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Hi Claire and Chris..we, too, are arriving in Adelaid on 12th June...6.40am!! Only for a holiday with Aussie hubbys family though. We did live in Adelaide for a while but hubby decided to become a British Citizen and we moved back to the UK.
Youll love Adelaide, its a beautiful city. Yes ther are spiders but the shops sell loads of sprays to take care of them, so try not to worry too much.Enjoy your flight and Good Luck for your new life downunder! x
GG High School has a great reputation - I know quite a few on here who send their children there - I'm sure Stevo will be along at some point to reassure you as I think he's one of them (parents of GG children I mean - sorry!) and I know of others whose children are currently in Year 7 and will be going there in Year 8 next January.
Is your daughter turning 13 this year? If so she will probably go into Year 8 which is the first year of High School here. If she has already had her birthday and won't be 13 till 2011, you may find she will be in Year 7 which is the last year of Primary School - that has plusses and minusses - the main plus is that she will get a chance to relax and settle into her new country before the pressures of High School - Year 7 in primary is a pretty relaxed and fun year with lots of camps, sports, graduation etc - and also get to know some friends so they'll all be in the same position of going up to High School in January of next year together. Also she'll be with kids of her own age. Minusses I guess will be that she'd have already started High School in the UK, so might take a dim view of going back to Primary.
My son started Australian school in Year 2 and has now just turned 13 and is in Year 8. He is about the youngest in his year and most are a year older, because he started school in the UK when he was 4 and most are 5 when they start here. It's not any sort of problem, but obviously at that age, a year can make a big difference in size, development etc, and I notice it in the school soccer team, that the others are just that little bit bigger, stronger and faster than him....
Sometimes the grass will appear greener on the other side because it has been fertilised by bull****
hi there,this is my first time on here and i have been reading the forums,my name is clare and am hoping to arrive soon,i have 3 children aged 7.4 and 18 months.i have been looking for any advice on schools for the children and i read a frightening report from one of the members saying her daughters lunchbox had been spat in on her first day at school and she took them out and moved away from aldinga beach area-what do you think of the schools
Blimey I think Adelaide airport is going to be busy at 6.40am on Sat as I am picking up my best mate, hubby and daugher for a visit over here! I came over with 14 year old twin daughters in August last year. They go to Reynella East school and have loved it from the minute they got here. They have been made very welcome and have some lovely friends, the kids could not do enough to help. They love the uniform over here as the skirts are much shorter than the UK ones! and they can wear trainers. You see a few spiders but not that many to be honest, if you mortein your house it tends to keep most of them at bay but we always keep a fly swat to hand for the ones that get through!! Good luck with it all I am sure you and your kids will settle in fine.
Thats helped me
My daughter is 13 in September this year & is starting at gg primary school I spoke to a lady there barb she was really helpful & said the kids vary in age depends are situation.
My daughter is back a year due to living in Spain she had to learn the language then Dubai International school just put her into the next year after Spain.
She`s quite a tall girl & towers over a lot of the kids in her class but the kids are all diff ages depending on where there from, her Russian friend is tiny & she`s Is 13 & they don`t start school till there 7,. so its a bit strange.
In Australia they are about 6months behind so her going back a year has worked out the lady at the school checked her D.o.b in comparison to other kids in the year 7 & its about right
So Prob not going to help but best contact school & have a chat
Sorry i think I am just as confused
Hi Guys, Good luck with your flight over, I'm sure you'll be fine. I arrived here with my husband and two children 15 and 11 in January and am loving it here. Haven't seen many red backs but that doesn't mean you shouldn't be wary when picking up garden furniture. The children settled well into school, their uniform is shorts and polo shirts in the summer, and long trousers or trackie bottoms with polo shirts in winter. Girls can wear summer dresses and skirts and blouses but you don't see many. My daughter is 15 so if your daughter wants to chat to her to see how she settled in feel free to get in touch. My son is 11. Hope you settle in well
Adam & Elaine
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