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Guest posted a topic in EducationHi All, We are in a big quandry; husband has been offered a job with great prospects in Sydney. As we lived and worked throughout Europe for 5 years in the latter 90's (pre-kids) only returning to UK on an absolutely need to basis, we are probably better prepared than most to take the plunge. Other half could go out to Sydney as early as January with me and the children following on after 3 month probation period expired/passed. But we have only one big reservation, educating our kids in Australia; our daughter secured a place and is in her 2nd yr at King Edwards Grammar School in Birmingham and she is really flying there; if we stay in the UK we are going to have our lad tutored as he shows an aptitude and an interest to get into the KE Boys Grammar, although competition is massively fierce for boys. We have absolutely no idea about the Australian education system, but have found elsewhere on this forum stories about bright or gifted kids (they all are!) not being able to fulfill their potential when they have moved to into the Oz system which has really made us think twice about the move - having had to scrape ice off the car this morning, this is not good! Obviously you can find negativity about anything on the internet however wonderful it is to the majority, but we would really appreciate anyone who can share their experiences with us, particularly those who have forfeited their children's hard-fought Grammar School places to move to Oz. Unfortunately, whilst the job on offer is good, it is not at the level we can pay AU$20,000 per annum per child for private education; at a stretch we could do $5,000 per annum as long as the LAFH allowance stays! We have identified French Forest / St Ives as potential suburbs to live in if anyone can comment on the schools in these areas. Many thanks in advance for any guidance / reassurance! :hug:
Guest posted a topic in EducationHello, We are moving to Sydney around 2nd week of January 2012 so have started contacting schools to get a place for my 5yr old daughter. She was born in July so currently in KS1 in the UK. However, some of the schools (eg. St Luke's Grammar) I've contacted in Sydney have stated that she'll be enrolled into Kindergarten based on daughter’s date of birth. This really worries us; it'll be a big setback for my daughter if she had to go back to Kindergarten as she has been identified by her current school as a gifted and talented child and is sending her to KS2 class for English and maths. Has anyone else experienced similar situation in the past? Could we ask the school to evaluate my daughter and place her in an appropriate grade based on ability rather than her age? We are mainly looking for catholic and private schools around Northern Beaches as I'm coming on 457 visa. Any help or advise is very much appreciated!
Guest posted a topic in EducationOur soon to be 17 year old boy is extremely gifted education wise with 11 GCSE passed and 9 of those straight A or A*. Our visa should be in place to permanently emigrate next January on an investor visa and we will be buying a business. Our quandary is should we move over in January ready for the new school year in Oz where our son will spend one year in Higher education (we believe) before entering University in Perth. Or should we wait until he completes this school year in the UK or even the year after next when he should leave 6th form with a bunch of top grade A levels? For his part he is happy to do what ever we want, he knows his future should lead to better opportunities in Oz in later life. Will his GCSE grades carry any weight in Australian education? Will just one year in Australian education give him grades he would otherwise get to choose a good University and course? If we wait another 2 years for him to complete his A level education here and he gets the grades we expect would that be better for him in Australia? (then what if he changes his mind or meets a girl? aaagghhh we could not leave him and that would change the plans for the family including our younger son who cant wait to get over there) We have friends in Perth with kids of a similar age but they have been there 5 years. Everything seemed so simple until these thoughts filled my head, you always want the best for your kids and I fear one wrong decision could affect the rest of his life