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  1. Could have been a newspaper headline out of one of the UK newspapers couldn't it.....? but no, this is one from the West Australian in Perth. http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/newshome/10679839/schools-warned-sharpen-up-on-teaching-skills/ Have attached the link, was part of the reason for returning to Uk from Perth. I found the early childhood system and what was available to our son, immensely limiting and very frustrating, with a poor focus on socialisation and independence from 3 yrs old through to 5 yrs, never mind the literacy and numeracy! can't comment past that as we are back now and what a difference in the teaching. I am utterly over the moon seeing him absolutely thriving in his new school back here in the UK. He is slightly behind on his phonics but they have something in place to assist him with that and helps that he only missed the reception year, so time enough to catch up with the right support, which in essence he is getting. What a difference in the teaching method including socialisation things like learning to work on his own, in pairs, in a group, responsibility etc, sounds quite basic, but it just wasnt happening whilst he schooled in Perth - daycare was a hugely worrying start for the early years too, visited so many and had to pull him out of x2 and he was only going x1 day a week and one of them was for a morning when he was 3 yrs! Upped him to x2 days daycare when he was 4 yrs with probably, what was the best in the area, and although we finally got good carer, he spent most days painting and surrounded by 3 yr olds, (that was mid this year) and he was 4 & 1/2 yrs. Understandably he never wanted to go, on those morning, but funnily since being back in UK have not had any resistence to school - they are learning in a fun way, they did bingo last week but I can really see the difference, he is like a sponge and lurving it. Hard to believe that if we had stayed in Perth he would still be only doing x2 days a week till next February. On a positive note, at least they have recognised there is an issue and will I hope be putting things in place to rectify it, though whether it is enough, time will tell......
  2. http://www.garp.org/risk-news-and-resources/risk-headlines/story.aspx?newsid=36172
  3. There has been a case this week about a 14 year old girl being groomed in a chat room. She went to meet this person who drugged and raped her then abandoned her at a bus station in Sydney. Please parents I know this has been talked about before but we need to keep an eye on our children using the Internet. Remember people can pretend to be who they want to be behind a computer screen and that 13 year old boy/girl who thinks they have found a friend the same age could really be chatting to a 60 year old sex offender. You may not want to tell your parents you are meeting someone off the Internet but please tell a responsible adult and maybe take a friend along, but more importantly meet in a public place. Stay safe there are some sick people out there. Hugs Kate
  4. 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.
  5. Guest

    You Have Been Warned

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  6. Guest

    He was warned,I was capped

    An ASSESSMENT comitee was brought in before he capped and ceased, to warn him that there was going to be another skills shortage but he went ahead and ****ed my life up. If I applied last year I would have a visa by know because they cant get enough trades." do me a favour"
  7. Afternoon peeps, so in the light of the new points test which along with all the other changes seems complete and utter bulls%$t to me and i am totally p*&%ed off with it all, mighty ol oz who clearly is the be all and end all and ultimately so great they think they can simply mess with good honest peoples lives. i have just had a look at the canadian govs immigration pages and they actually want international students there! they have a class of visa whereby after qualifying you complete one years work exp and automatically can apply for PR! with all the new changes in oz the horrific exchange rates i cant honestly see the aussie education sector sustaining its $15billion turnover every year, well done Mr Evans youve committed yet another monumental cockup! I agree whole heartedly that the shambolic colleges should have been better managed but now because you and the previous gov took your eye off the ball the majority will suffer for the minority:mad: canada believes that students bring culture and experience to their country and that after studying 2/3 years are well placed to fit into the canadian communities so reward that with pr. I understand that nurses and IT folk and construction managers are well qualified professionals and obviously needed, but you cant tell me that in your growing society (who is apparently becoming a super power and to keep that going you will need to continue your population growth) you dont need painters and decorators to paint the new houses that will need to be built, or welfare officers to deal with all the community issues you will suffer from or cooks to feed the kids in the schools you will have to provide???????????????????????????? my god man open your eyes and smell the bloody coffee aarrrggghhhhhh there are other countries in the world that are just as attractive as yours and this whole "we want to pick the most qualified and brightest immigrants" crap is exactly that CRAP! you think that just because someone has had 3 years to sit and complete a phd that makes them any more "brighter" than pete the painter??? we all have different qualities and can offer something to your australian community otherwise we wouldnt all be interested in applying but my god to make it this difficult is an understatement. So with that, after all smps are released and theres full clarification on the points test malarky you watch all the thousands of potential migrants turn their back on you and your wonderful country for pastures new, fairer, and more appreciative! sorry everyone rant over im away to check out pics of canada! Kel:wubclub:
  8. BLOODY AWFUL. Anyone planning to apply for a visa take heed. I am a time served multi skilled maintanence engineer and 4.5 years ago decieded to apply for a visa, attended various roadshows 2 in Manchester and all yes yes come over loads of jobs right ok then. Following costs incurred: 1. £500 skill assesment - paid twice as first time not enough info took nearly 12 months to put together. (total £1000) 2. £1000 was advised to hire migration lawyer to help with visa application again nearly 12 months. 3.Visa fee $2020 Aus waiting 12 months when told it would be only 4 months for assigned a case worker 4. police checks £35 each family of four £140 5. Medicals £225 each adult £150 child total £825 so total cost has been over £4500 included little bit an pieces stat decs etc. Then when we think we are about to get the visa I am told the jobs in demand list has been changed and my Trade is no longer on it and I have to go and get state sponser which will take another 4 months ( more like 12 months) and another £300. And after all this I am still not certain of getting in. Even though I originally met the criteria and that the policy has now been changed by the government I still have no other option but to pay me money shut up and get on with it as if I dont I loose all that money for nothing as I cannot claim anything back even though its not my doing in any other walk of life this would be seen as a con. So please if you are thinking about it I would say dont bother if you want any advice I will tell you straight not some chocolate covered diamond encrusted story but the truth not bloody worth it.:no:
  9. koalakids

    Airport Arrest - Be Warned!

    Airport Arrest A public school teacher was arrested today at Manchester Airport as he attempted to board a flight while in possession of a ruler, a protractor, a set square, a slide rule, and a calculator. At a morning press conference, Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said she believes the man is a member of the notorious Al-gebra movement. She did not identify the man, who has been charged by the Police with carrying weapons of maths instruction. "Al-gebra is a problem for us," Smith said. "They desire solutions by means and extremes, and sometimes go off on tangents in a search of absolute values. They use secret code names like 'x' and 'y' and refer to themselves as 'unknowns' but we have determined they belong to a common denominator of the axis of medieval with co-ordinates in every country. As the Greek philanderer Isosceles used to say, "There are 3 sides to every triangle". When asked to comment on the arrest, Prime Minister Gordon Brown, speaking from his holiday resort before the planes stopped flying, said, "If God had wanted us to have better Weapons of Maths Instruction, He would have given us more fingers and toes."
  10. koalakids

    Airport Arrest - Be Warned!

    Airport Arrest...... A public school teacher was arrested today at Gatwick Airport as he attempted to board a flight while in possession of a ruler, a protractor, a set square, a slide rule, and a calculator. At a morning press conference, Home Secretary Margaret Beckett said she believes the man is a member of the notorious Al-gebra movement. She did not identify the man, who has been charged by the Met Police with carrying weapons of maths instruction. "Al-gebra is a problem for us," Beckett said. "They desire solutions by means and extremes, and sometimes go off on tangents in a search of absolute values. They use secret code names like 'x' and 'y' and refer to themselves as 'unknowns' but we have determined they belong to a common denominator of the axis of medieval with co-ordinates in every country. As the Greek philanderer Isosceles used to say, "There are 3 sides to every triangle". When asked to comment on the arrest, Prime Minister Tony Blair, speaking from his holiday resort before the planes stopped flying, said, "If God had wanted us to have better Weapons of Maths Instruction, He would have given us more fingers and toes."
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