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Suite dreams: auditions open for elite school music scholarships

Suite dreams: auditions open for elite school music scholarships

Hundreds of gifted musicians and singers, some as young as 8, are soon to audition for music scholarships to Sydney's top private schools.

  • by Amanda Phelan

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Not all academic: how to ace private school scholarship interviews

Not all academic: how to ace private school scholarship interviews

Super-bright children who survive the annual academic shake-out known as Sydney's private school scholarship testing round must then step up for the interview with the powers that be.

  • by Margie Sheedy

Young Sydney designers showcase key inventions

Tomorrow's innovators can be found in high school, and when they emerge from the stress of HSC study to showcase their Design and Technology major works, the results form a dazzling, useful collection.

  • by Jackie Chowns
Private school enrolment growth makes them a place for the many

Private school enrolment growth makes them a place for the many

Long waiting lists, too focused on narrow academic results ... where once independent schools were considered to be for a privileged few, growing enrollment now makes them a place for the many.

  • by Amanda Phelan

City kids head for top 'bush' boarding schools

The long, daily cross-city commute? Gone. Outdoor challenges on the doorstep? Tick. For some city high-school students, boarding at a country school opens up their universe.

  • by Amanda Phelan

Generations at elite schools put 'mater' in alma maters

There's nothing like going to the same school as your parents and grandparents to feel you belong, which at key Sydney private schools can mean up to five generations of one family attending the same school.

  • by Jackie Chowns
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High schoolers tough it out for the Duke of Eds

Doing the Duke – The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award – can mean wet days and nights in the field for some teenagers. But that doesn't put off legions of students who seek to test themselves.

  • by Jackie Chowns

Baccalaureate an advantage when it comes to university

The numbers are small but the demand speaks volumes: independent schools are increasingly offering the International Baccalaureate as a study option. It's key selling points? Teaching students deeper critical thinking skills and preparing them for university, in Australia or abroad.

  • by Fran Molloy

School careers nights rev up when mentors drop in

The leap to university or work may not seem so daunting for senior high school students when young mentors share their real-world experiences.

  • by Amanda Phelan

Private schools dilemma: how to find the perfect match

Choosing the best school and the right one are not the same thing, and what is right for a child is often more complex the older they get.

  • by Margie Sheedy
Resilience vital to curriculum

Resilience vital to curriculum

Effective, challenging and enjoyable learning is the core of a good school.

  • by David Mulford