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  1. Mrsr1976

    Teaching jobs

    Hi I arrived in Dec 2018 with a primary teaching job to go to! I was very determined and applied for over 50 primary jobs on WA jobs. I also applies for private wxhool jobs as I was already in the private sector in the UK and had been for 17 years. I have taught primary for 20 years, was also Head of English and Middle School coordinator so had good experience. I got through to 6 teaching pools, some by interview via Skype and some not. In the end I was offered 3 positions in totally different areas so had to choose the area that we thought suited out family. I think we made the best Choice as it's very rural and classed as remote but actually there's shops with 5 mins and we're 2 mins from the coast. Before we came I was panicking as since uni I've never been without a job, I was the same as you and would have done supply had I needed to and I hear there is enough to work a few days each week. I was glad to get a position and I ha e taught year 2bforbthe first term now so that's given me a chance to get to know the strategies and teaching programs they use in my school, now I'm a relief but permanent, so last week I taught kindy up to year 6....its great as I get to know all the kids in the school and get so much variety, on Friday I taught Art all day, it was lovely! I would recommend you highly tailor each application to the school, echo want they're looking for. Join WA jobs website and you get regular job updates that you an apply to from their portal. Also there's a video clip tutoring you in the application process, I found that really helpful. Any other qs, just pm me! Good luck! Sent from my SM-G950U1 using Tapatalk
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    Recommended couriers please!

    Hi all, we had a really bad experience with Parcel2go where some really sentimental and Christmas stuff took 2 months to arrive from the UK instead of 10 days. They basically lost the item and I found out where it was by not giving in! Anyway it finally arrived today! [emoji106] I must say Auspost were the saving grace, they were fab. But....... we have another 3 boxes to send out from the UK to Perth. Does anyone have any recommendations of couriers they have used, where the parcel has been able to be tracked, they have a customer service phone contact not just online chat [emoji107]and they don't charge the earth! Thanks! [emoji106] Sent from my SM-G950U1 using Tapatalk
  3. Mrsr1976

    Two months in... Nearly!

    Thanks everyone, yes it is a bit sleepy, we found that the restaurants close early and everyone's in bed earlier too having only been in winter, we thought it was that time of year but it seems its just that people are up and about earlier so just a change of pattern! It's lovely very early in the morning, we went fishing on the beach at Floreat at 5 am yesterday and it was so gorgeous, the sea was really warm, then as the sun rose it was beautiful! [emoji106] I was nervous too, but everyone's so friendly and empathetic, lots of people who have made the move years ago still here to offer advice and sympathy! Things move slower but that's kind of what we had wanted, a slower pace and weather where you can plan to do something and actually do it! One word of warning, they are very strict about speeding, I have come a cropper already, now using cruise control everywhere!! Sent from my SM-G950U1 using Tapatalk
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    Two months in... Nearly!

    Thought I'd give an update seeing as we've been here nearly two months. We arrived on 4th December which was a day before we would have lost our travel facility on the visa, this was cutting it fine to say the least and not ideal but down to our own circumstances. Anyway we were very pleased that there was nothing to ground our flight like snow... We arrived and are staying in holiday accomodation which is lovely and much needed relaxation (in between doing admin) after our stressful and emotional departure. We are looking for a long term rental but due to the timing its a bit tricky, there are lots available from $290-$500 per week in the areas we want to be for work and the girl's school, we ideally want a pool too seeing as the weather will get hotter in jan and feb probably and its school holidays so it will keep the girls occupied! There are less properties with pools but fingers crossed something will come up after the news years break. We have had to fill in an application form to apply for one of the rentals and there were other applications, now the owners will select which person they want to go for. We had to put down previous rental information and the 100 point ID which was fine between us. As soon as we arrived, we tried to get things sorted to help with ID, i applied for a westpac bank acc online and this was so easy to open,.i just went into the branch with our visa and passport. We also got medicare sorted quickly as this can be a form of ID, i had to get my tax number and WWCC (working with children card) ready to start work in January. Both of these were time consuming but fairly simple to do. We have arranged a PO box address for admin stuff seeing as we're only in holiday accomodation and this just means we get notified if we receive anything, then we can choose to have it scanned, stored, collected or sent on. We also brought with us photocopies of our visa, passports and birth certificates. We dont have a lrinter at the moment so I've had to go to the local library and use their printer/photocopier which has been ok. The girls have managed to have a few days in their school which was great, this involved me enroling them, so had to take their red books, visa ID etc and pay for uniform which is really sweet! The children were friendly and both have made friends, I managed to swap numbers with a couple of the mums so we can hopefully get together over the summer holidays. Christmas felt very weird being hot and sunny, we kept forgetting and left it late to get pressies. It seems less in your face and lower key here, we went on the beach Christmas morning and it wasnt too busy, had a drink and the kids swam and then we went back home and i did turkey, massive Australian brussel sprouts and xmas pud (from a local Aldi!) It was a bit hot for a roast but I think important for the kids. So the main things weve noticed are: everyone is very friendly and welcoming, we are living in the northern suburbs so I can only comment on that, but people seem to be at a slower pace, they have more time to chat and the customer service had been great too! Up here everyone seems to have a 4x4 and especially a Mitsubishi Prado - usually with roof racks, bull bars, light bars and various useful stiff stuff for camping! (If youve seen some of my ither posts we were considering bringing our BMW M5....it wouldn't have been great with all the sand/dust/salt so i think we were best to leave it and get a 4x4) you hardly ever see BMWs up here, its mainly 4x4s The parks are amazing, so clean and there are loads. Usually they have some gas BBQs that are free to use and its so lovely that people regulaly congregate there with their families to eat. The beaches are so quiet and clean, the wind on the coast is very welcome and usually people do stuff in the morning before the wind gets stronger in the afternoon. Sone groceries are more expensive, depending on where you go, limes, yoghurt, garlic, milk are a few we have noticed but we've only been to Coles, Woolworths, Aldi (a lot less choice in the one went went to than in the UK), IGA Our shipping container arrived in Fremantle bang on time, which is amazing seeing as it was over Christmas. Doree Bonner were great and so we'd really recommend them, we're hoping to get our things within 2 weeks as they now have to go through quarentine. Our youngest daughter is really missing having her things and despite having xmas gifts, it will be lovely when she has all her own stuff! All in all its been a real experience and we can see why we've moved, the pace of life seems slower and the work life balance seems more in tune to what we want. Its not all been plain sailing, our youngest daughter is very homesick and she is having fun in the pool and likes the beach etc but she is a creature of habit and likes having her own belongings around her, I am hoping she will feel better now our things have arrived [emoji120] We had sent a 'really useful' box via a courier which was expected on 20th....it still hasnt arrived. This wasnt expensive stuff, but some xmas cards, good luck cards, some paperwork and odd and ends that we wanted for xmas but couldnt fit in our 30 kg limit. We're now having to wait whilst they investigate where on earth our package has ended up. So, we were lucky in a way that we didnt rely on that totally but im annoyed i packed some things in there that were sentimental and if they're lost it will be really upsetting. So, we feel like we've done a lot in a month but still to do....Australian driving license (another great form of ID) must get it within 3 months, health insurance! Oh and my hubby needs to find a job.....at least I have one starting new week! Be careful with the speed limits, I've come a cropper on double demerits weekend too.. [emoji849] We have found a nice long term rental and our things arrived without fuss, the shoppers were absolutely faultless from start to finish. We used Doree Bonner in the UK and they transferred to Grace Removals in Perth. Its been a long process but were so glad we made the move and are excited about our new life here in sunny WA.... Well a bit rainy today but that was a bit novel! It seems so amazing that we're finally here and living the life we've wanted to, yes things take effort and time and money but so far it's been well worth it and we're all hoping it will get even better on the next few months as we settle. Into daily life in Perth. Sent from my SM-G950U1 using Tapatalk
  5. Hi That would be great! Weve now settled in and live just over half a mile from the lagoon, let me know if you want to meet up sometime.
  6. Oh that's great! Yes I'd be free to meet, I start work on 31st Jan. My girls will be going to two rocks ps. I love Hillarys but we've it been out in July/August as it was UK summer holidays. We're loving loving opposite the beach and the relaxed lifestyle of it up here in Yanchep, I'm from Cornwall originally so I feel right at home [emoji537]! Sent from my SM-G950U1 using Tapatalk
  7. Hi We've just arrived in WA and are looking to meet up with families nearby! I am 42 so is my husband and we have girls aged 10 and 7. It would be great to make some new friends in the yanchep area as we are here for Xmas whilst looking for a long term rental. [emoji106][emoji319][emoji16] Sent from my SM-G950U1 using Tapatalk
  8. Hi can anyone tell me about Rockingham Beach , to live and work? I have an opportunity of a job so wondering what kind of place it is for families and if it's too far out of Perth. Also the schools in the area, both primary and high school. Thanks Sent from my SM-G950U1 using Tapatalk
  9. Mrsr1976

    Thoughts on SAD/depression

    Tell me about it!! Especially when you suffer from SAD! So over the snow now.... It's lovely when you don't have to get anywhere!! Cornwall had it bad again I think.... Where are you going in Cornwall? I'm from Porthtowan originally [emoji106] Sent from my SM-G950U1 using Tapatalk
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    Thoughts on SAD/depression

    Thanks for the advice. [emoji106] We have visited in July/ August two different times and stayed for a a month at at time. I loved the fact it's bright and sunny some days, despite being winter and we could get out and do more outdoors. We travelled up to Coral Bay and downtown Albany to give us some experience of what WA has to offer. It was lovely and warm up in Coral Bay and even in Albany, we went yo the beach. It did feel chilly at night and we plugged in various heaters wherever we were staying! I suppose it's all relative and the houses are supposed to keep cool in the hot summer. I do feel it would help my partner ashe does feel so low during the winter in the UK which can go from October all the way through till March... They say we may expect snow next week! It's all about predictability for me. I would just love to plan activities outside and not be let down by the unreliability of the weather in the UK! Sent from my SM-G950U1 using Tapatalk
  11. Mrsr1976

    Thoughts on SAD/depression

    Thanks. We are both taking Vitamin D as a spray. It's really my husband that suffers in the winter time more so all these replies are really positive. We started looking into Australia due to his SAD. He does use a light box and likes doing sports outside so winter in the UK is when he finds it almost impossible to get motivated to do any exercise which would help. The early sunsets in the Australian summer is a bit of a worry as it's so lovely it being light late in the summer in the UK but at least it would be warm! Sent from my SM-G950U1 using Tapatalk
  12. Mrsr1976

    Thoughts on SAD/depression

    Thanks both. That's really helpful. [emoji106] Sent from my SM-G950U1 using Tapatalk
  13. Mrsr1976

    Thoughts on SAD/depression

    Hi I would be grateful if anyone had any experience of themselves or their family members suffering with SAD and/or depression and their symptoms changing or staying the same after a relocation to warmer and sunnier climates in WA. Also of there are much support for these conditions in Perth. Thanks in advance. Sent from my SM-G950U1 using Tapatalk
  14. Mrsr1976

    Leaving Oz for a holiday

    Ok great thanks for the advice! [emoji106] Sent from my SM-G950U1 using Tapatalk
  15. We are planning on coming to live in Perth in summer 2018 and have a 190 visa that has been activated and runs out December 2018. Can anyone tell me the rules on leaving for a holiday once we move permanently? Do we need a return residents visa? Are these tricky to get? We wouldn't want to come across to the UK for a while just to give us a chance to settle but I just wanted to know the rules. Sent from my SM-G950U1 using Tapatalk
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