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The Education Destination : Australia The Education Destination 2010
australia the education destination | 3 3 Facilities usually include computerised language laboratories, as well as a computer centre with email and internet access. Most English language colleges organise social events and excursions for you to see the sights and get to know other students. The most exciting part about studying English in Queensland is being able to immerse and challenge yourself in an English-speaking environment. Outside of class, you have time to enjoy the beautiful sights of Queensland. Primary and secondary schools Queensland’s school system is made up of government and non-government (independent) primary and secondary schools. The range of schools provides an educational answer to meet your schooling goals. Some schools specialise in particular fields such as music or sport. Schools may be single sex (boys or girls only) or co-educational. Independent schools may have a religious affiliation. The Queensland school system is divided into: primary school – Years 1 to 7 • junior secondary education – Years 8 to 10 • senior secondary education – Years 11 to 12. • 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 9000 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. 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 australian state profiles queensland
The Education Destination
Australia The Education Destination 2011