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Another option for the international student is homestay where you live with an Australian family. Above: Sydney and many other cities in NSW have a great outdoor lifestyle all year round. Right: In addition to shopping at the many centres, some international students also work in retail. Images courtesy of NSW Tourism. Primary and secondary schools NSW has an excellent system of government (public) and independent (private) schools from Kindergarten to Year 12. Schools are generally divided into primary school (Kindergarten to Year 6) and secondary school (Year 7 to Year 12). Students sit a matriculation exam in Year 12 for entry to tertiary education. NSW has more than 3000 primary and secondary schools; of these around 2100 are government-funded and 900 are independently managed. There are many schooling options including single sex, co-education, religious, secular and boarding schools, as well as schools specialising in particular fi elds such as science or sporting excellence, languages or performance arts. Many of the independent schools have religious affi liations such as Catholic, Jewish, Islamic, Lutheran and Christian, while others are secular. Dr Geoff Newcombe, Executive Director of the Association of Independent Schools in NSW, says private schooling is a great option for international students. ‘Independent schools 28 have a strong reputation for high academic standards, as well as providing excellent opportunities for co-curricular activities such as sport, music and drama,’ he explains. ‘Independent boarding schools tend to be well-established and include a mix of full-time and day boarding students with many from overseas,’ Dr Newcombe says. ‘Boarding schools usually ensure that they have a broad mix of students from a wide range of cultural and socio-economic backgrounds which has a very positive effect on the overall educational experience of all students at the school.’ Across NSW, there were 9328 international school students in 2008. The largest numbers were from China, followed by South Korea, Vietnam and Nepal. > AUSTRALIAN STATE PROFILES
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