SimonandSian

How to sort out schools???

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Hi all, 

 

We are lucky enough to have our 189 VISA granted and are planning on moving over to Perth December/January in time for the new school year to begin in February.

 

I was just wondering if anyone had any advice or experience trying to get a school place sorted for a little one before moving to the other side of the world!? 

 

We are fairly certain on the area we want to settle as it is close to family and friends, but that still depends on available rentals etc. I am presuming we have to try to get something sorted before the schools break up in December but am really unsure how to go about this and would love some advice from anyone who has been in a similar situation. 

 

Many thanks :) 

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You will have to get a rental first. All government schools have catchment areas and are obliged to find places for kids in their area. So, don't sweat it, get your rental sorted then rock up to the local school. Show them your rental agreement, visa, vaccination record and Bob's your uncle. They don't like to enrol until they're sure you will be in area. Private schools are different, often longish waitlist, religious commitment requirements etc

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What Quoll said. Though not sure if zones are standard for primary in Perth. If they are then yes, get a rental in the zone and school will enrol.

We didn't worry about enrolling till we had arrived. Went to tour a few schools, decided on one and enrolled. Our son started the next day without any issues. You really can't do much in advance of arriving so I'd not worry about it till you are here. 

Schools generally are staffed the week before they start the new school year so you can stop by or call and make an appointment if need be then. 

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On 21/04/2017 at 5:19 AM, SimonandSian said:

Hi all, 

 

We are lucky enough to have our 189 VISA granted and are planning on moving over to Perth December/January in time for the new school year to begin in February.

 

I was just wondering if anyone had any advice or experience trying to get a school place sorted for a little one before moving to the other side of the world!? 

 

We are fairly certain on the area we want to settle as it is close to family and friends, but that still depends on available rentals etc. I am presuming we have to try to get something sorted before the schools break up in December but am really unsure how to go about this and would love some advice from anyone who has been in a similar situation. 

 

Many thanks :) 

Also if the school isn't to its full capacity and you are not so close to the school but it's your preference they will take your child. 

We did the same when our son went to High School, there were two schools closer but we were able to enroll him in our preferred school. 

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30 minutes ago, M1sery said:

Also if the school isn't to its full capacity and you are not so close to the school but it's your preference they will take your child. 

We did the same when our son went to High School, there were two schools closer but we were able to enroll him in our preferred school. 

Out of area enrolments are very much at the discretion of the school, they are under no obligation to take a child who does not live in their catchment area.  It very much depends on demand and departmental policies about out of area enrolments.

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Primary schools in Perth all have catchment areas. You will need to show proof of address before they will enrol. There are a few schools that may still take out of catchment students, however, this is certainly not the norm anymore and purely depends on if there is space.
Once you arrive, contact the school in your catchment area. All schools are open a few days before the new term officially begins. Schools often have many enrolments in the two or three days before schools start, so don't worry.

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This thread is of interest to me also because if we move back to Perth we will also need to get our little one in to Primary School. 

I presume you can still enrol if you arrive part way through a school year? I've no idea when we'd be arriving as of yet. 

Thanks. 

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11 minutes ago, brock79 said:

This thread is of interest to me also because if we move back to Perth we will also need to get our little one in to Primary School. 

I presume you can still enrol if you arrive part way through a school year? I've no idea when we'd be arriving as of yet. 

Thanks. 

It'll be fine. Lots of people move and kids start new schools throughout the school year. 

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We enrolled our kids at the start of term 3 and had no problems.


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Thank you so much everyone for the replies. Looks like this is one less thing to worry about in the build up to the big move to Perth! 

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I'd think you would want to look at the schools beforehand to see which one would suit you best.

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Yes we will - luckily we have friends in the area we intend to rent so will hopefully be getting our girls into the same schools as them :)

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We temporarily stayed with friends. We used their address and enrolled our children, we are still in catchment now 20 months later. They started school 4 days after we arrived.

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