Good to hear you have settled in. Thanks for sharing your experiences with us.
Great to hear your settling in so well Clare.
Hope we can do the same in 2 weeks. Glad to hear the driving is better than in manchester , i wont even drive into town at the minute.
Sounds like your really enjoying it so far (apart from you not having your home comforts yet).
That was a great post, you ramble on, don't stop tell us more... would love to hear about you daughters exp in school etc. What is she learning?, what year is she? is it alot different?,
My sons are 8 and 4, so like Bev said School is so important.
Were there other areas you like, what are the local facilities like.
Great post thanks, We'll be there in a little over 2 weeks so I'm very excited to read your loving it.
Hope your container arrives soon then it really will be home!!
Jess does PE every day and sometimes more than once! I love this because in England she was lucky if they did any once a week. Because her school is near the sea they will have their sports day on the beach. They will also get to try snorkelling, surfing and canoing later in the year.We are also walking to and from school which is good for me too as we have always gone by car in the past.
She is in year 5 here which gives her the rest of this school year till December and then 2 more years in primary. In England she would go to secondary in September 2008.
They learn Japanese at this school, but all primaries teach a language other than English as part of the curriculum. They get less homework than in the UK.
They call playtime Recess and can order food from the canteen for lunch -it comes in a brown paper bag. It seems quite American in some respects.They all have to wear a hat for protection from the sun even in winter and can't play outside if they forget it. Jess felt an idiot at first but because everyone wears one it soon wears off.
School starts at 8.55 to 3.15. The playground is supervised by a memeber of staff from 8.30 until 3.30. Most schools seem to have before and after clubs and some have holiday clubs.
Because she is quite happy there, I am leaving her to chill out a bit and not stress her about what she is learning and how good the school is. It is such a big upheaval for a child to leave all they know behind. As she has a couple of years before secondary school I feel she has plenty of time to settle in to life in Australia.
We live just up the road from a massive shopping mall called Noarlunga Centre. There is also a cinema, bowling alley, leisure centre with great pool. A hospital and library are nearby too. The council is called Onkaparinga and they have a good website. Sorry not sure of the address but it will come up in a search.
We have driven around the south a lot. There are some more expensive places to live, but beyond our budget. There are lots of houses being built in Aldinga and they are affordable, but I felt it was nicer here. It's hard to explain, you just get a feel for a place that will suit you and your family and your pocket!!
I was looking at Happy Valley all the time when we were still in the UK. We went to look when we arrived but preferred it near the sea in reality.
Hope I have not made you fall asleep......
Greats posts Clare, keep them coming ;)
Fab posts, god i just did a lil gig round the room i'm all excited.
Blake (8) would love to here from Jess's point of view, if she's got time in her busy social life do you think she'd let him know all about school, and what she likes.
Could i ask have you seen many jobs advertised for Datacabling or Electricians.??
Weekly updates by Clare??:)
The local paper is the Advertiser. The insert called Career One comes with the paper on a Saturday. There is a website careerone.com.au
This week there are at least 15 jobs for electricians and one for a data installer that I could see.
I will ask Jess to come on and give her impressions.
Hello Claire . We are living just round the corner from you , have only been here a few days . Great to hear you have been having such a great time . Would love to say hello if you dont mind and pick up on you do's and dont's !! Have left our number for you in pm, give us a call if you dont mind . Cheers Liz and Rich
Hi Clare ,
Glad to hear you've settled in so well. We will be over in a couple of months and are looking at Port Noarlunga as a place to live so it, so nice to hear a bit about it , (not many people seem to mention it). Is it Port Noarlunga Primary your daughter is at or does Christies Beach have it's own school?