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The Education Destination : Australia The Education Destination 2011
62 Australia – The Education Destination Queensland The Queensland school system is divided into: • primary school – Years 1 to 7 • junior secondary education – Years 8 to 10 • s enior 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 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. 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. » ‘As well as world-class programs in traditional academic fields, Queensland also boasts expertise in the niche areas of aviation and aerospace, engineering, mining, and tourism and hospitality.’ Queensland supporTIVe sTudy enVIronMenT Wei Zhang, from China, is studying a Master of Professional Accounting in Queensland. ‘The University of Southern Queensland has provided me with a supportive study environment to help meet the challenges of expanding my professional knowledge,’ she says. ‘Flexible consultation time with tutors means that I always have somebody available to discuss any problems relating to my course. Once I have completed my program, I will also apply for membership with professional bodies like CPA Australia and ICCA.’
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