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  1. #1
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    We're moving to Adelaide some time next year from Malaysia. We also have a 3 year old tagging along She was born in Adelaide but we moved back here when she was 3 months old (hubs work) and now we're moving back to Adl! She'll be 4 next April '13 and has started kindy here.

    I know we still have a long way to go but I'm just wondering what subjects she'll be taking when she starts school in Year 1? I have no clue as to how the curriculum is but now she is taking Mandarin classes. Do schools offer foreign languages? Shall I continue or change to French lessons?

    Also, she's doing ballet, Taekwondo and swimming. I know swimming lessons are pretty common and ballet wouldn't be a problem. Will she be able to continue with Taekwondo?

    Anyone can help?


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    A South Australian will be able to fill you in a bit more on the specifics but in most states schools offer 1-2 prepatory years prior to year typically referred to as Prep/Kindergarten/PrePrimary and once the Australian Curriculum is fully implimented the year prior to year 1 will be called Foundation Year and will become compulsory.

    There are also Preschools/Kindergartens where children can start at 3 or 4 part time. Again, the terms for everything varies state to state (I'm from Vic now in WA).

    Google South Australian Department of Education and their website will have all the information about starting ages etc.

    The ACARA (Australian Curriculum) website has the most up to date information about the curriculum which will be covered. This is new however many parts of it have already started to be implemented, including literacy and numeracy.

    Languages other than English (LOTE) varies from school to school and you may be able to find a local school who teach Mandarin. French is no longer as common a LOTE language as it used to be.

    The extra curricular activities will be mostly dependant on where you live (or how far you are willing to travel to do them). Swimming lessons can start here as a baby however it's not as common for Ballet or Martial Arts classes to start before 4 (varies from school to school).

    Good luck with your move!

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    Default School Curriculum/Activities in Adelaide

    What area will you be moving to? Might help to narrow down the extra curricular activities.

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    Different schools do different languages depending on the school you may have only 1 choice.

    The public schools in my area tend to do Asian languages and normally only 1 choice for example. private schools that I have looked out often have 2 choices, the kids do both for a few years then pick 1.

    Lots of teakwondo places, my family have used world teakwondo in the past.

    I have been looking at bebe ballet for my 2yo dd, they have a Facebook and a website

    Hope this helps!


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