Okay, it is true that the best high schools are the ones inthe nice areas, where the families are of the same opinion about education, behaviour and expectation. These schools are the ones that end up being full with kids from out of the zone, but if you are new to the country you will not know how to work the system. There are good state high schools, where children achieve good things and the schools offer a lot. There are also schools where people who know this stuff fight tooth and nail so their kids don't have to attend the local schools. The state system however gets stuck with teachers who have lost interest, have problems etc, whereas the privates can dump teachers like these. There are schools in areas where the background of the kids might mean their parents are third generation unemployed or have social problems. My children went to a very good public primary, but it was 8 kms away on the other side of town. There was also no way they were going to the high school we were zoned for. Or the one next to it. The important thing is to thoroughly research the schools, find out where others are sending their kids etc and why and observe the kids coming out of the schools. The Education dept has a habit of renaming schools with bad reputations to try to remove the stigma but people have long memories. There are large numbers of youth here who have goals aims and interest beyond a narrow outlook. I think you are painting too bleak a picture of our children. It is difficult to provide information to people who dont know the system here without being subjective and letting my personal views show. Not everyone coming will be able to afford private schools, or to buy in the "nice areas", so need to know how to find out the background info on the schools and what is on offer. It would be naive to say that drugs are not available in our schools, especially private schools, but the picture you paint is that the kids are rampantly consuming them. There are many kids who have strong views about drug use, smoking etc and they don't all live in nice areas. The other thing to remember is that the school's catchment area although situated in a seemingly nice area, may include areas that are not. Also not everyone wants to go on to further education or needs to. Many areas of work that are not demeaning do not need tertiary education. I think though that there is a need for trade/ business orientated schools to be available from yr 10, with paid apprenticeships beginning in school. I wouldn't say that bullies and agressive kids ahve any more free reign than in some areas in the UK. There have always been schools like this, kids like this wherever you go.
Forums are a good way to find out info, I dont agree that they are only good for people who's lives revolve around the forums. I came to Australia at 10 went through the school system, uni etc, have lived in UK with young children not knowing anyone and without immediate family and friends and am putting my children through the Australian education system and yes they do go to private schools, but I know that the kids who have goals etc who come out of the state system do just as well.. I always thought that there needs to be a service for people providing info beyond the government speel. When people are moving even if it's within their own country, they want to know about doctors dentists, where there are scouts/ guides, how the schools are, how to get in to them, where is the dance school, is it a good one. Where are the shops, are they accessible. Is the suburb a good one that has what I'm looking for........ etc and especially when moving to the other side of the world.
You sound a little disenchanted with your present place of employment.
Schools here now are trying out airport style metal detectors to stop weapons being taken to school, still not sure why if you know all these awfull things about Adelaide why you ever took your children their....?????. But hey ho we cant wait to get out there, weather to hot.... schools c**p......bad drivers......expensive houses.....expensive living....slums in the north AND the south ( i guess as the sea lies to the west we only have the east to go to). Cant wait Cheers Graham
P.S but one good thing i hear the surfing is fab
Hey Graham, Adelaide is a great place to live, there is so much to offer> My son who was born here, and has apart from 2 years in London has grown up here with 2 English parents is proud to be South Australian. You will get good stuff and bad stuff everywhere. My parents considered South Africa,Canada and other parts of Australia before deciding on the job in Adelaide. It is a beautiful city that offers a good lifestyle, fairly cheaply. The main thing I love is the space. Our streets are wide and there is always the backdrop of the hills. I have met many families who have come here and the ones who settle fastest are the ones who dont look back too much. This is a different country with a different culture. It has old ties with England and is English speaking. people moving to US after all dont expect thing to be the same.
Good luck with your big adventure
Hey Graham you forgot to mention the school shooting last year to make the place sound ven gloomer.... and I'm sitting here watching a huge bushfire from my lounge window feeling guilty that I'm feel happy that the wind is blowing away from me yet it is burning peoples houses.... yet with that and more I love Adelaide :)
Go to Victoria... now that place is bad!!!! LOL (to be a south australian you have to hate victorians, it's a long standing tradition of the two states)
Sorry i forgot the shooting...!!! so who wants to go to Adelaide.......................................... ..WE DO....and cant wait. Cheers Graham
Bit insulting to all !!!
Originally Posted by muppetbro
and this from someone with over a hundred posts in 3 weeks