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The Education Destination : Australia The Education Destination 2011
22 Australia – The Education Destination VictoriA For tertiary students, English for academic purposes helps them develop the skills they need to undertake a course successfully in an English-speaking university. More than 25,000 international students are studying English in Victoria. The highest number of students come from China, India, Vietnam, Thailand and the Republic of Korea. English language colleges have excellent support services for their students. These may include accommodation assistance, social gatherings with other students and sightseeing trips around Melbourne or further afield. Primary and secondary schools Victoria has a first-rate school system with government and non-government (independent) schools. The State Government has over 1600 primary and secondary schools throughout Victoria, with 100 accredited for international students. There are hundreds of prestigious independent schools, some of which have a religious affiliation. Independent schools may be boys only or girls only or co-educational (boys and girls together). Students study for their matriculation exam in Years 11 and 12. Some independent schools offer the International Baccalaureate in addition to the Victorian matriculation exams. ‘We All click’ Kylie Trinh just completed Year 12 at Mentone Girls’ Grammar School. She enjoyed the environment of an all-girls school. ‘One of the things I noticed most about coming to an all-girls school is how we all click,’ Kylie says. ‘Things are less awkward as we understand what each other is experiencing as we grow into young women. It’s easier to communicate and less confronting to go out of your comfort zone as there is a lot of support from students and teachers.’ images: tourism Victoria Photographers: Rebecca Croft (left image), David Hannah (top right image). Victorian schools have state-of-the-art facilities such as science laboratories, computer labs, art studios, music rooms, language labs and sports centres. Some independent schools specialise in particular fields 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. Many independent 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. Each Victorian Government School has an International Student Coordinator to meet the individual needs of international students. Schools aim to achieve academic excellence and a well-rounded student on graduation. » Victoria ‘International students are supported at secondary school through well-being programs and ongoing assistance.’
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