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Decisions decisions       started by beckievance on 09 Apr 2012   (24019)
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From beckievance

09 Apr 2012 9:20 AM
(111997)
Hi Looking any info or help. Moving to Perth 12th September this year!!! Our eldest is well into his soccer, so where we live depends very much on school that does soccer. We have decided on either Woodvale Senior High or safety Bay High. Can't get catchment area for Safety Bay even though I have emailed them a few times :-(. Any one know anything about these schools? Also we have noticed its cheaper to rent south of the river. Is there any reason for this or is it just personal preference? Any advice would be most appreciated :-) Thanks Bex
From cindy42

To beckievance

09 Apr 2012 10:47 AM
(111998)
Popular school because of the soccer. Best bet is to live in Safety Bay. Nice area. close to the beach. I do know someone whose kids go there and live in Rockingham which is not in the catchment area. Got in because they are A grade students. Good luck
From janeandian

To beckievance

09 Apr 2012 11:57 AM
(111999)
Hi Bex My son is in yr 12 at Woodvale. We have no complaints about the school at all. It is a big school with about 1500 children and facilities are good, the teaching staff have always been supportive, communicative and encouraging. I know they are very strict regarding catchment area as it is a very popular school. I don't know anything about Safety Bay school but as Cindy says it is near the beach and a nice area I believe. Woodvale is more inland being about 10mins from the coast. I have no idea why the rent is lower SOR it seems that a lot of migrants go NOR and maybe that is part of the reason! Hope that helps Regards Jane
From tisme

To beckievance

09 Apr 2012 12:58 PM
(112000)
All my 3 went to Safety Bay High, my last one left 7 years ago so not really up with the latest on the school, but it was good when mine were there. I don't think there are black and white boundaries, they aren't very strict, but if your in the general area you should be ok. Waikiki, Safety Bay, parts of Warnbro, Harrington Waters, parts Of Cooloongup, Shoalwater Bay. If your son gets acccepted into the Soccer specialist program it won't matter where you live, they'll take him. South is not as built up as the Northern suburbs, a slower pace of life, which I prefer. Same distance from the CBD as north, and good public transport. You could drive through a new estate north and a new estate south and you would think they were the same estate, so no difference in housing. There isn't as much infrastructure south as north, not as much population, so your not paying for that living south, but there is all you'll need for your everyday living, if not hop on a train, 35 minutes and your in the city.
From jimboman

To tisme

09 Apr 2012 8:19 PM
(112002)
My OH is a teachers assistant at Safety Bay and we live within 15 minutes walking distance of the school. Of the three state schools locally it has the best reputation. Safety Bay is an older area and locally facilities are very good. You can walk to the shopping centres and the major centre (Rockingham City) is also within walking distance. Most suburbs north of the river are newer so tend to have been built around the car with not much that you can walk to. There is a pretty good rental supply locally. If you are looking on the web at rentals try and stay beach side of Read Street/Warnbro Sound Avenue. It is hard to imagine, but some houses in Port Kennedy are a good 30 minutes walk from anything. Newer estates tend to sprawl a lot more and facilities can be sparse. The beach here by the way, is easilly the best on the metropolitan coast.
From beckievance

To beckievance

10 Apr 2012 4:14 AM
(112006)
Thanks for the help :-) Counting the Days !!!!!!
From ColettePie

To beckievance

10 May 2012 4:46 PM
(112060)
Good luck I moved over from Manchester 8 years ago and it is the best thing we ever did
From Mindblower

To ColettePie

15 May 2012 2:43 PM
(112061)
Ex Oldham 4 yrs Boy goes to Maranatha- Waikiki- private- jury out.
From ColettePie

To Mindblower

15 May 2012 2:48 PM
(112062)
I was actually from Oldham myself - small world - Royton to be more precise but I just say Manchester because it is easier. My daughter goes to private school in Ocean Reef and we cannot praise the school enough.
From cindy42

To Mindblower

15 May 2012 3:43 PM
(112063)
Dave I have read a few of your posts over time. You seem a little unsure about being in oz. Sorry if i have misread or misunderstood your posts. Have you been back to UK since moving here? best wishes cindy
From Mindblower

To cindy42

16 May 2012 11:18 PM
(112065)
Hi cindy Yes, I went back for a serious family illness/ bereavement in late 2010. Oz, could write a book about it, not enough space lol
From cindy42

To Mindblower

17 May 2012 12:06 AM
(112066)
Hi Dave I'm sorry to hear the circumstances of your trip back to UK. My very best wishes to you. Love to read your book :-) cindy x
From KathrynG

To beckievance

23 May 2012 6:29 PM
(112079)
Can I just add a point to this tread for you to consider. Look at the house prices in the areas you want to live. We rented in Cheltenham in Victoria and found that after 6 months, boys settled everything working that we wanted to buy and couldn't afford any of the houses. Nearest we could afford was 1 hour away. Just worth thinking about it. Also take note of the stamp duty costs when looking at buying, they are higher than the UK need to factor it in. However if you are happy to rent for a few years than this is not an issue. Good luck.
From KathrynG

To Mindblower

23 May 2012 6:32 PM
(112080)
I know that decision only too well Cindy. Had to do the emergency flight same day as my mum was ill two years after moving here, I did not know if she was going to be alive by the time I landed. Finding the money for a flight quickly was also challenge. Took me three years to settle here. Now I know it is the best place in the world to live, but still got my family in the UK and not sure when I will be able to go back to see them. Difficult choices.