Dorothy Willoughby has been organising school expos for more than 20 years and she knows the difference having a “one-stop shop” has made for parents keen to research the educational opportunities are available in their area.
“Every child is unique,” she told Focus. “The (Hills Expo) is an excellent opportunity to find the school to which your child is uniquely suited.”
This year’s free Hills Independent Schools Expo is on the weekend of Sunday, September 7 and 8 between 10am and 4pm at the Harvey Lowe Pavilion, Castle Hill Showground.
Principals and teaching staff from 17 leading independent schools will be on hand to answer questions.
“With the new North West Metro line, Hills residents have easy access to many more schools than in the past, including Arden, Wenona, Loreto Normanhurst, Pymble Ladies College and Roseville College as well as our own great schools within the Hills Shire. Plus many schools operate their own school buses so Hills area families have a greater choice of schools than ever,” she said.
“By bringing these schools together under one roof, the Expo lets families explore a wide range of options without having to visit each school individually. Days of research can be condensed into a couple of hours.
“Parents and students are encouraged to take their time at the Expo and engage in detailed conversations with school representatives to get a strong sense of what each school offers.”
“Most parents who are seeking independent schooling for their children are looking for schools that align with their own family values, provide quality teaching, a secure environment and an excellent academic reputation.
“Above all, parents want their children to be happy at school in a community of like-minded friends where they feel that they belong.
“The Expo offers families the perfect opportunity to establish a rapport with a variety of schools and get the familiarisation process underway to achieve the best outcome for their children.”
The most frequently asked questions are to do with:
- Length of waiting lists and relevant procedures
- School size and student body composition
- Class sizes
- Co-curricular opportunities
- Religious components and requirements
- Information about the International Baccalaureate and how it differs from the HSC
- Scholarships and bursaries
- Gifted and Talented programs
- STEM teaching
The Hills School Expo is free. It will be operating from 10am to 4pm on both Saturday, September 7 and Sunday, September 8 at the Harvey Lowe Pavilion at the end of Castle Hill Showground.