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    Posted: 02 May 2008 at 9:31pm
Am thinking of moving to Takapuna in Auckland next year but have no idea what the schools are like there.
Can anyone advise me of a good primary school (and high school)there? I have 2 boys and a girl.
I am quite interested in schools that teach music and sport...
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there are heaps of schools on the north shore inscluding some private, catholic based, and alternatives like motessori etc....you would need to research to find what is close and what suits. You may find that a bus to a high school is necessary to get to a good one that suits (eg albany etc) so dont discount ones that look a little further. There are also coed and single sex highs and some from north shore travel to auckland ones for high school.....plenty of options all round.
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When we lived on the Shore, I bussed over to Baradene for high school till we moved over the other side.

Takapuna Grammar has a good rep, as does Westlake Boys, not sure about Westlake Girls but the ERO reports are available on the Ministry of Ed webiste. Rangitoto College has a brilliant rep, but is hard to get into out of zone, and the local Catholic schools are Rosmini for boys and Carmel for girls. Glenfield College and Northcote College don't have *such* great reps, but aren't neccessarily bad schools.

Not sure about primary schools, there are so many you'd probably have to just trawl thru the ERO reports.
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I live on the shore and went to Westlake Girls (and 1 brother to Westlake boys and the other to rangi) and looking back I found the school really good.

For high schools, there is also the new Albany junior high and when it is built Albany high. I know someone you goes to the junior high and have heard really good things.

Even through it is ages away we have started to talk about what school we would like to send Ella to....we are currently thinking either St Jospehs (catholic school) or maybe Forest Hill primary. I think Milford primary is also pretty good and I have heard really good things about Sunnynook primary.

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if you have a high school in mind for later, may be worth contacting them and asking what their "feeder" schools are.
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It can be difficult getting into a school you are not in zone for so it may pay to find a school you like then move into zone.
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Thanks very much for all the feedback. Yes we were thinking of choosing the school first and then moving into the zone. I assume the high school would be more important?
In this case I don't really know where to start looking (am living outside NZ at the mo).
I know about the decile ratings but do I just go by this or is there more to it than that?
I assume Takapuna Grammar and Rangitoto College are the top choices on the shore???
Any more feedback/help would be much appreciated.
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I don't know about Takapuna Grammer, but Rangitoto is a good school...but it is a very big school (the largest secondary school in NZ- I think???) and I don't know about the classes sizes (might be something to look into it). There is also a couple of private schools on the Shore if you wanted to go in that direction- Kristen and Pinehurst (both in Albany), both of these schools are pretty good and start from primary school and go up to high school. One of workmates son has just started at Pinehurst (he is 6) and they seem very impressed with the school and the teachers. I would have also thought that the Westlake schools would be ranked quite high as well.

I would have a look on the internet for the ERO reports..not sure of the website but if you google it you should be able to find it.

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I went to Rangi, not a bad school at all education wise but a tad large for my liking. When I went in the early-mid 90's it was about 1600 students, I think there are about 3000+ now??
If I hadn't moved out of the Forest Hill/Takapuna/Northcote area to the Naki my boys would both have been enrolled at Westlake Boys hands down! Excellent college for boys. Growing up on the Shore there are numerous amounts of schools and now that Albany is no longer a farming town but developed 'mini city' there are probably a lot more. Majority of the schools are excellent though no matter where. For primary school my own personal choice would be Sunnynook Primary, one of the best around which then feeds into Wairau Intermediate which is a feeder to Rangi and the Westlakes (as well as Rosmini and Carmel, they're the Catholic ones).
Hope you find what you need, North Shore is a lovely place, though I wouldn't go back for all the money in the world lol I've got used to the downsized version of life and I love it
                        
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