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  1. IB Schools in Adelaide / South Australia

    You’ve posted a very similar topic to this already. You are probably better having it all in one thread. I’ve replied to your other thread already.
  2. Schools private vs public

    I’ve moved this to our Kids section which covers education.
  3. Schools private vs public

    This site has info on the schools offering IB. I selected SA already. They list state and private. FWIW almost all state high schools are zoned. Usually people need to reside in the zone and be able to prove this. Some of the really in demand schools are no longer accepting new intakes if you move into the zone mid year or after the Y7 intake. They require people to have lived in the zone prior to beginning high school as the demand on places is so high. You would have to check with the state schools on their enrolment policy and the IB. I really don’t know if they differ at all. Some state primaries are zoned. Again, they will require proof of lease. If you are looking at private you can take your pick. Fees will range from about $8,000-$23,000 and possibly more for high school. Some of the lower fee high schools seem to rate very well alongside their far more expensive ones. I am not sure there are many options state school wise for your eldest but you can check and see what’s offered.
  4. @AusAlex You may have missed the post for the meet up (it was cancelled as not enough interest) but ScooterDan is always happy to meet up for a drink and say hello. Perhaps give him a shout?
  5. Drinks...?

    Thanks for giving it a go Shame more people didn't get back to you on the idea, there had been a few looking to meet up. Ah well.
  6. 23, Nottingham, drinks?

    @scooterdan posted about a meet up in another thread. Perhaps check that out?
  7. Adelaide Hills

    Think what Nic says is about right. There are some links at the bottom of the page that list the areas Also FWIW we live in the foothills but I don't consider it the hills themselves. However, we go a few hundred metres out our front door and we are in the Hills as it were. As to where to look, depends on what you want from a place. Hills living is not like living in the suburbs or even the outer lying suburbs. Also there is the fire risk which in the summer months can be extremely high on a daily basis. Do you have kids who need school options? Commute to work? Anything else? FWIW I love around Bridgewater, Aldgate and Stirling. But none of those are cheap. I also love Clarendon as a small town. It has a local shop, bakery, pub, hall and primary school. Not much else really. Houses can be in the town itself or dotted further out in one of the roads leading into the town. Again, its not cheap and if you have a commute to work or kids who are older and wanting to socialise or see friends, it could take some getting used to. I know people in Meadows, Kangarilla and elsewhere. All of those would need you to see them to appreciate what small town living could possibly be like. You'd need to travel elsewhere for pretty much everything.
  8. Hello

    What sort of things are you wanting to know? If she is doing her study in NZ then I'd expect she'd have to qualify in nursing there and and then seek a visa to work in Australia based on her qualifications (if its still on the list). I'd focus on the study aspect first, she gain the qualifications and then revisit the preferred locations for employment after that. Much can change in a few years and what is on the list now may not be then.
  9. Aged parents visa 804

    I'd suggest discussing your options with a reputable migration agent as there is more than one kind of visa. @wrussell is a MARA agent who posts on here. He may be a good starting point. Also you could try our sister site , Poms in Oz in our family visa section and ask there too. We have a number of other good migration agents there also who are active and post and who may be able to help give you a better understanding of what you are facing, your options and costs.
  10. I wrote this a few months ago now but only just getting round to posting it So, a while back we ticked round the 4 year mark since arriving in Australia and Adelaide. Hubby is from here so for him it was coming home after a very settled 8 years in the UK with me. For me it was moving here after a number of visits. For our child it was the second time here after a holiday when he was younger. From the off we've been settled and enjoying our lives. Husband has worked since soon after we arrived, it took a while longer for me as I was the one doing all the other stuff, making sure I was around for our son for activities and play dates etc while he settled in. We'd planned on this though so it wasn't an issue for us and we got through it all. We bought a house about 7 months after arriving. It took a while to settle on areas we liked enough to want to live in and find a house that ticked all our boxes within those places. I was pretty ruthless, ruled out huge chunks of the city and outlying areas and took our short list of areas based around the top 100 ranked primary schools. Its not for everyone to go about it this way but we knew what we did and didn't want from an area and so to save time we simply ruled out suburbs that didn't have schools in that list. We had plenty left to choose from. And I then could strike off all the ones down on the flat, too far out etc till we ended up with a short list of suburbs/areas and small towns we liked the look of and with decent school options. We were always looking to be a bit more up in the hills with the gum trees, koalas and roos so it wasn't too difficult to rule out many areas due to being more built up or on the flat. Fast forward 3 and a half years or so and we are all still very content with where we chose. I love driving up the hill heading home. The roads become more and more gum tree lined, you see the open hills in the distance, fields and trees all over the place and I always feel happy to be here. Son loves his school (so do we), has made some great friends, embraced Aussie rules and cricket and has tried out a fair few other sports. We've gotten stuck in to local sports clubs also and help out where we can at those. Hubby plays Aus rules again and cycles lots up in the hills. Work wise, hubby has changed jobs twice since we arrived. The second time he wasn't really looking but had applied for a few posts that sounded interesting and then somehow he and his current company found each other and lo, job offer and sorted and he was away. Me, it's been a bit more hit and miss, mainly as I prefer to work part time in school hours where possible. I've been picky, work about 20 hours a week all up. Still, its more than enough and we are all happier for it. Homesick? No. Never really, not at all. Since moving here I've had two trips back to the UK to visit my parents and took my son both times. He had fab holidays and we did loads but like me was ready to come home and so glad to be back in Adelaide after a few weeks in the UK. Friends and social aspect? Done ok there. TBH we tend to be pretty similar to how we were in the UK in this respect. Made a few good friends, some Aussie, some from elsewhere and see them when I/we can. Admittedly due to us all having busy lives and some living further away we don't always see each other as often as we would like but when we do, its good. We do lots as a family, go out on day trips, social stuff, sports, even if its just grabbing the basketball or tennis racquets and hitting the courts in the evenings. We are making more use of the beach as our son gets older now too. Have got boogie boards and go enjoy a swim, usually down at Seacliff or Port Noarlunga quite often in the evenings, especially in summer hols and on hot evenings. See husbands family a fair bit but try to not over do it as we like our own space also. We are not bar types or late night social bugs and prefer to be more chilled, spend time together and enjoy what we do. We get out plenty to the cinema, theatre, occasional gig or concert, are Crows members so go to all the home games, go see the cricket in summer and more. For us its been a great move. We knew what we wanted from a life here and we've pretty much achieved it. It hasn't always been plain sailing or wonderful, sometimes its been a bit of a slog but never regretted it or wanted to go back. If we did decide to move on from Adelaide it may be for elsewhere in Aus or possibly NZ but not got the slightest desire to be back in the UK. Australia has been the place I call home since we first arrived. I don't do the leaving one foot back in the country we left or keep looking over my shoulder or anything like that. For me I embrace it fully and get on and live life here. Its good, we're happy and its home. Thats me and my update done
  11. Pom family relocating to Eastern Suburbs Nov 2017

    Yes same. Did wonder if you’d arrived and are finding your feet? As i said, give me a shout. Happy to meet up and introduce the kids if you’d like.
  12. Refresh my memory please! She needs to go through and check the list (due to be updated again soon I think). Tbh I am not familiar with the most recent list and it may be her profession is not on there. If she doesn’t have the skills/qualifications/experience required then I’d not hold out much hope there. She could have an consult with reputable migration agent to see if she could possibly gain a visa.
  13. Refresh my memory please!

    Is she qualified in anything on the current lists? If she isn’t then not much to be done.
  14. Interesting to see which areas are the most in demand on the local market. Not sure about Reynella ranking up there for house rentals as its further out than all the others. Its cheaper I'd expect and I guess has an appeal to those who settle there and ticks their boxes. Unley is to be expected as its very in demand. Unit wise I can see why places like Warradale and Oaklands Park are up there. Close to the train line and stations, thereby into the city with ease. Marion close by and Glenelg and other beach suburbs only a short drive in the car or hop on the bus or jump on your bike. Airport also not far either. Somerton Park similar apart from its a beachside suburb and close to train line via Brighton. Adelaide’s most in-demand rental suburbs for HOUSES, according to 1: Unley 2: Edwardstown 3: Brighton 4: Golden Grove 5: Reynella 6: Glengowrie 7: South Plympton 8: North Plympton 9: Camden Park 10: Richmond 11: Norwood Adelaide’s most in-demand suburbs for UNITS according to 1: Warradale 2: Oaklands Park 3: Grange 4: Brighton 5: Glenside 6: Unley 7: Broadview 8: Somerton Park 9: Mile End 10: Goodwood 11: Wayville
  15. 1 year work visa age limit.

    No aware its changed. Nor going to anytime soon. There is nothing you can do to help her gain a WHV. She could either look to coming over on a tourist visa of some kind (perhaps a longer stay one) or a skilled visa if her professions is on the list etc.