When moving to Australia, or any new country, one of the things you miss having is ‘local knowledge’. When we were selecting schools for our sons we felt added pressure from the fact that we knew little about the area we were living in and, at the time, knew few local people.
Fortunately as we got closer to making our decision Mum got to know more local families. We also made conversation with anyone we met with school age children, and tried to distinguish which schools had the best reputations, and which ones seemed to fit us best.
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