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  1. Cheery Thistle

    Monthly outgoings (Brisbane area).

    Lol yes at great personal cost to staff who, of course, are expected to work miracles with those magic wands. One of our local primaries had £8 per pupil per year for everything. £8. This was about 6 years ago when I left and it has got worse, not better.
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    To be honest I feel like doing a Simon Tucks with this forum! I don’t think it’s the place for me.
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    Monthly outgoings (Brisbane area).

    I know you are having a laugh. Not including salaries £947 per academic year.
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    Monthly outgoings (Brisbane area).

    The issue is a lot of posters are very far removed from the issues in UK schools and the people who are moving from the UK don’t have any experience of the Aus system so it’s hard to get a direct, accurate and up to date comparison. I don’t think I said anyone had said that Aussie schools were all terrible either? However a lot of posters saying don’t expect them to be any better than the UK (without any recent experience of the 2). To be honest we are looking at either Catholic or private for our daughter (depending on where we live). We’re going to visit a few schools in person when we’re over in March. From what I have seen they all look a lot ‘better’ than the school she would go to here (where I taught for 10 years) which is actually a top 30 Scottish state school. Parents would be shocked if they knew how poorly resourced schools are in the UK. Guess what my annual budget was to run a dept of 7 staff (full time equivalent of 4.5) including all resources, books, online subscriptions, prelim papers, paper, pens, pencils etc for a year? Go on have a guess lol.
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    Monthly outgoings (Brisbane area).

    It just saddens me that we seem to be losing the value of the softer side of skills that are actually equally as important for making the world go round. There has been such a focus on STEM in the UK curriculum in recent years that all other areas have suffered. As a non-STEM teacher who has successfully transitioned out of the classroom to a reasonably decent career (and not at a young age) I’m here to fly the flag for others and say it is possible and can be done.
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    I am not the only one Marisa. You come across as a school ground bully at times. I’ve never been one to stand a bully and they tend not to like that very much. It’s odd, as you can occasionally be helpful/supportive but, more often than not you just can’t stop that superiority shine through and some of the assumptions you make are totally cringeworthy. As I have said directly to you before, sometimes it’s not WHAT you say, but the WAY you say it. You have to wonder why/how a person who can speak 4 languages is ‘misunderstanding’ you.
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    Monthly outgoings (Brisbane area).

    I think Simon’s last post should serve as a bit of a warning siren to some contributors on this site. Whilst some of you (not all) do try to give a balanced view, others seem hell bent on chasing or scaring new contributors away with nastiness (yes, nastiness), superiority and negativity. This is the second time in a week someone has said to me that they won’t post on this forum any more because of the negativity and tone of responses and the other person has already successfully made the move. You must remember that some people come on here for reassurance, they may be having a wobble making the biggest move of their lives. It might be nice/supportive/human to share some of the good aspects of your life or the positive things you have gained from moving yourself. After all, it can’t all be bad or you wouldn’t have done it/wouldn’t still be there surely. There must be many ‘success’ stories, but I’ll tell you there are not many apparent on this site!! Regarding Brissie schools I have heard mixed reports. Does that mean that every state school is a deadly den of iniquity? No! What I have been impressed by is the range of affordable choice when it comes to schooling, as opposed to the UK where if you can’t afford £20k per year you have no choice really. I went to visit my husband’s uncle and cousins the other day. Uncle is in his 80’s and is unwell, he is on the final stretch of the journey. A stark reminder that we’re here for a good time not a long time, we take our chances and there’s not much that isn’t recoverable if we make a mistake.
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    Monthly outgoings (Brisbane area).

    Why just STEM teachers? Are they the only ones who are of any use to the world outside the classroom? Lol
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    Monthly outgoings (Brisbane area).

    To be fair that was actually 14 years ago and the UK has changed beyond all recognition in that time.
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    Just you keep believing that and living in your wee bubble Marisa. Have a good one, I know I will!
  11. Cheery Thistle

    Monthly outgoings (Brisbane area).

    Well, regarding getting the work/bigger jobs it’s all about positioning yourself so that people actually come to you looking for you to do the work so you’re not competing with loads of folk on price….but I’m not going to go into it on PiO, hubby and I have spent 8 years building his trades business here so I do know a wee bit about it. Regarding degrees I do think that it’s less possible for those with working class backgrounds to take on the level of debt that’s now required to do kind of pointless degrees in the Uk. A lot of my friends with teen kids are looking at things like apprenticeships/modern apprenticeships instead.
  12. Cheery Thistle

    Monthly outgoings (Brisbane area).

    That’s entirely your choice. Everyone’s situation is different. We are unlikely to have jobs lined up before we arrive and it’s a calculated risk we are willing to take. We have a house to sell, dogs to transport, accommodation to find, jobs to find, an 11 year old to settle at school etc too. We know that for us personally that is going to be better achieved if we are all together. It’s not necessary for (or in our best interest) us to split up. We are also aiming for a school start of Jan 2025 - where are you headed? All the best with the move.
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    Very diplomatically put. I agree.
  14. Cheery Thistle

    Monthly outgoings (Brisbane area).

    This is not to be underestimated, the older I get the more I’m coming to the conclusion that it’s not the years in your life that count, but the life in your years! There is of course a balance to be struck. Regarding university etc I’m not sure that’s really massively relevant. To be honest, I am glad I went to uni but had I my time again now I’m not sure I would do it. Actually, no that’s not right. I would, but I’d make sure my course was directly linked to employment. The days of someone from my background going to one of the top unis in the UK to do a random arts degree for the sake of learning are long gone. With earnings as they are in the UK now I’m not sure there’s much of an argument for university education, unless it’s law, teaching, medicine, finance. @Marisawright not going to berate you for being negative on this occasion but perhaps for being very patronising and making assumptions (nothing new there!). Not sure how I feel about this now. I think the sums need to be done and a decision made by the family. It’s a risk but a calculated one. I’m fairly sure a good painter and decorator can earn more than $80k a year. But it takes time to build. 6 months isn’t long enough, 5 years is actually how long it takes to build a viable customer base and get repeat custom in a trades business. I think the point made by @InnerVoice about the travelling between jobs is a bit of a moot one, most painting jobs tend to be larger (whole houses, several rooms etc) so you tend to be in one location, unlike plumbing or gas (for example) which can be a succession of smaller jobs. I’m not massively keen on the suggestion of splitting the family for one to start work in Aus either. That’s maybe ok in your 20’s but at our age it’s not something I would really consider.
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    I’m not particularly interested in hearsay when I have my own personal experience to go by and I have my visa now so it doesn’t really matter to me! As I said, ‘qualified’ people can also make mistakes. You do also repeatedly more or less say people shouldn’t use DUC. In fact, by saying don’t use anyone who employs people who aren’t Mara registered, you are by default telling them not to use DUC. Anyway I’m not on a commission to DUC, I just sometimes feel they are unfairly criticised on PiO when others (with whom I have had a less than fantastic experience) are praised highly.
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