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#1 PocketIcikleflakes

Posted 10 May 2020 - 06:16 PM

We're seriously thinking about moving from SW WA to Queensland. We'd need to be within an hour of Brisbane, either North or South, and preferably within 30 minutes of the coast.

I thought the best place to start is schools.

DS is autistic, ADHD and likely gifted.

We'd prefer state schools. Eldest is currently year 3 but looking for great local high schools as well.

So if anyone lives in an area or goes to a school they can recommend I'd love to hear about it. It's our first move with school age kids so if anyone could help narrow down the options, that would be amazing!

Tia.


#2 Threetwoone

Posted 10 May 2020 - 06:26 PM

We live Bayside Brisbane in Redlands, there is a good choice of schools here. I wouldn't say amazing but good.

#3 Babetty

Posted 10 May 2020 - 06:31 PM

When you say within an hour of Brisbane, do you mean to the CBD in peak hour? And by public transport or driving?

I'm 25 minutes from the CBD on weekends by car, but almost an hour by bus in peak hour, so it can make a huge difference.

#4 PocketIcikleflakes

Posted 10 May 2020 - 07:04 PM

View PostBabetty, on 10 May 2020 - 06:31 PM, said:

When you say within an hour of Brisbane, do you mean to the CBD in peak hour? And by public transport or driving?

I'm 25 minutes from the CBD on weekends by car, but almost an hour by bus in peak hour, so it can make a huge difference.

It's related to DP's work. He's looked as far as "nearly as far as sunny coast" . Caboolture is within the area he's looked in. As far south as Burleigh Heads.

He'd be driving but not every day. He's currently FIFO but needs to get to the city on a semi regular basis.

We're currently on 5 acres. Being close into a town isn't necessary but we're also not set on having acreage again.

We're pretty much in a position where there's so many options we don't know where to start.

#5 Babetty

Posted 10 May 2020 - 07:19 PM

View PostPocketIcikleflakes, on 10 May 2020 - 07:04 PM, said:


He'd be driving but not every day. He's currently FIFO but needs to get to the city on a semi regular basis.


If close to the airport matters, I'd suggest north side - unfortunately I don't know any of the schools that side of town!

#6 PocketIcikleflakes

Posted 10 May 2020 - 08:57 PM

View PostBabetty, on 10 May 2020 - 07:19 PM, said:



If close to the airport matters, I'd suggest north side - unfortunately I don't know any of the schools that side of town!

Thank you! He's happy to go south as well he's said. He's flown in and out of Brisbane but stayed in the city.

#7 Crazyhouseholdof6

Posted 10 May 2020 - 09:03 PM

Whatever school you choose to go to just make sure you move to the catchment for that school. Most schools here are strictly catchment managed. You can check this on the Education QLD website. Some do take out of areas but some are at capacity and simply can’t and others are so highly sought after they won’t. Lots and lots of options for you here though. Also check out FB pages for ASD kids for brisbane, lots of people give advice there too if you ask the question.

#8 PocketIcikleflakes

Posted 10 May 2020 - 09:13 PM

Thanks chh6. I'll have a search on Facebook.

#9 kerilyntaryn

Posted 11 May 2020 - 06:50 AM

There is a support group for the Moreton Bay area that will give you info which schools are great for support for ASD kids as well as psychologists etc https://www.facebook.../mbrasdsupport/

and the schools directory https://schoolsdirectory.eq.edu.au/

Edited by kerilyntaryn, 11 May 2020 - 06:50 AM.


#10 PocketIcikleflakes

Posted 11 May 2020 - 09:59 AM

Those are great! Thank you!

#11 Chazonator

Posted 13 May 2020 - 04:41 PM

Following to see if anyone else has some suggestions on schools/ areas?

#12 .Jerry.

Posted 13 May 2020 - 06:18 PM

For a good area south side with great state high schools, you could look in the catchment areas for Cavendish Road SHS, Mount Gravatt SHS or Mansfield SHS.  They are all in the top 10 SHS in Brisbane, all excellent high schools, though each has specific areas of speciality or strengths.  The suburbs would include Holland Park, Mount Gravatt, Mount Gravatt East, Mansfield, Wishart.  Plenty of good primary schools in that area, some of whom have good reputations for supporting children with ASD.  (PM me if you want more info)

It's about half an hour or so to the airport from there (over toll bridge).  Easy drive down to Moreton Bay.  45 minutes from northern end of Gold coast.  
I live not too far from there and it's a nice part of Brisbane.

#13 PocketIcikleflakes

Posted 14 May 2020 - 02:17 PM

Thank you. I'll have a good look through those areas :)

#14 LittleMissPink

Posted 22 May 2020 - 08:42 PM

Mudgeeraba Creek State School- Gold Coast. You have to be in catchment, but it is by far a brilliant school with an awesome SEP and SEP teachers.

#15 Chazonator

Posted 23 May 2020 - 06:21 PM

View PostLittleMissPink, on 22 May 2020 - 08:42 PM, said:

Mudgeeraba Creek State School- Gold Coast. You have to be in catchment, but it is by far a brilliant school with an awesome SEP and SEP teachers.

Any suggestions on high school?
Thanks

#16 PrincessPeach

Posted 23 May 2020 - 06:26 PM

If you need easy access to Brisbane airport & the CBD, I wouldnt be considering either the gold or sunshine coasts.

Its a long slow drive. Stick with the brisbane suburbs.






#17 literally nobody

Posted 23 May 2020 - 09:41 PM

The Bruce highway on the northside can be a carpark at the best of times. Majority is a 2 lane each way.

#18 PocketIcikleflakes

Posted 23 May 2020 - 11:28 PM

For airport access about an hour in the early hours of the morning would be fine :)

But we still need to consider CBD access in a few years.




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