?
« Reply #6 on: December 09, 2019, 06:40:50 am »
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I go to a catholic school now, although I went to the same tiny independent ultra-religious Christian school from primary school to year eight before that. I agree with everything milanander said about Catholic schools; people aren't anywhere near as stuck up as I thought they'd be. There are some people who flaunt wealth and things around, but they're the minority (and easily avoided).

I left my old school on not the best terms, but I'd say that before my final year there, I enjoyed the community more than at my current school. People were nicer to each other. However, the academics and extracurricular options are far better at my current school so I don't think I'd move back.
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Re: What Type of School do you Go to?
« Reply #7 on: December 15, 2019, 09:13:01 pm »
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Tbh, I'm quite surprised by the poll thus far. I thought that the majority of students on AN attended Selective Schools and did not expect there to be so many students that attended Government Schools.

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Re: What Type of School do you Go to?
« Reply #8 on: December 15, 2019, 09:15:51 pm »
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Tbh, I'm quite surprised by the poll thus far. I thought that the majority of students on AN attended Selective Schools and did not expect there to be so many students that attended Government Schools.
Well just because were all part of a smart community doesn't mean we attended a selective school  ;)

I remember I JUST missed selective and yeah it was because of my English score lol...
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Re: What Type of School do you Go to?
« Reply #9 on: December 15, 2019, 09:32:47 pm »
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Well just because were all part of a smart community doesn't mean we attended a selective school  ;)

I remember I JUST missed selective and yeah it was because of my English score lol...
Lol, I didn't even know that selective schools existed till like Yr 10 and never even seriously considered trying out for any of them.

I attend a Catholic school and like _laura and milanander have mentioned the majority of students aren't really stuck up (the minority that are would be just as stuck up at any school that they'd go to, I reckon) . There are masses every term (roughly), retreats and we say prayer during homeroom etc (all students have to respectfully participate in these things) but there are a lot of kids that aren't catholic. As _laura said, teachers are quite understanding of all students regardless of whether they are catholic or follow another religion.

Academically, we aren't the best (although, you can definitely do well as long as you put the effort in). But, the co-curricular and leadership programs are quite good as you just need to put yourself out there in order to participate in them.
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Re: What Type of School do you Go to?
« Reply #10 on: December 15, 2019, 09:41:07 pm »
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Lol, I didn't even know that selective schools existed till like Yr 10 and never even seriously considered trying out for any of them.

I attend a Catholic school and like _laura and milanander have mentioned the majority of students aren't really stuck up (the minority that are would be just as stuck up at any school that they'd go to, I reckon) . There are masses every term (roughly), retreats and we say prayer during homeroom etc (all students have to respectfully participate in these things) but there are a lot of kids that aren't catholic. As _laura said, teachers are quite understanding of all students regardless of whether they are catholic or follow another religion.
I actually attended a Christian school from year 7 to 9 and I agree the teachers were really kind and accepting of me as an Atheist/Agnostic.

 However the students were really unkind :\. Not hating on Christians, all of the Christians I met after have been amazing and kind =) but basically anyone who was colored, i.e. not 'white' experienced a LOT of 'racism' at that school. There weren't many of us I think only 2 or 3. I certainly experienced heaps of it and it ties into the fact of why I had no friends until my senior years of high school until I changed schools where people were really accepting. I'll be honest though the things they said to me really had no effect at all because I honestly did not care at all lol. I tolerated their bullying/racism for 3 years without ever getting hurt imao, and I think that's what they hated even more...
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Re: What Type of School do you Go to?
« Reply #11 on: December 15, 2019, 09:53:12 pm »
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I actually attended a Christian school from year 7 to 9 and I agree the teachers were really kind and accepting of me as an Atheist/Agnostic.

 However the students were really unkind :\. Not hating on Christians, all of the Christians I met after have been amazing and kind =) but basically anyone who was colored, i.e. not 'white' experienced a LOT of 'racism' at that school. There weren't many of us I think only 2 or 3. I certainly experienced heaps of it and it ties into the fact of why I had no friends until my senior years of high school until I changed schools where people were really accepting. I'll be honest though the things they said to me really had no effect at all because I honestly did not care at all lol. I tolerated their bullying/racism for 3 years without ever getting hurt imao, and I think that's what they hated even more...
I thought Christian schools were strict with the entry of their students? I've never been to one but I do know the Christian schools in my area need an interview and also a letter from someone in the church you and the parents go to on a regular basis. Unless you switched faith during your junior years of high school? Sorry, I've never heard of an athiest/agnostic going to a Christian school before.
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Re: What Type of School do you Go to?
« Reply #12 on: December 15, 2019, 09:55:29 pm »
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I thought Christian schools were strict with the entry of their students? I've never been to one but I do know the Christian schools in my area need an interview and also a letter from someone in the church you and the parents go to on a regular basis. Unless you switched faith during your junior years of high school? Sorry, I've never heard of an athiest/agnostic going to a Christian school before.
Really? never heard of that. I was always an Atheist and I was able to attend the school. Maybe some are different? I didn't lie either and tell them I am Christian when I wasn't.
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Re: What Type of School do you Go to?
« Reply #13 on: December 15, 2019, 10:00:10 pm »
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I actually attended a Christian school from year 7 to 9 and I agree the teachers were really kind and accepting of me as an Atheist/Agnostic.

 However the students were really unkind :\. Not hating on Christians, all of the Christians I met after have been amazing and kind =) but basically anyone who was colored, i.e. not 'white' experienced a LOT of 'racism' at that school. There weren't many of us I think only 2 or 3. I certainly experienced heaps of it and it ties into the fact of why I had no friends until my senior years of high school until I changed schools where people were really accepting.
Yeah, racism is definitely real tbh in Catholic schools. Although majority of the time people say that "it's a joke" etc, I still think that people shouldn't bully others whether it be because of their race or any other reason as it can be quite hurtful to some people.

I thought Christian schools were strict with the entry of their students? I've never been to one but I do know the Christian schools in my area need an interview and also a letter from someone in the church you and the parents go to on a regular basis. Unless you switched faith during your junior years of high school? Sorry, I've never heard of an athiest/agnostic going to a Christian school before.
At my school, there are definitely people who aren't Catholic and are allowed to enrol. This might differ with other Catholic schools, but I've never heard of this happening
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Re: What Type of School do you Go to?
« Reply #14 on: December 15, 2019, 10:10:13 pm »
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At my school, there are definitely people who aren't Catholic and are allowed to enrol. This might differ with other Catholic schools, but I've never heard of this happening
I believe catholic schools are more secular friendly. I went to a catholic primary school from prep-yr6 and I was majority of the time agnostic. Christian schools, from what I gathered from my small time going to a Christian church in year 9, believe in creationism, whereas catholics are more open, hence non-catholics are able to enter more easily.
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