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    school and travelling

    Hi Ali, thanks for the info, very insightful x
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    school and travelling

    Hi Ali, yes the atar, we are fully aware, and he knows he’s not off the hook?. That comes after the GCSE’s, in A level exams equivalent, but knows he needs to choose some options for those when he starts over there for year 9, he’s in Uk yr 10 atm. Basically he still knows he has to work his backside off, good job he’s my clever one! ?
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    school and travelling

    Hi there, these are just my own personal thoughts, obviously I could of got it entirely all wrong! My son is 14 too and we’re moving over to Perth in April. We’ve already enrolled both my boys into a secondary school. We took them on school tours in December, so they had their say in where they liked to go (after we narrowed down the choices). My son is doing his gcse’s here in the U.K at the moment and is very relieved there is no such thing over in Perth, he feels a weight has been lifted off his shoulders. I am hoping they settle well into the new school. We also picked a school which offered similar subjects that he’s doing now. So he doesn’t feel panicked having to learn Japanese, Indonesian or have school surf lessons. I’m not bothered that he won’t be taking the GCSE’s, as he is getting an equivalent education. When I moved over to England when I was a teen I went straight into college as doing GCSE equivalents, that was fine. I think my advice is to sit down and listen to your son’s concerns, his last experience of moving wasn’t a positive one for whatever that may be from, so a lot of conversations without pressure, and reassurance of it being a positive experience this time round is needed. I moved all over Australia when I was a kid, some schools were easy to go to, others were hell. So that’s really important to tell him that if he doesn’t like it, there are always options and ways to change it. My thought on the lots of traveling is that explain it’s a long holiday? Give him a time period say 3 months or whatever? It’s a really important age for them to make ties with peers and for him to feel settled and happy. Traveling a lot might make him feel isolated and lonely if it’s for a long period. We all like creature comforts as well as the opportunity to explore. I wouldn’t leave the move until his A levels, he’ll probably have a girlfriend by then and looking at Uni’s! I wish you the very best with it all, I understand how difficult it must be for you and hope there is some advice in there which might help.
  4. Hi guys, just wanted to know if beauty qualifications that are recognised and insurabe in the U.K are transferable to Australia?
  5. Hi there, wow you sound really busy!!!! We would love to meet up. I will message you closer the time to see how you guys are getting on, and see whether you can spare a few hours, that'll be really nice. Thanks for your kind gesture:) Em x Good luck with the big moving day, you must be thrilled!
  6. Hi guys, My name's Emma, husband Mark and we have two boys aged 14 & 12. We are moving to Perth early in the New year.....we are flying out on the 2nd of December for a week for a bit of a mini holiday (organising ourselves). We are staying in Hillarys and would love to meet up with some North Perth Poms! We would really like to meet people who have made the move, if anyone's around for a friendly meet then that would be fab!
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    Emigrating next year with 15 yr old

    Just wanted to say hi! We plan to move out the start of next year. Like you, my name's Emma and my husband is Mark we have two boys, one in year 10 and one in year 8. We're flying out to Perth in a few weeks to do the school tour, my boys will be going into year 9 & 7. We will be moving out to live in a similar location to you guys, and like you we're just waiting for our house to sell! Had a stupid offer, but have an open day on Saturday, so I remain hopeful! So many similarities with you guys, good luck with it all.
  8. Hi, I'm new on here and will be leaving London in October. We've got resident return visas granted. We're planning to move to Hillarys or near about, so wondered if anyone has any experience on St Mark's Anglican School or Lake Joondalup Baptist College? Can anyone tell me how the education system compares? My eldest son when we move and enroll will be in the all important GCSE stage in secondary, so I'm nervous uprooting them from a good school to the unknown. I'd rather them go private, but would listen to all advice. Many thanks. Any other advice on the move to Hillarys is also appreciated:)
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    Advice on private schools

    Good to know Weedolly. Thanks I have no idea about it all!
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    Advice on private schools

    Thanks for the insite Akasully2 very useful!
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    Advice on private schools

    Thanks Arwen, much appreciate your reassurance. I will email their admissions to see just how difficult it is for spaces and waiting list etc....St Mark's would be a first choice for us. Getting your kids into good schools in the Uk is always a challenge, I'm sure it's like that in most places. Thanks for your reply