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hookturn

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We will be staying in a temporary location when we land for a few months. After that we will move to another location. Will my son need to change school again when we move? Location will be in southeast melbourne and both locations will be quite near to each othee

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The school you choose will probably have a catchment area, if both locations you choose are within that catchment you will have no need to change his school.

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Have a look on bettereducation.co.au and it will show you the catchment areas.

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Dont put him into school until you have got something permanent. Nobody will get their knickers in a knot if he doesnt attend for a few months.  That way it will only be the one move.  You could get lucky and find a long term rental in the same place or you could find that you find work further away and your initial short term rental isnt good for that.  Get yourself settled first then worry about the school.  All schools have a priority enrolment area and if you are within a school's boundaries they are obliged to accept you.

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So it means if we change catchment area we need to move school even the catchment areas are close?

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5 hours ago, hookturn said:

So it means if we change catchment area we need to move school even the catchment areas are close?

Generally not, no, unless it is a highly sought after school.  It's more that making the trip to a more distant school has the potential to be more disruptive to your general family life and maintaining the friendships made in school can be a bit tricker if there is no easy reciprocity to go on play dates for example.  You may also find that if you are in a very short term rental - and you will need to produce your rental agreements to demonstrate your abode - that the school will tell you to wait until you have something more permanent.

A lot of people turn up thinking they know exactly where they want to be but then for a whole host of reasons find that they arent able to get into the market in the area they want so they end up somewhere quite different

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