School Open Days Brisbane
Open days for schools in Brisbane are not unlike real estate open days, providing you with the opportunity to check a school out before you enrol or buy.
The best advice we have is to make sure you do your homework. Many schools have a lot of information available online to allow you to narrow down your options, depending on school location, fees, enrolment conditions and facilities.
Brisbane high schools in particular can be difficult to gain places in without meeting certain criteria. In Brisbane it is definitely an advantage to enrol your children in private schools as soon as you are able and carefully check Brisbane School catchment areas if you have a particular State School on your radar.
First Impressions Count at a Brisbane School Open Day
One thing to consider when attending an open day is who is conducting the tour? Is it a member of staff, principal or a member of administration. We tend to think an appearance by the school principal or deputy to be the biggest tick you can get in this area. If the principal takes the time out to meet prospective parents, it really shows a commitment to the school community – a top down approach.
Are the grounds of the school well maintained? Is pride taken in their school community?
Do you feel welcome the moment you are greeted.
Despite all your prior research, don’t underestimate a parental ‘gut feeling’ which tells you this is the right school for you and your child.
Attending a Kindergarten or Child Care Open Day with your Brisbane Kid
Generally, once or twice a year, local Kindergartens and Childcare facilities open their doors to welcome prospective parents. The events often include entertainment and games as a way of welcoming the entire family and ensuring parents feel confident in bringing their children to the centre.
The main thing you want to look at in early years open days is how many staff are present for the open day?
How bright and welcoming are the play areas?
Do the children have access to mud-pits, sand play or other nature play outlets?
Are there testimonials of enjoyment across the walls and hanging from the ceilings (aka examples of artwork done by attending children)?
Does the premises look and feel safe?
Attending a Primary School Open Day with your Brisbane Kid
You will find as the years increase so does the formality of the tours to better cater for the increasing number of parents attending at any one time. Some state schools exclusively offer personal tours while some private schools offer intensive open days in addition to interviews.
Open days at this level are often about showing examples of student output while showing the parents around the school grounds and displaying the available facilities as well as any school achievements.
Attending a Secondary School Open Day with your Brisbane Kid
Many private secondary schools conduct tours all year round culminating in a massive open day for prospective families. Some secondary schools only offer the one opportunity for a group open day otherwise only offering one-on-one tours. It is always a good idea to get in touch with the schools you wish to attend to find out their preference.
The one-on-one or small group tours are an additional chance to have a more personal chat with administration while open days will give you the opportunity to seek out individual teaching specialities and properly explore the facilities at the school you are touring. It can also be a chance to meet other parents and get an early start in finding out about extra curricular groups and activities.
Remember that for many of the private and independent schools, early enrolment is essential with some schools accepting children from birth.
Many schools require prior registration for open days and tours, so always check the schools website or contact them directly, to make sure you don’t miss out.
Due to restrictions in place throughout the pandemic, many schools were unable to hold face-to-face open days and tours, which has lead to a rise in virtual tours.
A virtual tour allows families to view the school facilities from the comfort of their own home, and rewatch the presentation as many times as they like.
Virtual tours often include video footage of important facilities at the school (often 360 degree views) and even interviews with staff, students and families.
Whilst virtual tours aren’t face-to-face, and it may be hard to get an overall feeling of the school, it will certainly give you a good starting point for future discussions.
After viewing a virtual tour, families may have questions, which can be jotted down and discussed with the school at a later date.
To see if your chosen school offers a virtual tour, please check out their individual websites or contact the school directly.
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