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Schooling       started by sharon on 25 Oct 2006   (10059)
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From sharon

25 Oct 2006 6:53 PM
(44119)
Hi, After reading some of the comments on school fees I am getting worried!!! I have two children 5 & 10 and we are hoping to go out to wa with a sponsor or on a profesionals visa ( I think thats what they call it) does anyone know what schooling cost we should expect, I thought the state schools were free and the private schools were the ones that you had to pay for? any ideas best wishes Sharon
From Marshy

To sharon

25 Oct 2006 7:54 PM
(44125)
Here in WA if you are on a temp 457 visa then government schooling is free as it is when you are here on a PR visa. I think NSW is the only state that charges 457 holders school fees. Other visas are not as lucky. Student visas being one of them.
From sharon

To Marshy

25 Oct 2006 8:06 PM
(44127)
Thanks for that you have set my mind at ease Best Wishes Sharon
From tina

To sharon

25 Oct 2006 8:14 PM
(44128)
Hi Sharon, We are going on a temporary 457 visa hopefully in January 2007, we have 5 boys, 3 of which need schools. From what I understand you pay a small annual fee around 20 AUSD and supply stationary and books only. I am led to believe that this is the case!. PS I,m near skipton and keighley not far from you in Huddersfield. Tina.
From Marshy

To tina

25 Oct 2006 8:17 PM
(44129)
Absolutely, I should have mentioned that in my post. My daughters year 4 supplies are $100 and the school contribution is $40 per child.
From sharon

To tina

25 Oct 2006 9:24 PM
(44145)
Hi Tina, Thanks for that, How long has it taken you to get to this stage? I think I am trying to run before I can walk I have it on my mind all the time and we havent even been for a look yet :-)
From tina

To sharon

26 Oct 2006 3:17 AM
(44179)
HI sharon, We've never been to Oz either and the only time we're going is when we move!!! I got a job in July been waiting for the house to sell, which we're in the process of doing now, waiting for visa still but cos its a sponsorship we should get it through in the next few weeks. So all in all probably around six months. It is a daunting process but at the end of the day, our philosphy is if we don't do it now we never will! Take each step at a time, I still won't believe its all true til we arrive on ozzie soil!!!! All the best keep in touch, Tina.
From sharon

To tina

26 Oct 2006 8:06 AM
(44214)
Hi Tina, I'm so glad I have found this site, everyone is so helpful and friendly, I'm sure that there is always someone to help with a question or ease a worry, I am booking out trip in the next few days :-) Decided to go for a month at the begining of April, If we go in November we can only go for two weeks and I dont think that would be long enough. I think your really brave just going I wish I could do that. The hubby is fine becouse he has been before for 8weeks so its just me that needs to see it for myself. I get scared that just maybe the grass wont be greener, so to speak and john my hubby will have given up a good job and pension but Im sure that the lifestyle will be a much better safer one out there, we have just got to keep thinking of the kids :-) anyway I had better get of to bed, this australia thing has taken over our lifa at the moment we seem to eat sleep and breath it, are you like that? take care Sharon
From tina

To sharon

26 Oct 2006 4:05 PM
(44230)
Hi Sharon, Yep eat sleep and breath it DEFINATELY!! We're not brave just making a decisioin yeah its a life changing one but you only live once! My biggest fear is leaving my folks, dad especially and last night one of his best friends died in portugal he was gutted. and we were both thinking about me going to oz but words were never spoken etc.. But they are giving us their full support so just gotta do it!!. Take care Tina. PS if you PM me i'll give you my email address if you want.
From clairef

To tina

10 Jan 2007 9:03 PM
(49457)
Hi tina, i have just joined the web site as we are thinking of moving to Oz for a year from july. This will be end of tern in scotland for the kids, i have a girl of 7 and a boy of 6 will they beable to start school over there? i got told they dont start school until they are eight. Have you already moved yet, i think you said Jan 2007, i would be really pleased if you could send me any info on schooling etc an how your move went. thanks claire
From Marshy

To clairef

10 Jan 2007 9:35 PM
(49460)
Children start Kindy in the Feb if they turn 4 before June 30th of that year, Kindy is part time. Full time pre primary is the following year.
From clairef

To Marshy

10 Jan 2007 11:39 PM
(49468)
Thank you so much for your message that was prity quick i would say! So as my children are or will be 6 and 7 they will both go to primary education? Have you been living in oz for long and where abouts in perth are you there are so many beautiful areas not to sure where to go. We will only be taking a tourist visa for one year and will have to take a couple of days out of the country every 3 months but this seems the option best suited to us at the moment. My husband works in Russia at the moment on a 4 week on off rota but will try and seek emplyment in oz if we find we want to stay. I am a dental nurse and will be a qualified beauty therapist before we arrive hows the job situation in these feilds? Dont know if were crazy or not doing this but theres only one way to find out we have been on about it for so long now and just feel if we dont go now we never will. Its all a bit nerve racking to think about but if we treat it like a holiday im sure we will be fine, i hold high hopes anyway. Just found this web site last night it is amazing so helpful. Thank you once again and lets hope you can answer some of my questions. I do go on a bit sometimes sorry!!
From Marshy

To clairef

10 Jan 2007 11:45 PM
(49470)
There are lots of lovely areas. Dental surgeries are everywhere so work for you location wise is not an issue. What does your husband do, this could have a bearing on where you live. My husband works in the city for an oil and gas company so we live about 25km north of the city which works fine for us as he can take public transport. This is a useful link, hopefully will answer your question about your kids school years. This is a useful site so fire away or send me a PM.
From clairef

To Marshy

11 Jan 2007 12:08 AM
(49476)
wow what time is it with you guys just now? i thought it would be the middle of the night? you sure are quick thank god for folks like you. My husband works in oil and gas aswell but he is a production tech or control room operator so his work is either going to be off shore or in a power or gas plant. How did you find settling in i take it your hubbie is home everynight.
From clairef

To Marshy

11 Jan 2007 12:09 AM
(49477)
sorry marshy whats a PM
From Marshy

To clairef

11 Jan 2007 12:10 AM
(49478)
you have already sent me one lol try www.pomsinperth.com and www.britishexpats.com. I will warn you though british expats is a little scary so tread carefully if you do its a good source of info.
From clairef

To Marshy

11 Jan 2007 12:15 AM
(49480)
ok thanks i'll go take a wee look and see