As a former student who attended Penleigh and Essendon Grammar from year 1 to 12, I found the experience and the environment to cater well to students needs. Not only academically but also in areas such as sport, music, and socialization. I've come out with a good experience and have been afforded excellent interpersonal skills and a respect for multiple cultures and religions. PEGS has provided me with a skill set to succeed in future endeavors such as working and university. In summary, I would like to say my overall experience was positive and I would recommend it to any parents that are seeking private school education for their child.
Hi JanV you might find this existing thread useful.
A user had this to say
"I went to a public school from year 7 to 10 before switching to a private school in year 11 to complete my VCE. I applied and sat a couple tests for scholarships during year 10 and ended up getting offers from Xavier, St. Kevins and Penleigh and Essendon (PEGS). In the end I chose PEGS due to a couple of factors including travel. In relation to the public vs private I really enjoyed my VCE experience at a private school (except for the excess work during VCE), whereas I had found my particular public school very isolating. It had a good academic reputation, however this was distorted by the 'acceleration program' kids and high proportion of international students who worked very hard. This sort of hid the fact that there was a high drug presence at the school and funnily enough the teachers there hardly cared half the school was on something. They didn't really cater for students who didn't fall into either of these categories. It also had fewer opportunities for extra-curricular activities e.g. sport. So in the end I would say if you are willing to pay for your kids to go to a private school, choose carefully, but there will be a lot more on offer for your kid to experience in a broader sense. Having said that though, make sure your kid keeps a clear view of broader society and its dynamics.
With primary schools though, I would definitely send my kids to a public primary school. Its a personal opinion, but I think having gone to a public primary school with rich multiculturism I learnt a lot more looking back on it."