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Moving school in Transition year

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28/01/2008 20:51 - Choosing a School / Application Procedures
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hi-I am desperately trying to get my son into transition year as we are moving?? You arent in kildare are you??



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30/01/2008 14:16 - Choosing a School / Application Procedures
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I had looked at boarding schools and many private schools, the fee´s for boarding schools appear to be better. But I really do want my son to go to a mixed school as that is all he has ever known. But that limits your options, I would prefer a boarding school if there was one suitable, but many of them also take day pupils but most are gone from the greater Dublin area.
I looked at some of the fee´s for private schools and my God south of the river Liffey it looks like a stampede into private education. Your in the Kildare area have you looked at Clongowes College? Or the Nass private school? Here North of the Liffey you are very limited in taking a private route, unless you want your child to commute.

At the end of the day You cannot beat a good local school, if you ask me the education system is going the way the Health system has gone. I´d look locally if I where you, especially if you are moving into the area. You cannot beat a local school for socialising and meeting friends.



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28/01/2008 22:41 - Choosing a School / Application Procedures
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No I am in Dublin on the Northside of the city. But maybe I can give you few tips.
1.) Look for a school with a similar curriculum and mix for instance a boy/girl school.
2.) Find out all the schools in the area (on this site is a good listing) and write personally to the principal, then phone the principal - don´t delay - write to them all.
3.) Most should respond, some will send applications or request end of term reports make sure you have as much of these photocopied and ready.
4.) Make sure you stress he is going to do the transition year, the reason is a lot of schools get some vacancies in that year so its probably a good time to move.
5.) Find out as much as you can about the schools, moving house cannot be fun, moving house and school for teenagers as I know is a nightmare. Be prepared for the tantrums.

Oh and best of luck try the listing here its excellant and read the inspectors reports they give you a good idea of the school and what it is like.

Austin






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07/01/2008 12:24 - Choosing a School / Application Procedures
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Hi vanessa,
You have to go back to HOME, log in and when you select Discussion Boards a Create New Thread appears. Don´t worry it took me ages to figure it out.

Austin




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29/01/2008 22:35 - Choosing a School / Application Procedures
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Thanks Austin-very helpful.Am hoping a place comes up for him in CPC Kilcullen,otherwise he will have to travel to Palmerstown every day-ie via me-as there is no bus! Nightmare!!



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31/12/2007 18:54 - Choosing a School / Application Procedures
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I need some advice, basically my son who is just gone 15 is doing his Junior Cert this year. He has Dyslexia and receives good support from his school which specialises somewhat in this area, the teachers and pupils are happy with him and him with them. We are not happy with his results which the school are happy with we do feel he can do much better. But there ends the good bits and so what’s the problem? Basically he is down to do the Transition year, it is totally optional in the school but out of 40 boys and girls in his year only six have signed up to do it. Now worse of all his friends are going to go straight into 5th year and he is in effect being kept back. We have been very unhappy with this situation and worse, because the TY numbers are so small the school have indicated they are going to send then over to a nearby school to make up the numbers for a TY program. I mean this is pathetic as far as we his parents are concerned. We have applied to similar mixed community colleges with the same curriculum and special needs support and one nearby a Protestant one has offered him a place. We do want to send him there as it has an excellent reputation but unfortunately he won´t entertain it. We do not want to upset him in his exam year but as the other school wants a decision by the end of February we are in a bit of a bind and making him unhappy seems to be the only option. We could just send him into 5th year but we feel doing that we are depriving him of the opportunity for extra tuition for his core subjects for the Leaving Cert.
It’s a mess and there seems no way we can avoid hurting him which we really do not want to do.




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30/01/2008 11:33 - Choosing a School / Application Procedures
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Would you ever consider boarding? Anyone moved a child from/into boarding? Any views on it?
Thanks.



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29/01/2008 23:54 - Choosing a School / Application Procedures
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Hopefully you´ll get sorted, its the not knowing as you cannot plan. Everyone tells you about moving from primary to post-primary but there is absolutely no information on moving in post-primary, its such a crazy system.

Just from schools we have applied to they usually say he/she is number X on a waiting list. But I would find any excuse to keep contact with the school you want. Anyway best of luck!



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30/01/2008 18:33 - Choosing a School / Application Procedures
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Agree with you there arock! lots of the ´education´ take place outside of the classroom, social skills, teamwork etc etc. Kings Hospital is great-boarding and day-but fees for boarding very high(mixed too) but not as high as Clongowes ( all boys though).
Hope he gets in local..if not commuting here we come!



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06/01/2008 15:54 - Choosing a School / Application Procedures
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hi I am new on this site, and dont know how to start a new thread so i´m tagging on your one! SORRY, my family and I are moving back to ireland from england in february. We are moving to kinsale my son who is 11 has a speech & language disorder and is in 1st yr of secondary here but is having great difficulty settling in we tried to keep him back a yr but schools wouldnt allow it. i was wondering if anyone knew if there are any secondary speech & language schools in west work

manyn thanks in advance

p.s. can someone tell me how to start a new thread PLEASE!!!!


vanessa





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