PARENTAL CHECK LIST BEFORE ENTERING A CHILD FOR A COMPETITIVE EXAM.

Have I thought through and defined what type of education I want for my child?

Have I considered all schools, both private and public, available and/or suitable for my child?

Please consider:

  • Do I want co-education or single sex schooling?
  • Is religion an important consideration?
  • What is my attitude to compulsory co-curricular activities? (For example, cadets, Saturday morning sport, attendance at school camps).
  • What is my attitude to compulsory school uniforms and dress codes? (For example, regulation on the length of hair and the wearing of earrings).
  • Is the social composition of the school important?
  • What travel will be involved? How will this influence the social life and study time of the child and the family?
  • Will the school still be suitable if the scholarship is only a partial one?
  • What happens if my child is given multiple scholarships, or a scholarship earlier in the year, but our preference is for SHS entry, which is not announced until August? Will I pay the deposit and forfeit it later?
  • Am I prepared to pay back the scholarship fees should my child leave the school earlier than expected?

Entering for Scholarships

  • How many scholarships/schools will we apply for?
  • Will I enter my child for a scholarship for a school in which I am not interested, merely for the examination practice?

Pressure

  • How much pressure (both direct and indirect) is being placed on my child?
  • Is my child prepared for the six years of academic expectation which stems from winning a scholarship?

Year level

  • At what year am I prepared to enter my child for a scholarship?

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