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Hi there folks, 

My partner, myself and 2 sons (18 months and 12 years) will be arriving back in Australia end of May and will be settling in Toowoomba. We have lived in WA before but never visited this part of the country. 

We would love some advice in regards to the area, which suburbs are family friendly and with good schools? My eldest has lost a huge chunk of his last year at primary here in Scotland due to lockdowns so a good school will be essential to get him up to level with his new peers which will have already started secondary over in Aus. 

Thanks in advance 🙂

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Cant help with specific schools but dont sweat that he will be behind his age peers here - UK kids are generally well ahead at this age. 

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6 hours ago, Quoll said:

Cant help with specific schools but dont sweat that he will be behind his age peers here - UK kids are generally well ahead at this age. 

Well ahead in what? That's a huge generalisation and depends what school you went to in the UK. We had friends emigrate when their two boys were 12 and 14. They had been to a Manchester comprehensive in a fairly working class area. When they started school here they thought it would be cool to demonstrate how "hard" they were and how they weren't going to follow rules. Kids here didn't want to know them. Luckily they changed pretty quick and are 2 of the nicest kids now, young men really mid 20's with good jobs.

Certainly sport was one thing they really struggled with. Fine with soccer but both were overweight, unfit, couldn't swim, tried to take the piss out of any sport that wasn't soccer. Soon learned that was a bad idea. One of them turned into a really good surfer, they both loved the beach.

Toowoomba wouldn't be my first choice to settle. Boring place I reckon. Had to stay there a few times on work trips and if we were there over the weekend I'd drive to the gold coast for the weekend. Lots of kids just hanging round the streets at night with not a lot to do. Seems to be a fair amount of god squaders round Toowoomba too. Long way from the coast or any other place worth visiting.

The areas round there were much of a muchness, nowhere really bad, seems to be a choice of near the City or rural. I'm sure you could get a rural property with a bit of land there but you would need a car or 2. Public transport wouldn't be the best.

Where did you live in WA? If you were out in say Midland you might like Toowoomba.

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Was thinking academically.  Nothing is going to make them sporty if they arent already  and school wouldnt be helping them catch up with that. I would imagine that Toowoomba kids are going to be pretty hard anyway and not much is going to harden up a softy, especially not expecting a school to do it.  Admittedly Queensland is educationally more rigorous than Canberra but my UK yr 2 grandson is doing what my Aus yr 5 granddaughter is doing (he knows his tables and his writing is better!). 

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4 hours ago, Paul1Perth said:

Well ahead in what? That's a huge generalisation and depends what school you went to in the UK. We had friends emigrate when their two boys were 12 and 14. They had been to a Manchester comprehensive in a fairly working class area. When they started school here they thought it would be cool to demonstrate how "hard" they were and how they weren't going to follow rules. Kids here didn't want to know them. Luckily they changed pretty quick and are 2 of the nicest kids now, young men really mid 20's with good jobs.

Certainly sport was one thing they really struggled with. Fine with soccer but both were overweight, unfit, couldn't swim, tried to take the piss out of any sport that wasn't soccer. Soon learned that was a bad idea. One of them turned into a really good surfer, they both loved the beach.

Toowoomba wouldn't be my first choice to settle. Boring place I reckon. Had to stay there a few times on work trips and if we were there over the weekend I'd drive to the gold coast for the weekend. Lots of kids just hanging round the streets at night with not a lot to do. Seems to be a fair amount of god squaders round Toowoomba too. Long way from the coast or any other place worth visiting.

The areas round there were much of a muchness, nowhere really bad, seems to be a choice of near the City or rural. I'm sure you could get a rural property with a bit of land there but you would need a car or 2. Public transport wouldn't be the best.

Where did you live in WA? If you were out in say Midland you might like Toowoomba.

Unfortunately we don't have a huge amount of choice in regards to where we can relocate. My other half will be working from Roma, inland even further so Toowoomba is our closest city with decent infrastructure. 

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13 hours ago, BevBack2Oz said:

Unfortunately we don't have a huge amount of choice in regards to where we can relocate. My other half will be working from Roma, inland even further so Toowoomba is our closest city with decent infrastructure. 

We were working in Oakey, which is a lot worse than Toowoomba.

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To be fair Toowoomba has grown a lot over the last few years just like its population and its no longer that like country town. If you work nearby, Toowoomba has pretty much everything you could need/ want on a day to day basis and is beautiful when all the flowers are in bloom.

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22 hours ago, BevBack2Oz said:

Unfortunately we don't have a huge amount of choice in regards to where we can relocate. My other half will be working from Roma, inland even further so Toowoomba is our closest city with decent infrastructure. 

 

6 hours ago, calNgary said:

To be fair Toowoomba has grown a lot over the last few years just like its population and its no longer that like country town. If you work nearby, Toowoomba has pretty much everything you could need/ want on a day to day basis and is beautiful when all the flowers are in bloom.

 Cal x

We were there last September, and again in October, for the flower festival and the rose gardens - it was simply stunning. There's a lot to like about Toowoomba, although I'm not sure I'd want to live there. It doesn't get quite as hot in summer as the rest of Queensland because of the altitude (700m above sea level), and it can be blinking cold in winter - even in spring and autumn - but if you're from Scotland you might like that!

My main concern for you is that the town doesn't have a great reputation for young people - lots of anti-social behaviour, petty crime, drugs etc. If you partner is going to be working in Roma, couldn't he FIFO in and out of Brisbane? It would take less time to fly from Roma to Brisbane than it would to drive from Roma to Toowoomba (about 4 hours).

I teach in Queensland. Here are a couple of links - one for the ACARA website, and one for the Toowoomba SHS annual school report (worth a look).

https://www.myschool.edu.au/school/47417

https://toowoombashs.eq.edu.au/supportandresources/formsanddocuments/annualreports/annual-report-2019.pdf

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