We are looking at relocating to Nth GC in January (hubby will be working in Mt Gravatt, we are currently north) and have thought the Ormeau area would suit as we don't really like it too built up. I do know the area a bit as we looked at a few houses a few years ago, but since were relocated north. So I would love to ask the locals some questions.
Primary schools: looking at Ormeau State School as it offers speech therapy for my 2012 prep starter (I also have a girl going into grade 2). How has anyone found it? Are the Mums friendly? All I have found online is info about Norfolk but according to their website they have no speech therapy support. I did hear from someone that they found bullying an issue at Ormeau State, is this true?
Are there any areas in Ormeau you would avoid? Our thoughts are is that we will go there to rent in Jan for 6 months, make sure we are happy etc with the schools and then want to buy a small acerage. How are the facilities there now? Any swimming lessons / gyms? Is there much community spirit?
I have a 16 month old girl, 4 1/2 year old boy and 7 year old girl and am a 37 year old Mum, anyone similar ages to mine that want to meet up in the New Year?
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23-12-2011 08:53 #1Senior Member
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Moving to Ormeau? Any info appreciated...
23-12-2011 09:05 #2
Be sure to check that you have mobile phone reception. I know a few people who live there and none have phone reception in their house.
We looked a few years back too and I refused to move there for that reason.
Other than that it seemed okay, maybe drive down and have a look at some places.
23-12-2011 09:32 #3Senior Member
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And check the internet lines, some new estates and older areas cant access it, only dialup!
23-12-2011 09:38 #4
23-12-2011 09:58 #5
We live in Ormeau in Norfolk Village. We don't have any problem with mobile reception or with internet. We are only able to get adsl 1, but that it common around the area, the whole of the northern gold coast can only get adsl 1, we have moved so many times still to be told that we can't get it.
I really love this area and have actually been wanting to move here for about 2 years, we have been here for about 2 months now. There is a wonderful park with a fence around it walking distance from our place. There are paths everywhere for walking with a pram which is much better than most new estate areas. There are lots of trees and shade. Everyone has dogs. There are lots of kids around. I feel really happy and safe in this area.
My ds is only 17 months, so I can't really recommend any schools. We will be sending him to Norfolk Village in a few years though, so I don't really know anything about Ormeau State School.
One of the biggest problems that I find in the area is that the closest woolies is Beenleigh and that is a really bad Woolies, we have had to return meat several times. But we're only 15 minutes to Logan, or 15 minutes to Helensvale Westfield so I go to both of those regularly.
The first Sunday of every month they have a bbq in the park for new comers to the area. I would say that there is a good community spirit. All the parents that I've met at the park have been very nice.
I hope this has been helpful, let me know if there's anything else that I might be able to answer.
23-12-2011 10:34 #6
Hi, I just moved to ormeau, also in the Norfolk village side
We bought our house here knowing we loved the area, as we have lived a little further south for 6 years. I have taught at the Norfolk village state school and highly recommend it- excellent staff. And it is very well run for a new school. I've also taught at ormeau state and it's lovely too, so in terms of state schools I don't think you can go wrong with either.
We are sending our prep starter to rivermount, which is only a 5 minute drive from our house in Norfolk.
The Jacobs ridge area is nice too, you will find nicer rentals over there, but if you are wanting to settle on one side with the view to buy acreage, the the Norfolk side might be better.
Overall I love the community feel of the area- we have lovely neighbors and I take the kids to the park and everyone says hi on the way.
And I haven't found too much of a problem with phone or net- like anywhere it depends on who you are with.
The only thing I would fault is that there is no library or public pool really close. The mobile library does visit at the shops though. There is a gym at the shops and though the local shops are a bit drab, it has most of what you would need, and as PP said, Logan hyperdome or helensvale westfield are a short drive away. I do my groceries at the Norfolk Coles.
Feel free to pm me if you have any more questions
23-12-2011 10:39 #7
I lived in ormeau/ormeau hills for 6 years before moving to Logan all my friends still live there, I would go Norfolk school over ormeau, mobile and Internet has never been a problem for myself or friends, it is a fantastic area! We only moved as rent was just getting too high for us
23-12-2011 17:52 #8Senior Member
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Loving the info thankyou
Preferring Norfolk seems to be a common theme, will go and visit the 2 schools for myself although unfortunately school won't be on as I want them in the first week. But better than nothing (all happening so fast like it always does for my family!)
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