- 1 Post By steph&neil
- 1 Post By caoimhe
Hello from Bristol !!
Well Saltford actually (between Bath and Bristol).
Just wanted to say hello and introduce ourselves.
We are hopeful of our Visa being granted very soon after what seems like months of nail biting, scanning in countless documents and numerous visits to the solictors for signing and certifying.
We are planning to get to Adelaide for August 2010.
We have the same questions and worries that many others have and I am sure once we get the visa the whole thing will seem a little more definite and we will start to
actually plan rather than just dream as we are at the moment.
I will trawl through the many posts already on here to find out as much as possible
and will post anything I struggle to find the answer to.
I would say the biggest worries we have are:
a) Finding the right schools for the kids, and getting them both settled in
b) Finding a job for me(Gary) (currently employed in IT as an IT Director)
c) Ruth missing her mum !!
d) Leaving everything we know behind, but that is kind of exciting in an adventurous way!
We are quite lucky as Ruth's aunt is sponsoring us and she has kindly offerred to help
by looking after us on arrival and putting us up until we get settled.
Hope to meet some of you once we actually get there!!
Hi & welcome! you will find that whatever you question someone on here will be able to help! the worries you have are what we all went through before arrival - kids are settled, homesickness was terrible but I just kept reminding myself why we came! it is also abou feel like you fit & belong so get socialising!! also coming in August is almost spring!!! one of my biggest worries was about new friends?? I now have more friends than I had in the uk, & most of them are aussie or from NZ!! wish you luck in you new adventure & keep posting!! x
We moved from Longwell Green in 2007 (both children schooled in Keynsham) so know the area pretty well, although my son is the only true Bristolian - I'm sure you'll find the weather to be a tad better over here mate ;-)
I work in IT in the CBD, travelling in from Hallett Cove by train, so should be able to give you a few pointers when you get here - agents here are extremely reluctant to offer any kind of assistance until they've had a face-to-face meeting so you'll be lucky to get anywhere with them before you arrive - does depend on the skillset you have though so have a look at www.seek.com.au select Adelaide and drop a mail to the agents you find there.
The job market here, at least in the IT sector, tends to close down before Christmas and doesn't really start up again until mid to end of January. You should be ok getting here in August but I wouldn't leave it too much later if you want to best chance of getting a good position quickly; we arrived at the end of November and I didn't start work until January 29th.
Hi Gary, welcome to PIA
Having a family member here will really help, well it did for us.
Hope all goes well
Originally Posted by GaryP
Just a quick hello and to say Im from Bristol too, we lived in a small village called Backwell. As I know Saltford well and the standards of the schools in Bristol I'll reasure you that whether you go public or private the schooling seems great here.
After looking at schools on the net we checked out the western suburbs, Southern suburbs and Blackwood was great too.
All my kids go to a small school which is so similar to our village school at home, with that same familiar village feel of everyone knowing and caring about them.
There are 15 kiddies in my son's class and about 250 kids in the whole school.
In age range it goes from 3 years pre school untill they finish at year 12.
All my children are happy there and the level of education is high standard.
When you get here chill out a bit, look around all the schools in the areas that you want to live that give you the life style you want, take your children with you and you will see reations for yourselves.
Enjoy your last months in Bristol, Im now having visions of cylcling down the Bath cycle path, having lunch at the bird in hand, lol.
By the way my closest friend lives in Salford as do my neice we are close in age and her children probably go to school with yours (Harry & Olivia Waters) my neice her name is Vikki.
Good luck with your venture, Laura xxxx
Thanks for that, finding work is always gonna be a worry so any help and pointers you could offer nearer the time would be vey very welcome.
I currently manage a two teams of engineers offering support to small businesses, but my background is as a Microsoft and Network Engineer in the financial sector so hopefully my skill set as either a manager or an engineer will secure me work.
I have also considered setting up a business similar to the one I am at here but have yet to investigate the options, but you never know!!
Thanks for your advice
Originally Posted by laura girling
Thank for your help. Unfortunately I don't know your friend, probably because our kids are at school in Bath so we don't get to meet as many people locally as we would have liked.
Schools are a massive issue for us, probably the most important as both our kids are incredibly happy at the school they are at now. They are both currently at a private school in Bath which has excellent results and one of the hardest things about moving away is going to be moving from a school we know is really good to the unknown!
We have been talking about it quite a lot recently and think we will follow your advice and spend a good few weeks after arrival looking around and choosing our area and school very carefully. On arrival we are going to stay with Ruths Aunt until we find a rental, she is based in Dover Gardens, so we can use this as a base whilst we pick the area of our dreams!
We are trying our best to enjoy where we are now but it is very difficult when it seems to rain every weekend!! But yes I will miss the Bird in Hand when we move as I do enjoy the occasional Friday night after work there!!
No worries mate ;-)
Not work related, but it might help...
Last edited by orrelljet; 01-11-2009 at 09:29 AM.
Hiya just thought i would add something about private schooling, the fees here are a lot less than the uk! ours are starting st peters in Glenelg after xmas & the fees are about $4.5k a year (another $500 for summer & winter uniforms these are compusory & include shoes/sandals) so that is about half of what we paid in Aberdeen, we have been on the waiting list for this & Immanual primary since we arrived last April so I would advise that you enquire now! The states schools here are very good as well about $300 a year, but there are no league tables for you to compare with primary & with each other with secondary you can request the figures for the students who go on from there into Uni, TAFE (college) or the workplace, hope this helps & good luck with everything! x
We have only been here a short while. we arrived in sept 09. This site is really great and you will meet alot of new people so the friend issue will be covered. As for the school part that was the hardest part for us , especially for our eldest Bray (8) he loved his school in england and did not want to leave. I am happy to say he loves his new school it also is a small community school with low classroom numbers.
You will be fine, look forward to your new adventure and stay in touch.