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Secondary schools on Gozo - English speaking

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Secondary schools on Gozo - English speaking

Postby VikiB » Mon 12 Jul 2010 09:37 GMT

OK from reading most of the posts on here it seems to be that only private schools teach ALL lessons in English - however there does seem to be some debate on this so now I am confused

My daughter will be 13 in September 2011 when we would be thinking about enrolling her. I know the Maltese schools follow almost the same curriculum as UK as I looked into that a few years ago but she really would need to go to English speaking to keep up - at least to start with

Ideally we want to live on Gozo but am OK with her travelling to Malta for school if that is what is needed.

She wont be attending a Catholic school as they are quite hardcore and we are not Catholic so I dont think this would be right or fair on us or them!

Any and all advice very welcome - also any pointers to GOOD schools on Gozo either state or private and an idea on fees.

She attends private school now in the UK but the idea of moving to Gozo was to get away from the work pressure etc associated with private education fees, work life balance etc !!

thanks in advance - this is my first ever post - so be gentle with me !
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Postby JJCE » Mon 12 Jul 2010 10:40 GMT

Morning VikiB, welcome to the forum, good luck with your move. We are doing the same in two months........a few nerves here!

I won't be much help with Gozo I am afraid, hopefully GM will add. However I am fairly certain that there are no private schools on Gozo (certainly the school that we eventually picked has a few pupils commuting every day from Gozo)

Our research in the spring (for 11 and 9 year olds) indicated the following:

Private schools tend to teach and 'socialise' in English. Most of the children are from English speaking Maltese families (i.e. they normally speak English at home) and that tends to be the default language

Taking to the admissions people for the state system (very helpful), the rule is that if there is even a single non-Maltese speaking pupil in a class, then they will 'attempt' to teach all lessons in English. This would be fine, but we were worried about the playground interaction, alter school friends etc.

Costs for the Private schools are around é1000 per term (3 terms) plus books. Most schools also have a 'parent's contribution' which is around é1000 and is either fully or partially refundable when your child reaches 16.

Hope the above helps


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Postby VikiB » Mon 12 Jul 2010 11:33 GMT

Dear JJCE

many thanks for your prompt reply and good luck with your move in 2 months (very exciting)

so if I understand you correctly private fees in Malta are approx e2000 per term (some of which is refundable at age 16) ? have I read that right ie e1000 + e1000 contribution ?

I have found one school on Gozo that is state and have emailed them to ask regarding situation on languages so will wait to hear on that also

private fees seems much less as I currently pay over £1000 per MONTH here in the UK so this might be a better option to look at private schools on Malta

are your family commuting onto Malta for school or have you chosen to live on the mainland ?

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Postby gozomark » Mon 12 Jul 2010 11:38 GMT

AFAIK the parents contribution is a one time only fee (per child)
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Postby VikiB » Mon 12 Jul 2010 11:41 GMT

So circa e1000 per term fees and then a ONE OFF payment of e1000 - this is a lot less than UK schools!!!

I have just found one school on the website which states it fees for middle school as e6700 per year - I am guessing this is then high compared to other peoples experience ?

can anyone recommend a good private school that is commutable from Gozo ?

seems their system goes primary and then middle then secondary

my daughter will be 13 in 2011 so would have one year before entering high school

thanks for all your help
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Postby JJCE » Mon 12 Jul 2010 12:19 GMT

Sorry NikiB - I wasn't clear on the parent's contribution - GM is quite right, it is a one off payment. We looked at four schools and the fee structure is something like this:

One off registration fee (anything from é35 to é495 per child)
One of parent's contribution (anything from é0 to é1500) refundable
Termly fees (anything from é695 to é1186) - three terms
+ Books (annual c.é200) + Uniform

So yes, far cheaper than the UK (We think that six years secondary education in Malta will be similar to one year at their current school!) However while academic results may be similar, the school day is much shorter and they will have far less exposure to sports, drama, clubs etc. within the school.

Hope that clarifies

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p.s. We are moving to Malta, rather than Gozo - mainly due to schools, we are hoping for a more relaxed life and a 90 min commute (GM is this about right to Mosta area?) seemed unfair on them..........may end up hankering for the peace of Gozo though!
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Postby gozomark » Mon 12 Jul 2010 12:31 GMT

Gozo - Mosta commute

1. 10 minutes to ferry
2. 10 minutes waiting
3. 25 minutes crossing
4. Cirkewwa - Mosta by car 20-30 minutes, maybe 45-60 minutes by school bus, depending on how many pickups they do

so 90 minutes is a good ballpark
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Postby Eggs » Mon 12 Jul 2010 16:48 GMT

In all honesty if you want to send the kids to private school in my opinion Gozo is not an option , most schools start at 8am ish so without traffic if you are driving them every day you have a minimum 1 hr realistically 75-90 mins.

As much as i would have liked Gozo i decided it wasn't an option i think you will also find there is alot more leisure activities on Malta.

Im sure the Guys living on Gozo will probably not agree but they are obviously biased (and OLD) !!
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Postby JJ » Thu 15 Jul 2010 00:05 GMT

> Im sure the Guys living on Gozo will probably not agree but they are obviously biased (and OLD) !!

Oi! I resemble that remark!

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Postby VikiB » Thu 15 Jul 2010 08:48 GMT

thank you all so much for all your help on this - still lots to think about but this really does help. Guess we have to spend some time on Malta having a look around as we have spent all our visits to date going straight across the island to Gozo. Are there any "better" private schools than others on the mainland that anyone knows of as I know reputation is often the best advice to go on
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Postby VikiB » Thu 15 Jul 2010 08:49 GMT

Oh and HEY I quite like the idea of being "OLD" on Gozo....I want to be one of those ladies of a certain age who pop down to the seafront each evening and bob around in the waves in my sunhat having a good old gossip .....lol
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secondary schools Gozo

Postby roadcode » Sun 18 Jul 2010 17:22 GMT

I have 3 children age 17,13 and 12. We intend to move to Gozo in the next month. It was a last minute decision. Now I feel I am making the wrong decision but the rest of the family want to go.
We chose Gozo in order to have a larger property and some outdoor space.
I have looked at both the boys and girls schools in Victoria and I am concerned about what language the subjects are taught in. Can anyone confirm this for me as it is a major concern.
My eldest daughter is thinking about accepting a place at the university of Malta. I am concerned about her commuting times, what do you advise.
Can anyone also tell me are music lessons, art classes, youth groups readily available on the Island????
My husband intends on working in his currant position and commiting weekly to the UK, Is this a goer or are we off our tiny little minds?????

We have good jobs, the children are in private school in Ireland(church of England) the only thing we dont have is time, and when we do stop work it is usuallt too wet and cold to do anything as a family. We have no quality of life.

Please need some advice on the education and how much religion is taught in the state schools.
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