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School Choice - Ten Key Issues:

8 - Diversity, Partnerships and Community

Is the school a melting pot of different races, cultures, religions and social class backgrounds? How is this celebrated and promoted? How are positive, respectful relations among students supported?

Will your child thus have a personal life story of mixing broadly with students from diverse social, cultural and religious backgrounds?

Or is the school not representative of the broader community? If this is the case, how does the school support students to have a mix of cultural and social experiences?

How is the school working toward culturally and socially inclusive teaching and learning? Does the school have a cultural and social inclusion policy and plan?

Does the school have strong teams and partnerships? Is it, for example, part of a learning community or cluster of primary and secondary schools (to share ideas and resources and develop a P-12 model of schooling)?

Is there strong mutual professional learning and support through a cluster or network and the pooling of expertise across schools?

Does the school have strong links with a kindergarten and a college or university? With local government or external agencies such as health services?

Does the school have access to high-quality after-school and holiday programs?

Is the school an integral part of the local community? Do students take part in a variety of activities including after school community-based sports and other local community activities? Are these local community links listed on the school website?

Is it involved in local community renewal (e.g. in replanting local areas and promoting biodiversity)?

Are students able to walk and bike to and from school? Or do students need to be driven to a school away from their local community (possibly harming the environment due to increased car use and student health due to decreased physical activity)?