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Parent's Review of Geelong Grammar School in Timbertop, Australia

What is the name of your child's school? (Please report on one school per survey.)

Geelong Grammar School

In what town or city is this school located?

Timbertop

How would you describe this school? (i.e. American, British, International, Local, etc.)

Local + IB

What grade levels are represented at this school?

ELC 3 - Year 12

How do most children get to school everyday? (bus, train, walk, etc.)

At Toorak campus (Glamorgan) - mainly by car. At Corio - Mainly boarders and some day students. Timbertop (Year 9) - Boarding

How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?

The school is co-educational school. Excellent facilities in the main campus (Corio). I have 5 boys currently attending the school spreading over 3 campuses. My 2 older sons board (Year 10 and Year 9) and they love boarding at the school. My younger 3 boys are at Toorak campus (day school). Extra-curricular activities offered depend on the season: e.g. Tennis, Swimming, Cricket, Australian Rules Football, Soccer, Basketball, Rugby, Hockey, Badminton.

What has this school done to help your child transition from the curriculum in your home country into the curriculum in your new country? Are there programs to prepare your child for repatriation?

Before attending Geelong Grammar School (GGS), my boys attended The Alice Smith School in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. To me GGS is like an International School. There are a number of international students attending the school. The systems they use are PYP/IB and Victorian.

How would you describe the social activities available for parents through this school? Are there parent-teacher organizations?

For every class, there are 2 class reps. Every term (there are 4 terms) there will be at least 1 parents social gathering such as coffee morning and cocktail party. There is also end of the year family picnic at school (Toorak campus).

What advice would you give to someone considering enrolling their child in this school?

Don't hesitate to ask when you have questions about the school. You can arrange for a tour around the campus.

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guest
Dec 15, 2010 23:06

Overall I can report the same. After moving to Australia from Germany, my two sons have attended the school for 8 years, starting out at the Geelong campus (Bostock House)in Prep and Kinder. Small class sizes made the settling in process really easy, and we have overall been pleased with the school. Bear in mind, though, that although a lot of international students are attending from Year 5, Geelong Grammar strictly follows the Australian Curriculum. If you feel you may have to fasttrack your children at some point to meet curriculum standards of your home country (e.g. Britain), discuss the school policy for that before enrolement, and best get it in writing to avoid disappointment.

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Feb 2, 2011 06:48

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