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Good suburbs where we have good primary and secondary schools.

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    Guest uma

    Hi,

     

    We are planning to move to Adelaide in the mid of march 2012. We have two kids of age 12 and 9.

    As we are not sure of suburbs where we can find good state schools for both primary and seconday,

    please someone help us in this.

     

    Another thing what I have heard is the academics will start in SA by 30th of January 2013. So, if we come in mid of March will there be any enrollments to my kids or do we need to wait until the next academic year?

    Please give information on this as we are very much worried about the school admissions.

     

    Basically we would like to stay near to CBD and good neighborhood. Good primary and secondary schools, easy access to community like market, bus stop, train etc and children park will be our main criteria. We are expecting to rent a 2BR apartment AUD 350 pw.

     

    Any advise on suburbs will be highly appreciated.

     

    Regards,

    Uma

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    Hello and welcome :)

     

    I always hear very good things about Brighton secondary (have relative goes there and he loves it) and some good primary schools in the area also (have researched a fair few). But its rather a pricey area to live. Brighton is a zoned school so you can always check the catchment area for it, it will cover some surrounding suburbs also that may be a bit more reasonably priced.

     

    Plenty of options all over I'd reckon but if you want to be closer to the CBD you'll probably be looking at suburbs not so far out.

     

    We had family living in Unley and they were really happy with the primary schools their sons (can't recall which schools though) went to but they moved further south a few months ago. Very close to CBD from there and lovely neighbourhood I think but again it might be a bit pricey.

     

    There is this thread on primary schools. The OP of it is very helpful with education info http://www.pomsinadelaide.com/forum/education/17414-primary-school-reviews.html

     

    Also lots of other threads on schools, perhaps have a browse and see if any catch your eye.

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    Guest smit

    Start with your budget and work out what areas you might afford to settle in and then look at areas and subsequent schools. No point renting in area with good school that you arent going to be able to stay in. Nothing worse than moving kids.......again especially if older

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    Guest uma

    Hi Snifter,

     

    Thanks a lot for your reply.

    I will surely do some research for the combination of both primary and secondary schools in one good suburb.

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    Guest uma

    Thank you Smit for your suggestion...and I absolutely agree with you.

     

    However, I have got a doubt can you reply to this please?

     

    I have heard that all the government schools in OZ will be free of cost upto 16 yers.

    And if that is wrong and the school fees are there, can u please tell me what would be the annual cost for my both kids?

     

    Regards,

    uma

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    Hi Uma

    You could look at somewhere around Norwood or the eastern suburbs. Loads of really good primary and high schools, both state and private, great transport into the city and the central market, a nice main street in Norwood itself, on the edge of the hills, and about 20/30 minutes to the nearest beaches. There are lots of parks around as well, and lots of sports clubs and activities. Your children will be able to start school as soon as you like - the school year starts in late January but they can start at the school of your choice at any time during the year. This is the state school page for South Australia http://www.decd.sa.gov.au/

    HTH

    Diane

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    Guest uma

    Hi Diane..really good information for me that my kids can join at any time in the school :smile:

    We too initially considered Norwood only for living and with your suggestion we can go ahead to concentrate on that more.

    Can you please tell me regarding the fees that we might need to pay for the state schools and fyi..we are coming under visa 190

    (PR).

     

    Regards,

    Uma

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    Guest smit

    I dont know what fees are now for public schools, mine have been out of school for a while now. Hey I dont know what your budget is , but suburbs mentioned like Norwood and Unley are expensive to live.........and Brighton not too far behind.

     

    Eastern suburbs are nice tho, albeit no sea view, well some have like beaumont, if you got a spare mil or two. North adelaide v. nice if you can afford.

    All depends on budget and preferences and I can see oldest is 12, you want to get right area first up really.

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    Guest uma

    I am into IT - system analyst - will get a salary around 100k+ per annum. Also my hubby will be working. (This is the expecting figure as per my experience)

    with this statistics can u please tell me is this a good earning to live in adelaide?

    and per month for a vegetarian family of 4 what would be the approximate expenses we will have?

     

    And average rent of east adelaide suburbs will be how much with and without furnished?

     

    Please give me information on this that will be really great.

     

    Regards,

    Uma

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    Hi Uma

     

    Check out realestate.com.au for ideas about how much rental would be in various suburbs. This mostly covers unfurnished rental though but furnished rental tends to be short term holiday lets so is much more expensive. If you want to be close to the city in a nice suburb then places to check out would be Norwood, Glenunga, Kensington Park, Kensington Gardens, Burnside, Magil and surrounding suburbs. These all have very good primary schools and secondary schools, and we considered all of them ourselves but we weren't sure we would be able to afford to buy so we have settled on Rostrevor instead, which is slightly less expensive. The better secondary schools on the east of the city are Glenunga and Maryatville, followed by Norwood Morialta. They are all zoned though so you need to be in the zone to get your kids in to the school. The zones can be found on the link Diane posted above. I can't comment on the suburbs on the other sides of the city as I haven't really looked in to them myself.

     

    In terms of salary $100k would be very good for a systems analyst. My OH is a development team leader and he is on just over $80k. I've only been here less than a week and I'm staying at my mother in laws at the moment so I can't really help with the cost of living thing, but you should be okay if you are both working.

     

    Nicola

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    And average rent of east adelaide suburbs will be how much with and without furnished?

     

    Please give me information on this that will be really great.

     

    Regards,

    Uma

     

    Look on realestate.com.au as it will have rentals on there and you can compare.

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    +1 on Norwood and the Eastern Suburbs. Have heard only good things about the schools over there. Yes it is a litle more expensive to live, but rent seems to be similar to other not so desirable suburbs. There are lots of smaller suburbs over that way so search them all- google maps will help to discover them out.

    I spoke to a guy who owns a chocolate shop/cafe business in Burnside- (Gary Bracegirdle) and he is a retired teacher from Norwood High. He couldnt say enough good things about it and all the suburbs over that way. His shop is always full of teenagers who seem really decent kids. There are lots of good public and private options on that side of town.

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    ...I spoke to a guy who owns a chocolate shop/cafe business in Burnside- (Gary Bracegirdle) ...

     

    Best hot chocolate ever in there!!!

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    Hi,

     

    We are planning to move to Adelaide in the mid of march 2012. We have two kids of age 12 and 9.

    As we are not sure of suburbs where we can find good state schools for both primary and seconday,

    please someone help us in this.

     

    Another thing what I have heard is the academics will start in SA by 30th of January 2013. So, if we come in mid of March will there be any enrollments to my kids or do we need to wait until the next academic year?

    Please give information on this as we are very much worried about the school admissions.

     

    Basically we would like to stay near to CBD and good neighborhood. Good primary and secondary schools, easy access to community like market, bus stop, train etc and children park will be our main criteria. We are expecting to rent a 2BR apartment AUD 350 pw.

     

    Any advise on suburbs will be highly appreciated.

     

    Regards,

    Uma

     

     

    Hi we arrived last December with kids the same age. We live in North Brighton and kids go to Paringa Park primary school in Somerton Park. Really good school and they are both very happy there. Paringa park is zoned so you need to be within the catchment area.

    We moved to this area as I have family who attend Brighton High school and get great reviews. My son was already in 1st year of high school in Scotland before we came to Aus but started in year 7 in January so really went back a year because of age starting school. He was happy to do this and felt that it gave him a bit of time to socialise and meet people before getting down to the hard work in year 8 at high school. So he will start Brighton high school in January and we were all more than happy with the school when we went for a new student inspection in May.

    My daughter is 9 and in year 3. They both do lots of sports like basketball soccer netball karate etc.

    We also love living in this area as we have the beach on our doorstep and can get into the city in 20 minutes. We are renting at the moment but hopefully looking to buy very soon.

    Good luck with everything

    Jane

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    We have lived inside the Adelaide CBD area for most of our lives in Adelaide, since we grew up as back street kids in England and having tried suburban life disliked it.

     

    So our son went to one of the city primary schools (Gilles Street primary) and it was excellent. Quite a lot of parents from the suburbs had their kids there because of working in the city. I'm not sure what the rules are.

     

    Unley High, Blackwood High and Marryatville High all have excellent reputations if you can afford their inner suburban areas. Our son went to Pembroke. As you probably know, private schools in Adelaide are very well priced compared to British schools, although they start to get pricey in Year 12. Pembroke is great, without the emphasis on sport which other schools stress. Anyway, he got into medicine and is now a cardiac specialist, so it all worked out.

     

    I think that you'd have to be very unlucky to run across the behavioral problems in any Adelaide state school which some British schools suffer from.

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    Guest vikkiann

    With regard to school fee's, I pay about $300 per child for primary school and just over $400 for high school

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    Guest uma

    Hi Jane,

     

    Great to get the information regarding the schools :biglaugh:. As my son(elder) is currently in year 8, we too have planned that once we come there to again put him inot year 8 itself so that he will be able to settle in the new environemnt. By the way can u please tell me will he be able to adjust to the australian curriculam (we are from India)? another issue is Jane, we are not sure that we may be able to reach sharp by January 2013 as it may take around march. So what will be the probability of my kid getting admission into class 8 at that time in Brighton High school? and if he gets can you please tell me what will be the fee that we have to pay?

     

    Another question is, do we have any primary school for my second kid who will go to year 3(age is 9) in the same brighton area? also what is the approximate cost of living for a family of four in this area? If you could give these details that will really great...

     

    Thank you :)

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    Hi Friends..can some one please tell me how is the "Unley SA 5061" area to live, what about the primary and secondary schools in Unley and what is the amount that we need to earn per month to live in this area?

     

    Thank you...

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    Unley High School is where Julia Gillard (the australian prime minister) went - depends whether that is a recommendation or a warning! Nice area, similar prices to somewhere like Norwood.

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    Hi Jane,

     

    Great to get the information regarding the schools :biglaugh:. As my son(elder) is currently in year 8, we too have planned that once we come there to again put him inot year 8 itself so that he will be able to settle in the new environemnt. By the way can u please tell me will he be able to adjust to the australian curriculam (we are from India)? another issue is Jane, we are not sure that we may be able to reach sharp by January 2013 as it may take around march. So what will be the probability of my kid getting admission into class 8 at that time in Brighton High school? and if he gets can you please tell me what will be the fee that we have to pay?

     

    Another question is, do we have any primary school for my second kid who will go to year 3(age is 9) in the same brighton area? also what is the approximate cost of living for a family of four in this area? If you could give these details that will really great...

     

    Thank you :)

     

    Brighton is a zoned high school so you would have to live in the catchment area for it before you could apply.

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    Hi Friends..can some one please tell me how is the "Unley SA 5061" area to live, what about the primary and secondary schools in Unley and what is the amount that we need to earn per month to live in this area?

     

    Thank you...

     

    Unley is pricey. I loved it there. Had family living there till a few months ago but they moved further south.

     

    Go to realestate.comau and put the suburb and code into the search and you'll see the prices and get an idea of your needs. If you know your Aus $$ salary then you can pretty much see if you could afford it.

     

    Peter has replied in the thread above about Unley schools.

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    Guest adult1234person

    For girls and boys go to Rosary School prospect so live in Prospect/North Adelaide. For girls high school go to St Dominic's (North Adelaide) or Adelaide high if not Catholic and Anglican. For Boys high school go to Blackfries priory prospect (Prospect). they have got really high academic scores but they are all really well rounded schools too.

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