Which schooling system do you prefer, public or private?
THE public schooling system has always ticked the right boxes for Melanie Chevalley, so choosing public for her own three children was an easy decision.
In fact, she liked her school so much, she started her three children Tahlia-Lee, Hayley and Jack at the same school.
In Hey Mumma this week we hit the streets to find out which schooling system - public or private - you prefer and why.
Melanie, who is in Hervey Bay visiting her mum and dad with her three children from Grafton, said she and her husband found no faults with the public system.
The Chevalley kids started at the same school as their parents, and now the eldest, Tahlia-Lee is at a public high school and the younger two have been moved to a smaller public school.
Tahlia-Lee wants to be a police officer when she finishes high school and also loves dance. Melanie said the school had a variety of subjects to cater for her daughter's requirements.
"Back in my day there weren't as many subject choices," Melanie said.
While the cost of a private school was a contributing factor in the family's choice, if the subjects weren't available they would have considered private.
When it comes to playground behaviour and dress requirements, Melanie said the state school system usually wasn't as strict.
Tahlia-Lee has friends at private schools and she says bullying is just as bad.
"They are much the same, there is still bullying at private schools," she said.
Tahlia-Lee said one of the good things about going to a state school was when it came to appearance, the teachers weren't as strict.