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SSC Newspaper : JUNE 2012
12 Strathfield Scene By Bernadette Chua It's the time of the year for Strath eld schools to open their doors to parents of prospective students. Top Strath eld institutions such as Meriden School for Girls, McDonald College and Santa Sabina College set much store on ensuring families make the right choice. Principal of Santa Sabina College Kate Clancy says she is adamant about one simple point when meeting parents: making sure the school ts with the child's needs. "It might be the most obvious rule, but I say this to all prospective parents: you must make sure the school is right for your child because at the end of the day, it's not just the parents that want to best of their child, we do too," she tells the Scene. " ere are so many good schools in Strath eld, but there are small things which make a di erence to each school." Clancy says Santa Sabina has a strong pastoral care program. e faculty also places a great importance on catering for the individual needs of each and every student. Similarly, at Meriden School for Girls, Principal Dr Julie Greenhalgh says her school is all about nurturing each student's individuality and providingthem withthe opportunities they need and desire. "Last year at Meriden, we had 105 girls and 99 di erent study timetables," she says. "It's about providing personal a ention to each of our students. We try and make sure we provide everything that our girls want to achieve." Dr Greenhalgh says what sets Meriden apart is the availability of extension subjects, which many non- JUNE 2012 EDUCATION e right stu "Students should develop their own thought processes, and not be afraid to question and form their own opinions." -- Principal Kate Clancy, Santa Sabina College Applications are invited for entry into Meriden's inaugural 5/6 Music Class in 2013. This specialist class will provide opportunity for the development of advanced musical concepts and shared experiences at a school with a proud history of excellence in music. Entry is open to students currently in Years 4 or 5 who show considerable ability and interest in music as well as being academically able. Suitable applicants will be invited to audition. inspiring young minds 5/6 Music Class PRE-KINDERGARTEN TO YEAR 12 10-12 Redmyre Road Strathfield NSW 2135 Telephone 61 2 9752 9444 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Website w w w.meriden.nsw.edu.au For more information and an application form visit www.meriden.nsw.edu.au Holy Trinity! Trinity Grammar took out top prizes in two of six Knox Grammar School da Vinci Decathlon events. Trinity students ba led it out with 2300 of the state's most gi ed Year 5 to Year 10 students from over 70 independent, Catholic and state schools around NSW, working in teams of eight to solve problems, answer questions and complete tasks in 10 academic events encompassing everything from English, maths and science to code-breaking, "forensic sleuthing", art and poetry. Trinity students took out both the Year 5 and the Year 10 divisions, and will now go on to compete against interstate teams in the national competition in September. Good luck, boys. government schools do not o er. "At Meriden, we have a great range of extension ( rst year university) subjects such as music or language courses which many students can't nd anywhere else," she says. "We have an extremely broad curriculum because the school wants to cater for the needs of every one of our students." Clancy says Santa Sabina's teaching methods are focused strongly on nurturing con dent individual thoughts and opinions among their students, something which is driven by the Dominican faith. "Because Santa Sabina is a Dominican Catholic-based school, the nuns who were the founders of the school believed it was important for the students to look for the truth," she says. "Students should develop their own thought processes and not be afraid to question and form their own opinions. Santa Sabina is not about spoon-feeding students." Interested parents should contact individual schools to request information about open days or to arrange a tour. 1. Attend school open days. They're the best way to get a feel for the school. 2. Observe how students interact with each other. 3. Ask the students about their experiences at the school. 4. Ensure the school has an active Parents and Friends (P&F) Association. 5. Make sure the subjects and curricular activities your child wants are available. 5 TIPS FOR CHOOSING THE RIGHT SCHOOL Meriden School for Girls' students.