Jen78

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  1. Job demand in Perth

    Go for it! You never know 😀
  2. Two years in and the Unthinkable happened!!

    So sorry to read you’ve gone through this at the start of your new life here, must have been devaststing especially with being so far from home. Glad you’ve got great neighbours, wishing your wife a speedy and full recovery. Glad you’re still positive about the lifestyle and everything that life has to offer here. We wouldn’t be without the private healthcare, I’ve had 4 wisdom teeth out and hubby has had an op. All seen extremely quickly and most of the fees paid for, and 3 of us have had new glasses. I know we pay monthly for the cover but it is giving us peace of mind that we’re covered and can be seen quickly if required. Best wishes to you and your family.
  3. Job demand in Perth

    Working for a mining company doesn’t necessarily mean working at the mines themselves. BHP and Rio Tinto Both have large offices in the city and bhp have recently a advertised for work management planners at the centre of excellence in Perth. This is how hubby got his first job, and he said that they welcomed applications, and had people starting there from all different backgrounds, as long as you pass the psychometric tests and the video interviews etc, are good with computers and can organise. May be worth a look. Best of luck
  4. Subjects for year 10

    Hi, I’m well thanks, how are you? Yes, still at WSHS, eldest is in yr 10 and youngest now in yr 7 and having her first NAPLAN soon. I’ve had a quick look online and have found the following link https://www.subjectcoach.com/blog/past-years-naplan-test-papers-with-answers/ If you google naplan past papers, you will find more. The stationery shops such as officeworks will have practice paper books as well to help to prepare, you will be able to look for these online too. Hope this helps. Jen
  5. Transferring visa to new passport

    That’s good, just renewed 2 child passports, need to transfer the visas, sounds quite straightforward.
  6. Canning vale or Harrisdale areas

    Hi, we're in Willetton just next door! Actually researching canning vale, Harrisdale and Southern river to move to in a couple of years time. Early 40s and turning 40 for us with 2 girls 15 and 11. Both working full time but happy to meet up one weekend or in the easter hols as I get the hols off. Been here just over a year and loving it. Pm me if you fancy meeting and we'll go from there. Jen
  7. Hello!

    How exciting! Hope you don't have to wait too long. Jen
  8. Hi All, Myself, Jen 39 (for a bit longer at least!) and hubby Andy 43, and 2 daughters Megan 15 and Keira 11 and another family from Perth Poms are having a beach afternoon and sunset picnic at the beach part of Hillarys boat harbour by the boardwalk. We would like to extend an invitation to anyone who would like to join us. We will be there from 3.30pm - 4pm onwards. We have been in Perth SOR for just over a year and are loving it and everything living over here has to offer us. We love meeting new people and getting out and about at the weekends. Hope to see a few of you there, if you fancy joining us can you please let me know underneath so we know to look out for you! Jen 😎
  9. It would have been lovely to meet you Pegg 🙂 Sorry about your winter, have some sun ☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️ Hope things are going a bit better for you now. Jen x
  10. It was just ourselves and the other family from this site this time. The other family had invited another couple who came along, and it was nice to meet them. It was lovely to have a picnic and a chat as the sun went down. Would have been good to meet more people though 🙂. Thanks for asking 😀 Jen x
  11. Hi, is anyone joining us? Would be great to see you there, and a fab way to meeet some new people. Jen x
  12. Meet new friends

    Hi all, I’ve done a seperate new topic post about this but wanted to make sure that no one missed it so posted it here as well. Hope you can make it. 😀 Myself, Jen 39 (for a bit longer at least!) and hubby Andy 43, and 2 daughters Megan 15 and Keira 11 and another family from Perth Poms are having a beach afternoon and sunset picnic at the beach part of Hillarys boat harbour by the boardwalk this Sunday March 11th. We would like to extend an invitation to anyone who would like to join us. We will be there from 3.30pm - 4pm onwards. We have been in Perth SOR for just over a year and are loving it and everything living over here has to offer us. We love meeting new people and getting out and about at the weekends. Hope to see a few of you there, if you fancy joining us can you please let me know underneath so we know to look out for you! Jen 😎
  13. Finding your Feet - Movie

    I agree, lovely scenes of a cosy Christmas and the lights in London warmed the soul.
  14. One month in!!

    Hi, what a lovely post. So glad to hear that things have gone smoothly and you are all happy. Reaching out to the P&C was a great idea. If you want to make friends and get involved through volunteering, the P&C is a great place to start. I went along to the meetings, got involved in discos and volunteering in the school canteen and helping out in classes, and it was great for giving me a sense of purpose, meeting people and getting out of the house. It has even led to a job in the school office! I didn’t hit a low till about 7/8 months that lasted for a few weeks, but you get through it the best way you can. It soon passed and things are great. Have you both got jobs? Well done on such a positive start, enjoy the ride 😀 Jen x
  15. Meet new friends

    Unfortunately I’m unavailable now in the week due to working full time until middle of May, and our weekends are pretty full. Would be great if a few of you took the plunge to meet up, I’ve done it several times and made some very good friends, it’s a bit unnerving at first but very worthwhile. I’m off in the Easter hols so we could arrange something for then...
  16. We used The Emigration Group and were really impressed, they helped us a lot.
  17. Hi, We got a 189 visa without having stepping foot in Australia and trusted that it would be the right decision and it it most certainly has been the best decision we’ve ever made. We were the other way around, we didn’t want to waste money on a visit to leave more for the visa! If you’ve been before and had an inkling that it could work, then chances are it will- especially if finding work is not a concern. 2-3 months still isn’t long enough imo to give you a taste of ‘real life’ imo as the buzz of the newness and novelty won’t have worn off, and it won’t give you long enough to miss family and friends as you won’t have the state of mind that ‘this is permanent’ - it may still feel like an extended holiday. With regards to applying for a visa, from the time we started getting together all our documents and submitting the skills assesssment and EOI through to application and Medicals etc it took just over 9 months. Not sure how long a tourist visa lasts for and if you’re allowed to apply for pr while over here on one. You may have to finish off the application from home anyway. Just my thoughts after a year in, best of luck to you and your family. Jen x
  18. Meet new friends

    That’s a great idea Bryan. Unfortunately we are away this weekend. X
  19. Meet new friends

    Hi Jenny, We’re close to the city too, are you north or south? I love meeting new people and have made quite a few friends now i’m happy to say 😀. Happy to meet up, I’m free most days at the moment. Maybe we could do a group meet up? Who would be in? Jen
  20. Meet new friends

    Hi Sue, whereabouts are you? We've been here a year. Our eldest daughter is 15 too. We are in Willetton SOR. Jen
  21. Debt advice needed - Urgent plz !

    Hi Pegg, Glad it’s all sorted and your son is feeling better. Don’t beat yourself up about it, anyone in the same position would have been exactly the same, at least you’ve been responsible enough to do something about it as soon as you realised there was a problem. I’m so sorry things didn’t work out for you over here, but you gave it a shot and therefore won’t have to live with the ‘what if’ regret Keep on looking after your family, you sound like a nice positive person, keep on looking forwards and maybe pop over for a holiday when you’re all ready. Sending you some sun ☀️ ☀️ ☀️. Jen x
  22. Thoughts on SAD/depression

    Hi, not sure if we actually had SAD but the constant grey, drizzle, wind, cold, no real summer etc definitely affected our moods in the UK and we felt permanently very fed up and down about things. I can honestly say that we have felt so much better since moving, it been to do with a lot of things - the whole life and lifestyle change but the weather has definitely had something to do with it as it means you can do more, be outside more, and everywhere’s bright and beautiful. Winter can be a bit cold/rainy/windy but it soon passes and you still get some really nice sunny days and can still be outisde as much as you want to. However, it’s not the be alll and end all, you have to factor in the homesickness, missing family and friends, how willing you are to go out and about, and to meet new people, your job prospects etc. As if these don’t happen, the weather alone will not make a person happy. I’ve heard that there are some good mental health charities out here, but I don’t know if any of them specialise in SAD, may be worth a google. Jen
  23. Train Driver/ Gas Fitter

    Please don’t let reasearch or other people’s experiences put you off moving if it’s what you want to do. We were 41 and 39 when we arrived last year, with a 14 and 10 year old in tow. I would say we moved at the right time for us, but only you can determine when’s best if it is something you want to do. We have been extremely lucky and have made a very positive move which is giving us so far everything we wanted. We didn’t let the economic downturn or loss of jobs in mining etc put us off. Your life is what you make it, it definitely check out the visa situation first, if gas fitter is on the skills shortage list, they usually need more recent experience than 4 years ago, and there may be different qualifications / registrations that you need to do. You might be able to get in with your wife’s qualifications, but I don’t know if it’s on the list. Best of luck Jen
  24. Recommendations for good cafes SOR

    Also, if you like Devonshire teas, there is a place called secret garden in falcon south of Mandurah. Booking is essential and they make the scones fresh especially for you 10 mins before your booking time. Set in a beautiful garden with proper China, looks amazing x https://www.facebook.com/secretgardenteahouse/
  25. Recommendations for good cafes SOR

    Was on travels today dropping CVS in at 13 schools trying to get some relief office work. I came across tribute cafe on tribute street next to Shelley Primary School. I mentioned it to a friend and they said food was really nice. May be worth a try. Jen x