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Old Apr 24th 2008, 3:06 pm
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Originally Posted by DavidandAlex
Hi all,

Can we join you? I'm Alex, 28, a part time palliative care nurse, and hubby David is also 28 and a full time intensive care nurse. We have a 15 month old little boy called Theo and are in the beginning stages of planning our journey to Perth. We are hoping to come in January 2009, but have no idea where exactly in Perth at the moment! Hoping to get some idea from you guys! Our initial plan is to come for a year, rent our house out in the UK and see what happens - we're bit too scared to take the plunge completely!

Have just applied to the nursing board of western australia for both our nursing registrations and are in contact with a nursing agency who will hopefully help find hubby a job. Haven't started applying for visa yet as not sure what our best option is - we're a bit worried having read some other posts about nurses being stuck in jobs they hate because their employer sponsored their visa. Would be interested to hear any advice/thoughts/experiences of other nurses on here about this?

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Work is really easy to come by as a nurse (I'm one). So if you can wait for your visa application to take 5/6 months as a skilled independent one to come thru' rather than 3/4 months with an employer sponsered one (and you have the necessary points of course). I personally would go with the independent one - the freedom to pick and choose work and the security of being in Oz under your own steam for me is worth its weight ! Some people have been stung by employers (not all).
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Originally Posted by The Clarkeys
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Another newbie I'm afraid! Love this forum!
We are a teacher and a plumber hoping to move to perth at some point this year! visa submitted in Feb and just had meds done.

We've been researching perth and originally thought Mandurah and now thinking Secret Harbour (OH saw it on one of these Down Under progs).

How do you decide Daughter is nearly 4 and should be starting school here in sept but out there she wouldn't start pre-school til next feb.
Anybody recommend any schools?
It depends on which part of Secret Harbour you live in to which school they will go to. There are two (that I am aware of) Comet Bay and Secret Harbour Primary School. Both my girls went to Secret Harbour. My youngest was also 4 and went to kindy there. Personally it was a lovely school and they both enjoyed going. All the parents were friendly I wouldn't hesitate to recommend here.

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Does anyone have any info on secondary schools in the Gosnells, Southern River area? We have sorted a primary school out but are struggling on a high school. Any info please
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It depends on which part of Secret Harbour you live in to which school they will go to. There are two (that I am aware of) Comet Bay and Secret Harbour Primary School. Both my girls went to Secret Harbour. My youngest was also 4 and went to kindy there. Personally it was a lovely school and they both enjoyed going. All the parents were friendly I wouldn't hesitate to recommend here.

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Thanks Lynne. We found Secret Harbour Primary on the internet, don't remember seeing Comet Bay.

Our problem is that Niamh is due to start Reception in September but if/when we get over there she wouldn't even start pre-school (Kindy?) until the following Feb. Worried she will totally confused especially as she is really looking forward to starting BIG school!
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Old Apr 27th 2008, 7:56 pm
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Originally Posted by The Clarkeys
Thanks Lynne. We found Secret Harbour Primary on the internet, don't remember seeing Comet Bay.

Our problem is that Niamh is due to start Reception in September but if/when we get over there she wouldn't even start pre-school (Kindy?) until the following Feb. Worried she will totally confused especially as she is really looking forward to starting BIG school!
I know what you mean, it's going to be confusing for them I'm sure. My youngest George would start reception over here in Sept and can start pre-primary in February. Luckily we haven't mentioned 'school' to him much so as long as we go over before Sept he'll be OK.

My concern is my daughter who is in year 1 in the (UK) and moves to years 3 in September. Under Oz scheme she starts Primary in February, I'm not sure how that will work, she can already read books like Charlie and the Chocolate factory and the likes yet in Oz she'll be going back to doing her ABC's

Nothing we can do about it until we get over there and sit down with the schools though.

The other thing is that over in the UK our two are two school years apart and over in Oz they'll be 1 year apart.

My wife was hoping that we could get our kids into Secret Harbour primary however our new build house is one street away from the SH primary catchment area. So looks like Comet Bay primary for us.

See you over there later this year

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Old Apr 28th 2008, 12:29 am
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A friend of ours went out 3 years ago when their daughter would have then been in reception. As she was well advanced for the reception class they put her up to the next year so she could carry on her education without having to re do a year. This now means that she will leave school a year earlier tho. Not sure if all schools do this but thought i'd mention it.
As for being in the catchment area for a school, if they have places they may allow your child to enrol in that school. We have found this when looking for High schools in the Southern River area. A High school in Thornie has said they have places at the moment & that if we wanted to enrol our eldest there would be no problem.
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Originally Posted by allankate
I know what you mean, it's going to be confusing for them I'm sure. My youngest George would start reception over here in Sept and can start pre-primary in February. Luckily we haven't mentioned 'school' to him much so as long as we go over before Sept he'll be OK.

My concern is my daughter who is in year 1 in the (UK) and moves to years 3 in September. Under Oz scheme she starts Primary in February, I'm not sure how that will work, she can already read books like Charlie and the Chocolate factory and the likes yet in Oz she'll be going back to doing her ABC's

Nothing we can do about it until we get over there and sit down with the schools though.

The other thing is that over in the UK our two are two school years apart and over in Oz they'll be 1 year apart.

My wife was hoping that we could get our kids into Secret Harbour primary however our new build house is one street away from the SH primary catchment area. So looks like Comet Bay primary for us.

See you over there later this year

Allan
When are you heading off there? your visa came back fairly quick! Already getting impatient and ours was only submitted at beginning of feb!
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Old Apr 29th 2008, 9:00 pm
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A friend of ours went out 3 years ago when their daughter would have then been in reception. As she was well advanced for the reception class they put her up to the next year so she could carry on her education without having to re do a year. This now means that she will leave school a year earlier tho. Not sure if all schools do this but thought i'd mention it.
As for being in the catchment area for a school, if they have places they may allow your child to enrol in that school. We have found this when looking for High schools in the Southern River area. A High school in Thornie has said they have places at the moment & that if we wanted to enrol our eldest there would be no problem.
Thanks for that info, hopefully they will consider her based on her ability rather than her age. It's catch 22 though really as we'd rather her not be mixing with other who are much older than her, as they want to grow up quick enough as it is. Ho hum I'm sure we'll find a happy medium.

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Old Apr 29th 2008, 9:04 pm
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When are you heading off there? your visa came back fairly quick! Already getting impatient and ours was only submitted at beginning of feb!
Yep we were really really lucky with the visa, applied beginning of Sept and got the visa early January!

House been on the market now for 3 months with 18 viewings, but so far no sniff of an offer, so realistically we won't be over until we can shift it (may have to fly over and validate if too slow). I think it's time for a change of estate agent and a drop in price to generate some more interest.

Good luck with your visa, hopefully the process will start speeding up again for you now that a lot of July / August apps have been granted recently.

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Old Apr 29th 2008, 9:31 pm
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Originally Posted by allankate
Thanks for that info, hopefully they will consider her based on her ability rather than her age. It's catch 22 though really as we'd rather her not be mixing with other who are much older than her, as they want to grow up quick enough as it is. Ho hum I'm sure we'll find a happy medium.

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I shouldn't worry about it too much There are loads of kids from the UK at Comet Bay so the teachers are well used to it My daughter goes there and she's skipped a year and gone into year 4

Did you manage to get some updated pics of your house??
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I shouldn't worry about it too much There are loads of kids from the UK at Comet Bay so the teachers are well used to it My daughter goes there and she's skipped a year and gone into year 4

Did you manage to get some updated pics of your house??

Yep we did get some very kind offers of pics of our house build. Only at foundations (slab) at the moment and a recent drive by shows no change. But with the house market here as bad as it is, a slow build is suiting me at the moment.

Here are the pics http://britishexpats.com/forum/showthread.php

So are your kids at Comet Bay primary? How are you / they finding it? Were they ever at SH primary before the split?

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Originally Posted by allankate
Yep we did get some very kind offers of pics of our house build. Only at foundations (slab) at the moment and a recent drive by shows no change. But with the house market here as bad as it is, a slow build is suiting me at the moment.

Here are the pics http://britishexpats.com/forum/showthread.php

So are your kids at Comet Bay primary? How are you / they finding it? Were they ever at SH primary before the split?

Cheers

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My daughter's at Comet Bay Primary, in year 4. We moved here a week after it opened and we've been more than happy with it, although it has expanded a lot!
I've got a 14 year in year 10 at Comet Bay College and a 15 year old in year 11 at Safety Bay Football Academy. The jury is still out on Comet Bay College but i have no probs with Safety Bay Senior High
Going to have a nosey at your pics
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Yep we were really really lucky with the visa, applied beginning of Sept and got the visa early January!

House been on the market now for 3 months with 18 viewings, but so far no sniff of an offer, so realistically we won't be over until we can shift it (may have to fly over and validate if too slow). I think it's time for a change of estate agent and a drop in price to generate some more interest.

Good luck with your visa, hopefully the process will start speeding up again for you now that a lot of July / August apps have been granted recently.

Allan

We have been on the market for 3 months & only 1 viewer
We asked another EA to come & value our house to make sure it wasn't overpriced & they said that it was on for the right amount & couldn't understand why we hadn't had any viewers
We changed EA's yesterday, dropped asking price by another 5k (20K in total now!) :curse: so hopefully we should get some viewers soon.
Good luck & hope you get a buyer soon.
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Originally Posted by allankate
Yep we did get some very kind offers of pics of our house build. Only at foundations (slab) at the moment and a recent drive by shows no change. But with the house market here as bad as it is, a slow build is suiting me at the moment.

Here are the pics http://britishexpats.com/forum/showthread.php

So are your kids at Comet Bay primary? How are you / they finding it? Were they ever at SH primary before the split?

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Forgot to ask....which builder are you using?
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We have been on the market for 3 months & only 1 viewer
e asked another EA to come & value our house to make sure it wasn't overpriced & they said that it was on for the right amount & couldn't understand why we hadn't had any viewers
We changed EA's yesterday, dropped asking price by another 5k (20K in total now!) :curse: so hopefully we should get some viewers soon.
Good luck & hope you get a buyer soon.

oh, know how you feel, crap isnt it
OH did say today he heard on TV this morning that the worst of the credit crunch is over , hope hes right

we've had 3 viewers in about the same time, feel sure if we'd put it on last year it would have sold quickly, but didnt want to risk it incase we didnt get a visa. would of hated to be homless & visaless .

going to psychic evening next week, wonder if i'll find anything out

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