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Discussion in 'Schools & Education' started by SandraK, Mar 14, 2012.

  1. SandraK

    SandraK Guest

    I am in need of some advice please... we are moving to Burleigh Waters in Jan 2013 and I have shortlisted the schools to Kings or Somerset for our three sons.... Well we have decided to send the younger two to Kings but we thought our older boy who will start Year 7 in Jan should start at Somerset.

    We are also considering sending him to Kings Christian College...

    Does anyone have advice on these two schools please.

    Thank you

  2. Kris

    Kris Guest

    Somerset College

    Hi Sandra, I was doing a search for Somerset's number and saw your posting in the Google search results. My daughter has been at Somerset since year 7 and she and I are both really pleased we enrolled her there. One of the best things about the school, I think, is that the way they teach in high school prepares them very well for Uni. They work from Criteria Sheets which is of course what they are expected to do at University and they are taught referencing which is something a lot of kids don't know how to do until they start their degrees. The school has great facilities and overall I have been very pleased. My daughter absolutely loves going there and the kids all seem to be pretty happy and nice. We live in roughly the same area you're moving to and it takes us under 10 minutes to get to school in the car. I don't know much about Kings but it wouldn't have been on my list of schools. I would have looked at All Saints which is in Merrimac if we hadn't chosen Somerset. The other thing I think is great about the school is that unlike at a lot of schools the kids think it's great to do well. You'll have to visit both to see what suits but from our experience I'm more than happy to recommend Somerset. It does take a while for them to get settled with the way they work at Somerset but it's worth it. It's more academically challenging I think than the other schools here. Having said that, it's not that the kids have no life and spend all their times in books either.

    Hope that helps.

  3. KenzaB

    KenzaB Guest

    Hi Sandra,

    I am a student at Somerset and I am very happy there. I was at Benowa State Primary which is a very good junior school and I was also at St Hildas which was not to bad. I have never been more happier at a school before. Like Kris said the teachers prepare you so well for University and they mark from the Criteria Sheet. I came to Somerset in year 8 and now I'm in year 10. The students in year's 8,9,10,11 and 12 all have exam block which is a whole week of exams. Although year's 11 and 12 have 2 weeks and they are on lock down where they can go home after their exams if need be.

    My friends go to Kings Christian College and says that is a good school and the teachers are fair. But she wished her parents sent her to Somerset because the students are a lot friendlier. The Head master of Somerset is extremely nice and all the students adore him. Your sons will be taken care of not only by the teachers but also by their peers. It is all up you but as an inside perspective the school really cares about the students well being and education. They have a zero tolorence on bullying. If your son comes to Somerset he will be in my brothers grade. At the moment Somerset is undergoing a huge renovation and are building a new library, year seven classrooms and common room for the year 12's.

    I hope I was helpful. :biggrin:


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