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The Education Destination : The Education Destination
Primary and secondary schools Victoria has a fi rst-rate school system with government and non-government (private) schools. The State Government has 1613 primary and secondary schools throughout Victoria. There are hundreds of prestigious private schools, some of which have a religious affi liation. Private schools may be single sex (boys only or girls only) or co-educational (boys and girls together). Schools decide on individual education programs based on the Victorian Department of Education curriculum standards. From Years 9 and 10, students choose their own elective subjects based on their interests and their desired career paths. In these years, there is also scope for students to pursue pathway-related studies. Students study for their matriculation exam in Years 11 and 12. They can select from 90 study areas and 40 languages. Some private schools offer the International Baccalaureate in addition to the Victorian matriculation exams. Victorian schools have state-of-the-art facilities such as science laboratories, computer labs, art studios, music rooms, language labs and sports centres. Some private schools specialise in particular fi elds such as performing and visual arts, science and technology and sports. Co-curricular activities are also important in developing well-rounded students and schools offer a range of cultural, artistic and sporting activities. Right: International students are well supported in Australian schools. Image courtesy of Whitefriars Catholic College for Boys, Donvale, Victoria. Below: Enjoy the many outdoor activities Victoria has on offer. Image courtesy of Vision Victoria. Many private schools have boarding facilities for both Australian and international students. The boarding houses have modern conveniences and all meals are provided. Students are usually able to use the school’s sporting facilities over the weekend. For those attending a government school, homestay (living with an Australian family) may be an option. Schools arrange excursions and social activities for their students. International students are supported through well-being programs and ongoing assistance. Schools aim to achieve academic excellence and a well-rounded student on graduation. > Australia: The Education Destination 39 VICTORIA
Australia The Education Destination 2010