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    Guest twinfamily

    Hi all,

     

    This is my first post so apologies if it's in the wrong section.

     

    We will be arriving in Adelaide in May 2013. Not sure where I'll be working but I don't mind commuting - I am looking for suburbs with very good schools (IB programme) and close to the beach. Probably rent for the first year. Any recommendations?

     

    Thanks

    Jessica

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    Well this type of thread usually sparks a heated discussion!!! With everyone feeling very passionate and protective of their piece of Adelaide .

     

    We live in Aldinga Beach and love it. Shops, beach, and close to work for us so ticks all our boxes. Local public school fairly average but a couple of good privates one in Aldinga the other in Mclaren Vale.

     

    We lived in Port Noarlunga for 3 years which is also lovely.

     

    Heidi x

     

    Ps whats IB programme?

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    Guest twinfamily

    The International Baccalaureate programme...I think it's meant to be a better curriculum - more standardised when you compare it with the UK?

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    The "best" state schools are generally considered to be Brighton, Henley, Adelaide High, Marryatville and Glenunga... with others such as Golden Grove, Norwood Morialta, and Blackwood all having good reputations also, but it will depend a lot on the individual child and his/her strengths - some of the schools have specialist programmes in things such as languages, sports, and performing arts. For private schools it will depend if you want somewhere that is not religious - amongst the moneyed of Adelaide I think schools such as Pembroke, Scotch College, St Peters and Prince Alfred's are all highly thought of - with costs to match! Also for private schools you will need to consider if you want single sex or co-ed which will help decide. Are you looking at high schools or primary?

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    Ideally a free primary school would be ideal! But education is important so if no good schools around happy to pay

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    Guest dondon75

    We are also moving to Australia may 2013 and like you will be renting. We have a boy 2 sept 2012 so will not be needing schools straight away! We are looking into seafood area. The reality of sorting out stuff to sell as expensive to ship just kicked in!

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    Hi all,

     

    This is my first post so apologies if it's in the wrong section.

     

    We will be arriving in Adelaide in May 2013. Not sure where I'll be working but I don't mind commuting - I am looking for suburbs with very good schools (IB programme) and close to the beach. Probably rent for the first year. Any recommendations?

     

    Thanks

    Jessica

     

    Check out google maps for suburbs that are close to the beach and then check out myschools.com.au for information on the schools in the area. You can get the Naplan results from myschool(but like sats but no league table published). There are also links on myschool to the schools individual websites which are worth taking a look at. They all have something called a context statement which gives you lots of information about the school and quite often the school will publish newsletters on the website which can give you quite a feel for the school. When we were looking at schools my husband did his own mini league table of results and most of the schools he looked at with the best Naplan results were in the eastern suburbs, but these are no where near the beach. He didn't look at all of the schools in Adelaide though and results in tests aren't everything.

     

    There are IB schools around - my kids go to a very nice one, but again it's in the eastern suburbs. I'd suggest doing some research on where the schools are that you like the sound of, then in the first two or three weeks you're here go round and check out the areas and schools that you think you are interested in. People on here will always tell you where they think is best, but what is one person's paradise is another persons idea of hell.

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    We are also moving to Australia may 2013 and like you will be renting. We have a boy 2 sept 2012 so will not be needing schools straight away! We are looking into seafood area. The reality of sorting out stuff to sell as expensive to ship just kicked in!

     

    Dont sell too much. Everything is so expensive to buy here! We have spent a small fortune since we have been here and we bought most of the contents of our house with us.

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    This one is certainly a topical question! Everyone has there own opinions and needs when it comes to suburbs.

    This is from an earlier thread on PIA

     

    This suburb haseverything and everywhere can be reached by walking. I do not know of any othersuburb that has so much right on it's doorstep.

     

    There'a a transport interchange at the large Noarlunga shopping centre. Anexpress train to the city takes 28 minutes. The southern expressway can bereached within a few minutes and this reduces the travel time into the city.

     

    Beaches: It's a seaside suburb with the most stunning sandy beach, jetty andreef-protected swimming. Angler’s fish from the jetty and children and diversshare the sea! You can walk there or reach them within a few minutes by car.The nearby Christies beach is dog friendly and your pets can run free in thesand and surf every day.

    Port Noarlunga / Port Noarlunga South won the 2010 award for Australia'scleanest beach. Over $8 million is being spent on new beachfront facilities.

     

    Shopping: Too much to list! The Noarlunga centre is within walking distance andis 2 minutes by car.

    Beach Road in Christies Beach has Coles and Woolworths and many eateries andfast food outlets. The supermarkets are open from 6 till 9 and you don't evenneed a car. There are liquor stores and drive in liquor stores. There are 24hour petrol stations, convenience stores and fast food outlets..

     

    The village of Port Noarlunga has character. There are fish and chip shops, apost office, restaurants, vets, dive hire etc. There is a children’s fort andplay area just across the Onkaparinga estuary and this has barbie and picnicfacilities.

     

     

    Schools: There are child care and kindy facilities in Port Noarlunga, Noarlungacentre and Christies Beach.

    The Port Noarlunga primary school is very popular (my own grandson will begoing there!) and this school is being expanded and refurbished with $4 milliondue to the growing demand.

    There is a Catholic primary school (St Johns) in nearby O Sullivan’s and aprimary school in beach road Christies Beach.

    High schools and technical colleges include the Catholic Cardijn College,Christies High, and Marcellin technical.

    The Noarlunga TAFE is just a few minutes away and this offers so many coursesfor teenagers and adults. It's next door to the modern public library.

     

    Housing: Prices in the range of $350,000 up to million dollar properties forbeachfront homes. The area is undergoing massive transformation with many1960's homes being renovated or replaced with modern units. There is a largeexpat population and the adjoining suburb of Christies beach is where 25% ofthe residents were born overseas! Prices are rising in this suburb and manyproperties are being converted into holiday accommodation.

     

    For more info and a suburb rating for Port Noarlunga have a look at:

     

    http://localvoices.realestate.com.au/port-noarlunga-onkaparinga-adelaide-greater-south-australia

     

     

    It also seems to be a pretty good investment area. Port Noarlunga and ChristiesBeach were named as being in the top 5 suburbs for property investment.

     

    Entertainment: The nearby (walkable!) Noarlunga entertainment precinct has acinema complex, bowling, ice skating, large indoor pool and sports facility,and laser quest. A new gym has just opened.

    There is the floodlit footy sports oval in Noarlunga and the footy and cricketoval in Christies. There are bowling clubs in Christies and Port Noarlunga,tennis courts, canoeing on the Onkaparinga river, There are hotels,restaurants, and pubs in the Port Noarlunga village. There are Indian, Chinese,pasta eateries and pub food all on your doorstep.

     

     

    Other facilities: There are local doctors, the Noarlunga hospital and the newlycompleted super clinic at the health village. There are surf lifesavingassociations, launch sites on the beaches and local dive facilities. There aregreat fishing spots on the river, from the jetty or from boats launched from OSullivan’s beach. The water is calm and protected and kids can swim, surf andbody board in safety. There are loads of parks and playgrounds, tennis courtsand sport facilities. The infrastructure is good with high speed Internet frommany service providers.

     

    I live in Port Noarlunga myself!

     

    I look out on the stunning estuary and sea every day and am thankful for beingable to live in such a stunning location. I have the McLarenvale wine regionjust a few km away.

     

    I bought my Port Noarlunga house 5 years ago after being in Oz for 3 weeks! Ihave just bought another home in Port Noarlunga and my daughter lives in PortNoarlunga! My teenage son works at the local Noarlunga centre and my otherteenage son is attending the local Noarlunga TAFE. I walk (run!) my energeticboxer (Dutchess) on the beach nearly every day. I take my grandchildren to thebeach, the local pool, the shops, the parks....my entire world is on mydoorstep.

    It's safe to walk the streets and I don't worry about crime. The people arereally friendly and my decision to live here was totally the right decision forme and for my family. Many of the guests who stay at my properties decide torent in the area when they leave my homes.

     

     

    I honestly wouldn't want to live anywhere else in Adelaide than in PortNoarlunga.

    Tamara

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    Hi all,

     

    This is my first post so apologies if it's in the wrong section.

     

    We will be arriving in Adelaide in May 2013. Not sure where I'll be working but I don't mind commuting - I am looking for suburbs with very good schools (IB programme) and close to the beach. Probably rent for the first year. Any recommendations?

     

    Thanks

    Jessica

     

    Hi Jessica

     

    If your looking for a beach lifestyle then down south is a great place to be. We live in Moana its a lovely suburb also look at Seaford and Port Noarlunga South and Port Noarlunga.

     

    Our daughter goes to Woodcroft College, its a private school and does have the IB Programme their website is www.woodcroft.sa.edu.au we are very happy with the school, I work in the city its great as its on the way.

     

    Any questions just ask.

    Good luck with everything

    Kim

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    Guest Katangel

    Just to add, there is no free schooling in Adelaide. There are always fees payable. Obviously public schools are much cheaper than private and if you are on a low income the schools are happy to put a payment plan in place to make life easier. Majority of the time school trips are an extra fee too but your child will get notices sent home in advance. There are also no free school dinners. Most schools have their own canteen/tuck shop where kids can order their lunch and pay for at the start of the school day or purchase some healthy snacks in break time. A lot of kids take a packed lunch to school. I too am considering sending my kids to an ib school as i went to one when i was a teen and i consider them to be on par with private schools but in a public surrounding. Its best to check out the schools on the net and in person and investigate the surrounding area to decide if you like it. It very much depends if you want a beach, city, suburban or country lifestyle as each is different but only a short journey from one another :-)

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    Guest xX HOBO JOE Xx

    there is some good houses and a shcool near port noarlunga and seaford moana is good for the beach lifestyle

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    Guest twinfamily

    Thanks everyone - You are all so helpful.

     

    NicF what is the name of the school?

     

    Are there any state schools that follow the IB programme?

     

    Thanks!

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    Thanks everyone - You are all so helpful.

     

    NicF what is the name of the school?

     

    Are there any state schools that follow the IB programme?

     

    Thanks!

     

    The school my kids go to is Stradbroke primary. It's a state school but it's in Rostrevor, which is not near the beach. I doubt if it is the only state IB school around though.

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    Guest Katangel

    Glenunga and banksia park are both state schools that offer the ib program. I went to Glenunga but i.m looking at sending my kids to the banksia park schools once we arrive in Adelaide next year :-)

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    Hi! My friends son goes to Woodcroft College, which has the IB. They live in Aldinga beach and there is a bus that runs to the school from there. They and their son have so far, been very happy with the school. There are alot of international students that attend it. All the best!

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    Le fevre high school in semaphore is a state school and follows the IB programme, it is close to the sea and about 30 mins by train to the CBD.

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