They have full days, but not crazy
s ne, brains and sporting ability can coexist when he was named dux of his graduating year.
“When I came to this school a little while ago there was a community perception that the kids just play sport all day long,” Endeavour principal James Kozlowski says.
“But we run the full curriculum and there are only a maximum of three sports sessions a week. Our school is about producing wellrounded individuals and we get them to the best point at which they can have a career in sport if they choose it. I recognise that these careers can be fleeting and over in a heartbeat, but a good education lasts for life. My No. 1 priority is academic achievement and we’re now being recognised as a school that puts learning first.”
This is what attracted Rebecca Osbaldiston when she was looking for a school for her talented daughter, Maliyah, 12, selected to play netball in the NSW Primary Schools Sports Association rep team.
“Maliyah is dedicated to her sports, it’s her life’s passion,” Osbaldiston says. “What drew me to Endeavour High was their focus on education. It’s very important to me that her school nurtures her sporting ability, but also gives her a huge amount of support with her education.”
Bonnor, who co-authored What Makes A Good School with Jane Caro, says the debate about selective schools is divided.
“You can look at it from the perspective of how it benefits the individual student and how it benefits the community at large,” Bonnor says. “In a selective school, the performance of kids can get a boost because these schools are a gathering of engaged and motivated students and that may lead to a benefit in achievement.” Maliyah Osbaldiston attends Endeavour High, says mum Rebecca, because it focuses on a rounded education as well as nur turing her sporting dreams. Picture: Toby Zerna SOPHIA Sproat has tried many different schooling systems for her children, both in Australia and Europe where the family lived temporarily, including public, private and even home schooling. She settled on The Conservatorium High School for Emily, 12, and Matthew, 14, who play the clarinet and saxophone respectively. “In government schools they got bored and ran the risk of coasting,” she says. “I love that this school is small and it challenges them academically as well as musically. It’s not just about the music, if your academics are not good, you won’t get in.” So popular are the limited spots at The Conservatorium High School that about 370 students auditioned last year for around 30 placements in 2017. Gaining entry to these exclusive campuses often relies on strict auditioning performances and academic tests. Emily battled it out for one of 16 Year 7 spots and her brother Matthew got one of only two available spots in Year 9. “The auditioning process was intense, it involved a performance and workshops so they can really see their abilities,” Sproat says. “There’s a lot going on for them, they have full days, but not crazy. They start at 8.20am and finish at 3.30pm like most high schools and sometimes have choir at lunch or a lesson after school. But I see it as a good trade off, because if they didn’t have these classes in their school day, I’d have to find them outside the school, which would make for a much more hectic schedule.” Julie Simmonds says, while the school is public, all placements are by audition only. Matthew, 14, and Emily Sprout, 12, went through a tough audition process at Conservatorium High. Picture: Jonathan Ng