The Sydney Independent Schools Expo: Saturday, February 27 and Sunday, February 28, 10am to 4pm

The Sydney Independent Schools’ Expo has moved to an exciting new venue. This year, the Expo will be held at the Crystal Palace event centre in Luna Park.

The new site offers excellent accessibility, abundant parking and a wide variety of facilities and catering options.

In keeping with its new iconic location, the Expo will provide a showcase for Australasia’s top independent schools, emphasising academic, athletic and extracurricular excellence.

Participating schools include boarding and day schools, single sex, co-ed, faith-based and secular options from preschool to Year 12.

The Expo provides a forum for families to meet face to face with staff and students from all these top schools – in one convenient location.

Parents are encouraged to engage with school representatives and explore their offerings in detail.

Teachers and administrators are happy to answer questions and provide families with all the information they need to find the best school for their child.

Site entry is free so come join us and make the Expo part of fun-filled family day out at Luna Park.

Sydney Independent Schools Expo fact file

When: Saturday, February 27 and Sunday, February 28, 10am to 4pm both days

Where: Crystal Palace, Luna Park

Cost: Free admission

Parking: Onsite parking

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The Sydney Independent Schools Expo: Saturday, February 27 and Sunday, February 28, 10am to 4pm
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Research: Private schooling adds 12 per cent to lifetime earnings

Australian-first research commissioned by the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research shows that graduates of non-government schools earn an average of 12 per cent more over their course of their careers than do their public school peers.

The income differential is attributed to the non-academic “soft” skills that private school students acquire making them good candidates for highly-paid upper managerial positions. “These findings suggest that private schooling may be important in not only fostering higher academic achievement, but also in better preparing students for a working life,” the paper says.

While the report focuses on the Catholic system, these results would also hold for graduates of independent private schools say study authors Nikhil Jha and Cain Polidano because of the sector’s “greater emphasis on the development of non-cognitive or soft skills that are important in explaining labour market outcomes.”

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Long-run Effects of Catholic Schooling on Wages: Nikhil Jha and Cain Polidano for the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research

Coverage of the report in the Australian Financial Review

Research: Private schooling adds 12 per cent to lifetime earnings
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Beat the waiting list blues

You’ve done your homework, you’ve looked at all the options and, finally, you’ve found the perfect school for your child. Now it’s just a matter of getting in. With long waiting lists at many independent schools, it can be difficult to obtain a place at your preferred school but there are a number of ways to improve your child’s chances. offers this commonsense advice to parents.

Be organised. Submit the necessary forms, fees and documents correctly and on time.

Show interest. Book a principal’s tour, visit on open days, get to know the school well.

Don’t despair. If you do end up on a waiting list, let the school know that you remain eager to enrol your child when a place becomes available. Parents often put their children’s names down for several schools. Waiting lists can shrink quickly when it comes time to make a final decision.

For many families though, the most stressful aspect of the application process is the enrolment interview.

St Andrew’s Cathedral School registrar Bruce Perry has these tips for a smooth interview.


  • Arrive on time. If you’re running late, call ahead to let the school know.
  • Don’t answer questions directed at your child. Remember that the purpose of the interview is to get to know the student.
  • Ensure that your child is dressed to impress. Either in a neat and clean uniform or in good casual clothes that conform to the school’s dress code.
  • Be honest. Non-disclosure could jeopardise your child’s enrolment prospects.


  • Answer questions calmly and directly. Be polite. Don’t fidget, don’t slouch, don’t chew gum. Offer a firm handshake and maintain eye contact.
  • Do your research. Prepare a few in-depth questions that show you’re truly interested in attending the school.
  • Always try to answer in full sentences, not just Yes or No.
  • NEVER check your phone during an interview.
Beat the waiting list blues
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