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Afrikaans Schools       started by renette on 07 Apr 2008   (18474)
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From renette

07 Apr 2008 1:11 AM
(89193)
Hi, I live in South Africa and I was told that there are 2 Afrikaans schools in Perth. Is this true and in which suburb or town are they situated? Thank You Renette
From renette

To renette

08 Apr 2008 3:13 PM
(89315)
Hi, Renette again! Anyone out there that might know of any Afrikaans schools in Perth. Thank you!
From lsands

To renette

08 Apr 2008 3:50 PM
(89316)
Renette A lot of Afrikaans families send their children to Kingsway Christian College and there is a Afrikaans church in Mindarie. Dont know about others. I dont believe that there should be an Afrikaans school here as this is Australia and not South Africa where we speak English although there are a lot of South Africans here. Louise
From renette

To lsands

08 Apr 2008 4:31 PM
(89317)
Thank you for your reply. Yes I know you speak English and we can speak English as well, my children speak English very well. I read that Australia welcomes all cultures and respect diversity. I thought that it would be easier for my chlidren to finish their education in Afrikaans (our home language) and at the same time the Aussie way of living. It is difficult to find info that is really correct. Everything looks wonderful in your country. Have a great day, Louise!
From AudreyS

To renette

08 Apr 2008 5:57 PM
(89318)
I can confirm that there is an Afrikaans church in Perth. I spoke to someone from Uitenhage (E. Cape) yesterday who had actually been to a service there. There is also an Afrikaans club there. I can't remember how to get there but just Google it. Maybe the South African embassy in Perth will be able to help you.
From Marshy

To renette

08 Apr 2008 6:02 PM
(89319)
Whilst I respect your view the Australian employer is probably not going to be interested in Afrikaans qualifications. Personally I feel it would be better for your children to get a couple of years Australian education and an Australian qualification which would give them more options both in further education or employment.
From renette

To Marshy

08 Apr 2008 6:29 PM
(89323)
Marshy, your comment sounds very logical. My husband also agrees with you. I think all moms would like to make life easier for their children. But I am willing to do anything just to ensure that both my daughters (ages 13 and 9) have the best opportunities and a better quality of life. Thank you. Regards Renette
From renette

To AudreyS

08 Apr 2008 6:33 PM
(89324)
Thank you for the info. I am sure that we will make new friends and my children as well. Just nice to know that when you arrive in a country with out any friends that there is someone out there that will know how you feel.
From Seascapes

To renette

08 Apr 2008 8:47 PM
(89339)
Dear Renette, I have made a thorough search on all sites relating to Afrikaans schools. The only 2 that are mentioned are schools that teach the Afrikaan language to people wanting to learn it in Australia. Children of all walks of life are assimilated into our public schools but private schools do not have racial discrimination if you can afford to pay and sometimes you have to go on a waiting list to go Private. I can only speak for areas South of Perth and I can tell you that there are a lot of South Africans here esoecially professional people like Doctors, Dentists etc. There are 4 SA Doctors at the surgery where I attend. Some are black some are white and we are getting a lot of Somalians coming here to settle as well. There is a site I got onto http;/www.newcomersnetwork.com/nn and it has been updated. The old site had plenty of interesting stuff. You can ask Questions etc and there's stories from new settlers. Cheers Noela from Seascapes
From renette

To Seascapes

08 Apr 2008 9:15 PM
(89342)
Noela, thank you very much for all your info. I will definitely have a look at the site you have given me. Enjoy your evening!
From Seascapes

To renette

08 Apr 2008 10:55 PM
(89354)
Renettte, Just looked up the site I gave. It is the new one so you will need to scroll down until you see the old address but here it is in case any SA people want to view it as well. http:/www.newcomersnetwork.com/mel/home/index1.php. When you get this page up, scroll down until near the bottom of the page and you will see an article title 'An article from a South African Migrant living in Perth by Irene de Bruyn' It is excellent and is written in an easy style and she does invite you to write to her if you want any info. It is 9pm here so maybe it is good morning to you, Cheers, Noela
From renette

To Seascapes

09 Apr 2008 5:07 AM
(89370)
Thank you very much for all your trouble. I will definitely have a look at the site and will give you some feedback and info. Regards Renette
From AudreyS

To Seascapes

09 Apr 2008 5:12 AM
(89371)
Pasop!! I went on to this site a few months ago and posed a question to Irne de Bruin. Go a very swift reply from the webmaster saying that 'Irene has been in the country for more than 5 years and would not be likely to respond to new enquiries' Take that! Found it VERY RUDE and unfriendly! I contacted her directly on irene@multiline.com.au on she is delightful to chat to. She still has children in JHB and is hoping that they will join her in Oz. From a site that is SUPPOSED to help, I got ZERO. Hope your experience is better than mine. Audrey
From Seascapes

To AudreyS

09 Apr 2008 1:11 PM
(89389)
Audrey, I only suggested that site because it had a letter from Irene telling of her experience in WA. The site is called Newcomers so I guess after 5 yrs she would be well and truly out of that field. How did you get her email address? Anyhow my posting served some purpose for others to contact her thru your reply. I'm glad you find this site addictive altho I do not think it is apt to send in risque jokes otherwise the input would be endless. We have enough of this stuff coming thru the airwaves as it is jamming up the cyberspace.This is what you call RUDE! Anyway Audrey you will find lots of your country folk here when you make it. They tend to stick together. Cheers Seascapes
From AudreyS

To Seascapes

09 Apr 2008 3:30 PM
(89396)
Please don't tell me we are coming to a place that is full of little cliques everywhere. We want to embrace a new lifestyle and culture. I think that the sooner we integrate with 'the locals' whoever they are, the better. Everyone on this site is so friendly and helpful, I just hope the same applies when we get to Perth. I would hate to just have South African friends and get bogged down with 'when we were in South Africa...' talk. We are leaving the place for good reason and want to put it behind us and start afresh.
From lsands

To AudreyS

09 Apr 2008 6:14 PM
(89406)
Audrey, The people here are very friendly but unfortunately the South Africans do stick together. I believe Perth is the worst for that as I have a friend who went to Melbourne and has loads of Aussie mates. We have a few Aussie mates here but the majority are South Africans which was not intended and before we came here we decided that we wanted to make friends with 'the locals' but it wasnt easy. Perth is a small place and you will bump into people that you probably knew in SA. There is always a connection with the people you meet here like our neighbours here bought my parents house from them in SA in 1988. How weird that we now live next door to them. We dont sit and say 'When we were in South Africa....' as that reminds us of the Zimbabweans who came to SA in the 80's but it is nice to chat about familiar things. Good luck with the move Louise
From lsands

To lsands

09 Apr 2008 7:48 PM
(89418)
I am sorry if I offended any Zimbabweans saying When we...... Louise
From jimboman

To Seascapes

09 Apr 2008 11:06 PM
(89433)
'I do not think it is apt to send in risque jokes otherwise the input would be endless. We have enough of this stuff coming thru the airwaves as it is jamming up the cyberspace.This is what you call RUDE!' Are you the new site moderator then?
From moirclan

To jimboman

10 Apr 2008 12:21 AM
(89448)
personally i thought the joke that was about the radio show was hilarious !!!its good for the soul to have a laugh , and didnt i read some where that laughing got rid of wrinkles!!!
From Seascapes

To jimboman

10 Apr 2008 1:51 AM
(89454)
yes, moderator of the new joke site!! Hope you like crabs and crays!! A bloke's wife goes missing while holidaying on the Australian coast while they were scuba diving. He reports it to the police & spends a terrible night wondering what could have happened to her. Next morning there's a knock at the door and he is confronted by a couple of policemen, the old Sarge and a younger Constable. The Sarge says, 'Mate, we have some news for you, unfortunately Some really bad news, but some good news and maybe some really good news.' 'Well,' says the bloke, 'I guess I'd better have the bad new first' The Sarge says, 'I'm really sorry pal, but your wife is dead. Young Bill here found her lying at about five fathoms in a little cleft in the Reef. He got a line around her and we pulled her up, but she was dead.' The bloke is naturally pretty distressed to hear of this and has a bit of a SOB. After a few minutes he pulls himself together and asks what the good news is. The Sarge says, 'Well when we got your wife up there were quite a few really good sized crays and a swag of nice crabs attached to her wetsuit, so we've brought you your share.' He hands the bloke a sugar bag with a couple of nice crays and four or five crabs in it. 'Geez thanks. They're bloody beauties. I guess it's an ill wind and all that ... Now, what's the really good news?' 'Well,' the Sarge says, 'me and young Bill here get off duty at around 11 o'clock and we're gonna shoot over there and pull her up again!....you fancy grabbin some stubbies and comin'with us?'
From sonjam

To lsands

18 Jul 2011 6:21 PM
(111188)
Hi there Can i ask if there is afrikaans schools in Australia. We are curently in SA but think about going to Australia. But am worried that the kids won't adap. They are 9 and 7 years old currently in Grade 1 and Grade 3. How does it work there. To go to school directly over in Engelis I think it will be very hard. Can you help
From jimboman

To sonjam

18 Jul 2011 6:36 PM
(111189)
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From sonjam

To renette

19 Jul 2011 6:03 PM
(111193)
Hi daar Renette Ek lees nou van jou mails (Stok oud). Wonder maar net of julle nou in Australia bly. Ons is in SA en wil graag gaan. Maar wonder of my kinders goed sal aanpas vanaf afrikaans skool direk in Engels skool. Hulle kan bietjie praat en verstaan. Ek hoor Perth se klimaat is amper dieselfde as in SA. Werk jy al en hoe vind julle dit daar as julle nou wel daar is? Groete
From paandejo

To jimboman

20 Jul 2011 2:37 PM
(111196)
Is that comment really necessary? Having lived between the UK and Australia all your life you would have no idea what it is like to come to an area where your primary language is not spoken. This site is meant to be of help to migrants and potential migrants. There are many different ethnic groups here in Perth who get by without speaking English because they have never had the need to learn the language. Would you 'integrate', and send your kids to local schools where arabic was the first language if you landed up working in the Middle East? Just a thought.
From Kris+Rob

To paandejo

20 Jul 2011 7:08 PM
(111197)
I come from a non-English speaing backround and would have to agree 100% with jimboman.
From jimboman

To paandejo

21 Jul 2011 8:50 AM
(111199)
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From Kieren

To jimboman

21 Jul 2011 10:35 AM
(111200)
Jimbo. As much as I hate agreeing with you(!), that's an excellent post and very well put. I think we've finally found something to agree on after all these years...!! :o) Cheers, KIEREN
From jimboman

To Kieren

21 Jul 2011 11:10 AM
(111201)
You and me agreeing will surely spell the death of this site. All the best threads have been built around opposing opinions (no one goes to watch two boxers shake hands and agree not to fight). Send me a list of things that wind you up and I will start a few threads going. That should get the hit count up again (back to 2007 levels) Cheers Jim )
From cracker

To jimboman

21 Jul 2011 12:30 PM
(111203)
Very eliqently put, my thoughts exactly although I probably wouldn't have so diplomatic.... Cheers Jan
From simonc

To cracker

21 Jul 2011 2:40 PM
(111205)
Im surprised he was so diplomatic!
From Kieren

To jimboman

21 Jul 2011 2:45 PM
(111206)
'All the best threads have been built around opposing opinions' Oh no they haven't...... :o) KIEREN
From elizer

To sonjam

02 Sep 2011 9:40 AM
(111420)
Hallo Sonjam Ons het in Perth gebly vir 2jaar, en is nie bewus van enige afrikaanse skole daar nie. Ons bly nou in Brisbane. Die weer in Perth is amper soos SA sin. En kinders is kinders hulle pas aan in enige omstandighede, my seun was 6 en afrikaans, het ook nie n woord engels gepraat nie, en vandag praat hy net engels, hy verstaan nog afrikaans, en ek wil hom weer afrikaans leer, maar vir nou is dit maar goed so.
From Jeanetta

To jimboman

20 Jan 2012 8:52 AM
(111772)
Where in WA is Afrikaans schools?
From Jeanetta

To jimboman

20 Jan 2012 8:53 AM
(111773)
Where in WA is Afrikaans schools?
From Jeanetta

To renette

20 Jan 2012 8:55 AM
(111774)
Im also looking for a Afrikaans school in Perth!
From Marie

To Jeanetta

22 Jan 2012 6:21 PM
(111792)
Hi Daar is nie Afrikaanse skole in Aus nie. Ek het in 2007 met my twee dogters Aus toe gekom en was ook bang hul gaan nie aanpas in die Engelse skole nie. Ek kan vandag vir jou verseker dat die kinders baie makliker aanpas as die volwassenes. Ek ken 'n paar gesinne wat se kinders in die laerskool is of hier skool begin het en hulle pas aan. Die skole is baie toegewend en behulpsaam met alle kinders wie se eerste taal nie Engels is nie. Kontak my gerus as jy meer wil weet. Groete Marie
From mariussmith78

To Marie

24 Jan 2012 8:29 PM
(111799)
Hi Marie, Kan jy dalk vir my se of daar sekere primere staat skole is in die Joondalup area +- 10km wat jy sou se die beste roep sou wees? My vrou en twee dogters kom nou in Maart eers oor die kant toe en my oudst is 5. Word 6 in Desember die jaar. Neem aan sy gaan pre-primary toe... Maak dit saak watter skool in die omgewing? Groete, Marius
From Marie

To mariussmith78

24 Jan 2012 8:44 PM
(111800)
Hi Marius, ek weet nie van laerskole nie, my dogter het senior High daar begin. Ek weet Duncraig, so 10km suid van Joondalup het 'n goeie primary skool. Gaan search gerus op die Education site The Department of Education Western Australia www.det.wa.edu.au/ Groete Marie
From jimboman

To Marie

29 Jan 2012 11:27 PM
(111825)
In a country where English is the spoken language, why would you need to learn Afrikaans? White South Africans can speak English anyway so surely you could just integrate and make Australia your new home. Are you trying to create a New South Africa in Australia? If so, you are no different than the other cultures that try to inflict their way of life onto these shores. FIFO.
From Marie

To jimboman

29 Jan 2012 11:43 PM
(111826)
Agree Jimboman... My daughter completed her Snr High in English and is now in uni.... The decision to come to Australia is to become an Australian... otherwise stay in SA
From aussiemac

To jimboman

01 Feb 2012 8:53 AM
(111836)
Moving to an English speaking country where English is not your mother tongue will take time to adapt. Australia is full of migrants who CANNOT speak English so it is not a case of Marie trying to create a New South Africa, rather she may be trying to make the transition as stress free as possible. Maybe a bit of understanding is in order instead of arrogance jimboman!