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  1. ali

    Container from UK to perth

    Check out the website - it used to have something on it about 'new items'
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    Container from UK to perth

    Do check with your insurance regarding brand new items and if there's an import duty
  3. Hi Nick, we don't mind promoting community clubs but do ask that you don't post solely to promote your club and offer something to the forum e.g. information about suburbs, answering questions etc.
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    Advice on Suburbs

    You could perhaps have a pre-leavers for him.
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    Advice on Suburbs

    My daughter was 10 and she overheard us talking about the possibility and burst in to tears saying we were making her leave her whole life behind .. harsh as it sounds we said that we wouldn't leave her behind and that like it or lump it she'd have to come with us … but, we would keep her informed of things like when we applied for the visa when we got it etc. She was 11 when we made the move in the 7 months to get the visa had got her head around it. We told her we wouldn't be going until she had finished primary school - having her leavers ceremony and church service were very important to her (and us) and it was no hardship to move afterwards. My son who was 7 - we'd been in Aus a year and he asked at dinner if we were still on holiday - we just said we live here now and he said OK. Armadale has a bad reputation but I work around there and Kelmscott and there are some lovely parts - and it has great facilities. Some area's I wouldn't live not because they're not nice but compared to where I live and being so close to things with good transport network and amenities they're a bit too far out or don't have bus/train etc.,
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    Container from UK to perth

    Move cube?
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    Advice on Suburbs

    Hi and welcome. We live in Leeming and has done so since our arrival 12 years ago. I'm a little biased in that I think it's a great suburb , the primary schools in the area all have good reputations. My children went to Leeming SHS and whilst they don't have the exam success of Rossmoyne and Willeton, we found it to be an excellent school. (Children from Canning Vale attend there if there's room). My children are chalk and cheese, my daughter is an academic and was studious - Leeming had an Academic Extension Programme (AEP) for science, English and Maths. My son is more social and into sports - the school more than met his needs both academically and with programmes for outdoor education, sports coaching and he even got his skippers ticket (licence to drive a boat) as part of one of his courses. They have a science academy and music programme too. Leeming has an Education Support Centre attached - the children who attend this are encouraged to be very much part of the school - I really think that it helps children see and accept difference and I know that my two and their friends are very accepting of others differences and difficulties because it was part of their daily school live. The Year 12 ball included all year 12 students from both main stream and Ed support which I think is excellent. Leeming, is very close to everything, our standing joke is that most things are only 20 mins away - the city, Freo, beach. It might not appeal to some being older - the benefit is bigger blocks - we are seeing some houses being demolished and new builds going on them. We wouldn't live anywhere else.
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    Did you know about the jobs WA website? Best way to find employment opportunities for your wife. Alternatively, she can google the hospital and send an email asking to be put in touch with any one who is recruiting and attaching her CV
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    Canning vale or Harrisdale areas

    No worries, when we went places our eldest never had anyone to talk to as no-one had children her age (she was 11), everyone seemed to have a boy of 7 and our lad was sorted lol. He's actually still friends with the boys he was buddied with on his first day of school (he's now 19) and we're still friends with their parents from doing the drop off and hanging around for a glass of wine.
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    Don't know anything about the suburbs. Get your wife to look on seek and also jobs WA
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    Canning vale or Harrisdale areas

    Sorry, my children are young adults now. Have you thought of organising something with the neighbours, or when the kids are back at school, inviting friends over for - it's a great way to get to know other parents and I've known many friendships start that way.
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    Where to live?

    There are quite a few good public secondary schools.
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    Photography in Perth

    You may want to look at our business/advertising guidelines
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    Seeking Advice

    Have a look on seek.com to get an idea of jobs
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    Young professionals?

    Whilst not a young professional (lol), I don't get the isolation part. Compared to Melbourne and Sydney- it doesn't have the same hustle and bustle and is sleepier. My children are now 23 and 19 and neither are feeling that they need to go off to pastures new at this stage .. .I don't know of any mass exodus of young people, but of course people will move for opportunities be it travel or jobs. I guess, through work, you'll meet like minded people, if you have any interests then that lends itself to some socialisation. I do know, that here, people tend to go out later - as we're heading home from the city at midnight the train is packed with people heading into the city.
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    Gluten free baker

    A quick google shows some gluten free bakeries such as 'Strange Grains'
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    what to do ?

    Will be a difficult Christmas for your family Pegg - thinking of you and hope that your family can smile through the inevitable tears xx
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    Hot Tub

    Certainly worth looking up the regulations and safety standards. Not heard of anyone shipping one or if your shipment would come under extra scrutiny at customs because of it.
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    Hot Tub

    Depending on size - you possibly would have to have it fenced.
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    Golf Clubs & Courses

    Depends on how far he wants to travel - most people if they're going to be playing regularly join a club reasonably close to home (remembering that WA is so spread out), additionally, some clubs may have waiting lists for membership. Can't comment on which to try - but if you google then you'll be able to look at some websites/reviews
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    Swimming Lessons

    My children had already had swimming lessons - but if google it, i'm sure you'd find somewhere to take them. Schools will do swimming lessons, at my childrens school this used to be a set block for a couple of weeks (every day) and they would be assessed and the next grade recommended. In school holidays there are Vac swims - some of these my take place at the river for example.
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    what to do ?

    So sorry to hear of your families loss. xxx
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    what to do ?

    Have you looked into the international baccalaureate? Don't know much about it, but may be an option as qualifications are recognised in a lot of countries for Uni.
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    When to move with 7 year old

    We moved with an 11 and 7 year old and decided that we wanted the children to start the whole school year - so arrived in January for a Feb start. This was 11 years ago and at that stage year 7 was the last year of Primary school so that was important for our 11 year old to get a whole year in before another change. Have a look on myschool - which gives you some indication of schools but to be honest like any school in the UK the feel of the school is probably one of your best indicators - not all children are academic and you want to achieve an all round balance.
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    what to do ?

    So sorry to hear about your FIL Pegg. The move is a bit of dilemma … I'd be saying if you're all coming back, you need to do it so your son can be here for Years 11 and 12. GCSE's won't count for much here, but A levels will be able to be converted in order to get Uni entry. A colleagues daughter remained in the UK to complete A levels (living with a relative) and took holidays out here in WA - don't know if this is an option for you (albeit a difficult one to be separated from your child). Whilst I don't think kids can dictate the whole families happiness - seeing a once bubbly child become depressed must be heartbreaking. Hard to foretell the future - would your son return long enough to get citizenship and with that he'll always then have the option of returning to Aus .. but gives him the freedom to also return to the UK if he wants to?