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  1. Guest

    Year 11 and Year 12 in QLD

    Hi We are Australians living in the UK and thinking of returning to Queensland. We weren't thinking of coming back for another couple of years but have just been told that GCSE's obtained in the UK have no relevance in Australia. So we are now panicking thinking my daughter needs to be back in Australia for years 11 and 12. She is currently in year 9 in the UK and would be the same in Australia. How tough would it be returning just for year 12? do you think it is imperative she does both years in Australia? Any advice would be greatly received. thank you Theresa
  2. Hi, we are moving to OZ this november. We r a family with 4 children, (13,11,9,3)permanent residents visa subclass 176. Looking for public schools in the area. We are trying to :unsure:decide between 1) staying in Gold Coast, that is the suburbs north of Coolongatta airport, like Robina, Varsity Lakes, Merrimac or Pacific Pines. OR 2) heading south of the airport, cross the state border and staying in Tweed heads NSW. Factors affecting our choice are the following - our 3rd son is dyslexic, and requires help reading. We would ideally like a school with good support for slow readers. - our youngest daughter will be 4 in early July. This means if we r in NSW, she gets to goto preschool in Jan2012, but in Queensland, she will start Prep in Jan 2014. The Big difference there is making us lean towards NSW of course. - We have lived in the city all our lives in Malaysia, and I wonder if Tweed heads area has all the perks like there are in the other Gold Coast suburbs : like movie theatres, malls, and parks. - Are halal meat stores easy to come by in Tweed heads? I know they are in abundance in Surfers paradise and surrounding areas. - a lower cost of living would obviously be the more desired option, but not at the expense of being too far away from amenities that we are used to. - will we feel far away from everything if we decide to stay in Tweed heads NSW, seeing that the capital city (sydney) is so far away, or do you think we will be travelling into Queesnalnd for most of our shopping and entertainment? - which is better, the NSW school system or the Queesnalnd one? Obviously we have been to Surfers Paradise and not been south of Coolonggata airport. It's amazing just how daunting it can be to pick a place to live, when you have nothing actually pulling you to a particular city / place! Whetever it is, we need to visit some schools in both places. Any suggestions for good schools? thanks.
  3. Guest

    Manly QLD

    I maybe moving to somewhere near to Manly QLD. I am wondering where the best place would be to rent a place with a good neighborhood around us.
  4. Hi there, I'd like any advice about peoples experience of Brisbane State Primary Schools. I am really concerned that in general queensland schools have extremely poor grades compared to interstate schools, and qld is generally considered one of the worst states educationally. This may be partly to do with the children starting school somewhat older than in the other states. In any case, I am wondering if we need to look at private schooling throughout to ensure our kids have a good education. (I went to state schools for my entire education prior to uni in nz so this seems unusual to me). Everybody we know in australia though has elected to do this. I was there recently looking at a (private) school and the young 9 year old who was showing me around told me her parents had moved her out of her state school because they were only "singing" their times tables in Grade 4 (I think that was the Grade). The school she was attending in considered a "really good state school" in a good area. My question is, do the private primary schools teach more advanced curriculum, more in line with other states etc? It seems like a lot of money but we can do it if that is what is required for a good education. I definitely dont want them to fall behind and have a poor education. (Also - is IB only for high schools? I dont know much about that) Thanks for any help in advance.
  5. Marc the Painter

    qld smp update?

    does anyone know when qld will update its smp skills lists? is construction trade skills expected to be put on considering flood damage?
  6. Hi guys, We need to move to Perth and we need to find another tenant for our apartment in Southport as the landlord has no intention to help us ending the tenancy earlier. Anyway, the house is a nice 2 bedrooms-2bathrooms-2indoor parking spaces in Southport, on the Gold Coast. It is a very very quiet complex with bbq and pool. The house is extra clean - thing that can't be usually said for all rental houses. It's walking distance from Tafe and all the schools in Southport, as well as close to the parks, which is nice. It is also close to the train station and the M1 motorway to brisbane. This house would be good also for people looking for short term rentals since the contract ends in january. However it is possible to extend it if you want. If you are in perth, or wa in general, and need to move to the gold coast but you have our same problem we can discuss about switching the contracts, and have a win-win situation.. And now let's cross the fingers...:mad:
  7. Marc the Painter

    When will qld skills list be updated?

    When will qld skills list be updated? Is building trades expected to be added to help with flood damage?
  8. Guest

    Redbank Plains, Brissie. QLD

    Anyone already living out here & commuting to the CBD??? - rentals look pretty cheap, but assuming that's cos the PT links are crap? Brand spanking new 3-4 bed houses for $300+ - but since other half is gonna be commuting to the Valley - seems like we might have to give it a miss thanks to the 1-1hr 40 commute - unless there is anyone who can convince us this could be an ok move? Cheers Andy & Michelle
  9. Hi, We are breaking our lease where we currently rent and returning back to the UK at the end of October, if any one is planning on settling in the area please take a look at the link, the house is near the golf course and less than a minute walk to a large park/ bbq area. We have been here nearly 2 years but have decided to return back home to the family. Here is the link: http://www.bowmakerrealty.com.au/index.cfm?pagecall=property&propertyID=1858109 We have looved living in this house and have had no problems, we rented from it being newly built too. Please let me know if you are interested. You can PM me if you prefer. Thanks, Kim :smile:
  10. Guest

    Ashmore, QLD

    A friend suggested having a look at rentals in Ashmore and when checking out realestate.com.au I noticed that you seem to be getting more value for money. We are hoping to move early next year and would love to settle in the Robina area, ie we are just in the early stages of our research yet. Any opinions on Ashmore? Is it cheaper because it's not so nice? We're a family of five with two school aged children. Thank you! Mel
  11. Guest

    Emerald QLD

    Hi, Looking at moving to Emerald in QLD with my wife and 4 month old boy just wondered if anyone else here had done it and could shed some light on the area? Amenitys etc. Many thanks, Marc.
  12. Queenslanders are preparing for the possibility of large bushfires in the coming summer due to greater fuel loads fed by last season's unprecedented floods. Firefighters across the state have been battling large grass fires daily and authorities are warning residents to be prepared for a severe fire season. Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) rural operations manager John Fisher says thicker vegetation is fuelling the fires. 'Fires are taking longer to put out,' Superintendent Fisher said. 'We are having multiple fires daily and they're fast-moving grass fires with tall flame heights that are difficult to suppress.' He said creeks and water bodies that were usually dry were running, making access to fires more difficult. Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk says the council is ramping up its fire management plan with the inclusion of 14 new custom-built fire vehicles. Mr Quirk said the vehicles, worth a total of $1.2 million, were four-wheel drive fire units fitted with a water tank and a safety sprinkler to protect crew if they're overrun by a fast-moving fire. Fire hazard reduction burns took place at Mt Coot-tha Forest in Brisbane on Thursday. Supt Fisher warned residents to work out fire plans after residents overreacted during a large grass fire in Gladstone on Wednesday. He said many thought they had to evacuate their homes. 'People thought it was the worst-case scenario and a lot were contacting emergency services, unsure what to do,' Supt Fisher said. 'The idea of the alert was to make people aware of the circumstances, the location of the fire and where it was likely to go.' It took emergency crews several hours to control the blaze. Another fire was burning in Calliope, southwest of Gladstone, on Thursday.
  13. andyjackie

    state sponsirship QLD

    Does any body know if you can get state sponsirship . for queensland cains north queensland to be exact . applying as a trade painter G,S,M but need state sponsirship and wan,t to move to cains . Hope some one can help :err:
  14. Guest

    Brit from SA, new in QLD

    Hi everyone, I am new to this site so bare with me. Me, hubby and our 2 kiddy's ( 4yr Girl and 7 yr boy) have just moved from SA to Qld, we have been here for about 3 months now and are looking at meeting new people, especially with young kids. Finding a bit hard being here at the minute because we are all still settling, we would love to meet for play dates and meet new people.... we are living in the Windaroo area. not bothered about travelling to meet up at all, more than happy. Cheers Kel :cute:
  15. Soooo a few people mentioned the idea of running a thread of my latest travels as a kinda diary/blog, sooo here it is, still not convinced anyone really wants to hear me witter on about my travels but rather than sticking random threads up with pictures etc i'll just update this thread instead. Now going to shut the laptop down and get an early night, tomorrow i'll be doing the drive from where i am now in grass patch western australia to a place called margaret river wa, got a cabin booked there for a couple of nights so day after tomorrow will be the exploring and pictures day
  16. :biggrin: Hi all just wanted to ask if anyone in or near AYR near townsville, as we have friends there and there trying to help us with sponsorship with burkedin community to go live there www.bflexi.com. Anyways if anyone could let us know what they think of the place and if they have had any problems with anything. thanks all :jiggy:
  17. Hi Everyone My hubby has been offered a job in Brisbane (He is a spark) and the company has offered sponsorship - what does this mean and what would the approx cost be to move out, we have 2 children. Thanks for any replies as im totally lost:arghh:
  18. Looking to meet new people in Caboolture...:biggrin: myself, husband and 10 month old baby boy just moved to Caboolture.. been living in Queensland for two years now but just moved away from all the friends we know so looking to meet new people/make new friends..
  19. jamesnparry

    QLD education

    :smile:Hi Hope you are comfortable! Here goes... We hope to immigrate on a RSMS in nov '12. Our girls will have turned 6 and 4 at the end of summer '12. I'm a Nurse. In Wales Lizzie started fulltime Nursery class at the age of 3. She is currently finishing Reception class and starts Year 1 this Sept. By Nov. '12 she will just have started Year 2. Ellie starts fulltime Nursery in March '11 (she is and will be part time until then) and Reception in Sept. '11. She will have just started Year 1 in nov. '12. These are my questions: What does oz have that is equivalent to reception class? Is that what Kindy is? What classes will they go into in Jan '12 when they'll be 6 and 4? Do we have to pay for kindy? Can we choose any school or are there catchement areas? Am I worrying over nothing? Lizzie will be 5 next month and completes 2 school years. She is currently in the top group in her reception class for literacy and maths. Don't expect to get the home and job perfect from the start but so so want to get the school right so that they can settle quickly. Thank you in advance Ann
  20. Hey guys, we're looking at moving to Brisbane this December and we're just working out our budgets for the schooling of our youngest daughter who is currently 3 (4 in Jan 2012). I've been told by a Kindy teacher that daily costs are about £23 per day for a 5 day week plus other costs such as registration, equipment levy etc. Do we have to use the full 5 days? We would feel uncomfortable sending her for 5 days a week and would rather just use 3 days. Can we do this and just pay for the 3 days does anybody know. Thanks guys PS Any other gems of knowledge regarding Kindy would be appreciated.
  21. Tina2

    Schools in Ormeau Qld

    We are moving to the Ormeau area next year. Anyone have any up to date info on primary schools in Ormeau ? I know there is a Ormeau state primary but heard it is a very large school so not sure how our daughter would handle that.
  22. Hi I am new here but hopefully not for long. Like so many have agonised about moving back to UK but its all relative. Want to be near my ageing parents and have been unemployed in Brisbane for some time so Oz hasn't been that kind to me. It is a lovely place at times and of course I will miss certain things but I find it somewhat dull here just not enough variety for me. I will never be a surfer or AFL convert and I hate going round to peoples houses all the time!! I just need to sell my house in Sherwood so I can relocate back home so if anyone is interested in a flood free house in Sherwood QLD (a very nice suburb and excellent location) go to http://www.realestate.com.au and see house up for $549,000. Its good reading these forum as I thought it was just me who wasnt entirely happy here. Great place for young children for any new migrants, Regards Andrew
  23. Hi all I've checked through the threads and searched Google but couldn't find an answer to my question - when I rent a property in Brisbane what kind of documentation do I need to show my credit rating, references, et al? Should I bring bank account statements, mortgage statements, etc from the UK? What else? I'll be there in three weeks so a quick reply would be appreciated.
  24. Guest

    Any info on Lota, Qld

    Hi all, We have been researching where to live in the Brisbane area and like the look of Wynnum/Manly/Wellington Point. There is loads of info on these places on PomzinOz which is great. My question is, what is Lota like as a place to live? (next to Manly) and does anyone have any experience of the Lota State primary school? Thanks for your help, RosieO
  25. Heading to either brissie or cairns in Aug 2011. Just wondering for any families already out there - do you have any recommendations for schools - private or state for consideration for our children? We have 2 boys - the oldest is 3 and would be starting pre-school nursery here in the UK in August - so we are looking for good kindy/primary schools in anticipation that we may have to go on long waiting lists. Any advice or imparting of your experience thus far would be appreciated. Thanks Michelle