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  1. NurseAng

    Moving to Sydney in 4 weeks

    How fantastic Kay, that's brilliant and will make such a difference to you. And how lovely for her to be able to come out right at the start and help you settle too. Sounds like a great company! - don't suppose your hubby's company are looking for a mechanical design engineer by any chance!!!
  2. NurseAng

    Moving to Sydney in 4 weeks

    Have a chat with them, I'm sure they will. When we flew out a few months ago our son had had an allergic reaction to something about 4 days before we were due to fly - perfect timing! He was covered in a rash and 2 different anti-histamines didn't take it away. Fortunately he didn't have any of the other allergic reaction symptoms but I was still very nervous they were going to present themselves at 30000 feet! So we had a gp note for our daughter, her meds and food and then a gp note for his meds, which of course were liquids - we were with security for about 1/2 hour and they were very confused by the whole thing! We never did find out what he reacted to.
  3. NurseAng

    Moving to Sydney in 4 weeks

    It's good that they can cater for both, who are you flying with? BA said they could only do one and we would have to chose either dairy or gluten free, which wasn't much use but I can understand it. A lot of restaurants can't cater for her so I wouldn't expect an airline to. I would get a note anyway and then at least your goodies can be extra on your hand luggage. Good luck!
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    Moving to Sydney in 4 weeks

    K8bug79, Our little girl has got lots of allergies so we had to take all her food on the plane with us as they couldn't cater for us. If you get a letter from your GP they you can take a cool bag on the plane which is extra to your allowance. We weren't allowed to take the freezer blocks through security at Heathrow but put them in anyway as it will keep things cold up till then. Then if you take some ziplock bags and staff and the various coffee shops will give you some ice and then the cabin staff will either replace the ice regularly for you or put it in their chiller. Kay, I would suggest waking them after a while rather than leaving them to sleep for the whole leg to Singapore - otherwise they are likely to be awake for the whole 8 hours to Sydney and then when you arrive in the morning they will want to go straight to bed because of their UK body clock. If you wake them after a while they should then be ready for another good sleep on the final leg and that will hopefully keep them going once you arrive as well. Keep us posted with how you are doing with everything else. Must be so hard to do on your own. Good luck with the flight Northshorepom and hope you have a lovely holiday.
  5. NurseAng

    Sydney schools

    They are very active kids and we all love being outside and definitely want that to continue - we currently spend most of Saturday ferrying them around to tennis & gymnastics then back to tennis for the other one, then out on bikes etc. Compulsory Saturday sports wouldn't put me off a school, but I wouldn't worry if they didn't have it either. Ideally I would prefer them to chose something they enjoyed doing, rather than hating the fact that they were in the bottom team for football for example but having to play it. Glad you've settled and it feels like home - I'm looking forward to being able to say that!
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    Sydney schools

    Sorry, I probably should have worded that differently - I was thinking of the reduced Sports facilities at Reddam House not St Luke's. Rightly or wrongly, and maybe me being selfish, but I'd rather they didn't have to do Sport on a Saturday morning if they didn't choose to. It's reassuring to know that the academic results are excellent and that they are taught at appropriate levels to be able to get the necessary grades to get into the best universities and courses if that's what they are capable of. I'm amazed at how many schools here don't offer individual science subjects at GCSE, making it harder for the children to then study science subjects at A Level if they want to. Or the fact that some don't offer higher level GSCE papers for maths to anyone, so they can't get an A or a B even if they have the ability. Thanks
  7. NurseAng

    Moving to Sydney in 4 weeks

    Hi Kay 4 weeks - how exciting!!! I bet you can't wait to see your hubby again, it must have been very hard to see him off. Mine were 4 1/2 & 2 when we first went and it was actually ok. I was dreading it though! What time are you flying? Presumably it's the 9.30pm-ish flights which means they will all be ready for a sleep once they turn the lights off. Let them sleep in the morning you go if that's possible as it will help them to cope with staying up later than normal. I then woke ours after about 7 hours so they were awake for the final 3-4 hours and that went quite quickly with the help of the tv and some new colouring books, story books and stickers books that I gradually brought out. I had more toys etc than we needed but they were used on the holiday so it didn't matter. We then walked round Singapore airport for the hour which helped stretch the legs but also tire them out a bit more. They were then ready for another snooze once they had turned the lights out on the next leg. We changed them into pj's as they were more comfortable in those and also took some of their favourite snacks. We didn't really sleep much but as long as they did I was sane. Good luck - keep us posted on how you're doing
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    Sydney schools

    That's really good to know, thank you. We would prefer a smaller school like St Luke's as I think they would both benefit from the advantages of that. Neither of them are particularly sporty so a lack of those facilities wouldn't matter too much - the only sports they really enjoy are tennis & swimming & I'm sure we can find many places to do that out of school! Do you know what most of the children at St Luke's go on to do after their HSC Collaroy7? Thanks very much
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    UK ISAs

    Hi Andy, that's great to know thank you very much. Apologies for not replying earlier but I missed seeing your reply. Ang
  10. NurseAng

    Sydney schools

    Thanks very much for your thoughts, they really help and it's good to know that lots of the schools have waiting lists but it doesn't mean there won't be places. We wondered if we could afford to rent in Mosman if we weren't paying the school fees out of the budget, but I think they will probably still be too high. Reddam House does sound great and the philosophy etc is similar to where they are now, but houses in the Eastern suburbs aren't exactly cheap either! We were looking at Coed, but today someone else has said that single sex is much better - arrgghh! It's certainly making my head spin too Caramac!
  11. NurseAng

    Travel costs of a reccie worth it?

    Hi Lou I think a reccie / validation trip is definitely worth it - we were last in Sydney 4 years ago and it has changed in that time, as it will over the next 4 years. When you visited before was it on holiday or once you'd decided to immigrate? We have been several times before but really looked at things in a different way this time. We also looked at areas that we'd like to live beforehand and found an apartment in that sort of area which really helped us get a feel for things. Also if you would potentially prefer the East Coast then could you consider visiting there again - it's much easier to change cities before you get there than afterwards. I appreciate it's all extra cost and you'll only find out limited amounts of information in the few weeks you'll be there but IMO it would be worth it. Also our children are 8 & 6 and are now completely ready to move out if we decide to - I'm sure we'll still have tears etc nearer the time but at least they agree with the idea of it. BA often have a bank holiday sale so it would be worth looking at that. Good luck with the decision
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    Our validation trip

    It was amazing - am really struggling to get back into the swing of things here now! We'd like to go to Sydney - we loved Tasmania too but there's no work there for my husband unfortunately. Hopefully we can find a way to make it work. We decided to go to Cairns and see the reef in case we ended up not going out and I'm so pleased we did. Even if we can immigrate then it will be a long time till we could afford a holiday up there!
  13. NurseAng

    UK ISAs

    Thanks Andy, will keep it in mind but I think it would be too restrictive for us. Do you know if we cash in our ISAs whilst we are in Australia whether they would then count as an income? Thanks again Angela
  14. NurseAng

    Our validation trip

    We’ve just got back from the most amazing validation trip. We fly BA to Sydney via Singapore and the flight was great. We went from LHR and the queues to go through security were enormous so be prepared! Our daughter has lots of allergies so we had a letter from the GP to allow us to take food and drink on but they were still unhappy about it and wouldn’t allow the freezer blocks as they contained liquids. Completely understand security issues but in the line next to us they let through a man with a swiss army knife which seemed completely insane to us! They also now check all creams and aerosals as well as liquids so worth getting them out beforehand. The flight left about 2130 but it was about m’night by the time they had finished serving food etc and we snuggled down to sleep. I woke everyone after about 6 hours and then we stayed entertained with the films & games till we landed in Singapore. We walked to the other end of the terminal to get to the children’s play area only to find that it had closed so well worth checking first! Anyway it gave our legs a much needed stretch. Once we got back on the plane and they had finished serving the next meal, we were all ready for another snooze which was what I’d hoped. We then landed in Sydney just before 7am. We were lucky and cleared immigration very quickly – it was amazing to validate our visa and think that legally we didn’t have to leave! We also cleared customs very quickly too – we ticked that we were bringing a few bits of food in (still in sealed wrappers) and had it in a separate bag to show them and they were fine with it all and didn’t check anything else in our luggage. We then whizzed across to the domestic terminal and caught our flight to Tasmania with Virgin which was superb. Really comfy seats and much better than I thought it would be. We stayed with family near Launceston which was lovely. We managed to stay awake till about 8pm on that 1st day which meant we slept through the night and were pretty much raring to go the next morning. I hadn’t bean to Tasmania before so had no idea what to expect but some of the little villages with their churches and village greens reminded me of the UK. It was very green and beautiful and we had a great time at a gorge in Launceston – well worth a visit. We also went to a small ‘zoo’ near Launceston and hand fed the kangaroos which the kids loved and the scenery and background were stunning. House prices over there are much cheaper – a 4 bed, 2 bathroom house in a good area of Launceston would be about $400,000. Next we flew to Sydney and stayed in an apartment in Coogee which was perfect and much cheaper than hotels. We ate in the apartment most evenings and shopped locally – it’s definitely much cheaper to shop separately at local butchers, grocers etc rather than buying everything from Coles or Woolworths. We took a cool bag with us so we could have picnics for lunch etc – that saved a fortune and gave us a lot more freedom too. We live in the countryside so are very used to getting in the car to go anywhere so it was different hopping on & off buses – it took an hour to get to the quay in the morning and as others have said, it’s a big city so the roads are gridlocked at rush hour as you would expect. Also we did regular small food shops rather than a big weekly shop like we do here because we didn’t have the car to load and had to carry everything back, sometimes on the bus. Negotiating bus tickets & children with loads of bags in the rain was interesting! We bought a 7 day zone 1 ticket which covered us for the ferries, buses & trains – don’t know the edges to that but it got us into the city from Coogee & over to Manly and up to Dee Why with no problem. $44 for an adult and $22 for a child – subsequent children are free! Much cheaper than the tourist pass you can get. We did the usual sights but we also wanted to get a feel for the sorts of things we’d be doing at the weekend if we lived here – as well as the usual homework, washing, ironing & shopping etc. The parks are superb, there are great playgrounds and there seems to be lots going on. To try something a bit different we’d planned to do orienteering in centennial park which is only $5 but ran out of time unfortunately. One of our best afternoons was in the free water park play area at Darling Harbour – the kids loved it and we were there for hours. And the ice cream shop opposite is superb and has dairy free sorbets too! We were lucky with the weather so we had quite a few afternoons on various beaches too which was lovely. You could see the locals coming down after work or school and it would be a great way to end the day. We looked at house prices too – when we went past something for sale or rent we looked it up on the net to see how much it was going for and what it was like inside. It gave us a better perspective of the size having seen the actual property as the photos on the net can make things look bigger than they are. We saw a very small 3 bed, 1 bath, 1 parking space bungalow with a tiny courtyard that was in need of modernising – it was on the edge of Bondi and was up for $1.25 million! Of course they are cheaper further out, but unless we live hours from where we are working then we won’t be able to buy, so that’s just what we’ll need to accept. As others have said, the rental market is very competitive so having bundles of documents ready along with a healthy bond will really help. Next we flew up to Cairns and stayed at a fantastic resort that had a mixture of villas, caravan and tent pitches. It was the perfect base and only about 15 mins to the centre. We went to the Aboriginal Cultural Park which was superb – really interesting and the kids loved learning about bush medicine and food and how to throw a boomerang! We also went up into the rainforest which my husband & I enjoyed, but the kids weren’t too fussed about and would probably have been happier having an afternoon by the pool. Our best day without a doubt was the trip out to the outer reef where we went snorkelling and amongst all the beautiful fishes and coral we were lucky enough to see a turtle. The kids were fascinated by everything and the looks on their faces were priceless. An amazing and quite emotional day, certainly one we’ll never forget. Then we flew back down to Sydney for one final evening before very reluctantly flying home. We were all so sad to leave and are now pining to be back. Hopefully if we can sort out jobs we’ll be there for good from next August....
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    UK ISAs

    Thanks for the replies, it's much appreciated. That's a shame about the tax on the ISA interest - presumably it's only the interest earned that's taxable though so if we cash part or all of it in then that part won't class as an additional income? Thanks for the info too Wolvesaussie - thought it would be too good to be true!
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