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Hello and Recci Trip planned to Adelaide Too

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    Guest Jack Jack

    Hello

     

    First time ever posting on one of these sights so here goes.

     

    Got out permanent residents visa granted aroud four weeks ago. Had ogirinally planned just to go straight out at the end of this year, if managed to sell house by then. Decided couldn't leave for AUS without having visited before so going for a recci trip soon with two children (aged 11 and 9) to have a good look round at areas, schools etc etc.

     

    Lucky enough to be offered accommodation with my husbands uncle who lives in Gawler which will save us a lot of money.

     

    I had been wondering about schools like many others on this site. I think I am starting to get to grips with it after a few months. Seems there are three types of school to me, state school, what looks like a semi-private and the private/grammar schools. The higher fee paying private schools are beyond us but could manage the lower fee paying schools. What does anybody think about the high schools. Have been looking a Aberfoyle Park are, around Crafers and Piccaddilly and will also look at Gawler where staying during visit. Not ruling out any areas so any information would be good.

     

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    Hello

     

    First time ever posting on one of these sights so here goes.

     

    Got out permanent residents visa granted aroud four weeks ago. Had ogirinally planned just to go straight out at the end of this year, if managed to sell house by then. Decided couldn't leave for AUS without having visited before so going for a recci trip soon with two children (aged 11 and 9) to have a good look round at areas, schools etc etc.

     

    Lucky enough to be offered accommodation with my husbands uncle who lives in Gawler which will save us a lot of money.

     

    I had been wondering about schools like many others on this site. I think I am starting to get to grips with it after a few months. Seems there are three types of school to me, state school, what looks like a semi-private and the private/grammar schools. The higher fee paying private schools are beyond us but could manage the lower fee paying schools. What does anybody think about the high schools. Have been looking a Aberfoyle Park are, around Crafers and Piccaddilly and will also look at Gawler where staying during visit. Not ruling out any areas so any information would be good.

     

    Jack Jack

     

    Hi and welcome to PIA, i think when you are out on your reccie thats the best way of finding out what areas are like as every one has opinions and ideas but at the end of the day its what feels right for you.

    Im sure others will post abit more local knowledge but i would say go with an open mind

     

    Good luck and congratulations on the visa already

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    Hi there

     

    Welcome to PIA and congratulations on getting your visa.

     

    We arrived 2 months ago and are currently living in Hallett Cove, our two kids who are 10 and 6 years old are attending the local state school, Hallett Cove East. Both our kids are loving school, they settled in really quickly and have made a lot of friends. My son Alistair who's 10 has Sports 3 x a week, which he loves, my 6 year old daughter has fitness & fruit time in the morning with sports once a week.

     

    They don't tend to have much homework at the moment, but are getting well worked in the class.

     

    I think this type of setup is pretty much across the board for most state schools and if the school you choose is anything like this one, you won't be disappointed.

     

    We have just come back from a weekend of soccer within the school, where it was more like a gala day than a school football day! The parents brought their camping chairs and their cool boxes, there was a bbq set up with sausage & bread, sweets, drinks for sale. It was more like a day out!!!

    FANTASTIC!!

     

    We thought we would let our kids try the local school first, then decide after a year if we would move them to private, the way things are going just now, I think I will be leaving them where they are.

     

    Every area is different, my cousin (who was born in australia) lives in Morphett Vale and the school that is the closest to where she lives, she wouldn't send her kids there, they now go to a private school and she is a local to this area.

     

    Good luck with whatever you decide, but I don't think you will be disappointed x

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    Guest Jack Jack

    Thanks for taking the time to reply ianb and cormcvcr - not sure if this will work just playing around. Good to hear cormcvcr has had good experience with state school.

     

    ianb notice you are a construction site manager - same as my husband - how is it for site managers in Aus. Have you managed to get work, is there much about. He is hoping to possibly make contact with some agencies when we are over May/June - and tips for who to contact would be appreciated.

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    Guest mOZzy

    can't really help with chosing a location!

     

    just wanted to say CONGRATS on your visa and house sale!!!!!

     

    good luck with your reccie and i hope it'll give you all the answers you need :)

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    Guest tubbycuster

    Hi, we had a similar trip in February last year and loved South Australia. Fortunately, we already new a few people in Glenelg from our travels around the world but found it really easy to meet people once we were there. In fact, we arrived on the Saturday and found ourselves invited to a barbie in Seaford Rise on the Sunday with some people we had never met before. Since then we've kept in touch with our barbie hosts by e-mail and can't wait to get back and see them.

     

    I work in London and couldn't believe the difference as soon as we arrived, everything is more relaxed and easy going, the way people drive, walk, talk, socialise, everything! My advice is to just see as much as you can, central market is fabulous, the Hills are lovely (my choice of where to settle) as are the vineyards to the South (where Sallyann would like to settle).

     

    I also developed a small obsession with litter while I was there, largely because I couldn't find any. Nice to meet people who are actually proud of where they live and like to keep it looking good.

     

    Have fun on your trip,

    Tim and Sallyann

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