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The Education Destination : Australia The Education Destination 2012
76 >AustrAliAn EducAtion 2012 All school students are taught the value of cultural and linguistic diversity. Some schools offer dedicated bilingual programs where students are taught some regular classes in a foreign language. In addition to the standard subjects, secondary school students can choose specialised subjects, which vary from school to school. They might include: sciences, history, geography, languages, music, law, psychology, computing, graphic design, aviation, drama and many others. Students can structure their study to achieve their academic aims at the tertiary level. Many students use senior secondary study to gain university entry qualifications. Around nine out of every 10 Australian secondary schools also offer vocational education programs in addition to the standard school curriculum. QuAlificAtions for future success Students matriculate from school in Year 12 with a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education, which is awarded on successful completion of the final year of study. The certificate is made up of both assessment tasks and exams, usually undertaken over the last two years of school. The Senior Secondary Certificate of Education is recognised by all Australian universities and vocational education and training institutions, as well as many international universities. The International Baccalaureate (IB) is becoming more popular with students in Australia. Many students take the IB Diploma for admission to leading universities in the Asia-Pacific region. Schools must be officially approved by the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) to offer the two-year pre-university curriculum for students aged between 16 and 19 years of age. There are 24 schools in Australia now offering the IB Diploma. Australian schools have developed strong links with local universities and vocational institutes. Each school takes great care to prepare its students for the intellectual and emotional demands of further education, and takes pride in the number of students graduating into university. Schools aim to give their students a solid foundation from which to develop into the best person they can be. Studying in an Australian school opens the door to future success. › Above: Australian schools provide high quality education and a solid foundation for lifelong learning. Image: Stella Maris College, NSW. St Catherine’s School Waverley overlooks Sydney’s world-famous eastern suburbs beaches, not far from the grand Centennial Park and one of Australia’s leading universities, the University of New South Wales. Their academic studies are complemented by strong co-curricular programs in sport, music, performing arts and service education. St Catherine’s offers over 25 Junior and 30 Senior School sporting activities. The school has six Junior School music ensembles, 14 Senior School music ensembles as well as clubs and choirs. There are extensive curricular and co-curricular opportunities in drama and performance. Find out more WEB www.stcatherines.nsw.edu.au EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org TEL +61 2 8305 6200 An outstanding school in a world-famous setting Academic challenge in a caring environment There are two striking characteristics of a St Catherine’s education – its academic challenge and its academic care. Staff work hard to ensure that they raise the academic bar to the right height for every girl. This is done by differentiating lessons, offering extension classes, mentoring students, running a gifted and talented program, and providing a comprehensive academic support program. Academic challenge is underpinned by a strong academic care team who ensure every girl is valued, monitored, supported and guided. Because St Catherine’s is genuinely comprehensive, girls mix with students of different backgrounds, faiths and abilities, but are educated according to their intellectual needs. This prestigious day and boarding school for girls was founded in 1856 and offers academic challenge and academic care for every student, from Kindergarten to Year 12, in a caring, Christian community that welcomes and values all faiths. Boarding at St Catherine’s offers a unique living environment where respect for others, tolerance, trust and responsibility are nurtured.With 70 boarding places in a well appointed homely environment, each girl has the privacy of her own living space. Boarding students enjoy outstanding school facilities as well as cultural, sporting and entertainment activities. St Catherine’s girls are happy and purposeful, each making her unique contribution to the school and the wider world. St Catherine's full page.indd 1 6/10/2011 6:09:01 PM rich lEArning ExpEriEncE Chen Xiong, a student in Year 11 at St Paul’s Grammar School in New South Wales, is enjoying the overall experience of an Australian school. ‘I wanted to experience a different culture in my academic studies. Studying at St Paul’s provides me with a rich learning experience that involves great academic offerings but also activities outside the classroom, like sport and the arts that I really enjoy. The lifestyle in Australia is wonderful – I really enjoy going to the beach, as well as being able to hang out with friends that I have made in Australia. I hope to study engineering either in Australia or in America when I finish at St Paul’s.’
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