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The Education Destination : Australia The Education Destination 2011
10 Australia – The Education Destination AustrAliAn educAtion system Primary and secondary schools Children in Australia start school at around five years of age and finish when they are about 18 years old. Australia has a system of primary schools (Kindergarten to Year 6) and secondary schools (Year 7 to Year 12). Students undergo assessments and exams in Years 11 and 12 to receive a senior secondary certificate of education for entry into tertiary study. Some schools also offer the International Baccalaureate. Australia has developed a set of national goals for education in the 21st century. They aim to ensure students leave school with the foundation skills, values, knowledge and understanding necessary for lifelong learning, employment and full participation in society. Australia has a national curriculum framework to ensure high academic standards across the country. All schools provide subjects in the eight key learning areas. These learning areas are complemented by a social justice theme of tolerance towards other cultures. All school students are taught the value of cultural and linguistic diversity. They’re also encouraged to actively contribute to and benefit from diversity, and to do this in the Australian community and abroad. Quality in Australian schools is regulated by State and Territory Governments and through benchmarks agreed to by all levels of Australian government. State and Territory education authorities set quality standards by determining curricula, student assessment and certification, resource allocation, and teacher-employment requirements and professional learning. School students are well prepared for further study or entry into the workforce. Students benefit from a focus on academic achievement, as well as career education and transition-to-work programs. The school system includes both public (government- run) and private (independent or non-government) schools. Private schools may have a religious affiliation. Some schools are co-educational while others may be boys-only or girls-only. Many private schools have boarding houses for their students to live on campus. In addition to their academic teaching, schools provide a range of co-curricular and social activities to create well-rounded students. Some schools specialise in particular fields such as science and technology, gifted and talented, sports, drama, art, languages or music. Schools have dedicated support staff to help their international students adjust to life in Australia. More than 25,000 international students were enrolled in Australian schools in 2010. Left: Children in Australia start school at around five years of age and finish when they are about 18 years old. ‘the teAchers Were so kind to me’ Zhengrun (Roy) Xin from China is undertaking English language studies and a secondary school program in Melbourne, Victoria. ‘I still remember the first day I started classes in ELICOS,’ Roy says. ‘I was so embarrassed about my English skills but the teachers were so kind to me. They made me feel like I was at home. To be honest, it is hard for international students like me when we first arrive. The staff and all the other members of the ELICOS program tried their best to make me feel comfortable when I first arrived. ‘So I have a beautiful place to study and fantastic teachers to learn from. ELICOS is like a big family and everyone has the opportunity to enjoy their studies. Ivanhoe Grammar School is the best school I have ever been to. I am glad I have made the choice to study at Ivanhoe before I continue my studies at university.’ high quality education across all levels ‘Australia has a world-class education system that produces skilled and confident graduates for both the public and private sectors across the globe.’
Australia The Education Destination 2010
Australia The Education Destination 2012