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Glasgow primary schools for the Polish community?


gdj67 15 | 154  
6 Apr 2008 /  #1
Wondering if any of the Polish community in Glasgow have children in a Glasgow Primary School? If so how does the education system over here compare with that in Poland?

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szkotja2007 27 | 1,498  
6 Apr 2008 /  #2
My Polish friends say that the education system in Poland is better, but then they dont know much about the Scottish system to make a comparison and vice versa.

Were you thinking of anything in particular ?
OP gdj67 15 | 154  
6 Apr 2008 /  #3
It's a long storey szkotja.
My partner is Polish with an 8 year old daughter, and she is considering moving here, but as much as I would love them to be with me 24/7 I have a worry that her daughter would find it difficult. The best thing I think would be for me to relocate over there, but career wise it would be difficult.

I'm hoping that someone will tell me they came over here and there kids started school and loved it, but the words 'straws' and 'clutching' spring to mind.

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szkotja2007 27 | 1,498  
6 Apr 2008 /  #4
A girl I know came over with a seven year old boy, school is actually fine, no problems, but making friends out of school can be difficult for him.

Kids are kids and they just accept things at face value, they often adapt better than adults do.
Wroclaw 44 | 5,384  
6 Apr 2008 /  #5
I'm hoping that someone will tell me they came over here and there kids started school and loved it,

This may help.
On Saturday I was talking to a 17yr old who had spent two days at a school in Edinburgh a few years ago.
Her thoughts were:
Bigger classrooms, teachers were different, smaller class size, different subjects, swimming pool, grass [decent sports grounds], cookery classes.

I got the idea that the differences made it interesting for her. But it was only a five minute chat so I can't add any more.
OP gdj67 15 | 154  
6 Apr 2008 /  #6
True szkotja, but it's a big step and not a decision I want to take lightly

I'm not a school teacher, but I have worked with pupils in Scotland and Poland, and from what I've experienced, I guess if I had a choice, I would rather bring up a child in Warsaw than in Glasgow.

Don't get me wrong, I love this city - it's been very good to me, but I have someone else to think about now.

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PolskaDoll 28 | 2,104  
6 Apr 2008 /  #7
Bigger classrooms, teachers were different, smaller class size, different subjects, swimming pool, grass [decent sports grounds], cookery classes.

Hmm, the words "swimming pool" suggest to me that this was a private school, George Watsons maybe...

school is actually fine, no problems, but making friends out of school can be difficult for him.
Kids are kids and they just accept things at face value, they often adapt better than adults do.

I agree with that. How good is her daughters English? Any way I think that because of her age she would be fine. I think out of school you'd need to make sure she maybe joined a club or something, to keep her active with kids of the same age but szkotja2007 is right, kids adapt easier. 8 is a good age but if you leave it until she is 10,11,12 you will have problems then. Good luck :)
OP gdj67 15 | 154  
6 Apr 2008 /  #8
This may help.
On Saturday I was talking to a 17yr old who had spent two days at a school in Edinburgh a few years ago.
Her thoughts were:
Bigger classrooms, teachers were different, smaller class size, different subjects, swimming pool, grass [decent sports grounds], cookery classes.

I got the idea that the differences made it interesting for her. But it was only a five minute chat so I can't add any more.

Thanks Wroclaw,

Its true that the facilities are generally better over here, but in all the schools I've been in there just seems to be a more 'pleasant' atmosphere in the ones in Warsaw. I can't put my finger on why, but I do now that being surrounded by all the latest technology and bigger classrooms doesn't necessarily equate to a better education.

My experience is limited however, so maybe I've just been lucky with the schools I have worked in over there.

Boy, have I got some serious thinking to do!
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szkotja2007 27 | 1,498  
6 Apr 2008 /  #9
Boy, have I got some serious thinking to do!

Its a tough choice and you won't know until you do one or the other.
Good luck with whatever you decide.
noimmigration  
7 Apr 2008 /  #10
I hope you are going to pay for private education for your eastern european children, it costs £5000 a year to educate one child a year in britian and I dont think the tax you poles pay by cleaning the toilets or sweeping the streets covers it.
Seanus 15 | 19,706  
7 Apr 2008 /  #11
It's more a question of integration. The Scots were allowed to go AND STAY in Poznan a long time ago. According to my grandad, who lives in Inverness but is from Glasgow, the Poles have always been welcome in Glasgow. He told me tales of language exchange and good times. Can't be baaad!! (Sorry, sheep syndrome)
dannybhoy - | 32  
7 Apr 2008 /  #12
My friend has a five year son in a Glasgow primary school. Hes been in Scotland for a few years, and went through nursery with his wee school friends though. He also never experienced school in Poland, but his parents are happy with his education. I also have a work mate who has a thirteen year old son who had a year in a Glasgow primary, and is now in secondary, and he thinks school is much better here! Thats the opinion of a thirteen year old guy, and I'm not sure what exactly it is he loves so much!

No immigration - When will you realise that not every migrant worker sweeps the streets and cleans toilets?
OP gdj67 15 | 154  
7 Apr 2008 /  #13
I agree with that. How good is her daughters English? Any way I think that because of her age she would be fine. I think out of school you'd need to make sure she maybe joined a club or something, to keep her active with kids of the same age but szkotja2007 is right, kids adapt easier. 8 is a good age but if you leave it until she is 10,11,12 you will have problems then. Good luck :)

Thx PD

Put it this way, her English is much better than my Polish. It's on the curriculum in her school in Warsaw and she also goes to private English classes twice a week so the language shouldn't be a problem.

As for the after school activities, both her mother and I organise such activities and would encourage her to go to others,...........I just hopes she chooses snowboarding at Bellahouston rather than ballet classes!

Maybe I'm worrying about nothing, but I appreciate everyone's comments.

PD.........can you leave that previous disgusting post up so that others can see how infantile the author is. Ironic that he should post on a thread about education when he clearly has none himself.

Thx all,
G.

PS - VOTE FOR THE DONKEY!
szkotja2007 27 | 1,498  
7 Apr 2008 /  #14
Ironic

Its ironic that he claims to go to a Glasgow Uni.
As taxpayers, we are the ones that are subsidising his education !
JustysiaS 13 | 2,240  
7 Apr 2008 /  #15
my friends daughter is 8 and she adapted herself to the new environment very fast, she didnt speak much English but after a couple of years in an English school she speaks like a native, it's amazing. kids get teaching assistants to help them understand what's going on in the classroom, your partners little girl should be perfectly okay, maybe a bit frustrated and lonely at first, but kids learn so fast, especially when they've got no choice but to learn fast ;). plus knowing life there probably will be a few Polish kids in her class already! school doesnt start till September, you can visit a school with your partner and her daughter, walk them around and explain things. im sure it will be fine.
noimmigration  
7 Apr 2008 /  #16
she didnt speak much English but after a couple of years in an English school she speaks like a native

and £10000 - £15000 of british taxpayers money
szkotja2007 27 | 1,498  
7 Apr 2008 /  #18
£10000 - £15000 of british taxpayers money

That will exclude you then ya subsidy sucking student !

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