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  1. Guest

    Schools in Sydney

    There are three tiers of high school in Sydney: - Private schools. Nowhere near as expensive as Britain, because they are subsidised by the state, but even so, when you are earning Aussie dollars, they can certainly add up. - Selective high schools. Each year, year 6 students can elect to take tests to see if they can get a place in a selective high school. About a quarter of those sitting the tests get offered a place. Don't assume that your "local" secondary school is operating on a catchment system. These schools are all fully selective: Baulkham Hills High School · Caringbah High School · Fort Street High School · Girraween High School · Gosford High School · Hornsby Girls' High School · Merewether High School · Normanhurst Boys' High School · North Sydney Boys High School · North Sydney Girls High School · NBSC - Manly Selective Campus · Penrith High School · Smith's Hill High School · St. George Girls' High School · Sydney Boys High School · Sydney Girls High School · Sydney Technical High School Some of the remaining ones, Chatswood High School on the north side and Ryde Secondary college, on the north west side come to mind, are partially selective, whatever that really means. Comprehensive schools - these schools are like sinkhole schools, educating those who are either not bright enough (more like not good enough at sitting exams) to get into selective state schools or have parents who can't afford to send them to a private school. Something else to think about with these schools - a large proportion of the students have a south east Asian background, so Chinese, Vietnamese, people from well off families, including Indian ones. There is some controversy at the moment about North Sydney Boys, for instance, where it is claimed over 70% of their students come from a non English speaking background. Of all the cities to live in, in Australia, the one I liked the most was Sydney. But I wouldn't educate my children there. If you are not into the 11+, or into the kind of selective hell one goes through to get one's children into certain primary schools or secondary schools in some parts of England (Bradford comes to mind, and the Trafford part of Manchester, though not the much more egalitarian Manchester local education authority), and if you don't want your children to be in the minority if they are "fortunate" enough to get into a selective high school, then maybe it is better to look at areas other than Sydney for places to live. The impact of selective high schools tends to mean that the neighbouring non selective comprehensive school is like a sink hole school. Basically, the selecitive high schools take the cream of the students, including from private schools. In Sydney, if you can afford to send your kid to a private school, first you would try to save the $15,000 to $25,000 a year fees by seeing if you can get them into a selective state school. If you look at somewhere like Melbourne, in comparison, they have only 2 selective high schools and if you live in the catchment area for Balwyn High, (one of the best state schools in Victoria) you get to go to the school. In Brisbane, Brisbane High school is selective, but only partially so. Not sure about Adelaide high school - it is selective, but I am not sure if it also offers places to it's local catchment students.
  2. Hello everyone, I am writing because I would like to know if those who already worked at fantastic framing can give me a testimony of what they did. Also maybe you can give me more details about the accommodation they give? Am I taking risks in this company ? This company seems to have the "dream job" but I am not sure. Thanks for your answers
  3. I’m going travelling solo for a year soon and doing the classic Australia and Asia backpackers route. I’m starting with Australia then doing Asia later on cause I don’t have time before my visa deadline expires. My rough plan is travel around Australia, maybe head over to New Zealand for some time then go to Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore areas. Then come back to Australia to do some work before the visa ends. I’m already 31 (seriously cutting it fine!) so I won’t be eligible to extend the visa for a second year but I’m an experienced graphic designer and hoping to get a job doing that for a while. I’ve done a lot of research but it’s mainly articles and blogs and It would be good to get some personal opinions too, I have a few questions: Do you have any advice on which route to take through Australia? – I’ll probably be starting at Sydney. For long term accommodation is hostels the best option or getting a house share? I know in London it’s common for backpackers to stay in house shares for a few days or weeks, occupying someone else’s room while it’s vacant. Round the world plane tickets vs booking your own flights – is it worth it? The backpack – I’m looking at 70-80L Osprey bags and something with a laptop pocket – Is this too big and a ball ache to carry around?
  4. HI, I am an International student and is coming to Australia to pursue Masters in SCM and Project Management.I got admission from both UOW Sydney and Wollongong. Which is a better place in terms of part time jobs ? I just want a situation where I can pay for my own expenses over there. Any help would be a relief .
  5. Hoping someone is able to help me out and offer advice! Little bit of a different topic. So I've been over to Australia a couple of times and fell in love with it. And in typical British fashion, would love to up sticks and move there. I've got quite a lot of close family friends and school friends who live out there so luckily I wouldn't be completely alone over there. I'm currently studying a Masters in Professional Acting in London and for the last year, I have been contemplating moving after I have graduated. It's now or never right? But my main concern is my career choice. I'm well aware that the acting industry is tough and very competitive no matter where you are - however I was wondering if anybody on here knows a thing or two about the Acting Industry over in Australia - specifically Sydney, or even Melbourne? If so, I have a couple of questions. What is the industry like? Is it a good place to be for a career in Acting? How tough is getting an agent? And are the agencies good out there in terms of getting you auditions? Do you get many opportunities in terms of Film & TV? Is it possible to get representation if only on a Working Holiday Visa? Do they offer opportunities to audition for US TV shows & Films? Any advice would be amazing!! Would massively appreciate it as it is hard to find advice on this through google. Thank you, Zoe
  6. Mandy3112

    Enrolling into school on temp Visa

    Hi all, Looking for some advice from anyone else in my situation. We came to Sydney in January on a 3 month visitor Visa. We have just applied for the Last remaining relative Visa (835) and been accepted and granted a BVA WA, with rights to study. Does this mean I do not have to pay the school fees for my daughter to go into primary school? Or are we classed as temp residents even though we are awaiting PR?
  7. Hi, I am currently studying A Levels in the UK, England. My boyfriend and I are thinking of moving to Australia in the near future, he is fully Australian and his family live there also. After I have finished my A-levels, this is where my problem starts, I have no idea of any of the methods in which I can train. I am fully English myself so I can imagine this could be quite awkward. I have tried looking into this but I cannot find a lot of information, my plan in the UK was to finish my A-levels, move on to a higher apprenticeship and continue from there until trained and qualified. Is an apprenticeship in Law an option in Australia, NSW? Or do you have to go university? If a junior contract is available, are they easy to find? If not is there any advice on how university would work for me? And how long either of these processes will take? Will becoming a solicitor eventually be an option to me in Australia or is it the end of what I wish to do? Please leave ANY advice you have as I am completely stuck!! Thank you in advance, Whitney.
  8. Hi, We are looking to move back to Sydney and have a 4yr old and 3yr old. We will move just before or after my daughter 4yrs starts school in Jan 19 and looking for a family area with a commute to Randwick or Westmead for hospitals. We are looking at the Shire for affordability but wanting somewhere that has good schools with some cafes and facilities nearby. Are there any suburbs anyone can recommend? Thanks
  9. Hi community Thank you for accepting me to this forum, amazing topics over here. I have been offered a job in Sydney with 100.000$ (QA Engineer 7 years experience) as a yearly gross salary. Is it enough for a good living, taking in consideration : - Married and wife is not working. - Have to travel to Spain twice a year for family and parents visit. - Be able to save some money and do some activities over the weekend. I've seen the renting prices are high, what do you think ? Thank you for the help
  10. Peata Whyted

    Suburb Help Needed Please

    Hi everyone, first time posting in Poms in Oz, I was a frequent poster in Poms in Perth when we moved over 4 years ago, and got a great deal of advice on there. Sorry to post yet another suburb related post, I will try and keep it as straight to the point as possible. We moved to Perth 4 years ago, we have loved it here, but a work opportunity has developed in Sydney so we will be relocating there in January (we have 2 boys 11 & 6). I will be based in North Ryde, and would like to keep the commute manageable if possible. Happy to use public transport if need be (North Ryde Station is 10 mims walk from the office). We currently live in the Piara Waters / Harrisdale area of Perth if anyone knows it, which are pretty new suburbs, in fact we are the first to live in the house we rent. We really like the modern feel of the suburb, and would like something similar in Sydney. Not sure how possible this is (are there many ‘new areas’ being developed?). The main things we are looking for is a decent area, with a nice community feel, good schools within a commutable distance of work. All of this for circa $700pw I am there in 2 weeks and will be checking out suburbs. Have been told to look at The Hills district (Kellyville, Cherrybrook, Rouse Hill) and the Central Coast area (will see what the drive is like). Would really appreciate some guidance from you all, tell me where to check out, and where to avoid Pete & Jo.
  11. Helen77

    Schools UK to Oz - please help

    Hi all, My family and I are moving over to Sydney at the end of November. I'm having a massive panic about schools and which year my son will be enrolled in. My 7 year old's DOB is 21.07.10. He started school in the UK when he was 4 years old in 2014. He's one of the youngest in his year and gets on fine. He's currently in Year 3 in the UK and I'm being told if he starts in Oz at the beginning of the year (2018) he'd start in Year 2. Which means, if we catch the end of this school year (which I'd like to because he might make a couple of friends before the school break up over Xmas) he'd actually enter Year 1 which sounds like a huge step backwards for him in terms of where he'll be at academically compared to the other children. Has anyone else had similar worries and how have you addressed them? Someone said that if he is finding it too easy then he would be moved up a year. Can anyone clarify any of this for me please? Thanks so much Helen
  12. BecN

    Ermington, Sydney Suburb

    Ermington NSW is a busy suburb of South East Sydney that is perfect for families, couples and young singles alike. It is a place that is extremely close to everything a person could need; Shop’s, doctors, schools, entertainment venues, Universities, public transport and much more. The suburb of Ermington is growing daily with new homes being built at all times of the year. Ermington is seen below in the centre of the map. Public Transport Transport is something that everyone needs. Ermington meets this need with its wide variety of public transport. Buses, Trains and even Ferry’s are accessible only a few minutes in each direction. The closest train station is either Meadowbank or Rydalmere. These stations are roughly a 5-10 minute drive in either direction of Ermington. Rydalmere is home to the closest wharf in which you can catch a Ferry. Busses are available from many locations around Ermington – The most common being on Victoria Road. These busses can connect you to the Train and Ferry systems giving a greater flexibility in transport. Via public transport it takes roughly 50 minutes to get from Ermington town centre to Sydney’s Central Station. This time is due to get even shorter in the coming years with the NSW Government announcing a light rail that is coming to connect the greater area of Sydney with ease. If public transport doesn’t interest a person then there is an endless amount of Taxi’s and Uber cars available to take you from A to B. Using Taxi’s and Uber’s will take longer to get from Ermington town Centre to Sydney’s Central Station as depending what time of day it is traffic getting in and out of the city can cause delays. Education Something that is a deciding factor for many young families is the availability of Education. Ermington is the perfect location for those wanting education options as it is in close proximity of several schools and day care facilities. Most of these facilities are within walking distance which creates less of a burden when it comes to the school drop off. For those who want to study themselves there is only a short distance of travel required to reach both University of Western Sydney and TAFE at Meadowbank (right next to the Meadowbank Train station). Property Ermington is a suburb in which quite a few people tend to rent rather than buy. Located a short distance from the city it is the ideal spot for those who work in the CBD and surrounding suburbs. The average rental in Ermington is 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom and 1 carport – these houses go for roughly $300-600 per week depending on the vicinity to the Paramatta River and how new the house is. Home for purchase in Ermington as of October 2017 are going from anywhere between 850,000 to 2.5 million. Lifestyle Ermington is the perfect spot for a family who would like to live an outdoor lifestyle. There are many outdoor activities only minutes from your doorstep. Halverston Park is located in Ermington on the Parramatta River. This park has been completely refurbished to entertain children of all ages. With a wide grass area it is perfect to kick a ball around or to adventure around the park. There are also many tables and public BBQ’s making it a perfect summer destination. A short 15 minute drive from Ermington you can find other parks in the area which have public water activities and fountains which are a hit with the locals. These activities are free and are also in the vicinity of public tables and BBQs which makes it the perfect location for children’s birthday parties. Below is an image of the children’s playground at Halverston Park, Ermington. With a rough population of 10700 people it is easy to see that Ermington is becoming more desirable as time goes by. The Parramatta council and the NSW Government have put a lot into the development of this area in the last few years. The area of AE2 (pictured below) is just one estate inside of Ermington. AE2 is the perfect place for people of all backgrounds. With new state of the art apartments built along the waterfront that surround beautiful homes and townhouses; this is truly the place to be. Entertainment & Shopping For other entertainment Ermington is an ideal location. With Sydney Olympic park only a short distance away Ermington is the perfect destination to live if you are someone who likes to attend sporting events, concerts, The Royal Easter Show and many other conventions. Sydney Olympic Park has a range of events on every single weeks. Attending these events usually leaves a visitor with a headache with transport and parking issues. For Ermington residents these events are able to be visited with only a short 20 minute walk (across the Paramatta River). Sydney Olympic Park is also home to some amazing restaurants which is pleasing to residents as you can enjoy top quality dining without having to make the commute into the Sydney CBD. Ermington is home to a small shopping strip located on Betty Cuthbert Drive. These shops are perfect for the essentials with a pharmacy, doctors, hairdresser, supermarket, news agency and various fast food outlets. There is also a Vet, Dental Surgery and Petrol Station located on Victoria Road right across from If you are looking for other shops such as clothing stores, cafes etc then Top Ryde Shopping Centre is located only a 10 minute drive away. Top Ryde is also home to a cinema and Monkey Mania – Children’s Activity Centre. Employment Employment in the Ermington area is as adverse as the area is so close to the Sydney CBD. Opportunities include administration, retail, hospitality and many other specialist areas. Whilst jobs are highly sought after in Sydney it is a market that can be navigated quite easily. Many are given employment after simply dropping a resume off at a business in opening hours. For all of the reasons explored and more Ermington is the perfect place for people of all demographics. Ermington is home to people over a range of socioeconomic groups making it liveable for everyone from the single friends sharing a home through university to the families wanting somewhere to make their forever home.
  13. Hi guys just a quick note..had our 190 visa granted on 11th August [emoji16]we will be arriving in Sydney on 5th November staying with my sister in law in Ashfield inner west, initially as a base for our travels and untill we decide if were gonna settle or not. I'm a gas fitter and plumber in the UK and my fiancee is an optical dispenser (works in an opticians)...would anyone know the like wages combined we may achieve in Sydney with relation to renting etc....we are renting out our 3 bed semi in Liverpool and have a decent amount of money to get us started...any help appreciated [emoji106]
  14. m_ahsan

    Partner Visa points

    Hi I got skilled assess in accounting and my wife skilled assess in hairdressing, my skill is in MLTSSL and my wife skill is in STSOL. can we share partner points ?? while we are applying for 190 or 489 strem ? we both have 6 each ielts, both 45 less, and already assess our qualifications. Thanks
  15. Anorak

    Deal or no deal?

    I've been offered the chance to go and work in Sydney by my current employers, and wanted to get some opinions on the the deal they're offering me. They're going to sponsor me on a 457, and they're happy to also sponsor me for permanent residency via a 186 but I'll have to cover the costs if I went for direct entry now. The idea being they get me there sooner, but we'd get the security of permanent residency. I'd be getting 110K (inc super) as a software engineer with myself (working), partner (not working, maybe after we are permanent), and three school age children, and we plan to rent at first. Deal or no deal?
  16. Hi, We will be arriving in Sydney September 3rd looking to live in Forestville. We have a three and a two year old looking for recommendations of any preschools/daycare please...Also my little boy will be four in December 2017 does nayone know if he will get a free preschool place from Jan 2018? Thanks v much louise
  17. Reverend George Capsis says Mike is the fourth Christian to have complained to him about a religiously motivated attack in the past six months. “You don’t hear about it because no one’s reporting it,” he says. (Pic: News Corp) One Greek community leader, Rev George Capsis, has gone so far as to warn Christians not to wear overt religious symbols when they are travelling though Muslim enclaves of southwestern Sydney. But last Tuesday afternoon, 30-year-old Greek Orthodox Christian, Mike, discovered too late the risks of wearing a large cross outside his clothing while travelling on the train from Campsie to Bankstown with his girlfriend. He says he was minding his own business talking on his mobile phone, when four young men of Middle Eastern appearance allegedly violently ripped the crucifix off his neck, and stomped on it while swearing “F*** Jesus” and referring to “Allah”. He says they punched him and kicked him in his face, back and shoulders during the attack which began about 3pm, just after the train left Belmore station. When his girlfriend tried to defend him, two Arabic-speaking women also allegedly hit and kicked her. http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/rendezview/we-rush-to-condemn-islamophobia-what-about-antichristian-attacks/news-story/2bb6f9a158146e963355a6da3adbe70a
  18. Hi, I have over ten years of experience in software development in London. I understand that the software market hubs in Australia are in Melbourne and Sydney. Sydney is more expensive than Melbourne and I know that salaries in Sydney are higher but as a new migrant I suspect that even on a permanent residency visa and good prospects of advancement in the future I will not initially get a salary that is competitive for my experience (which would also allow me to live comfortably and save). What are your thoughts? I have worked years in London to be in the salary bracket that I am and I'm not sure I'll get an equivalent salary on my first job in Australia. If that is the case would I - Be better off in Melbourne where the cost of living is smaller while I work my way up salarywise? - Be earning a salary in the same ballpark as in Sydney (if new skilled migrants generally earn less at first?) Thanks
  19. Hi ladies and gents, I've recently moved to Newtown after breaking up with my partner of 7 years and want to meet some new friends in Newtown or surrounding areas to socialize with. I've been in oz 2 1/2 years, I'm 24 and originate from Cheshire in the UK. Please message if your in a similar situation or want to expand your social network? Hope to hear from you! Laura
  20. Hi Guys, I really want to move to Sydney to enjoy the weather and the surf but I don't have a degree! I only have a diploma which is one level lower than a degree. This rules me out from the independent visa so I was thinking about another way although I'm not sure if it will work? I plan on going to Sydney on a working holiday visa and interviewing with companies until I find one that will sponsor me. I am a Software Developer / engineer (on the skills shortage list) with 3 years experience. I am 26 years old and a male in good health. My question is, can an employer sponsor me for something like a 457 visa (I want to be in Sydney for at least 2 years) even though I don't have a degree. The skills shortage list says that my occupation requires a degree but I'm not sure if this matters if I can get sponsorship from within Australia? Thanks for reading :-) Andrew.
  21. Hello Everyone, I am posting this a a favour to a nice lady called Sue whom I have been chatting to in the Lounge. She is feeling a bit down right now as she is finding it hard to meet people and make new friends.:no: So if you are in Sydney and could spare a little time for a fellow PIO user she would love to meet up for a coffee and a chat. Her user name is suenadam so you can contact her either on here or by PM. Thanks for being so kind and let's hope Sue makes some new buddies real soon. April xxx:smile:
  22. Hi there, My husband and I moved from UK to Sydney in 2001 and then moved back to the UK in 2005 with a 1 year old son so that he could grow up around family. After living back in the UK for 4 years, we have decided to move back out to Sydney because I feel it is a better place to bring up my son. He will be starting Kindy in Jan 2009 and we will be moving to either Baulkham Hills or Castle Hill. I was thinking of putting him in the Hills Private Grammar School but I have heard that the Primary Schools in the Hills District are just as good. Does anyone know if this is true and if so, could someone give me some advice as to which of the Primary Schools in Baulkham Hills/Castle Hill are best so that we can make sure that we rent in the catchment for the school. Thanks in advance. Vanita
  23. Manda Salvara

    Sydney Outings

    Hi, I've just moved to Sydney from London to start a new chapter and experience living abroad. So far I've seen lots of things and and there's still so much to do, but starting to get a bit bored not having anyone to experience these things with. If anyone is in the same situation and wants a buddy to explore Sydney with, drop us a message. If there's loads of us, was thinking of organising karaoke or cafe meet ups or even activity days (blue mountains / segways etc) on the weekends to break the boredness. Anywho, hope everyone is well and enjoying the sunshine!
  24. Hi All Just wanted to yell from the rooftops that I passed my Citizenship test today, Monday 20 April 2015 at Sydney Immi. I had a little practice at the weekend and just before the interview, using the government and some of those free test sites, (if anything you become used to the format of the questions). I was lucky as I rang the Citizenship line to see if I could do it earlier and wow instead of a month wait, I did it today - pretty cool. So today, I sat in front of the nice man at counter 6, gave all my ID as per online application for my interview. Good thing I bought extra ID as he wanted more than was required, apparently more ID helps with the background processing. All paperwork done and off I went to the test room. Another gentleman signed me in and yes 42 seconds later, computer said "Congratulations...you passed ...100%". Involuntary scream of joy:) Collected my things from the locker, had another jovial chat to gentleman at counter 6 and off I went, out into this English style stormy weather. Once I get the all clear letter re police and background checks, I can wait up to 6 months to do my Citizenship ceremony. But the good thing is I can travel abroad once I get that clearance letter, so I'm pretty happy. It has been a long haul from my dream in 2004 of living here. My final step will be getting my Australian passport - so wait for the loudest scream ever when that happens...lol!! BEGal
  25. Hi guys, My Girlfriend and I are planning on moving to Australia (NSW) around October this year (we still need to book the tickets!) and were wondering where we should consider moving to. I have a PR visa (my Dad put me on his when he moved to Sydney 5 years ago and it expires in November so I have to be there before then!) My Girlfriend has a 90 day working Visa. My Dad has lived in Sydney for 5 years now, we would like to move somewhere that isn't too far from him maybe maximum 45 mins drive from Sydney. We would like to be somewhere that doesn't feel too far out from everything (beaches, shopping centers, gyms etc) and would like to find work fairly quickly. Where would be the best areas for us to consider moving to? I'm 23 and my girlfriend is 25. Thanks a lot! Matt