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Queensland

St Francis Xavier, Runaway Bay

Students and Teachers

I know of two South African teachers who have sent their children to St Francis school and they teach at other schools which says a lot.

State/Private Catholic

Reason this is the best School

St Francis Xavier is a primary school, “the school that really cares”. The reason why it's the best school is because it has a dynamic Principal Peter Anderson and Vice Principal Ronnie Wilson. They really care about the whole child. Academics and social standing; physical and soul. They instill a really caring attitude in the children and make them aware of other children around them. The children are proud of their school. They encourage children to be the best that they can possibly be.

When we arrived on the Gold Coast, after living in New Zealand for 11 years, where Nick our son went to St John's in Mairangi Bay Auckland, Great school. Well I had a look at a number of schools private and Catholic, we chose a private school purely on appearance.” It had all the bells and whistles, glitz and glamour”. The children are perfectly groomed, not a hair out of place. Boy were we fooled, my outgoing popular 9 year old, was totally traumatized by the experience, he went from an outgoing happy boy to a dithering withdrawn depressed child, who got totally nauseas even when we drove past the school. So do not be fooled by appearances. Liz Kinchin (Parent)
Emmanuel College, Gold Coast

State/Private Christian private

Students and Teachers

Over one-hundred South African students in the high school section alone, and a few South African staff .

Reason this is the best School

The college promotes good Christian morals and values as well as a true feeling of community brought about by courtesy and discipline, something familiar and comforting for a South African. If you're looking for a school to help you feel at home, then Emmanuel is the closest you can get. Christopher Da Silver (student)

Genesis Christian College, Warner

State/Private: Private

Students and Teachers

We have a large South African student body and quite a few South African teachers. Our Principle is Mr Brian Barker, also an ex South African who has been teaching in Australia for 20 years.

Reason this is the best School:

Genesis is a private school and goes from Prep to Year 12. There is also an Early Learning Centre on the campus called Little Genesis which caters for children from 6 weeks to Kindy. Our school is the best as it has solid Christian values and discipline is similar to what we were used to in SA. The kids are taught accountability and responsibility and respect. The staff are caring and have a love for the kids that I have not found in State schools. I changed my kids from State schools to Genesis 18 months ago. My daughter who was in Year 10 was really not happy about moving, but after a few months, she settled in to the new school and now says she would never go back to a state school. She is enjoying her school life and looks forward to going to school everyday as does my son in Grade 3. Carol Kesson (Parent)

St Dympna's Primary School, Aspley

State/Private Private Catholic school

Students and Teachers 6 families in my sons Prep class alone

Reason this is the best School:

- Great community values
- Strong ethics
- Lots of family involvement
- Extra learning assistance to children who need it
- Creative learning
- Welcomes and embraces different cultures
- Promotes respect for each other
 
My son has really come alive since starting Prep and is excited everyday about going to school. The school has embraced him and he has embraced it. Tracey Price (Parent)
 
Victoria

Donvale Christan College, Melbourne

State/Private Private

Students and Teachers

Many South African students but no teachers

Reason this is the best School

It is a private school, but it is much better than a state school. It feels like the public school I went to in South Africa. I like this school because we are all kinda together and when you get stuck with the English there is always a South African near by to help you out. The school has Christian values which I find important and it is not forced on you, or not too much... so it's good, I love the school and I recommend it strongly :) Carla Snyman (student)

The Knox School Melbourne

State/Private Private

Students and Teachers

At least two ex South Africans on staff. One a teacher, the other our wonderful careers counsellor. We also have students from South Africa who chose this school because they said it was so similar to one they had back home.

Reason this is the best School

I am responding to your email plea for people to nominate the best school. Our School is in the cool, leafy eastern suburbs of Melbourne. The school is small and it's friendly. All the staff know each student by name. We only have 800 students right through from kindergarten to Year 12. Best of all, it has a wonderful community spirit. Barrye Dickinson (School Representative)
 
South Australia

Mitcham Girls High School Unley, Adelaide

State/Private State School(Good fees)

Students and Teachers

Not too sure how many South Africans there are, but a very multicultural school. No SA Teachers(That I know of)

Reason this is the best School

I think its the best because it's a Girls only school(One of only 2 state girls schools in SA the rest are all private) and also being a State school they still have very high values and no boys on the scene mean the girls pay more attention to their studies. They have great facilities and the Headmistress takes pride in her school. I drive 13 kms out of my way each day to take my daughter to this school and it takes her an hour to get home on the bus and its worth it says my daughter, who could go to a high school 20 minutes up the road, but not a very nice place. Suzanne Weston (Parent)
 
New South Wales

Pacific Hills Christian School in Dural, Sydney

Private/Public Private Christian School

Reason this is the best School:

With small class sizes and loads of personal attention. It consists of a Prep, Junior, Middle and Senior School. I run the SA Mums of Pacific Hills club - we currently have 32 Saffers families at the school. 5 of the top teachers of the school are also South African. The school achieves fantastic results every year with the national maths, science, languages and literacy tests. If you want your kids to have a top, Christian education at a reasonable price you should consider us. My boys have been attending for 2 years now, currently in Year 1 and 3 and loving it. Annie De Villiers (Parent)
 

Private vs Public:

While I have had kids in private and government schools – newly arrived Africans should take time to research both of these types of schools - matching the child to the school. I have had mixed experiences with both my children. I recently withdrew my daughter from one of Adelaide's most exclusive private girls-only schools and moved her to the local government school where she is finally learning some maths. Don't assume that if you pay over the top for it that it will be good. There is a huge amount of snobbery about schooling in Aus (funny, these are usually the people don't ask what Uni you went to). Similarly, there is a strong tradition of good government schooling here and some of it is still around (but not all are good). Do your homework and don't feel bad if you can't afford private school - just make sure its in a reasonable area and your kids will be fine. GailFairlamb (Parent)

If I could give South Africans advice about choosing schools here it would be to really do your homework, look at what the school has to offer, what their values are. The choice also depends on your financial situation as private schools are not cheap. Not all Private schools are good either, so speak to people, other parents and if you can, to the students themselves. The debate between Private vs State schools is also a personal one. There are some great State schools out there as well as some really badly run private schools. My opinion is that generally speaking, private schools are better. Carol Kesson (Parent)
 
 
 
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