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  1. Guest

    Just Want To Share

    Bridget has gone to bed after a particularly harrowing night shift and I really need to let this out.............it's a long 'un so bear with me. This is one of the happiest days of my life! :yes: As you may know, Jake (17) is autistic and attends a private school that takes 25% of it's pupils with disabilities. He's in his final term and I have worried constantly about his future as he's such a gentle, naive, polite soul, whom I feared, would really struggle with his life once he left school. He too has expressed his concern that he's not ready to leave school yet. We had his IEP (Individual education Plan) meeting a couple of weeks ago to cover his last term and we mentioned that we didn't think that he was ready for the "real world" yet and so we asked if there was a possibility that he could resit his final year. This was not for academic reasons but merely to keep him safe and allow another years maturity before he was on his own in the job market and social setting. We were told by the Disability Support Teacher that she would investigate this. This morning, we had an appointment with the Principal to be told the outcome. To our surprise, when we arrived, not only was the principal present, but also the DST and several other members of staff. Apparently, they had discussed Jake's future at length, since the IEP meeting. We were told that throughout the last 2 years, Jake had become a mentor to many of the year 11's and below, as well as some of his peers, helping them familiarise themselves with running the tuck shop, with basic computer skills etc and had been an "all round good egg" where his juniors were concerned. We knew some of this, but not the extent to which he had become involved with helping his peers and juniors. His rigid adherence to rules and protocols had not only been of benefit to him and his peers, but also the school. Then the bombshell! they didn't think it appropriate that Jake remained in yr 12 because academically, he would have little to gain, and socially, he would be interacting with the "less mature". He needed to "move on" We feared the worst:cry: Then..............and I can still hardly believe this ............the principal said, with a mischievous grin on his face, "what do you think about Jake staying on as a teachers assistant?" :shocked: I couldn't believe what I was hearing! :jiggy: They didn't know for sure if they could get funding for a salary, (but they were optimistic), or even if it would last longer than 12 months, but 12 months was the initial timeline and they were quite prepared to take Jake on in that position, with, or without salary, and that we wouldn't have to pay school fees, whatever the outcome of funding and they would welcome him as a colleague and asset to the school. He would have to wear collar and tie, perform to a set programme (training given), his role being to help other students in all aspects ie helping with the transition to life outside school (ironic) :laugh: such as filling in online forms (tax file number applications, Learner driving applications, log book completions etc) using the cash register in the tuck shop, and generally mentoring his juniors in all aspects of school life, with particular attention to social skills. I cannot explain how I felt when I heard this. I was light headed and gobsmacked to say the least. You always think well of your own kids, but to hear so much praise from other people is a feeling that is so hard to explain, particularly when he can get so frustrated and angry at home whe he lets it "all hang out." That he can maintain such control of his natural inclinations (frustration/anger) whilst at school and find time to mentor others makes me feel so proud of him. Bridget and I have already decided that the school fees saved will be donated to the school to buy some specialist equipment. The only problem we could foresee, is Jake feeling that he was not worthy of the position, and/or perhaps too frightened to take on the responsibilty. We discussed at length about how to approach him with the proposal and it was agreed that the DSW should put it to him as she has been his "confiidant" for the last 5 yrs. We await Jake's return from school this arvo and his response. I am so chuffed atm..........thanks for listening..............Australia.............I luv ya even more :yes: kev
  2. tonyman

    Spa Share Wanted ...!

    Let me share your spa..........it will save me buying one and also save much needed water as we are so desperate here in Perth ...........N/S......i am willing to supply drinks and curry ............ weekends only unless your really lonely and need a good listener while gentally seeing to those aching muscles , if your a female i am willing to travel 1,000k if your male only 10 k and you will need a police clearance ,need to be married and need to talk about footy ect , no funny business............but Hurry as this offer wont last forever as there are lots of spa`s` out there and not too many weekends ..............the offers will be coming in thick n thin ........and my diary get busy real fast ..........:wink:
  3. Can someone share their IELTS Appeal experience? Are you successfully appealled your band? and how much have those been raised? I was again very unsuccessfully having a 6.5 for writing when I got my result today. Listening 8, Reading 7.5, Writing 6.5, Speaking 7.0. I really want to know if I stand for a chance to successfully appeal my writing part. Can everyone who had once appeal for their result share their experience? I am on my very last chance to join the CSL list for Accountant with all band 7 on each elements.
  4. After reading a lot of these posts I've discovered renting seems very hard to do. I am moving to Sydney, Australia on February 23rd for 1 year minimum and I am traveling there on my own knowing no-one! Most of the posts on here say how hard it is for a family to find accommodation but what I am after is a house-share. Does anyone have any thoughts or experiences on this? I assumed Sydney is a huge place so there must be loads of places available to rent but not like the competition mentioned. I have saved up thousands of English pound to do this trip so I could easily afford to pay 3 months in advance. But I was also now considering a hostel until I get things sorted as it looks impossible to sort it from the UK. I am a qualified Maths teacher so I will start start the search for work from the UK. Ideally long term rent from the date in February but also short term so I have somewhere to sleep upon arrival. Any help would be much appreciated, thanx!
  5. Hello, I am looking to find up to another 3 people (possibly may be 2 as there is currently somebody already interested at this time) who would like to share the cost of buying and running a boat. I feel it would give those involved a real boost in their and their families leisure time having access to do something like this but keeping the cost to a minimum. The initial thought is to put equal amounts of $12,500 (total of $50,000 with the 4 involved) for the boat which will buy a 25 to 30 foot 4 berth cruiser which would act as a great family boat which you could even stay overnight on if a trip up the coast was planned (this sort of thing(http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Mustang-2...item2312a1593f .) The intention would be to have the boat stored at St Kilda marina initially (and then the new Marina that is being built at Wyndham) so that it is just a drive up and cruise off set up rather than having to tow and launch the boat and worry about where the boat would be stored. Obviously all the running costs for the boat (apart from petrol that you use personally) would be split including sourcing the boat and paying for an inspection which I think would be very prudent. I think this would be a very cost effective option to own a boat and you would still get reasonable usage time of a minimum of a week or weekend every four weeks – there are many companies that operate this sort of venture but take huge profits from it and often require very large capital input – the beauty of this is that it replicates that with no profit and for minimal outlay but would still result in a big change in your lifestyle. If anybody needed to opt out for any reason you would just sell your share. The intention would be to draw up a full legal contract between the parties so it would be a safe proposition for all (I already have a copy of a similar agreement that I was sent from somebody who had organized the same thing in Queensland). Most boats seem to be sat idle for most of the time so this way having a week/ weekend useage every 4 weeks I feel that those involved would get good useage for their outlay. Any interested parties please get in touch. Cheers, Mark.
  6. Hi folks, I'm doing a research for my Doctorate of Education at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia.It's about the problems people are experiencing when taking IELTS test. I badly needed your help and you can only help me by sharing your experience,comments and complaints about IELTS test. Hope everyone who will read this will have a heart to share his experience. It would be a great help.Thank you. Regards, mike
  7. Hi everyone, We are applying onshore for the defacto visa in August and will be fully frontloading in order to get the visa granted asap. Having read the guidance by DIAC and the Partner Migration Booklet, my OH's salary over the last two years is not high enough and therefor we will need to get an Assurance of Support from someone. I've googled like mad, but haven't been able to track down a form like this one.Has anyone ever done this before? It would be great if we could get this sorted beforehand so that there are no more requests for information slowing us up! Thanks all. Leah :wacko:
  8. Guest

    Want to share your story?

    Hello, Have you moved from Australia back to the UK? Or are you thinking or doing so? If so, I would be so grateful to anyone who would share their story. For my final year university project I'm reaearching "Ping Pong Poms" and would love to hear from people who have yo-yoed between the two countries. If you can help please get in touch by replying to this, messaging or e-mailing. Contact via PM. Thank you for reading and I hope to hear from you soon.
  9. Now that the pound has gained a few cents and given the number of posts about exhanging money, thought it may be a good idea to encourage people to share their past experiences - good and bad .....for those of us hoping and waiting!
  10. Dawny

    Had to share!!

    This is so what happens in lady’s loos, must be wonderful to be a fella and have the equipment to go anywhere. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ When you have to visit a public toilet, you usually find a line of women, so you smile politely and take your place. Once it's your turn, you check for feet under the cubicle doors. Every cubicle is occupied. Finally, a door opens and you dash in, nearly knocking down the woman leaving the cubicle. You get in to find the door won't latch. It doesn't matter, the wait has been so long you are about to wet your pants! The dispenser for the modern 'seat covers' (invented by someone's Mum, no doubt) is handy, but empty. You would hang your bag on the door hook, if there was one, so you carefully, but quickly drape it around your neck, (Mum would turn over in her grave if you put it on the FLOOR!) down with your pants and assume ' The Stance. In this position, your aging, toneless, thigh muscles begin to shake. You'd love to sit down, but having not taken time to wipe the seat or to lay toilet paper on it, you hold 'The Stance.' To take your mind off your trembling thighs, you reach for what you discover to be the empty toilet paper dispenser. In your mind, you can hear your mother's voice saying, 'Dear, if you had tried to clean the seat, you would have KNOWN there was no toilet paper!' Your thighs shake more. You remember the tiny tissue that you blew your nose on yesterday - the one that's still in your bag (the bag around your neck, that now you have to hold up trying not to strangle yourself at the same time). That would have to do, so you crumple it in the puffiest way possible. It's still smaller than your thumbnail. Someone pushes your door open because the latch doesn't work. The door hits your bag, which is hanging around your neck in front of your chest and you and your bag topple backward against the tank of the toilet. 'Occupied!' you scream, as you reach for the door, dropping your precious, tiny, crumpled tissue in a puddle on the floor, while losing your footing altogether and sliding down directly onto the TOILET SEAT. It is wet of course. You bolt up, knowing all too well that it's too late. Your bare bottom has made contact with every imaginable germ and life form on the uncovered seat because YOU never laid down toilet paper - not that there was any, even if you had taken time to try. You know that your mother would be utterly appalled if she knew, because you're certain her bare bottom never touched a public toilet seat because, frankly, dear, 'You just don't KNOW what kind of diseases you could get. By this time, the automatic sensor on the back of the toilet is so confused that it flushes, propelling a stream of water like a fire hose against the inside of the bowl and spraying a fine mist of water that covers your bum and runs down your legs and into your shoes. The flush somehow sucks everything down with such force and you grab onto the empty toilet paper dispenser for fear of being dragged in too. At this point, you give up. You're soaked by the spewing water and the wet toilet seat. You're exhausted. You try to wipe with a sweet wrapper you found in your pocket and then slink out inconspicuously to the sinks. You can't figure out how to operate the taps with the automatic sensors, so you wipe your hands with spit and a dry paper towel and walk past the line of women still waiting You are no longer able to smile politely to them. A kind soul at the very end of the line points out a piece of toilet paper trailing from your shoe. (Where was that when you NEEDED it?) You yank the paper from your shoe, plonk it in the woman's hand and tell her warmly, 'Here, you just might need this. As you exit, you spot your hubby, who has long since entered, used and left the men's toilet. Annoyed, he asks, 'What took you so long and why is your bag hanging around your neck? This is dedicated to women everywhere who deal with any public toilets. It finally explains to the men what really does take us so long. It also answers that other commonly asked question about why women go to the toilets in pairs. It's so the other girl can hold the door, hang onto your bag and hand you Kleenex under the door. This HAD to be written by a woman! No one else could describe it so accurately.
  11. Anyone received approval for an onshore Defacto 820 recently...Can you share your timeline please. Sumitted frontloaded application 24 January 2011 in Brisbane. Still waiting to hear, DIAC said 6 - 9 months but would like to know how everyone elses' applications are progressing. Maybe I just want some light at the end of the tunnel...... :goofy:
  12. My husband is currently preparing to undertake the IELTS test for his 176 visa. He is quite nervous about it; we believe you have to get a score of 7 to pass. As a challenge he has been practising on the academic test which is harder than the general test, just to see how he fairs with that. We would be interested to hear what peoples’ experiences are of the IELTS test? Anybody failed it? Found it easy? Best ways to practice? What type of questions do they ask? How long do you get for each test?
  13. I am moving to Perth later this year and am trying to put together a fairly accurate budget. The thing I am struggling with is mortgage interest rates. I know that the official reserve bank cash rate in Aus is 4.75% so banks make their money from the difference in this rate and what they lend at. I guess in Aus like a lot of countries you can shop around and get a good interest rate with fixed options / variable options etc. If I look at commonwealth bank they offer a rate of around 7.24% NAB offer around 7.6% I was wondering if anyone would mind sharing their current mortgage percentage so I can see what the rates are so that I can bargain from a position of strength?:biggrin: Obviously the rate they give you is dependant on a whole range of factors eg risk etc but it would be good to hear what people on PIO have managed to get from their banks :wink:
  14. Guest

    Canberra - House Share

    Hi All, Me and the OH are heading out to Canberra at the end of June. We don't really want to pay $1000 per week for holiday let style accomodation and given that we are both fairly young (early 30's!) with no children we thought about just renting a room for 6-8 weeks in a shared house/ apartment until our container arrives. I am looking on a number of websites at people advertising for shared accomodation and there are a few happy to do short term let but just thought I would try on here and see if anyone knows anyone or is themselves, looking to make some extra cash from renting out a double room for a short period. Ideally we are looking to pay around $200 per week but would go up to $300 for a really nice place. I start work on the 4th July and we have friends in Sydney so we won't be around that much especially when the OH starts work. Please let me know if you can help. Thanks very much Emma
  15. Hi I am moving to Sydney in early March and need to find some short term accomodation so that I can then start the house hunt. I am a single, early 30s, female and will be working in the CBD to start, but in time will be working in CBD / North Sydney and Parramatta so I need somewhere with good transport links. Budget is $300pw. Can anyone recommend any short term accomodation? Is finding a house share easy? Thanks K
  16. mrsindecision

    Need to share

    After 3 years in oz now back in Uk and much tribulation about university status for my boys - just heard my eldest (still in oz) has got a place at med school and been awarded home student status - whoop my boy's coming home! BT ( new internet acronym for Big Tears).
  17. tonyman

    KE$HA Car Share SOR

    does anyone want to car share with my wife and daughter tonight , thats if you are SOR and going to the KE$HA gig ....................we are Thornlie/Canning Vale way.....
  18. Dear agents we are not sure what and when the immigration dept is going to process our applications.many of us submitted the ACS new skills assessment to DIAC and moved from priority 4 to priority 3 processing. we contacted the immigration dept and operators told us different information 1.within the 6 weeks CO will be allocated 2.within the 2 weeks CO will be allocated 3.processing not commenced for the applications whos applications moved from priority 4 to 3? we are not sure what to believe or when we will get the information? any agent can you please confirm the information or processing from MIA or from DIAC relating our applications? i really appreciate your valuable time and answer. Thanks in advance.
  19. landv

    I thought I share this...

    My husband sent this email from his work this morning. The sweet smell of a bluebell spring, with a mugginess in the air. The sound of a high skylark on a long summers evening, The heavy smell of an autumn wood on a sharp frosty morning and the cold biting winters wind when snow is falling... These are the things that our hearts miss and our heartache will one day take us home. :wubclub:
  20. Is anyone using GoGet or MyCarClub in Sydney? Reason why I ask, I have been renting cars for a while now, using compare car rental which usually works out cheaper than going directly to the agents - but.... Now I'm starting to think that i'm renting cars far to often. Now, my GF &are are considering either CarShare or either buying... Has anyone used Goget, if so how did it work for you?
  21. Hi, well we made it here before xmas, and its becoming apparent house/share hunting is a full time job. :elvis: Been travelling about for 5 days now seeing quite a few, most unsuitable, some damn right shocking and none really that decent for our price. We just looking for a short term house share in any of the following areas, carlton, fitzroy, brunswick/east, heidleberg, kew, templestowe, richmond. Ideally we d like to share with some fun, sociable english speaking people to help us settle in to the aussie way of life. We thought we would find summat fairly easy, but its not the case so far. If theres anyone in melbourne who have a nice double room and a friendly english couple of professionals to share with get in touch asap We are Dean & Jo on :biggrin:
  22. ajs604

    House share Western Suburbs

    Hi everyone, I am possibly looking for a room ideally very close to Melton as that is where I currently work. I am 27, tidy and ideally looking for a furnished room within a nice quite but friendly house. If anyone is intrested or knows anyone please let me know! I am currently living with my gf but as we have only been together 8 mths the whole moving in thing may be abit too early on the cards for me! Thanks guys. Andy
  23. Hi there! I'm in the process of finalising a move to Melbourne at rather short notice. I am looking for a room ideally with garage or off street parking. Granny flat would be perfect. Rather concerned at logging on to websites that ask for my "orientation" as a lead question for accomodation sharing! 50 year old male, married, two kids in UK. Family will follow after school exams finish in July next year. This has been so sudden we have not been able to plan ahead at all. So if anyone hears of anything please let me know. Non smoker, happy to pitch in around the house, used to kids/dogs etc. I'm a retailer and will travel quite extensively around Aus as well as the Far East on occassion( should that be near East I wonder?), so not going to be around all the time. Need someone for my motorbike if i bring it over, or if I buy one locally. Consider myself quite house trained ( read nagged)!! References available as company director.
  24. Hi there Moving to Melbourne in Novemebr hopefully and wanted to put a heads up note looking for a room for myself. 50y male, married moving ahead of the family who will follow after O-levels are over in July. Non smoker , comapny director of a major retailer. Anyone hearing of anything please drop me a note. Have company offer of hotel or flat, but would prefer to have people around me, rather than sitting like "Billy no-mates" in my hotel. Office is near the zoo if that helps, but happy to do a reasonable commute as apparently against the traffic from CBD etc. Granny flat or similar would be great, ideally with parking available for car/motorcycle. Thanks in advance. Nigel
  25. Guest

    Car Share from Mornington to CBD

    Hi We will be relocating back to Victoria in September having originally emigrated to Melbourne and then moved to QLD for work. Want to give Mornington a go but have concerns about the commute. Does anyone do car pooling / share into Melbourne? Or even part distance but not sure there would be any great time advantage there. I have heard that the Frankston train line can be problematic with drunk or drugged youths and sometimes violent, is this the case or is it no worse than any other line? Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated. Regards JAOD
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