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    UK vs Australian highschool education system

    Ah yes sorry, I mean England secondary school
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    UK vs Australian highschool education system

    I tried looking up what a 'tall poppy' was and I think I have an idea but I'm not entirely sure? Would you mind giving a rough description ? As for being good at sport....I think that is an area I will have to work on! I was a sports whiz around the ages 7-10 but that collapsed during my teenage years in the UK haha I by no means am super intelligent or anything of the sort, but in my highschool I am in the "top set" so I think I might be slightly more towards the academic side rather than the sporty side -- should I be worried? Thankyou for the feedback
  3. Unfortunately a lot of things are up in the air at the moment, so we don't have a date, and probably won't for a while. The aim is to move before the end of this year, however, and preferably before September. I haven't thought much about whether I want to go to university yet, however it is probably something I would consider.
  4. Hi guys! I know that this is a wide question, and I don't expect thorough answers as I will be doing my own research on it I just thought I'd ask if there are any drastic/obvious differences in the education system/school life in Australian secondary schools compared to UK ones? Is there anything that I need to be mindful of/take into consideration?) I don't necessarily mean bad things either, but things that could potentially surprise me when starting a new school? Anything at all would be appreciated! Thanks!
  5. Hi guys! This isn't super serious as I'm sure we'll manage, but I thought I would ask just in case I can get some firsthand tips and advice! I am due to complete UK highschool / my GCSEs around june/july time this year, and because of situations at home here in the UK, I believe I will be moving to Australia after I finish my GCSEs (so I will be 16). I was just wondering (as I know GCSEs don't really transfer well in the Australian education system) what sort of information/reports should I have from my UK school when applying to an Australian secondary school? What sort of information will they be likely to ask me to get a grasp of my skills etc. as a student? Progress reports? Teacher reports? Is it worth keeping a record of my assessment grades? Should I even bring physical/digital copies of actual assessments/tests? Any info would be greatly appreciated just to give me an idea of the sort of things Australian secondary schools will be looking for. Also; I think I will be moving to somewhere in NSW so if you have any info specifically for secondary schools in that state, feel free -- however any general info that will most likely apply to the majority of schools in Oz would be great. Thanks!
  6. Hey guys! Just a little update on my 'moving to australia' situation. My mum told us yesterday morning that she has gotten a job in Australia (had an interview online)! I believe the job is in/near Newcastle, NSW ( @Marisawright you might be pleased to know haha) and it seems like a good job in a good city! I am rather excited about moving, even more so now that we have a general area as to where we will be moving to. I would appreciate anyone's input on the top suburbs in Newcastle and surrounding areas to live in, areas that are best avoided if possible, the top high/secondary schools there and any tips on living there! Thanks guys!
  7. @Marisawright Ah, I get what you mean. Also sorry for misleading you, I haven't actually lived in Hobart before! But I lived relatively near it and visited it often so I'm aware of its scale etc. I actually lived in Cygnet primarily during my time in Tas, as well as Margate and Snug, so I suppose I might be even more looking forward to living in a big city! Thanks for the advice, I wasn't aware of this. It might not be a problem to begin with as we will be finding somewhere to get set up at and get on our feet, and we may even move to somewhere later on if we decide to, so in terms of travelling around Australia I think it might be alright for now! Thankyou for the input, I appreciate it!
  8. @JetBlast Thanks for the suggestions I will have a look at them! I have seen some posts mentioning avoiding Northern areas. Thanks for the warning haha
  9. @Marisawright I didn't actually know that! That is interesting, and I guess not surprising given the size of Aussie. To be fair, I do find it hard to properly picture the sheer scale of Australian Cities, as I have never visited them properly and I only really have Hobart and UK cities to go off haha. In regards to only looking at capital cities, I am not actually quite sure as to why! I didn't really notice that. I suppose to start with, they were the most noticeable cities that, at the time, were the easiest to research. I think we might have looked at Adelaide rather than other large cities in South Australia as it is further south, closer to Melbourne/Victoria and Tas. Are there any cities like this in (Southern) South Australia and Victoria? I will do some more research on non-capital cities thankyou for reminding me I will tell my mum about Newcastle and Geelong as well, thank you!
  10. @Marisawright it has been a bit all over the place with us on where we want to live, but recently my mum has taken a liking to the idea of living in Adelaide. Previously, we lived in Tasmania (which is a lovely place) however we thought that this time it might be best to go to the mainland instead, as my sister and I are no longer young children, and it would make it easier to visit other places on the mainland. We have considered Melbourne/Victoria (which is probably our second choice), but we think that Adelaide seems to be an overall good pick, as it is more affordable than Sydney or Melbourne, has a nice climate and good weather, and is still in South Australia close to Tassie. Sydney, although I'm sure is a great city, is way too expensive for us and wouldn't be the right fit, Perth is nice however a bit too separated from the rest of the country for us, and north Australia is a bit too hot and dry for us. I think it's basically a choice between Tas, Melbourne and Adelaide. From what we've seen, Adelaide seems like a more chilled (and for sure more affordable) place than say, Sydney, and seems to have almost everything a person could enjoy to a decent extent, at least. In regards to this, I have seen around this website the struggle Poms sometimes have with making friends, and I suppose that makes sense for adults with a pre-existing friend group. I am not sure what it will be like for both my mum and me in terms of making friends but I'd like to think it will be fine haha! My mum isn't extremely bothered when it comes to making new friends, as she is comfortable with her own company, but I'm sure if she wanted to socialise with new people she wouldn't have too much of a hard time - I guess we'll have to wait and see! Thankyou for this feedback, I appreciate hearing people's opinions and stories!
  11. @NicF Thankyou for those suggestions! I will for sure look into them further. In terms of a budget, to start off with we are looking for somewhere affordable and relatively cheap that we can rent out until we get on our feet
  12. An ideal/pipedream place to live in Adelaide: Walking/Biking distance to the beach - [OR access to buses/tram lines that lead to near the beach - of course having to drive is ok if necessary!] Not too far away to the main city/CBD - preferably less than an hours drive - [Access to buses/a train line that leads to the city would be good too] Has a decent selection of takeaways within the suburb - [Or at least has delivery] Has a cafe/coffee shop/lunch bar that I can bike or (if necessary) take a long walk to - somewhere to hangout with friends or by myself. - [again, having to take the bus/tram would be fine too] Relatively close to a public park to walk the dog or hangout with friends at A good local highschool (nice teachers, decent success rate/grades, etc.) nearby - [Preferably one I could walk/bike to, or with a school bus available] Low enough crime rates - [We aren't uptight or anything but it would be nice to live in a calm, friendly area, you know?] Access to decent public transportation Job opportunities for OT's