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    Guest JacquiHH

    My husband, our 4 children and I have finally decided to take the plunge and start our application process for Adelaide, I think!! With everything that Adelaide has to offer we think it is the best choice for our family however I still need some clarification. I would just like some advice on schools for our children aged between 1 and 12. We would really like to live as near to the beach as possible without being too far from the city. I have read that the best places to live are on the east of the city but this means you aren't right near the beach. Are there schools of the same calibre on the coast? This is quite important to us as one of the reasons we want to move to Oz is to be by the beach (we live by the beach in the UK) but obviously we don't want to compromise our children's education by being in the wrong location. If it means we have to look at a different city to get the best of both worlds then so be it. I should mention that we would be on a provisional regional visa if this makes any difference. thanks for reading....:)

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    Guest Libby1971

    Hello

     

    There have been numerous threads started on this topic so one of those may have the info you want on it already.

     

    BUT from my experience, some of the schools that are meant to be good are trading on reputation only so be wary of defining a school as good based on what you have been told. One of the schools I worked at was meant to be one of the best in Adelaide and I wouldn't have sent my dog there much less my children. Also be wary of schools which claim to be good based on the fees - usually a load of cr*p as well.

     

    One of the things to remember is that the Aussie focus on education is different from the UKs. In the UK, children, and schools, are labelled and ranked according to result. Teachers who work their a*ses off to get kids in a deprived area up to scratch are seen as poor compared to teachers doing sweet Fanny Adams in an area where money is less of an issue. GENERALISATION I know so don't bite me.:err:

     

    Last night the school I work at held a Performing Arts Festival - there would have been no time in the UK curriculum to plan something similar without the teachers doing this but the whole thing was organised, led and performed by the students at this school. I am in awe of the talent.:notworthy::notworthy:

     

    I wouldn't say that Aussie kids are more talented than UK ones but I do think they are given the opportunities to further their interests more than in the UK. And much more responsibility, fantastic.

     

    Libby

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    The one my kids go to....sorry couldn't resist that one.... You'll find that any suburb in any city that is near the beach and close to the city and has good schools will be expensive. By moving inland a couple of suburbs in Adelaide, you can still be only 15 mins from the beach and have access to more affordable housing and a choice of schools. I think the best thing for any of you moving over here is not to be rigid in what you want, cos you will probably find it hard to find everything in the one place unless you have oodles of money.

     

     

    Rachel

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    Guest JULIE210
    Hello

     

    There have been numerous threads started on this topic so one of those may have the info you want on it already.

     

    BUT from my experience, some of the schools that are meant to be good are trading on reputation only so be wary of defining a school as good based on what you have been told. One of the schools I worked at was meant to be one of the best in Adelaide and I wouldn't have sent my dog there much less my children. Also be wary of schools which claim to be good based on the fees - usually a load of cr*p as well.

     

    One of the things to remember is that the Aussie focus on education is different from the UKs. In the UK, children, and schools, are labelled and ranked according to result. Teachers who work their a*ses off to get kids in a deprived area up to scratch are seen as poor compared to teachers doing sweet Fanny Adams in an area where money is less of an issue. GENERALISATION I know so don't bite me.:err:

     

    Last night the school I work at held a Performing Arts Festival - there would have been no time in the UK curriculum to plan something similar without the teachers doing this but the whole thing was organised, led and performed by the students at this school. I am in awe of the talent.:notworthy::notworthy:

     

    I wouldn't say that Aussie kids are more talented than UK ones but I do think they are given the opportunities to further their interests more than in the UK. And much more responsibility, fantastic.

     

    Libby

     

    Hi Libby,

     

    My daughter is doing performing arts and want to carry on if we come to Oz, she is almost 15. Is the school you work at a performing arts/dance school and if so which one is it, if you dont mind me asking.

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    Have a look at Charles Campbell secondary www.ccss.sa.edu.au in the north east ....specialises in performing arts. Also Henley high which is near the beach is setting up a performing arts focus. www.henleyhs.sa.edu.au and Blackwood High has started dance and they are hoping to become the focus school in the south for performing arts. They have a mini theatre with lighting and stuff. www.bhs.sa.edu.au

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    Guest jayandfamily

    hi

    me my wife and four children have just started our application as well just sent my vettasses references off to agent that was one of our questions to ask next, also looking to move to adelaide,

    all the best.

    jay and family

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    Guest cityfan
    Have a look at Charles Campbell secondary www.ccss.sa.edu.au in the north east ....specialises in performing arts. Also Henley high which is near the beach is setting up a performing arts focus. www.henleyhs.sa.edu.au and Blackwood High has started dance and they are hoping to become the focus school in the south for performing arts. They have a mini theatre with lighting and stuff. www.bhs.sa.edu.au

    :cute: hi just reading your post...we are looking into coming over to adelaide...just need to pluck up the courage to do it!!!...i have looked into everything...i am a nurse and hoping for state sponsorship...the only thing that wories me is schooling for my 2 girls 10 & 12....my eldest dances on a top latin formation team and the northwest champions in cheerleading...sounds like school are quite well up on vocational/performing arts...more than the UK...is that so...cheers....cityfan....x;)

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    Charles Campbell is the most established of the schools. They take about 20 into it each year(performing arts). One of the principal dancers from the Australian Ballet went there. There is a cheerleading place here, but in SA at least it's not a big thing.

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    Guest Nizcac
    . There is a cheerleading place here, but in SA at least it's not a big thing.

     

    Hi, I know it's been a while since this thread was used, but could you tell me where the Cheer Leading Place is.

     

    Many Thanks:cute:

    Niz

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