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The Education Destination : The Education Destination
Students become involved in their school and local community and enjoy a wide variety of sporting, cultural, social and artistic activities. Students sit a matriculation exam in Year 12 for further study at a vocational institute or university. Schools have an academic focus supported by co-curricular activities including music, arts and performance and sport. Quality facilities, such as libraries, computer labs, science labs and language laboratories, help students achieve their best. Nearly 5000 international students are studying in Queensland schools. Each school provides support for their students including English language assistance, pastoral care and study guidance. School students live in a school boarding house or homestay arrangement. Independent schools usually have on-campus boarding houses whereas government schools organise homestay for their students. Homestay means the security of living with an Australian family. Government schools can be found across the state; those registered for the homestay program vary from Cairns and Townsville in the north, to locations throughout Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Students become involved in their school and local community and enjoy a wide variety of sporting, cultural, social and artistic activities. 54 Living and working in Queensland Accommodation for students in Queensland is economical and safe, and students have several options when it comes to choosing where to stay. Homestay is a requirement for school students under 18 years old who are not residing with a family member. It is also a fantastic opportunity for older students who want to experience a local Aussie family and learn about the Australian way of life. Living with a homestay family will provide a home away from home, and all the necessities of day-to-day living. Most universities and some vocational institutes provide on-campus accommodation, generally consisting of a single bedroom and study area with shared dining and entertainment areas. Depending on the individual residence, AUSTRALIAN STATE PROFILES
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